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Southend Teacher Workload and Wellbeing
15 Nov
Southend LA is passionate about reducing teacher workload and improving wellbeing. We are pleased to announce that the Education Board have endorsed this commitment. Working in partnership with Teaching Unions, schools and other stakeholders, our aim is to create a resource to share good practice and practical suggestions for schools to reduce workload and improve wellbeing. We would like you to be involved in this exciting initiative. If you are interested in being part of the engagement and consultation group please contact Jane Elson on 01702 215456 or janeelson@southend.gov.uk by Wednesday 21st November.
Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 Moderation
15 Nov
Local authorities must carry out external moderation visits to confirm whether a school’s teacher assessment is accurate and consistent with national standards. A teacher assessment must be robust and credible as it forms part of the school's published accountability data. Visits will be undertaken to at least 25% of schools for Key Stage 1 (KS1) and Key Stage 2 (KS2). Academies and free schools must comply with statutory requirements for KS1 and KS2 assessment, but can choose which local authority they wish to conduct moderation visits. The documents below explain statutory requirements and guidance for assessment and reporting arrangements produced by The Standards & Testing Agency. It is important that headteachers, assessment leaders and teachers in year 2 and year 6 are familiar with the contents of these documents. Please note these may updated by STA for the 2018-19 cycle. KS1 Assessment and reporting arrangements KS1 Guidance for teacher assessment moderation KS2 Assessment and reporting arrangements KS2 Guidance for teacher assessment moderation What is moderation? Moderation is a sampling process and not a method for checking that every assessment made by every teacher for every child is ‘correct’, rather it is a means for local authorities to be confident that their schools understand national standards and are able to apply them consistently so that teacher assessment will produce outcomes which are fair to children and provide an accurate picture of progress for parents and carers. Is there a charge for moderation? The local authority receives funding to carry out its statutory duty to moderate in local authority schools and so there is no charge for maintained schools. Academies and free schools choose which local authority will carry out their moderation and SATs monitoring visits. Academies may be charged by the local authority they select for this service as they receive funding directly from the DfE, on the same formula as the local authority, to pay for this duty to be carried out. Benefits Our moderation team is led by highly skilled officers with many years' experience of moderation. These officers recruit and train practising class teachers and prepare them for the Standards and Testing Agency's formal moderation training test. All moderation is led by an experienced moderation officer. New moderators undergo an induction period – their work is quality assured by the moderation lead and moderation manager. We have quality assurance processes in place to ensure all statutory functions are carried out as per guidance in the assessment and reporting arrangements for each key stage. The Standards and Testing Agency monitors our systems, plans and evaluations to ensure we are carrying out our duties with respect to statutory assessment at each key stage. Our appeals process outlines steps to be taken if a school or academy is not satisfied with our service. Moderation packages include The package includes advice on disapplication and reporting of statutory assessments, as well as statutory test administration checks for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, and phonics screen checks. Bespoke training and support packages are available to purchase seprately on request. Key Stage 1 moderation an external moderation visit once in a four-year cycle, and more frequently if a school hits one or more of the set triggers – for example, NQT in year group, new to Y2 teachers, new leadership Four informal moderation sessions per academic year for year 2 teachers which include an element of CPD and dissemination of STA training – a formal moderation meeting for schools not receiving an external visit a re-moderation session for schools, following an external visit – an informal moderation meeting where more evidence is required a new or returning to year 2 continuing professional development (CPD) session – includes statutory guidance and a standardisation activity over two sessions a moderation handbook guidance, advice and information regarding statutory assessments provided through head teacher bulletins and regular briefings to school assessment leads advice on disapplication and reporting of statutory assessments for the end of key stage statutory test administration checks a formal phonics screening monitoring visit within a set cycle support and guidance on the phonics screening statutory arrangements Key Stage 2 moderation an external moderation visit once in a four-year cycle, and more frequently if a school hits one or more of the set triggers – for example, NQT in year group, new to Y6 teachers, new leadership Four informal moderation sessions per academic year for year 6 teachers which include an element of CPD and dissemination of STA training – a formal moderation meeting for the schools not receiving an external visit a re-moderation session for schools, following an external visit – an informal moderation meeting where more evidence is required a new or returning to year 6 continuing professional development (CPD) session – includes statutory guidance and a standardisation activity over two sessions moderation handbook guidance, advice and information regarding statutory assessments provided through head teacher bulletins and regular briefings to school assessment leads advice on disapplication and reporting of statutory assessments for the end of key stage statutory test administration checks Charges for academies and free schools 2018-2019 per school One form of entry £350 per year Two forms of entry £450 per year Three Forms of entry £550 per year Four forms of entry £650 per year Prices for Infant and Junior or schools with greater than four forms of entry can be discussed directly. Recruitment of LA external moderators The LA will recruit and train LA external moderators for each academic year. The moderators must be experienced in Y2 or Y6 and be willing to attend the four mandatory training sessions and successfully undertake the STA standardisation exercise. The STA training is valuable CPD for teachers and can be disseminated back in their schools/ Multi-academy Trusts. There will be no cost to schools for this training. Where teachers from academies/ free schools are deployed as LA external moderators, supply costs may be recovered from the annual charge to the academy if that teacher is class based and the school has incurred a cost of a supply teacher.
Consultations 2020 - Admission Arrangements
12 Nov
Determination cycle 2020 Update - schools that are in communication with Chrissy Blenheim Primary Not consulting Bournes Green Infant Consulting Community Schools - all Not Consulting Greenways Primary Not Consulting Eastwood Academy Consulting Hamstel Juniors Not consulting Hamstel Infants Not consulting Southend High Boys & Girls Schools Consulting (starting 19 Nov) St Bernard’s High Not Consulting St Mary’s, CoE, Primary Consulting Temple Sutton Primary Not Consulting Westcliff High Boys & Girls Schools Consulting (starting 19 Nov)