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Tuesday 19th March 2019


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Ofsted to talk to pupils to help judge a school's curriculum

Ofsted will use conversations with children to help judge the effectiveness of a school’s curriculum under reformed inspections, one of its senior leaders has said.


Matthew Purves, the inspectorate's deputy schools director, also told attendees at a Westminster Education Forum meeting this morning that conversation with teachers was “integral” to the new approach.


He said that pilots of the new framework had shown “the new approach gives a lot more space to sit down and talk to classroom teachers”.


Mr Purves said that, in polling and research, school leaders had told Ofsted that they saw inspectors often enough. But he added: “Teachers essentially said, ‘We don’t see you very much. We know you are in the school and we hear about what you have said and then the head or the senior leaders mediate what you have said and we can’t quite tell whether that’s what you’ve said or whether that’s what they would like us to do in school’.”


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Modern Governor joins with Herts for Learning to support school governance across England

Herts for Learning (HfL) is delighted to announce a brand new partnership with Modern Governor to support and develop strategic leadership in schools and academies across England.

Modern Governor is the leading online governance learning solution for local authorities, multi-academy trusts and individual schools & academies. Established and run by Learning Pool, the e-learning specialist for local government in the UK, it offers more than 60 mobile-ready e-learning modules and the popular Modern Governor mobile app - with over 99% of users recommending the service to their governance colleagues. The new arrangement will see HfL take the lead role in developing and delivering Modern Governor as part of its wider school improvement offer.

Andrew de Csilléry, Managing Director of HfL said “HfL has been supporting school governance for many years both inside and outside of Hertfordshire. We offer a range of related services including the provision of training to around 10,000 school governors each year. We are delighted to be working with Learning Pool to further develop the Modern Governor proposition to the benefit of existing and future customers.”

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Meldreth schoolchildren become rail safety ambassadors

Six schoolchildren took a trip to the Foxton signal box and level crossing for a rail safety lesson last week.

The children – who are junior travel ambassadors for the Meldreth Primary School – travelled with teachers and Sarah Grove of the Meldreth, Shepreth & Foxton Community Rail Partnership.


Under supervision, the children were allowed to operate the barriers for the passing trains. Inside the signal box, the crossing operator showed the visitors how the barriers are operated at both Foxton and, using CCTV, Shepreth.


Teacher Andrew Jones said: “The visit to Foxton level crossing offered a unique and fantastic leadership and learning opportunity for our junior travel ambassadors to extend their work on local transport safety issues into a whole new arena.


“They learned an enormous amount of important safety lessons about rail safety – which is tremendously important to us in Meldreth, where the railway line runs directly behind the school and can be easily accessed by anyone.”


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