Upcoming CPD Opportunities – year 2 and year 6

These courses will provide practical guidance based on teaching, learning and assessment for Year 2 teachers: whether new, returning or keeping up to date. Content will include:  Assessment and reporting arrangements (if available)    Key dates for assessment and moderation priorities   Curriculum  How does data support teaching and learning?   Early identification/intervention groups  Thoughts about SATs papers …

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School-led tutoring grant through the National Tutoring Programme

All state-funded schools and trusts can now access their allocations for school-led tutoring grant fund payments and can use this information to clarify how much funding they have received to deliver school-led tutoring. The programme went live at the beginning of September and detailed guidance and conditions of the grant are available. If you have any questions about school-led tutoring, …

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RE Today – RE resources

RE Today have had many requests where teachers are looking for CPD around the various religions as well as non-religious views. In response they have developed 2 options to cover off all the relevant information to assist RE delivery in the classroom. Option 1 – A set of current and practical books that not only …

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Dark Nights Ahead – clocks changing

We’ll soon be setting the clocks back an hour and summer-time will end. The resources below will help remind children, including teenagers, about road safety and keeping safe in the dark. Teaching Road Safety: A Guide for Parents https://www.rospa.com/media/documents/road-safety/teaching-road-safety-a-guide-for-parents.pdf Safety First – Cycling at Night https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/cycle-training-and-cycle-safety/safety-first-cycling-at-night/ Teaching road safety: guide for educators https://www.brake.org.uk/how-we-help/raising-awareness/schools-and-families Be Bright Be Seen https://brightkidz.co.uk/initiatives/be-bright-be-seen/  Dark …

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STEM Ambassadors offering online mentoring for students

Free online 1:1 mentoring for Year 10 to 11s This autumn STEM Learning are offering six weeks of free online mentoring sessions for students aged 14 to 16.  “An opportunity like no other. It encourages young students to go achieve above and beyond in STEM careers.” (Mentee in spring 2021 cohort) Launching on 8 November, they have hundreds of STEM …

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Linking Leaders project

We are seeking expressions of interest from first and primary school headteachers who are keen to further explore the power of action research in school improvement, as they develop their curriculum offer. North of Tyne Combined Authority, The Newcastle Research School and school improvement teams in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle are working in partnership …

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FAO: Maths Leads – North East AMSP Autumn Term Update 2021

AMSP have already arranged to provide enrichment and professional development at many different schools in the region this term. Here are some upcoming events you may be interested in but as always if you need something more bespoke for your department/school/trust then please do get in touch. They would be happy to help with departmental …

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CPD Opportunities for staff

There are a number of training/CPD opportunites in the next few weeks; organised, run or supported by the School Improvement Service. For details of those courses, and links to book, click here.

The Institute of Physics’ manifesto: Limit Less

Through the Limit Less campaign, the IOP wants to support young people to change the world andfulfil their potential by doing physics. However, for some young people this is less likely than for others. The campaign has identified five particular groups that are currently underrepresented or underserved in the physicscommunity – these young people are …

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Inspection from September 2021 – updated 17 September

The School Improvement Team have put together a document outlining the expected foci for inspection this academic year. You can access version 2 of the document here. There are additions around the sexual abuse review, Early Years and deep dives. If you have any queries or questions please contact Dave, Damian, Claire or Louise.

Job Opportunities NCC

We are pleased to confirm that adverts are now live for the School Improvement and NIES Manager Posts that were described in a previous briefing on the ecourier in July. The links to the adverts on North East Jobs are here: Senior Manager – Northumberland Inclusive Education Service https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/Senior_Manager_Northumberland_Inclusive_Education_Service_Z238/212317https://northumberland.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/senior-manager-northumberland-inclusive-education-service-z238-1404 School Improvement Leader (Disadvantaged and SEND)https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/School_Improvement_Leader/212316https://northumberland.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/school-improvement-leader-1405 …

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Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy has confirmed that its lessons, resources and slides will remain available next academic year, to support schools and colleges with any ongoing requirements to provide remote education. It has also launched new planning pages, with information on using its resources across 35 subjects, from EYFS to Key Stage 4 and for those in specialist settings. 

Dare to Lead for Headteachers

FAO Headteachers In the Autumn term, NCC will be facilitating the delivery of the Dare to Lead Curriculum for Heads and Senior Leaders in Schools. The Dare to Lead™ curriculum brings Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy into your own organisation or school, though you and your commitment to the programme.  Our focus …

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Update – EYFS Profile

REMINDER: There is no statutory requirement for schools to submit EYFS Profile data to the LA this year. The LA will not be requesting this information. Instead, DfE have asked schools to use their best endeavours to undertake it, should the situation at the time allow. Further detail is set out in section 6.2.

Job Opportunities with the School Improvement Team and Inclusive Education Services

The School Improvement Team are looking to recruit to two posts in September – a School Improvement Lead (SEND) and a School Improvement Lead (Disadvantage). These posts will join the existing team of Damian Burke, Dave Cookson, Louise Mallin and Claire Williams. If you would like an informal conversation about either post please contact Dave …

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Making a Difference for Northumberland Disadvantaged Pupils Programme

What is the programme? A sustained programme of support for schools that aims to improve outcomes for all pupils, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.  A collaboration between Newcastle Research School, Northumberland School Improvement Team and the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). What does it include? 3 face to face training sessions across the autumn term delivered by representatives from …

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FREE interactive whiteboards

Allendale Primary School has 4 interactive whiteboards that they are no longer using, plus a number of projectors. If you would like them please contact alison.hawkins@allendaleprimary.northumberland.sch.uk You would need to collect them from Allendale…

Resources to help students learn about climate change

A new climate change resources pack is available to help schools celebrate the growing green momentum in the UK ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, which will be held in Glasgow later this year. The Together for our Planet Schools Pack includes a Green Assembly guide to engage your students on COP26 and wider climate …

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