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Newsletter of headteachers.org 🙋🏻‍♂️ 👂 - Issue #6

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Happy Friday!
I hope that you have all had a good week. As always, here are the important updates for you. There’s quite a few!

Updates from the DFE:
Education Secretary addresses Confederation of School Trusts Annual Conference
The Secretary of State sets out his ambitions for the school system, drawing on the Schools White Paper and Schools Bill currently passing through parliament
‘I can honestly say I am in awe, in awe, of how you have kept young people learning during the pandemic. So thank you, a massive thank you for your dedication and your professionalism.’ 
 
Private finance initiative (PFI) academies: model documents
Model documents for PFI schools converting to academy status.
 
Reviews of education, health and care (EHC) plans: proposed timescales
 
Mainstream free school revenue funding
How we calculate and allocate revenue funding for mainstream free schools in the 2022 to 2023 academic year.
 
Statistics: special educational needs (SEN)
Statistics on pupils with SEN, including information on educational attainment, destinations, absence, exclusions, and characteristics.
 
Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Guidance about additional funding for those currently undertaking induction.
 
Boost in activities and food pledged to support children
New funding announced for infant school meals, as supermarkets and sport organisations pledge to support children through Holiday Activities and Food programme
Updates from Ofsted:
‘Significant challenges still remain. At every stage children have lower and more variable starting points. Gaps have widened. Younger children are often behind in language, communication and social skills. We hear that more effort is having to go into teaching older children behaviour and routines, and more work in managing behaviour.’ Amanda Spielman’s speech to the Confederation of School Trusts’
 
Updates from our Edu-Network:
Spark pupils’ creativity and inspire their writing by taking part in now press play’s #ExceptionalExplorers competition!
This summer, celebrate your pupils by entering their work and now press play will reward each participant with their brand new #ExceptionalExplorers sticker. 
Winners will have their work published in the #ExceptionalExplorers Scrapbook.
A great opportunity for pupils to take part in some Summer term fun, be creative and explore the wider world.
Welcome Giglets to our Edu-Network. Giglets is an online literacy resource that allows you to share texts and activities with your pupils in school or at home. Find out more here: https://www.headteachers.org/directory/giglets
 
Welcome Playground Projects to our Edu-Network. Playground Projects is an award-winning outdoor play equipment for schools throughout the UK Find out more here: https://www.headteachers.org/directory/playground-project
 
Also a big welcome to Kidscape! Kidscape is a bullying prevention charity that gives provides practical support, training, and advice to challenge bullying and protect young lives. https://www.headteachers.org/directory/kidscape
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