Sumdog's mathematics contest for Dorset schools starts Friday 31 January 2020.
It will be great if students at Dorset LA can take part!
Students can play from home or in school, and it only takes about an hour in total to get a good score, which you can follow on our live leader board.
The winning class will receive a 6 months mathematics subscription, including extra games and our premium teacher tools!
For further details please see the Sumdog website
If you have a Sumdog login please click the link below:
Maths round-up for spring term 2020
Focusing on maths this year? Take a look at the training support on offer this term. Click on the course below to book.
28 Jan - Maths Subject Leader Forum
06 Feb - Half Day Overhaul of Primary Maths Subject Knowledge
12 Feb - Tackling Times Tables in Y3 & Y4
03 Mar - Half Day Overhaul of Primary Pedagogy - Add the useful; subtract the useless
24 Mar - Y6 Maths Revision Workshop
All sessions run 9am to 12pm at Durweston Village Hall, Church Rd, Durweston, Blandford Forum DT11 0QA
A handy flyer is attached for your staff rooms and noticeboards.
FREE training event for Music Subject Leads in Primary Schools
Are you ready for a Deep Dive into Primary Music?
Dorset Music Hub is offering a free of charge twilight exploring what to expect from an Ofsted Deep Dive into Primary music and how colleagues can develop their curriculum to feel prepared.
The session is at The Colliton Club, Dorchester on Thursday 16 January 4pm – 5.30pm. More information on the attached flyer.
Please email email@example.com or book via here on Nexus to confirm your place.
Dorset Music Service
HLTA ..... your next step??
Professional Development and Career Progression opportunity for TAs
The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003 to raise standards and tackle teacher workload. Gaining HLTA status is verification that TAs meet the highest level nationally agreed standards for adults supporting teaching and learning, allowing schools to deploy HLTAs to cover absences, planning, preparation and assessment times.
HLTA Community SW have been delivering the assessment preparation programme since its inception and have a strong team of expert trainers. Past participants have subsequently received national recognition of their expertise at the HLTA of the year awards.
Benefits of HLTA Status:
Positive impact on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role
Helps reduce teacher workload
A rise in confidence and self-esteem of the HLTAs
Good quality career progression for teaching assistants (TAs)
Verification that TAs meet the highest level of nationally agreed standards for supporting teaching and learning
Recognised by Ofsted as a positive tool for the effective deployment of support staff.
(NFER research, 2007)
We are now recruiting our next cohorts for the 3 day preparation training.
Dorchester—20 January, 22 January and 16 March 2020
Dorchester—28 April, 5 May and 16 June 2020
and in Devon:
Buckfast—24 January, 31 January and 20 March 2020
Exminster—24 April, 1 May and 19 June 2020
For more details and application forms please visit our website http://hltacommunitysw.co.uk
We are also happy to consider requests for bespoke training. Please contact us to discuss your requirements:
For further information please contact TADSS on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01305 833518.
With thanks from
The TADSS Team
School Closure Instructions and Information on GIS
What to do and what you need to know if you need to close your school - planned or unplanned.
The decision to close a school or setting is taken by the Headteacher/Manager based on a risk assessment considering a number of factors:
Conditions at the school/setting; and
The health and safety of staff and pupils.
Issues considered could include, but are not limited to, whether there is catering available; public transport services are running; the site is safe for pupils/staff and, if conditions worsen, whether pupils/staff be able to return home safely.
If at all possible, the school/setting will remain open for as many children as possible. Schools/settings will do all they can to re-open as soon as appropriate.
If a school/setting has to close, information will be made available to parents/carers through the school's/setting's normal communications channels (including their website).
Instructions for 'closing' and 'reopening' your school on the Dorset Council GIS system are available in our Instructions for Schools Closure document - attached.
Useful Dorset Council emergency contact details are in the Emergency Poster document, also attached.
Latest information on a school’s correct status is shown at https://mapping.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/closedservices
The Department for Education website has further detail on how to manage your schools open status in a variety of emergency scenarios. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/emergencies-and-severe-weather-schools-and-early-years-settings
This includes guidance on marking pupil attendance and what to do if limited numbers of staff are available.
If flooding has significantly affected your school or early years setting, you should contact DfE directly using email@example.com
Early Years providers who have had to move to temporary premises should check to see if they need to register with Ofsted at their new premises.