CHTA Recruitment Fair 2018

Croydon School’s Recruitment Fair 2018

The Croydon Headteachers’ Association would like to invite you to participate in our teacher recruitment fair being held at the Croydon Park Hotel on Saturday 3rd February 2018.

Last year’s event held at the sane venue was very successful, with a large number of potential candidates attending, and raised the profile of teaching in Croydon schools.

Booking forms and queries and information about becoing an exhibitor (via the recruitment SLA) should be sent to Christine Lonsdale at Octavo (christine.lonsdale@octavopartnership.org) ...

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Helping London’s next Headteachers

Getting Ahead London

Take the next step on your leadership journey

If you’d like to step up to headship, but aren’t sure how to get there, then consider applying to the Getting Ahead London Programme.

The Mayor is running a second year of his scheme for senior leaders in London:  Getting Ahead London. Delivered by Challenge Partners, a place on this scheme can give you prestigious, bespoke training and support to help you on your journey to becoming a headteacher in the ...

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New CHTA recruitment site now open

Our new CHTA recruitment site is now accepting listings for jobs of all types from ANY school in Croydon.  Whether it is a teacher, a caretaker, a midday meals supervisor or an Executive Headteacher you are seeking to recruit you will be able to do it here and furthermore it’s free to do so while we come to the full attention of the search engines.  The site is www.croydoneducationjobs.org.  There are marketing materials and further promotions underway but what ...

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Subscribe to the CHTA Jobs feed on Twitter

The CHTA are changing the face of recruitment for Croydon schools.  If you are job seeking or simply interested in what kind  of jobs are available in Croydon schools you’ll need to subscribe to our new Twitter feed – @CHTA_Jobs.  There are many more exciting developments underway, to be announced in the next few weeks, but as a first step why not ‘follow’ this Twitter feed.  Following us will mean that you’re the first to know about Croydon school vacancies ...

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Welcome to new Croydon Headteachers from our president

Dear Colleague

As the current President of the Croydon Headteachers’ Association I would like to welcome you to your important role in our vibrant borough, and give you some information about the CHTA.

The CHTA has been in existence for several decades and was founded to provide networking, support and training to the leaders of educational providers in Croydon – whatever their organisational status. Our membership draws from colleagues in nurseries, children’s centres, special schools, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and all ...

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Emergency Meeting Regarding Government ‘Fairer Funding’ Consultation

Dear Headteacher,

The government’s fairer funding project looks set to be the biggest change in school funding for a generation.  A consultation is under way and it is imperative that ALL Croydon Headteachers, Governors, Business Managers and interested individuals respond as this is the only way to have our voice heard. This is not just another consultation – the methodology that the government adopts will affect school funding for many years to come and the weighting that is given to each ...

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CHTA 9th Annual Conference – March 2016

Another great event, the 9th annual Croydon Headteachers’ Conference, took place at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne on 10th/11th March 2016. Over 60 leaders, from all educational sectors, attended.

Day 1 began with a fascinating talk by Dr Ioan Rees, of Sycol, which focussed on how organisational culture is key to its performance, no less in schools than any other industry. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, to quote business visionary, Peter Drucker, was the key point.

After lunch, the delegates reconvened to ...

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Rise of the ‘not so smart’ drug

With a generation of teenagers who seem to be steering away from alcohol, cigarettes and unsafe sexual practices, there is one worrying trend on the rise; the use of so-called ‘smart drugs’ to help them revise and maximise study time.

Students’ health service director at Bristol University, Dr Dominique Thompson, said that she has seen an increase in the number of students who are willing to admit to taking modafinil, a prescription drug used to treat sleep disorders but can ...

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Top education news this week

With a new education bill in the final stages of administration and many other interesting topics being published, here is a roundup of some of the top education news stories from the past week.

A new education and adoption bill passed the final parliamentary stages last night.  What does this mean for schools and academies? http://schoolsweek.co.uk/education-bill-2016-its-14-clauses-and-what-they-mean-for-schools-and-academies/

Parents’ violent behaviour is impacting grass roots sport.  Teaching by example and showing children how to behave and be considerate remains an integral part of ...

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Tablet technology in the classroom

Since around 2012, the use of tablets in the classroom has been a growing phenomenon with around 1 million being used in schools today.

Tablet technology is ever present in today’s society and enables teachers to bring education to life for any age from pre-school up until a time that a person decides to stop learning. The portable, responsive and interactive nature of a tablet makes learning in real time more engaging and memorable.

In-built cameras and more downloadable apps than you ...

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Schools news round-up

It has been a while since we took a look at all the amazing things our schools do and achieve.  Below are a pick of the best from the last few weeks:

 

Harris Academy do their best for charity –  http://www.harrispurley.org.uk/32/recent-news/post/30/great-ormond-street-hospital-donation

John Ruskin College pick up diversity awardshttp://www.johnruskin.ac.uk/john-ruskin-college-in-top-100/

Rockmount Primary visit 10 DowningStreet on Safer Internet Dayhttp://www.childnet.com/resources/safer-internet-day  / https://twitter.com/RockmountPS

Woodcote High School proves to be financially smarthttp://www.woodcote.croydon.sch.uk/133/woodcote-news/article/274/woodcote-high-school-efficient-and-effective

Selsdon Primary school were in great voice ...

