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LATEST NEWS | TALKING HEADS | EVENTS | OPPORTUNITIES 17 December 2015
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Dear colleagues,

With the autumn term all but put to bed and a much earned festive break on the near horizon, I wanted to take a brief moment to thank you for your support this year and to give a brief glimpse of what is to come in 2016.



More than 600 of you have engaged with SCHOOLS NorthEast conferences, seminars and workshops over the past term – including a phenomenal 25% increase in school delegates at our annual Summit to hear Sir Michael Wilshaw speak.

We have worked with 13 schools in the region to embed the Good Careers Guidance Benchmarks Pilot which is progressing well.

Your evidence on exam board irregularities this summer was channelled through a SCHOOLS NorthEast submission to the House of Commons Education Select Committee. The submission was referenced repeatedly and the exams regulator, Ofqual, was encouraged to liaise with North East Head Teachers. The subsequent event with Ofqual Chairwoman Amanda Spielman was attend by more than 1/3rd of all North East secondary schools.

In 2016, we will have a packed programme of initiatives, national lobbying work and networking events, including: ...
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New school recruitment portal launches in January
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A new jobs board created by North East schools for North East schools will be launched in January 2016. The project is endorsed by SCHOOLS NorthEast’s Head Teacher..
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Lords defeated
on Education Bill changes
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Attempts to require consultation of parents, teachers and governors over academy orders were defeated 191-205 in the second sitting of the Education and Adoption...
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RSCs no longer judged by no. of academies in their area
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Regional Schools Commissioners (RSCs) will no longer be judged on the percentage of academies in their areas, as the key performance indicators used to judge the quality of..
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Term round-up   Although we are certain you have been keeping up to date with the latest education news, here is a summary of the biggest announcements this term.
 
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School supply teacher spending rockets by 27% in two years   The amount schools are spending on supply teachers rose by 27 per cent in two years, analysis of government statistics has revealed. According to school spending data, the total amount spent by...
 
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Toxic PFI legacy is pushing schools towards financial ruin   Cash-strapped schools are being pushed into financial ruin by debts owed to firms that funded their buildings, Schools Week exclusively revealed.
 
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Sir David Carter as next national schools commissioner   Sir David Carter is to be named as the next national schools commissioner, TES revealed. The former headteacher is currently the regional schools... Read more >

Schools Northeast   Accenture #NEDigitalGirls 2016 

Date: Thursday 28 January 2016  
Venue: The Sage, Gateshead  
 

This year's event is going to be BIGGER, BETTER and even more DIGITAL!

Final reminder to please send completed registration forms to techgirls@schoolsnortheast.com by 17th December.
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Pupil was re-graded from 0 to 64 after marking errors 
 
  David Dunn, headmaster at Yarm School, said his school's already impressive results had significantly improved after 2015 exam papers were re-graded. Read more >
Tynemouth teacher's Star Wars: The Force Awakens parody   Primary school teacher Amy Telford is a huge Star Wars fan - and also does a mean American accent - as her parody video shows. Read more >

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JAN
Common Inspection Framework: Early Lessons Learnt
Learn more about the changes to the way Ofsted inspects schools. This follow-up event will discuss early lessons learnt since the new common inspection framework was introduced, exploring the impact on schools and early findings from Ofsted. Book today!
 
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FEB
FutureReady Conference
A conference focusing on what a young person needs to succeed in the 21st century. Confirmed speakers: Nick Newman Careers Champion & Founders of National Careers Week; Claudia Harris, Careers & Enterprise Company and many more. Book your place today!
 
18 
MAR
MP Power Lunch
Head Teachers in Redcar and Cleveland can meet Anna Turley (MP for Redcar) and Tom Blenkinsop (MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland) to discuss local and national educational issues over an informal and 'open agenda' lunch. Book your place today for this free event!
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JAN
North East Policy Network - Evidence in Education
Join Harry Fletcher-Wood - Associate Director of Research, Evaluation and Impact at Teach First; sometime history teacher in London, Japan and India - and the North East Policy Network for a lively and informal discussion on Research in Education. More info.
 
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FEB
Upcoming Avec Partnership Ltd events
The timetable for all upcoming events hosted by Avec Partnership Ltd. These include sessions on joining a multi-academy trust, academy financial best practice, health and safety, managing underperformance and more. More information available here.
 
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OCT
Enterprise Programme
The 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. Each group will work with their mentor to create a small business plan and develop a product or service. More info here.

Schools Northeast   Instead of the typical 'Merry Christmas', our latest Talking Head takes a more unconventional route with her uniquely titled article: Ko Kapa O Pango e ngunguru nei! Au, au, aue ha!

Intriguing, right? Make sure you read the final Head Teacher's column of the term by Dame Nicola Nelson DBE, Executive Head Teacher, Beech Hill Primary School and Wallbottle Village Primary School & National Leader of Education
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Schools Northeast   Quality of assessment: what makes a good Early Years Standardised Assessment? - a research paper by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER).

The authors Heather Bamforth (NFER researcher) and Catherine Kirkup (NFER research director) look at the three key factors in all good systems, now that the government has pushed to reintroduce baselines at the start of reception year. 
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Schools Northeast   Recent figures show that only 3 in 10 teachers & senior leaders in primary and secondary schools strongly agree/agree that there is appropriate training for teachers in school to identify mental health problems in pupils. 62% of respondents strongly agreed/agreed that they felt equipped to identify pupil behaviour that may be linked to a mental health issue. The DfE paper states "these differences suggest that knowledge on identifying potential mental health issues may be derived from means other than formal in-school training."  Read more >

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