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LATEST NEWS | TALKING HEADS | EVENTS | OPPORTUNITIES 13 November 2015
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The Chronicle reports that four schools in Northumberland will close due to a major shake-up of education in Alnwick, after Northumberland County Council’s cabinet voted to replace the current three-tier system with two tiers.

Lindisfarne, The Duke’s, Seahouses and St Paul’s middle schools will shut, leading to the expansion of the county’s first schools to take children up to age 11. Campaigners had been fighting to keep Seahouses Middle School open for over a year.
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Striking North-South divide shown in mapped GCSEs
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A map of provisional GCSE results in England reveals that the North-South divide remains an issue, with 4.7% more pupils in the South having achieved five GCSEs including English and Maths. While this is 0.1% less than what analysis of the 2014 final...
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Heads share best practice for poverty proofing the school
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SCHOOLS NorthEast held its 'Poverty Proofing the School Day' event on Thursday, where 40 school leaders from our region explored practical steps that schools can take on a day to day basis to tackle poverty and prevent inequality. Sara Bryson...
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New National Teaching Service "sticking plaster on teacher shortage"
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Education Secretary Nicky Morgan revealed plans to create a new National Teaching Service that will “get our best teachers and middle leaders into underperforming schools in areas where they are needed most” such as rural and coastal towns.
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EBacc consultation: 90% entry rate expected in all schools   Schools urged to respond to the consultation by 29 January, following Nicky Morgan's statement "I want to see at least 90% of students entering..."
 
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Academies move difficult pupils to other schools to boost results   The TES reports exclusively that some secondaries are engineering moves of their most challening students to neighbouring schools, in order to boost their own GCSE scores.
 
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New research sheds light on poor pupils' educational chances   The Sutton Trust study found that students who lived in poor neighbourhoods were less likely to go on to advanced level courses than those who ...
 
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Heads 'calling 999 over mental health'   Due to service shortages, schools are having to call 999 to get treatment for pupils suffering from ...
 
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Morpeth pupils get special mention in Nick Gibb's speech   After attending the prestigious Big Bang @ Parliament event with their impressive project, two pupils from Morpeth Chantry Middle School were...
 
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Pupils build on career knowledge by creating 'Space Hotel'   The Aspire Learning Partnership of 8 primary schools in Redcar & Cleveland has launched its Aspire 2 Achieve programme for KS 2 this week... Read more >

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NOV
Exam board review (Ofqual)
Secondary Head Teachers in the North East are invited to a Chatham House discussion with Ofqual Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey, following concerns raised by school leaders regarding exam boards. For more information and to secure your place, please click here.
 
24
NOV
Promoting British Values in Schools
This event will help you to define 'British values' and will look at how these can be effectively embedded in schools.

Speakers include:
Geraint Evans HMI, Ofsted's National Lead for Extremism
Ian Kershaw, Northern Education Trust
More info & registration
 
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FEB
FutureReady Conference
An event focusing on the knowledge and experiences a young person needs to succeed in the 21st century. It  will cover key themes such as good careers guidance, character education and school-business engagement with a national and regional focus. More details and booking info here
16
NOV
Andy Whittaker The ART of Being Brilliant
Did you enjoy our SBM Conference last June and our first keynote of the day? Motivational speaker Andy Whittaker is back and will be running half day sessions on several dates. Please visit our website for more info. 
 
23
NOV
New Ofsted
Framework

Delegates will explore the implications of the new ofsted framework for governors and identify key strategies that will help them ensure inspection is about recognising the key role that governors play in schools. More info here. 
 
24
NOV
Train the Trainer for secondary schools
Learn practical strategies to train staff in your schools on tackling Homophobic, Biphobic & Transphobic bullying and language, and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people, create an action plan for your school. More info.

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Schools Northeast   NAHT released their latest report on the school funding crisis, titled Breaking Point. Their survey pf 1069 school leaders revealed nearly two thirds of the respondents are making 'significant' cuts or dipping into reserves to stave off deficits. A further four in five school leaders said that budget cuts would have a negative impact on standards. The report calls for a fair national funding formula to ensure that limited funds go where they are most needed, as well as a well-planned transition.  Read more >

Schools Northeast   A new study conducted  by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) revealed that white British pupils are on average the least likey ethnic group in the UK to go to university. Based on entrance records and 2011 census findings, the IFS said that just under one in three (32.6%) of white British pupils go into higher education, while Indian and Chinese pupils are, on average, more than twice as likely to do so with 75.5% and 67.4% participation rates, respectively.   Read more >

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