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Ofqual has attracted widespread criticism from the teaching profession after the announcement of new regulations to the system of reviews and appeals governing examination results which ignore many of the recommendations made by school bodies.


The Regulator launched a consultation last December aimed at “improving transparency and fairness” in the system. The move came on the back of a significant increase in appeals against exam grades, a situation that the then Chief Regulator Glenys Stacey said “reflects teachers’ increasing lack of confidence in marking and the current appeals system”.

SCHOOLS NorthEast has led a robust representation on behalf of secondary schools in the region following an outcry by Heads over the performance of examination boards this summer.

While the profession was seeking changes from Ofqual to instil confidence, the new measures published yesterday fall far short of what is required.
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Future of education – white paper and academisation
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Nearly 300 school leaders from across the North East gathered together this week to understand the current direction of education policy. The White Paper and academisation: implications and options conference organised by SCHOOLS NorthEast saw a range of education experts give top quality independent and impartial advice in order to help delegates make the right decisions for their schools.
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Government teacher recruitment schemes delay fuels teacher shortage concerns
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Three teaching recruitment schemes funded by the Government have postponed their application deadlines at least twice, fuelling speculation that few contenders are stepping forward, Schools Week reports. The National Teaching Service, Future Teaching Scholars and Return to Teaching were all launched this academic year to address the growing teacher recruitment “problem”.
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Northern schools greatly underfunded despite high levels of disadvantage
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The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) North has echoed previous calls by SCHOOLS NorthEast for policy makers to take the opportunity given by the reforming of the funding formula to boost budgets, as northern secondary schools are on average funded £1,300 less per pupil compared to those in London, despite the high levels of disadvantage. The IPPR report, commissioned by Teach First...
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MPs debate education announcements in Queen’s Speech   While the debate focused mostly on higher education fees and teaching quality, as well as apprenticeships, the Education and Adoption Bill was also scrutinised. Read more >

Academy conversion: important dates
 
A list of deadlines for schools converting to academy status, published by the DfE. 
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ASCL warns of potential funding formula chaos
 
ASCL leader Malcolm Trobe today warned that a major overhaul of school funding is in danger of being thrown into chaos because of a delay caused by the EU referendum vote.
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Best Heads and teachers are often mavericks, says Wilshaw
 
Ofsted's Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw called for more "flamboyant, colourful and yes, downright strange" people to joing the currently "pretty ordinary" education system at a TES conference. 
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Government confirm £300m available for academy conversion
 
Half of the £600 million earmarked to support the conversion of schools into academies will be handed to existing multi-academy trusts.
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The Government should take its time to get the Education for All Bill right
 
Education Select Committee Chair Neil Carmichael writes in the committee's blog about his speech during the debate on the Queen's Speech. 
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Independent schools challenge twice as many exam results as state schools
 
Analysis of enquiries about results (EARs) by the exams regulator reveal a stark difference in the two sectors’ attitude to challenging exam results. But independent schools were no more likely to be succesful in their challenges.
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What do schools do when a hoax call disrupts exams?
 
Many schools were evacuated as a precaution, meaning some GCSE, A-level and Higher exams had to be abandoned. The BBC News website answers some of the key questions on the issue.
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Lord Sugar appointed government’s enterprise tsar 
 
The appointment is part of the Government’s drive to get more young people to start their own business or an apprenticeship. 
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Emergency £2.7bn warzone education fund launched
 
The project has been headed by Gordon Brown, former UK prime minister and UN special envoy for global education.
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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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Gateshead school closed after 'exotic spider' bites female teacher   Scores of pupils were told not to turn up to a nursery and day care in Gateshead on Thursday after the female worker was bitten while putting bananas into a fruit bowl. Read more >

Police swoop on two North East schools after bomb threats are made
 
Schools in Newcastle and Sunderland were scoured by police after threatening calls were made on Friday, but officers believe they're a hoax
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Plans for Ponteland two-tier school system move a step closer
 
Plans for the majority of schools in Ponteland to switch to a two-tier system have moved a step closer – despite mass opposition from campaigners.
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10
JUN
Lunch with James Wharton MP, Northern Powerhouse Minister
In order to help schools to interact with key influencers, SCHOOLS NorthEast has arranged a series of ‘Power Lunches’. Meet James Wharton, MP for Stockton South and the Northern Powerhouse Minister for an 'open agenda' discussion about local and national educational issues. The lunch is free to attend and is open exclusively to Head Teachers from SCHOOLS NorthEast Partner Schools.

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14
JUN
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 the second event of its type, held due to the high demand expressed for the first.

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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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8
JUN
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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23
JUN
Cultural Learning TeachMeet 
Unlocking pupil potential: innovative and creative approaches in a primary school. This free event is open to teachers, cultural professionals and freelance practitioners engaged in learning and participation. It is an opportunity to share ideas, be inspired and make new contacts.

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6
JUL
Leading Learning Together
Kenton School warmly invites all aspiring and existing Middle leaders to join our Leadership Hub. This is a chance to network, discuss and find out about strategies that have secured impact in other schools. 
Confirmed delegates from 20 schools across 6 local authorities - there is still time to join!

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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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Schools Northeast   The Power of Collaboration; the Joy of Working in Federation by Catherine Juckes, Head Teacher at Saltburn Learning Campus. Ms Juckes explaines that working as part of a cross-phase federation in a shared building means that "the collaboration is the bread and butter of what we do day by day". As a federation they share staff, policies and systems, but Ms Juckes points out that "the really powerful part of our partnership is the opportunity for collaborative leadership."  Read more >

Schools Northeast   School governors vs academy trustees: what's the difference? a Guardian piece on the key changes that happen when a school converts to academy status and the structure and remit of governing body alters. This article explains how academy trustees are both company directors and charity trustees, that they have direct responsibility for admissions and more specific financial responsibilities as well, but are no longer accountable to the local authority. Read more >

Schools Northeast   New research conducted by the University of Manchester's National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness reveals exam pressure and physical health problems such as acne as some of the major contributory factors in the suicides of young people. Their findings, following the investigation of 130 suicides of young people, show that 36% had a physical health condition, 29% were facing exams or exam results, 28% had been bereaved and 22% had been bullied.  Read more >

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