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Stranger danger

With the dangers of our online world thrown in to the limelight again following a docu-drama about the tragic death of Breck Bednar, it is so important to talk through dangers and danger signs with children of any age.

Online games and social network interaction are the ‘norm’ in 2016 and unless you have decided to live a technology free existence, all children will come in to contact with online ‘strangers’ at some point. There is no way of totally ...

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Free technology for schools

It may not be long before you hear an addition to your child’s vocabulary. The word ‘micro:bit’ is soon to invade millions of households across the country. But fear not, we are not being taken over by a technologically advanced civilisation, in fact, the BBC is about to provide a pocket-sized codeable computer for free to every child in year 7 or equivalent across the UK.

In a hugely ambitious move, the BBC has collaborated with 29 partners to develop the ...

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Teacher Recruitment Fair

Whether you are a newly qualified or experienced teacher, or are simply interested in finding out more about being teacher, please come along to Octavo’s Teacher Recruitment Fair on Saturday 6th February 2016, 10am-1pm, at Croydon Fairfield Halls.

Please DOWNLOAD THE FLYER for more information and to find out how to register your interest.

Representatives from all education sectors (primary, secondary, academies, special schools, etc.) will be in attendance and available to discuss the realities of teaching and answer any questions you ...

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Digital diligence

With Christmas just behind us, the number of electronic devices in many homes will have risen dramatically and with that comes parental responsibility to limit use to a safe level.

Whether as parents we like it or not, we live in an online generation where tablets and devices are part of life’s ‘uniform’ for our children but the challenges this brings should not be ignored. Studies have revealed that by the time a child reaches 7 years of age they ...

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An open letter from a parent to all teachers

At this time of year we are all reminded that we should give thanks for what we have and how fortunate we are. Although this is not true of so many millions of people on the planet at present, it is certainly true for so many of us.

Thanks comes in all kinds of forms and should be said for a whole host of reasons and I think it is especially important to extend those thoughts to an industry that is ...

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A book for Christmas

There was a time when the best thing under the Christmas tree was a new book to read. Today, technology rules and children want the latest games or apps to nestle their heads in to once the turkey has been eaten and the crackers pulled.

But books are still the back bone of learning and expanding our children’s minds. Below are listed the literary marvels that teachers would love to see in Christmas stockings this year:

Key stage 1 & 2

Charlie and ...

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The question of grammar

The Chief Executive of Siemens recently spoke out in support of a grammar school education system saying that schools had “to give people the hope and aspiration that they can be absolutely brilliant in society.”

Juergen Maier went on to say, “There comes a point where if you put too much pressure on kids purely academically when clearly their interest is in a more practical type, then you should measure it in a different way.

“I just think that a duel ...

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CHTA Annual Conference (for Primary, Secondary & FE Heads and Principals)

CHTA Annual Conference (for Primary, Secondary & FE Heads and Principals)

“Building an outstanding education system; are we nearly there yet?”

Thursday 10th – Friday 11th March 2016

Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne

Further information, including a booking form, will be sent to schools on Monday 23rd November 2015.

For further information, contact Jolyon Roberts at jroberts@pegasusacademytrust.org

 

 

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Teacher Recruitment Fair – 6th February 2016

Dear colleague

Teacher Recruitment Programme 2015/16
Thank you to colleagues who have responded so far to the CHTA / Octavo Teacher Recruitment project for next year. So far we have had over 40 schools and colleges who are participating in the programme and I wanted to update you on the progress of this work.

Teacher Recruitment Fair
This will take place at Fairfield Halls on Saturday 6th February, 10am-1pm. Each participating school / college will have a stand at the event and ...

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Croydon news roundup

It seems very hard to believe that schools are preparing for the run-up to the festive season.  Now is the time to look out for all the celebrations planned for Christmas 2016.

In the mean-time we take a look at what has been going on in Croydon schools during the first part of this academic year.

Golden extension named ‘best designed in the world.’

‘Best primary school of the year’ resides in Croydon

Find out where Quest Academy 6th Form leavers ...

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Conference Season

The conference season commences with Octavo’s Mathematics conference ‘Mastering the Primary National Curriculum for Mathematics’ on Friday 6th November. The conference will address a number of key principles of a mastery approach to teaching mathematics, including deep understanding and variation theory. Octavo welcome Debbie Morgan, Primary Director of NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) and Nigel Bufton (former HMI for mathematics) as keynote speakers.

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The challenge of budget cuts

The Department of Education has estimated a shortfall in the 2015-16 education budget of £600 million rising to £4.6 billion by 2018-2019.

This can only mean one thing, spending cuts, which according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies, could be as much 12%.

With less money available where would cuts be made; staffing levels, availability and maintenance of facilities or important extra-curricular amenities?

Those schools worst affected by a spending short fall will most likely see some GCSE and A-Level courses scrapped, ...

