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Welcoming our new Chair and Trustees

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LATEST NEWS | TALKING HEADS | EVENTS | OPPORTUNITIES 9 October 2015
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SCHOOLS NorthEast is delighted to welcome John Hardy as the new Chair of Trustees. John was appointed last week at the organisation's Annual General Meeting and is taking over from David Pearmain, who has served as Chair since SCHOOLS NorthEast was first established eight years ago. 

The Board has also undergone a few changes, and we would like to welcome Iain Veitch, Head Teacher at Park View School in Chester-le-Street, as the new Vice Chair, as well as the following new Trustees:
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SCHOOLS NorthEast submits exam board evidence to Education Select Committe
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SCHOOLS NorthEast voiced the opinions of Head Teachers across the region in an evidence piece submitted to the Education Select Committee, in response to concerns on volatility in exam assessment
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Conservative Party Conference 2015: Five Lessons
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SCHOOLS NorthEast was present at the Conservative Party Conference to tap into the mood music coming from the governing party and to identify areas that schools need to focus on over the coming months...
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Conservative Party Conference 2015: the future of a Regional School Challenge
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What does the 2015 Conference tell us about the future of a Regional Schools Challenge? SCHOOLS NorthEast Director Mike Parker answers in an opinion piece about last week's Conference.
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#CPC15: What should the Conservative's education priorities be?   Pupil places crisis, teacher supply shortages and demand for fairer funding headlined the demands made to the Government at a Policy Exchange fringe event on priorities for the coming year.
 
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#CPC15 Character Education - undefined and soon to be measured   Character education was a running theme throughout education fringe events at CPC15. It is clear that the Secretary of State, has a strong focus on instilling character into children with....
 
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Schools to be inspected 3 years after opening, says DfE   New schools will now only be inspected after three years, allowing Head Teachers more breathing space to properly establish their schools and en extra year to show progress.
 
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Schools Northeast   ANNUAL SUMMIT VISION FOR 2020

Date: Thursday 15 October 2015
Venue: St James' Park, Newcastle
 
 

Keynotes: Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty's Chief Inspector & Natasha Devon MBE, DfE's Mental Health Champion  

This is the largest gathering of Head Teachers in the region and is regarded as the must-attend event in the North East education calendar. 
 

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Grindon Hall free school facing sponsor takeover    Grindon Hall Christian School will now be taken over by a new sponsor in what seems to be the first ever forced academisation of a free school.
 
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'Walk on Wednesdays' to school campaign aims to boost kids' health   Over 7,600 pupils and parents in Northumberland have been playing their part in sustainable transport by challenging themselves to walk to school at least once a week on a Wednesday.  Read more >

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22
OCT
Equality and Diversity Auditing
This workshop aims to help you design and audit your equality and diversity processes  within your school, as well as providing tips on accurate health check's of your school's culture. 
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23
OCT
Effective Coaching Skills 
This workshop will aims to provide a different approach that will enable you to tap into the strengths of the team, by covering the essential skills needed to be an effective mentor to your staff. More info.
 
10
NOV
Single Central Record Training
Due to popular demand, Strictlty Education will now run an additional SCR half-day course in Wakefield, aimed at all members of staff responsible for setting up and/or maintaining the SCR. More info.
12
NOV
Poverty Proofing the School Day
No school can be rated outstanding if it is not supporting its most disadvantaged children. Looking beyond Pupil Premium, this event will explore the practical steps that schools can take on a day to day basis to tackle poverty and prevent inequality. More info
 
13
NOV
PIE Conference: Primary to Prosperity
Engaging, enlightening and educating primary age pupils to the exciting world of enterprise and bringing education to life through inspiration. To find out more about this Newcastle University Business School inaugural conference please click here. This is a free event.
 
24
NOV
Promoting fundamental British values in schools 
This half day event has been designed to provide guidance on how schools can meet new requirements of actively promoting the fundamentaol British values of democracy, as well as the new statutory requirements around radicalisation. More info here. 

Schools Northeast   We have Hilary Cooper taking over the Talking Heads blog this week, looking into "The Mad World of Progress". Ms Cooper weighs in on the accuracy of Ofsted school judgements and on what success truly means, leaving aside school progress data. 
"How much does the progress of your class or school affect your life chances: massively if you want a successful career in education. No wonder there is temptation to bend rules and stretch results."
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Schools Northeast   What is the relationship between being in care and the educational outcomes of children?, a review by the REES Centre of University of Oxford's Department of Education. The research found that children in care lag behind their peers on a number of measures of educational attainment, including grades, literacy and numeracy test scores, attendance and exclusions, but that the correlation between being in care and educational outcomes is mediated by a number of other factors. Read more >

Schools Northeast   A new YouGov poll commissioned by the National Union of Teachers (NUT) found than over half of the teachers surveyed are thinking of leaving the profession in the next two years, citing volume of workload and seeking better work/life balance as their main reasons. The poll also revealed that the majority of teachers believe forced academisation of schools rated 'Requires Improvement' and plans for new free schools will "damage education"  Read more >

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