Making the Difference for Disadvantaged Pupils
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The gap may have widened, but the link between family income and educational attainment can be broken.
Join us on our highly innovative 5 module programme where we explore the following questions:
- What does the evidence say about how disadvantaged learners make progress?
- How can we respond to the disadvantaged gap in light of the pandemic?
- What does your school need to focus on to make the biggest impact?
- How can the Pupil Premium Strategy drive your school’s improvement?
This programme seeks to explore practical, evidence informed approaches for closing the poverty-related attainment gap. Engaging with the best available evidence on high quality teaching, targeted academic support and school-wide approaches, you will develop and implement a Pupil Premium strategy fit for your setting so that all pupils can flourish.
Throughout the 5 modules you will receive:
- The tools needed to provide an honest and robust self-evaluation of your current provision
- Knowledge and support to help shape a school specific focus for your development
- Strategies to Implement a purposeful Pupil Premium Strategy and evaluate its impact effectively
- Information to make evidence informed decisions about improving teaching and learning
- Support to develop a quality assured framework for Pupil Premium Reviewers
Twilight Introduction 03/11/20224.00 – 5.00pm – Zoom
Session 1 08/11/20221.30 – 4.30pm
Session 2 23/11/20221.30 ‑4.30pm
Session 3 02/12/20221.30 – 4.30pm
Session 4 14/12/20221.30 – 4.30pm
Twilight 17/12/2022 – 3.00 – 5.00pm – Zoom
Session 5 20/01/20231.30 – 4.30pm
Who: Pupil Premium Leads, Senior Leaders
Venue: The Mease Spencer Academy, Carsington Rd, Hilton, Derby DE655LX
Facilitators: Tammy Elward, Amy Ford, Katie Pattison
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Leading SEND in the Mainstream – Short Course
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“Good teaching for pupils with SEND is good teaching for all”. Vital for Some; Beneficial for All.
This three part modular programme will support teachers to develop their ability to effectively meet the needs of all SEND learners in their classroom, using the 5 Key Recommendations from the EEF’s SEND Support in Mainstream Schools Guidance Report. This programme aims to raise the profile of SEND to ensure it is a key focus for all professionals across all settings, making Every Teacher a Teacher of SEND.
This programme is aimed at mainstream primary and secondary teachers.
The programme will cover key threads such as
• Relationships and Knowing Your Learner: Top Tips for Working with Parents and other Professionals
• Effective Classroom Leadership: Working with Teaching Assistants and the Complimentary Use of Interventions
• Practical High Quality Teaching Strategies to Meet the Needs of all SEND Learners
In the High Quality Teaching session you will hear from outstanding classroom practitioners and experts as they share real-school, practical tips on how to implement the EEF’s top 5 effective High Quality Teaching strategies in your classroom.
• Modelling (Cognitive & MetaCognitive strategies)
• Flexible Grouping
• Explicit Instructions & Language
• ICT to support learning
Session 1 29/11/2022 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 2 23/01/2023 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Session 3 02/03/2023 1.00pm – 3.30pm
Who: This event is open to practitioners from Primary and Secondary Schools
Facilitators: Alistair Crawford, Sarah McAneny
Venue: Wyndham Spencer Academy, Wyndham Street, Alvaston, Derby, DE24 0EP
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Get Excited: Maths Masterclasses Information Event 21.09.22
Come along and find out about the Maths Masterclasses for Parents Programme, what’s involved and benefits to your school.
Date: Wednesday 21st September
Time: 4:00 – 4:30pm
Cost: FREE for all school staff
For flyer and booking form for the Get Excited Information Event, CLICK HERE
“During the course, I could see my confidence growing and I was able to repeat most of the exercise carried out in class at home with my son… if a parent learns how to identify the role of maths in every moment of their lives, they can use it to support their kid’s knowledge and boost their confidence in the subject!” – Parent on the programme
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Flying High English Hub: Autumn 2022 Programmes
View the Flying High English Hub Showcase Flyer by CLICKING HERE
To apply for support and/or funding for phonics resources, schools would need to attend a showcase in November. Further details about Flying High’s work can be found here About | English Hub | Flying High Futures | Flying High (flyinghighpartnership.co.uk)
Carl also did a briefing event about next year’s offer and the recording can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/IMiuaPKqQdE
Finally, their July newsletter will go out this Friday. This is the best way for schools to keep up to date with their offer. To get onto our mailing list, schools simply need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
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Early Years Based Information Carrying Word (EYBIC) Trial
EYBIC is an evidence-based intervention programme for children with poor language skills (understanding and expression), who are in early years settings. These children are at risk of ongoing speech and language difficulties and falling behind in all aspects of their education.
