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Education to Employment
Creating ambitious and inspirational partnerships between schools and business
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Coronavirus: information for councils
21 Feb
Useful information for councils on novel coronavirus COVID-19 has been released by the Local Government Association. The LGA is liaising with Public Health England (PHE), the Department for Health and Social Care and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government regarding the evolving situation with the outbreak of the Coronavirus. Local authority Directors of Public Health are in close contact with PHE. Click here for more information: Corona Virus Information for Councils or follow this link: https://www.local.gov.uk/coronavirus-information-councils
E- Learning for Governors
18 Feb
** NEW FOR 2020 ** Governor Services have teamed up with NGA Learning Link and is now offering Online training for Governors. We believe this offer will enhance our current comprehensive training programme and is open to all Governing Bodies that purchase an SLA for either Clerking or Training and Development package. If your school does not buy into our clerking or training and development package but you would like to access the Learning Link, please contact us direct. With over 50 governance modules aligned to NGA’s Knowledge Centre, the suite covers the following sessions: Structures, roles and responsibilities These modules will help you to understand school and trust structures, and what is expected of you as a governor or trustee Governance: Your role, your responsibilities, your organisation Getting it right as a staff governor Key Functions of the governing board The constitution of the governing board Academies Governance of a church school Different Models of Governance Good Governance These modules aim to help you improve the effectiveness of your governing board, including visiting your school or schools, Ofsted inspections and succession planning NEW - Succession Planning Effectiveness: Governance making an impact, changing lives Working Together: Building the team and improving the organisation Handling difficult situations Ofsted Inspection of Schools Planning for succession in the governing board Governors’ visits to schools Vision, Ethos & Strategic Direction Covering risk management, evaluating effectiveness and your role in school improvement, these modules will help you shape your school or trust’s strategic direction Strategy: Living your values, reaching your vision, managing the risk The governing board's role in school improvement Monitoring and evaluation Pupil Success & Wellbeing These modules focus on the core purpose of your schools or trust – the quality of education it should be providing to pupils Your organisation: Understanding school structures and what children should learn Progress and attainment: using data to improve educational outcomes Arts & Cultural Education: Improving your school and its curriculum Early Years Education Monitoring performance data and targets The role of the SEND governor Looked after children Exclusions Pupil Premium Collaborating With Partners Find out about key partners and stakeholders, how to develop relationships with them, and how engagement with stakeholders can lead to better outcomes for pupils Coming soon: Stakeholder engagement Engaging with pupils and parents Executive Leaders These modules cover the key stages in the lead executive recruitment process and the critical role the board has in holding executive leaders to account through effective headteacher appraisal Headteacher recruitment - succession planning Headteacher appraisal and capability The best use of resources These modules will provide you with the tools and approaches for developing financial efficiency in your school or trust Resources: Making the most of what you’ve got Understanding schools finance Managing Academy Finance Compliance Covering key areas of compliance such as safeguarding, health and safety and admissions, these modules will make you aware of the most important points from legislation and guidance Compliance: Assuring your organisation, keeping it safe, secure and solvent Equality and Diversity Getting to know the law Governing board duties on compliance Safeguarding: the governors role Health and Safety Clerking These modules will help new and experienced clerks to get a better understanding of their role and how to carry it out well Clerking a trust or an academy committee Introduction to Clerking Academies Introduction to clerking maintained schools The clerk as co-ordinator of continuing professional development The clerk’s role in the appointment of the headteacher or deputy Supporting the governing board in raising school standards Governors and Ofsted Helping struggling governing bodies Clerking an Interim Executive Board Preparing for a meeting Recording a meeting MATs This module explores key challenges for multi academy trusts, common pitfalls, and what effective MAT governance looks like Effective MAT Governance Additional resources Hot Topics A range of resources covering current governance-related issues for you to download and keep Executive Pay GDPR: An overview for governors Governor Recruitment Improving School Accountability Mentally Healthy Schools Further online modules Included in the NGA learning Link offer are a range of modules developed by Virtual College for a wider audience, which provide useful background information on a range of topics with relevance to governance such as important aspects of safeguarding and health and safety
The Early Years Conference
