“Voice of the Pupil” mental health project – register your interest | schoolsnortheast

We are looking for schools to participate in the SCHOOLS NorthEast Healthy MindED Commission’s “Voice of the Pupil” project. Further information can be found here: SNE – VOTP.

This project uses small focus groups with pupils in school settings to explore their experiences of mental health. The insight gained from these discussions will help inform school development plans in relation to mental health and also feed back to the Commission to allow for reporting at a regional and national level.

Each school will be provided with training to carry out the focus groups in their own settings…

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National Organisation to improve Education Specialists’ advice launched | schoolsnortheast

An organisation which has been developed to establish national quality standards for education specialists who support schools has been officially launched in York.

The Association of Education Advisers (AoEA), is the brainchild of Les Walton, CBE, who has advised numerous cross-party governments on education policy as well as working at the highest levels in the public sector as a Head Teacher.

The establishment of this sector-led Association of Education Advisers addresses the need for quality and consistency of advice.  It is a membership and accreditation organisation that intends to…

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Careers and Enterprise Company to publish board minutes | schoolsnortheast

Records of meetings held by the board of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) will  be published online from this month, following pressure from MPs.

Launched in 2015, the company is leading efforts on behalf of the government to connect more young people with the world of work. Figures released to Schools Week show the CEC has so far received £40.8 million of government funding since 2015, and will get at least £18.8 million in each of the next two financial years.

In May, MPs raised grave concerns over a lack of evidence relating to the impact it has made so far, while committee…

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Minister admits nursery schools need more cash | schoolsnortheast

Children and families minister Nadhim Zahawi has said it would be “foolishly stupid” to deny that local authority-maintained nurseries are under financial pressure.

He made his comments with a rising number of nursery schools warning that they are in financial straits and at risk of closure.

Mr Zahawi urged town halls to hold fire on decisions about nurseries until the government’s forthcoming comprehensive spending review, due next year, as he vowed to lobby the Treasury for ongoing funding.

Nursery schools were given an extra £60 million by the government last year to support them…

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Northern Education Trust’s response on Stockton Council’s concerns over ‘unprecedented’ levels of exclusion | schoolsnortheast

In last week’s Weekly Update newsletter (dated 6th July 2018), SCHOOLS NorthEast published an article titled ‘Stockton Borough Council Committee raises concerns over “unprecedented” levels of exclusion’.

The CEO of a multi-academy trust named in this council report says the document doesn’t accurately reflect what is happening in one of its academies on a day-to-day basis.

Northern Education Trust have released a statement to SCHOOLS NorthEast in response to Stockton Borough Council’s findings.

Response from Rob Tarn, chief executive of Northern Education Trust, to Stockton Borough…

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School spending on pupils cut by 8%, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies | schoolsnortheast

The amount of per pupil spending in England’s schools has fallen by 8% since 2010, says an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

The study says rising pupil numbers – and cuts to local authorities and sixth form funding – have seen a real-term reduction in school spending.

Heads say it disproves government “rhetoric” about record funding levels.

The Department for Education says funding will be at its “highest ever level”, reaching £43.5bn by 2020.

School leaders have been protesting that cash shortages have forced them to cut staff and to ask parents for financial assistance…

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North East selected to host lead Careers Hub | schoolsnortheast

The North East has been selected to host a prestigious Careers Hub dedicated to improving careers education for young people.

One of 21 across England, the ‘North East Ambition: Careers Hub’ will support schools and colleges in the region to implement and achieve the 8 Gatsby Career Benchmarks – the clearly defined framework for ‘Good Career Guidance’.

Delivered by The Careers & Enterprise Company in partnership with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the North East Ambition: Careers Hub will comprise of 40 secondary schools with a separate Hub servicing 10 colleges –…

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