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The Government’s Schools that Work for Everyone Green Paper contains a series of proposals that would significantly reshape the education landscape in the North East.

We need your help to shape a North East response to these proposals. SCHOOLS NorthEast is holding a consultation workshop for all school leaders on Wednesday, November 16 to inform our response to the Green Paper.
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Current system of primary assessment “not fit for purpose”, say North East school leaders
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Respondents to a survey conducted by SCHOOLS NorthEast last week on primary assessment cited confusion, workload and stress as some of the main outcomes of recent reforms within the Department for Education. The majority of them reported that these changes have had a negative impact on teaching and learning in their schools.
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More children in need in the North East than anywhere else in England, but the gap is narrowing
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The North East had by far the highest rate of children in need in the country throughout 2015-16, new national statistics reveal. During this period, 8.22% of the children in our region were identified as children in need, compared to 6.67% in England. However, the rate in the North East is the lowest it has ever been in the past five years.
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MPs call out Government's 'failure to address' inadequate careers guidance
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MPs Neil Carmichael and Iain Wright said the Education, Skills and the Economy Committee they co-chair is "strongly critical" of the Government's response to their report on Careers education, blaming the Government for its "failure to produce a long-promised strategy". The Committee’s report found that poor careers guidance in many English schools is...
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Evidence check: Government proposals to extend selective education   Schools Minister Nick Gibb will be taking part in a hearing held by the Education Committee to review the existing evidence for selective education. Also attending: Dr Rebecca Allen, Dr Tim Leunig & more. Read more >

Increase in number of KS2 tests appeals
 
New statistics published by the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) this morning reveal a rise in the number of key stage 2 tests that were subject to an appeal.
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Teaching Schools Council releases Effective Primary Teaching Practice report
 
The report contains several recommendations on how to improve primary teaching. Barbara Slider, Head Teacher at Shiremoore Primary School in North Tyneside and Prof. Rob Coe of CEM, Durham University, were both part of the research process.
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Children at risk of falling behind due to nursery teacher shortage 
 
More than a quarter of a million children are at an increased risk of falling behind in their development by the time they reach school because of a chronic shortage of qualified nursery teachers.
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Schools financial health checks: supplier directory
 
The Department for Education has updated the directory of suppliers offering financial health check services to schools. 
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Justine Greening announces new Bill
 
Justine Greening announced last week that plans to convert all schools in “underforming and unviable” council areas into academies will be axed.
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Nationality data won’t be included in National Pupil Database, says minister
 
Lord Nash, the school system minister, has announced that the DfE will now hold the “sensitive” new information separately to other data, claiming this will prevent other departments from having access to it.
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Strong case to keep teacher pay rises capped at 1%, says Greening
 
In a letter to the STRB, the Education Secretary called for pay to be capped again at 1% in 2017/18. She said schools will be able to choose which staff get rises, which could be based on performance.
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SEND: experiences with schools and colleges
 
Research into how parents, children and young people feel about the process of dealing with schools and colleges.
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Ofqual letter to Heads about GCSE grading changes
 
A letter to Head Teachers from Chief Regulator Sally Collier, requesting support to communicate changes on GCSE reforms.
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Comprehensives can have ‘grammar school ethos’, says Wilshaw
 
Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech at the 2016 Freedom and Autonomy for Schools - National Association (FASNA) Autumn Conference.
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Apprenticeship 'U-turn' will help poorest teenagers
 
From April 2017, a new levy on company payrolls will help to double government spending on apprentices, say ministers.
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Toby Young to take over as head of New Schools Network
 
Young will take over as director of the NSN in January, to run the charity backed by the DfE to lobby for more of the schools to be opened and assist with the application process.
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Bible created by North East school children set to be presented to the Pope   A bible created by pupils from 140 North East schools was presented to Pope Francis at the Vatican on Wednesday. The work is a young people’s version of the Codex Amiatinus. Read more >

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NOV
Every Child's Progress Counts
Helping all schools to meet SEND requirements. 

Hear from leading Special Education speakers and HMI, on what the implications of the common Inspections Framework are for all schools, mainstream and specialist. This inaugural Conference is brought to you via a Teaching School collaborative, with support from SCHOOLS NorthEast.

