Further speakers announced for Primary and Early Years leadership conference

The most prestigious gathering of education speakers for the annual Primary & Early Years Leadership Conference has been announced.

Over two days (16 – 17 November) delegates at the conference – now in its sixth year – will hear from eight headline speakers including the highly sought-after and respected education commentator and author Sir John Jones; Colin Diamond CBE, Corporate Director of Children and Young People at Birmingham City Council; Dame Kathy August, Independent Development Advisor, as well as keynote speaker, Associate of Independent Thinking Limited, David Cameron.

Other headline speakers include Nina Jackson, Associate of Independent Thinking Limited; James Nottingham, Educational Leader and founding director of Challenging Learning; Kate Cooper, Head of Research, Policy and Standards at the Institute of Leadership and Management and Maggi Rose, Senior Facilitator and Project Lead at Mental Health at Work.

Those already registered for the S4E 2017 Primary & Early Years Leadership Conference at Hinckley, Leicestershire, include head teachers, principals, vice-principals, heads of school, deputy head teachers, assistant head teachers, governors and a number of teachers with lead responsibility for Special Educational Needs and Assessment.

The Primary & Early Years Leadership Conference is organised by not-for-profit charity Services for Education and provides an excellent opportunity for personal development and CPD.

“This will be our most notable conference to date and we are delighted with the impressive range of speakers that we have attracted,” said Andrew Cooper, Head of School Support Service at Services for Education.

“As a two day event, it gives senior leadership teams an opportunity to learn from some of the country’s leading educationalists, reflect on how their views can be utilised in their schools – and exchange best practice with their peers from around the country.”

For more information or to book a place, click here or email conference@servicesforeducation.co.uk


Commando Joe’s comes to Brum!

Commando Joe

Services for Education are delighted to be partnering with Commando Joe’s to help bring their highly successful and effective programme to primary schools in Birmingham and the West Midlands.

Commando Joe’s was formed in 2009 and since then has worked with over 1000 schools across the country to build the resilience of pupils through programmes of life skills and character education. A 2015 evaluation report by Swansea University found that the Commando Joe’s intervention as a whole-school strategy enhanced educational and behavioural outcomes.

To enable more schools to benefit from the CJ approaches, a school-led package has been introduced providing a toolkit to support and promote SMSC , British values, health and wellbeing, teamwork and leadership, PSHE and even holiday clubs.

The goal is to engage even the most reluctant learners, so all of the packages include a Top Secret box packed with cross-curricular resources, amazing video hooks for every module, homework sheets and curriculum overviews for teachers and other staff to deliver as part of school curriculum or in lunchtime/after-school clubs, and an innovative online pupil tracker to help pupils mark and celebrate their achievements.

For those schools which sign up to the Essential or Team packages, an Elite Commando will visit your school to train and support staff to effectively implement the programme to best suit you needs.

Leaving no child left behind, Commando Joe inspires pupils to rise to the challenge, strive for excellence and develop resilience, empathy and passion for learning.

Come and find out more at our free briefing session on November 30th at Holt Court.

Click here here to book your place.

Find out more at www.commandojoes.co.uk

Mental Health in the Workplace – A free introductory session

28th September 2017

8.00 – 9.30am  Services for Education, Holt Court, Aston Science Park

An introductory briefing for Headteachers and Senior Leaders

  • Do you feel confident and equipped to talk about mental health with your staff?
  • Do you want to create a climate where mental illness is destigmatised?
  • Do you want your school to be organisation that understands, manages and promotes mental health as an integral part of working life?

We all talk about physical health. Every half marathon is celebrated, and how a cough won’t shift is discussed at length.  However some subjects are not discussed and they usually involve our minds.

Mental health is a key determinant of the workplace environment as it affects employee retention and team relationships, and every year mental health issues will affect around one in four of us.

Teaching is considered to be one of the most stressful professions to work in in the UK

  • 6 in 10 teachers say their job has impacted on their mental health in the last 12months
  • 1 in 10 teachers say they have been prescribed  anti-depressant drugs to cope with the pressure of their job (NASUWT)
  • 88% of all staff working in education have suffered from stress (Education Support Partnership)

And all of this can be compounded by

61% of employers respond reactively rather than proactively to mental ill health

 “The only way to deal with mental health issues is to normalise it……and to have these conversations in the workplace” Dr Michael Holland – South London and Maudsley NHS

Services for Education is pleased to be working in partnership with Mental Health at Work to deliver practical and skills based mental health training.

This 90 minute introduction will present an outline of what is covered in the full training, details of whole school follow up sessions and describe a delivery model suitable for MATs, School Consortia, Teaching Alliances as well as individual schools.

The full training will equip senior leaders to have conversations about mental health, reduce stigma by increasing awareness, understand and comply with the Equality Act 2010.

Schools that have already had the full training:

  • ‘A fantastic day that will kickstart a focus on this for whole school development.’
  • ‘Very thought-provoking – Thank you!’
  • ‘Excellent presentation’
  • 100% would recommend the course to others.

Click below to book your free place


Thinking about your new headship?

