• Closing the Achievement Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils – Good Practice Conference 3 July 2018 UCL Institute of Education

  • Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 56 Friday 20th April 2018

  • Discounted Religious Education Professional Development course for schools

  • Inspire to Achieve

  • IMPORTANT - Occupational Health (Medigold Health) Update

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Closing the Achievement Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils – Good Practice Conference 3 July 2018 UCL Institute of Education
24 Apr
This conference aims to improve teaching and learning for disadvantaged pupil in the classroom. It looks in detail at the barriers to learning and school strategies to close the achievement gap of disadvantaged pupils in schools. Specialist sessions/workshops will also explore what successful case study schools do to close the achievement gap. The conference brings together some of the leading experts and practitioners to engage in panel discussions, and to share best practice on what works in closing the achievement gap. There will also be speakers from the DfE and Ofsted. The conference offers practical tips for teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) to keep up to date in the field of school improvement. All delegates will receive complimentary copies of a new research report: “Closing the Achievement Gap for Disadvantaged Pupils in Schools: Good practice”.
Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 56 Friday 20th April 2018
20 Apr
Welcome back to the new term, and to our latest newsletter, with an introduction from the new Director of Education & Skills, Terry Reynolds
Discounted Religious Education Professional Development course for schools
18 Apr
Discounted Religious Education professional development courses for Newham schools The Local Authority has provided some funding towards four courses being run in the summer term. They offer excellent half day or full days of training in RE for your staff at extremely affordable prices. Hopefully your school will be able to take advantage of these discounted prices so you are able to send a number of members of staff to this training. I ran these courses in 2017 as a trial, and they were all scored 5’s and 6’s out of 6 by all staff who attended. So, I am confident that this will be purposeful and impactful training. The courses are: EYFS Creative and confident RE training 22nd June 2018 Teaching 3 religions with confidence 27th June 2018 Teaching 4 religions and world views 28th June 2018 Attainment, progress and outcomes in RE 11th July 2018 Please have a look at the attached flyers (one for each course) and let me know how many places and on what days and times you would like to sign up to attend. Email: claire.clinton@rematters.co.uk
Inspire to Achieve
18 Apr
Inspire to Achieve An alternative programme with a difference Allowing young people who are at risk of NEET (RONs) to experience a variety of occupations to enable them to make informed choices for EET provision in year 12. This is a great opportunity to ensure all your students have an appropriate September guarantee offer. Inspire to Achieve is a preventative NEET programme, delivered by London Stadium Learning. It focuses on enabling young people to identify and experience a variety of appropriate careers punctuated with life skills workshops and visits from motivational speakers. All participants will learn and become familiar with the skills involved in various careers sectors such as communication skills within retail environments, manual dexterity within construction, problem-solving and critical thinking within IT and physical and wellbeing in sport. Taster sessions will include hands-on experience and opportunities to enrol in appropriate and sustainable provision for year 12. Life skills sessions will include team building skills, raising confidence, goal setting and developing an awareness of everyday finance skills. Motivational speakers and sessions will also be delivered on the dangers and perils of youth crime. This is a very practical programme delivered within an enjoyable and relaxed environment. Where is this held? This is held at London Stadium Learning; an exciting new centre in the London Stadium in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The centre aims to support young people’s individual needs to help them achieve their full potential. Who is this for? Year 11 students who have disengaged from school and are likely to be at risk of NEET and/or have yet to be offered, or identified, an agreed “September Guarantee”. How long is this programme? 1 day per week for 10 weeks, beginning in May 2018. With a maximum of 10 students on each course. What will students gain? In addition to quality training and occupational tasters, all participants will receive a bespoke action plan and be enrolled onto appropriate EET provision upon completion in readiness for Year 12. Our programme partners are: Local training providers and corporate motivational speakers and contributors. How much does the programme cost? The cost to schools is £149 per participant per day and is based on 8-10 participants attending. However, 10% discount is available on bookings for additional students from the same school. Interested? Please call Anna Chapman on 02085226127 Or email anna.chapman@newham.gov.uk
IMPORTANT - Occupational Health (Medigold Health) Update
12 Apr
The Council's Occupational Health (OH) and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) contract has been extended by 2 years and the price per head remains the same. Previously, schools signed up to the contract via NPW for an initial period of 2 years. Schools currently using the Council's Medigold Health OH and EAP contract are now able to access the contract for a further 2 years. The Professional Services Team will now manage the sign up process and schools will need to inform Simon Whitlock (simon.whitlock@newham.gov.uk) by 27 April 2018 if they do not want to access the service and will be purchasing their own OH and EAP services from 01 May 2018. If the Professional Services Team does not hear from current users of the Council's Medigold Health OH and EAP contract by the above deadline the school will be invoiced for OH and EAP service covering 01 May 2018 to 30 April 2019. There are no changes to the referral processes. For more information please contact Simon Whitlock 0203 373 0323 or visit the OH service page - http://www.newhamconnect.uk/Services/3963
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Training & Events

27 Apr
Running Social Skills Groups
The aim of the afternoon is: - For staff to understand the purpose and benefits of running social skills groups - To understand the type of pupils to include in groups and how to set the groups up - An opportunity to try out a range of practical games and activities to use in their practice This training session includes a free booklet of ideas to take away and use in your settings
11 May
The Solution Focused Approach: A Positive Problem-Solving Model
The aim of the day is: - Explore the theoretical background to the solution focused approach. - Give opportunities to participate in activities using solution focused approaches to incorporate into practice. - Consider how these practical strategies can be applied when working with pupils, parents and staff.
11 May
Why run a Nurture Group in school?
The aim of the day is@ - To identify the hidden SEMH populations in school and the individuals who need a Nurture Group – profiling them and creating a baseline - To build children’s and young people’s emotional resilience through targeted group activities - To meet some of their most pressing personal, social and emotional needs, in school - To improve their learning, understanding, confidence and self-esteem, thereby raising achievement - To use successful models to plan a programme which would meet the needs in your school. - To assess impact, evaluating activities and using the members to sustain and lead the Nurture group.
06 Jun
TEST DO NOT BOOK - Early Help Network Meeting
Designated Safeguarding Leads training is specifically tailored to meet school needs and compliance requirements in relation to policy and practice. This training for school Designated Safeguarding Leads invites an ideal opportunity to collaborate and network with neighbouring schools, share good safeguarding practice and identify priorities for action. Compliance with Ofsted: • Common Inspection Framework (2015) • Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (2016) • Section 3, 4 and Annex 1 and 3
08 Jun
Primary Learning Mentor Network
• An opportunity to meet and network with other Primary Learning Mentors. • Gain ideas and information to support the role of a Primary Learning Mentor. • An opportunity to share your own practice and to identify subjects for future networks.