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Join the Future Leaders programme to help you progress to headship

What you can get

Over 2 years you’ll get:

  • intensive leadership development training
  • ongoing mentoring and coaching
  • regional face-to-face training delivered outside of school hours
  • visits to exemplary schools across England
  • tailored career development and guidance
  • membership of a national network of committed school leaders
  • a 1 week summer residential for new cohorts, that brings members together from across England

How to join the programme?


Get support from your local maths hub

What you can get

The programme offers:

  • support from your local maths hub
  • free or subsidised professional development programmes
  • up-to-date information about all local maths education activities
  • a network of local leaders of maths education (LLMEs)
  • nationally coordinated professional development and research projects
  • the opportunity to share work or ideas through your local maths hub

Who can get support

The programme is open to all:

  • state-funded schools and colleges in England
  • teachers, teaching assistants and other practitioners involved in teaching maths

How to get support?


Get leadership development for teachers from under-represented groups

Who can join the programme

You should be a teacher at any stage of your career who wants to develop as a leader, works for a state funded school in England and are covered by at least one of the protected characteristics defined in the Equality Act 2010.

The protected characteristics are:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment

Read more about the programme.


Make effective use of heritage resources to teach local history

Local heritage education managers work with clusters of schools across England to:

  • coordinate training
  • offer curriculum support
  • broker partnerships with local heritage providers

Schools not directly involved can benefit from the resources developed, including:

  • online classroom resources for key stages 1 to 5
  • case studies of activities and projects
  • regional conferences and workshops

Read more about how to access the resources.


Read new guidance to Ofsted inspectors September 20th 2018.

Message to inspectors from the National Director,
Education
Welcome to this special edition of our school inspection update (SIU). I hope you all
had an enjoyable and relaxing summer.
In this edition, we focus on the reformed 9 to 1 GSCEs, including headline messages
from the 2018 GCSE results, the reformed science GCSE, using data on inspection,
limiting the impact of extremely negative pupils’ progress scores, off-rolling in
schools, and early entry in GCSE English.
We also provide an update on floor standards and coasting schools, guidance on offrolling
in schools, clarification on inspecting schools that are part of multi-academy
trusts, guidance on in-school cadet units, and information on Ofsted’s new inspection
reports website.

Read more.


Failing schools - exclusion for poor pupils.

If pupils are too poor or “challenging” they’re somehow chucked out. It’s all the go. You don’t want to screw up those league tables. So “poorer” children must be excluded...

 

“Poorer pupils far more likely to be in failing schools, finds research” – so goes the limp and dismal headline. Well, knock me down with feathers. This could pertain to anytime in English history. I don’t know which is more depressing, the fact or the findings.

And it does beg a few questions. “Poorer” than what? What is a “failing” school? One with “failing” pupils? What’s a “failing” pupil? A “poorer” one? Do “poorer” pupils cause schools to “fail”? Murky stuff. 

Read more.


Are schools catering for ALL pupils?

League Tables can make or break a school. So it’s no surprise that the majority of educational priorities are aligned with academic excellence – often to the exclusion of everything else. Creativity, empathy, imagination, critical thinking and a sense of worth cannot easily be measured, so don’t count in the statistics of how well a school is doing.

But this is a time when mental health among young people is deteriorating. The rising number of school exclusions also suggests schools are not catering for the needs of children who challenge their reputation for “excellence”.

Read more.


Head Teacher resigns.

The head teacher of the school which featured in the TV series Educating Greater Manchester has resigned after claiming his suspension felt like a "personal vendetta".

Drew Povey, head at Harrop Fold School in Little Hulton, Salford, was suspended in July.

The BBC understands the suspension relates to school record-keeping.

Salford City Council denied the allegation that it was a personal vendetta against Mr Povey.

Three other members of staff were suspended as part of the investigation.

    

In a tweet, Mr Povey said he could no longer sit quietly under the "threat" of not being able to comment.

Read more.


Medina Valley Centre - Field Studies Tutor (Geography) Vacancy.

