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NGA Bulletin Board March 2013

NGA Bulletin Board March 2013

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The cover story for this month’s bulletin board is the release of the Ofsted School Data Dashboard

On Wednesday 27 February 2013, Sir Michael Wilshaw, HMCI Ofsted, launched a new
School Data Dashboard designed to support governors to hold their schools to account. The
dashboard will provide a snapshot of more than 20,000 mainstream primary and secondary
schools performance at Key Stage 1, 2 and 4. The most significant change is that the
dashboard compares each school with similar local schools, not just national data. Sir
Michael said “The School Data Dashboard I am launching today raises the stakes. Many
governors know their school well already. But for those that don’t, there are now no excuses.
Inspectors will be very critical of governing bodies who, despite the dashboard, still don’t
know their school well enough.”

Education News:

  • Secretary of State’s announcement that he will not be introducing English Baccalaureate Certificates (EBCs) as replacements for some GCSEs
  • House of Commons Education Select Committee evidence – further evidence to be taken on 13th March
  • Ofsted has released a second report into how effectively schools spend pupil premium to maximise achievement.
  • The Department for Education (DfE) published the Review of 2013-14 School Funding Arrangements. The document outlines some of the concerns schools, schools forums and local authorities have already raised about the formula changes  and the DfE is now seeking wider views.
  • The Department for Education (DfE) has consulted on draft Procedures and Allowances Regulations, that would replace the current Terms of Reference, Procedures and Allowances Regulations for local authority (LA) maintained schools.

NGA News:  

Regional events:

  • West Midlands Wednesday 13 March 18.30 – 20.30 Birmingham
  • East Midlands Tuesday 19 March 11.00 – 15.00 Leicester
  • East of England Saturday 27 April 10.00 – 12.30 Cambridge
  • NGA Policy Conference – Saturday 6th July London http://www.nga.org.uk/Events/Policy-Conference-2013.aspx
  • Special Schools Conference –18 May 2013 Birmingham
Other News:  
  • Modern Governor renews NGA sponsorship
  • New Recruitment video produced by SGOSS
Download the March Bulletin here: NGA-Bulletin-Board-March 2013

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