e-Bulletin – Issue 52

 Local Update

Online Training Launch

Last week saw the launch of our online Training Programme for Governors and Clerks at the Learning Campus. Nearly 70 Heads, Chairs, Governors and Clerks had the opportunity to hear the rationale behind the project, see the system working and ask questions of the experts behind the technology. There was some great feedback…

  • “Very visual, user friendly e-learning”
  • “I feel this could be an important development and useful for governing boards”
  • “It seems to have taken into account the fears and needs of the electronically illiterate!”

Those that have purchased a subscription (included in this year’s Governor and Clerk Development Programme) have been sent a welcome email with instructions on how to log in (if you did not receive this, do please read it on GovernorHub here).

The programme is of course available for any board to subscribe to throughout the year.  If you would like to know more about the system do have a look at the short explainer video here which includes instructions on how you can register for a free trial.

Any questions, please contact Ellie Cheshire (echeshire@learningtrust.net).

E-magazine for newly qualified and inexperienced teachers

We are delighted to share a new resource with you aimed specifically at NQTs and inexperienced teachers. The New Teacher Times is a free, termly e-magazine which has just been launched by our NQT team. The link to the first issue is here: https://www.paperturn-view.com/?pid=Mzg38901

Please do share this link with your NQTs. It has interesting articles, blog posts and advice for those in the early stages of their careers. To subscribe for future issues, please email newteachertimes@learningtrust.net

If you or anyone in your schools would be interested in adding content, please email Izzy Hall at ihall@learningtrust.net who is the editor of the magazine.

Response from Nicola Cook, Head of Governor Services to the ‘Who knows about me’ report

Who knows what about me? With our work on data protection and GDPR we were interested to see this report from the Children’s Commissioner, Anne Longfield OBE, on the collection and sharing of children’s data, which was included in our e-bulletin national update last week.

n her introduction Anne points out that children’s data footprints begin as soon as their first baby photos are posted by their parents to social media.  On average, by the age of 13, parents have posted 1300 photos and videos of their child and, once the child starts engaging in social media as well, this explodes to nearly 70,000 posts by the age of 18!

However, it is not just about parents and children sharing information on social media, it is also about smart toys, speakers and other connected devices in homes.  There is a proliferation of monitoring devices from pedometers to location tracking watches.  It is also about information that is shared when children are supported by essential public services such as schools and GPs.

There are several recommendations in the report around policy and practice including one for schools:

  • Schools should teach children about how their data is collected and used, and what they can do to take control of their data footprints.  These lessons should cover information shared online but also information gathered in the home (e.g. through connected devices) and outside the home (including through public services).

On the final page (p23) there are some useful 10 top tips for children and parents which schools might want to share.

Early years foundation stage profile results for 2017 to 2018 at national and local authority level

Last week additional information was added around pupil characteristics.  To access the information click here.

Finally, if you’re feeling a little frazzled and in need of some positivity, take a moment to watch the following you tube clip (link here) capturing some inspiring quotes from Nelson Mandela.

Have a super week.



Kate Rumboll

Director of Education Standards BLT


National update

 NHS Survey: Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2017

The NHS has published the results of a major survey into the Mental Health of Children and Young People.  It reveals that 12.8% of children aged 5-19 had a mental health disorder in 2017.

The survey, which collected information from over 9000 children, found that different mental disorders were more or less common at different stages of childhood, with rates of mental disorder higher at older ages. The full report can be found here.

The release of the report coincided with a briefing report from the Children’s Commissioner within which she calls for an NHS funded counsellor to be place in every school.  The briefing report can be found here.

Capita Sims White Paper: Harnessing Parent Power

Capita Sims have published a white paper entitled ‘Harnessing Parent Power’ which includes research and tips on how schools are using parent engagement to improve outcomes for their pupils. The paper offers advice to schools based on survey of 177 Primary and Secondary schools in 2018.

The white paper can be downloaded here.

We have already decided that the theme for the next Focus on Governance will be parental engagement so please do make a note in your diary of the next dates – remember you have a choice of two dates and venues each term.

Tuesday 5 February 2019 at the Learning Campus 09.30-11.30

Wednesday 13 February 2019 at the Holiday Inn in High Wycombe 19.00-20.30

Both dates are available to book on GovernorHub or by contacting us on govhelp@learningtrust.net

Statutory Assessment of Pupils with Complex Disabilities

The Department for Education has announced that a pioneering new approach to assessing pupils with complex disabilities will be introduced in schools from 2020. The statutory assessment will be based on the ‘7 aspects of engagement’ and will replace P scales 1 to 4. More details can be found here.

 Department for Education Programmes to Recruit Professionals and PhD Graduates Into Teaching

The Schools’ Standards Minister has announced that three organisations – Now Teach, Cognition Education and The Brilliant Club will receive £10.7million of funding to recruit and support experienced business leaders and PhD graduates into the teaching profession.  The programme aims to recruit up to 600 new teachers over the next two years.

More details can be found here.

Ofqual: Access Arrangements for SEND Students: GCSE, AS and A Level 2017-2018 Academic Year

Statistics published by Ofqual have shown that the number of students with disabilities, illnesses and special educational needs receiving help to sit exams has fallen for the first time in at least 5 years.

The most common access arrangement is for students to be given 25% extra time in exams, which made up 60% of all arrangements in 2017-2018. Other arrangements can include use of a computer, use of a scribe or specially coloured or enlarged exam paper.Further details can be found here.


Ofqual: GCSE, AS and A Level Entries and Late Entries 2017-2018

Ofqual have published statistics on exam entries in 2017-2018.   The data reveals the following trends:

  • The number of GCSE certificates awarded remained stable with 5.2 million certificates awarded in 2017-2018
  • Late GCSE entries rose by 22% in 2017-2018
  • The number of AS / A Level certificates awarded fell by 29% from 2016-2017 to 2017-2018, mainly due to the decoupling of AS and A levels.
  • The number of late AS/ A Level entries decreased by 12% in 2017-2018

The data can be found here.

SchoolDash: Analysis of Primary School Data

School Dash has published an analysis of primary school data from Understanding Mathematics Assessments (PUMA) and Progress in Reading Assessment (PiRA) tests.  Key findings from the data include that Summer born pupils remain behind at age 11 and that boys overtake girls in Maths by Year 3.

The research report can be found here.

ESFA: Customer Communications Survey

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) are conducting a customer communications survey, giving Academies the opportunity to give views on communications and volunteer to help test plans for future improvement.

The link to the survey is here. The deadline is 5pm on Wednesday 12 December 2018

 DfE / Institute for Employment Studies Research: Teachers, Leaders and Governors Views on the Teachers Pay Framework

The Department for Education has published research on teachers’, leaders’ and governors’ views on and understanding of the teacher pay framework.

The research, carried out in May 2018 by the Institute for Employment Studies, includes views on the use of TLR allowances, the main and upper pay range and how the framework can best provide a clear career pathway for classroom teachers.

The report can be found here.

 Speech by Lord Agnew

Academies Minister Lord Agnew has urged schools in England to work together to achieve more than they can on their own.

In a speech to teachers, school business managers and senior leaders at the Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham, Lord Agnew underlined the importance of hard-working teachers in delivering rising standards in schools across the country and set out his ambition for schools to collaborate through multi-academy trusts. To read the report click here.