 

MEDINA VALLEY CENTRE

FIELD STUDIES TUTOR (Geography)

Commencing ASAP

 

 

 

The Medina Valley Centre has an exciting opportunity for a passionate Geographer to join our team as a Field Studies Tutor. You will primarily be designing and leading practical fieldwork courses for groups of GCSE and A level Geography students as well as having an involvement in other area's of the centre

 

 

 

Job Title:                     Field Studies Tutor

 

Salary scale:               £20,500 - £22,000

 

Responsible to:          Head of Field Studies.

 

Requirements                        A degree in Geography and Qualified Teacher Status

 

 

Main responsibilities:

 

  1. Teach field      study courses up to A2 level
  2. Special      responsibility to assist with the development of the Geography courses to      fulfil the requirements of the various examination boards
  3. Teach      cross-curricular field studies at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3
  4. Contribute      to research projects, environmental monitoring and management of the      Centre’s nature reserve as required.

 

 

Other responsibilities:

 

  1. Assist in teaching the fieldwork component of multi-activity programme
  2. Take responsibility for weather recording at the Centre and maintain the weather database
  3. Assist in the continuing development of the use of GIS in Geography fieldwork
  4. Contribute to raising the profile of the Centre through the website, social media and Island events
  5. Assist in developing, teaching and promoting multi-activity programmes, including bushcraft and orienteering
  6. Contribute to the smooth running of the residential Centre
  7. Drive the Centre’s minibus or be willing to train

 

The successful candidate will:

 

uphold the aims and objectives of the Centre

 

take a full part in the life of the Centre

 

support the Christian ethos and spiritual life of the Centre

 

assist and support other departments in the Centre when there is a need

 

       receive training for the First Aid qualification (Health & Safety at Work)

 

adhere to the Centre’s safeguarding policy and undergo a DBS check with enhanced       disclosure

 

 

Personal specification and qualities:

 

A passion for the Great Outdoors and natural history, and have an awareness of the potential for motivating and transforming young people through fieldwork

Have an ability to inspire awe and wonder in the natural world

Be an effective team player, responding to needs throughout the Centre as they arise

Have a servant heart

 

Opportunities:

 

  • Work alongside experienced tutors who are keen to pass on their knowledge about the Island’s special natural history and fieldwork sites
  • Training will be available to gain qualifications in sailing, canoeing/kayaking, powerboating, archery, target shooting and bushcraft
  • Opportunities to assist with the multi-activity programmes

 

E-mail the Centre Manager, Dave Sinclair, for a job description and application form, and include a brief CV             dave@medinavalleycentre.org.uk

The Medina Valley Centre is a charity with a Christian foundation and there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee is a practising Christian

 

 

Background to the Centre:

 

Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor Education owns a 3 acre site and manages an acre of woodland at a beautiful location on the banks of the Medina Estuary, one mile north of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight.

This 100 bed residential Centre has charitable status and provides a quality of care to all-comers that reflects its Christian roots and ethos. The Centre provides field study courses and multi-activity programmes for schools in term time.

During school vacations there are Royal Yachting Association dinghy sailing and yacht master courses, and multi-activity courses, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, nightline and rifle shooting.  The Centre also hosts day conferences and offers a venue for training for a variety of national and local organisations, as well as church and youth group conferences and retreats.

There is a newly opened high quality wooden lodge which provides en-suite accommodation and lounge space which will expand the range of groups attracted to the Centre.

 

There is a small leadership team, an administration team, and a catering and domestic team, led by the Centre Manager. The Assistant Chief Instructor heads up the water sports and multi-activity programmes, involving a team of activity instructors who are resident at the Centre.  Uniquely, there is a resident host who provides a special quality of care and an Outreach Officer who works as an ambassador for the Centre.

The team of four highly qualified tutors deliver the field study courses for all Key Stages, including GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology.

 

Around 1800 young people visit our Centre each year and many of the schools return year after year. School rebook in the knowledge that their students will receive a professionally-led course, while having a memorable residential experience in a Christian atmosphere, where care for the individual and respect for one's neighbour are highly rated and actively taught by example.

 

 In accordance with the Centre’s Christian foundation there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee be a practising Christian.

 

Further information may be found on our web site www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk

 


Medina Valley Centre - Ecology Field Tutor Vacancy.

