Over the summer a number of new initiatives were approved by the Partnership board:
Careers Hub – The hub will build on the existing enterprise coordinator network and will bring together careers leads from across all Doncaster schools who opt in to develop and share best practice.
We will be holding a hub launch at the National College of High Speed Rail on the 24th October from 5.00 – 7.00. Come along and see what it’s all about. Of particular interest to secondary schools, special schools, pupil referral units and colleges. You can book here:
We also have a live survey in schools asking pupils in years 7 to 13 their experiences of careers advice and guidance. Please can you encourage young people you know or you work with in Doncaster to fill it in. One young person who completes it will win an ipad!
The survey is available through this link:
Brilliant Club – The Brilliant Club’s Scholars Programme Placements will support primary schools in the most deprived parts of the borough by helping to identify and nurture children with the ability to attend competitive universities and to help children realise their potential.
Mentoring for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) – Sheffield Hallam University will be providing mentoring to NQTs in schools across the borough. It will be targeted at NQTs working in ‘Requires Improvement’ or ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted. This support is intended to help these schools retain their workforce, to better enable them to tackle their improvement challenges.
At September's board meeting, the board agreed to invest over £1.1 million to support:
£1,000 training bursaries for 25 OA schools (those schools with identified as needing particular support to tackle social mobility) through collaboration with the School Improvement Lead Professional, schools will be able to access a range of professional learning programmes from the Doncaster Research School to improve teachers skills, changing classroom practice, and improving pupil outcomes.
Extending the improving Literacy at KS2 programme. Partners in learning will be extending the current SSIF funded programme to a second cohort of 15 schools, and providing continuation and bespoke support for four schools currently on the programme.
Building on the great work that has begun to promote the best outcomes for pupils who are persistently disadvantaged, by providing a broad extra-curricular offer to disadvantaged pupils in the borough, through:
A specialist mentoring programme for the most vulnerable – Doncaster Childrens Services Trust will be building and training a network of volunteer mentors to provide mentoring to over 300 vulnerable children.
A flexible package of support to help schools tackle behaviour and attendance issues – Secondary schools will be able to access funding and LA behavioural specialist support to help manage behaviour concerns without having to resort to exclusions.
If you’d like to know more about any of the initiatives, please contact Doncaster.OA@education.gov.uk. For further info on the careers hub specifically, please contact Robin MacNeill (firstname.lastname@example.org).