Monthly Archives March 2014

What next for school inspection? A summary of HMCI’s speech to the Association of School and College Leaders. 21 March 2014

Context The past 18 months in particular have seen a flurry of activity in Ofsted with several changes to the school inspection Framework and many versions of the subsidiary guidance for inspectors. A consultation was launched on 18 March to bring in separate judgements, from September of this year, for the Early Years Foundation Stage and the sixth form. On 21 March, Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, made a speech to the Association of School and College Leaders, in which he set out the likely direction of travel for school inspections in future. He said that any future
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Summary of guidance on unannounced behaviour inspections published by Ofsted

Former HMI Elspeth Davis has written the following summary for the Learning Exchange of guidance on unannounced behaviour inspections published by Ofsted in February 2014  (Reference 140033)… Introduction Ofsted has published new guidance for inspectors to take immediate effect.  An unannounced behaviour inspection can be triggered by concern from a previous inspection report, parent’s views, complaints, information from the local authority or data about exclusions or attendance. Inspections will focus on pupils’ attitudes to learning and their conduct around the school, how well behaviour is managed and the extent to which the school culture supports good behaviour.  There will be approximately ten
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New Learning Exchange Directory of Services 2014-15 – available for download now!

We are delighted to announce that our new Directory of Services for 2014-15 is now available in print and as a pdf download. Detailing all our current products, services, events and courses for schools, school leaders, teachers and other practitioners, the Directory is broken down into four key sections of Leading Learning, Research and Professional Development, Networks and Resources.  If you would like a printed copy of the 64 page directory please call us on 01934 427508 or contact us using this form. If you would like to download a copy as a PDF now just click here…
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Engineering Challenge Day – Thursday 1 May at Priory Community School

Children’s comments about the Engineering Challenge Day “It was a great way of finding out about engineering, and it was creative and good fun.” “I enjoyed working with people who aren’t necessarily my friends at school to come up with an effective design that included all of our ideas.”  “It was fun and interactive. It helped us with our teamwork skills.” Overview This is an enrichment activity organised by The Learning Exchange.  The Engineering Challenge Day is an opportunity for children to work in teams and get a first hand experience of being engineers.  Teams will apply their maths and
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