Maintaining your school website

On the 12th November the DfE updated two statutory guidance documents – What maintained schools must publish on line and what academies and free schools must publish on line. There are some new additions plus a number of significant amendments. Your school website is a really important asset for your school. It informs the wider school community of all the wonderful things that are happening on a day-to-day basis. During …

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News Update – October 2020

As we get closer to half-term, I am sure that you are all looking forward to a well-earned break. This half term has been very tough and extremely challenging and I congratulate you all on your perseverance and commitment to supporting the children and young people in your schools and colleges. There have been a significant number of documents circulated during the last few weeks. I have brought them all …

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The TTS “Calming Cat”

Lorraine has recently had an article published in collaboration with TTS, where she reflects on what children have experienced during lockdown, how this might affect their return to school and what teachers can do to support them. Lorraine uses TTS’ “Calming Cat” as an example of new strategies which can support children and their different needs at this challenging time. Read more Here

The value of high quality CPD

I am very aware that the first priority for all school staff is to look after their health and wellbeing and to ensure that their students are also safe and well.  In addition to this teachers have embraced technology to teach, support and monitor daily lessons and activities to try and keep teaching and learning as effective as possible during these challenging times. We have been given some indication about …

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Assessment arrangements for pupils working below expected standard at the end of KS1 and KS2 – 2020 Update

The Standards and Curriculum Agency have now published all the key documents you will need to support both teacher assessment and statutory assessment in 2020. Pupils who are working below expected standard at the end of KS1 and KS2 are referred to in many of these documents. In this blog I have tried to capture the key messages to enable schools to support this group of pupils in the most …

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