Headlines – 3 December 2021

Ofsted News

Congratulations to Harris CofE Academy on improvements reported following a recent Ofsted monitoring visit on 3 November.  Inspectors reported: “Leaders and those responsible for governance are taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school.”  They also highlighted the school’s ‘strong emphasis on developing staff’s expertise’, focused on ‘the planning and delivering of an effective curriculum’.  Other areas for praise included the Maths department and the school’s reading programme which includes teachers reading ‘well-chosen texts to pupils twice a week’ in form time.  The use of in-class and more formal assessment was also praised, highlighting when and where students were stuck and shaping lesson design and delivery and remarking that ‘leaders use this information well’.  Headteacher Roberta Harrison said she was ‘thrilled’ with the findings.  She said: “I look forward to Ofsted returning for a full inspection, when the progress that the school has made since 2018 can be formally recognised with a regrading.”  Well done to Headteacher Roberta and all the team at Harris.  You can read the full report on their website.


Headteacher Wellbeing – Your Story Has Power

This half term, Dr Kate Middleton’s message to school leaders is one based on the power of authentic story telling for opening up potential and possibilities. In this advent season, reflect on your own story and how the promise of hope, light and life can be transformative to others.  Watch this (12 min) video by clicking here


Worldviews and Advocacy Project

The worldviews and Advocacy Project funded by Culham St Gabriel’s and headed up by Jen Jenkins is underway with a teachers’ group from across the diocese.  The group has the benefit of input from sociologists of religion and theologians from higher education. The project group will be looking to produce teaching and learning resources for all schools to use on Christian worldviews and advocacy of a range of social justice issues.  The resources will be released to schools over the coming year as the project progresses.


Did you know that all of the Church of England’s NPQs are now fully funded by the DfE?

In every state-funded school in the country, staff can now take a specialist NPQ, or the NPQSL, NPQH and even the NPQEL for free! All the Church of England NPQs include coaching, opportunities to network with other leaders locally and robust evidence-informed teaching of the NPQ curriculum. We are partnering with the Catholic Education Service to offer these programmes all round the country.  Leaders of Behaviour and Culture – including those without QTS such as Chaplains, Learning Mentors or Pastoral Leads – can learn about how to embed a flourishing culture for each and every child on the NPQLBC. Follow this link to learn more about the NPQLBC.  There is also the amazing Additional Support Offer, which is available to any headteacher in their first 2 years of headship – either having already done an NPQH or taking the new one now. With a 360 diagnostic, small coaching groups and a chance to engage in Peer Support Networks, this is a great opportunity. We’ll be running groups in Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Bristol and London, with a virtual option for those unable to travel. Follow this link for more information.  Learn more about all the NPQs here


Tales from the Miracle Book

Tales From the Miracle Book are celebrating advent with their Christmas films and resources for Primary Schools! A real Christmas treat for KS 1& 2 bringing the story of the true meaning of Christmas alive to this age-group!  Their Christmas film series gives every class and assembly access to Christmas, Easter and a host of other Bible stories too (48 films- adding more each year) with cross-curricular worksheet packs and accredited by Understanding Christianity. Watch the trailer here.


For Fans of Hamilton…

A 5 min Christmas video to make you smile – ‘Hamildolph’ – Hamilton meets Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer

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