A warm welcome!!!
We were delighted to meet with our 32 School Direct trainees who are due to start in our schools in September.
The event was well attended by both the trainees and their mentors and all were engaged with the activities.
I particularly enjoyed the comment, from a mentor, who when asked to liken herself to a cartoon character, as part of the ice breaker activity, she responded:
'Popeye, as I am constantly juggling cans of spinach'
The feedback from the event was extremely positive and all the staff at EKLA are looking forward to supporting our trainees and mentors during the next academic year.
To all our Trainees: Congratulations on your successful application and here's to a fantastic year!
Inspiring Teacher, Outstanding Learners (ITOL) pilot project is halfway through - participants are now looking forward to a day spent in one primary and one secondary school, observing and experiencing techniques that may help to lift their own teaching.
The DfE recently published its plans for the next stage of development for the NPQs. The main changes are the introduction of a fourth level for Executive Leaders (NPQEL) and a simplification of the content framework, replacing competencies with 6 'content areas' and 7 'leadership behaviours'.
In addition to these content changes, we have the freedom to open up new opportunities to work collaboratively together and tailor the programmes to meet local or specialist need, for example for staff working within a MAT, or leaders from schools with similar priorities (coastal, rural, faith, small), as well as to integrate a wider range of learning opportunities within the framework for accreditation. While greater local variety may be found in the course delivery, the national accreditation of the programmes will be assured through the use of common national assessment criteria and submission requirements.
As a result we are delighted to be working in partnership with LLSE and local Teaching Schools to re-design a new and improved leadership curriculum for our schools, which we will be able to share with schools from September.