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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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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