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  • HISTORY TEACHERS! We need your help!

    Published 25/02/21

    The Monuments Review Steering Group involving colleagues from Bradford Council and local schools is leading a one-year project to review all the statues and monuments and significant figures across the Bradford District, with a view to creating a new, more diverse narrative about the history of the District. The project has focused primarily on statues, the people they represent, and uncovering any links to slavery, colonialism and Black Lives Matter.  

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  • 'Primary Progress - Puppies and Pirates' – The Tutor Trust

    Published 23/02/21

    As part of the heavily-subsidised National Tutoring Programme, Tutor Trust have launched a special offer to Primary schools.  It is called 'Primary Progress - Puppies and Pirates'.  They believe that 'catch-up' should be fun and stimulating for pupils, and they hope this offer will go down really well with Primaries across Bradford, including Designated Teachers.  

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  • Teaching school hubs to be roll-out across England

    Published 10/02/21

    On the 10th February 2021, the Department for Education announced the successful schools for the national roll-out of teaching school hubs. These hubs will replace teaching schools from September 2021 and cover the whole of England. The interactive map below shows all 87 hubs.

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  • Closing learning gaps through research

    Published 09/02/21

    Education research can help teachers to close students’ learning gaps caused by the coronavirus pandemic, says the head of the Bradford Research School.

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  • National Tutoring Programme: subsidised tutoring available

    Published 08/02/21

    All state-maintained schools can access tutoring subsidised by 75% through the National Tutoring Programme, to support pupils who need extra help. 

     

    Schools can search for approved NTP Tuition Partners and enquire directly with providers. Online tutoring can be provided to pupils at home or in school during lockdown, and tutoring can also booked in for delivery when schools are fully reopened. 

     

    This includes specialist provision for supporting students with SEND, including 17 providers who are able to support students in special school settings.

     

    The NTP is running an information webinar for all state-maintained schools on Wednesday 10th February at 4pm, where you can hear directly from Tuition Partner organisations and learn about the subsidy. Sign up here.

     

    More detailed information is also available on the NTP website here.

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  • Find high-quality support for your school

    Published 03/02/21

    Bradford Teaching School Hub's online portal - www.teachingschoolhub.co.uk - was designed to help school and trust leaders to find high-quality support available to them with just a few clicks of their mouse.

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  • School leaders urged to help shape Maths Hub offer

    Published 02/02/21

    School leaders in Bradford are being urged to act now in the fight to close learning gaps in Maths teaching caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Helping schools to be ready for change

    Published 29/01/21

    Bradford Teaching School Hub's Teacher Development Network supports teacher and leaders to stay informed about the emerging reforms of national continuous professional development (CPD) programmes and support, including how the Hub is evolving to support schools and trusts in the region. The Hub has prepared and developed helpful briefing and resources for teacher and leaders.

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  • COVID-19 recovery boost for primary school science in Bradford

    Published 27/01/21

    Pupils in Bradford are to benefit from a major science funding boost as part of the district’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Bradford Opportunity Area has awarded a £50,000 grant to the North & West Yorkshire Science Learning Partnership, with the funding being used to create a Bradford Primary Science Network alongside a practical science activity scheme focusing on those children most in need of extra science subject support.

    The programme will see over 2,000 specially created ‘science in a box’ home learning kits sent out to Key Stage 2 pupils.

    There will also be a number of networking, mentoring and continuing professional development (CPD) events for teachers designed and delivered by expert science consultants.

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  • DfE/Ofqual awarding grades consultation

    Published 19/01/21

    DfE and Ofqual have launched a consultation seeking your views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance accurately, recognising the severe disruption they have faced this year.

    The consultation will close at 11.45pm on 29 January 2021. You can respond here. Ofqual has also launched a consultation on awarding arrangements for a range of vocational and technical qualifications.

    Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator, has also published this blog on how 2021 could look for students.

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  • Government announces the Institute of Teaching

    Published 18/01/21

    A new Institute of Teaching is set to be established in England to provide teachers and school leaders with prestigious training and development throughout their career.

    Training will be delivered through at least four regional campuses, launching in September 2022, with the Institute being the first of its kind in the world. The national initiative will deliver evidence-based approaches to teacher training, and also include mentoring and early career support, alongside leadership courses and continued professional development, building on the existing high-quality provision.

    It will be funded as part of £22 million for teacher quality, agreed at the Spending Review, which also includes funding for mentor time for early career teachers as part of the Early Career Framework reforms.

    The Institute will become England’s flagship teacher training and development provider, showcasing exemplary delivery of the Government’s ambitious reforms through the new ITT Core Content Framework and Early Career Framework, and its changes to National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
    The training is likely to be delivered through a blend of online, face-to-face and school-based means. When the Institute is at full capacity, it is expected to deliver training for:

    • Around 1,000 ITT trainees annually

    • Around 2,000 Early Career Teachers and 2,000 mentors annually

    • 1,000 NPQ participants annually

    It will continue to build evidence around the most effective approaches to training and developing teachers and will use this to support other teacher development organisations, including new Teaching School Hubs, to understand and implement best practice.

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  • NCETM update

    Published 18/01/21

    Collaboration at times of challenge and adversity continues to be important for schools and teachers. The Maths Hubs which support all state-funded primary and secondary schools in Lancashire and West Yorkshire are continuing to offer flexible support and online professional development which are all tilted towards the current challenges we are facing. Get in touch with your local hub to find out more.

    • Materials to support teachers and schools planning and delivering maths teaching in school and remotely at both primary and secondary level are available from the NCETM. All are accessible from the dedicated Covid support page on the NCETM website.

    • For primary schools and teachers, the 180 primary video lessons produced during the first lockdown are still available. Each lesson has an accompanying teacher guide, and PowerPoint slides of the lesson for teachers to adapt themselves.

    • There are also resources linked to the DfE guidance published in July 2020. These include ready-to-use training materials, a short introductory video, and a suite of 79 PowerPoints focusing on the ready-to-progress criteria found in the DfE guidance. Additional training materials addressing the transition between Year 6 and Year 7 are also particularly relevant when pupils in Year 6 have had their maths learning disrupted.

    • For secondary schools, an evidence-based guidance document to support discussions about recovery curriculum content and pedagogy is available, along with a series of ‘Planning to teach...’ videos and PowerPoint slides offering advice on teaching crucial KS3 topics. CPD materials include a one-hour training session to help understand the implications for Year 7 of the DfE primary guidance and six Departmental Workshops for any teachers able to engage in collaborative professional development.

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