Services for Education have developed a programme to support those new to Headship with those parts of the job which may not have been addressed through traditional career pathways.

The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills is a programme specifically designed for new, recently appointed or aspiring head teachers. This two year programme provides all the knowledge, skills and support participants need in areas not covered by other head teacher professional development opportunities. The programme will provide participants with key knowledge and skills in:

  • People
  • Finance
  • Legal
  • Health and Safety
  • Estate Management
  • Resource Management

Benefits include:

  • Membership of the Institute of Leadership and Management with access to a range of resources
  • A minimum of 6 days face-to-face input in year one
  • Extensive peer network support plus visits to G1 schools
  • Invitation to bespoke events with keynote speakers
  • Coaching and support in Year 2

For more information click the link below or email linda.brown@servicesforeducation.co.uk

The Successful Head teacher – Essential Business Skills

A starting point for us as a school to start taking care of the emotional well-being of staff

“A fantastic day that will kickstart a focus on this for whole school development”

“A starting point for us as a school to start taking care of the emotional well-being of staff”

We are pleased to report on the first schools and academy trusts in Birmingham to access the Mental Health in the Workplace training.  This crucial new training provides a practical and skills based mental health training designed for senior leaders.  This 1 day course raises awareness of mental health issues, discusses appropriate language, challenges myths and assumptions, and equips staff with the knowledge and skills to have conversations about mental health. As well as raising overall literacy around mental health, senior leaders are supported in the first steps to ensuring that consideration of mental health is promoted as an integral part of school life.

Consequently we offer further bespoke, wrap around packages of support such as whole school or targeted group training for staff to support both their own wellbeing and that of the pupils.

John Paul II became the first MAT to have this training and senior leaders from Bishop Walsh Catholic School ,  St Edmund Campion Catholic School, Maryvale Catholic Primary, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary and Holy Cross Catholic Primary attended.  The day has a good balance of information, case studies, discussion and skills practice and thanks go to Teresa Cotter (Headteacher at Holy Cross ) for booking the training and to Gerry O’Dowd (Headteacher at St Joseph’s) for making us so welcome.

Hodge Hill Primary took a different approach and Maria Ryan (who had attended the free taster session earlier in the year) invited us to train all of their senior leadership team.  This turned out to be a most interesting and valuable day with the team ready to re-visit their School Development Plan as a result, to develop a culture that truly demonstrates a commitment to a principled approach to managing staff mental health and wellbeing.

For further information and bookings please contact liz.bates@servicesforeducation.co.uk




Looking for the perfect resource for that tricky summer term ‘growing up’ lesson?


Clued Up
“Clued Up for Growing Up” is a series of 16 lesson plans, resources, engaging videos and books to support primary aged pupils.   All lessons were written by practising teachers and all follow a standard, easy-to use format, with objectives, starter activities, main activities and plenary sessions including assessment opportunities.

Here’s what you get:

  • High quality teaching resources based on our popular pupil books
  • Animated Videos
  • Pupil Activities – lesson plans and resources included
  • Comprehensive Teachers’ Guide
  • Safeguarding requirements referenced throughout
  • Linked to the PSHE Association Programme of Study (January 2017)
  • Cross-referenced to the National Curriculum Science requirements

We have structured our resource so that staff have flexibility over what content is taught to what year group with a structured choice of the level of detail provided to pupils. This enables schools to meet the needs of their pupils and community and to work with parents to lower any resistance to, and address concerns about, the teaching of this crucial area of education.  For example: images and diagrams are animations, not scientific drawings; some content is in the books/videos, more detail is in the lesson plans themselves; and some topics are in a glossary section to provide a “script” for staff explanations with more support in the comprehensive teachers’ guide.

Price:  This whole school resource is available at the cost of just £70 (plus £7 postage and packing).  This one-off price also gets you access to a members’ only area of our website to access the videos and any statutory or resource updates as they happen.

How to order:  email ann.harverson@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Not yet convinced? Have a sneak peek at one of the videos (aimed at Year 1 or 2 pupils) here: https://www.facebook.com/servi

Clued Up for Growing Up

The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills

Leadership and management in schools today is more than leading and managing teaching, learning and outcomes – aspects most new leaders are well-versed in. Often it is the business of headship which causes the most challenge. Fundamentals such as employment law, financial management and estates management can leave a new Head teacher with more questions than answers, as for many it is new territory.

Whilst preparation for headship courses have great value, it is only at the point of being a new Head that the reality and enormity of this role emerges.

We are therefore delighted to offer our new two-year programme, ‘The Successful Head Teacher: Essential Business Skills’ to be launched in readiness for a September 2017 start, which will skillfully guide those new to post, or those who are in the process of applying for their first Headship, through this unique journey, exploring six  key components – People, Finance, Legal, Estates Management, Materials and Resources, Health and Safety.

Face-to-face training will be led by key experts in their field as well as partnership input from the Institute of Leadership and Management to help ensure new Head teachers have the necessary business acumen and confidence to be exceptional leaders.

Annual cost for this input £1800, a small price to pay for a comprehensive package designed to make a real difference.

To find our more, please contact linda.brown@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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