14 Feb
“The gift of reading” The new Education Inspection Framework has a central focus on early reading, it should “be at the heart of the curriculum”. This year’s conference is a celebration of early reading through two different keynote speakers, Anne Harding and Michael Rosen. Book through the link https://nteysis.org.uk/early-years-conference-2020/
Become a School Governor
30 Jan
What is a school governor? The role of the school governor is demanding but very rewarding and is a good way to give back to your local community. School governing bodies are responsible for working with the Headteacher and school staff to ensure the school delivers good quality education. School governors are volunteers who work in partnership with school staff to oversee and monitor educational standards in school which is a key priority. Governors are involved in setting the school's aims and values, planning for the long term future and holding school leaders to account for high standards of achievement. Governors are also involved in managing school finances. The 5 key responsibilities of being a Governor are: 1) Setting ethos and values 2) Holding leadership to account 3) Balancing support and challenge 4) Distinguishing between help and interference 5) Taking responsibility for the Head’s wellbeing. 3 Core functions of a Governing Body : 1. To ensure clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction 2. To hold the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff 3. To oversee the financial performance of the school and make sure its money is well spent Governors also carry out a number of other important duties, which include: Determining how the school's budget is spent Hearing appeals and grievances Forming policy on the school's curriculum and collective worship Setting standards for pupils' behaviour and discipline Making sure school buildings are welcoming and safe Setting and monitoring the school's aims and policies You don't have to have children at the school to be a governor. However, you do have to be over 18, and pass a formal check for your suitability to be within a school. No specific qualifications are required but there are certain expectations around values, behaviour and commitment to the role which all Governors must follow. What's really important is that you have the skills, time and commitment to help drive school improvement and the passion and ambition to achieve the best possible education for children and young people. North Tyneside Council offers a comprehensive Governor Training programme to help with the role. New governors are expected to attend a one day induction course which is essential to helping you understand your role so you can begin to make a positive difference to your governing body. For further information please contact Kathleen Wallace on (0191) 643 8720 or via e-mail at kathleen.wallace@northtyneside.gov.uk For more information about the role, please visit our Governor Services Portal at http://www.educationservices.org.uk
Free period products for all schools and colleges in England
20 Jan
Free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England, as the Department for Education launches its fully funded scheme. The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to period products at school or college, helping to break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted by their period.From Monday 20 January, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier PHS Group, making period products readily available for all young people when they need them. Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said: Periods are a normal part of everyday life and we do not want young people missing out on lessons because of them. We know that it is not easy for everyone to access period products where and when they need them. This scheme will deal with those problems so young people can go about their daily lives without getting caught out if they have come on their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them or if they can’t afford the products they need. This follows the Government’s commitment last year to fully fund period products for all state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. It also forms part of the Department’s ambition to improve provision of products for young people, helping to support campaigns to break the stigma around periods and raise awareness of menstruation. The scheme also comes just months before health education becomes a compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools, under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education from September 2020 – to ensure all young people learn about living healthy lives, including menstrual wellbeing. The Government also introduced the £15 million annual Tampon Tax Fund to support women’s charities – and made a commitment to end period poverty globally by 2030.
Preparing Schools for Brexit
18 Sep
The government’s advice to schools on how to prepare for Brexit is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-exit-no-deal-preparations-for-schools-in-england. This covers how Brexit, especially without a deal, will effect taking school trips to Europe, the employment of EU, EEA and Swiss nationals, workplace rights, the rights of pupils who are EU, EAA or Swiss citizens, and ensuring that adequate food is available for school meals and that it meets nutritional standards.
