SIB – Issue 295 – 4 December 2007

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SIB – Issue 295 – 4 December 2007
***NEW PUBLICATIONS***
Infant, Junior & Primary Schools - All teachers - For Action
Medway's leading teachers are offering teachers across the authority a chance to work
together on developing a variety of teaching strategies through workshops in terms 3 & 4.
The workshops are based around English and Mathematics and are available for teachers
across the primary range. Each workshop is offered to a maximum of 5 teachers and
includes a whole day session and then a follow up half day (which will be supply funded).
Full details of the workshops can be found at
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/69480.htm and the closing
date for applications is Monday 10 December. Places will be confirmed at the start of term
3, and schools should note that the places will be allocated one per school initially schools should await confirmation letters before booking supply.
All Schools - Teachers considering application for NPQH - For Information (and action
where appropriate)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
Information regarding the new model of NPQH is now available on the NCSL website;
please access the link below for further details of how to apply.
http://www.ncsl.org.uk/programmes/npqh/npqh-apply.cfm
Secondary Schools - Head of Maths - For Information
Raising Attainment in Maths
Please access the link below for information about a conference for Heads of Maths in
February 2008.
Leaflet: http://www.medway.gov.uk/maths_conference_leaflet.pdf
Booking form: http://www.medway.gov.uk/raising_attainment_in_maths_booking_form.doc
All Schools - Headteachers – For Information
Please find below a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation which depicts the results of the
succession planning survey conducted in October 2007, along with a copy of all the
handouts referred to in the presentation.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/succession_planning_survey_2007_report.ppt
http://www.medway.gov.uk/all_questions.doc
Secondary Schools - Headteachers and Citizenship Co-ordinators - For Information
Please access the link below for the November 2007 QIA Citizenship e-bulletin. Of
particular interest is the new 14-19 section on the website.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/qia_citizenship_bulletin_nov_07.doc
All Schools (with NQTs) - Headteachers, Newly Qualified Teachers, Induction Tutors - For
Information
NQT Network Meetings 2008
These sessions promote and support the exchange of ideas on various issues, as well as
providing an opportunity for NQTs from different schools, phases etc to meet up and
network. The remaining dates for these sessions are as follows:
Tuesday 15 January 2008, 1.30-4.30pm - supporting pupils with English as an additional
language (EAL); this session will also incorporate a welcome meeting for any January
2008 induction starters.
Tuesday 4 March 2008, 9.00am-12 noon - guided reading.
Tuesday 6 May 2008, 1.30-4.30pm - practical science and ICT in classrooms.
Tuesday 1 July 2008, 9.00am-12 noon - moving from induction to performance
management.
Please access the link below for full details, including how to book a place on each
session.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/print/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/nqts/47932.htm
All Schools – All Staff – For Information
Teaching Awards – nominate a teaching assistant now !
Please access the link below for details about the teaching awards.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/nominate_a_teaching_assistant.doc
All Schools – All Staff – For Information
Prospects Issue 410 can be found via the link below.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolforums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1313
Secondary Schools - Headteachers and Bursars - For Information
The link below will take you to a copy of the notes for the Autumn 2007 Secondary School
Bursar Meeting. These are the notes which were distributed at the meeting held at New
Brompton College on Friday 30 November 2007. Bursars whom did not attend this
meeting are advised to consult these notes.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolforums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=253
All Schools - Headteachers, EMA/EAL Coordinators, Teachers - For Information
The New Arrivals Excellence Programme (NAEP) has produced a new cross-phase
guidance document (ref: 00650-2007BKT-EN) to support schools and LAs in building
capacity to meet the needs of new arrivals. It is divided into three sections: primary
schools; secondary schools; and school self-evaluation framework.
The guidance makes it clear that all newly arrived bilingual learners have a right to access
the National Curriculum and that provision for them is integrated into all subject areas. The
focus is on learning and teaching in the mainstream classroom.
The key aspects for supporting the achievement of new arrivals are:
* welcoming new arrivals
* initial assessment
* developing classroom practice
* promoting pupil participation
* working together: home, school and community.
The document is available to download at the following locations:
Primary:
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/eOrderingDownload/ns_naep_gdce_0065007.PDF
Secondary:
http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/secondary/keystage3/all/respub/naep_guidance
Or can be ordered in hard copy by accessing:
http://publications.teachernet.gov.uk/default.aspx?PageFunction=searchresults&ft=00650
&pn=1&rpp=1&ShowHide=4&Area=1
All Schools - Headteachers, Bursars, Finance Officers - For Information
The External Funding Bulletin for December 2007 can be found in the school forum at:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolforums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=1317
Secondary Schools - Headteachers, GTPs, NQTs and OTTs, - For Information
Teaching and Learning for Overseas Teachers, NQTs and those on the Graduate Teacher
Programme
The first day of the course will focus on creating an exciting learning environment, good
quality starters, questioning strategies and feedback - it’s not all about marking.
