e-Bulletin – Issue 55

Issue 55 – 14 January 2019

 Local update

 Nicola Cook Data Protection Officer and Head of Governor Services is keen to alert us to a document that will be published later this month. The ‘Framework for Ethical Leadership in Education’ says leaders should be truthful, open and selfless. The document is due to be launched by the Association of School and College Leaders. (ASCL)

The framework was drawn up by a high-powered commission, with members including Ofsted chief inspector Amanda Spielman, governors’ leader Emma Knights, UCL Institute of Education director Becky Francis, and Nigel Genders, director of the National Society of the Church of England. It should make for interesting and powerful reading; please watch this space as we will alert you once the framework is made available publicly.

Ofsted’s curriculum research – towards the 2019 education framework

Ofsted have undertaken a series of road shows. They have released slides and video material to allow those unable to attend to have access to the material and thinking behind the content. To access the slides, click here.

The workshop in Exeter was filmed and you can watch the sessions by clicking on the relevant link below. Please use in whatever way is helpful for staff and governors to understand the current thinking from Ofsted and more importantly engage in robust discussion about what great curriculum in your context looks like. High quality curriculum is based on proactive thinking and is the product of clear consideration of the sequence necessary for children and young people to make progress. This needs time for reflection, discussion and probably action.

Part 1  link here

Part 2 link here

Part 3 link here

Part 4  link here

Part 5 link here

Part 6  link here

Part 7 – questions link here

Finally, I came across a great quote recently – After nourishment, shelter and companionship stories are the thing we need most in the world. As Philip Pullman says ‘Stories are the most important thing in the world. Without stories, we wouldn’t be human beings at all.’ So, a question for you is how often are the children and young people in your school reading a story? The following blog from a convert is worth a read – click here

Have a super week.


Kate Rumboll Director of Education Standards


National update

 Support for Teaching Phonics and Early Reading

The Department for Education has published information on a programme for supporting teaching phonics and early reading.

The 2-year literacy professional development programme, which is for Teachers or Teaching Assistants, includes:

  • 2 days of whole-school phonics training, including teaching assistants and the headteacher
  • 2 days of literacy leadership training for the headteacher and reading leader
  • 16 in-school development days with the leadership team to analyse literacy data and implement solutions
  • 19 days supply cover for the reading leader

Schools can apply for the programme if they

  • have been rated ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted
  • are in an opportunity or category 5 and 6 area
  • have not had in-school phonics training or development days in the last 2 years

More information can be found here.

Additional Funding To Train Children’s Social Workers

The Department for Education has announced plans to fund 900 places on the Frontline children’s social work training programme to 2021.

More details can be found here.

 GCHQ CyberFirst Girls Competition 2019

The National Cyber Security Centre is running the CyberFirst Girls Competition for the third year and registration is now open.    Year 8 girls can tackle codes, crosswords and puzzles with the content being consistent with the Computer Science syllabus.   Online competition rounds will take place w/c 21 January 2019 followed by a Grand Final for the top ten teams in March 2019.

More information and registration details can be found here.

Screen Time Limits

The Education Secretary has suggested that parents should lead by example when it comes to screen time limits.  Writing in the Telegraph he has responded to research that indicates that 76% of under 5’s use electronic devices and 44% of parents have a device to keep them occupied.

The article can be found here.


Book Trust Competition for World Book Day

The Book Trust have launched a World Book Day competition to win a class workshop for Year 5 and 6 students at the Guardian Foundation Education Centre.  The winning class will make their own book-themed newspaper front page.

More details can be found here.