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There has been speculation around whether schools should open during the summer holidays due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, however a Schools North East survey has shown that almost 75% of school leaders don’t believe schools should open during the summer.

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Schools North East calls on Ministers to offer guidance on exams post-coronavirus
While the Department for Education has addressed assessment provision for this year’s students, many school leaders are concerned about the impact of the ongoing crisis on students with exams next year.
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Education Select Committee explores learning 'catch up'

On Wednesday, the Education Select Committee heard evidence on how to support ‘learning catch-up’ as schools begin to open to more children. Giving evidence was the Children’s Commissioner, as well as representatives from the EPI, EEF, Sutton Trust, and Action Tutoring.

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Research: Fewer teachers are moving job, school recruitment is lower
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, David Weston, Founder and CEO of Teacher Development Trust, explores the impact of the coronavirus crisis on recruitment.
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How a Hartlepool school is adapting and changing its ways   Education is all about learning skills and knowledge. For all the experience of teachers and head teachers have imparted and digested over the years, nothing can have prepared them for recent challenges and those ahead.
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Newcastle schools issued with PPE as they prepare to reopen to some pupils from next week
  Protective equipment will be used around children who develop coronavirus symptoms while at school, but not as a standard procedure for teachers during lessons Read more >
Kids 1st in Darlington to allow 'close friendship groups' in plans to reopen after lockdown
  North East nurseries have been introducing new ways of operating after their lockdown ended at the start of this week. Read more >
Anxious Sunderland parents open up about sending their children back to school as restrictions eased
  Head teacher Fiona Lynn said children returned to school positively with more joining later in the week Read more >
Children get creative to spread coronavirus safety messages
  Children have created handmade posters to help a council spread public health messages during the coronavirus outbreak. Read more >
Some schools have reopened in North East as lockdown rules eased - but many parents remain wary
  As the phased reopening of schools starts today for children in nursery, reception, year one and year six, parents have shared how they feel about sending their children back to school Read more >
Over 100 jobs saved as South Tyneside nursery secures its future with £200,000 cash boost
  More than 100 jobs have been saved as a South Tyneside nursery group secures its future in the borough with a £200,000 loan. Read more >
How Sunderland teachers surprised their Year 6 children after Covid-19 outbreak cancels leavers celebrations   Teachers at a Sunderland school surprised their Year 6 children after the coronavirus pandemic led to traditional leavers’ celebrations being cancelled. Read more >


The Careers and Enterprise Company

My Week of Work

This programme of activity is completely free of charge for your school to access, and your pupils to access either whilst they are in school or from home.

The philosophy of this week is rooted in collaboration. Employers, partner providers from the Careers sector, Careers Hubs and Careers Leaders from Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) have worked together to produce the following week of activities for your learners.

The week is designed to target and support Year 10; young people who may have been excitedly heading out to their work experience around this time of year. The resources are designed to complement your home-based learning plans in a format that is right for your learners and your school.

The programme includes two main features:

  1. The Oak National Academy – 20 sessions scheduled Monday to Friday
  2. Learn Live interactive Q&A sessions with a wide range of employers from Tuesday to Thursday with a session exploring 'Your Next Steps on Friday'.

All details on how your pupils will access the sessions are included in the Teacher Guide.


Disciplinary Literacy Hub
Join the Disciplinary Literacy Hub

This group aims to share and develop good practice in disciplinary literacy. We will focus on oracy, reading and writing across the curriculum, at any keystage.

Teachers from all stages, and all disciplines in the North East welcome.

Join the hub
Primary Hub
Join a network of primary practitioners from across the region

A dedicated group for colleagues in a primary setting. Find resources, templates and CPD opportunities shared by colleagues.

Given the extended opening of primary schools, we need now more than ever to work together as a community of schools. 

Join the Community
Our dedicated Hub for SEND and AP.

We know this is a particularly challenging time for SENDCos and SEND leaders in particular, working with vulnerable students remotely, or making school safe for them. 

Our dedicated SEND Hub is a place where you can connect with colleagues from across the region, discuss issues and share resources to help support each other. 

PPE in SEND: Resources and latest updates added.

Get Involved

Schools North East's dedicated mental health conference

Mental health has been an issue of growing concern for school leaders in recent years, however this year it has become more important than ever due to the Coronavirus crisis. The ongoing crisis, alongside partial school closures and lockdown measures have caused a number of issues for students and staff alike, from the disrupted routines, stress of lockdown and anxiety of the pandemic, to bereavement under very difficult circumstances. These issues will be widespread and will require a new approach from staff and schools. 

This year’s Healthy MindED Conference will focus on the most important concerns to help you understand how you can approach mental health within your role as schools extend their opening and when the new year starts in September.

A live virtual conference over two days
with a bank of additional prerecorded sessions

Partner School: £100 whole school ticket (£60 single delegate ticket)
Non-Partner School: £120 whole school ticket (£80 single delegate ticket)
Non North East School: £150 whole school ticket (£100 single delegate ticket)

Get in touch for a bespoke rate for your MAT

The Healthy MindED conference supports and informs the work of the
Healthy MindeEd Commission


Speak at this event

If you are interested in presenting a session at this event please fill out this form.

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Organise catch-up summer schools to help disadvantaged pupils, UK told
  Children’s commissioner concerned that by September millions of students will have missed six months of school Read more >
Disruption to schools could continue to November, MPs told
  The partial closure of schools in England could continue into the autumn and into November, the Commons education committee has been told. Read more >
Thousands of primary schools in England snub call to restart classes
  Union poll finds two in five English schools yet to reopen to more pupils Read more >
Coronavirus: Vulnerable children ‘may never return’ to school, head teachers fear   ‘They stay up worrying if those children will ever come back, because the leap that will need to get them back in school will be so vast,’ children’s commissioner warns
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Coronavirus: Primary schools back but mixed picture on turn-out
  Head teachers are reporting "highly variable" levels of attendance, ranging from 40% to 70%, as primary schools in England bring back more pupils. Read more >
Nursery leaders on reopening during a pandemic
  Children 'are overjoyed to be back,’ said one nursery owner Read more >
Back-to-school decisions are ‘hard balancing act’, chief medical officer admits   The chief medical officer has said it’s “understandable” that parents are “thinking very hard” about whether they should send their children back to school, saying weighing up the benefits and risks is a “hard balancing act”. Read more >
Coronavirus in England: Schools reopen   'We do have concerns about schools reopening' Read more >
Gove's school space cuts 'will hamper safe reopenings'   Architect's warning increases pressure for government to scrap its ambition to open primary schools to all children this term Read more >


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