 

The Medina Valley Centre has an exciting opportunity for an ecology tutor to join our team! We are looking for a passionate biologist who will work with groups of GCSE and A level students delivering Ecology field courses.

 

Job title:                     Ecology Field Tutor

Salary:                         £18,500 - £21,000

Responsible to:          Head of Field Studies

Requirements:           A degree in Ecology, Marine Biology or a related subject

                                    Qualified Teacher Status an advantage

Main responsibilities:

  1. Teach the ecology component of GCSE and AS/A level Biology field study courses
  2. Teach cross-curricular field studies at Key Stage 2 and 3
  3. Assist with teaching Geography at all Key Stages, up to A Level
  4. Contribute to research projects, environmental monitoring, and management of the Centre’s nature reserve

Other responsibilities:

  1. Contribute to raising the profile of the Centre through the website, social media and Island events
  2. Assist in teaching the fieldwork component of multi-activity programmes
  3. Assist with the delivery of multi-activity programmes, including orienteering, bushcraft and target shooting
  4. Assist with recording and presenting data from the Centre’s weather station
  5. Contribute to the smooth running of the residential Centre
  6. Drive the Centre’s minibus or be willing to train

 

The successful candidate will:

uphold the aims and objectives of the Centre

support the Christian ethos and spiritual life of the Centre

take a full part in the life of the Centre

assist and support other departments in the Centre when there is a need

receive training for the First Aid qualification (Health and Safety at Work)

adhere to the Centre’s safeguarding policy and undergo a DBS check with enhanced   disclosure

       

 

 

 

 

 

Personal specification and qualities:

A passion for the Great Outdoors and natural history, and have an awareness of the potential for motivating and transforming young people through fieldwork

Have an ability to inspire awe and wonder in the natural world

Be an effective team player, responding to needs throughout the Centre as they arise

Have a servant heart

Opportunities:

  • Work alongside experienced tutors who are keen to pass on their knowledge about the Island’s special natural history and fieldwork sites
  • Training will be available to gain qualifications in sailing, canoeing/kayaking, powerboating, archery, target shooting and bushcraft
  • Opportunities to assist with the multi-activity programmes

 

E-mail the Centre Manager, Dave Sinclair, for a job description and application form, and include a brief CV             dave@medinavalleycentre.org.uk

The Medina Valley Centre is a charity with a Christian foundation and there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee is a practising Christian

 

Background to the Centre:

 

Medina Valley Centre for Outdoor Education owns a 3 acre site and manages an acre of woodland at a beautiful location on the banks of the Medina Estuary, one mile north of Newport, the county town of the Isle of Wight.

This 100 bed residential Centre has charitable status and provides a quality of care to all-comers that reflects its Christian roots and ethos. The Centre provides field study courses and multi-activity programmes for schools in term time.

During school vacations there are Royal Yachting Association dinghy sailing and yacht master courses, and multi-activity courses, including canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, orienteering, nightline and rifle shooting.  The Centre also hosts day conferences and offers a venue for training for a variety of national and local organisations, as well as church and youth group conferences and retreats.

There is a newly opened high quality wooden lodge which provides en-suite accommodation and lounge space which will expand the range of groups attracted to the Centre.

 

There is a small leadership team, an administration team, and a catering and domestic team, led by the Centre Manager. The Assistant Chief Instructor heads up the water sports and multi-activity programmes, involving a team of activity instructors who are resident at the Centre.  Uniquely, there is a resident host who provides a special quality of care and an Outreach Officer who works as an ambassador for the Centre.

The team of four highly qualified tutors deliver the field study courses for all Key Stages, including GCSE and A Level Geography and Biology.

 

Around 1800 young people visit our Centre each year and many of the schools return year after year. School rebook in the knowledge that their students will receive a professionally-led course, while having a memorable residential experience in a Christian atmosphere, where care for the individual and respect for one's neighbour are highly rated and actively taught by example.

 

 In accordance with the Centre’s Christian foundation there is a genuine occupational requirement that the appointee be a practising Christian.

 

Further information may be found on our web site www.medinavalleycentre.org.uk

 


 

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