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In response to the government announcement of £1 billion towards Covid ‘catch-up’, we sent out a survey to ask our the school leaders in our network about the tutoring programme that forms part of this fund. The survey received over 100 responses, representing schools and trusts in every Local Authority in the North East.

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Cramlington Village Primary plans full return before summer
Children, parents and staff at the Northumberland school have greeted with excitement the news of plans to reopen fully, and welcome back all pupils for a month before the summer break. 
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Pop-up schools to be set up in Northumberland this summer

There will be 28 pop-up summer schools in Northumberland this year, while the council will also call for new and former teachers to help support young people.

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Post Covid-19: Looking to the longterm
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, Fiona Spellman, CEO of SHINE Trust, looks at the long term issues that Covid-19 has exposed.
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Ponteland High School Head Teacher Kieran McGrane explains schools approach to students grades
  The Head at one of the district's high schools has described how submitting predicted grades for exam students had been a 'significant undertaking' for staff. Read more >
Fifth award for environmental school pupils   Pupils at a Tyne Valley school have had their environmental efforts recognised for the fifth time. Children at Ovingham First school received their fifth Green Flag Award from Eco Schools for their continued hard work to protect our planet. Read more >
Poet works with academy to create mural
  Poet, educator and activist, Matt Abbott, used his talents to create a poem for North Ormesby Primary Academy’s Covid-19 mural. Read more >
New College Durham celebrates shortlisting in AAT Training Provider Awards 2020
  New College Durham is celebrating after being shortlisted for tutor and student of the year in a national accountancy training award. Read more >
‘What a happy ending to a rubbish situation’ – Head Teacher of Hasting Hill Academy thanks the community after the school was trashed by yobs
  Natalie Fountain, the Head Teacher of Hasting Hill Academy has thanked the local community after they rallied to help the school following an attack from vandals. Read more >
New teacher training hub aims to tackle 'brain drain' from North East   A college is set to benefit from a new training hub as part of a drive to attract and retain teaching talent in the North East.
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Blazers and ties could be banned when pupils return to school in September
  There could be uniform changes to keep pupils and teachers safe and block a second wave of coronavirus Read more >
Are you a former Rye Hills Pupil? Here are 25 archive pictures from the 90s and 00s   Were you a Rye Hills Pupil throughout the 90s and early 2000s? See if you recognise any of the former students pictured Read more >
3,000 Newcastle families to get free laptops and internet access so children can learn at home   Council bosses made a plea in April for families to come forward if they needed support to ensure youngsters can learn from home during the coronavirus pandemic 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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SBM Network
The dedicated group for School Business Professionals in all roles from across the North East.

The SBM ConnectEd group is the free online community for SBMs, finance, HR and back office roles within North East schools.

Discuss the latest challenges you face and work with your colleagues from schools across the region to create solutions.

This group is the ideal place to ask questions, share ideas and resources and get up to date advice and information.

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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. 

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Our Subject Advocates
Introducing our Subject advocates


Rosanna Hume
St. Wilfrid’s RC College
Spanish Subject Advocate

"I love being part of the Subject Advocate team. In our weekly Spanish bulletin we share tips for virtual teaching, subject specific CPD ideas, articles and videos to share with pupils and our Teacher Book of the Month. It’s great to be part of a network of Spanish teachers from across the region."

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Schools North East's dedicated mental health conference

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.

Full Programme Announced!

Visit the website to see the full list of our live and pre-recorded sessions.

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


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Speak at this event

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

This event is sponsored by North Yorkshire Education Services


Ofsted to inspect schools on Covid catch-up plans
  Watchdog will scrutinise schools' use of extra funding pledged last week to help pupils catch up after the lockdown Read more >
Reception baseline assessment introduction delayed to 2021   Schools will not have to set the new reception baseline assessment this autumn, after the government delayed its statutory introduction as a result of the coronavirus. Read more >
Full attendance' in schools next term as 2m rule eased
  Teaching unions are set to discuss the easing of social distancing restrictions at a DfE meeting this afternoon Read more >
GCSE and A-level exams could be later next summer, says education secretary
  ‘We will be consulting with Ofqual about how we can move those exams back,’ he says Read more >
Long Bailey sacked for sharing 'anti-Semitic article'   Labour leader sacks Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long Bailey for sharing article containing "anti-Semitic conspiracy theory" Read more >
Secondary schools swell to accommodate baby bulge as pressure on primaries fades
  The number of pupils in England’s secondary schools has grown for the fifth year in a row, as a baby bulge seen in the early-2000s continues to make its way from primary. Read more >
Five-year teacher retention rate worsens, and 5 other school workforce findings
  The Department for Education has today published the latest school workforce census (November 2019).  Schools Week has the key findings Read more >
DfE finally reveals details of Covid summer food fund   Details of the government’s Covid summer food fund have finally been released, over a week after the scheme was unveiled. Read more >
University and Arts Council in drive to re-brand 'soft' academic subjects   Shape campaign, led by the London School of Economics, will encourage more young people to choose arts, humanities and social sciences Read more >


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