Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

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News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

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Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

read more
Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

read more
Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

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Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

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Find Out What Is Happening In Oldham Schools

In this term’s edition:

1) Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting
2) Get involved in the Great Science Share for Schools 2022
3) Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project
4) Practitioner networks (Secondary)
5) Oldham Learning and Schools Partnership Programme (SPP)
6) Apprentice Transition Project. Catholic Federation of Oldham Schools
7) New Heads Induction Programm

Come along to your Primary Science Subject Leader Network Meeting

Progression in Working Scientifically, 29th June 2022

An annual campaign to inspire young people to share their scientific questions with new audiences. Raise the profile of science in your school and community. Culminating on the 14th June 2022, get started today! Free and easy to register and take part.

Get involved here!

Literacy Underpinning the Curriculum Project

Schools have been working on the curriculum; getting the sequencing right and identifying the powerful knowledge for students. As Quigley says, it’s no good having the Ferrari of curriculums if students don’t have the literacy strategies to access it’.

The project is aimed at supporting secondary literacy leads and curriculum deputy Headteachers to develop whole-school literacy.

Next meeting planned for 28th March. Please contact slord@blue-coat.org  for further information

Practitioner networks (Secondary)

Providing disciplinary support for curriculum leads over 16 subject areas including literacy and a teaching and learning deputies group.

Although some meetings are online, most future meetings are face to face and provide support and collaboration for middle leaders in developing curriculum and teaching and learning.

Meetings are ongoing- a calendar of dates and further information can be requested via slord@blue-coat.org

Great Science Teaching Survey

The Institute of Physics and Royal Societies of Chemistry and Biology are conducting the Great Science Teaching Survey, to gain a better understanding of the deployment and availability of science teachers in schools, particularly in Opportunity Areas. The survey closes on April 8th.

Oldham Learning and Schools Partnership Programme (SPP)

Oldham Learning (OL) is committed to developing a self-improving, self-sustaining system within and across all Oldham schools.

To support this becoming a reality, OL has commissioned the Education Development Trust’s Schools Partnership Programme (SPP) model of Peer Review as it supports continuous school and system improvement and develops great leaders with the aim of giving children and young people the very best start in life. SPP provide the training, framework and network necessary to enable schools to collaboratively address areas for improvement and evaluate the impact, with the added rigour of objective peer review and joint accountability.

In essence, it’s led by schools, for schools, for maximum impact on improving the outcomes and life chances of our children and young people.

For more details, take a look here

New Heads Induction Programme

This programme has been developed through Kingfisher Learning Trust to welcome and support new Heads as they embark on the exciting and sometimes challenging journey of headship.

There are currently 7 heads enrolled on the New Heads Induction Programme. 2 facilitated sessions have been delivered and all participating heads have access to an online resource library/forum on khub and mentoring by experienced Oldham heads with high levels of coaching knowledge and skills. The programme aims to support heads in their first headship in Oldham, develop their leadership skills and knowledge and resilience.

“Meetings with my mentor were a rare opportunity to focus on education and not be consumed by Covid. They were a life raft”

“Conversations with my mentor gave me an insight into what headship is really like (not during Covid pandemic)”

Apprentice Transition Project- Catholic Federation of Oldham Schools

Newman RC College has been leading an Apprenticeship Transition pilot project aimed at ensuring all pupils have a successful transition into secondary school. Working with Holy Family, Corpus Christi, Holy Rosary and St Mary’s, they have been working with four teaching assistant apprentices who support children and their families as they approach the move up to secondary school.

The apprentices receive support from the lead teacher, and from the SENCO at their school, to help them understand the additional needs that children may have and put the right support in place. The apprentices have worked with parents, pupils and staff to get a holistic view of the cohort, and they have then put interventions in place to meet their needs. For example, children with identified SEMH needs were introduced to key members of staff at secondary school, to provide a chance to get their questions and concerns answered. Students in years 7 and 8 also created a video to answer questions about secondary school which were raised by primary pupils.

Feedback so far shows that the apprentices are working proactively to develop their own skills, and to support the target cohort, parents have been positive about the chance to air their concerns and reduce their anxiety about transition, and that behaviour in all schools has improved. Next steps include further visits to secondary school to address concerns like making new friends and travelling to and from school, plus parental resilience training, and training for the apprentices in addressing social and emotional needs.

Read the report and actions taken here

Update from the Board, February 2022

Update from the Board, February 2022

I wanted to share a brief update from the Oldham Learning Board which met just before the half-term break (11 February 2022). The majority of the Board are school leaders in Oldham, along with representatives of the Council, the Regional Schools Commissioner's Office,...

read more
News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

The education world continues to face one of the most challenging situations that most of us could expect to face in our lifetimes. It has been a difficult time to launch a new organisation like Oldham Learning, and there have been significant changes in the staff...

read more
Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

The cold, wet and wintry days of January and February are always some of the bleakest in the school year. The excitement of Christmas has past and the days are short. This year, however, the challenge for school leaders to keep staff focussed on student learning,...

read more
Online Resources For Home Learning

Online Resources For Home Learning

We have compiled a great list of online resources for reading and writing. Whether you want to borrow great books for your child or get them writing creative stories, there is sure to be something here to help. Download our list of useful links for literacy resources...

read more
Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Remote Learning-Top Tips From Twitter

Not everyone uses Twitter but it has become a really good place for colleagues around the country to share practice and resources. Some of these ideas address findings that children need time to see their friends and have some time to chat together as well as time to...

read more