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The challenge of exam reform

We start this week by looking at the next major challenge facing education today; exam reform.

With the new, harder GCSEs in English and maths starting this term and remaining subjects to follow in the next year or two, we could be facing a period of exam controversy after exam controversy.

A-levels and GCSE’s are now tougher and more rigorous as the government attempts to raise standards, setting pupils the target to achieve the same academic levels met in high performing countries ...

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Schools to face surge in pupil numbers

Today we take a look at the next challenge to our education system; the rapid surge in pupil numbers over the coming years.

It is estimated that between now and the 2020 election, schools in England will need to be offering an extra 900,000 places. The question is where are they going to come from? There is no concrete answer.  More than likely is the rapid increase in class sizes and the emergence of aptly named 15-16 form entry titan ...

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Major challenges facing education today

With schools and schooling constantly in the spotlight, Minister for Education, Nicky Morgan, has a tough job on her hands if she is to continue safe guarding our education system in testing times.

This all important sector faces a growing list of tough challenges. Over the next week we will be highlighting those at the top of the list.

Teacher shortage crisis

Covered here only a few weeks ago, this issue is still at the forefront of concerns over future education needs.

Official figures ...

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Croydon schools news round-up

The start of a school year brings with it new ideas and the energy to make them happen.

With this academic year nearly a month in, follow the links below to take a look at what some of the local schools have been up to:

Croydon schools begin the new academic year on a high

Available school places in Croydon are set to increase

Academies are key to regenerating Croydon

Oasis Academy, Coulsdon, named ‘Most improved secondary school’

Find out ...

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Academies and free schools or local government control?

With Labour choosing a new leader, the party’s policies and processes are being given a new look too. One of the striking differences of opinion between Labour and our Conservative government is in how our schools should be run.

Lucy Powell, appointed by Mr Corbyn as shadow education secretary, spelled out Labour’s plans to bring existing academies and free schools back in line with other state-maintained schools.

In a clear statement of intent, Labour will call for the schools to be ...

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“Those who can, aren’t”…… in teacher shortage crisis

A recent survey showed that today around three out of four local education authorities in England are experiencing a teacher shortage, with 18% of those polled saying the problem had reached crisis levels.

Department for Education figures show that in the 12 months to November 2014 almost 1 in 10 teachers left the state sector; nearly 50,000 qualified teachers were lost – the highest rate for 10 years.

To curb the growing problem, schools are resorting to the recruitment of ...

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And a New School Year Begins

With the new school year under way, changes are afoot. Here is just a selection of the shiny new things on the education radar.

A change in OFSTED inspections will see ‘great leadership’ at the centre of major reforms being made to inspections from September 2015. Leaders’ vision and ambition for children and their learning will be scrutinised as OFSTED begin to look at how those at the top are setting the culture of their schools to ensure that ...

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GCSEs at a glance

With over 5 million GCSE results published, 2015 has again seen a rise in the overall number of students gaining A-C grades but with a drop in top level A*-A grades.

Nationally, 68.8% of entries gained an A* to C grade with London seeing the best results; 72% achieving A* to C grades.

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A-Level results at a glance

300,000 students collected A-Level results last week with those taking ‘facilitating subjects’ up by 50% and the number taking tougher subjects to gain entry into Oxbridge and other elite universities reaching record numbers.

With universities increasingly demanding ‘harder’ subjects, so called ‘flaky’ ones have seen entry numbers in decline as they are seen to no longer add value to a student’s higher education application.

The overall number of students gaining top marks has fallen for a 4th consecutive year,  although there ...

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Croydon School News Roundup

The last couple of weeks of term is always a busy time in school! Sports Days, awards evenings and farewells to long-serving staff are a feature of end-of-term activities for most.

Follow the links below for a selection of stories about what Croydon schools have been up to:-

Kenley Primary Young Reporters’ Club

Quest Academy Wins TWO ‘Good Schools Guides’ Awards

Harris Upper Noorwood Gets ‘Outstanding’

Croydon School Children Sing ‘Zadok’ at Hampton Court Palace

David Livingtone ...

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Schools face ‘disruption and uncertainty’ over league tables

As another school year ends, England’s schools face a period of “disruption and uncertainty” after ministers changed their thinking about which GCSEs will count in school league tables.

With the phasing in of new toughened GCSEs it was originally said that the old style exams would still count towards league tables while the education system transitioned to the new exams.

But in a last minute U-turn, it is now understood that although the old style GCSEs will count for students, ...

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The Value of Exit Interviews

When recruitment is difficult an important part of any strategy is to identify the reasons why staff are leaving.

As part of such a strategy conducting exit questionnaires and interviews can be an invaluable experience for any school. Benefits include:

  • Improving the school or academy’s reputation as an employer;
  • Aiding staff recruitment and retention;
  • Promoting and recognising good practice;
  • Benchmarking with other schools in similar circumstances;
  • Identifying where change in employment practices and policies may be needed;
  • Identifying pockets of poor practice;
  • Provide evidence ...
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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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