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A consultation is underway about changes to Croydon’s Fair Access Protocol (FAP)which has not been revised for a number of years.
Key changes in the new protocols include clarity around:
Lord Agnew, The Under Secretary of State for Education, has launched a consultation into the extension of the existing risk protection (insurance) arrangements used by academies into local authority (maintained) schools.
Lord Agnew writes (to Directors of Education):
The Department is considering extending the risk protection arrangement (RPA) currently operational for academy trusts (ATs) to the local authority maintained school (LAMS) sector in England, with the hope that sector can benefit from financial savings such as ATs have attained through membership of the RPA.
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At a recent Primary HTs meeting we discussed issue, common to many Croydon primary schools, of having end of life issues with tills for school dinners. Jolyon Roberts presented a new solution from MagicBooking who have been working with the Pegasus Academy Trust to replace two software systems (till/booking provider and payment provider) with one system. At the moment Croydon is one of the very first areas to be working with this software and a number of HTs asked for further details. The ...Continue Reading →
All referrals assessments and enquiries will now be dealt with through a single point of contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please see attached flyer for details of the new arrangements Early Help & Children’s Social Care Single Point Of Contact FlyerContinue Reading →
The Mayor of London’s office has twelve initiatives including three brand new ones that they would like London Schools to get involved in and have produced an October newsletter describing what is underway. If you or your school is interested in STEM or improving your recruitment situation there are some good links here.Continue Reading →
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 (email@example.com) ...Continue Reading →
Are you approachable and have excellent communication skills?
If so, we would love to hear from you…
In response to the challenges of appointing outstanding staff, the Croydon Headteachers Association (CHTA) and Octavo Partnership have been working closely on initiatives to raise Croydon’s profile as the destination of choice.
Croydon is London’s largest borough by population and has nearly 150 schools and colleges to serve the community. The pupil population has been growing ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
CHTA Conference at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne
‘Leading in a Time of Change’
All Croydon Headteachers are invited to book for our annual event which takes place again this year in Eastbourne.
Details have been sent all headteachers and are on the flyer below. Please reserve your place asap as places are likely to be limited.Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
There are two places available for Primary Headteachers to serve on Croydon Schools’ Forum. This is a self nomination process, followed by an election if required, via our president, Nick Dry. All details are in the letter below. These are important roles so please consider whether you may be able to serve.Continue Reading →
Our annual conference for all Croydon Headteachers is being held at the Cavendish Hotel, Eastbourne on 23rd and 24th March 2017, and bookings are being taken now
Please look out for the revised flyer for this year’s conference, and book soon.
The speakers this year include David Crossley, Vic Goddard (Educating Essex Head) and Dave Keeling.Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
Alistair Smith has been described as the UK’s leading trainer in modern learning methods. Having delivered well over 1,500 training and development events, he is certainly one of the most experienced developers around. His popularity has been built around his exceptional presentation and facilitation skills.
Following the very positive feedback from our partner schools, Octavo have invited Alistair Smith to return to work with us again this Summer Term across two separate days for Primary and Secondary school leaders.
Independent ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 awards – http://www.johnruskin.ac.uk/john-ruskin-college-in-top-100/
Rockmount Primary visit 10 DowningStreet on Safer Internet Day – http://www.childnet.com/resources/safer-internet-day / https://twitter.com/RockmountPS
Woodcote High School proves to be financially smart – http://www.woodcote.croydon.sch.uk/133/woodcote-news/article/274/woodcote-high-school-efficient-and-effective
Selsdon Primary school were in great voice ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
CHTA Secondary & FE Conference (for Secondary & FE Heads & Principals)
Thursday 16th – Friday 17th June 2016
Sandbanks Hotel, Poole
Further information, including a booking form, will be sent to schools and colleges on Monday 18th January 2016.
For further information, contact Gordon Smith at firstname.lastname@example.orgContinue Reading →
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
Further information, including a booking form, will be sent to schools on Monday 23rd November 2015.
For further information, contact Jolyon Roberts at email@example.com
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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 ...
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.Continue Reading →
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.
Following on Monday 11th November is this year’s SEN and Behaviour conference – Continue Reading →
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, ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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:Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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.
GCSE passes in England and Wales went on the rise again this year aided by an increase in the numbers achieving at least a grade C in Continue Reading →
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 ...Continue Reading →
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:-Continue Reading →
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, ...Continue Reading →