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#9 - Tuesday 18th September 2018
New term, time for an update on what we're doing:

Russell Hobby is coming to Scarborough to talk about social mobility and his extensive experience of leadership at the National Association of Head Teachers and Teach First. More than 300 signed up to hear Dame Alison Peacock and we'd like to see more of you next time. It's a free event, sign up here, or by email. If you're already thinking ahead, tell us who you would like to hear from next.

Funding has been allocated to 12 organisations as part of our Essential Life Skills Fund. Funded organisations will be working to provide new extra-curricular activities across the area. Some activities are already well underway, including at Gallows Close Centre.

The evaluation and impact of all our work is important. The upcoming North Yorkshire Evaluation Conference will help delegates understand the principles of evaluation, understand why it matters and get to hear from expert speakers. Sign up for your place.
Secretary of State, Damian Hinds, paid us a visit in August. He met with members of the programme partnership board to discuss progress so far, what's worked and what hasn't. They also warmed him up to meet a group of young people, who spoke about their thoughts about living in the area (some positive) and their dreams for the future.

Sir Martin Narey, Chair of the Partnership Board, said: "I know that improving social mobility has long been a priority for this Education Secretary , and I want him to see  the encouraging progress we are making. Too many children along the Coast do not fulfil their potential. The Opportunity Area Board, all volunteers and which I chair, is determined to address that". 

Attracting, and keeping, the best teachers in the area was identified as a key theme to our work. James Annetts has been appointed as a dedicated Coastal Teaching Recruitment lead for all schools in the area. He's worked with 11 schools so far to fill 21 vacancies, often with no advertising costs and attracting teachers from across the country. He is looking to talk to more schools leaders about how he can help you. Find out more here, or get in touch.

We are also funding 90% of the Teach First fees for new trainees in this school year and next. Schools taking on new trainees will also be offered an innovation grant of £1,500 per placement to support professional development and to encourage trainees to stay teaching in the area. More here.
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All schools, school leaders and teachers aspiring to leadership are eligible for fully-funded places on National Professional Qualifications. These are available at middle (NPQML), senior (NPQSL), head (NQH) and executive head (NPQEH) level. Find approved providers here. You can contact providers directly to book a place, otherwise get in touch for more info.

We have opportunities coming up on our Early Years priority.

Training and resources are available for use of I CAN's Early Talk Boost programme, a targeted intervention that has been shown to boost the language skills of children. More information on how to get involved here.

The Yorkshire Ridings Maths Hub are offering a four-day training course to focus on teaching for mastery for practicioners working with Reception and Nursery age children. Find out more here. Schools in our area will have priority access to this opportunity, at no cost.
Hundreds of young people have participated in National Citizen Service this year. That's North Yorkshire covered their summer of adventure. One participant was Tommy - "Don't get me wrong, I really missed my mum, but it was the best thing I've ever done". Read his story.
Our 'Language for Learning' project is underway, led by Paul Offord, Specialist Lead Practitioner for English, and Marcus Jones, Research and Literacy Lead at Huntington Research School. The project is open to secondary schools and will start by working with one department, one year group and one aspect of literacy to put in place evidence based practice. Paul has all the details

Places are still available for schools to take part in our academic resilience project. This is an opportunity for schools to learn about a range of approaches to increase the resilience of the whole school community. More here.
Schools taking part will get:
  • A minimum of 3 training days;
  • Involvement in a 'community of practice';
  • Access to a range of tools and supporting information; and
  • Additional funding to support the implementation and sustainability of the project.
36 pupils from Graham School and Caedmon College participated in The Scholars Programme, run by The Brilliant Club. This is a university access programme to support an increase in the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds to progress to highly-selective universities. This project was supported through FutureHY. More details here, including how you could get involved.

This is just one idea that schools might want to consider for the Opportunity Area Awards - still open. Funding has been provided to 22 schools and 2 youth groups for their own social mobility project. It's one bid per school, but we're still open for new ideas from those schools that haven't had an award so far. Schools and colleges can apply here, and youth-led groups here.
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