School Improvement

Getting our Heads Together – Issue 13

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Hi all, Just a quick update (as promised last week) as to where we are with the BCC contract for next year. We are waiting for final sign off from BCC and the BEP Board, however this is the plan we have proposed based on my learning over the last 18 months…“18 months” I hear […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 12: Direction of Travel for Schools Engagement

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Direction of Travel for Schools Engagement Hi all, Just a quick update on our latest thinking for BEP engagement ideas for the next academic year.We will be able to continue to regularly work with schools identified as being a priority*, however, we won’t be able to offer an ‘engagement’ visit to non-priority schools as the […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 11: Free School Improvement Support Opportunity

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Free School Improvement Support OpportunityGood Morning Everyone, Just before we broke up, I had a meeting with the Teaching Schools Alliance about a School Improvement bid available through the Strategic School Improvement Fund. Any bid for funding will be subject to specific criteria and measurable outcomes for improvement. Schools included in the bid can be […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 10: Lupine Leadership; the significance of pack order

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Lupine Leadership; the significance of pack orderI saw this on a web site and thought it was worth sharing with you. I hope you find it as interesting as I did.The 3 wolves in front are old & sick, they walk in front to set the pace of the running group lest they get left behind. The next […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 9: It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe

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“It isn’t the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it’s the pebble in your shoe” Mohammed AliWell that’s Key Stage 2 SATS over for another year! Feedback from last week generally was that the reading content was manageable for more children than last year, however lots of you have said that the one Maths […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 8: Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other

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“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other” JFKI know as I write this you are all ‘up to your ears’ in ensuring that tests and examinations are going well. However, I wanted to just flag up a number of training courses we are running for you following requests we have received from you at other events […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 7: I don’t fail, I either win or learn

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Firstly, can I just thank a number of you who answered my call about potential Headteacher vacancies. I feel more confident now that we can help schools who may not have a leader next academic year.So in the same vein I have been having a little worry this week about teacher recruitment, the number of […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 6: A Safe Pair of Hands

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As we move ever closer to final resignation dates ready for a new role in September, here at BEP we are involved in supporting many Headteacher recruitment processes across the city. It struck me that there are a number of you who may be looking or thinking of looking for another headship or indeed know […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 5: Happy Holidays

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As we move ever closer to the time of year when we are to be judged I thought it appropriate to highlight a few quotes to help raise your spirits…“When I think back on the greatest teachers of my life what I remember isn’t the way they prepared me for a standardised test” Barack Obama“In […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 4: Reading Reconsidered

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As many of you know I have been helping to support schools with improving reading. Apart from creating reading partnerships I’ve also established a “book club”. Run along typical lines i.e. one of us to choose a book for us all to read and then we get together to discuss our thoughts. Our first is […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 3: Families of Schools

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When I worked in Sandwell I was fortunate enough to be part of the Black Country Challenge. Within this project we were put into Families of schools based on prior attainment, social deprivation, EAL and mobility. The Challenge produced a booklet which we could all use. I found it so helpful that here at BEP […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 2: Introducing the Central Office Team

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BEP is based in a small office in Digbeth. We have John, Achla and Debbie and Gillian part-time who are operations, admin and finance staff, along with Danietha as PA to Tim and myself. Claire coordinates the BEP Peer Review Programme, Emma and Rahul work on our events, website and communications. Greg produces reports for […]

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Getting our Heads Together – Issue 1: Reaching out to you

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It just felt the right time to begin a blog on the work that we are doing at the BEP.We know that many of you don’t know the majority of work that we do and in many ways that’s a good thing! We (and more of who ‘we’ are next week) generally only get involved […]

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