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25 Feb
Preparing and Conducting Statutory Assessment at KS1 and KS2
Every year, the Standards and Testing Agency update their guidelines regarding statutory tests at key stage one and two and head teachers or executive head teachers have to sign the Head Teacher’s Declaration Form to confirm that either the statutory assessments have been administered according to the published guidance or that any issues have been reported to the STA. Emma Blackman, Teaching and Learning Adviser, will run through all the relevant documentation including the latest maladministration report and explore the latest guidance and changes that have been made. The delegates will be made fully aware of their statutory obligations as well as what the STA and LA look for when conducting monitoring visits. The delegates will be given a copy of the powerpoint so that they can cover the statutory obligation with their staff. Emma will also share a framework for a security plan.
25 Feb
Reading and Writing at Greater Depth at Key Stage 2
This workshop aims to look at examples of greater depth work and unpick the key characteristics of what makes these ‘greater depth’ including: • pulling apart the teacher assessment framework e.g. examples of greater depth writing, looking at the detailed 3 mark SATs questions for reading • strategies to take back to school to ensure that this is happening across the phase/ in other classrooms e.g. exemplar folders, generating non-negotiables for year groups • supporting language rich learning within the classroom to ensure that this is transferred to comprehension and writing standards • providing opportunities for discussing
26 Feb
Leadership Information Update for Senior Leaders
This update intends to keep senior leaders at all levels up to speed with the latest national, local and international updates. This session will cover all key messages from the big educational organisations as well as new information around system and thought leadership.
27 Feb
Secondary - Attendance and Behaviour Network
Within these termly network events, leaders and key personnel involved in leading setting strategy and policy around behaviour, exclusion and attendance, are invited to listen to the latest local and national updates, access key training and network with other safeguarding personnel. These sessions will ensure that leaders are kept up-to-date with the national and local direction of travel.
27 Feb
Stonewall: Creating a Trans Inclusive School
This course looks at creating a Trans Inclusive School and helps schools develop the knowledge and confidence to support a young trans person at school. Training will equip schools with the skills, tools and confidence to prevent and tackle HBT bullying, with a particular focus on practical tools, staff training, and action planning. For each course, Stonewall provides two trainers that come and deliver a full day CPD accredited training course. Each school that participates will receive a year’s membership to the Stonewall School Champions Programme. As part of their membership, schools get access to an extensive online library of resources, six new education resources a year, bespoke support from our expert education team and the chance to apply for free for the Stonewall School Champion Awards, which benchmarks best practice in LGBT inclusion. Schools have to apply for the award and evidence that their LGBT inclusion work meets Stonewall’s minimum standards, but Stonewall can provide lots of support with the application. School attending also receive stickers and training posters. NOTE: To book on the two other courses on offer please search: Stonewall: Tackling Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying and Language Stonewall: Gender in the Classroom

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Disadvantaged Learners Conference
19 Sep
Reaching their full potential Our conference is for leaders in education who are committed to creating the best possible futures for our young people and want to know how to raise and maintain high standards of education in ways which are generative and supportive. 28 February 2020 9.15 - 4.00 Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT
Click here for the BESS 2019-20 Brochure
13 May
Bexley Education Support Service Brochure 19-20 We are delighted to present our new support offer for 2019-20, and as you browse through the brochure, I trust many of you will recognise that this is an offer that has been built with you, reflecting what you have indicated is needed and drawing in partner expertise to ensure that you can access high quality support locally. We continue to operate within a national educational landscape which reflects that society faces significant challenges and a pace of change that is unprecedented. My team want to stand alongside you to meet our shared ambition that all children will thrive now and in the future. The partnership approach that you requested has shaped the journey whilst developing the offer. We asked Heads and MAT leaders what you needed and where you felt there were gaps in what was available. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the head teachers and multi-academy trust leaders who have given their time to support this work. You told us that recruitment remains a challenge and the offer anticipates the early career framework for teachers as well as providing on-going opportunities for developing all teachers and leaders, drawing on the Bexley Teaching School Alliance expertise. We are delighted to work with nationally renowned leaders and organisations, with elements of the offer representing cutting edge research, ideas and thought leadership. There are some potential solutions to local challenges; we are pleased to be able to offer the SENCo accreditation locally as well as work that responds to both current inspection themes and recognises the implications of the draft framework. Perhaps most importantly, I would like to draw your attention to our values as these demonstrate how Bexley Education Support Service seeks to complement the development of an exceptional local education system. Our intention is to be a niche provider of school improvement support because of our approach to partnership working. I am confident that you will see over the following pages an enhanced core offer to schools; and if you are a Bexley school, I look forward to outlining in the summer term how the offer connects to our new school improvement model. Yours faithfully, Lauren Ovenden Head of Strategic Education Partnership and School and College Improvement
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