Monthly Archives September 2014

Important information for school governors

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a revised version of the Governors’ Handbook. There is a full list of amendments in the Handbook itself as Annex I on p117. The changes include: A more detailed explanation of governors’ duties in relation to setting an appropriate ethos for the school in keeping with fundamental ‘British values’ in light of Trojan Horse inquiries. See NGA’s briefing on the Trojan Horse inquiry. NGA will be discussing the requirement to incorporate ‘British values’ at our regional meetings. New section on whistleblowing policy New sections on the School Governance (Constitution) (England) Regulations 2012 and
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Primary Foreign Languages CPD opportunity – Niveau Bleu

Getting Started with French – Niveau Bleu Date: 30th January Venue: Castlewood, Clevedon Times: One day course (10.00am to 3.30pm) Cost: £125 Description: This one-day course will provide classroom teaching resources and support so that you can start to teach French in Key Stage 2. The course is based on teaching materials devised as part of a project comprising the French Embassy, the Association for Language Learning and Network for Languages, which are freely available to all participants. Practitioners attending this training course are encouraged to use the materials to teach French in school, thereby extending their training and enhancing
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New way to pay, same great publications

The Learning Exchange’s excellent range of publications can now be purchased using ParentPay.  Access the Learning Exchanges ParentPage site here. A summary of the publications and links to find out more information can be found below. A Small Book of Marginal Gain – small ideas, tweaks and slightly larger thoughts which have maximum impact. Loops of Learning – Loops of Learning’ is a powerful concept which helps develop clarity in lesson and curriculum design. It has been written by teachers for teachers and contains six case studies to enable the reader to see the relevance and application of ‘Loops’ in
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What’s on the menu today? Thoughts on how we present learning to our young people…

Recently I began a day’s training with a ‘problem to solve’. I asked the staff to think about ‘closing the gap’ and then to reverse the paradigm and think about how they would open the gap – yes, make the inequalities wider. What philosophy would you need to adhere to and what strategies would you need to employ? I would recommend the exercise but there is a caveat attached to it which I will explain later. What people discussed were systems that brought hierarchies to the fore, that made comparison of pupils the central tenant, that gave all the children
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Pupil premium starting to make a positive difference in many schools

Ofsted has published a progress report on how well schools in England are using the extra funding they receive to raise the attainment of their more disadvantaged pupils. The report finds that while it is too early to point to any significant narrowing of the gap nationally between more affluent and poorer children in key tests and exams at 11 and 16, school leaders are generally spending the pupil premium more effectively than at any time since the funding was introduced in 2011. Read more.
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Mind your language – guest post by Roland Lovatt

This guest post has been written for us by Roland Lovatt who is head of Yeo Moor Primary School in Clevedon, North Somerset… Without language there would be no ideas, no thinking and no learning.  Language is to learning what air is to breathing… Is your language for learning oxygen rich or is it oxygen starved?  Does it support a growth mind-set and manifest optimism and ambition?  Importantly does it get learners motoring or subtly steal from them their energy and their confidence. Here is an example.  Compare these two statements: ‘We are going to have a little go at
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