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:
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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CHTA Annual Conference and AGM 2015

Nearly 70 Croydon Headteachers met at the East Sussex National for the Eighth Annual Conference and AGM.

The two-day programme included a 2-hour session with Alistair Smith on modern learning methods, a demonstration of the new CHTA website by Vicky from Smarter Reach, an afternoon session with Bill Watkin from SSAT, “Making Sense of Change”, information from Octavo, a talk and Q&A session with Clive Gilbert of Morley’s on Education and Business Skills and a session ...

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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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Local News Roundup…

Objectors could seek judicial review on controversial South Norwood Oasis Academy Arena school decision – Croydon Guardian, 4th March 2015

New head at John Ruskin College pledges to maintain Croydon school’s ‘outstanding’ reputation – Croydon Advertiser, 1st March 2015

Kenley Primary head to retire after 37 years in the classroom – Croydon Advertiser, 27th February 2015


In other news:-

Schools ‘fail to stretch most able’, says Ofsted – BBC News, 4th March 2015

One-third miss first ...

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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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The Octavo Partnership Launch: 12th February 2015

The Octavo Partnership will hold a launch for schools in the Spring term prior to their official go-live date of 1st April. Headteachers, Business managers and Chairs of Governors will be invited to attend one of 3 sessions on the day to find out more about Octavo’s vision for education support services in Croydon and beyond.
Date:                     12 February 2015
Venue:                 Community Space, Bernard Weatherill House
Sessions:             Morning, lunch-time and after-school

Look out for more details in the weekly schools bulletin ...

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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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Professional Development Links

Simon Trehearn, Deputy Principal at The Quest Academy has suggested the following links that may be of interest:

New study reveals that fewer students are the victim of bullying

I urge everyone to have a read of this first one – ’10 Silver Arrows: Ideas to penetrate the armour of ingrained practice’.
Your ’10 arrows’ focus on:
1.       Behaviour Management
2.       Questioning
3.       Literacy
4.       Marking and feedback
5.       Straight teaching
6.       Assessment
7.       Gifted ...

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