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End of term typically comes with celebrations, fun, special assemblies, sports day and of course, reflections. However, you certainly don’t need us to tell you that this year has been anything other than typical! More than any other year, the current circumstances offer a great opportunity for reflection, both on the long term issues that Covid-19 has exposed and the incredible work our schools have achieved in the last four months.

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Ofqual directors attend Roundtable with North East School Leaders
Julie Swan, Executive Director for General Qualifications, and Richard Garrett, Director of Policy and Strategic Relationships for General Qualifications, joined almost 100 North East Head Teachers to discuss changes to secondary exams next year. 
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Improvement for a new look Norham High School 

Terry Conway, Head Teacher of Norham High School was kind enough to share with Schools North East the journey which the school has been on from September and the changes which have been made to aid school improvement.

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Though apart, a part and a partnership of something bigger in Wallsend
The ongoing situation and school closures as result of Covid-19 have a number of different implications for the education sector. We want to dig deeper into these issues, with help from the experts. This week, Emma Barker, Community Coordinator of Wallsend Children's Community, looks at how community and collaboration has helped local schools through the pandemic. 
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Schools North East commissioned to launch national special school network
  A network of schools in the North-East, which offers support to school staff, has been commissioned by the Government to deliver a national network for people working in special schools. Read more >
New library and IT suite to be built at Sunderland school
  Proposals for a new IT and library suite at a Sunderland school have been given the go-ahead by planning chiefs. Read more >
Sunderland teacher's online chemistry tips hit five-million mark on YouTube
  A teacher has clocked up an incredible five million hits on YouTube with his chemistry tips for students. Read more >
Over £500,000 earmarked for improvements to East Durham school
  An East Durham secondary school is to be improved as part of £30 million in new government funding. Read more >
The Hartlepool student who has won a top accolade as a photographer - and here is the photo she achieved it with
  A Hartlepool student has achieved one of the highest accolades available to photographers around the world. Read more >
Parents' voice fury in campaign to have prom reinstated after schools cancel celebrations
  Parents say they are looking to organise their own replacement proms after schools decided they would not rearrange the cancelled parties. Read more >
Northumberland County Council's director of education steps down
  The lead councillor for schools has praised Northumberland’s director of education, who is stepping down after a two-year stint. Read more >
Disadvantaged Newcastle children can keep using free laptops after schools fully reopen in September   Thousands of disadvantaged Newcastle children being given free laptops and internet routers so they can learn at home during the Covid-19 pandemic will still get deliveries during the summer – and can keep using the equipment after they go back to school. Read more >


Outreach North East

There is an abundance of online information and resources aimed at teachers and advisers to support professional development, supporting students with home learning and progression to higher education. The Outreach North East Toolkit is an online collection of this information and resources from a wide range of sources, aimed at teachers to help them find the information they need to best support their students. In addition to the information about higher education, changes to exams and assessments, and CEIAG, the toolkit also directs to each of the institutions in the North East and their updates. 

Outreach North East is a single point of contact for teachers and advisers in the North East of England, which aims to signpost and improve access to information and support to encourage progression to higher education. This work is being carried out as part of the Office for Students’ Uni Connect Programme.

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Join ConnectEd before the summer!

It's been a long and difficult term, and all our North East school staff deserve a break!

However, there is a lot to prepare for in September so make sure you are signed up to ConnectEd to make the most of the community, updates and resources shared as you plan for your September reopening!

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ConnectEd launched earlier this year and since then we have seen a huge growth in the platform!

Recovery Curriculum
See our recovery curriculum module on ConnectEd

How are we going to help students catch up?

What should we be teaching when students return to school?

Recovery curriculum is a huge and current issue, and there are many discussions about what a recovery curriculum should look like. If you are a member of teaching staff, join ConnectEd, to become part of our Ednorth community of teaching practioners and get access to the learning modules on recovery curriculum that we are compiling, to help inform your knowledge on the subject, and find everything you need to know in one place. 

Join the Community

Look out for our ‘Back to School’ programme from late August with webinars and virtual roundtables for CEOs, HTs, SBMs, Governors, Teachers and more, to support you and your colleagues in making further preparations for the new academic year. These will include, but are not limited to; legal updates, TeachMeets, panel discussions, mental health and behaviour webinars, and governance updates.

As well as our back to school programme, we will be reopening bookings for the annual School Business Management Conference 2020 which should have been held in June this year, so keep your eyes peeled for further information and updates.

Save the Date!

Annual Summit 2020
15th October


Funding available

Schools North East is working in partnership with SHINE who are providing £500,000 of ringfenced investment for North East schools.

Any school or teacher in the North East is eligible to apply for funding of between £10,000 and £100,000 for projects lasting one to three years. Applicants will receive support and guidance from the point they first get in touch to ensure the grant-making process is as simple and stress-free as possible.

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Gender gap in children's reading grew in UK lockdown – survey
  Research finds more girls than boys have been reading books and say they are enjoying it Read more >
Half of exam-year UK pupils given no school work since March, finds study
   Students who missed out on six months of education due to Covid-19 lockdown will fall behind, fear report’s authors Read more >
GCSE and A-level results 'could be affected by bias'   Young people in England risk missing out on the grades they deserve, due to the system used for calculating results after exams were cancelled, MPs have warned.
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Nine things we learned from Ofsted’s 2019-20 annual report and accounts
  The education watchdog Ofsted has published its corporate annual report and accounts, which give an update on the inspectorate’s performance as an organisation. Read more >
Almost all pupils were set work during partial closures, but half of year 11s and 13s missed out   Almost all pupils were given some remote learning tasks by their teachers during partial school closures, but year 11 and 13 pupils were far less likely to receive work to do at home, according to new research.
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England's free school meals scheme to close for new claims over summer
  Families who become eligible for vouchers during holidays will not be able to benefit Read more >
Release of GCSE grading details may come after results
  Ofqual won't commit to publishing the standardisation model for GCSEs and A levels before results days Read more >
Head Teachers losing sleep due to work stress   School leaders' physical and mental health is being affected by their work, a new NAHT survey reveals
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Proportion of schools open more widely falls as end of term nears
  The proportion of schools open more widely to pupils in selected year groups has begun to fall as the end of term nears. Read more >
MATs to take charge in ‘left-behind’ areas   The government will shift its focus to expanding “good” multi-academy trusts over the next 12 months to raise standards in left-behind areas. Read more >


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