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Schools in the North East shelled out over £150m last year to cover costs for supply teachers, new figures from the BBC show.

The news comes amid concerns of the increasingly difficult recruitment and retention of teachers. County Durham is the local authority area with the largest total spend in 2015, amounting to over £9m, followed by Northumberland with over £5.5m. Click below for a breakdown of spending per local authority area.
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Gov't uncompromising on school attendance rules after father's term-time holiday win
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The Government will seek "whatever measures necessary" to keep term-time holiday rules strict, after a father who took his daughter on a term-time holiday won a case against the school, and the subsequent appeal made by the local authority. Nick Gibb told the HoC that the ruling represented a "significant threat" ...
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Queen's Speech: New bill confirms plan to target unviable councils
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Plans to “move towards” a fully-academised system by targeting areas where councils are underperforming have been laid out in the Queen’s Speech, after the Gov't gave up on proposals that would have forced all schools to convert. The focus on councils is a compromise on the  white paper proposals.
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SCHOOLS NorthEast is recruiting for two new roles!
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Do you know a creative marketer? Or someone with a passion for public policy? We are currently advertising for two brand new roles: Digital Marketing Officer and Policy Officer. Both are fantastic opportunities for those wanting to drive change and help us grow. Please spread the news so we can find the perfect candidates!
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Nicky Morgan offers unions olive branch of new pay and workload talks   Nicky Morgan is seeking a fresh start with teaching unions through an invitation to new in-depth talks on pay, workload and other areas of concern, TES can reveal. Read more >

Science and languages are the 'poor relations' in primary schools, Wilshaw warns
 
Head of Ofsted says the focus on English and maths is the cause for science and languages being 'marginalised'. In his monthly commentary, Wilshaw says too little time is allocated to the teaching of the two subjects.
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Julie Swan, new Ofqual director for general qualifications
 
She will take up the position permanently after a spell as the acting executive director when her predecessor, Ian Stockford, left to join AQA.
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Home education law weaknesses exploited by illegal schools, Wilshaw says
 
Weaknesses in current legislation on home-schooling are being exploited by illegal schools, which may be putting children at “significant risk of harm and indoctrination”, Michael Wilshaw has said.
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Careers talks 'boost future earnings', research shows
 
Careers education given to pupils in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers.
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GCSE exam pupils baffled by 'business studies' question in biology paper
 
A question in the AQA Biology exam reportedly asked pupils to define an “independent company”, prompting streams of children to complain about the exam on social media.
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Humanists launch whistleblowing site for faith school pupils
 
The Faith Schoolers Anonymous site is aimed at young people who attend faith schools, including those at illegal or unregistered schools.
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Spend the day with
Olympic volleyball players!

Premier Teachers has formed a partnership with world class athletes Nathan French and Peter Bakare who deliver a fantastic day of workshops to Primary age children and Secondary age children.

Nathan French and Peter Bakare are both professional athletes and 2012 Olympic Volleyball Players. The duo have played together for many years starting their careers in the same volleyball squad, all the way through to the Olympic Games. Nathan and Pete are passionate about sport and helping children to see the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.  


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Schools wanted for North East LEP Enterprise Adviser programme   The LEP has already recruited over 30 Enterprise Advisers from a broad range of business sectors to support schools and colleges in the region. They are now looking for more schools to take part. Read more >

Excelsior pupils get front row seats for Angelina Jolie BBC speech
 
Budding journalists from Excelsior Academy were VIP guests this week at a BBC keynote speech by Hollywood star and UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, broadcast live to millions across the globe.
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23
MAY
The White Paper and academisation: implications and options
In light of announcements in the Budget and White Paper, SCHOOLS NorthEast has organised a full day conference to help you understand the current direction of education policy and make the right decisions for your school

This is now sold out. A second event will be held on 14 June

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23
JUN
School Business Management Conference
Join us for our fourth annual SBM Conference. This event is aimed at all staff involved in the day-to-day running of their school, offering all the benefits of a high profile national conference. 

This year we're going SUMO! Supercharge yourself, your colleagues and your school with internationally recognised motivational speaker Paul McGee.

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6-7
JUL
Summer Term Ofsted Briefings
Get the latest and most up-to-date information from Ofsted on a termly basis. 

We have set up a series of termly events with Ofsted to enable schools to stay up-to-date on regarding inspectionsOur summer term briefings will include a focussed discussion around meeting SEND requirements. There will also be contributions from NE Heads who have recently been inspected under the new framework.

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13
OCT
SCHOOLS NorthEast SUMMIT 2016
The must-attend education event for schools leaders in the North East.

We are delighted to be joined by The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education, who will deliver the keynote address at the conference.

More information about the programme will be available soon.

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19
MAY
Get Your Community Engaged: Free May Webinars
Your school is surrounded by hundreds of individuals and organisations. In this webinar you will identify stakeholders so you can confidently ask them to support your projects. Learn more about effective community engagement and the best communication channels to maximise responses.   

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24 - 25
MAY
System Leadership Event Post-White Paper
Are you interested in supporting the school-led system in the North-East from 2016-17 and beyond? The White Paper talks about having great leaders at the heart of the system. Hear about possible school to school support opportunities in the future and to hear examples of where this has already been successful in your locality.

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15
JUN
Thinking Academy Trust?
A free and informative event for schools and academies – Head Teachers, Bursars/Business Managers, HR Managers and Governors will find this event of particular interest. Delegates will be given an overview of the academy sector, the conversion process, legal issues to consider, best practice in MATs and other useful information.

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SEP
Building capacity in a multi-academy trust: The critical role of an executive leader
This course has been specifically designed to support and equip experienced and senior leaders within the education sector to lead successful academy trusts. Understand the role of MAT executive leaders, the specific characteristics of the MAT structure, governance, legalities and financial management used in MAT and much more. 

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SEP
ReTHINK16 Pastoral Conference
This year’s ReTHINK Conference is aimed at helping schools to understand and develop a whole-school approach to self-esteem.  Continuing the underlying principle of the annual RGS Mental Health Conference – that schools need to be proactive in supporting the pastoral needs of their pupils - this conference aims to tackle the factor at the heart of so many of those issues: low self-esteem.

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Schools Northeast   We have another guest blog this week - Natalie Bryce, English Teacher at Excelsior Academy, led a party of six pupils from the academy to the BBC Broadcasting House on Monday to see Angelina Jolie's keynote speech in her role as UNHCR Special Envoy. She says: "I didn’t choose the subject matter of diversity – the pupils did. It was their news and what matters to them. Our tagline for this work was ‘About our school. By our school’ - which we all really liked." Read more >

Schools Northeast   The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published a report on mental health in schools this week. Their findings show that secondary schools are facing a "perfect storm" of mental health problems and early intervention in schools should be a government priority. The report calls on Ofsted to inspect schools' mental health provision more frequently. The full report is linked below, but Schools Week have also summarised it in a 'speed read' article available here Read more >


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