EYBIC aims to improve children’s speech and understanding. During this trial EYBIC will be delivered over 13 weeks by a member of staff in the child’s early years setting.
The aim of this trial is to evaluate the effects of EYBIC on the development of expressive and receptive language skills. The results of this trial will make an important contribution to understanding what works in improving support for children who show weakness in their language skills.
The trial is being carried out by Elklan and the University of Sheffield. It is funded by a grant from the Communications Consortium. The trial is a randomised controlled trial. This means that half the children identified to take part, in each setting, chosen at random, will receive the intervention (EYBIC) initially. These are the Intervention children and there will be 3 per setting. Each child will receive 10-15 minutes individual support four days a week (where children are at similar language levels the support may be delivered to children in a group). The other 3 children per setting who will be identified will be the Control Children, and they will not receive EYBIC until later.
Once the Intervention Children have received EYBIC we will reassess all 6 identified children in each setting so we can compare the outcomes for the Intervention Children with those of the Control Children, to find out whether EYBIC has made a noticeable difference.
Staff who are implementing EYBIC will receive half a day’s training and the EYBIC resource, they will also be able to access an Elklan Tutor throughout the trial for support if they need to. The staff will have already completed training in supporting children’s speech and language development, so will have some knowledge of strategies to support children. Once the children in the Intervention Group have completed the EYBIC programme, and both Intervention Children and Control Children have been reassessed, the staff in the settings can offer the EYBIC intervention to Control Children, still in their settings, so that these children do not ‘miss out’ by being allocated to this group.
Settings are eligible for the trial if they anticipate having a minimum of 20 three-year-olds on role in September 2022, with preference given to settings with 30 or more children of this age.
Children are eligible for the trial if they meet all the following criteria:
- Age 3 years-3:11 years in September 2022 and likely to remain in the setting until at least July 2023.
- Able to engage with an individual session for 10-15 minutes a day.
- No significant visual or hearing impairment
- Parental consent given
Staff in the setting will be equipped to screen all the children in their setting who meet the above criteria and the 6 children with the poorest language skills, as identified by the screen, will form the Intervention and Control Groups.
Staff are eligible for the trial if they meet all the following criteria:
- They have attended the Elklan course ‘Speech and language Support for 3-5s’ OR, if they have attended another Elklan course but are able to do a short additional training session regarding Information Carrying Words. Settings will also be considered where there has been no Elklan training but staff are willing to undertake some free Elklan e-learning to equip them with the skills they need to participate.
- They are likely to be working in the setting until July 2023.
- They can be released to receive half a day face-to-face EYBIC training in October/November 2022 and can be released for an hour four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) for intervention for the 13 weeks of the intervention.
- Provide consent forms to settings.
- Purchase LanguageScreen permissions for settings to screen all eligible children.
- Provide instruction to setting staff to administer the LanguageScreen.
- Identify the 6 children per setting with the poorest language skills.
- Identify, to their setting, any children not within the group of 6 selected for the study, any other children whose LanguageScreen results indicate that further investigation/advice is required.
- Arrange detailed assessment, in their settings, of 6 children per setting before and after the Intervention Children receive the EYBIC programme.
- Train a staff member from each setting to implement EYBIC (half a day).
- Provide each setting with the EYBIC resources.
- Provide a named Elklan tutor to support the staff member implementing EYBIC.
- Provide confidence questionnaires for the staff members in the settings at the beginning and end of the trial.
- Provide materials to elicit feedback from Intervention Children.
- Provide feedback surveys for the families of Intervention Children.
The University of Sheffield will:
- Obtain ethical approval for the trial
- Randomly assign 3 of the identified children from each setting to be Intervention Children and 3 to be Control Children
- Analyse assessment and attendance data.
The Setting will:
- Distribute consent forms to parents and collect them in.
