Hands up for Tax-Free Childcare! If you’re a nanny or childminder, make sure you’re registered with your childcare regulatory body now so you can offer parents Tax-Free Childcare. Once you’ve done that, sign up to offer Tax-Free Childcare at [ Service.gov.uk Link ]
Schools, keep an eye out on the new Pupil Premium Awards website for information on the 2017 awards [ Pupilpremiumawards.co.uk Link ] #ppawards

Pupil Premium Awards: Pupil Premium Awards 2017

Take part in transforming teachers’ continuing professional development (CPD) and leadership development. The Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) aims to improve pupil outcomes in priority areas by increasing better provision of teachers’ CPD and leadership development in challenging areas and challenging schools.

The NCTL will shortly launch a first application round, where we...
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Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) Supplier Information Days

Secretary of State for Education Justine Greening speaks at the Chartered College of Teaching national conference, sharing her vision for the teaching profession.
Anything you notice can help a child at risk.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect.

Many people do not act because they’re worried about being wrong.

You don’t have to be absolutely certain about your suspicions; if you’re concerned a child is being abused or their safety is at risk, speak to someone.

Following these simple steps...
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Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse

Take our Annual Nursery Survey 2017 and view results.

Annual Nursery Survey 2017

Take up the challenge and enter A Sense Of Competition, the free global film and animation competition open to all children and young people up to the age of 25.

Create a film or animation of up to 90 seconds around this year’s theme of Hope.

Are you ready to take up the film and animation competition challenge?

Find out more: [ Filmcompetition.org.uk Link ]
Justine Greening: "It’s fantastic to see that so many pupils have benefitted from the programmes provided by the NCS - National Citizen Service."

Read more: [ Ncsyes.co.uk Link ]
Get involved in Safer Internet Day with @saferinternetuk educational resources, tailored for each age group. [ Bit.ly Link ] #SID2017
We are supporting Safer Internet Day 2017! Join us and @UK_SIC to help create a better and safer internet. #SID2017 [ Bit.ly Link ]

Safer Internet Day 2017

From today, schools and other organisations are invited to apply for accreditation to start delivering one or more of the new and improved National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) in the 2017 to 2018 academic year. You can find full details here: [ Service.gov.uk Link ].

Last year, the DfE and NCTL convened top headteachers, multi-academy trust (MAT) CEOs, and other sector experts to...
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Do you know a young person interested in cyber? If so, encourage them to enter the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberFirst Girls competition.

The CyberFirst Girls Competition is made up of two parts - the first is a set of online challenges covering four main cyber security topics.

For the second part, the top 10 teams from the online round will be invited to an all-expenses-paid grand...
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CyberFirst Girls Competition - NCSC Site

Many of you may have noticed that the recently published 2015-16 revised secondary school performance tables contain a new measure called Progress 8. You can view the tables here: [ Service.gov.uk Link ]

Progress 8 has replaced 5+ A*-C as the main measure of school performance and is intended to be more helpful for parents by better reflecting how pupils of all abilities have progressed...
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Four new councils have joined the drive to deliver the government’s flagship 30 hours childcare offer early, before the programme rolls out nationally in September.

Minister for the Early Years, Caroline Dinenage, has announced Dorset, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire and Tower Hamlets as the next councils to join the eight original ‘Early Implementers’ that launched the offer last September,...
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In the weeks commencing 6 February and 13 February, the Department for Education (DfE) and National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will be hosting a series of provider information events for schools and other organisations interested in applying for accreditation to deliver one or more new National Professional Qualifications (NPQs). You can find out more information and register...
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Big Schools' Birdwatch from RSPB is an educational activity suitable for all ages and abilities.

Find out more: [ Rspb.org.uk Link ]

Big Schools’ Birdwatch

Last week we published the Revised 2015-16 Secondary School performance tables.

Some of you may have noticed that this year’s tables compare schools using Progress 8. In the past, the main measure of school performance was the percentage of pupils who achieved 5+ A*-C including English and maths GCSE.

View the tables: [ Service.gov.uk Link ]

Progress 8 is a better measure, as it shows how...
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Parents – sign-ups for the NCS - National Citizen Service summer programme for 16- to 17-year-olds are open now.

Helping young people develop skills for life and work, NCS is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, providing amazing opportunities and the opportunity for young people to meet new people and contribute to their local community.

Find out more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Tax-free childcare will be launched by the Government this spring. If you’re planning on registering as a childminder this will affect you! Only childcare providers registered with Ofsted (or a childminder agency) can receive tax-free childcare payments. You’ll only receive an invitation to sign up for tax-free childcare if Ofsted has your current address and email, so check that this is up to...
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Childcare Registration