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Schools North East staff working from home

Schools North East staff working from home (20th March, 2020)

Schools North East staff will now be working from home until further notice. The team will continue to be available to take your calls and emails as normal.

To get in touch please:

Email info@schoolsnortheast.com

Call 07710781908 or 07850908045

Schools North East Coronavirus Update 20th March

Schools North East Coronavirus Update 20th March (20th March, 2020)

The coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented event which is having an enormous impact upon the North East’s schools, school leaders, and teachers; as well as their students, parents and local communities. Schools North East has always worked to provide the greatest support for all of the schools in the region. During this challenging time we aim to increase this support as much as possible to enable our schools to deal with this crisis to the very best of their considerable abilities.

Schools in England to close, for the majority of pupils

Schools in England to close, for the majority of pupils (18th March, 2020)

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson announced earlier this week that all schools in England would close with effect from Friday 20 March. As the country battles coronavirus, the Government clarified that this was the next step in protecting those most at risk. Schools are expected to play a major role in doing this while ensuring children of key workers are supported.

The message from Boris Johnston clearly states that the overriding principle of this measure is to reduce social contact and that we must all play our part in supporting this. In the North East we are slightly behind London in terms of the rate of infections and deaths and if we all work to this guidance we can help protect those living in this region.

Ednorth

Ednorth (13th March, 2020)

Ednorth is a programme that aims to inspire change in all classrooms across the North East by promoting an educational culture led by informed debate, research, collaboration and excellence.

It will provide teachers across the region with the tools and techniques to cut through the fog of government guidance,commercial ‘silver bullets’, and poor quality research that is currently driving the zero-sum game of educational improvements focused on exam results, condemning our schools to cycles of under-performance and wasted effort.

Ednorth is not about getting ahead of the game, but changing the game completely, and how to maintain that indefinitely beyond any group of school leaders.

 

Schools North East Coronavirus Update

Schools North East Coronavirus Update (13th March, 2020)

All Schools North East events are to go ahead as planned, including the upcoming Patron’s Dinner on Thursday 19th March.

Following advice from the UK government on Thursday 12th March, we are continuing as normal. We will update the advice and inform schools and attendees as necessary.

You can see current guidance for educational settings on the Department for Education website

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for further updates.

No new spending announcements for schools

No new spending announcements for schools (13th March, 2020)

No major new spending was announced for schools in Rishi Sunak’s budget earlier this week. Gavin Williamson’s promise to provide every region in the country with specialist 16-to-19 maths schools, was reiterated, as was the Conservative manifesto promise of £25,000 per year on average for every secondary school to invest in arts activities, and £30 million a year to improve PE teaching.

Schools Week: Nearly nine in ten ‘satisfied’ with Ofsted’s new inspections

Schools Week: Nearly nine in ten ‘satisfied’ with Ofsted’s new inspections (12th March, 2020)

Speaking in Birmingham at the weekend, Amanda Spielman said it was a “small and vocal minority” who were criticising the new inspection framework.

In data released today, it shows that 88.6 per cent of 1,336 responses strongly agreed or agree with the statement that they were satisfied with the way the inspection was carried out.

Schools Week: Do what’s best for pupils, even if government doesn’t like it, Barton tells heads

Schools Week: Do what’s best for pupils, even if government doesn’t like it, Barton tells heads (12th March, 2020)

Geoff Barton, once a maverick headteacher who railed against Ofsted and said he would have to be dragged “kicking and screaming” into running an academy, has been criticised recently by leaders who believe he has grown too close to the establishment.

Independent: Five-year-olds who use technology more have higher literacy scores, study finds

Independent: Five-year-olds who use technology more have higher literacy scores, study finds (12th March, 2020)

Five-year-olds in England who shun digital devices have lower literacy scores than children who use technology more regularly, a global study has found. 

Some screen time can have a positive effect on children’s working memory and literacy, according to a Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report.

However, children who used electronic devices all the time did not see a significant boost to skills.

Policy Roundtable builds on Manifesto for North East Education

Policy Roundtable builds on Manifesto for North East Education (28th February, 2020)

Yesterday, Schools North East held the first in its new series of policy roundtable events. We invited Head Teachers and educational professionals from across the region to discuss our Manifesto for North East Education, published last year in response to the general election, and put detail behind the recommendations contained within the Manifesto.

Lord Agnew to leave Department for Education

Lord Agnew to leave Department for Education (14th February, 2020)

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System Lord Agnew is expected to leave the Department for Education according to reports from Schools Week.