- Undertake LanguageScreen assessments, on a tablet, for all eligible children whose parents have given consent.
- Facilitate external assessors in undertaking detailed assessments of 6 children in the setting before and after the Intervention Children receive the EYBIC programme.
- Complete pre and post questionnaire in which the named staff member rates his/her confidence, skills and knowledge in supporting children with speech, language and communication needs.
- Consent to children being randomly allocated to Intervention and Control groups.
- Nominate one member of staff to implement the EYBIC programme (EYBIC Practitioner, referred to as EYBIC P).
- Release the EYBIC P to receive half a day face-to-face EYBIC training.
- Enable the EYBIC P to deliver the 13 week EYBIC programme to the 3 intervention Children between 7th November 2022 and 10th March 2023. The total time requirement is one hour four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for intervention). This allows for 15 minutes intervention per child and 15 minutes preparation time.
- Undertake post-intervention LanguageScreens for the 6 identified children post intervention.
- Setting staff undertake a LanguageScreen for all eligible children (September 2022).
- External assessors undertake detailed assessments of 6 children, on two occasions (October 2022 and March 2023).
- The EYBIC Practitioner completes pre and post questionnaires to rate his or her confidence in supporting children’s speech and language (October 2022 and April 2023).
- The EYBIC P attends half a day of training in using EYBIC (October/November 2022)
- The EYBIC P implements the EYBIC programme with 3 children (identified by Elklan) over 13 term time weeks from 7.11.22 to 10.03.23, completing records of attendance online and accessing support from an Elklan Tutor as required.
- Feedback on the EYBIC programme gathered from the children involved (March 2023).
- Feedback questionnaires distributed to, and collected from, families (April 2023).
- EYBIC P is able to implement the EYBIC programme with the Control Children, from September 2023.
We have made the process for applying as quick as possible. Please follow this link:
If your application is accepted, you will receive the Memorandum of Understanding by email to sign electronically.
Use of data
All data, including children’s test responses and any other pupil data, will be treated with total confidentiality. Data from LanguageScreen and the detailed assessments will be administered and analysed by Elklan and Sheffield University.
No individual setting, parent or child will be identified in any report arising from the research.
Once the evaluation design is finalised, the study will be submitted for ethical approval by Drs Clegg and Spencer to the University of Sheffield Ethics Committee. The Ethics Committee will review the study to ensure it is ethical. Once the committee is satisfied, the study will receive ethical approval. In line with the University of Sheffield Ethics Committee, the following will be adhered to in terms of data storage and confidentiality.
All the information collected during the study will be kept strictly confidential, anonymised and will only be accessible to members of the research team. To ensure confidentiality, each participant will be assigned an ID number. This will be the only form of identification that will be on any database used in this study. It will not be possible to identify any participants or settings in any reports or publications from this study. All data will be stored on an electronic database on the University of Sheffield’s secure Google drive. All settings and participants will be asked for their written consent to participate in the study. Parents/carers of child participants will be asked to give their written consent for their child to participate. Further information about the ethical approval process can be made available.
Teacher Educator Programme: Coaching and Mentoring 2022-23
NASBTT Accredited Training
Level 1: Effective Mentoring and Coaching
This introductory programme to mentoring and coaching is aimed at new and aspiring mentors and coaches. The modules are tailor-made for colleagues working in school settings.
Dates: Wednesday 28th September 2022 4-6pm, Thursday 6th October 2022 4-6pm and Thursday 13th October 2022 4-6pm
Level 2: Advanced Mentoring and Coaching
This advanced programme to mentoring and coaching is aimed at those with significant experience of mentoring and coaching colleagues through their career development.
Dates: Thursday 3rd November 2022 4-6pm, Wednesday 16th November 2022 4-6pm and Wednesday 30th November 2022 4-6pm
Booking Details: Teacher Eductor Programme Flyer & Booking Links 22-23
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NEW DfE Golden Thread Webinar – Thursday 7th July
On Thursday 7 July, the DfE will host a webinar to share more information about how the department is supporting teachers at every stage of their career through the Golden Thread, covering Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the Early Career Framework reforms (ECF) and National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
This webinar is suited towards headteachers, executive leaders, senior leaders, governors, finance managers and other roles which manage strategic decisions around teaching, learning, personnel, and finance.
