Newsletters

  • Primary e-newsletter – autumn 2009

    This e-newsletter outlines key elements of the National Strategies Primary programme for 2009–10 to help local authorities plan support for schools for the coming year. The focus is on improving and personalising pedagogy in order to narrow gaps and to strengthen teaching, learning and progress.

    • Primary mathematics

      The first primary mathematics refresher CPD events took place in July 2009 and highlighted the need for keeping consultants' subject knowledge fresh and active.

    • Primary literacy

      Throughout 2009–10 the National Strategies are providing a CPD opportunity for two teachers from Year 1 and Year 2, and two teachers from Key Stage 2 (Years 4 and 6 recommended) to work within and outside their own school on a ‘progression through engagement' agenda in literacy.

    • Every Child a Writer

      The first year of the Every Child a Writer (ECaW) pilot has now been completed and feedback indicates it has been extremely successful.

    • Communication, Language and Literacy Development

      The final report of Sir Jim Rose's Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum lays repeated stress on the critical importance of early literacy.

    • Every Child a Reader

      Every Child a Reader (ECaR) provides literacy interventions to Year 1 children by ensuring that every child (other than a small minority) achieves age-related expectations at the end of Key Stage 1.

    • Narrowing the Gaps

      Following the publication of Breaking the Link and the government’s White Paper commitment to narrow attainment gaps, a wide range of development is under way at school, local authority (LA) and national level. 

    • Special Educational Needs

      The key priority for the Special Educational Needs (SEN)/Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (LDD) team is to narrow gaps and accelerate the progress of vulnerable groups, particularly pupils with SEN.

    • Gifted and Talented

      The Gifted and Talented (G+T) programme has a sharp focus on unlocking the potential of more able underachieving, disadvantaged pupils across all phases of education, alongside wider activity to embed the G+T quality standards and improve learning for all pupils.

    • Assessment for Learning

      A key aim of the second year of the 'Assessment for Learning Strategy' (published by the DCSF in April 2008) is to draw on support and expertise from schools which have embedded Assessment for Learning.

    • Improving schools programme

      As set out in the recent White Paper, the funding for the Improving Schools Programme (ISP) should be targeted at the segment of schools below the floor target.

    • Primary Curriculum

      The consultations on the proposed new primary curriculum have now closed.

    • Primary Languages

      The final report of the Independent Review of the Primary Curriculum recommends that languages will become a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 2 from 2011.

    • Leading Teachers

      Events held in June 2009 for local authority officers with the strategic responsibility for leading teachers revealed a growing interest in the way in which leading teachers enable greater reach into classrooms.

    • Leading Improvement Programme – Day 4

      Over the coming 18 months schools will be auditing, designing and planning for their implementation of the new primary curriculum to be launched in September 2011.

    • What Works Well

      What Works Well is a knowledge base of case studies describing developments to improve learning.

  • Primary e-newsletter – summer 2009

    The summer 2009 e-newsletter, tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up in all primary programmes.

    • Assessing Pupils' Progress (APP)

      Three territorial events were held in March 2009. These considered the impact of the first year of the Assessment for Learning (AfL) Strategy and provided information to plan for Year 2.

    • Literacy Programme (including ECaR and ECaW)

      Overall priority across literacy will be to embed the use of Support for Writing and to introduce the Talk for Writing materials.

    • Mathematics programme

      This term the priority will continue to be on narrowing gaps in attainment in mathematics.

    • School Improvement Partners (SIPs)

      As part of the on-going commitment to high-quality CPD for School Improvement Partners (SIPs) we are improving our support to LAs for SIP CPD.

    • Improving Schools Programme (ISP)

      From April 2009 there will be a significant increase in standards fund allocation to LAs targeting over 1,500 schools to reduce the number of schools below the floor target.

    • Communication, Language and Literacy Development (CLLD)

      From spring 2009 the Communication, Language and Literacy Development Programme has been extended as a funded programme to all LAs.

    • Narrowing the Gaps - ESCGA

      The focus for this term is that LAs and schools know the gaps for free school meals, Black, minority and ethnic attainment, SEN and G+T pupils and make them visible.

    • Gifted and talented (G&T)

      Information on the gifted and talented resources that are available.

    • Special Educational Needs (SEN)

      Work to support across SEN is focused on narrowing attainment gaps and accelerating the progress of vulnerable groups.

    • Behaviour, Attendance and Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (B&A and SEAL)

      In February 2009 the Statistical First Release (SFR) for school attendance 2007–08 showed that state-funded primary overall absence increased by 0.8 ppts from 5.18% to 5.26%.

    • Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

      The National Languages Strategy (2002) set out an entitlement that by 2010 all Key Stage 2 pupils will have the opportunity to learn a foreign language at least in part in class time.

