This week I highlight a free governor webinar on climate change, the appointment of DfE Attendance Advisers and the publication of new literacy guidance for KS2 from the EEF.
Webinar on the governance of climate change: 2 December from 8-9am
Governors for Schools in conjunction with Better Governor are holding a free webinar: Beyond COP26 – the governance of climate change on Thursday next week. The webinar will explore the contribution school governance can make to ensuring children and young people are engaged in the post-COP26 debate. It will consider how young people can be empowered to engage in actions designed to reduce the causes of climate change and their impact on the planet. Participants will reflect on what the national curriculum currently requires pupils to learn, explore available resources and look at the actions schools are already taking.
If you would like to take part please use this link to go to the Governors for Schools website to register.
DfE appointment of Attendance Advisers
The DfE has announced its employing Attendance Advisers to send into local authorities and schools with high rates of persistent absence. Up to seven former headteachers and some local authority chief advisers will start their new roles from next week. The move comes as schools report increasing Covid-related absence as case numbers soar in some areas.
The DfE has said it will write to local authorities with the highest levels of persistent absence offering support and it will be up to them to accept it. The Attendance Advisers will not work directly with schools but instead will work with local authorities and school trusts, sharing best practice from areas that have been most successful in reducing absence rates.
Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) new guidance report on improving literacy
EEF has published the second edition of their popular guidance report, Improving Literacy in KS2. The report offers seven practical and evidence-based recommendations to support literacy development in pupils aged 7 to 11. The guidance is relevant to all pupils but is particularly focused on those struggling to read and write well and those whose learning has been most affected by the pandemic.