Anne Lakey, Chief Executive of the Durham Federation, explains how the Federation evolved and how two secondary schools within an ex-mining community are able to inspire 11-16 year olds .
Working within a fairly deprived area, Lakey feels that raising standards beyond student expectation and following the Every Child Matters agenda are key to the success of the Federation, with both secondary schools achieving outstanding Ofsted reports. Read the transcript and background information here.
Free School Meal Pilot, Newham
In September 2009, Newham Borough Council bid to join the Free School Meal Pilot and won. TeacherNet visited three participating primary school and talked to Newham Council to find out how the pilot has been developing so far. Read the transcript and background information here.
NSPCC's new ChildLine service
The NSPCC launch a new digital Childline service. TeacherNet found out how teachers can promote the service to their students, build awareness and how they can gain information help them deal with situations that might arise. Read the transcript and background information here.
Community policing and schooling
Brinsworth Howarth Primary School Rotherham is treated to a special helicopter visit by members of the South Yorkshire Police Authority, Yorkshire. Read the transcript and background information here.
Serious Youth Violence and Schools
Personalised video message from ministers Vernon Coaker MP (Department for
Children, Schools and Families) and David Hanson MP (Home Office)
The Department for Children, Schools and Families has joined forces with the Home Office to raise awareness of the school workforce about the Government's efforts to tackle serious youth violence, and to explain how schools can help young people to stay safe. Read the transcript and background information here.
TeacherNet visited the Morpeth School in London where we talked to Teachers about how Musical Futures worked in its school. Discussing a new way of thinking about music-making in schools. How this method of non-formal teaching and learning together in schools engages young people through the unique musical futures programme. Read the transcript and background information here.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009
Inspirational video messages of support for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 from high-profile figures in the worlds of politics and entrepreneurship. Read the transcript and background information here.
Sustainable development webcast
Sustainable development interview featuring Charles Dickens Primary School and Senior Adviser for Sustainable Development at the DCSF, Jake Reynolds. Read the transcript and background information here.
Next generation learning
Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta talked to TeacherNet about how parents, children and schools need to communicate better and how technology can be used as a vehicle to aid a three-way dialogue. Read the transcript and background information here.
Regional Language Centres webcast
Mike Kelly, Director of the UK Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies, discusses how the Links into Languages programme offers to support languages in higher education across the UK. Read the transcript and background information here.
Future Leaders webcast
Heath Monk, CEO of Future Leaders, talks in detail about the initiative 'Developing leaders for challenging urban schools'. This has been set up to attract school leaders for urban secondary schools. Read the transcript and background information here.
Schools Linking Network webcast
Director Angie Kotler from The Schools Linking Network gives advice on how to form a link with another school. The Schools Linking Network, working in collaboration with the British Council, is there to support individual school-to-school links. The National Gateway, built especially for the Schools Linking Network, will work with schools to form partnerships in other parts of England. Read the transcript and background information here.
Teachers' Pension Scheme
Find out more about the Teachers' Pension Scheme arrangements — watch the new DVD in advance of its January distribution to schools.
Have your say on the Primary Curriculum
The Secretary of State has asked Sir Jim Rose to lead an independent review of the Primary Curriculum. The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) is gathering evidence to support this work.
QCA is therefore asking a series of questions over the coming months through Teachernet's discussion forums to gather your views. So use this opportunity to get involved, debate, discuss, and have your say, to help shape a modern, world-class Primary Curriculum.
Personalised video message from Gordon Brown
Because he cannot get to see every school that will be joining in the buzz and excitement of Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November 2008) the Secretary of State for Business and Enterprise, Peter Mandelson, together with the Prime Minister, entrepreneur Peter Jones and Schools Minister Jim Knight, have produced video messages of support for schools across the UK.
Ofsted 2008 webcast, 2008
HMI's Adrian Gray and Sue Gregory talk to TeacherNet about the new inspection framework arranged for September 2009. Watch the video here.
