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Title: Heads and Governors Briefing


1
  • Heads and Governors Briefing
  • Summer Term 2002

2
Agenda
  • Standard School Year
  • 14-19 Education
  • Implementing the Race Relations Act
  • Business Items

3
Standard School Year
  • Alan Sapsford
  • Assistant Director - Operations

4
  • Independent Commission on the Organisation of the
    School Year
  • Proposals for a standard school year

Alan Sapsford Assistant Director
(Operations)
5
BACKGROUND
  • Independent Commission established by Local
    Government Association
  • Rhythms of Schooling produced Sept 2000
  • Further consultation and recommendations in
    December 2001
  • Further report planned on August return date

6
KEY PROPOSALS
  • Late August - mid October 2 week holiday
  • November - December 2 week holiday
  • January - mid February 1 week holiday
  • Late Feb - early April 2 week holiday
  • Mid April - late May 1 week holiday
  • Early June to mid July mid July to late
    August ( at least 5 weeks)

7
POTENTIAL ADVANTAGES
  • 2 week October break reduces stress
  • More even distribution helps planning
  • More consistency about Easter
  • Public exams in April May
  • hay fever
  • University entrance based on actual grades
  • Quicker staff recruitment
  • More flexibility for families and reduced
    learning loss in summer
  • Modular curriculum

8
CONCERNS
  • Examination Boards
  • Reduced exam preparation time
  • Easter arrangements
  • Need to use Term 6 effectively
  • Need for a national or regional approach
  • Timetable for action is very tight

9
NEXT STEPS
  • Consultation with schools, parents and others on
    Local Government Association
  • proposals 10 May -14 June
  • Regional meeting 8 July
  • Working Party meetings Oct/Nov
  • Consultation with schools on proposed dates for
    2004 terms January 2003
  • Publication of 2004 dates February 2003

10
ISSUES
  • Educational reasons for change
  • What should the consultation process look like?
  • Is this a helpful way forward?
  • Will the Examination Boards change in time?
  • Will there be time for any changes to be in place
    by September 2004?

11
QUESTIONS COMMENTS
12
14-19 Extending Opportunities, Raising
Standards
  • Les Craggs
  • Assistant Director, School Standards and
    Curriculum

13
14-19 Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards
  • AIMS
  • Raise levels of achievement
  • Increase participation
  • Meet the needs and aspirations of all
  • Motivate for lifelong learning
  • Create socially responsible citizens
  • Broaden skills for employability
  • Create a flexible, integrated and innovative
    network of collaborating partners able to deliver
    these aims

14
14-19 Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards
  • ASPECTS BEGINNING, MIDDLE, END
  • Review, Progression and Guidance
  • Flexibility
  • Disapplication
  • Work Related Learning
  • Vocational
  • Partnership
  • Most Able
  • 16-19
  • Matriculation Diploma
  • Pace
  • Timetable

15
14-19 Extending Opportunities, Raising Standards
ISSUES
  • Flexibility and Entitlement
  • Bridging the Gap
  • School Management
  • Accountability
  • Higher Education and Employers
  • Inclusion
  • Performance Tables
  • Consultation
  • Capacity

16
Implementing the Race Relations Act
  • Jan Hardy
  • Minority Ethnic and Curriculum Support Services

17
Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
  • The Act places a new general duty on public
    authorities (including schools) to promote race
    equality. Specific duties are laid down to
    assist schools in meeting the general duty.
  • These are
  • Before 31 May 2002 - to prepare a written
    statement of policy for promoting race equality.

18
Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 (cont)
  • Have in place arrangements for assessing
  • the impact of policies, including in
  • particular the impact on the attainment
  • levels of different racial groups.

19
The Race Equality Policy
  • Should cover
  • The schools commitment to tackling discrimination
    and promoting equal opportunities and good race
    relations.
  • Give details of how the school will regularly
    monitor and assess the policys effectiveness.
  • Clearly define roles and responsibilities.

20
The policy should deal with
  • Pupils attainments and progress
  • Curriculum, teaching and learning (including
    language and cultural needs).
  • Care and assessment.
  • Staff recruitment and career development.
  • The schools values.
  • Pupil behaviour, discipline and exclusion.

21
The policy should deal with (cont)
  • Racism and racial harassment.
  • Admissions and transfer procedures.
  • Membership of the governing body.

22
Business Items
  • Teacher Recruitment
  • Exit Interviews
  • Education Bill
  • CSF Developments 2002
  • Hertfordshire Governors Annual Conference 2002

23
Hertfordshire Governors Annual Conference 2002
  • The Critical Friend unpacking the role
  • Saturday 9 November 2002
  • 09.30 - 16.00
  • Wheathampstead Development Centre

24
Dates of Next Briefings
  • Monday 9 September - Barnwell School, Stevenage
  • Tuesday 10 September - County Hall
  • Hertford
  • Wednesday 11 September - The Hemel Hempstead
    School
  • Thursday 12 September - Wheathampstead
    Development Centre
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