Newcastle Promise Board is a citywide partnership lead by Headteachers to shape our approach to sector-led improvement. We now have pages set up on the Services to Schools portal here, where you can find out more about the Newcastle Promise and how you and your school can get involved: Newcastle Promise Board
The ambition is that the Promise Board will champion all Newcastle young people. Schools will hold each other to account to provide the very best educational opportunities for every young person. Through the board, we will create a stronger united voice that will enable schools to influence decisions and articulate the needs of schools, for schools, helping to ensure we have the broadest view of education across our Newcastle schools.
This is an exciting development for schools and learners across our city. We hope that everyone will seize the opportunity to become actively involved in this new approach to enhancing educational opportunities for all so that ‘no child or school is left behind’.
We would like all Newcastle schools and clusters of schools to share and discuss the Newcastle Promise with staff and governors (it's also featured in this term's Governews). We are intending that all schools in the city will be asked to formally adopt and sign up to the Newcastle Promise.
A copy of The Newcastle Promise is attached which you can download and share with staff and governors.
SEND Capital Plan - invitation to bid
The Department for Education (DfE) has allocated all local authorities with a proportion of a special provision fund, aimed at making capital investments in provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The funding allocation is spread over three years and is intended to build and/or equip new SEND places in local settings.
In Newcastle we are aiming this additional funding at developing provision in mainstream schools and settings for children and young people who have needs related to autism and/or social, emotional and mental health.
The details of the capital funding project can be found on the local offer website on the SEND Updates page.
The Newcastle proposal is to utilise the capital funding to meet key needs identified in the reviews of SEND and vulnerable learners which have shown that mainstream provision needs to become more inclusive.
For that reason, we are proposing to invest in mainstream settings to develop provision for which there is currently a gap, i.e. sensory, low arousal provision for children and young people who have sensory needs, often associated with autism and nurture provision targeted at children and young people with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH).
This investment opportunity is specifically targeted at enabling children and young people, aged 0-25, and who have EHCP’s, to be educated within mainstream settings. It is not intended to create additional capacity in existing ARC/ARPs or to create new ARC/ARPs.
Schools and settings that meet the criteria in section D of the attached guidance are invited to submit proposals for capital funding to support their development of provision in the areas of sensory and SEMH needs. The deadline for the first wave of applications is 1 June 2018.
The following are attached:
SEND Capital Plan (for consultation) - you can still have your say on the proposals by completing this survey.
SEND Capital Plan - guidance and process for bidding
SEND Capital bid application form
SEND & Vulnerable Learners Spring Briefing Update
Please find attached a copy of the SEND & Vulnerable Learners Spring Briefing Update which outlines some of the changes to SEND processes from 1st April 2018.
Education Annual Report 2017
Newcastle's Education Report for 2017 is now published having being slightly delayed due to the purdah period around the all-out local elections in the city.
Please share with all staff in schools, governors and any other partners to whom it might be of interest.
Many thanks to the Newcastle schools who kindly provided the fabulous photographs for this year's report.
Live Theatre FREE KS2 & New KS3 Writing Workshops Bookable to July 2019
Bookings open for FREE writing workshops for KS2 & KS3 through to July 2019
NEW Inspiring Writing Workshops for KS3 - FREE
From September 2018 we are delighted to offer Live Tales workshops for Key Stage 3 pupils at our centre based in Newcastle, just behind Live Theatre.
Every Wednesday during term time from 9.30am until 12 noon, up to 15 KS3 pupils can develop their confidence and enjoyment of creative writing through a range of fast paced activities. Pupils will explore character, delve into conflict and try their hand at playwriting, challenging confident writers and inspiring those in need of encouragement.
"Making writing not just accessible but enjoyable for all students" Head of KS3 English, Benfield School
"They came back thinking I can do this. I can write… The boys particularly were very vocal about how much they enjoyed it." English Teacher, Kingsmeadow Community School.
We are currently taking bookings for these FREE workshops between Wed 12 Sep - Wed 17 July 2019 via our Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.
Find out more here
Story Writing Workshops for KS2 Classes - FREE
Our Live Tales 2 hour Key Stage 2 Creative Story Writing Workshops continue to be popular at our centre in Newcastle.
Sessions take place in term time:
Thursdays 10am - 12 noon & 1 - 3pm
Fridays 10am - 12 noon
A few KS2 workshops are still available this term in both Sunderland and Newcastle, and workshops for Academic Year 2018/19 are bookable through to July 2019. Call Live Theatre's Box Office on (0191) 232 1232.
Find out more here
Join in the National Writing Day Challenge
Wednesday 27 June 2018 is National Writing Day, an annual celebration of writing designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. Live Theatre invites you to join in with our special Live Tales challenge... ?to write a completely new story in just one day!
Let us show the rest of the UK what North East children can really do!
Get started and download the instructions here
Applications for Live's Youth Theatre open 30 July
Live’s Youth Theatre will be open for new applications between 30 July and 31 August 2018 for young people between the ages of 11 and 25 who want to learn new skills, meet new people and perform. Find out more here
A city where we all share responsibility for providing the best educational opportunities for all children and young people.
With changes to how schools and local authorities are funded coinciding with changes to how a number of schools are governed, it has long been the desire of Newcastle to create a formal partnership to enable schools to have a unified voice and to support a sector led school system. To that end, Newcastle City Council commissioned the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to facilitate work with schools to develop a vision for such a partnership and to develop a strategy for progressing this. The ‘shadow board’ met throughout 2016-17 to create the Newcastle Promise and explore how the board may work in practice. Draft proposals were shared with Newcastle Head teachers and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Agreement on representation for the board was proposed by school leaders and is based on geographical school groups, taking account of pupil numbers.