Education newsletter - summer 2017

Posted on 27 June 2017

Education newsletter

Please read our spring newsletter for school leaders, teachers, governors and local authority heads here.

Forthcoming training events

Posted on 26 June 2017

Find out about delegate training courses taking place, including dates up to autumn 2017.

Click on course titles to see further information and prices.

Enquiries about existing bookings

If you need to contact us in connection with an existing booking please email

Tailored in-school and cluster training is also available for many of our courses and can be delivered to any group size at a reduced rate per head.

Building capacity in a multi-academy trust - the critical role of the executive leaders

Timings for all modules 10.00 - 16.00

Leeds dates:

Module 1: Statutory responsibilities, 12 September 2017

Module 2: Finance and procurement, 27 September 2017

Module 3: Priority policies, 3 October 2017

Module 4: Building a board, 18 October 2017

Module 5: Developing a business plan, 2 November 2017

Module 6: Driving trust-wide efficiencies through your ICT strategy, 14 November 2017

Module 7: Local governance in MATs, 28 November 2017

Module 8: Due diligence – enabling the right decisions, 6 December 2017

3 modules discount 5%, 6 modules or more discount 10%.

Discount is only applicable when the modules are booked together in advance and will not be applied to any retrospective bookings.

Child protection: safeguarding children in schools

2 November 2017 in London

Child sexual exploitation, extremism and radicalisation - thinking the unthinkable

26 September 2017 in London

8 November 2017 in London

Governance in MATs – a unique three module CPD programme for governors and trustees in MATs NEW

19 September, 3 October and 7 November 2017 in London

Effective classroom observation

4, 5 October and 22 November 2017 in Nottingham

10, 11 October and 28 November 2017 in London

Performance review, professional growth

10 July 2017 in London

15 September 2017 in London

The first six hours: being prepared

4 October in London

8 November in Nottingham

Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development

12 October in London

19 October 2017 in Birmingham

The journey to outstanding in the EYFS in schools NEW

31 October 2017 in London

Train to inspect British Schools Overseas

26 and 27 October 2017 in London

Understanding the practicalities: the latest inspection arrangements for schools and academies

31 October 2017 in London

To book a place or for more information on any of these courses please click on the course names to book online, email us at or call 01223 463908.

We accept payment by card or you can select the 'pay by invoice' option for all online bookings.

From refugee to MBE

Posted on 16 June 2017

The award is recognition of Akuja’s work leading the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) programme which is managed by Cambridge Education and supported by UK aid through the Department for International Development.

“Education provides the essential building blocks for lasting peace” says Akuja, who is currently leading a 300-strong team transforming the lives of a generation of girls as part of the UK aid-funded GESS programme. Drawing on her experience as a girl growing up in South Sudan, Akuja has been instrumental in the programme’s success, convincing girls, their parents, teachers, and the Minister of Education himself, that their education is worth fighting for.

Born in southern Sudan, Akuja was just eight years’ old when civil war broke out in 1983. She fled the country with her family and eventually settled in the UK where she was afforded the opportunity to gain a first-class education – a distant dream for most South Sudanese girls. In a country where culture and traditions mean that many don’t see the value of educating their daughters, only one girl in ten can expect to finish primary school.

Akuja returned to South Sudan in 2004 with an Master of Science in Violence, Conflict & Development from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, determined to contribute to the rebuilding of her country. She worked across a number of projects and interventions in areas including human rights, gender, health, education, and peace building before joining the GESS team in 2013.

Over the last four years UK aid funding has enabled the GESS programme to reach over 3500 schools, with more than 9000 grants funding classrooms, latrines, books and much more. Over 300,000 cash transfers have been paid to more than 180,000 girls, while two million people have been reached through radio programmes aimed at changing the negative socio-cultural attitudes towards educating girls.

Reports from GESS are showing that UK aid is helping to hold together the social fabric of South Sudan at a time when it is under maximum pressure. Since 2016 GESS has been the principal source of education funding in the country and this support will remain crucial in transforming the lives of a generation of children in the world’s newest nation.