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The Children’s Commissioner’s inquiry aims to find out why some children in the North fall behind their counterparts in the South

However, the composition of the inquiry’s expert advisory panel has caused serious concern about the quality and inclusivity of the initiative as it fails to contain a single North East representative despite seeking to address issues in the region.
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Bright Tribe no longer sponsoring The Durham Federation
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Academy hub sponsor Bright Tribe has decided not to take over The Durham Federation, comprised of Fyndoune Community College and Durham Community Business College. A spokesperson for Bright Tribe said that the Federation joining the trust “is not viable” due to the “level of financial support required to subsidise the operation”.
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How tough is recruitment? Responses needed for Government lobby
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The Government continues to claim that there is not a looming recruitment crisis in schools and yet last year 9 in 10 of you said you expected it to be harder to find staff this year. We need your help to evidence the need within schools. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and provide more insight into school recruitment. 

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Government scraps National Teaching Service
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The Government announced last Friday that it will not press ahead with plans for a National Teaching Service (NTS), launched in 2015 by former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan. Following the project's pilot in the North West, a Department for Education spokesman confirmed the NTS "will not be progressing". 
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Most students' predicted A-levels 'wrong'   Only 16% of university applicants achieve the grades their teachers predict, research suggests. Read more >

Evidence to the STRB: 2017 pay award for school staff
 
The Education Secretary’s evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) about the 2017 pay award for teachers and school leaders.
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Promote British values and register home-schooled pupils, Casey review recommends
 
Authored by the government’s troubled families lead Dame Louise Casey, the report also calls for schools in some areas to become more diverse, suggesting that potential school sites be bought in areas of the highest segregation.
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Pisa tests: UK lags behind in global school rankings
 
Use the BBC's interactive map to explore each country's PIsa test results and overall ranking.
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A-level choice 'more important with AS-levels changes'
 
A shake-up of the exams system makes it all the more important for teenagers to think carefully about their A-level choices, leading universities say.
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Minister to ‘accelerate’ proposals for changes to sex education
 
Edward Timpson, the children’s minister, told MPs that officials would be ordered to “accelerate” work on proposals for changing sex education so they can be circulated in the near future.
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Home-to-school travel and transport
 
Statutory guidance on making home-to-school travel arrangements for children and young people, and on promoting sustainable travel.
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"What's sauce for the goose isn't always sauce for the gander" - the "penny drop" moment that provides meaningful, manageable and sustainable Parental Engagement

In the second of his articles, Alan Cowley, CEO of Engagement in Education, describes how the results of their 6 years of school-based, action-research are providing schools with the pragmatic solution to
Parental Engagement.

 


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Minister praises Chester-le-Street primary school for early years reading results   In a recent phonics screening check, at least 95 per cent of pupils at Red Rose Primary School, in Chester-le-Street, reached the required pass mark. This means the school is now ranked in the top 8% of all primary schools in the country. Read more >

North East schools ranked in The Sunday Times School Guide
 
Congratulations to the North East schools mentioned in the 2016-2017 edition of The Sunday Times Schools Guide! 
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17
JAN
Making waves: tackling the challenges faced by coastal schools
This full day conference will bring school leaders from across the country together to explore the challenges faced by coastal schools in further detail. The aim of the event is to identify practical solutions to these issues that school leaders can then put into practice on returning to school. The agenda will include a mixture of keynote speakers and solution-orientated, interactive workshops.

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09
FEB
FutureReady Careers Conference 2017
FutureReady focuses on the knowledge and experiences, along with the key attributes and attitudes, a young person needs to succeed in the 21st century. You will hear from a range of expert speakers who will leave you feeling inspired and full of ideas to improve careers provision in your school. This year’s conference will feature a business networking session, attended by approximately 50 businesses. 

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16
MAR
SCHOOLS NorthEast Patron's Dinner 2017
We will be holding our eighth annual Patron's Dinner, hosted by our Patron Lord Puttnam of Queensgate, to celebrate the hard work of our region's school leaders. This evening of networking and fine dining will be attended by around 250 Head Teachers in the region, leading educationalists and local business leaders, and it is exclusive to SCHOOLS NorthEast Partner Schools.

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Schools Northeast   Dame Nicola Nelson DBE, Head Teacher at Beech Hill Primary School in Newcastle, puts her pen to paper for this week's Talking Heads. She discusses the importance of children's well-being and what impact that has, not only on their future, but on everyone's, as today's children are tomorrow's workforce, parents and citizens. Dame Nicola writes: "It takes a community to protect a child and it is clear to me that society has a role that is more important than ever before to do so".  Read more >


Schools Northeast   The Government has released a new set of national statistics for children looked after in England, including adoption, between 2015 and 2016. As of 31 March 2016, there were 70,440 looked-after children in the North East and this is the highest rate of all of England's regions - 84 per 10,000 under 18 years, compared to a national rate of 60 per 10,000. Click below to read a breakdown of the data relevant to our region. Read more >

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