DFE : More support for local areas to drive up school standards

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£10 million for intensive support in four areas of the country to increase proportion of pupils in Good or Outstanding schools.

The government has today (Wednesday 19 May) reinforced its commitment to levelling up education across the country with new, locally targeted initiatives to make sure as many pupils as possible can benefit from being in a great school.

Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, Tracey Lee, said:

"I am delighted that Plymouth is one of the first few areas to have been selected to take part in this significant national initiative."

"I am sure all education providers in the city share the excitement that Plymouth is recognised by the Government as an area that has good foundations with a place-based collaboration and is most likely to achieve success as a trailblazer of this national initiative.""There are many challenges in improving the educational achievements for all children and young people in Plymouth, and we do not underestimate these. This initiative will support us in facing these head on and achieving our vision that all children and young people in the city are able to aspire and achieve and have a bright future."

View the DfE's Press Release here

Plymouth Literacy Leads Network Webinar

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Our Plymouth Literacy Leads PLC will hold its next session on May 11th 4.15 - 5.15 pm and will feature input from Scott Davies West Country School Trust.

There will also be an opportunity for Literacy Leads to have some informal support from Rob on the intersessional tasks set as part of the EEF Leadership Programme.

Register for the event here.

How schools make the most of their apprenticeship levy

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From the National College of Education :

We're extending an invitation to you, your Executive/Senior Leadership Team, School Business Manager and CPD Co-ordinator to join us for an inspiring webinar with Crofty Multi Academy Trust CEO Simon Hague, BASIC Coaching Method Founder Andy Buck and Teaching Walkthrus Co-founder Tom Sherrington. 

Approximately £7m per month is being returned to HMRC in unspent Apprenticeship Levy that could be used for CPD. Many school leaders are unaware that they already contribute to the Apprenticeship Levy and could be using it to develop the talents of their staff.

On Wednesday 12th May, between 17:00 and 18:00, we're hosting a free webinar that will explore apprenticeships for school staff and how to use the Levy effectively within Schools, Trusts and Local Authorities. We'll discuss how the Levy can support individuals and organisational goals specifically tailored to schools, using a range of programmes by the National College of Education.

The National College of Education’s innovative programmes have been designed to equip learners at all levels with the knowledge and tools to face modern challenges. We're excited about the opportunities ahead of us, contextualised in the South West of England, which brings its own joys and unique challenges and we look forward to speaking to you further about it. 

We'll cover:

  • What is the Apprenticeship Levy?
  • How can it support the professional development strategy of a school, trust or workforce?
  • Types of apprenticeship available
  • Q&A

South West Live

Wednesday, 12th May

17:00 - 18:00

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Plymouth Science Subject Leader Virtual Network

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Plymouth STEMSupporting CAGs in Science – Summer 2021 and beyond.  A webinar for Plymouth secondary Science Leads.

Intended outcomes:

  • Share good practice and ideas in in assigning GCSE centre assessed grades for Summer 2021
  • Reflect on how to ensure consistent and robust processes in assessment, including any implications for future working beyond Summer 2021
  • Network with other Science Subject Leaders and agree priorities for future sessions 

This session will allow you to gain ideas and/ or reassurance from others in a similar position as we work towards assigning centre assessed grades.  Good practice will be shared of how to support a robust, quality process.  We will also consider any implications for assessment more generally, for current Y10 and beyond. 

Participants will have the opportunity for discussion and to ask questions (either raised during the session or submitted beforehand). 

The session will be facilitated by Joe Lyons, Head of Science at Eggbuckland Community College, and Tracey Baxter, Independent Consultant with roles as AQA Advocate and Edexcel Credible Specialist.  The meeting will be led via Zoom.

If you have any questions or want to raise a question in advance of the session that you would like covered, please do contact:

Joe Lyons: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tracey Baxter: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The session will primarily focus on GCSE but there will be an opportunity to continue beyond the main meeting, or to set up an other informal discussion, for colleagues involved with A Level or ELC.

Book a place on the webinar here. 

Plymouth Literacy Leads Professional Learning Community

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Plymouth Literacy NetworkOur Plymouth Literacy Leads PLC will hold its next session on May 11th 4.15 - 5.15 pm and will feature input from Rob Diment West Country School Trust and Darren Towers, Stoke Damerel Community College on the use of NGRT testing suite to diagnose and then support literacy interventions.

There will also be an opportunity for Literacy Leads to have some informal support from Rob on the intersessional tasks set as part of the EEF Leadership Programme

You can book on webinar here.