FILMCLUB 2008 - 22 July, 2008
Inspired by the idea that film can broaden the mind in extraordinary and unexpected ways, FILMCLUB, an after-school club giving children free weekly access to thousands of classic and popular films, is to be launched across the UK, building to 7000 films over the next three years. TeacherNet went to the launch to find out more and talked to the founders of FILMCLUB and supporting celebrities including actors Emma Thompson and Thandie Newton, to name but a few. Watch the video here
Past events 2007
- GirlsActive featuring Dame Kelly Holmes-21 December, 2007. Tanya Irvine, partnership development manager, central school sport Partnership, works with students to implement changes within their school that will encourage their peers to get more active.
- Black History Month 2007. Maggie Spence, Inclusion Manager, and teacher Jasmin Williams gave TeacherNet an overview of what they have organised this years Black History Month. Ten-year-old student Destiny, who participated in an Islington Borough Black History Month workshop, talks about her experience and how she benefited.
- Post -16 education and training webcast -21 August, 2007 at 3:00pm. Education journalist Mike Baker discussed the future of post-16 education and training with John Stone from the Learning and Skills Network, focusing on why the Leitch report is so crucial to reform and how schools and colleges will respond.
- Exploding the exclusion myth webcast —
10 July 3p.m.
Pool Business and Enterprise College has developed a non-exclusion policy for dealing with disruptive students. Jeremy Rowe, Deputy Headteacher and Benamon Tame manager of the Inclusion Unit explain how their approach has had positive benefits for both students and teachers . View the webcast here.
- Anti-social and crime damage webcast: Operation Mullion, 16 Feb, at 3p.m. A case study into anti-social behaviour and crime damage, TeacherNet interviews Jackie Jones, Deputy Head, Mayfield School, Portsmouth and Stephen Hawkins, Police Constable and Neighbourhood Officer, Hampshire Constabulary.
- On 9 January, between 3 and 4pm, a panel of experts from the DfES's SEN strategy team and an autistic-spectrum discorder (ASD) expert answered your general questions relating to SEN Strategy and specific questions on ASD. View the TeacherNet hotseat .
- PSHE hotseat: On 5 December 2006 at 3pm, John Lloyd — Adviser for Citizenship Education and member of the PSHE working group — answered your questions about PSHE organisation and management. Find out about continuing professional development, acquiring certification and maintaining standards; discuss particular issues such as sex and relationships education and drugs.
Hotseats and webcasts
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Past events 2006
- GovernorNet Extended services hotseat: Representatives from the DfES and from the National Governors' Association. View the hotseat here.
- Gifted and talented webcast Head of the Gifted and Talented Education Unit,Tim Dracup talks about current developments in the national programme, including the National Register, quality standards, leading teachers and support for disadvantaged groups.
- Exam results webchat: Jon Coles, Director of 14-19 Reform, hosted a live webchat following publication of the A Level and GCSE results. (18 August and 25 August 2006)
- Sustainable development hotseat: Parmjit Dhanda, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families, took part in our hotseat on sustainable development in schools. (23 May)
- Teacher Support Network hotseat: Patrick Nash, Chief Executive of the Teacher Support Network, answered your questions on a range of topics from workplace stress to coping with bereavement. (2 May)
- Education Improvement Conference: Jacqui Smith, Minister for Schools and 14 to 19 Learning, gave the keynote address at the second Education Improvement Conference. (9 March)
- Countering racist bullying webcast: Chris Gaine answered your questions on tackling racist bullying within schools. (21 March)
- Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages hotseat: Dr Lid King, National Director for Languages, and Kate Green, Project Director, answered questions on the recently launched Key Stage 2 Framework for Languages, the cornerstone of the Government's National Languages Strategy, together with the DfES's National Language Recognition Scheme 'The Languages Ladder' which is currently being rolled out across England. (24 January)
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