Widening horizons, broadening understanding – shadowing opportunities for school leaders with HMIs

By Friday, April 8, 2016 Permalink

Widening horizons, broadening understanding Shadowing opportunities for school leaders with Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) Ofsted’s London region is offering up to 12 serving practitioners an opportunity to shadow one of Her Majesty’s Inspectors on inspection over the coming term. This opportunity will complement the successful candidates’ leadership development and widen their understanding of inspection work in schools. ...

London Leadership Strategy launches new SEN programme

By Monday, May 18, 2015 No tags Permalink

London Leadership Strategy has launched a new SEN Leaders programme, which aims to embed a strong focus on SEND into normal school improvement practice and identify schools that need support with their SEND provision. SEN Leaders will be delivered by outstanding practitioners, including National Leaders of Education, Specialist Leaders of Education, SENCOs and other senior leaders, ...

SAPERE Foundation and Advanced level teacher training in P4C facilitation

By Wednesday, April 8, 2015 No tags Permalink

With Grafton Primary as the lead school, SAPERE, a UK charity, is running an LSEF funded project to introduce Philosophy for Children (P4C) into nine primaries and one secondary in Islington. The aim of the project is to enhance students’ educational, personal and social development, especially those who come from deprived backgrounds. SAPERE is providing ...

Making best use of Teaching Assistants – Guest Blog from Dr Jonathan Sharples, EEF

By Thursday, March 26, 2015 No tags Permalink

One of the most challenged and debated areas of research in the Teaching and Learning Toolkit relates to the use of Teaching Assistants (TAs) in schools. The evidence is striking: despite spending more than £4billion a year on TAs in English schools, research suggests they are not adding significantly to pupils’ attainment. Yet if you look ...

Exploring primary science at Holy Family Catholic School

By Tuesday, March 24, 2015 No tags Permalink

Holy Family Catholic School is based in Waltham Forest, working with four local primary schools. At this school, London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) project is enabling pupils and teachers in our primary school to make use of science labs and science equipment in our secondary partner schools. This work is giving more primary pupils more opportunities to ...

Developing strategies to support EAL and Bilingual Learners

By Monday, March 23, 2015 No tags Permalink

All Saints Teaching School Alliance (ASTSA), in conjunction with the Chelmsford Teaching School Alliance and Chadwell Academy, is hosting a FREE focus group on Developing Strategies to Support EAL and Bilingual Learners, hosted by Dr. Jean Mayala. By attending the focus group, your views will be used to: Consider the impact of changing demographics on the needs ...

Keep abreast of sector events – and add some of your own

At London Leadership Strategy, we have just launched a new events section on the LondonEd website, which lists current education sector events across the UK. If you’re running an event that is focussed on education, then you can also upload your events to the calendar too. So whether you are looking for new CPD opportunities, want to ...

Teachers subject knowledge – in the news!

By Monday, March 2, 2015 No tags Permalink

At the GLA and London Leadership Strategy, we’re striving to ensure that our work supports pupils to reach their full potential, no matter what kind of school they attend or background they come from. In the media recently, we’ve seen this highlighted in articles by Dame Sally Coates, director of Southern Academies at United Learning, and ...

Two fun, free workshops for London computing teachers on Friday 20 February

By Tuesday, February 17, 2015 No tags Permalink

Teaching London Computing, one of the projects funded by the Mayor of London's Excellence Fund, supports London school teachers who are delivering the new Computing curriculum. We do this with CPD courses, which help teachers get to grips with programming in and teaching Python, and also with a range of free classroom resources available on ...

The London Hub landscape

By Monday, February 9, 2015 No tags Permalink

On Thursday 29 January, City Hall opened its doors to host the London Leadership Strategy’s Power of Hubs Conference. Hosted by the GLA, supported by Challenge Partners, Teaching Schools Council and the National College for Teaching and Leadership, and with over 100 delegates in attendance, the conference comprised addresses from expert speakers and interactive group discussions ...

Utilising hub power to deliver evidence-based professional development

By Tuesday, January 27, 2015 No tags Permalink

The link between professional development for teachers and improved educational outcomes is well known. This idea has been pushed to the forefront by the government with the recent announcement of a fund to support continuing professional development (CPD) for teachers. The focus is not simply around money, though. They are particularly championing Teaching Schools to deliver ...

A New Direction

By Thursday, January 22, 2015 No tags Permalink

A New Direction is London’s leader in cultural education, connecting children, young people and education with the best of arts and culture. We work with schools to advocate for and develop excellent models of cultural education across London. Our work includes supporting the delivery of Artsmark – a national programme to enable schools to evaluate, celebrate ...