The webinar will cover:
- An overview of what the Golden Thread is, and the high-quality, ongoing training opportunities which are included.
- The benefits of helping to train the next generation of teachers by hosting ITT trainees in your schools, and the support which is available to you.
- The advantages of the DfE-funded provider-led ECF based programmes, what we are doing to improve their implementation and delivery, and how we are supporting schools, ECTs and mentors to understand them.
- The NPQs which are available to staff across the country, the unprecedented support which is available, and how to access the qualifications.
This event is likely to be popular so please visit the link below to secure a ticket:
Flying High English Hub Free Event: Understanding the role of a Reading Leader
Date: 21st June 2022
Time: 9.30am – 1.00pm
Event Description: In this session, two of our literacy specialists will offer their expertise to new reading leaders. They are both reading leaders in their own school and want to pass on hints and tips to those who might be new to the role. Getting children to become readers is a crucial part of our role and the reading leader plays a fundamental part in this. The session could also be useful for any reading leaders that have not engaged in our work yet as they will be taken through our ‘Challenge Checklist’ so they have an excellent understanding of the role and how to get the most from it
Venue: Horsendale Primary School, Assarts Rd, Nuthall, Nottingham, NG16 1AP
Booking Link: https://forms.office.com/r/PRL4ebBwwf
Georgia May Ash
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Mighty Special Conference Offer
This fantastic day event, held at The Education Exchange Conferencing Centre in Knottingley, will focus upon preparing children and young people today for tomorrow’s industries.
Our keynote speakers include Dr. Jim Al-Khalili, Theoretical Physicist, Author and Broadcaster, and Sean Culey, speaker and author of books and publications on disruptive technologies. Suitable for colleagues supporting, teaching or leading science in all phases and contexts, from early years to post-16, the morning session will centre upon developing rich scientific knowledge, with the afternoon dedicated to how schools can engage with local industry to strengthen the quality of science education in our region.
The event is heavily subsidised by the SLP at a cost of £75 per participant plus VAT.
We invite you and your colleagues working in science to participate and join us there.
There is a booking link below:
Inaugural Annual Exchange SLP Conference | STEM
Inaugural Annual Exchange SLP Conference | STEM
Date Time Location; Inaugural Annual Exchange SLP Conference: 13 July 2022: 09:30-15:00: Education House
Finance and HR Manager
Mon – Fri 8:30 – 4:00
Phone during office hours 07411 529201
DfE Consultation: Appropraite Body Reforms and Induction Assessment
Spencer Teaching School Hub have been advised of a new DfE consultation: Appropriate body reforms and induction assessment
In the ‘Opportunity for all’ white paper, published in March 2022, the department committed to reforming the role of the appropriate body (AB). In the induction guidance for ABs published in 2021 the department also committed to introducing stronger quality assurance of the AB sector.
In response, the department has, today, launched a consultation on ‘Appropriate body reform and induction assessment – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)’. The consultation document announces the decision to move to a system in which teaching school hubs (TSHs) will become the main providers of AB services and Local Authorities will no longer carry out this role. This will enable quality assurance of AB services through existing contractual relationships with TSHs.
It is consulting on a provisional transition end date of September 2023 and would like to invite ABs to feed back on the delivery implications for the current AB sector, to inform planning for capacity building and a timeframe that will enable a well-managed transition.
To inform improvements to the AB role and to help policy development, the consultation is also seeking views on how the responsibilities of ABs can be improved as well as the value of the formal assessment process.
All ABs are encouraged to engage with this consultation to enable a successful transition and to help improve the quality of AB services and the induction experience for ECTs. Please read the ‘Appropriate body reform and induction assessment: Consultation document’ and provide responses to the consultation via the following link: https://consult.education.gov.uk/induction-regulations-and-appropriate-bodies-policy/appropriate-body-reform-and-induction-assessment/
The department asks that ABs also cascade links to this consultation to the schools, trusts and teachers they work with, to encourage them to share their experiences of induction so that we can work to ensure the regulatory system serves the needs of ECTs.
The consultation will run for eight weeks until 21 July 2022, the government is expected to publish its response to the consultation in Autumn 2022.Read More