Monthly Archives March 2015

Guidance around Unlocking the Potential of Teaching Assistants

The recently published guidance from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) with regard to supporting schools unlock the potential of their teaching assistants makes seven evidence-based recommendations to help schools maximise the impact of teaching assistants. Key recommendations include: Use TAs to add value to what teachers do, not to replace them Ensure TAs are fully prepared for their role in the classroom Use TAs to deliver high-quality one-to-one and small group support using structured interventions
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University of Bristol summary of key education documents published March 2015

This document, published by the University of Bristol, provides a useful summary of documents from a variety of sources: Reading: the next steps (DfE: March 2015) Performance descriptors for Key Stage 1 and 2: Consultation response (DfE: February 2015) Wolf recommendations: Final progress report (DfE: February 2015) Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: A review of impact and effective practice (DfE: March 2015) Performance descriptors risk undermining the benefits of teacher assessment (NfER: February 2015) Subject to background (P. Sammons, K. Toth & K. Sylva, University of Oxford Department of Education, published by The Sutton Trust: March 2015) Are there
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Categories: Downloads.

Usage of Encrypted Flash Drives in School

Use for any documents that can identify children/staff or photos/videos Use for transferring data only The above data should not be saved to a home personal computer or to an unencrypted mobile device A copy of the data on this flash drive should be kept on the secure school system/VLE. If the password is lost all work on the flash drive will be lost. If this flash drive is lost it should be reported to XXXX and details kept and logged. Follow the chart below to decide if your data should be encrypted   You could use the following headings
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Supply Staff and Trainee Teacher E-safety guidelines

This could be laminated and put near the teacher desk in the classroom or kept in the register drawer. Edit to suit your own school rules: To ensure XXXX Primary School remains a safe and secure place to learn, we kindly ask you to observe the following: Sign in and out For safety reasons, please remember to sign in and out when entering and leaving the premises. We also require all visitors to wear an identification badge whilst on the premises. Mobile phones Under no circumstances should mobile phones be taken into classrooms or any other area that children are
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New scheme to boost middle management in challenging schools

Excellent school middle leaders will be placed in some of the most challenging schools across England in a move to raise standards and improve the quality of teaching and subject leadership, Schools Minister David Laws announced on 25 February 2015. The secondment programme will invite up to 100 ‘outstanding’ middle leaders – such as heads of department, subject or year group heads – to apply to spend a year in underperforming schools, including those in deprived, coastal and rural areas. The one year scheme will enable schools which face some of the greatest challenges to benefit from the skills, expertise
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