Gold Club CPD Sessions Announced

By Monday, January 19, 2015 No tags Permalink

Teachers, middle and senior leaders in all London schools are invited to register for CPD sessions in the latest phase of the London Schools’ Gold Club programme. Fully funded by the Mayor of London, there are a wide range of workshops, conference days and school development visits available in the spring and summer terms. All of ...

Narrowing the gap for children with language delay

By Thursday, December 18, 2014 No tags Permalink

The Talk Boost intervention from I CAN is a successful programme developed to help narrow the gap between 4-7 year olds with language delay and their peers. Talk Boost was developed by I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and evaluated using evidence collected by professionals in two comprehensive trials (and ongoing evaluations.) Talk Boost is a ...

Evaluation and Knowledge Mobilisation – London Schools Excellence Fund

By Thursday, November 27, 2014 No tags Permalink

What is the GLA aiming to do? The long term aim of the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) is to increase teacher subject knowledge, pedagogical skills, pupil attainment and dissemination of good practice. In order to ensure the activities taking place are proving to have real, tangible benefit to teachers and pupils within London, a multi-stranded, rigorous ...

The Mayor has made his music pledge, now make yours…

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No tags Permalink

Last Friday saw Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, launch his London Music Pledge to put music front and centre for London schools and provide opportunities for all children to progress in music. Whether you’re independent or state, a primary, secondary or specialist school, London schools have the capacity to encourage students to take music as seriously ...

2014 London Annual Education Report published

By Wednesday, November 26, 2014 No tags Permalink

The second annual London Education Report shows that 86% of London schools are now rated good or outstanding by Ofsted. This means there are proportionally more outstanding schools in London than in any other region of the country and only 371 schools in the capital require improvement. 65% of London students achieved 5 A*-C at GCSE ...

Mayors Education Conference – In the News

By Tuesday, November 25, 2014 No tags Permalink

Following the Mayors Education Conference, the following pieces have been featured in the media. Times Educational Supplement (TES) - When it comes to international comparisons, London schools are missing a Pisa the puzzle The mayor of London Boris Johnson wants to enter the capital into influential global education rankings to see how it compares to international competitors,TES ...

Want to improve literacy teaching in your primary school? And be part of a ground-breaking research study at the same time?

By Friday, November 14, 2014 No tags Permalink

Want to improve literacy teaching in your primary school? And be part of a ground-breaking research study at the same time? The Education Endowment Foundation is looking for primary schools to take part in its largest trial to date, the Literacy Octopus. The EEF, funded by the London Schools Excellence Fund and Department for Education  to ...

School-to-School Approaches Workshop – Places available now

By Tuesday, November 4, 2014 No tags Permalink

The London Leadership Strategy is hosting a free afternoon workshop session for London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) recipients to explore school-to-school approaches on November 24th. Taking place at City Hall (Committee Room 2) between 2 and 4.30pm, attendees will explore: The different types of school networks and how you can influence them effectively. Using evidence and research to ...

Social Media, Web and Technology workshop

By Monday, October 27, 2014 No tags Permalink

Date: 13th November Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm Venue: Southfields Academy The London Leadership Strategy is hosting a free morning workshop session for London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) recipients to delve deeper into how social media, web and technology techniques can benefit their projects. Taking place at Southfields Academy in South West London, attendees will explore: Top tips and strategies for ...

An Education Worth Having with John Hattie – Free table spaces available to LSEF project members

By Sunday, October 12, 2014 No tags Permalink

Whole Education, a dynamic network of schools, organisations and partners dedicated to redefining today’s educational offering, has released tickets for its 5th Annual Conference titled An Education Worth Having. Whole Education believes that all young people should have a fully rounded education, developing the knowledge, skills and qualities needed to help them thrive in life and ...

NEW RESOURCE: Calendar of upcoming events

By Wednesday, September 24, 2014 No tags Permalink

The London Leadership Strategy is working with the GLA to support the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) projects to share learnings and findings in London’s education system and beyond. To support projects with their dissemination plans, we have created a calendar of education events. We hope you will use this to: Plan your events and conferences to ...

School Improvement Programmes Help Schools Improve Standards for All Children

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014 No tags Permalink

The London Leadership Strategy (LLS) led by heads for heads, is the not-for-profit successor organisation of the London Challenge. LLS is supporting the Greater London Authority (GLA) to share the learnings and findings from the London Schools Excellence Fund (LSEF) projects. The start of the new school year heralds the launch of LLS’s 2014/15 programme of ...

Thousands of teachers benefitting from Mayor’s funding to drive up standards in schools

By Wednesday, September 17, 2014 No tags Permalink

5,658 teachers are now benefitting from a £24 million scheme set up by the Mayor of London to drive up standards in schools across the capital. The Mayor Boris Johnson set up the London Schools Excellence Fund, which includes £20 million from the Department for Education, to meet the demands of the new national curriculum. It ...