In National News
Key Changes to Ofsted Framework. Details of the changes to how Ofsted will inspect early years’ provision, schools and further education and skills from September 2015. – More info
Latest issue of ‘School Inspection Update’ newsletter. – June 2015
In Local News
Changes to School Nursing Provision. The School Nursing service will be re-procured with a new 0-19 public health nursing service to be in place from 1st April 2016. There will be no immediate changes to the service provision which you are currently receiving but the service would like to work together with schools to develop a future service model which extends the offer of the local delivery of the Healthy Child Programme incorporating the recommendations which arose from the local school nursing service review conducted in 2014, which all schools were invited to take part in. – email sent 22/6/15
Youth Mental Health First Aid – 7th & 8th July, Hartlepool This training is FREE to those working, caring for someone, studying or volunteering in the Tees area. – email sent 22/6/15
Middlesbrough School Effectiveness Strategy – Response to the consultation – The LA has concluded the consultation with schools on the revision to the School Effectiveness Strategy. A document collating the responses provided by head teachers and LA comments in relation to the head teacher responses was shared. – email sent 18/6/15
Network Meetings for Senior Leaders – A series of four network meetings have been arranged,
each exploring one of the OfSTED key aspects. They will include briefings on national developments, local developments and the opportunity to hear directly from schools on the work they are doing under each theme. There will also be a chance to discuss issues and share ideas and to make new individual networks – email sent 4/6/15
Free Training on Bullying and SEN/Disability –The Anti-Bullying Alliance is working with Middlesbrough Council from April 2015 – March 2016 to become an Anti-Bullying SEN and Disability Champion. This programme is funded by the Department for Education. They are offering FREE training to schools, the wider children’s workforce and parents/carers in Middlesbrough. email sent 18/6/15
Private Fostering – An update on Private Fostering has been circulated for information. If you require any further information please contact Sam_Addison@middlesbrough.gov.uk or Mary_Griksiatis@middlesbrogh.gov.uk . email sent 30/06/15
MAP Conference – Boys’ Achievement – Gary Wilson addressed Head Teachers on how to raise boys’ achievement at a MAP conference on 24th June at MFC. Park End Primary, Acklam Grange School and Beverley School shared good practice and projects that they have underway. A Middlesbrough Toolkit is being developed from the day and will be available shortly.
New Ofsted Framework – Presentation by new Senior HMI for Middlesbrough, Joan Hewitt – Joan delivered a session for us on 29 June on the new Ofsted Framework and how to manage an inspection. The session took place at Middlesbrough Football Club. Further information and events will be made available soon.
Operation Encompass – Operation Encompass is a multi-agency approach to give early notification to schools, academies and colleges that a child or young person has been present, witnessed or been involved in a domestic abuse incident. Nominated Key Adults (safeguarding leads) within local schools will receive information from Cleveland Police to afford them the opportunity of assessing the needs of the child during the school day and, should it be deemed appropriate to do so, to provide early support. This initiative was publicly launched on 26th March 2015 in Hartlepool, and became effective from 1st April.
Following on from the successful launch of Operation Encompass in Hartlepool, the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) gave a commitment for it to be implemented across the remainder of the force. Shane Sellers, Cleveland Police has been tasked with working with both Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland local authorities to jointly launch it in both Borough’s on 1st October 2015. Work to ensure delivery of this is on-going with a number of agencies.
Training dates have been arranged for September 2015 prior to the launch on 1st October 2015. Email sent 06/07/15
Local Government Association (LGA) Early Help Peer Review – The four Tees Local Authorities have, in partnership with the North East Children’s Improvement Advisor, commissioned an external LGA Peer Review of Early Help Services across the Tees Local Authority area to help understand why there appear to be significant challenges and levels of need across Children’s Services in Tees, which are higher than National, Regional and Benchmarking Local Authorities.
The first part of the Review took place in April. It scoped the issues to be explored in the second phased of the Peer Review and involved discussions with the four Tees Directors of Children’s Services and LSCB Chairs.
The second phase will take place from 15-18 September 2015 and will focus on discussions and meetings with key partners. Schools will be contacted in due course and are encouraged to be part of this process. Please see letter from Richenda Broad for further information.
Tees Education and Skills Transformation Board – The Tees Education and Skills Transformation Programme is currently being developed to support the challenges facing schools across the Tees Valley. The programme will focus upon key areas including:
- Closing the gap
- Recruiting quality teachers
- Improving the quality of teachers and leaders
- Supporting the interface with the world of work – employers and schools
- Supporting all schools to be good or outstanding
A launch event will be held on Tuesday 29th September 2015 attended by Sir David Bell – further details will be circulated in due course. Can you please hold the date in your diary to ensure you are able to attend the event where possible. Email sent 10/06/15