Every week in our partnership seems to be a busy one – however this week has topped the lot!
We started Monday with both the Art and the Early Years Networks meeting to share ideas and expertise in their respective areas. The EYs Network focused on how to inspire the parents of the children in our settings, reflecting on why a strong parental partnership is important with the aim of compiling good practice information to embed parental involvement. The Art Network looked at whole school progression in art and art for SEND children.
Tuesday saw lots of TAs coming together for session on A Sense of Number & Calculation to help them better support the children with their maths – one of the priority areas in our partnership.
Tuesday also saw our first cohort of 24 apprehensive but excited TAs and FSWs attending their first of seven training sessions as part of the ELSA Programme. They were joined by their head teachers/line managers for the first morning as they learnt what would be involved when working as an ELSA. Our second and third cohorts started their training on Wednesday and Friday of this week respectively and all three cohorts left at the end of their first day, buzzing about the prospect of becoming ELSAs. In all, 67 staff will be trained as ELSAs over the next few months and they will make a huge difference to the social and emotional wellbeing of the children in our partnership.
Thursday had 24 of our WGSP heads plus four heads / SLT members from outside our partnership meeting to hear from experts about changes in Science, KS1 & KS2 writing and moderation and assessment of reading and maths as well as learning about reading in the Ofsted Framework. As one head said as she left – I now have a very long list of things to do but at least I know what’s expected!