MAP Update – 21st December 2017

Happy Christmas from MAP

This will be the last MAP update of 2017 and we want to thank you for your contribution to the work of MAP this year. MAP has been working hard to develop plans to address key issues faced by schools working closely with a wide range of partners. We will share more information with you in the New Year and look forward to working with you all in the new term.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Happy Christmas and best wishes for a prosperous 2018.

Upcoming Events

MAP Conference ‘An Introduction to Restorative Practice’ – Thursday 25th January 2018

The next MAP Conference will be held on Thursday 25th January 2018 at Middlesbrough Football Club. The conference theme will be ‘An Introduction to Restorative Practice’. The agenda for the day and booking details can be found here. BOOKINGS FOR THE EVENT HAVE NOW CLOSED, however we do have a reserve list. If you would like to be added to the list please email

Tyneside Cinema Teachers’ Network Event – Thursday 11th January 2018

Tyneside Cinema are hosting a Teachers’ Network Event at Tyneside Cinema on Thursday 11th January 2018, from 6.00 – 7.30 pm. More information on the event and how to reserve your FREE place can be found here.

Fresh Start Guidance Event – Wednesday 17th January 2018

Middlesbrough College are holding a Fresh Start Guidance Event at the college on Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 11.00 am to 4.00 pm. The event will give potential students information on the courses available and the Northern Skills Group will also be on hand to provide information on current apprenticeship vacancies.

Understanding Sexual Health Event, Wednesday 17th January 2018

Virgincare are hosting an Understanding Sexual Health event at Inspire 2 Learn on Wednesday 17th January 2018 from 12.30 – 4.30 pm. The agenda and booking details are attached here for your information.

Engaging Able Writers Conference – Thursday 25th January 2018

MSTA & Middlesbrough English Hub are holding an Engaging Able Writers Conference from Alan Peat, which features enrichment and enhancement strategies for able writers. The conference is aimed at classroom practitioners from Y4-6. Cost is £50 per delegate and can be booked by calling Helen Ede on 01642 816884 or by emailing

TeachMeet – Safeguarding, Attendance & Pastoral Care Event – Thursday 25th January 2018, 4.30 – 6.00 pm

Unity City Academy are hosting a TeachMeet event focusing on safeguarding, attendance and pastoral care, where teachers will share their best practice in either a 1 minute bite or a 5 minute master class. You will walk away with dozens of practical ideas for your classroom / school. To register your attendance follow this link:

Digital Resilience Annual Conference – Monday 29th January 2018

The Risk & Resilience Team are holding a Middlesbrough Digital Resilience Annual Conference at Middlesbrough Football Club. Attached is the draft agenda for the day, and you will see that there are some of the UKs leading specialists coming to Middlesbrough to discuss digital resilience with our schools. To reserve a place please complete the attached booking form.

Middlesbrough College Open Event – Saturday 3rd February 2018, 10 am to 12 noon

Middlesbrough College will be holding an Open Event, offering potential students the perfect opportunity to find out more about the college and the courses on offer. During the event students can visit the interactive subject stands, take a tour of the £100m campus, get free impartial careers advice, find out about great student perks, meet current students and apply for courses.

Macmillan Academy Post-16 Open Morning – Saturday 10th February 2018, 10 am to 12 noon

Macmillan Academy are holding a Post-16 open morning on Saturday 10th February 2018 from 10 am to 12 noon. The event will be a great opportunity for students from secondary schools across Middlesbrough to go along and look around the Post-16 facilities and find out about courses, business links and university options available to them.

Apprenticeship Event – Monday 26th February 2018

The Tees Valley Network, in partnership with National Careers Service, would like to invite all Year 9 learners to an interactive Apprenticeship Event at Inspire2Learn Centre on Monday 26th February 2018. Places are limited, so early booking is essential. Email to reserve a place.

Moving On … In the Teaching, Learning & Assessment Cycle – Wednesday 28th March 2018

Middlesbrough Schools’ Teaching Alliance and Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council are hosting a Moving On Conference from NQTs on Wednesday 28th March 2018 at Inspire 2 Learn from 8.30 am. The keynote speaker will be Dame Allison Peacock and the cost for the day is £75 per delegate. To reserve your place email Flyer attached here.

Next Steps … A Conference for NQTs in the North East – Wednesday 20th June 2018

This is a joint conference organised by 12 North East Regions, and is being held on Wednesday 20th June 2018 from 9.00 am – 4.00 pm at Middlesbrough Football Club. Guest speakers include Sir John Jones and Hywell Roberts and the cost for the day is £75 per delegate. To reserve your place email Flyer attached here.


Early Help for Families in Middlesbrough

Click here to find out what help is available for families in Middlesbrough, via the Early Help Hub.

Emergency Provision in Middlesbrough

Please find attached a list of the emergency provision support which available to families in Middlesbrough.

Welfare Benefit Advice

Free and confidential help and advice is available via the Community Hub advice service. Details of weekly venues and timings are attached here.

Middlesbrough Free Food List

Attached is a timetable of dates, times and venues where free food is available across Middlesbrough.  There is also a special programme for over the Festive period and details are available here.

Teesside University Widening Participation Programme

Attached are a series of events from Teesside University’s widening participation programme for pre-16 students.

Schools & Colleges Events
Widening Participation Programme

Unlocking Talent, Fulfilling Potential: A plan for improving social mobility through education

Attached is the paper which was presented to Parliament this week by the Rt Hon Justine Greening MP on the Government’s plans for improving special mobility through education.

Launch of DfE consultation on QTS and teacher career progression

The DfE have launched their consultation on strengthening Qualified Teacher Status and improving career progression for teachers, and thought it may be of interest to you. The consultation will be open for a period of 12 weeks and run until 9 March 2018. You can find the consultation here.

DfE launch a call for evidence as part of its review of changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE

The current statutory guidance for teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) that was introduced in 2000 is being updated.  The Children and Social Work Act legislation that was passed by Parliament earlier this year, set about preparations to make relationships education compulsory in all primary schools and relationships and sex education compulsory in all secondary schools. As part of the review process the government is asking parents, teachers and young people to help shape the new curriculum, and the call for evidence will extend over an 8 week period until 12th February 2018.

Full information about the review is available here and a Young people’s call for evidence can be found here

Football Fans in Training with MFC Foundation

Please see attached the flyer and application form for the January Football fans in training via MFC Foundation which we are proud to support. Please feel free to circulate this information to those you think will benefit from the info.

Young Carers Information for Schools

Attached is some information which has been produced by The Junction whose aim is to ‘Make life better for young carers’. A large part of this is to increase their support within school, college and training. There is an award that schools can gain by supporting young carers. This is run by the Carers Trust and is called the Young Carers in Schools Award, to find out more about this there is lots of information on the internet Attached documents:

Young Carers Leaflet
Young Carers Postcards
Young Carers Referral Form

Weekly Updates from our Colleagues

SCHOOLS NorthEast Events Update
DWP Partnership Press – November 2017
SCHOOLS NorthEast Weekly Update: SCHOOLS NorthEast strongly backs new Social Mobility Plan
EEF News Alert: 500 schools wanted for EEF trials + 2 new funding rounds launched

MAP Delivery Group Plans

The new MAP Delivery Group plans have now been updated and group meetings have been planned up to the end of March 2018. If you would like to be involved please contact us at

MAP Mailing Lists

MAP are currently putting together contact mailing lists for key people in each of the Middlesbrough schools, and have put together the attached proforma of the information we require. We would like to thank the schools who have already provided their details, and look forward to receiving the completed forms from the schools who are yet to respond, in the very near future.

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