Maths Hubs opportunities for 2020/21 now available

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The 40 Maths Hubs across England are offering a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and schools in 2020/21. All school and college phases are covered. Projects enable teachers to collaborate in ‘Work Groups’ with colleagues from other local schools.  As in previous years, projects will cover all aspects of maths subject knowledge and pedagogy, with many exploring teaching for mastery.  This year, they will also give participants the chance to work together on approaches to curriculum recovery.

This flyer has more information about the projects, and how to contact your local Maths Hub. Maths Hubs Generic

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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DFE LogoProviding free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made

Added further information on the Covid Summer Food Fund, free meals in further education, the final ordering timescales for the national voucher scheme, ordering vouchers in multiples of £5, and an update on school food contracts to include further guidance from the Cabinet Office on Procurement Policy Note 04/20.

A guide COVID Summer Food Fund has been produced.

CST’s Governance Leadership Programme Opportunity

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CST’s Governance Leadership Programme operates under licence to DfE.  The programGoverning Bodyme helps Trusts to improve the confidence and effectiveness of your boards.  Fully funded for eligible governance leaders, this programme is delivered with support from Stone King solicitors and each participant has access to a governance mentor who is a specialist in Trust governance. The programme will provide trustees with the knowledge and tools to ensure your governance is effective, ethical and accountable. It will also give you access to a network of your peers.


CST is running a dedicated programme for Trusts in the South West. The residential, which will now take place at the end of the programme, will take place on Friday 23 & Saturday 24 April 2021 and is likely to be at a venue in Exeter.


Recruitment to this cohort is still open until 30 June. Places are limited to 35 per cohort. You can register your interest here.  Please be aware that this is the last year of the funded programme.

Letter from Secretary of State for DfE and Secretary of State for DHSC

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COVID 19The Secretaries of State for Health and Education have written to all Directors of Public Health in support of collaboration in the event of localised outbreaks. This letter sets out that the decision on whether to open a school to wider groups of children, in line with the guidelines set out by the government and the advice of the DPH, is ultimately a decision for the governing body or academy trust board.


Read the letter here.