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Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge winners meet the stars of BBC’s Dragons Den

Five Year Eight students from St Bede’s Catholic Grammar School in Bradford met up with the entrepreneur stars of BBC’s Dragon’s Den, as part of their prize for winning this year’s Apax-Mosaic Enterprise Challenge.

The five talented students from winning team Trash4Cash had an opportunity to meet the Dragons from the popular TV programme face to face, including Deborah Meaden, Duncan Bannatyne, Peter Jones, Kelly Hoppen and Piers Linney. They heard at first-hand from the celebrity business tycoons just what it takes to receive investment in a new business and what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur. The students had themselves won £500 seed funding to start up their business from Mosaic along with a £2,500 cash prize for their school as finalists of the Enterprise Challenge 2014. The visit was just part of a series of special prizes announced for the winners, which will also include a visit to the world-famous Cirque du Soleil as guests of Barclays at their exclusive box at the O2 arena, a year’s mentor support from Entrepreneurs Organization and participation in an Enterprise Bootcamp thanks to BBC’s The Apprentice contestant and CEO of InspireEngage. Mosaic’s National Director Jonathan Freeman, who also went on the visit said “We are so

grateful to all five of the Dragons for making the kids feel so special and for their words of wisdom. I think the Dragons were tempted to match our investment in this great group of young people!”

The Enterprise Challenge, sponsored by the Apax Foundation and Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is an initiative is aimed at inspiring young people living

in the most deprived communities about business and entrepreneurship, and helping to raise their aspirations, self- belief and employability. Mosaic would like to thank BBC Head of Religion and Ethics and Mosaic Board member Aaqil Ahmed and also BBC Head of Regional and Local Programmes in the North West and Mosaic’s North West Regional Leadership Group member Aziz Rashid for making the visit possible.

Data on tap critical for successful Ofsted inspections, says new report

Primary school leaders that have instant access to pupil progress data will find themselves at a significant advantage when an Ofsted inspector arrives at the school gate, reveal headteachers in a new report.

‘Ready for Inspection’, a white paper published by Capita SIMS, has been compiled through a series of interviews with school leaders and the findings show that evidence is critical in the new-style Ofsted inspections. It also features Russell Hobby, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers.

“Ofsted inspections are now much more data driven than in the past. As leaders, we need to know our pupil data very well and be able to provide this instantly for Ofsted when they visit,” says Gemma Buckley, deputy headteacher at Little Harrowden Community Primary School, and one of the heads featured in the report.

Christine Terrey, headteacher at Harbour Primary and Nursery School, further believes that is not just leaders that need the information. She comments: “It is a massive miss for primary schools to limit access to senior managers, as Ofsted inspectors will talk to teachers and subject leaders about their data too.” This is a view backed by Rosie Simmonds, headteacher at Leverington Primary Academy. She remarks: “When the Ofsted inspectors visited us they checked our knowledge individually. This is what every senior leadership team should expect in an inspection.”

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The white paper looks at how primary schools can get the most out of their data to provide hard evidence on the key areas to focus on ahead an Ofsted inspection. It highlights how many primary schools are still failing to recognise the importance of widening data access to all members of staff. Russell Hobby says: “Robust data is challenging – it removes us of excuses and forces us to address the reality we face rather than the one we would like to face. The profession, therefore, needs to grab hold of data and ensure it is used properly for learning and improvement.”

‘Ready for Inspection’ also reveals that accurate, accessible data can and should be used for long-term improvement.

Phil Neal, managing director of Capita SIMS, comments: “Data analysis now underpins the Ofsted framework. Headteachers are no longer able to rely on their professional judgement when asked to comment on the changes that have taken place at their school. Those who are unable to provide tangible evidence of the progress they have made place themselves at risk of failing an inspection. “It is vital that primary school leaders have confidence in the accuracy of information they have collected and their own ability to manipulate the data to show pupil progress. In fact, knowing you are completely prepared can alleviate many concerns around inspections.” 5

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