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 ======================================================== *****Previous SIB bulletins***** for 2007: http://www.medway.gov.uk/index/learning/schoolimprov/57769/57495.htm for 2006: http://www.medway.gov.uk/categories.htm?theme=19551 ======================================================== This message is intended only for the use of the person(s) ("the intended recipient(s)") to whom it is addressed. It may contain information which is privileged and confidential within the meaning of the applicable law. 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