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Congratulations Wendy Robins
Wendy, Specialist Teacher in the Learning Support Team (LST) has recently graduated having achieved OCR Level 7 Diploma in Assessing and Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties and has also gained the Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).
Wendy has also now become an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).
As part of the LST Wendy is able to carry out assessments to support Exam Access Arrangements, learning assessments to identify areas of need for learners with SEND, deliver tuition to meet individual learner needs and much more.
To utilise Wendy's latest skill-set, or the expertise of the other highly qualified members of the LST, please contact 01905 678187
Goodbye and all the best to Kay Poole


After many, many years working to support the Gypsy Roma Traveller community in Worcestershire and surrounding area, Kay Poole has now retired.
Support for Gypsy Roma Traveller Children will continue to be available from Sue Carrier, Louise Sykes and through the Learning Support Team.

Goodbye and thank you to Karen Broderick
In December Karen Broderick, our lead for the Autism/CCN team retired. Karen's contribution over the years has shaped practice in Worcestershire and beyond into a model of excellence that has delivered the best outcomes.

Stephen Fessey and Gemma Halstead will together lead the Autism/ Complex communication needs team following Karen Broderick's retirement in December.
Please make a note of the new contact details for the Autism/CCN team:

01905 678132

Are you interested in the SENCO Leadership Development programme?

Next programme date: 
Thursday 27th February
The spring cohort will run for 6 sessions until Thursday 21st May 2020 and take place at the Babcock Prime offices in Worcester.

Find out more and book a place
All SENCOs on the SENCO Leadership Development Programme (September- December 2019 cohort) have rated the programme as Excellent.
100% of the SENCOs feedback said the programme had increased their professional knowledge and influenced their thinking.
Many commented that the course gave them time to think and review their school strategically rather than just operationally. Delegates also commented that it was a great opportunity to hear best practice from School Improvement Adviser for SEND/Inclusion, Helen Pretty and understand the processes and structures used in other schools from other SENCOs.
Key actions SENCOs will undertake following the programme are:
  • Evaluating staff CPD needs
  • Improving parental engagement
  • Creating a monitoring schedule
  • Provision mapping
  • Improving Governor engagement
  • Reviewing the SEND register
  • Updating SEND information on their school website
The next inclusion network meeting will take place on 24th March 2020, 13:00 - 16:00 at St Peter's Baptist Church, Worcester.
Meeting agenda
  • The new Ofsted Inspection Framework -What are the implications in relation to SEND/Inclusion?
  • SEN Notional Funding - What ways do schools effectively measure the impact of this?
  • Updates from Worcestershire Children's First SEN Services Group Managers - Zulkifl Ahmed and Nurinder Shergill
Book your place via CPD online

Make sure you have downloaded our SEND self-evaluation tool to help you audit the quality of your SEND provision, strategic decision making and the impact that this has on outcomes for learners.

PAPYRUS, the national charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide is running a free training course for school staff in Suicide Prevention.

SP-EAK Suicide Prevention – Explore, Ask, Keep-Safe is a 3.5 hour workshop that prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, respond appropriately and effectively and connect them to support.

Tuesday 24th March 2020, 13:30 – 17:00 at St Bede's Catholic Middle School, Redditch

For more information speak to Laura Hart: 01905 844696, lhart2@worcestershire.gov.uk


EYFSP Cluster Moderation

All schools are required to take an active part in LA agreement trialling and discussions around the Early Learning Goals (ELGs). These sessions enable staff to achieve this on a Worcestershire wide scale with experienced EYFSP moderators and colleagues across the county.
We are running 6 sessions between 17th and the 19th March 2020 in Worcester to support schools. 
Visit: EYFSP Cluster Moderation to find out more and view scheduled sessions.

EYFS Schools Briefings

Briefings offer support to practitioners working in reception and school based nurseries. They aim to provide understanding of national and local updates, new legislation and guidance and practical ideas of best practice.
Our EYFS Schools Briefings are free to attend. There are two EYFS scheduled for March 2020

  • Tuesday 24th March, 16.30 - 18.30 in Bromsgrove 
  • Friday 27th March, 09.30 - 11.30 in Worcester

For further information on these briefings and to view notes from previous meetings visit: EYFS Schools Briefings

A range of training courses to support schools to raise standards of attainment and improve progress for all pupils. The training package includes:
  • Assessment of writing
  • Developing a sequence of learning for mathematics
  • Forensic Focus on SEND
  • Effective Leadership of Pupil Premium
View details of scheduled training
There are nearly 6000 English as an Additional Language learners in Worcestershire schools and each will have a different level of proficiency and have different learning needs.

