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Briefing sessions to explain Progress 8


FFT and the Association of School and College Leaders are collaborating on a series of briefing sessions on changes to accountability measures and the new headline measure Progress 8. 2016 will mark a sea change in how schools are held to account and these two-hour briefing sessions have been designed for school leaders in all categories of educational institution for secondary age students. Each will include information on why the government is changing the headline measure, how the new measure will work, how it is calculated and likely changes over time. It will also discuss what data providers are doing to help schools prepare and national and local perspectives on the impact of Progress 8. The sessions will be delivered by


Duncan Baldwin (deputy policy director, ACSL) and Mike Treadaway (director, innovation and research, FFT). “Progress 8 is likely to be the most significant change to school accountability for many years,” says Baldwin. “Although ASCL has welcomed the change, it is vital that school leaders understand its implications.” The briefing sessions take place in London (4 June), Birmingham (6 June), York (9 June), Manchester (10 June) and Bristol (1 July). See www.ascl.org.uk for details.


Edge Grove girl joins political spat cancer


and treatment, and guidance on how to deliver the session and answer any questions from pupils which might arise. There is an age-appropriate version of the pack and DVD for primary and secondary schools. The resources were developed in


response to research carried out by CLIC Sargent which found cancer can significantly disrupt a child’s education. Only 56% of parents of children who returned to school after treatment for cancer felt their child had received sufficient support to enable them to resume as normal an education as possible. The ‘Cancer and School Life’


pack is available to order from CLIC Sargent’s website, along with more details of the resources CLIC Sargent offers: www.clicsargent. org.uk/content/teachers


A year 7 pupil from Edge Grove school in Hertfordshire was invited to Westminster after commenting on MPs’ ‘name-calling’ row. Stella Gardner made an example of Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent spat with Ed Miliband, when both were reported to be hurling insults at each other in Parliament. Stella (12), from London, commented on a BBC news website (Newsround) in response to the story saying: “It is poor behaviour because when people say, look up to and respect your elders, how can we do that if they are acting like five-year-olds by


calling each other names?” The comment provoked a


response from the Newsround team, who invited Stella to participate in a discussion about the “dunce and muppet” incident at Westminster and to meet and interview Speaker John Bercow in his private office. Stella said: “The whole thing happened very quickly. One minute I


was typing on my computer and the


next thing I knew, I was


whisked off to London and was mingling with MPs in the House of Commons; it was intense!” After further interviews, Stella was given a private tour of Parliament.


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