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Schools Bill announced in Queen’s speech

Schools Bill announced in Queen’s speech (13th May, 2022)

The government’s Schools Bill was announced this week as part of the Queen’s speech. In the speech, the government committed to reforming education to ‘help every child fulfil their potential wherever they live, raising standards and improving the quality of schools and higher education’.

Bishop’s Primary School pupils and conservationists join forces to clean local beach

Bishop’s Primary School pupils and conservationists join forces to clean local beach (13th May, 2022)

Bishop’s Primary School in Ashington has partnered with conservation experts from a local diving centre to help clean up one of South East Northumberland’s most popular beaches following the school holidays.

Morpeth Road Academy Outstanding in recent Ofsted inspection

Morpeth Road Academy Outstanding in recent Ofsted inspection (13th May, 2022)

Morpeth Road Academy in Blyth has been graded Outstanding in their most recent Ofsted inspection. The report said that the school was ‘friendly’ where ‘Staff strive relentlessly to find ways to improve pupils’ lives, including through the delivery of the very carefully planned curriculum.’

Department for Education to release National Tutoring Programme take-up Data

Department for Education to release National Tutoring Programme take-up Data (9th May, 2022)

The Education Secretary wrote to all schools over the bank holiday weekend informing them that the Department for Education intends to publish data on how individual schools are using the much maligned National Tutoring Programme.  Nadhim Zahawi wrote:

Duke’s Secondary School students go behind the scenes of region’s employers during Industry Insight event

Duke’s Secondary School students go behind the scenes of region’s employers during Industry Insight event (9th May, 2022)

Pupils at Duke’s secondary school in Northumberland have been gaining an insight into what goes on behind the scenes at some of the region’s biggest employers as part of an ‘Industry Insight’ event. 

North East Schools recognised for Tes Schools Awards 2022

North East Schools recognised for Tes Schools Awards 2022 (9th May, 2022)

Three North East schools have been shortlisted in separate categories for the Tes Schools Awards 2022.

Ofsted releases new 5 year strategy

Ofsted releases new 5 year strategy (29th April, 2022)

The document, which was released this week, outlining their eight priorities and four key values, was criticised by a number of teaching unions including ASCL, who stated that “It’s a shame that Ofsted doesn’t appear to recognise that the inspection system needs to be reformed.”

Statistics show declining School Leader retention

Statistics show declining School Leader retention (29th April, 2022)

The Department for Education (DfE) has released statistics this week which show that there has been a significant increase in the number of Senior Leaders leaving their posts over the last five years.

National recognition for two young writers

National recognition for two young writers (29th April, 2022)

Two students from King James I Academy in Bishop Auckland have had their work recognised in a national competition.

The National Network of Special Schools for School Business Professionals host their first in-person Conference

The National Network of Special Schools for School Business Professionals host their first in-person Conference (29th April, 2022)

Over 120 School Business Professionals from special, hospital and alternative provision settings came to Nottingham to attend the first in-person National Network of Special Schools for School Business Professionals (NNoSS) Conference.

Westfield School plants a tree for the Jubilee

Westfield School plants a tree for the Jubilee (8th April, 2022)

Westfield School welcomed two Deputy Lieutenants from the Tyne and Wear Lieutenancy this week to ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’.

School leader unions call for government action over Covid disruption

School leader unions call for government action over Covid disruption (8th April, 2022)

ASCL and NAHT wrote to the Secretary of State for Education this week, about the ongoing impact of Covid-related disruption.