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14
NOV
Websites: a window to your school
The aim of this event is to update schools on the statutory requirements around what they must publish on their website and to demonstrate how websites can be used as an effective tool to communicate a school’s brand to key audiences. Confirmed speakers include Belita Scott HMI

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16
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Green Paper Consultation Workshop
The Government’s “Schools that Work for Everyone” Green Paper contains a series of proposals that would significantly reshape the education landscape in the North East. The plan to lift the ban on grammar schools has attracted most attention, but other proposed changes will also have major implications. SCHOOLS NorthEast is holding a consultation workshop to help shape our response.

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28
NOV
Autumn Term Ofsted Briefings 
SCHOOLS NorthEast has set up a series of termly events with Ofsted to support schools in the region to stay current on all information regarding inspections. Our autumn term briefings will include a themed discussion around raising standards in KS3 English, focussing on transition. There will also be contributions from North East Head Teachers who have recently been inspected.

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17
NOV
Free Networking Event for School Leaders
Network with like-minded school leaders and learn from fundraising experts about: multiple income streams available to schools; writing successful grant applications; effectively engaging your community; finding business sponsors; meet premier education suppliers; case studies of schools like yours that have had Income Generation success!

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17 / 18
NOV
Data Protection Compliance
As a school you handle personal information about individuals (Children, parents and employees) which means you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. Are you or your employees aware of its legal requirements? Does your Data Protection Policy explain how the 8 principles are embedded in your school? 
20
NOV
Sharing the lessons of becoming a successful Academy Trust
This event includes inputs from a high quality team of speakers who have developed very successful school Academy Trusts and are willing to share their experiences to ensure you are fully prepared if your school decides to become an Academy Trust. This is an excellent opportunity for Heads and SBMs to attend this FREE event, on a development that will be facing all schools in the coming years.

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21
NOV
STEM Day
Aimed at 8-16 year olds - about 100 students in groups of about 16 rotate around hour long sessions each highlighting a STEM application in the real world of work. Previous activities have included 3D printing, bridge building, robot building, making toothpaste, smart materials etc. These have been massively popular over the past two years but we are changing the format a little this year. This is aimed at sharing the inspiration across a larger number of schools.

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22
NOV
SEND Avoiding Litigation
The seminar will consider, from a practical perspective, the potential litigation risks faced by those with day-to-day responsibility for managing SEND, statements/EHC Plans and initial exclusions and appeals. The aim is to help you avoid pitfalls, and provide advice and guidance to help avoid litigation. The speakers are barristers whose practices include litigation arising in the context of educational law and SEND.

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Schools Northeast   Lynn Watson, former Head of Percy Hedley School and SCHOOLS NorthEast Trustee, blogs for us this week and successfuly manages a medley of insight into special educational needs and... David Bowie?! The article looks at the many "Ch-ch-ch-Changes" in SEND and how we can better support pupils with SEN: "we have lots to contend with and constant ch-ch-ch change in national policy creates many challenges. In our field of work, however we have no option but to ‘face the strain’." Read more >

Schools Northeast   Dr Rebecca Allen, Director of Education Datalab, often writes 'musings on English education policy' on her personal blog and we have just come across her most recent article We don't need better sorting hats to improve social mobility. She says: "Educational sorting hats can be useful at the right time and place in life, to funnel some students into elite universities and others into technical training programmes, for example. But they often have pre-determined destinations in mind for the individuals who are pulled out." Read more >

Schools Northeast   Recently published statistics show that nearly a third of those starting a teaching career are no longer in a classroom five years later. Schools Minister Nick Gibb revealed DfE data that shows only 70% of teachers are still in regular service in the state-funded schools sector in England after qualifying in 2010.  Read more >

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Head Teacher Vacancy at a School in Middlesbrough Read more >
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COMPASS: Self-Evaluation Careers Benchmark Tool Read more >
Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 Information & Free Resources Read more >
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History & Citizenship Resources for 5-7 Year Olds Read more >
Advice on Teacher Pension Schemes Read more >
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