Flora Jenkins

DfE’s Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy Roadshow

The DfE are running a series of roadshow events across the country to consult on and introduce their new Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategy to school, local authority and MAT leaders. I was at their first event held in London on Monday (4th March) at South Bank University with presentations from Jonathan Duff (Deputy Director, …

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Helping school leaders to think about staff and pupil wellbeing

It’s good to hear more conversations going on inside schools and academies about the relationship between staff and pupil wellbeing. The issue has been creeping up the agenda and is (rightly) starting to influence more of the decision making at trust and governor level. Just last week the DfE published their updated guidance on “Mental …

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Play, relationships and learning in schools

On Wednesday evening Froebel Trust held their inaugural lecture at RIBA in London with Professor Paul Ramchandani speaking about play, relationships and learning. Ramchandani is the LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning at Cambridge University where he leads a research team investigating the role of play in children’s development. He also works as …

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Launch of Comprehensive Future campaign

Last night Melissa Benn, Chair of Comprehensive Future, held a brief debate at a fringe event during the Lib Dem conference in Brighton. The panel were there to discuss education, grammar schools, social inequality and fair admissions. (Photo : The panel from left to right – Fiona Millar, Professor Rebecca Allen, Dr Marlene Ellis (Chair), Tony …

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DfE working with Home Office on Serious Violence Engagement strategy

Following a summer of depressingly frequent news coverage of knife crime and fatalities involving children and young people, I was interested to hear about an event being organised by the Home Office in London on 8th October. The Serious Violence Strategy event aims to bring together police, health, education, social services, youth offending services, housing and the …

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