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Ofsted annual report reinforces false narrative on North East Schools

Ofsted annual report reinforces false narrative on North East Schools (24th January, 2020)

Reinforcing the myth that the North East’s secondary schools are underperforming, Ofsted’s Annual Report 2018/19 looked at the last year of results under the old Education Inspection Framework.

Curriculum Conference 2020

Curriculum Conference 2020 (18th January, 2020)

Our first Curriculum Conference saw over 200 delegates attend the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough to hear from local schools and curriculum gurus sharing best practice.

Does new Ofsted EIF affect outcomes for disadvantaged pupils?

Does new Ofsted EIF affect outcomes for disadvantaged pupils? (17th January, 2020)

The debate about the effect of the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework and it’s impact on disadvantaged students is well under way. Last week leading CEOs Sir Dan Moynihan, Harris Federation, and Martyn Oliver, Outwood Grange Academies Trust, labelled the framework ‘middle class’, and claimed it would ‘damage outcomes for disadvantaged children’.

Curriculum is important and not just because of Ofsted

Curriculum is important and not just because of Ofsted (17th January, 2020)

Our first Curriculum Conference saw over 200 delegates attend the Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough to hear from local schools and curriculum gurus sharing best practice.

SEND crisis as complaints surge

SEND crisis as complaints surge (4th October, 2019)

There has been a 45% rise in complaints to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman about SEND provision, in the last two years, a new report has stated.

72 'outstanding' NE schools exempt from Ofsted Inspections for more than 10 years

72 'outstanding' NE schools exempt from Ofsted Inspections for more than 10 years (4th October, 2019)

The North East has the greatest proportion of schools in England that haven't been inspected by Ofsted in more than 10 years. 72 schools haven't been inspected in over a decade because of the exemption brought in by the Government in 2012.

Schools North East Supports Glenamara Memorial Awards Prize

Schools North East Supports Glenamara Memorial Awards Prize (4th October, 2019)

Schools North East are pleased to announce that we are supporting a new prize as part of the Lord Glenamara Memorial Awards 2019/20.

Two-thirds of recent SEND inspections uncover failings

Two-thirds of recent SEND inspections uncover failings (27th September, 2019)

17 of the 26 local authority areas checked by inspectors from Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission, have been asked to produce a written statement of action.

Teacher working hours not linked to retention crisis

Teacher working hours not linked to retention crisis (20th September, 2019)

Despite finding that 1 in 4 teachers work a 60 hour week and total working hours average 47 hours per week during term time, a report this week has found that working hours are not linked to teacher retention. 

Only 23% of North East Schools will see funding increased

Only 23% of North East Schools will see funding increased (13th September, 2019)

Data released from the House of Commons has shown that the North East is the region which will see the least additional funding outside of London.

Major SEN review announced

Major SEN review announced (6th September, 2019)

A major review into Special Educational Needs (SEN) provision has been announced by the Department for Education, which aims to equip staff in schools and colleges to respond effectively to their students’ needs, improve the services available to families who need support, as well as ending the ‘postcode lottery’ they often face.

What will the three-year funding plan mean for North East schools?

What will the three-year funding plan mean for North East schools? (6th September, 2019)

Last week’s funding announcement may have come as a surprise to many, signalling a three year investment in education ahead of the spending review.