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The Government has a “moral obligation” to redress school funding inequality that is stifling pupil progress in the North East, according to SCHOOLS NorthEast Director Mike Parker.


Current funding arrangements see schools in the region receive £45.6m less each year than the national average. The Government today kick-started a national consultation that will form the basis of a new national funding formula for all schools.
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Ofqual exam re-mark review: SCHOOLS NorthEast response


Working closely with Head Teachers in the region, the submission sets out a solutions-focused approach that would see Ofqual play a more proactive role in driving up standards in exam board marking, as well a transition to an ‘intelligent review system’. 
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Clarification on KS 1&2 assessment published following teaching unions backlash
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The Standards & Testing Agency (STA) published a clarification on Key Stage 1 and 2 assessment and moderation, following serious backlash from teaching unions. The guidance for schools and local authorities includes information about: ...
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North East pupils turn BBC journos for
the day
More than 1,000 schools are taking part in the BBC News School Report today, 10 March, including 30 from the North East. This is School Report's 10th annual News Day and around 30,000 school reporters around the UK were tasked with gathering stories ....
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Wilshaw on the
war path
  He may be counting down the days to retirement at the end of the year but Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of schools shows no signs of easing his way out of the role. Read more >

Local areas to get more notice of SEND inspections
 
From May, Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will inspect local areas' responsibilities to children and young people with SEND.
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New Ofqual Chief Regulator selected
 
Sally Collier was officially recommended by the Education Secretary to take on the role.
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Memorandum of understanding: independent schools
 
The corporate report on how Ofsted and the Department for Education will work together to deliver inspections of independent schools.
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Women, peace and security
 
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan's speech for International Women's Day 2016. 
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Schools as the engines of social mobility
 
Schools Minister Nick Gibb sets out the Government’s reforms to transform life chances through education.
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Increase in number of teenagers studying or training
 
The proportion of young people in education or training rose across England last year, according to the DfE. All 9 regions have seen an increase.
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Ofsted's National Lead for Governance says no school website that she inspected is "fully compliant"   Belita Scott, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector and National Lead for Governance, told North East Head Teachers and Governors that none of the schools she has inspected had “fully compliant websites”. Read more >

Mayoral candidate calls for greater support for North East schools
 
The first and only candidate to announce their intention to stand for North East mayor used a speech at an academy to call for greater support for schools to end the cycle of low aspiration.
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Newcastle girls 'Walk the World' to help girls in poorest countries go to school
 
All 1,100 girls and their teachers from Newcastle High School for Girls will take part in a walk from their school in Jesmond to the Millennium Bridge and back on Friday March 11 to raise money to educate girls safely around the world.
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16
MAR
SCHOOLS NorthEast Patron's Dinner 2016
Join us for an evening of networking, celebration and fine-dining.

SCHOOLS NorthEast Partner Schools are invited to attend our annual black-tie dinner, designed to celebrate the hard work of our region's school leaders. 
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18
MAR
Lunch with Anna Turley MP & Tom Blenkinsop MP
Meet with key influencers and decision makers for an informal environment.

Anna Turley, Redcar MP, and Tom Blenkinsop, Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland MP, will meet with Heads from Redcar and Cleveland. 
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23
JUN
School Business Management Conference
This year we're going SUMO! 

A conference offering all the benefits of a high profile national event, about the management and day-to-day running of schools, strategic planning, administration, finance.
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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.
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7
NOV
Every Child's Progress Counts
The event was designed to help all schools meet SEND requirements

SCHOOLS NorthEast is currently supporting the upcoming regional SEND Conference, organised by the four North East Specialist Teaching Schools.
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12
MAR
The Elephant in the Room
Can learning happen anywhere or does the space matter? The North East Policy Network invites you to join guest speaker Dr Pamela Woolner to discuss an aspect of education that you may never have thought about: the physical environment in which learning takes place.
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17
MAR
Equality and Diversity Awareness
This workshop is designed to allow you to evaluate the importance of equality and diversity for your children, staff, governors, community, visitors and also in your team and School. The workshop will also focus on the impact it can have if you do not embrace equality and diversity in your School. 
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18
MAR
Adult Safeguarding in Schools
The workshop will cover key areas such as the impact on children, risk assessment, professional duties and responsibilities, ethics and boundaries, evidence preservation, safeguarding referral process and whistleblowing. It is a refresher on current legislation and law for Adult Safeguarding in schools.
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22
MAR
Safeguarding issues - the use of ICT
This workshop provides a platform for Schools to ensure ICT is used safely and responsibly and that risks related to ICT use is properly managed. The workshop will highlight procedural areas of importance in ESafeguarding as part of the School’s Safeguarding Policy and Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
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23
MAR
Performance Management of the Governing Body & Board of Directors
'The session will explore the ways in which boards and local governing groups are managing and reviewing the input and contribution of individuals within their respective structures.
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31
MAR
Enterprise Programme
This programme will emphasise the link between hard work and making money. This will culminate in a fun day of practical selling at The Alnwick Garden. The programme explores flexible ‘work experience’ for young people to gain the valuable hands on knowledge.
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15
OCT
Power Up!
Taster Drop In

These are free events for you to meet us, the programme authors - Richard and Catherine Burwell - and see Power Up! ebooks working live and try them out to test their suitability for your transition needs.
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Schools Northeast   There is a "new kid on the block" and he has kindly introduced himself in this week's Talking Heads.

Simon Ward has recently been appointed as the new Head Teacher at Barnes Junior School in Sunderland, following the retirement of Hilary Cooper. He was previously a Deputy Head Teacher at Hilton Academy in Blakelaw Newcastle. Read about his journey in this week's column. 
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Schools Northeast   Dr Rachel Lofthouse, Head of Education at Newcastle University's School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, blogs about the 'purpose of education'.  

In her article, she draws ideas from the recent Education Select Committee inquiry into the purpose and quality of education in England, which heard evidence from HMCI Sir Michael Wilshaw. 
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Schools Northeast   A new controversial study suggests that many children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) may just simply be the youngest members of their class. By looking at data on 400,000 children, they found 2.8% of the pre-school and primary school boys born in September are diagnosed with the condition, compared with 4.5% of those born the following August, For girls the incidence increased from 0.7% to 1.2%.  Read more >

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