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Sir Michael Wilshaw says the role of Regional School Commissioners is "not clear" and their relationship with the schools inspectorate is "a bit tense".

Giving evidence on the purpose and quality of education to the Education Select Committee on Wednesday, Sir Michael Wilshaw expressed frustration at the lack of clarity around what an RSC's objectives are: "I'm not clear what the RSCs do other than re-broker failing academies", adding that the relationships between the commissioners and Ofsted are sometimes "a bit tense".
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School Minister announces 'phonics roadshows' to improve reading skills
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To mark World Book Day, Nick Gibb announced a series of events to help schools share best practice and help children become confident readers.
In the North East, the phonics roadshow will take place at Bishopton Redmarshall CofE Primary School, Stockton-on-Tees. At the moment, only 10 places are available.
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North East school leaders hear from HMIs in Spring Term Briefing
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Schools leaders based central and south of the region attended the Spring Term Ofsted Briefings organised by SCHOOLS NorthEast today. Delegates heard from Her Majesty's Inspectors David Brown and Joan Hewitt. Ms Hewitt urged Head Teachers not to worry regarding Ofsted visits, saying: "Please don't do it for Ofsted, do it..."
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Teaching profession needs to be talked up amid recruitment crisis concerns 
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Ofsted's Chief Inspector has called for the teaching profession to be "talked up" in order to ensure it comes across as a great career path to follow. During his evidence session with the Education Select Committee, Sir Michael Wilshaw admitted that the rhetoric around the teaching profession hinders recruitment...
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Amanda Spielman named Ofqual Interim Chief Regulator   Ofqual announced its current Chair, Amanda Spielman, will act as Interim Chief Regulator following the departure of Dame Glenys Stacey and until her successor’s arrival.  Read more >

Regional schools commissioner budgets ‘going through the roof’
 
Schools minister Lord Nash confirmed that each of the eight commissioners now gets £520,000 a year to spend on salaries and expenses for between eight and 10 employees, Schools Week reports.
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Ofsted to directly manage Early Years inspections
 
Ofsted will have full control over the selection, training and management of early years inspectors from April 2017.
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Baseline assessments could be scrapped 
 
The multi-million pound policy piloted in thousands of primary schools could be scrapped over concerns regarding its comparability, Schools Week reports. 
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'Cheating watches' warning for exams
 
Teachers have complained about "cheating watches" being sold online to give students an unfair advantage in exams.
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Development of new GCSEs and A levels for teaching
 
Consultation outcome on the first part of Ofqual's process of developing new GCSEs, AS and A levels for first teaching in September 2017.
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Making significant changes to an existing academy 
 
Departmental advice for academies wishing to make changes to their school, including how to expand. 
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Doctors urge schools to ban tackling in rugby
 
More than 70 doctors and academics are calling for a ban on tackling in rugby matches played in UK and Irish schools, the BBC reports. 
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North East schools 'particularly encouraged' to take part in EEF trial   Recruitment is  now  open  for  120  primary  schools  to  participate  in  this trial. All primary schools in England that have not yet received full training from Ruth Miskin Training can participate. Read more >

Unions call for assurances over jobs after two Tyneside colleges reveal plans to merge resources
 
The Chronicle reports that South Tyneside College and Tyne Metropolitan College have announced proposals to form a partnership due to 'challenging' times.
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Newcastle support centre for autistic students in line to win national award
 
A support unit for autistic children at a Newcastle school has been nominated for a national award in recognition of the work that it does for its students and their families.
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Academy chain casts its net in Haltwhistle
 
Haltwhistle Community Campus is set to team up with Haydon Bridge High School as part of the creation of an academy chain in the district. 
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8
MAR
Spring Term Ofsted Briefings
Get the latest information from Ofsted on a termly basis.

SCHOOLS NorthEast has set up a series of termly events with Ofsted to support schools in the region to stay current on all information regarding inspections. 
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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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7
MAR
STEM Days
The ever popular STEM days are back this year with hands on activities for pupils from Y5 - Y11. Pupils attend these sessions for free and gain the opportunity to mix with adults from the world of STEM.
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10
MAR
Schools United Conference
The event will showcase the comprehensive sporting and educational projects the Newcastle United Foundation is able to offer to primary, secondary and SEN schools.
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24
MAR
Open Doors @ Baltic
Explore what goes on behind the scenes, find out about career pathways and what skills are needed to programme, manage and curate world class exhibitions, events and workshops. 
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Schools Northeast   Linda Halbert, Principal at Freebrough Academy and Chair of Redcar and Cleveland Education Improvement Partnership, writes about leadership in this week's Talking Heads: We have two choices as leaders. We can sit back and wait for those changes to hit us then react to them or we can be proactive and shape our own landscape, one which enables us to meet the needs of our communities, whilst fulfilling the requirements of us from those bodies we are accountable to." Read more >

Schools Northeast   Since 2011, the EEF has funded evaluations of six different teaching assistant-led interventions, with 2,100 children in 148 schools. All of these interventions have supported teaching assistants to deliver structured sessions to small groups or individual pupils. All six evaluations, which include today’s two new results, have found this approach to have a marked positive impact: the programmes resulted in an additional two to four months’ progress for pupils, giving teachers and school leaders solid evidence on the best ways to use teaching assistants in their classroom. Read more >

Schools Northeast   ASCL: the damage of teacher shortages survey, answered by nearly 900 school and college leaders (the majority representing secondary schools) found that nearly nine in 10 respondents said they are experiencing difficulties in recruiting teachers, and nearly three quarters said the situation was worse or much worse than it was 12 months ago. 84% of respondents said that teacher shortages are having a detrimental impact on the education they are able to provide. Read more >

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