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The Education Secretary faced her first grilling in front of the Education Select Committee yesterday, where she announced the Government’s plan to enact the Educational Excellence Everywhere white paper.

Ms Greening explained to MPs that the Government is currently “pulling together” legislation to go ahead with the planned changes, adding that she wanted to focus academisation on “struggling” schools.
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PM and Labour leader in heated PMQs debate over grammar schools plans
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Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday saw Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn clash over the Government’s new plan to expand grammar schools in England. Mrs May said Mr Corbyn should “stop casting his mind back to the 1950s”, after the opposition leader stated the PM wants to “expand a system that can only let children down”.
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Education Secretary tells MPs parent governor role won't be scrapped
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Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening says she will not be pushing forward with moves to scrap the parent governor role from schools in England. She told the Commons Education Committee parent governors often played a "vital role" in school improvement.
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'Schools that work for everyone' consultation overview
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On Monday, Education Secretary Justine Greening addressed the HoC with plans for new grammar schools, launching a consultation on the proposals. This is an overview containing the key areas covered in the proposals.  We kindly ask that you help us formulate a thorough response to the plans.
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Teachers oppose grammar expansion, survey finds   Eight out of 10 teachers and heads are against selection, the poll by the National Association of Head Teachers, the Association of School and College Leaders and charity Teach First finds. Read more >

Mandatory timelines for all schools 
 
Updated guidance from the Department for Education on what all schools must know to plan for the academic year ahead.
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‘Difficult to disentangle’ if teaching is improving, admits Ofqual boss
 
Sally Collier told a group of politicians and academics this morning that she was “finding it very difficult” to say to what extent rises and falls in GCSE and A level results were down to better teaching or other factors.
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MPs seek better plan to fight school sexual harassment
 
Sexual harassment and abuse of girls are too often accepted as part of daily life, according to a Commons Women and Equalities Committee report.
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Special needs funding plan shown to be ‘unreliable’
 
The Government’s proposed new way of funding early education for children with SEN will fail to distribute resources adequately and result in some being “turned away”,  an expert claims.
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Transparency data: academy sponsor list
 
The updated list with contact details for approved academy sponsors.
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Wraparound childcare policy 'failing due to lack of funding'
 
Research seen by Guardian says extended school services are failing to meet after-school and holiday childcare needs.
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Mathematics subject knowledge enhancement guide: 2016 to 2017 
 
Guidance and form for initial teacher training providers applying for subject knowledge enhancement programmes for the 2016 academic year.
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Durham County Council improves offer to teaching assistants   Teaching assistants in County Durham have been offered an improved compensation package in a dispute over term-time only wages. Read more >

Middlesbrough Mayor hits out at 'worst place to live' report
 
Middlesbrough Mayor David Budd told the Gazette that the report labelling the town as the "worst place to live for girls" was based on outdated statistics.
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North East MPs warn education secretary of threat to school funding
 
Catherine McKinne, MP for Newcastle North, highlighted SCHOOLS NorthEeast research on £43m regional school funding gap to Education Secretary Justine Greening.
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SEP
Annual General Meeting 2016
This year, we are delighted to be joined by Sir Nick Weller, who is currently leading a review into transforming education across the Northern Powerhouse. Following official AGM business, Sir Nick will lead a consultation session, seeking your input. This is your opportunity to ensure that the voice of North East schools is clearly heard and represented in the final report. The AGM is open to all Partner Schools.

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Reinvigorating the ‘Wasted Years’: raising standards in KS3 English
SCHOOLS NorthEast, in partnership with Ofsted, is holding a one day conference focussed on raising standards in English. Delegates will look at KS3 in the contexts of KS2 and KS4 to ensure that they can maximise this period and support students to achieve at GCSE and beyond. The conference will be led by Sarah Hubbard HMI, Ofsted's National Lead for English. 

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OCT
Annual Summit: Vision for 2020
Keynote Speaker: Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Education

We have a fantastic line up of speakers Sir David Carter, National Schools Commissioner, Dr Becky Allen, Director of Education Datalab, Sir Nick Weller, Masha Gordon and  more.

This is the biggest gathering of Head Teachers in the North East and we would be delighted if you joined us.

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SEP
NQT Initial Meeting
This meeting, held at the Inspire2Learn centre, will be focuses on the statutory requirements for NQTs and the role of the appropriate body. All NQTs will receive the information for all training including the free session offered by the Redar and Cleveland Appropriate body. 

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Pastoral Conference – ReTHINK16
This year’s ReTHINK Conference is aimed at helping schools to understand and develop a whole-school approach to self-esteem. The event aims to tackle the factor at the heart of so many of those issues: low self-esteem.

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12
OCT
Sounds Write
Fishburn Primary School's recently adopted Education Centre has organise a Sounds Write phonics course where attendees will receive all the teaching materials needed to deliver this scheme with impact. (No fancy gimmicks….just straight forward pedagogy!).

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18
OCT
Academy Conversion and Multi-Academy Trusts – are you ready?
Find out how to convert to academy status and how to form and grow a MAT with this introductory seminar
which include a review of different MAT models, an overview of the legal processes, changes in roles and responsibilities for governors
and opportunities for discussion and networking.

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OCT
Exploring Academy Status Conference
This one day conference aims to provide clear and impartial information and advice from people who have completed conversion to an academy or formed, or joined, a multi– academy trust. You will gain valuable insights from experts and school leaders that will help you to understand the immediate and longer term implications and benefits of conversion.

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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.

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Schools Northeast   'Grit' and 'resilience' are two terms often used in discussing around the wellbeing of pupils. Bernard Trafford, Headmaster of RGS Newcastle and SCHOOLS NorthEast Trustee, wonders in this week's blog how we can teachers do them: I confess I was no wiser than anyone else. A good teacher does quite a lot of it naturally: but we need to be more systematic, more thorough, and not just do these things by chance with the right class or on a good day!" Read more >

Schools Northeast   A new NFER study of teacher retention found that the majority of teachers are not considering leaving the profession. The proportion of teachers considering leaving has, however, increased significantly in the last year from 17 to 23 per cent. It also found that engagement underpins retention and e found no evidence of any influence of a school’s proportion of free school meal pupils, academy status or region on intent to leave the profession. Read more >

Schools Northeast   The North East has seen the largest increase in the proportion of secondary teaching hours for EBacc subjects – an increase of 6.1% from 2010 to 2015 (this compares to a 4.8% increase nationally). The data comes from official statistics released  by the DfE containing a local analysis of teacher workforce from 2010 to 2015. Based on these, the North East also had a significantly smaller proportion of teachers not holding QTS compared to England as a whole. Read more >

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