Message from Mark Patton, Assistant Director: Education and Skills
I would like to take up a few moments of your time to introduce myself. I am delighted to say that I took up the permanent post of Assistant Director for Education & Skills with the Council on 1st April – no April Fool; I am here for the foreseeable future. There is much to do.
A little bit about me: I taught for nearly 20 years in North Tyneside in secondary schools (Marden and Willington/Churchill) where I also cut my teeth in school leadership as a Head of Year, Head of Department and senior leader; during that time I worked with some of the current headteachers in Newcastle when we were in very different roles, and some of the staff in Newcastle schools too. I have been a governor in primary and secondary schools, and I am currently on the Board of Governors at Sunderland College. I worked in North Tyneside Council’s education team for a number of years with responsibilities including BSF, school improvement and latterly oversight of SEND and EAL support to schools; I trained as an inspector and led many Ofsted inspections across the north of England. I moved to Hartlepool Borough Council six-and-a-half years ago and spent the last three years there as the Assistant Director for Education where I was lucky enough to work alongside many wonderful schools, education partners and local authority staff. Away from work, my twin passions are travelling and basketball, and I am occasionally lucky enough to combine the two as a tutor of officials across Europe. I am proud of the fact that I was one of only six officials to be selected to officiate at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games of London 2012.
Why do I want to work in Newcastle? Well, frankly, who wouldn’t!
a City that’s going places with a rich cultural heritage and huge ambitions for all of its citizens
opportunities offered by the Devolution Deal through the North of Tyne Combined Authority
educational ambitions of the Promise Board for Newcastle’s children and workforce
immediate challenges around: co-producing a responsive and flexible provision offer for children with SEND; attendance at school; movement of children between schools within the City and beyond which is unsettling; provision and outcomes of our disadvantaged secondary-aged children; sufficiency of school places across the City, and in localities; and all of this within a new Education Inspection Framework from Ofsted without any reflected review of the school accountability framework by the DfE.
I believe that by working together we can make a genuine difference to the life chances of the children and young people in Newcastle, and the families in the communities we serve.
I hope that you will understand that it will take some time for me to get to each and every school in the City. As I said above – there is much to do. However, I will be seeing some of you over the coming weeks and months at meetings of the Promise Board, Schools’ Forum and headteacher briefings. I look forward to meeting and chatting with you, your children, your staff and your governors in due course.
Assistant Director: Education & Skills
Can you help Foster a Future and make a difference to a young person.
As a teacher or supporting the education of young children and teenagers, we know what a difference you make to a young person’s life.
We know that a lot of our current Foster Carers have a background in or are involved in Education. Are you thinking you would like to do more to support a child in Newcastle? Could you provide a secure and loving home for children and teenagers who can no longer live with their birth families, we know there are similar motivations to teach, support a child’s education and to foster.
Foster a Future; Newcastle City Council Fostering Service are always in need of foster carers to join our team who have the understanding and desire to provide stability, security and support for children of all ages, backgrounds and different needs. We need carers who can provide long-term, short-term and short break care for teenagers, sibling groups, children with disabilities and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.
The most important qualities we look for are that you have commitment, patience and the ability to share your life and home with children who need stability and security. Whatever your age, ethnicity or personal circumstances, fostering could be for you.
We also have a specialist service Build a Future and we need enthusiastic people experienced in working with hard to engage young people who may have had multiple placements. We want the best outcomes for our children and they need the best full-time care and nurture to achieve this, we offer a full therapeutic service to these kids and a full 24/7 team to you also.
In return, we offer you all the support and training you need with financial packages of up to £400 per week/per child for mainstream fostering and £750 a week for Build a Future whilst you have a young person in placement.
It takes a special type of person to foster, Newcastle City Council can help find the type of fostering that suits you and your family the most.
We welcome applications from all sectors of the community in the North East, so you could be pleasantly surprised. All you really need is a big heart and plenty love to give. We recruit foster carers from within a 50-mile radius of Newcastle upon Tyne
It is a life changing decision for you and your family and the young people you will care for, so what’s stopping you; give us a call on 191 277 2430 or visit https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/fostering or head along to one of our Open Evenings at the Civic Centre, the next one takes place on Tuesday 21 May at 7pm where you can meet the Fostering Team, talk with a Social Worker and a Foster Carer.
Do you have what it takes to change the life of a young person from Newcastle?
Change a child's future. Foster a Future. Build a Future.
Funding to raise the attainment of children from disadvantaged backgrounds
Funding Available to Schools to Raise the Attainment of Children from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber) 5th March 2019
Schools in the North of England can apply for funding from SHINE to help raise the attainment for children from low income homes. The funding is available to try out new ideas to improve teaching and learning in schools and help the best ideas grow to scale.
The funding aims to address the following priorities:
Ready for School: improving the school readiness of children during the reception year, with a priority focus on language and communication skills (age 4-5)
Bridging the Gap: supporting vulnerable children who may not meet Age Related Expectations at primary school to make better academic progress during Key Stage 3 (age 9-14)
Flying High: supporting high attaining students to build on their achievements at primary school and stay on a high attaining trajectory during the first few years at secondary school (age 9-14)
The funding is being made available through the educational charity Shine and funding decisions are made four times a year typically in March, June, September and December.
Any grants to non-school organisations, including to other charities, will need to involve a strong element of co-delivery and/or training for schools, with the aim of the project becoming sustainable without SHINE over time.
On average, it takes 3-6 months between initial contact with the SHINE office to a grants decision being reached.
If you have an idea which you think may meet our funding criteria, please submit your idea via the SHINE website or email email@example.com with a basic outline detailing the following points, in no more than 3-4 paragraphs:
An overview of the project and its aims, specifically related to academic attainment in maths, literacy or science;
How it would meet SHINE’s core priorities;
The number of beneficiaries and schools it would reach; and
The overall project budget and size of request to SHINE.
Applications can be submitted at any time.
More info: https://www.shinetrust.org.uk/what-we-do/
Before you let us know about your idea for al project, please read our Application Guidelines, our FAQs, and take a look at examples of projects which have won funding in previous years, which are attached.
Closure of Civic Centre Main Entrance
From Tuesday 30 April, entrance to the Civic Centre for both staff and visitors will be from the rear car park entrance.
You can access this entrance by following the road round from ceremonial way or via Sandyford Road. All paths will be sign posted.
This will be the start of the final, vital stage of the Civic Centre Refurbishment programme, that is transforming the building into an efficient and modern working environment and will create a new light and airy glass entrance to the building from Ceremonial way.
This closure will be in place until October 2019 when the refurbishment will be complete, and the new entrance opened.
The red-carpet area cannot be used for general access to the Civic Centre and will only be opened for events or in the case of a fire evacuation.
There will be a reduction to the number of parking bays over the next two weeks in the rear public car park. The staff car park (both surface and underground) will be unaffected although you should be aware that there may be an increase in delivery vehicles during this time, so please take care if using this. Pedestrian routes in this area remain unaffected by the work.
This temporary access arrangement is essential to allow for the completion of the refurbishment and we would like to thank you for your patience during this time and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Cash incentives for maths and physics teachers
Cash incentives for maths and physics teachers
New scheme will mean early career maths and physics teachers in the North East, Yorkshire & the Humber and all Opportunity Areas can get an additional £2,000.