Clerks allowed to take notes during inspection feedback
18 Sep
The new Ofsted framework for inspection came into effect at the beginning of this term. At the same time the reports on inspections have also changed, making them briefer and clearer. There will no longer be separate sections on each of the four judgments, which means that there will also be no separate paragraph on the quality of governance. Matthew Purves, Deputy Director of Schools at Ofsted, provided assurance that governance remains a key area of inspection. He stated that inspectors will speak to as many governors as possible, without staff present, and that as most inspections now last two days there will be more opportunity to do this. Governors will continue to attend the final feedback meeting, and, in a change to the Inspection Handbook, clerks are now allowed to take notes of the meeting, for the benefit of any governors who cannot be present. He reiterated that the contents of the meeting should be shared with all governors, whether they can attend it or not.
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Training & Events

25 Feb
ICT & Computing Network for all Primary and Middle School subject leaders.
Use this as an opportunity to network with colleagues and share recent successes, ask questions and find out what's going on locally to help build computing in your school. This year our network will focus on preparing subject leaders to be Ofsted ready. In this session we will focus on planning and carrying our Learning Walks in preparation for an OfSted Deep Dive.
26 Feb
Analysing Attendance and PA in SIMS & Discover for SLT and Attendance Leads
This workshop session will cover: * Attendance reports that match DfE PA calculations * Running attendance reports that exclude nursery and/or other groups of pupils e.g. excluding your 10 worst attenders to show the ongoing improvement for the rest of the school * Closely monitoring your PA cohort (daily alerts when a child dips below 90% or improves enough to leave the cohort) * Setting Attendance Summary Panels on your SIMS Home Page for quick, headline information * Setting up SIMS short cuts on your Home Page to easily access your preferred reports/routines * Working with pre-defined graphs and Venn diagrams in SIMS Discover, including filtering attendance but vulnerabilities, e.g. to identify children with <90% that are also both Pupil Premium and have an SEN need. * Creating user defined Dynamic groups for use in SIMS.net and showing the impact of your strategies and interventions.
26 Feb
Aspiring and New SENCO Training: SENCO and school improvement (session 3)
- Code Of Practice and what the role is - The benefits of being a SENCO - Establishing the right structures and connections with key individuals within your school - 4 prime areas of need - Case study scenarios - Advocate and communicator for all SEN needs across school - Week in the life of a SENCO.
26 Feb
PSHE and Links with Ofsted Framework
This session will explain the links with PSHE education and the new Ofsed framework. It is an opportunity to reflect on the contribution effective PSHE education can make to all judgements in Ofsted with particular reference to personal development, behaviour and welfare.This interactive session will enable you to reflect on your current position, to identify stregths and areas to develop.
26 Feb
Early Years Leaders Network - Spring
The termly network meeting will update leaders about school, local and national information regarding early years The agenda will be shared closer to the meeting
26 Feb
Maths Mastery
Teaching maths for mastery is a transformational approach to maths teaching which stems from high performing Asian nations such as Singapore. When taught to master maths, children develop their mathematical fluency without resorting to rote learning and are able to solve non-routine maths problems without having to memorise procedures. • Helps pupils develop a deep, long-term and adaptable understanding of maths • Inclusive approach where all children achieve • Slower pace which results in greater progress • Reflected in the 2014 English national curriculum for mathematics • Endorsed by the Department for Education, NCETM and OFSTED
27 Feb
SIMS.net Housekeeping to Support GDPR/Data Protection Compliance
These routines enable users to monitor/tidy their data and decide how it is displayed globally throughout SIMS. This helps to support compliance with GDPR 2018 regulations. The session will cover: * Current and expected future functions in SIMS that can help support GDPR compliance * New functionality - Bulk Delete Student Data and Person Subject Reports * SIMS.net Housekeeping Routines, including managing retention of student data, maintaining/tidying contact and agent records, and managing SIMS.net reports (e.g. deleting obsolete ones) * SIMS.net System Manager – managing appropriate levels of SIMS permissions for individual members of staff/job roles * Preparing for the Address Tidy & Merge routines These routines will first be covered using training data, then you will repeat using your own data with expert help at hand for advice