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School Improvement Partners (SIPs) e-newsletter: Autumn 2009

Key events

Consultative groups for headteachers in special schools

Special school headteachers are to be consulted about their experiences of the special School Improvement Partners programme to date. They are also invited to consider how the programme should be further developed in the future in the context of the 21st century schools White Paper recommendations for enhanced roles and responsibilities. Local authorities have been invited to nominate headteachers to join one of four consultative groups across the country which will meet in the autumn and the spring terms. Views from headteachers will inform the future direction of the programme.

Special SIP theme days on schools causing concern

Two national events will be held in spring 2010 for deployed special SIPs with the theme of working with special schools and pupil referral units causing concern. These are due to take place on 3 and 4 February 2010.

National Governors’ Association conference – 27 January 2010

This conference is aimed at SIPs, local authority governor services staff, extended schools co-ordinators, relevant professionals in government agencies, children's services managers, governor trainers and governors themselves. It will address major areas in the 21st century schools white paper, ranging from the new role for SIPs to the new landscape for the children's workforce and ways that local authorities can support the governors in their locality.