Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

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Update from the Board, February 2022

by | Mar 1, 2022 | Whats New | 0 comments

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, and the Oldham Opportunity Area. I am the Independent Chair. At the meeting the Board received several update reports. One of these was on 21/22 school improvement and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programme funded by Oldham Opportunity Area. A total of £579k (including sums carried over from 20/21 due to projects delayed by COVID-19) had been allocated, with the vast majority of activities now underway. The Board is conscious of the pressures on teachers right now and recognises the impact this may have on participation, especially around CPD. However, it strongly encourages schools to take advantage of the programme as this is the final year that the Oldham Opportunity Area will be able to offer this volume of support for professional development.

The Board looked at one of the CPD projects in detail: supporting digital and online learning, which is one of our five priority areas for supporting Oldham schools. John Sibbald, the digital leader in education, fed back on the activities of the digital community of practice that had been established by 25 teachers (from both primaries and secondaries across community schools and MATs). There is good evidence that this is delivering impact by helping with applying learning from lockdown into classrooms right now. Those involved will be publishing a case study next month to share the learning more widely. For more details, including how to get involved in the digital community of practice please contact info@oldhamlearning.co.uk.

The Board also did a stocktake on schools which have been identified as vulnerable, including looking at the outcome of recent Ofsted inspections and an audit of secondary school self-evaluations undertaken by Jane Acklam, Oldham Learning Vice Chair. As a vehicle for sector led school improvement it is essential that Oldham Learning ensures that there is an effective and targeted offer of support to schools who wish to take it up.

Finally the Board spent some time developing plans for Oldham Learning’s focus and how it will operate in the next academic year. This is very much work in progress and we will consulting schools further on this in due course.

We have recently started to publish Board meeting minutes on this website and those for the 11 February meeting will be put up once the Board has signed then off at its next meeting which is likely to be towards the end of this term.

Best wishes,

James Kempton, Independent Chair

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

Oldham Schools Newsletter Spring Term 2022

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)...

read more
News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

News from Oldham Learning, Christmas 2021

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read more
Thank Goodness For Daffodils-CEO Blog

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read more
Online Resources For Home Learning

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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

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