Monthly Archives October 2014

Book recommendation – Creating Learning Without Limits

If, like us at the Learning Exchange, you’re big fans of Dame Alison Peacock, you will want to check out an excellent book called ‘Creating Learning Without Limits’.  It covers her school’s journey from being in special measures, to being graded as outstanding by Ofsted in 2006, 2009 and 2013.  We’re not the only ones to think it’s great, here’s a quote taken from the Open University Press website:  “If you share the convictions of the authors: ‘That human potential is not predictable, that children’s futures are unknowable, and that education has the power to enhance the lives of all’,
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The Dylan Wiliam Formative Assessment Conference

We are delighted to have Professor Dylan Wiliam delivering this conference on formative assessment.  This is a rare opportunity to spend the day with one of the most influential people in the educational world, both nationally and internationally, and to hear his most topical research.  This conference is excellent value for money. Book your place here For more information contact Victoria.fletcher@n-somerset.gov.uk or 01275 885301.
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Through the Lens HMI Conference

The Through the Lens HMI Conference is being delivered by HMI and is particularly useful for schools that are graded as required improvement and/or are expecting an inspection this academic year. Book your place here.  If you have any queries, please contact Mark Nelson at mark.nelson2@n-somerset.gov.uk  or 01275 885301.
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Win up to £10,000 by improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners

The 2015 Pupil Premium Awards has officially opened to Infant and KS3 Schools.  There is a top prize of £10,000 for the national infant or Key Stage 3 winner and up to five regional prizes of £2,000. You can apply now using the online application form here and the deadline for entries is 10 November 2014.  More background on how the awards process works can be found here and the eligibility criteria is available here.  The special schools and alternative provision category officially opened on 9 September and those schools have until 20 October to complete applications. If your school
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Four funding opportunities for primary and secondary schools

Equipment Grants for Mentally and Physically Disadvantaged Children Schools and not for profit organisations have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Wooden Spoon Society’s Capital Grants programme. Wooden Spoon is the British and Irish Rugby charity which supports mentally, physically disadvantaged children. Through the programme funding is available for buildings and extensions; equipment and activity aids; sensory rooms and gardens; playgrounds and sports areas; transport and soft playrooms. Applications can be made at any time and applicants should contact their regional volunteer group. Funding for Schools Science Projects The Royal Society has announced that its Partnership Grant scheme
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University of Bristol summary of key education documents published between March 2014 and September 2014

This document, published by the University of Bristol,  provides a useful summary of documents from a variety of sources: Running a school myths and facts (DfE: September 2014) Children with Special Educational Needs: an analysis (DfE: September 2014) Permanent and fixed-term exclusions in England: 2012 to 2013 (DfE: July 2014) Transforming 16-19 education and training: the early implementation of study programmes (Ofsted: September 2014) Evaluation of the Special Needs and Disability (SEND) pathfinder programme (Ofsted: August 2014) Analysis of trends in higher education applications, admissions and enrolments (Ofsted: September 2014) The everyday maths project: empowering parents to support their children’s
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