    • Transfer and Transition (T&T)

      More than 160 primary and secondary representatives from LAs attended the national conferences in London and Leeds.

    • What Works Well

      Information about the growing online database of case-led studies which describe learning improvement and allow teaching practitioners from all phases and areas of education to share accounts of real developments that have improved learning and teaching and made a difference to pupil progress.

    • Using data for Improvement

      Information about performance and other data on schools and settings.

  • Primary headlines – Summer 2009

    A summary of new resources for senior leaders in primary schools.

  • Every Child a Reader e-newsletter – summer 2009

    The summer 2009 e-newsletter, tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up for the Every Child a Reader programme.

  • Primary mathematics e-newsletter – July 2009

    The July 2009 e-newsletter tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up in primary mathematics.

  • Primary mathematics e-newsletter – June 2009

    The June 2009 e-newsletter, tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up in primary mathematics.

  • Primary mathematics e-newsletter – April 2009

    This newsletter identifies a number of recent publications that can provide guidance on securing progression through the levels. They offer support in assessing learning and helping children to make good progress. With the guidelines and standards materials for Assessing Pupils' Progress now available for levels 1 to 5, we have adapted the learning overviews for each unit to provide a ready link between assessment and planning.

    • News

      This newsletter identifies a number of recent publications that can provide guidance on securing progression through the levels. They offer support in assessing learning and helping children to make good progress. With the guidelines and standards materials for Assessing Pupils' Progress now available for levels 1 to 5, we have adapted the learning overviews for each unit to provide a ready link between assessment and planning.

    • Forthcoming resources

      This newsletter identifies a number of recent publications that can provide guidance on securing progression through the levels. They offer support in assessing learning and helping children to make good progress. With the guidelines and standards materials for Assessing Pupils' Progress now available for levels 1 to 5, we have adapted the learning overviews for each unit to provide a ready link between assessment and planning.

  • ITT e-newsletter: summer 2009

    The summer 2009 e-newsletter, tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up in ITT.

    • Leading Literacy Schools

      All higher education institutions and most school-based ITT providers have registered schools into the Leading Literacy Schools initiative, with 689 schools now involved.

    • Developing Literacy in Initial Teacher Training (DLITT)

      The Developing Literacy in Initial Teacher Training DVD and web-based resource provides an interactive introduction to key aspects of literacy.

    • Other news

      Two ITT providers, York and Manchester Metropolitan University, have piloted the dyslexia, speech language and communication needs resource. They are being joined by Birmingham University to pilot the IDP autism spectrum resource in 2009–10.

    • Recent events

      The summer events focused on the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP), Narrowing the Gaps (NtG) and one-to-one tuition.

    • Other NS ITT news

      All materials to support Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 are available to download from the APP section of the National Strategies web area.

    • Resources

      The DLITT has now been completed and will be sent to all providers in summer 2009 with one per trainee, one per tutor and one per ten trainees for mentors.

  • School Improvement Partners e-newsletter - summer 2009

    The summer 2009 e-newsletter, tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up.

  • Behaviour and attendance e-newsletter – summer 2009

    The summer 2009 e-newsletter tells you what's happening, what's new and what's coming up in 2009-10.

    • The Steer Report

      The report by Sir Alan Steer Learning Behaviour: Lessons Learned indicates that overall standards of behaviour achieved by schools are good and have improved in recent years.

    • Attendance: data, outline plans for 2009-10 and Parental Responsibility for Attendance and Behaviour (PRAB)

      2007–08 Attendance data: Attendance is at the highest level to date with the combined attendance figure standing at 92.71 per cent. On the other hand, levels of persistent absence have continued to decrease through the efforts of schools and local authorities (LAs).

    • SEAL: embedding through a regional pilot, development groups and tracker schools

      The priorities set out for SEAL within the 2009-10 Annual Plan for Behaviour, Attendance and SEAL are focused on embedding SEAL within schools and across Children's Services. The aim is to demonstrate the impact of SEAL on key programme outcomes and wider outcomes for children.

    • Anti-bullying: prompts continue, new guidance and research

      The summary reports for anti-bullying (prompts) will continue to be collected to inform progress reports to the behaviour programme board. It is important that colleagues continue to ensure that the data for the numbers of primary and secondary schools meeting the prompt is as accurate as possible.

    • NPSLBA: success, new targets, BESD funding and materials review

      The DCSF agreed a target with the National Strategies by the end of the financial year 2008–09 that 4454 participants would have taken part in the Programme since its inception. Over 1170 participants have now been successful in gaining the DCSF certificate and there are currently 2188 participants in active cluster groups.

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