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Following on from last week’s report on the Labour Party Conference, SCHOOLS NorthEast Director Mike Parker attended the Conservative Party Conference to get the latest on Government education policy and to hear from leading opinion formers in the sector. Here are a few observations.
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Schools Week announced as official Summit media partners
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The nationally prominent education publication, Schools Week, has been officially confirmed as the media partners at this year’s SCHOOLS NorthEast Summit. They will be joining us for the day to report on the region’s biggest gathering of Head Teachers.
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Changes at the
RSC North office
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The start of the new academic year has seen a number of changes at the office of the Regional Schools Commissioner for the North. Janet Renou will be supported by two new Deputy Directors (DDs), Katherine Cowell and Jane Wilson.
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Exclusions in Middlesbrough rise by more than 300% since 2013
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The government figures, released in July, also show that fixed term or temporary exclusions in England increased from 267,520 to 302,980 in the same period. Of these exclusions, 14,360 were in the North East. Middlesbrough saw the largest increase  of all local authorities
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New £60m ‘opportunity areas’ introduced by Education Secretary   Justine Greening announced the creation of new ‘opportunity areas’ across the country which will receive £60m towards school improvement, teacher support and school-business collaboration. Read more >

Five schools unveiled as regional research hubs
 
The new “research schools” will receive the funding to build support networks between the schools in their areas with the aim of getting teachers to make better use of evidence.
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What schools need to know about collecting census nationality data
 
Changes to the school census that require the collection of data on pupils’ country of birth and nationality are back on the agenda again after more parents took to twitter to share examples of schools’ responses to the new rules.
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Academy trust health checks will be rolled out from January, schools commissioner reveals
 
Sir David Carter, the national schools commissioner, said he plans to run the health checks at more than 30 trusts before the end of the year.
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Cash-strapped schools consider introducing four-day week
 
Schools in West Sussex are warning they may have no option but to cut their hours – even floating the idea of a four-day week – unless they are given emergency financial help from the Government.
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Classrooms need more male teachers, charity says
 
To mark World Teachers' Day, the charity Teach First is urging more men to consider a career in the sector.
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Management team members have been suspended at Teesside special schools   Management team members at three Teesside special schools have been suspended after allegations of “irregular practices”. A  probe is under way after allegations of 'irregular management practices' at EOTAS, Pathways and Greystones Read more >

Modern foreign languages course launch
 
Delivered in partnership with renowned language training providers, Rosetta Stone, the innovative new programme will help to improve languages teaching across scores of North East schools.
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13
OCT
SCHOOLS NorthEast Annual Summit
Keynote Speaker: Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education

We are now sold out. However, if you are interested in attending the afternoon only, for areduced rate, we are still taking bookings so please get in touch.

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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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17
NOV
Mock Disciplinary Hearing
This will take you through the life cycle of a serious HR issue, from the initial investigation right up to the end of the hearing itself. Members of a local employment law team will take you through the process, providing you with case studies and taking on ‘roles’ to demonstrate a disciplinary hearing in action.

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20
OCT
Stuck: Britain’s Social Mobility Problem
Durham University are hosting a guest lecture with Dr Lee Elliot Major, Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust.  He will be speaking on the subject of improving social mobility through education. 

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02
NOV
Dare to Enquire: I see, I notice, I wonder
Look at techniques to make your pupils feel more comfortable and confident when working away from their usual environment. The process continues by focusing on empowering teachers to respond to themes that children are inspired by, developing the participants’ sense of ownership and belonging with the museum or gallery.

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03
NOV
Early Years Dance CPD
This course aims to provide you with a bank of practical ideas all linked to the three Prime Area and four Specific Areas of the EYFS to implement into your dance lessons, and to help increase your confidence in the delivery of Early Years Dance as well as to increase knowledge and understanding of dance terminology for Early Years Dance.

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07
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.

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02
DEC
360° ESafety Tool Workshop 
Find out the most effective ways in which school leaders can engage staff and the wider school community in the 360° safe review of ESafety, how evidence sources, actions and commentary can be recorded and an action plan developed, how the school can benchmark its provision against the national data included in the 360 tool and more.

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07
DEC
The Wolf and Peter
Filled with dance and live music, The Wolf and Peter is a quirky and alternative Christmas show, told through the eyes of a breakdancing wolf. You will also encounter a Bird, a Cat, a Duck and a Boy who will together take you on a thrilling adventure to explore and discover contemporary dance and performance at its best. It's a fun, richly theatrical and highly energetic original dance show which features live piano on stage. 

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Schools Northeast   Masha Gordon, founder of  GRIT & ROCK and world record setter, writes about the importance of instilling resilience and confidence in young girls. Masha shares her fantastic life story, her journey from her executive career at Goldman Sachs to becoming the fastest woman to complete both Explorers Grand Slam and 7 Summits. You can read Masha's truly inspiring tale here and, if you have booked your place to this year's Summit, you will see her on stage from 9am.  Read more >


Schools Northeast   The required standard of phonic decoding was met by 82% of Year 1 pupils in the North East, higher than England as a whole (81%) and second only to London (83%) when regions are compared. Based on Department for Education statistics on phonics screening checks and KS1 assessments for 2016, the best performing Local Authority area in the North East was Darlington, with 86% of pupils reaching the required standard, with an impressive 92% of girls achieving it. Read more >

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