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Schools North East partners with Community Foundation to provide cultural, sporting and careers provision across the region

Schools North East partners with Community Foundation to provide cultural, sporting and careers provision across the region (2nd November, 2021)

Schools North East has partnered with the Community Foundation to make £100,000 of funding available for schools looking to develop their cultural, sporting or careers provision for disadvantaged and looked-after children. 

Funding of around £4,000 is available per bid for schools in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Northumberland, North and South Tyneside.

Relief as Government’s Step 4 plans to remove bubbles in schools

Relief as Government’s Step 4 plans to remove bubbles in schools (9th July, 2021)

The Secretary of State for Education has announced the removal of bubbles in schools as part of their step 4 plan which is intended to begin on 19th July. It looks likely that this will be sustained for the new school year as the narrative of “no going back” is being pushed from the Prime Minister and the new Health Secretary.

Children and young people at the heart of decisions, says new Ofqual Chief Regulator

Children and young people at the heart of decisions, says new Ofqual Chief Regulator (9th July, 2021)

On Tuesday, the government’s preferred candidate for Chief Regulator of Ofqual, Jo Saxton, faced a pre-appointment hearing with the House of Commons’ Education Select Committee.

Inspirational Sunderland school honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching

Inspirational Sunderland school honoured in prestigious UK celebration of teaching (9th July, 2021)

Selected from thousands of nominations, Hudson Road Primary School has been honoured as one of 102 Pearson National Teaching Silver Award winners across the country. Hudson Road Primary School was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Making a Difference – Primary School of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day.

Pressures grow for reform of Covid processes amid rises in Covid-related absences

Pressures grow for reform of Covid processes amid rises in Covid-related absences (2nd July, 2021)

In the past few weeks, rising Covid cases have led to significant disruption in schools, leading to calls for change in how schools respond to positive cases. The most recent attendance data shows that Covid-related pupil absence in state-funded schools (adjusted for year 11-13 pupils not expected to attend) was 5.1% on 24 June. This is up from 3.3% on 17 June and 1.2% on 10 June.

Government proposals ‘not enough to deliver the kind of recovery we need’

Government proposals ‘not enough to deliver the kind of recovery we need’ (2nd July, 2021)

Sir Kevan Collins, former government advisor on education recovery, spoke this week to MPs on the education select committee. Sir Kevan was asked about his former role, and his thoughts on the government’s ‘catch-up’ plan.

Northern Celebration of Education 2021

Northern Celebration of Education 2021 (2nd July, 2021)

This year’s Northern Celebration of Education was once again online with delegates logging in to be a part of an event which, just as the name says, celebrated the hard work of all schools following this particularly difficult year. Delegates were able to view sessions from school practitioners who work at the chalkface along with well known specialists in pedagogy, good practice and policy making up an excellent programme with 6 keynote sessions and 37 pre-recorded sessions.

Department for Education data shows North East Pupil Premium losses could be worse than forecast

Department for Education data shows North East Pupil Premium losses could be worse than forecast (18th June, 2021)

New data from the Department for Education shows that there has been a 3.5% or 300,000 pupil rise in those who are eligible for free school meals across England between January 2020 and 2021. This means that there are 1.7 million pupils claiming free school meals.

Ofsted Chief Inspector defends record to parliament’s education committee

Ofsted Chief Inspector defends record to parliament’s education committee (18th June, 2021)

Ofsted Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman went before the House of Commons education committee this week for an accountability hearing, as well as to give evidence on safeguarding in schools, following on from the publication last week of Ofsted’s review into sexual abuse in schools and colleges.

Gavin Williamson pledges a “broader vision” for schools

Gavin Williamson pledges a “broader vision” for schools (18th June, 2021)

The Secretary of State for education addressed delegates at the Festival for Education where he pledged to announce a “broader vision” for schools later this year which will focus around the plan of working towards an academised model with all schools joining trusts, which was announced earlier this year.

North East Schools utilise the creative arts to benefit pupil wellbeing

North East Schools utilise the creative arts to benefit pupil wellbeing (18th June, 2021)

Pupils at Cragside Primary School, Newcastle and Newminster Middle School, Morpeth have taken part in the Education Arts Festival 2021, producing some fantastic pieces of work, as well as sharing them on Twitter which you can follow at #EduArtsFest. Alongside this, both schools have used the creative arts to promote student wellbeing throughout the past year during the pandemic.

Damning response to lacklustre government ‘recovery’ plan

Damning response to lacklustre government ‘recovery’ plan (11th June, 2021)

The government has announced a £1.4 billion ‘recovery’ plan for schools following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The funding, announced on Wednesday, is primarily to be used to support the existing National Tuition Programme, the development of “local tutoring provision”, and teacher training.  This works out at approx £50 extra per pupil over the next three years.  Following the announcement, Sir Kevan Collins is standing down as Education Recovery Commissioner as the government’s announcement falls a long way short of what he had recommended.