At the June board meeting, the Derby OA Partnership Board received final proposals and allocated the remaining OA budget. The Board approved a number of programmes, which will kick off in September 2019 and run until August 2020. These are:
- ‘This is Derby’ 2.0 – an extension of the current programme with a focus on continuing sports role as a vehicle for enhancing life skills in 5 hubs, including one SEND hub. This work will complement the successful arts council bid that will maintain art activity in target hubs;
- Careers IAG –key research and analysis that will lay the foundations for a long-term careers strategy for Derby that aligns with the proposed D2N2 Careers and Employability Hub;
- Exclusions – a project which aims to increase the capacity and capability of mainstream secondary schools to provide effective pre-exclusion interventions and support all pupils, with a focus on Key Stage 3, and reduce the overall number of exclusions within secondary schools;
- Oracy – an oracy leadership programme to support the development of children’s capacity to use speech to express their thoughts and communicate with others.
The Transition Working Group recently advertised an opportunity for schools to express their interest in creating projects which develop practice that strengthens transition. In particular, the Working Group is looking to support projects that can have a positive impact upon:
- The quality and efficiency of information sharing at any point of transition;
- Increasing positive learning and reducing delays in learning progress at transition points;
- Increasing inclusion and reducing exclusion of vulnerable around transition points.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is this Friday, the 28th June.
A Derby Opportunity Area Whole School SEND Conference will bring together the different threads of SEND improvement work across the city and, in particular, to share some of the key messages and effective practice emerging from the Derby OA programme of SEND Peer Challenges. The conference offers a diverse and relevant set of keynote speeches, briefings, workshops and SENCO network events to support professional development.
The event is being held on Tuesday 9th July 2019, 8.30am – 4.30pm at University of Derby. Places for head teachers are free and two further delegates per school can also attend for £50. To book your places visit: http://www.derby.ac.uk/events/latest-events/derby-opportunity-send-conference
Following the successful first round of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) grants that are currently running in Derby schools, the Partnership Board commissioned a further £250,000 of OA funding to offer grants for STEAM activities. Applications are now being invited for a further round of grants up to £25,000. The programme will fund a range of activities that help early years’ providers, schools, colleges and learning providers to improve outcomes for STEAM.
Proposals are invited through an application process at www.derby.gov.uk/education-and-learning/extra-curricular-activities/stream-grants . There is no specific closing date for applications, which will be assessed and awarded on a first come, first served basis. All activities that receive funding must be completed on or before 31 August 2020.
Colleagues working in Derby’s early years’ settings now have the opportunity to become qualified as EY SENCOs. This high quality, substantial training programme, funded by Derby OA, is free for EY settings in Derby with small bursaries also available. Please email us to register your interest or to request information.
TALK Derby, a programme of Speech Language and Communication (SLC) support for early years’ providers, is now underway! The programme provides support for settings to fully understand their current SLC practice and training needs and encourages everyone to spend more time talking and listening to the children in their lives. There is also free training and support available for schools, childminders, children’s centres and other early year’s settings in the most disadvantaged areas of Derby. Visit www.talkderby.org.uk , or follow @Lets_TALKDerby on twitter, for more information and to review what is available for your setting.