KCSP E-Bulletin: 04 May 2021 Updates and related information
We hope you enjoyed the May Day bank holiday, even if it was chilly! Our secondary schools are now entering a busy period as pupils are assessed and grades awarded for GCSEs, A Levels and BTECs and we wish everyone the best of luck with the process this year.
DfE - EYFS:
The DfE has added information and link to get help for early years providers to apply the changes to the EYFS framework.
- Ofsted has published a blog by Tim Jenner HMI, its subject lead for history, talking about the findings from their primary history subject inspections.
- As part of its research review series, Ofsted has published a review of research into the factors that influence the quality of science education in schools in England.
- Schools Week has published a useful summary of this research, which you can read here.
- The Secretary of State for Education has renewed the school inspection disapplication notice, which now applies until 31 May 2021.
FFT – Teacher Mental Health and Wellbeing:
- FFT’s John Jerrim, Becky Allen and Sam Sims, have published a major new analysis of teacher mental health and wellbeing in England. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, it is the culmination of two years of work and is, the authors believe, the most comprehensive analysis on this issue to date.
- Some of the results of the research are summarised in this blog post, '13 insights into teacher wellbeing and mental health’.
GL Assessment – Reading:
GL Assessment has published a report ‘Words of Encouragement: Reading resilience during the pandemic’ with analysis, interviews and practical ideas for supporting reading post-lockdown.
The latest edition of SecEd includes articles on a range of topics including cuts to Pupil Premium funding, safeguarding best practice and CPD.
Centre for Holocaust Education:
- The Centre for Holocaust Education has opened applications for their free Beacon School programme, run in conjunction with UCL Institute of Education. This is a wonderful opportunity for any of our schools that have an interest in developing Holocaust education in their curriculum. The deadline for applications is 5pm on 24 May.
- Schools that apply an existing commitment to the importance of Holocaust education as well as a keenness to embrace creativity and innovation into their curriculum.
- This is an opportunity for schools to partner with the world’s top-rated university for education, to raise the quality of learning and expectations, and to help students to become more engaged in their own learning and more independent, critical thinkers.
- The Centre also offers a range of free CPD opportunities for teachers.
In the coming year, as part of the government’s response to the Covid pandemic, the very youngest children, who have poor oral language skills and have been particularly affected by the switch to online learning, will be able to access specialised help – key to academic success.
Last autumn, the DfE announced a £9 million investment in the Oxford oral language programme which is designed to help those youngest children. This funding is now being extended at similar scale for the next academic year and it is hoped that up to seven in ten primary schools in England will benefit from the programme as a result of official funding. You can read more here.
Power of Words Conference:
Recordings from the Inspirational Power of Words Conference with Michael Morpurgo are available on this website. You may find these useful for CPD sessions.
A Conference is being held on Saturday 05 June around all things transition in education. The Conference is free and offers a range of interesting speakers across the day. More details and registration here.
STEM & Transition:
The Polar Explorer Y6 - Y7 Transition Project
- This resource provides a framework for teachers to run a transition project with Year 6 pupils to help them with the move from primary to secondary school.
- The project is based on the theme of Polar Exploration and aims to enable pupils to use and develop a range of STEM skills that they will ultimately need to become independent learners in the STEM subjects. The resource provides a timetable for the process and a suggested series of activities for children to get them ready for the transition to Year 7.
- More details and all the resources are at this link.