The first date of this course has been re-scheduled to Wednesday 30 January 2008 at
Rainham Netball Centre, Rainham School for Girls ME8 0BX. This has been re-scheduled
from Wednesday 12 December 2007 (Warren Wood Primary school). A link to the new
flyer will be available in the next SIB.
Primary & Infant Schools - Subject Leaders and Teachers - For information
Are your learners budding filmmakers of the future? Will they reignite the British film
industry? The Primary Framework recognises the opportunities to engage and motivate
learners through the process of movie making. The Digital Movie Creator Cameras (DMC)
course will support developing teacher/producers with creating live action and animation in
school. Please use the link below if you would like to book a place.
This course assumes that schools have purchased, are in the process of purchasing or are
considering purchasing DMC cameras.
Please find a link below to the 'Digital Movie Creator Cameras (DMC) course. Booking
details are also included.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/39184/67891.htm
Primary & Infant Schools – Subject Leaders and Teachers - For Information
ICT Level Training for Primary Schools
This course will prepare primary ICT subject leaders for accurate and robust levelling
against the refreshed level descriptions for ICT. During the day, delegates will explore
planning for progression from FS to Y6, have practical experience of levelling children’s
ICT work and write curricular targets.
This course has been designed for ICT subject leaders in at least their second year of
post. Please use the link below to book your place on the course.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/39184/newpage-66.htm
All Schools - Headteachers & Bursars - For Information
The latest meeting of the Schools Forum took place on 28 November 2007 and the
agenda papers are available via the following link:
http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolforums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=257
The main issues discussed by the Schools Forum were as follows:
* The growth in the number of SEN pupils placed in specialist provision out of Medway,
leading to a forecast overspend on the centrally retained element of the Schools Budget of
£1.1 million in the current year (page 2) and £2.5 million in 2008/09 (page 6).
* The latest forecast of schools' revenue reserves at the end of the current financial year
(page 3)
* Government announcements about school funding in the period 2008 to 2011 (pages 5
to 8)
* The funding of early years education in the private, voluntary and independent sector
(pages 9 to 11)
* Responses from schools to the recent consultation on changes to Medway's funding
formula (pages 12 to 16)
The minutes will be published at the end of the month.
All Schools - Headteachers - For Information
Medway's Exchequer Services team has large numbers of good quality ring binder files
and lever arch files which are surplus to requirement. If you would like some of these
please contact Julie Hoare on (01634) 332465.
Primary, Junior & Infant Schools - Teachers and curriculum co-ordinators - For Information
Creating multimodal texts using Word, Publisher & PowerPoint
Would you like to support your learners with using images, audio and video to bring their
ideas to life? The Primary Framework recognises the importance of using multimodal
texts and this course will focus on how to create and use them.
Please use the link below to book your place on this course.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/39184/67816.htm
Primary, Junior & Infant Schools - Teachers new to using interactive whiteboards - For
Information
Interactive Whiteboards
This course will provide delegates with an introduction to the use of interactive
whiteboards. Learning activities will be shared and created. It assumes your school is
using either Smart Notebook, Activprimary or Easiteach and will focus on pedagogy rather
than a specific interactive program.
Please use the link below to book your place on this course.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/39184/67821.htm
Primary, Junior & Infant Schools - Primary ICT Co-ordinators and primary teachers - For
Information
Robolab
Unlock the potential of your Robolab following this day of hands-on activity. During the
course delegates will prepare a buggy for programming, create programs and consider
progression in control.
Although all the necessary equipment will be provided on the day, this course assumes
your school has already purchased Robolab. If you are considering purchasing this sort of
equipment, please see the NXT flyer on the ICT professional development webpage.
Please use the link below to book your place on this course.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolinfo/cpd/39105/39184/67824.htm
Infant, Junior & Primary Schools - Headteachers, Lead teacher for SEAL - For Information
Primary SEAL - Puppet Workshop
A half-day introductory workshop has been organised for the afternoon of Wednesday, 30
January 2008 where teachers can begin to explore the use of Puppets to support SEAL.
This session will be followed by a series of workshops during which teachers will be given
the opportunity to develop their puppetry skills. Teachers will also have the opportunity to
order a puppet that will be used during these work shops and in their school (funding is
available to cover the cost of a standard puppet). Please make a note of the date for your
diaries! Full details will follow in a later SIB.
All Schools – All Staff – For Information
***DAILY NEWS***
The link below will take you to the 'Daily News' section of the schools forum.
http://www.medway.gov.uk/schoolforums/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=39
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