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North East Exhibition for Future Engineers: take this quick survey!
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Department for Education fast becoming “Ministry of Mass Confusion” after series of gaffes and U-turns

SCHOOLS NorthEast welcomed the Government’s decision to abandon forced academisation. The regional schools network warned the Education Secretary that the turmoil is unsettling schools that are already facing widespread changes in curriculum and assessment.
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‘Rogue marker’ leaked Sats test paper the day before exams
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The Department for Education is blaming a “rogue marker” for leaking the SPAG tests to the Guardian, after the paper was mistakenly uploaded onto a password-protected website. The test answers were published by the test supplier, Pearson, on a secure platform for test markers.
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Nicky Morgan to define ‘underperforming’ councils with consultation and vote
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The definition of “underperforming” councils that will be used to force schools to convert to academies will be set out in a consultation and put to a vote of MPs, Nicky Morgan has said. Schools Week analysis of existing data on the performance of councils has revealed that the large majority of those most ...
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SCHOOLS NorthEast announces Ofsted Summer Term briefings
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Our summer term briefings will include a focussed discussion around meeting SEND requirements. There will also be contributions from North East Head Teachers who have recently been inspected under the new framework. Each event will include a general update, followed by further discussion on the theme.
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Schools tackling disadvantage celebrated at Pupil Premium Awards   Congratulations to the two North East winners: The Link School Pallion (special and alternative provision category) and Northern Saints CofE Primary School (Key Stage 1 category)!! Read more >

Government’s £8m academy and free school bail-out
 
The Government has handed out more than £8 million in emergency funding to cash-strapped schools in the past 3 years, reports Schools Week.
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A history of climbdowns: five recent DfE U-turns
 
Last week's retreat from forced academisation is not the first time Conservative education ministers have had to publicly rethink their plans. 
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Brexit vote threatens school building loans
 
Loans totalling hundreds of millions of pounds to build new schools in the UK could dry up should the country leave the European Union (EU).
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Helpline takes more calls over exam stress
 
A rising number of UK youngsters are seeking help to cope with the stress of exams, ChildLine says.
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Poorly designed schools affecting pupils' performance
 
Royal Institute of British Architects finds ‘dangerous and dilapidated’ buildings are causing children to underperform and teachers to quit.
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'Smile and eat ice-cream': Teacher shares advice for SATs pupils
 
The message - written by teacher Mrs Thom - has been shared over 64,000 times on Facebook  and includes advice such as "smile", "eat Haribo and ice-cream", "go on a bike ride" and "see friends".
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Many pupils who start primary school 'aren't ready for the classroom'
 
A survey of more than 1,100 headteachers suggests that nearly a third (31 per cent) believe that more than half of their new starters in Reception had arrived underprepared in some way.
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The North East Exhibition for
Future Engineers

A working group of organisations, including The Institute of Mechanical Engineers, is seeking your views on an event planned to take place in 2017. The North East Exhibition will reach out to young people to give them a hands-on, inside scoop on working in engineering.

Not your usual careers fair, this event will focus on local companies showcasing their work, hardware and machinery – to help create genuine excitement and interest in STEM.

The group wants to know whether schools would be interested in taking part – please take part in the survey to make this FREE event a reality. 


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Shadow Home Secretary visits North East School   The Rt. Hon. Andy Burnham visited Dame Allan's Schools and spoke to students as part of a mock EU referendum. Read more >

Dyke House principal to take up dual academy role 
 
Northern Education Trust appointed Andrew Jordon as the Executive Principal of Dyke House and Thorp Academy in Gateshead, from January 2017. 
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Woolsingham School the first in the region to achieve UNESCO associated status
 
One of only 22 UNESCO Associated Schools across the UK, Wolsingham School has joined a global network of 10,000 educational institutions which aims to help shape a sustainable future.
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Northumberland school told find academy sponsor or close
 
Campaigners fighting to save Whitfield CofE Primary, a 300-year-old rural school, from closure have been told they must find an academy sponsor or close.
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23
MAY
The White Paper and academisation: implications and options
In light of recent 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 now sold out. A second event will be held on 14 June

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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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7
NOV
Every Child's Progress Counts
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. Network and share best practice with some of the leading SEND specialists over dinner. 

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8
JUN
Being Resilient
How to be a resilient teacher and create a resilient classroom. The Durham Teaching School Alliance in partnership with Rainbow's End Coaching offers teachers a full day workshop working with two coaches. This course has been designed to deliver tools to develop resilience in teachers and pupils as well as build positivity and manage stressful situations.

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15
JUN
Thinking Academy Trust?
A free and informative event for schools and academies – Head Teachers, Bursars/Business Managers, HR Managers and Governors will find this event of particular interest. Delegates will be given an overview of the academy sector, the conversion process, legal issues to consider, best practice in MATs and other useful information.

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8
JUL
Community Curriculum
A free event for those of you who believe in a rounded and fair education for young people in the 21st century. Choose 3 from 9 seminars led by presenters from schools, museums, businesses, voluntary organisations and the university on topics including: teachers and partners planning together, the challenge of assessment, finding resources in your community etc.

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28
SEP
HLTA Preparation for Assessment
The Durham Teaching School Alliance in partnership with HLTA North offers schools an opportunity for suitably experienced support staff to gain HLTA status. Staff working, or able to work at a higher level, can gain a professional status that recognises their contribution to teaching and learning as well as their wider role in school. The course will  help you to prepare for the Assessor's visit.

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Schools Northeast   We have a special guest blogger this week! Dr Rachel Lofthouse, Head of Education at Newcastle University, took over Talking Heads and wrote about Questioning professional learning. Dr Lofthouse steers clear of the "many devilish temptations when offered an open brief for an educational blog post in May 2016" and chose a topic that has perpetual resonance and "carries the allure of something that school leaders can conceptualise and act upon."  Read more >

Schools Northeast   CentreForum has published new analysis of the education White Paper and the latest U-turn on forced academisation plans. The report considers the extent to which the Government has changed direction and what that now means for full academisation. It looks at the likely scale of local authority level intervention and at the reasons as to why the Department for Education now needs to provide greater clarity.  Read more >

Schools Northeast   The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) has published a new report. The study reveals the underachievement of young men in higher education and calls on the sector to do more to tackle the problem. It also suggests that girls born this year will be 75% more likely to study for a degree than their male classmates if action is not taken to tackle the growing gender gap in universities.  Read more >

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