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We are pleased to announce that Hertfordshire County Council has been successful in its bid to attain match funding status for three phonics CPD courses. This represents an excellent opportunity for eligible Hertfordshire primary schools and academies, making our training courses better value for money than ever.
All state funded schools in England with Key Stage 1 pupils, including academies and free schools are eligible for up to £3,000 funding, matched by the school up to a total spend of £6,000. This funding can be reclaimed by purchasing phonics resources or training from the new supplement to the PRO 5 phonics match funding catalogue; the importance of phonics. The three Hertfordshire courses featured in the catalogue during the autumn term are:
The process to follow:
Book onto, attend, and pay for the course in the usual way (£160 per delegate). To claim your match funding, you simply need to send a copy of your Standards and School Effectiveness (SSE) statement or invoice (once paid), and a completed Match-Funding Claim and Feedback Form to your usual Pro5 organisation. Pro5 will refund 50% of the invoice amount to the school, if your school is eligible for Match Funding. Pro5 will refund £80 for every place booked (up to a match funding limit of £3000).
Full details of the eligible courses can be found in the autumn term primary CPD brochure which was distributed to Hertfordshire schools week commencing 25th June 2012.
Ofsted: Subject professional development materials: English (Feb 2013) New
This training resource has been produced to help teachers in primary and secondary schools evaluate their current provision for English, using the English report Moving English forward, published in March 2012, as a starting point for discussion. There are accompanying notes designed to be used in conjunction with the presentation slides.
Read for My School Competition New
'Read for my School' is the brand new national schools reading competition from The Pearson Foundation and Booktrust, with support from the Department for Education. The initiative enables all primary schools in England who have access to the internet to enter into a free, secure digital literacy competition that promotes and encourages reading for pleasure. It also rewards participants with the opportunity to win prizes for themselves and their school by reading books and recording their progress online.
In its inaugural year, 'Read for My School' invites all children in years 5 and 6, who attend English primary schools, to take part in the competition over a two month period from 21 January to 22 March 2013.
Although the competition is now well underway, school registration is still open.
For more information visit:
500 Words Story Writing Competition (BBC 2) New
A competition for 5-13 year olds with a category for under 9s and 10-13s. The teacher's pack looks brilliant and well worth a look even if you don't intend to enter the competition. It includes video and audio tips from well known authors, as well a slots of activities. On the website (see link below) you can also access last year's winning stories - they look really good.
Ofsted 16 Jan 2013: Good practice resource - Using modern technology to improve English
Ofsted 8 Jan 2013: Literacy: a Non-Negotiable
Ofsted 16 November 2012: From Training to Teaching Early Language and Literacy
This survey set out to evaluate how well new early years and primary teachers are trained to teach language and literacy, including phonics, in primary schools. It sought to identify the common elements of effective training and induction as well as the most common factors that prevent new teachers from gaining the necessary knowledge, understanding and skills for teaching language and literacy well.
National Literacy Trust 2 July 2012: Boys’ Reading Commission
In its investigation into boys and reading, the NLT took evidence from teachers, 226 schools and 21,000 young people. It reports that boys are falling behind in reading because of a lack of male primary school teachers and the macho belief that it is just “for girls”. Around one in five think that someone who reads is boring and “geeky” because reading is a “feminine pastime”.
DfE 10 July 2012: £10 million literacy catch-up programme for disadvantaged pupils
Children from poorer backgrounds who are behind in reading and writing at the end of primary school will have the chance to get extra catch-up lessons. As part of a £10 million programme, projects will be set up across England to help disadvantaged pupils who fail to reach the expected level of English by the end of primary school (level 4 at Key Stage 2). The programme will be run by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) who will run a competitive bidding process to fund innovative projects that build on either robust evidence or a strong and practical theory. It is expected that schools themselves, along with charities, local authorities and universities, will bid for the programme.
Funding for Phonics Products and Training for KS1 (March 2012)
The Government match funding scheme for new phonics products and training went ‘live’ in September 2011 with the publication of the phonics catalogue of approved products and services. Under the scheme, any state-funded school with Key Stage 1 pupils – including Academies and Free Schools – can claim up to £3,000 to buy products and training until March 2013.
The products include a range of teaching resources, including books, software and games. Additionally, schools can book phonics training for their staff to improve their teaching of phonics, the method internationally proven to improve reading, especially among younger children.
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