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11 Sep
Phonics Excellence - Delivering Systematic Synthetic Phonics (Leaders and Teachers)
The OfSTED Framework for September 2019 says: • in primary schools, inspectors will pay particular attention to the extent to which school leaders create experts in the teaching of reading. • they will consider how well staff know their school’s chosen systematic synthetic phonics programme, and use assessment and coaching to ensure that children are provided with the support they need to succeed. This training will support the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics, looking at expectations year group to year group ensuring that there is progression for learners. Additionally, the course will cover strategies for the identification of children who are struggling and approaches to rapid intervention to ensure that extensive gaps are not created. An exemplar session and progression of a phonics unit will be provided.
12 Sep
Well-Being Network
Developed in partnership with the NCB, this whole-school award focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision in place that promotes the emotional well-being and mental health of both staff and pupils. The award has a focus on changing the long-term culture of a school and embossing an ethos where mental health is regarded as the responsibility of all.
16 Sep
Sparking joy in your mathematics lessons - Primary
Does mathematics spark joy for both you and your pupils? This course is a very practical course suitable for teachers in key stage two, in their second and third years of teaching. It is an opportunity for the teachers to continue to develop their teaching of mathematics. On day one, teachers will explore the awe and wonder of mathematics, looking at patterns in number and nature; on day two, teachers will explore how they can use puzzles to build resilience and reveal the joy of mathematics. The afternoon of day two will be left as flexispace, for the delegates to choose a topic that they would like explore. There will be a gap task which the teachers will share on day two.
17 Sep
Reciprocal Reading
In anticipation of the Education Endowment Foundation’s report on the effectiveness of Reciprocal Reading, due to be published in this summer, Bexley are pleased to be able to offer Reciprocal Reading training for practitioners. Reciprocal Reading is a structured approach to teaching strategies (questioning, clarifying, summarising and predicting) that students can use to improve their reading comprehension. Initially, students develop their use of these strategies by observing a teacher ‘thinking aloud’. This is followed by opportunities for students to work in groups so that they can continue to observe others using the strategies and experiment with the strategies whilst receiving feedback. Ultimately, the aim is for students to use the strategies with increasing independence and sophistication.
18 Sep
Annual NQT Conference
This is a motivational day for all new NQTs that utilise the Bexley Appropriate Body service. The event seeks to capture the interest and excitement of as many new NQTs as possible and to motivate and inspire them on their journey into teaching. The theme of the conference is resilience and the cohort will have opportunities to listen to speakers discuss wellbeing (both self and children), mindfulness, behaviour management and evidence-informed teaching. The afternoon session will focus on tip and hints given by NQTs that completed induction last year with their focus being, ‘what I wish I had known this time last year’. The NQTs will receive an overview of the NQT Induction process and have the opportunity to engage with the NQT Induction team and be welcomed by a Senior Leader from Children’s Services Directorate.
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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
YADT Behavioural Support Service December Leaflet
06 Dec
Welcome to the YADT Behavioural Support Service. Being a young person in today’s world is challenging and here at YADT, we understand that some young people need a little extra support to help them get a positive start in life or overcome obstacles along the way. We aim to help young people with the issues that affect them. These can be a number of issues such as anger management, anxiety, improving confidence, enhancing communication and dealing with stress. The Behavioural Support Service can be delivered as group workshops or one-to-one behaviour support.
The SMSC Booklet and Resources
15 Mar
Spiritual Moral Social Cultural Development From EYFS to KS4 The SMSC booklet, together with online materials, provides a fundamental resource that inspires and stimulates leaders and teaching staff from Early Years Foundation settings through to primary and secondary schools. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development – the Bexley Handbook Edition 2 Further resources to accompany the SMSC booklet: Helpful websites for supporting classroom teaching Helpful websites for supporting Prevent Helpful websites for supporting SMSC Helpful websites for supporting British values Helpful websites for Citizenship Helpful websites for engaging stakeholders and partnership working Curricular schemes for schools, including websites Case studies from Bexley Schools Click here to download copies of presentations given by speakers and stand holders at the Bexley SMSC conference on 20 January 2017. Please email admineis@bexley.gov.uk if you would like to subscribe or have any questions concerning these resources.
Bexley Assessment Working Party Exemplification Portfolios - Mathematics and English Writing
30 Aug
Exemplification of working at the expected standard in Mathematics and English Writing These documents contains work that exemplifies statements in the national curriculum. They have been produced to help teachers in moderating pupils’ work and making judgements on whether expected standards have been achieved. The portfolios are intended to be used to support internal moderation. Feedback and comments are welcome and will be shared in updates. Contributions to these portfolios are also welcome. The portfolios will be used in future subject training and network meetings. To find out how you can obtain the full set of mathematics and English writing portfolios, please email EIS@bexley.gov.uk. Click here to download the 2015 version of the Exemplar Portfolio for Writing – Year 2 Click here to download the 2015 version of the Exemplar Portfolio for Mathematics - Year 3
School Website Audit
18 Nov
Every maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012. If you are an academy or free school, you need to check your funding agreement to find out what you should publish on your website. The attached document can be used to audit your school website's compliance with the legislation.
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