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From the 9th to the 14th November the Edtech Demo Programme will be holding a FREE six-day online EdTech event, #EdTechWeek2020 designed to celebrate the work of the EdTech Demonstrator Schools and Colleges, and to support educators - across the UK - in bringing technology into every aspect of their work, both in the classroom and remotely.

You are invited to join in the discussion with industry experts, high-profile speakers, and the teachers who are providing remote education in classrooms today - and ultimately, reshaping the future of education for us all.

Across the week, you'll be able to take part in: 

  • Every morning, daily ‘Live Panels’ - Roundtables discussing policy, up-to-date sector issues, latest trends in education and technology and practical EdTech ideas for early years to Post-16.
  • Twilight ‘Tea & Chat’ - cross-regional panels made up from our network of Demonstrator schools and colleges.
  • Sharing CPD materials and online advice and guidance about how you can embed EdTech into your teaching, learning, organisation and community.
  • Friday Evening: Festival of EdTech Creativity - Music, dance, art, and drama, live on Facebook
  • Saturday: live EdTech Summit 2020 led by the national network of EdTech demonstrator schools and colleges.

With new speakers being confirmed daily, a packed agenda of think-tanks, live festivals and workshops, panels and presentations, our aim is to Share - Learn - Inspire with you. Join our social media communities as we count down until the 9th November @edtechdemo.

STEM Learning Plymouth - Ask Me Anything Webinar

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STEM learning has recently secured some regional innovation funding to be used to support science in Plymouth Strategy schools.  The funding will be used to offer a heavily subsidised package of support that is bespoke, high quality and meets the needs of the schools within the Plymouth Strategy.

The proposed package includes two bespoke courses for teachers; The first course will focus on supporting disadvantaged learners and the second on supporting working memory to improve student recall and understanding. Both courses are currently being developed by our STEM Learning Education Team in response to your specific feedback in the google form needs analysis.  Thank you to everyone that took the time to provide this feedback.

The package also includes bespoke remote CPD for science technicians, separate network meetings for science leaders, NQTs and RQTs and technicians and one to one mentoring for Heads of Science.  We want to ensure all the components of the package suits your needs, not only regarding content, but also when and how we deliver the support.  This webinar will provide an opportunity to express preferences and ask questions about the package of support.

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New DfE Documents Published

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A series of new DfE Documents have been published today:

Revised Headteachers’ Standards also published today in parallel with and referenced in the new NPQ frameworks: https://gov.uk/government/publications/national-standards-of-excellence-for-headteachers/headteachers-standards-2020

Published today, an overview of the full suite of reformed national professional qualifications (NPQs) that will be available from September 2021



Regional innovation Fund : Proposed package of support for Science

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STEM Learning has recently secured a significant amount of regional innovation funding to be used to support science in Plymouth Strategy schools. The approved innovation fund proposal is to offer a heavily subsidised package of support that is bespoke, high quality and meets the needs of the schools within the Plymouth Strategy.

Attendance for unlimited teachers within the school to attend two agreed bespoke CPD courses

From the information we gathered in the needs analysis across the Plymouth Strategy schools there was a clear demand for science CPD in two key areas:

1. Supporting disadvantaged learners.

2. Supporting working memory: strategies to improve recall and understanding.

The specific content of these course will be tailored to the needs of the schools and will be informed by feedback from schools

Each course is the equivalent of 5 hours and is currently planned for remote delivery, but face to face delivery can be arranged if the situation allows.

Find out More

Download an overview of the proposed support package HERE

EOI – Expression of Interest in the Support Package

Complete the Plymouth STEM EOI form on the Plymouth Strategy Portal HERE.

Webinar : Ofsted Ask Me Anything

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Richard will share his experience of the interim Ofsted pilot visits scheduled for Autumn Term. There will be an opportunity for Q&A during the webinar.

Richard is currently Director of Primary School Improvement at Westcountry Schools Trust. From 2011-2020 Richard worked as one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors conducting routine and emergency inspections across the south west. In 2018 he was appointed as the only cross-remit Senior HMI in Ofsted. He was responsible for FES and ITT in the South West but also worked across the EY, primary and secondary school range. Prior to joining Ofsted, Richard was a headteacher for 12 years. During that period he also worked as an additional inspector, school improvement partner, a Local Leader of Education and Research Associate for NCSL.

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