News Roundup

Our round up news begins with the sad story that former schools inspector, Sir Chris Woodhead, passed away earlier this week, aged 68. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease for the past 9 years. According to the BBC, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan described him as an “immense figure in the world of education”.

Pressures on schools and teachers increase further from next week, when the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 comes into force. The Act puts a statutory ...

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Be the Best you can Be!

“Be the Best you can Be!” is an educational programme that aims to inspire, engage and empower young people and to help them take more control of their lives by becoming more self-aware and self-responsible. The Programme is a flexible framework for each School to integrate according to their ethos and structure and is unique in that it is:

  • An Educational Legacy created to go beyond Sport, and far beyond the inspiration of 2012, developing staff and students
  • Advocated by Ofsted to ...
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GLA Research Project on Building the Leadership Pool in London Schools

The GLA has commissioned research into interventions that could be made to increase London’s pool of future headteachers and school leaders. This work is on behalf of a pan-London group of education organisations and interests including ALDCS and HOSI.

Below are links to two 10 minute surveys which they would be grateful for your help in encouraging school middle and senior leaders and headteachers, principals and executive heads in Croydon to take part in.

The link for senior and middle leaders:

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What the Election Outcome Means for Croydon Schools

MP Gavin Barwell

Barwell is Re-elected

As you know Conservative MP Gavin Barwell was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Croydon Central, winning by just 165 votes. At a recent debate, while fighting to retain his seat for the Conservatives, he said headteachers should be “trusted” to decide whether to employ staff who do not have qualified teaching status (QTS). He also paid the profession the compliment ...

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Croydon Schools News Roundup – April 2015

Sarah Jones and Gavin Barwell clash over unqualified teachers at NUT debate in Croydon
Croydon Advertiser, 22nd April 2015

Croydon children told where they will be going to primary school
Croydon Guardian, 17th April 2015

Ofsted report praises headteacher and pupils at ‘transformed’ Addington High
Croydon Advertiser, 14th April 2015

Croydon special school among best in the UK for inclusion
Croydon Advertiser, 14th April 2015

Council sets up company with Croydon’s teachers to help ...

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Octavo Partnership Teaching Open Day

The Octavo Partnership is holding a Teaching Open Day to support teachers who wish to develop their career in this diverse, vibrant and multicultural borough.

Attendees can meet with employers, attend a range of workshops and discover the range of schools and experiences Croydon offers.

Saturday 25th April, 10am-3:15pm
Bernard Weatherill House, 8 Mint Walk, Croydon CR0 1EA

Contact Christine Lonsdale to secure your place:
openday@octavopartnership.org
Telephone: 020 8241 5460

Be involved

While preparations are going ...

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Croydon Schools have a Tweeting Easter

It’s been great to see how much has been going on in Croydon schools before and during the Easter period, via the CHTA Twitter feed. Here are some of our favourite recent stories, which we picked up on Twitter:-

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Croydon Education Question Time

Event Details

Tuesday, 21 April 2015 from 19:00 to 20:30 (BST)

St Andrew’s CE School and Sixth Form
Waynflete Ave, off Warrington Road
CR0 4BH Croydon
United Kingdom

Croydon’s Education Question Time will feature NUT General Secretary Christine Blower, Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell and others debating education in the borough. Doors open at 6.30pm, parking is available on the playground. To submit a question to the panel, email it in ...

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On International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day was celebrated in an increasing number of countries with many events to focus attention upon some stark figures: there remains a 17.5% average pay gap between men and women in the UK; only 1 in 4 MPs are female; and women are still very much under-represented in the nation’s boardrooms. According to recent figures, a third of women will suffer some form of physical abuse during their lifetimes (Heather Saul, The Independent).

There has been much in ...

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Measuring Success

How do we measure the success of our students? Do employers value what we’ve measured and rewarded, or penalised? Does society?

The good news is that we seem to have figured out what to measure. But it’s clear that we’re not yet out of the woods. How do we reward success, and make sure more success is in the pipeline? What about the starting point? Isn’t it easier for some groups of children to succeed than others? Should we then penalise ...

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CHTA Conference Programme – 5th/6th March 2015

Please click to download the CHTA Conference Programme 2015.

The conference begins at 10am on Thursday 5th March, ending at 2pm the following day.

The conference takes place at East Sussex National Golf Resort and Spa. For SatNav users, the postcode TN22 5ES leads to the back of East Sussex National Golf Course off the A26. To arrive at the main entrance from the A26, follow signs for A22 Eastbourne, at the Little Horsted roundabout turn right and at the next ...

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The Octavo Partnership launch to schools

The Octavo Partnership will be hosting a launch for schools and partners on Thursday 12 February at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, CR9 1DG. Choose from one of 3 convenient session times at 8am, 12pm or 4pm.

Sessions will run for approximately one hour and will provide an opportunity for schools to hear from Octavo’s CEO about the vision for the future, explore the new website and online shop for school support services and speak with members of the Octavo Board as well ...

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Sir Michael Wilshaw delivers Annual Report to Ofsted

Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw’s has delivered his Annual Report speech to launch Ofsted’s 2013/14 annual reports for schools and FE and skills. He describes a “less positive” outlook than last year and reports that whilst primaries are improving, improvement in secondary schools has stalled and the FE sector is failing to deliver courses that give young people the skills required for employment.

CLICK HERE to read the full report.

 

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