Children find it more difficult to learn English if they are not provided with the right experiences, environment and adult support. Your school leadership and management, teaching and learning, environment, assessment process, parental engagement and emotional health and wellbeing provision all contribute to how effective your support is for EAL learners. 

Find out how to improve the proficiency in English of your EAL learners

From September 2020 health education becomes compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools, under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education.

DfE guidance materials

Download: Guides schools can use to communicate with parents about the teaching of relationships and health education

Download: Statutory guidance document

There is a strong emphasis on mental wellbeing in both primary and secondary phase.
Babcock Prime can help you deliver emotional health and wellbeing education to pupils, which includes awareness of topics and strategies to prevent or cope with emotional health and wellbeing issues.

Find out more
Young people who show challenging behaviour are at the highest risk of being subject to a restrictive intervention, which can cause psychological harm and in turn may manifest as further challenging behaviour.
The Centre for Mental Health has published a policy briefing on trauma, challenging behaviour and restrictive interventions in schools.
The briefing looks at the impact on children's mental health and summarises the available evidence and alternative approaches for school leaders and policy makers. The briefing includes advice on how PBS works and how to implement along with Trauma-informed schools: guidance and recommended strategies.

Narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged learners continues to be one of the most demanding issues in education.

Are your existing strategies and resources for narrowing the gap effective?

Would you like to discover fresh approaches to making a positive impact?

Learn how metacognitive approaches positively impact on outcomes for disadvantaged pupils on our Pupil Premium Masterclass

Pupil Premium Masterclass
Wednesday 11th March 2020 | 09.00 – 12.30 at
St Peter's Church Centre, Worcester

Guest speaker Marc Rowland, Head of Rosendale Research School has extensive experience in leading projects on metacognitive approaches as Pupil Premium Advisor for the Unity Schools Partnership.

He will explore key metacognitive strategies that can be used to develop a practical toolkit in your school to improve outcomes for your disadvantaged pupils.

Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England.

The update includes information on comparing how much your school is spending on agency supply teachers. Schools using the supply teachers and agency workers deal are achieving substantial savings.


Explore key research related to vocabulary teaching and learn vocabulary teaching strategies that you can apply in your own context.

Please find a link to the latest Virtual School Newsletter
for those working with Children Looked After:


The newsletter includes details of the annual
Worcestershire Virtual School Conference
Friday 20th March 2020

Places are free to Designated Teachers, Headteachers and Governors
Ask your CPD leader to reserve a place 
Headteachers - Please don't forget to book onto our Spring Headteacher briefing on Tuesday 3rd March at Worcester Rugby Club.

There is a choice of two briefing sessions that day:
08.30 - 11.30 (Booking code: SCH/20/011)
12.30 - 15.30 (Booking code: SCH/20/012)

Health and wellbeing will be the focus for the Spring briefing and will include:
  • Updates from Sarah Wilkins, Director of Education and Early Help WCF and David Townsend, Head of Quality and Improvement.
  • Feedback from Mel Ford, HMI regarding the Education Inspection Framework and its implications regarding vulnerable learners, including alternative provision.
  • Information from the Health and Care Trust regarding the 'Starting Well Partnership', what it is, what it will do and how it is different from current school experiences.
  • Information and discussions regarding strategies to support Headteacher wellbeing.
  • An introduction to your local Computer Hub (one of only twenty three nationwide and is based in Worcestershire), sharing how they can support ALL schools with their curriculum and subject knowledge development.
As previously we would advise that if you are currently working within a cluster of schools then all attend the same session if possible. This would allow you to engage in developmental conversations and planning as a result of the messages you receive.

Please ask you CPD leader to book your place 

Ofsted has published its latest annual report on education, children's services and skills. 

A commentary from HMCI sits alongside the main report, in this Amanda Spielman notes that 86% of schools are judged to be good or outstanding and 96% of early years (EY) providers are judged good or outstanding.

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