Invigorate Your School at the East London & Essex Education Conference 2020
This year, our conference is back with a bang!
On Thursday 30 January 2020, we have rounded up the best in education for our annual East London & Essex Education Conference to provide you with expert ideas, tips and guidance on how to invigorate your school, from your senior leaders to your pupils.
The hum-drum of every day school life doesn't always invite ideas for change and, more than ever before, schools need extra support to cope with shrinking budgets, challenges around pupil and staff wellbeing, and complicated procurement processes. These are tough asks for school leaders, including business managers, whose primary responsibility is to provide quality education.
Recognising the needs of schools, HES provides high quality day-to-day support leading to positive outcomes for children and young people. We offer support in the areas of school improvement and curriculum, leadership and governance, finance, attendance & behaviour, and procurement through our award-winning Brokerage Service.
At our dedicated Learning and Development Centre at CEME, our experts will take you on a journey from the often tricky subject of wellbeing through to the practicalities of funding and bid applications. Our aim isn’t to sell to you, but to support you and provide you with the tools that you need to invigorate your school, staff and.... Well, you!
If that isn't enough, our conference boasts a large exhibition where you will also get the chance to browse an array of suppliers and network with colleagues. You can also enter our free raffle with the chance to win some high ticket items!
Want to join the conversation? Use #HESConf2020 and be a part of the buzz!
The East London & Essex Education Conference 2020 is available to book now: click here.
School Funding Forum Minutes
Schools are advised that the minutes of the Schools Funding Forum meeting held on 16th January have now been published on the council’s website.
County Lines – by Henry Blake
A number of you were at the Havering Violence Reduction Summit on the 27th November 2019, one of the items on the Agenda was the 20 minutes county lines film called “County Lines – by Henry Blake”, many attendees found this very emotive and wanted to either see it again, have other work colleagues see it, have a discussion around it, etc.
As a result of this, our colleagues in Barking & Dagenham have re-commissioned Henry Blake to deliver a number of County Lines Screenings and discussion sessions with frontline staff across the whole of the East Area (Barking & Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge).
The sessions will run on a range of dates between February - March 2020 at the Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS. Each session will run for 90 minutes comprising of a 20-minute short film followed by a presentation and discussion led by writer/director Henry Blake. This session will look at analysing the film’s characters and themes and discusses the frontline experience of working with young people involved in county lines, providing support and professional guidance to those affected by the issue.
If you are interested in attending a session please see dates, times and booking options on Eventbrite which can be accessed here. Please feel free to pass onto colleagues who will benefit from these sessions.
Also, for those interested, the award-winning feature-length film should be available in cinemas from mid-April 2020, with a possible special screening taking place in Romford prior to the main release. (More details to follow at a later date)
Last of all, just a reminder that a final tri-borough Violent Crime Workshop event is taking place on the 12th February. If you haven’t booked on then please click here. This is your opportunity to help highlight gaps, tell us what works well, opportunities for change, etc. Spaces are again on a first come first serve basis, so please don’t leave it too late as last time allocated tickets ran out.
Some of the topics to be discussed are:
Understanding journeys and transport hubs to and from school
Problem locations and hotspots
Diversionary Programmes/ Local Offer
The Children’s Escalation Policy
Please find the current Children's Escalation Policy on the Safeguarding website.
Challenging Sexism in the Classroom
UK Feminista supports teachers and schools to take effective action against sexism. We have delivered teacher training in conjunction with a number of ITT providers, including the University of Durham, UCL: the Institute of Education, and Teach First.
We have developed this free online resource hub for teachers and schools on how to tackle sexism and sexual harassment. The hub provides comprehensive guidance and support to enable schools to take effective action against sexism and sexual harassment. The resources include:
Guidance on how to take a whole-school approach
A whole-school approach audit tool
A policy integration guide
Tips for teachers
Additionally, we are currently developing an online teacher training tool on tackling sexism in schools. The training is designed to equip teachers with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to challenge sexism in the classroom and adopt a whole-school approach.
In the new year, we will be piloting the e-learning course with a number of schools and ITT providers, including the University of Durham, the University of Southampton, the University of Sheffield and St Mary's University.
Why do teachers need support and training on how to tackle sexism??
Research by UK?Feminista?and the National Education Union, published in?“It’s just everywhere”: A study on sexism in schools and how we tackle it,?reveals:?
Sexism and sexual harassment are commonplace in schools:
Over a third (37%) of girls in mixed-sex secondary schools have been sexually harassed.
A quarter (25%) of secondary school teachers say they witness gender stereotyping and discrimination in their school on a daily basis.?
Teachers report feeling ill-equipped to tackle sexism in the classroom:
Just one in five (20%) secondary school teachers has received training in recognising and tackling sexism as part of their Initial Teacher Education.
62% of primary and secondary school teachers want to receive training on tackling sexism
Over half (64%) of secondary school teachers are unsure or not aware of the existence of any policies and practices in their school-related to preventing sexism.?