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Message from Ofsted | COVID19

All routine Ofsted inspections will now be put on hold, Schools Week can reveal.

The watchdog has halted inspections following prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement earlier today to scale up coronavirus prevention measures.

An Ofsted spokesperson told Schools Week they are “putting a hold on all this week’s routine inspections of schools, social care, early years and further education providers.

“We are in discussions with the DfE about the longer-term picture.”

Ofsted had come under fire for not halting inspections sooner. However, on Friday evening the watchdog said it would talk to schools before deciding whether to they had “exceptional circumstances” that warranted a deferral.

It was then clarified on Saturday that the chief inspection Amanda Spielman would personally sign off on any decisions not to defer.

However Ofsted has put all inspections on hold following the government’s announcement this evening to urge further measures to stop the virus spreading, such as social distancing.

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School Dog Stories | Maggie at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Maggie has been at St Mary’s since September 2017 when she was only 10 weeks old. She is now a valued member of our community and loved by all.  You will often find her in the mushroom area playing fetch with the children at break and lunch time. She also loves greeting the children and parents on the school gate each morning and at the end of the school day.  Maggie has been used as a reward for great attendance and punctuality. She also works with children who have emotional needs – a mere 10 minutes of ‘Maggie time’ a day can make such a difference to a child’s mood and overall well-being. Maggie also loves our book corners and she will often have a snooze on the cushions as the children are learning. The staff also love Maggie and often spoil her by bringing in treats for her. She is a regular attendee at our school assemblies and even dressed up for our recent ‘World Book Day’.

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METRO BANK | FREE CPD INSET OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

Metro Bank Money Zone introduces children to financial skills, helping them to build financial understanding and financial capability, in accordance with government guidelines and the national curriculum for PSHE. For example, Financial Capability: the government’s long-term approach (Treasury, 2007) requires that
“ All children and young people have access to a planned and coherent programme of personal finance education, so that they leave school with the skills and confidence to manage their money well.”

Money Zone programme matches the key stage 2 curriculum but they provide the resource and supporting material both in the classroom and when the children visit our store.  The Metrobank team come in to the classroom to deliver 3 sessions (Banking, Savings, Budgeting) when convenient for the school, they then invite the children and teachers in to the store to show them around and bring the content to life!  They take them in to our vault, show them behind our teller line, print a card for them, they use the Magic Money Machine and receive a certificate to complete the programme.  They can also provide the school with 30 Hi Vis vests which they keep for future school trips and their next visit to Metro Bank!

For more information, please click here to download a brochure Money Zone Guidance & Curriculum

Any schools interested in this 3 day inset in your school, please email – cpd@thelillahuset.com

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Today is World Book Day | 5 March 2020

Hammersmith and Fulhams schools will  receive a complementary book to mark world book day and we have chosen

Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court.

 

Who is Lady Hale?

Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE PC FBA (born 31 January 1945), known as Lady Hale, is a British judge who served as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2020.

In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She is the only woman to have been appointed to that position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she, along with the other Law Lords, transferred to the new Supreme Court as a result of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. She served as Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2013 to 2017.

On 5 September 2017, Hale was appointed under the Premiership of Theresa May to serve as President of the Supreme Court, and was sworn in on 2 October 2017. She is the third person and first woman to serve in the role. Hale is one of three women to have been appointed to the Supreme Court (alongside Lady Black and Lady Arden).

Since 30 July 2018, Hale has been a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong. Hale has also been Honorary President of the Cambridge University Law Society since 2015.[2]

On the 11th January 2020, Lady Hale was succeeded by Lord Reed as President of Supreme Court.

Lady Hale has offered to read extracts from her book in some of our schools and libraries – if you are interested in a school visit from this inspirational speaker please contact cpd@thelillahuset.com to register interest.

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