All pulling in the same di­rec­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - SPEAKER’S CORNER - Jonathan Lewis, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil di­rec­tor of ed­u­ca­tion

On Fri­day I met for the sec­ond time with head teach­ers from city pri­mary schools to dis­cuss progress and how we move for­ward fol­low­ing the re­cent pro­vi­sional Key Stage 2 re­sults.

There is a great deal of work go­ing on which I’ll keep you up­dated with in fu­ture columns, but the main thing to stress is that ev­ery­one is to­tally com­mit­ted to mak­ing im­prove­ments.

The head teacher meet­ings are re­ally pro­duc­tive and are tak­ing place reg­u­larly, so we can fo­cus on pri­or­i­ties and en­sure there is a con­tin­ual chal­lenge to lead­er­ship in terms of pupils per­for­mance in pri­mary schools.

Ev­ery­one recog­nises that there is an ur­gent need to be open to change and de­velop op­por­tu­ni­ties for schools to share good prac­tice with each other.

We also re­cently paid a visit to Ne­wham in Lon­don to look at how schools are im­prov­ing lit­er­acy from a pop­u­la­tion that is highly tran­sient, just like Peter­bor­ough.

I have also met with Of­sted re­cently who have agreed to run two work­shops to re­view the cur­ricu­lum schools are pro­vid­ing and fo­cus ‘good’ of­sted graded schools on ap­prov­ing at­tain­ment.

We also held our termly gov­er­nor brief­ings in Septem­ber and shared the role that gover­nors need to play in im­prov­ing Peter­bor­ough.

Great lead­er­ship needs great gov­er­nance and we have a large num­ber of gov­er­nor va­can­cies across the city.

You don’t need to have prior ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing in ed­u­ca­tion to be­come a school gov­er­nor, just the nec­es­sary skills.

So if you have a le­gal, fi­nance, HR or build­ing back­ground, you can help. You can find out more about be­ing a gov­er­nor at www.peter- bor­ough.gov.uk.

Get­ting more peo­ple to come and teach in our city’s schools is an­other key pri­or­ity.

We al­ready have some amaz­ing teach­ers but we need to in­crease the num­bers so we can re­duce class sizes, which will help im­prove out­comes for pupils.

Teach­ing is a very re­ward­ing ca­reer and if you have a de­gree there are a num­ber of routes into the pro­fes­sion.

If you’re con­sid­er­ing whether teach­ing could be a ca­reer for you then you may wish to at­tend two events tak­ing place next month, which will ex­plain ex­actly what the role in­volves.

A ‘Get into Teach­ing’ open evening is be­ing held at Arthur Mel­lows Col­lege in Glin­ton on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12 from 5pm 7pm.

Or­gan­ised by Teach East, this will fea­ture a range of providers on hand to an­swer any ques­tions and of­fer ad­vice. To re­serve a place email shornsby@teacheast.org

An­other ‘Get into Teach­ing’ event is be­ing held at Hamp­ton Har­gate Pri­mary School in Har­gate Way, Hamp­ton, on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 15 from 5pm to 7pm.

For more in­for­ma­tion and to book a place visit www. paragontsa/gt2018.

I was de­lighted to hear that two of our city’s schools have cel­e­brated good Of­sted re­ports.

Cas­tor Church of Eng­land Pri­mary School and Leighton Pri­mary School re­ceived the good news and cur­rently just over 85 per cent of the city’s pri­mary schools have been judged as ei­ther good or out­stand­ing which is fan­tas­tic.

Both these schools have main­tained the rank­ing from their pre­vi­ous in­spec­tions.

Cas­tor was praised for con­tin­u­ing to raise teach­ing stan­dards and work­ing hard to across the board to drive up stan­dards. Their re­port reads bril­liantly, with in­spec- tors high­light­ing fan­tas­tic lead­er­ship in the school.

Leighton was also praised for high teach­ing stan­dards whilst in­spec­tors re­marked that there were “strong, pos­i­tive” re­la­tion­ships be­tween pupils and staff. In­spec­tors also high­lighted how the school had suc­cess­fully fo­cussed on im­prov­ing out­comes in read­ing and cited that pupils en­joyed com­ing to school ev­ery day.

So I’d like to say a big well done to staff, gover­nors, teach­ers and pupils at both schools.

Fi­nally, a re­minder that our se­condary school ad­mis­sions dead­line is fast ap­proach­ing (Oc­to­ber 31) and we are call­ing for par­ents and guardians to sub­mit their ap­pli­ca­tions as soon as pos­si­ble. If your child was born be­tween Septem­ber 1, 2007 and Au­gust 31, 2008, they are due to trans­fer to Year 7 at se­condary school in Septem­ber 2019. To sub­mit your ap­pli­ca­tion, head on­line to www.peter­bor­ough.gov.uk.

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