26 June 2019 from 9am-12pm at Earl Mill, Dowry Street, Oldham, OL8 2PF.
This summer, Northern Alliance Teaching School are hosting a free maths mastery training event in partnership with the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) and Maths Hubs. The event is for primary teachers and head teachers. Come along to find out more about what the training involves:
An introduction to mastery
How to prepare a school to be ready to implement teaching for mastery
Initial steps in leadership and in classroom teaching
Strategies to overcome potential barrier
This is also an excellent opportunity to network with other schools who are developing mastery readiness.
Despite continuing challenges and levels of accountability, school leadership remains a vibrant, life fulfilling role. Areas like Oldham need even more great leaders, and secondary, primary and special schools in Oldham are working closely with each other to promote a greater sense of ambition and optimism amongst the workforce and make leadership of learning in Oldham schools sustainable in the long term.
As part of this strategy there is a twilight event on Wednesday 12th June at The White Hart in Lydgate. The event will be attended by aspirant leaders along with head teacher colleagues (ideally each leader will bring their HT) where delegates will hear from existing heads and sign up to be part of an Aspirant Leader data base. This will lead to Aspirant Leaders having opportunities for leadership coaching and being the first to hear of relevant job opportunities that may be available locally.
It should be stressed that such opportunities (promotions, secondments, job swaps etc.) will only be realised with the agreement of all parties. This work is intended to encourage leadership development for colleagues who volunteer to take part. Colleagues will need to be proactive in pursuing opportunities, this initiative is funded by the Opportunity Area and enables us to create a space in which we can encourage aspiration and opportunity
At the Opportunity Area (OA) Partnership Board meeting in April, we learned about plans to set up our exciting new technical education offer.
Developments in technical education will open up a world of opportunities to young people and provide additional ways to progress into careers or higher education. Apprenticeships are already offered in Oldham and the new T Levels will be introduced from September 2020, but this is only part of a local plan to deliver a high-quality technical education offer.
Alan Benvie from Oldham College told us about the work happening to introduce a great technical education offer in Oldham. This offer will be co-designed and piloted between Oldham College and a small number of secondary schools in Oldham. Alan also updated us on the developing partnership between Oldham College and the Gatsby Foundation. This partnership will focus on how best to interpret and communicate the ways you can progress through technical education into careers or higher education, which will be crucial when we begin to promote the value of following a technical pathway to our young people. To start with, the technical offer will focus on the construction and digital industries.
To help young people, parents and carers, teachers, and employers understand what technical education will mean for them, there will be:
the chance to spend time in a workplace
More information will be out soon. Follow us on Twitter @OldhamOA for the latest news.
Employers are at the heart of the design of the new technical qualifications and pathways. T levels and Apprenticeship programmes will provide skilled workers to local employers. We are keen to involve interested employers right from the start. Email us at OpportunityAreas.OLDHAM@education.gov.uk to express your interest or to find out more.
We also heard from Rob Caudwell who spoke to us about the new Oldham Insight School (OIS). The OIS is led by a consortium whose members are OASIS Charitable Trust, The Harmony Trust and Sola Fide C. of E. Multi-Academy Trust. The consortium will work in partnership with the University of Manchester to evaluate the work of the Opportunity Area and provide us with valuable insights into the impact of our work. A crucial role for the OIS is to help schools in Oldham improve by sharing research and evidence. Rob is speaking to us in detail at the next board meeting and we look forward to hearing more.
We met another welcome addition to the OA team in Patsy Kane. Patsy will be working with school leaders in Oldham, supporting them on key school improvement initiatives. Patsy has a wealth of experience and expertise, which led to the award of an OBE in the New Year’s 2019 honours list! We will enjoy the benefits of Patsy’s presence in the team.
James Kempton, Chair of Oldham Opportunity Area Partnership Board
The Department for Education has recently launched the Teaching Vacancies website. This is a free teaching vacancy listing service for schools, and is intended to tackle the significant costs that schools face when recruiting and advertising for staff. Instead of paying for adverts, schools can list available jobs on the site for free.
The site is being rolled out in geographical phases and is due to be rolled out in Oldham in the week commencing January 14th. We want to make sure that schools in Oldham are all able to access the system as soon as it goes live.
In that week, every school will be sent a registration email centrally from the DfE team. You can sign up using that email, when it arrives.
There will be an advertising campaign for Teaching Vacancies starting shortly, aiming to raise the profile of the service and to make it the first calling point for teachers looking for a new teaching role.