In case you haven’t heard about Accelerate yet, this exciting new professional development programme is being led by Education Development Trust in partnership with the Chartered College of Teaching and is fully funded by the Department for Education.
The programme has been specifically designed for teachers in the first five years of their career to help-fast track their teaching skills, improve pupil attainment and keep talented teachers in the profession. It is free for teachers in eligible schools in the local area; those that are Ofsted graded 3 or 4 or are in a DfE identified ‘opportunity’ or ‘priority’ area.
With recruitment well underway it’s advisable to register for the programme as soon as possible – places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis after eligibility. Applications are being accepted throughout December and into the new year. To register for the programme now and discover more information about Accelerate please visit the Accelerate Website accelerate-teaching.co.uk
Click here to find more information regarding a free, DfE funded training opportunity for non-specialist teachers of Maths in secondary schools.
Trinity Teaching School Alliance is offering funded support for non-specialist teachers (e.g. those who have a degree in a different subject) who currently teach Maths (or may be interested in doing so in the future). Schools taking advantage of this training may be better placed to respond to subject shortages.
There is no cost involved for schools, though they must commit to release the teacher for 4 workshops and a half day school based task.
If there is a group of schools/teachers in your area who wish to get together for the training, Trinity can also arrange for this to be delivered in a bespoke local ‘pod’/’pods’ to reduce the burden of travelling.
There is more information here about other funded Subject Specialist Training in:
•Modern Foreign Languages
There are 2,500 children in Bradford who need glasses but either haven’t got any or aren’t wearing them in school. This is affecting literacy attainment.
30% of children identified as needing glasses through in-school vision screening tests do not attend a further detailed eye examination, whilst 50% of those who do fail to wear their corrective glasses.
For every line on the vision chart a child’s vision is reduced by their literacy score drops by 1.5%.
Bradford Opportunity Area is supporting a Born in Bradford study to get free glasses for children that need them to improve literacy attainment.
If your school wants to be a part of this study to improve literacy attainment please contact:
Dr. Alison Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The study will be aimed at 4-5 year old children.
- Vision screening assessments in reception will be conducted in all participating schools.
- 50% of participating schools; 2 pairs of corrective glasses will be issued to children who need them (one pair to be kept in school).
- 50% of schools to act as a comparator.
- At the end of the study Born in Bradford aim to provide a pair of school glasses for children in all participating schools.
If at least 35% of pupils in your school are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or 50% as Ever 6 Free School Meals, then you may be eligible to receive support through the National School Breakfast Scheme.
It is funded by the Department for Education, and run by Family Action, in partnership with Magic Breakfast. The programme will support over 1770 schools in disadvantaged communities, including Opportunities Areas, to improve access to healthy breakfasts and learning.
Eligible schools will receive a £500 start-up grant to set up their breakfast club, and schools who do not currently have healthy, sustainable breakfasts already in place will receive free breakfasts.
The funding for food is only available until March 2020 – but the Magic Breakfast will work with you to put a longer term, sustainable plan in place. If you want to explore the benefit of removing the hunger barrier to learning for your pupils, please click for an expression of interest form.
Further information on the programme is here and here.
Many existing and aspiring school leaders in Bradford have already registered to access a fully funded National Professional Qualification (NPQ) course.
Fully funded NPQs are open to all teachers and senior leaders in the Bradford Opportunity Area. They are aimed at those who would like further development to be a high performing middle or senior leader. The qualifications include:
- National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML)
- National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL)
- National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
- National Professional Qualification for Executive Leadership (NPQEL)
A full list of the NPQ providers can be found here.
If you would like any further information about how you or a member of staff can benefit from this offer, please get in touch.
Over the summer, Bradford OA will be supporting and funding at least 12 young people, all from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take up an 8-week internship with professional employers in and around Bradford.
The purpose is to enable them to develop their employability skills, world of work experiences, enhance their CV and link with employers across Bradford.
Brand new centre for applied educational research established in Bradford
Born in Bradford and Bradford OA have established a new research centre in Bradford that will research, test and develop ways to improve educational outcomes in Bradford.
Funded support for school leaders
Bradford OA is investing £1.5 million of school improvement funding for schools in Bradford.
We want to help Bradford’s schools improve social mobility for the city’s children and young people. A crucial part of this is empowering Bradford’s best school leaders to help their peers improve.
Over the next academic year, the OA will provide funding for 25 schools in need of support. School leadership teams will work with high-performing local leaders to develop a joint plan for improvement. The OA will then provide funding to implement this plan.
A trial has begun this term for a small number of primary schools, with more schools to receive support in the autumn and winter terms. This will sit alongside activity already underway through the Strategic School Improvement Fund and the Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund.
School support partnerships
Along with other school improvement activities, by enabling good or outstanding schools to support other Bradford schools, the OA aims to create sustainable, mutually supportive school improvement in Bradford, in turn improving the education, wellbeing and opportunities for young people