Space 2018 Evaluation report – now available

Space 2018 evaluation report – now available The Space project, led by the Staffordshire Commissioner, provides positive activities for young people in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire. Last year, the programme ran throughout the summer holiday period July to August 2018 and is going from strength to strength with attendances increasing from just over 13,000 in 2015 to almost […]

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Geographical Association and Association for Science Education Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) CPD provision in Stoke-on-Trent

The Geographical Association and Association for Science Education TLIF offer The Geographical Association and Association for Science Education have been awarded a TLIF contract to provide fully funded CPD for primary and secondary teachers from November 2018 to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms. The target group of schools for […]

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Opportunity Areas: ‘Building the foundations for change’ case studies

The ‘Opportunity Areas: Building the foundations for change’ document published last month provides a snap-shot of activity in each Opportunity Area across the country. This includes our very own Stoke-on-Trent case study on the Better Together project that will ensure every primary and secondary school in the city is linked with a social worker and […]

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Funded professional development for school leaders

Many existing and aspiring school leaders in Stoke-on-Trent have already registered to access a fully funded National Professional Qualification (NPQ) course. Fully funded NPQs are open to all teachers and senior leaders in the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area. They are aimed at those who would like further development to be a high performing middle or senior […]

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Free Breakfast Club support for schools in Stoke-on-Trent

If at least 35% of pupils in your school are recorded as eligible for free school meals, or 50% as Ever 6 Free School Meals, then you may be eligible to receive support through the National School Breakfast Scheme. It is funded by the Department for Education, and run by Family Action, in partnership with […]

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Research School – professional development offer to all schools in Stoke-on-Trent

The Stoke on Trent Research School will be providing a wide range of professional development opportunities throughout 2018-19. Each school/college, within the Opportunity Area, has been allocated a grant to enable engagement with the Research School courses. The funding will be held by the Local Authority and the Research School will maintain records of course […]

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School Governance

Funded training programmes for school governance leadership roles and clerks The Department for Education is providing funded training programmes to improve the effectiveness of school governance. Due to our status as an Opportunity Area, some schools are prioritised for a higher rate of funding.  There are two programmes available: Governance leadership development programme (for those […]

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Updated list of NLEs and SLEs in Stoke-on-Trent

We have pulled together an updated list of all the city’s National Leaders of Education and Specialist Leaders of Education, which can be found here. The list will be regularly reviewed, but please do let us know via sot.oa@education.gov.uk if you would like to suggest any changes or additions.

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Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area… Co-Chairs update

We’re currently approaching one year in from launching the Opportunity Area in Stoke-on-Trent. It has taken time to establish the Board and to work out how best to distribute the funds, but we are now all set up and it is great to see projects under way. Furthermore, we can now share this blog because […]

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Small Grants – update

Small Grants – update This is to let stakeholders know that the Stoke-on-Trent Opportunity Area 3k grants pot is now fully subscribed and we can’t accept any further applications.  The fund has been very popular and we have received high quality, innovative and exciting proposals from a range of local organisations, including many schools. We […]

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