Interesting Articles and exciting news from the Excellence East Team:

 August 2013: The British Pharmacological Society offers teachers' Outreach grants...

The British Pharmacological Society offers teachers' Outreach grants to
support the creation and delivery of pharmacological activities in schools.
These grants either offer up to £100 to support the development of novel
outreach activities, or can provide equipment to allow teachers to run BPS
activities in their schools.

More information can be found on our
html?cat=bps13cb94959d9>. The deadline for applications for this round of
grants is 11 September 2013.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.

Best wishes,


Rebecca Tibbs
Education and Outreach Officer
British Pharmacological Society
The Schild Plot | 16 Angel Gate | City Road | London | EC1V 2PT
+44 (0) 207 239 0170
+44 (0) 7788215900

Twitter: @pharmacologynow 

Please note that booking is essential for all events and should be made by emailing stating which date and venue you wish to attend, your name, school and post. An invoice will be emailed back to you providing details of where payment is to be sent.


Theme: Developing Teaching and Learning Strategies through Challenge and Stretch

Each event begins at 10.00 and ends at 3.30

Fees*: £100 per place (£50 for second place from same school)

Peterborough 14 October 2013                                                   Ken Stimpson Community School , PE4 6JT

Billericay 14 November 2013                                                        Barleylands, Billericay,  CM11 2UD

Bedford 15 January 2014                                                               Robert Bruce Middle School MK42 8PU


Programme for these events:

Julian Whybra, GIFT Education: Curriculum extension for all

Steve Bramall, Philosophy in Education: Challenging Thinking - Using philosophical enquiry to extend learning in the classroom

Carenza Lewis, University of Cambridge: Enrichment opportunities in archaeology (except 15/01/14)

Sue Thompson, Royal Society of Chemistry:  Opportunities for teachers and pupils (15/01/14 only)


Cambridgeshire 5 March 2014                                                      Swavesey Village College, Cambs CB24 4RS

Developing the Potential of all Learners

A day led by Professor Barry Hymer…..


How can all pupils be challenged and stretched in the everyday classroom?

What are the most effective strategies for realising the abilities of all learners?


Barry will draw upon his extensive research in schools to respond to these and other questions in considering the characteristics of practice and provision that develop the potential of all learners.


*NB  fee for this event £125pp

Norwich March 2014                                                                       University of East Anglia

Provisional programme:

Learning through drama and practical activities

Curriculum extension for all

Bury St Edmunds 13 May 2014                                                     King Edward VI School, IP33 3BH

Provisional programme:   

Learning through drama and practical activities

Minimus Latin Taster Class

Hatfield 1 July 2014                                                                         University of Hertfordshire, AL10 9AB

Provisional programme:   

Minimus Latin Taster Class;

Challenging Thinking: Using philosophical enquiry to extend learning in the classroom


Keep abreast of dates and programmes via our website and monthly bulletins

Excellence East Networks for Able, Gifted and Talented Provision


Changes to government policy and the downsizing of local authority services have reduced the support available to schools that are committed to developing and improving their provision for able, gifted and talented pupils. In the light of these changes, there is the expectation, within the Ofsted Framework, that schools will work together in partnership groups to share expertise and promote professional development. 


Excellence East believes that schools meeting together in local self-help networks provides the best way forward at this time. We are aware that many schools have belonged to such groups in the past and that some groups are still running. We are also aware, however, that the organisation and chairing of group meetings is an additional responsibility for already busy colleagues.


Excellence East Trustees have, therefore, decided to prioritise the growth and development of teacher networks in the region. Trustees view this as the most appropriate way of supporting schools and teachers, and thereby benefitting highly able pupils. Meetings are facilitated by an Excellence East consultant and aim to provide an opportunity for new learning and to share practice and issues.


We have supported a number of networks over the last year at no cost to those attending. Unfortunately, it will be necessary to introduce an annual fee for network membership from January 1st 2013 in order to cover the costs of the consultant and thereby enable the meetings to be self-sustaining. 


We therefore offer the following scheme to support schools to meet and develop their practice further.

What are Excellence East Network Meetings?

         These are termly meetings held in local schools that are aimed at all teachers interested in the education of able gifted and talented pupils and in providing greater challenge in the classroom.

         Groupings are flexible. For example, groups could be all primary, all secondary, a mix of phases, or one or more secondary schools with their feeder primaries.  


What is their purpose?

         To enable teachers to develop their own practice by sharing practice, ideas and resources with like-minded colleagues

         To provide a problem solving forum to discuss issues of mutual concern and seek common solutions that build on the experience of the group

         To enable colleagues to maintain an up to date knowledge of national and local developments in the education of able, gifted and talented pupils

         To provide an opportunity to ask for specific advice and to receive inputs from a specialist facilitator on themes chosen by the group


What do the network meetings provide?

         Cost-effective professional development

         Three twilight meetings per year to which two teachers from each school may attend

         At least one resource to take away that can be used in class

         An opportunity to set the agenda of the meetings to ensure that colleagues own needs and interests are addressed


Who coordinates the network meetings?

         An Excellence East consultant will facilitate and chair the meetings, organise the venues, prepare agendas and circulate notes and resources from the meeting


What does membership of the network meetings cost?

         From January 2013, there is an annual fee of 100 for attending the three meetings, payable in advance

         Membership qualifies schools to a reduced fee to the biannual Excellence East regional CPD meetings


Next steps


Please contact one of the following Excellence East colleagues to register your interest in belonging to a network.  We will then get back to you with dates and venues for the three meetings, and send an invoice for the fee.

We need a minimum of 10 members for each group to be viable.

John Carter:

Sandra Howard:

Linda Prestidge:

Trish Hardy:



Excellence East Network Meeting - Sample Agenda June 2012

1.       Input

         Primary School input on how the school had moved planning forward with an emphasis on planning Learning to Learn.


2.       Updates

         The new Ofsted arrangements and how they affect the teaching of more able students.

         Evaluating gifted and talented education - the school improvement partners role in engaging the school guidelines to support schools to evaluate their own provision

         Curriculum Review Panel Report

         New guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage


3.       Practical Resources

         Major focus for classroom activity and resources: A Mystery Strategy

         Reference also to:  Storybird online publishing and making tags with Blooms questions to help students and teachers ask Higher Order Questions.

Brand New : Educating the Highly Able 

Alan Smithers and Pamela Robinson, 

Centre for Education and Employment Research 

University of Buckingham, July 2012 

'How schools support our most able students is of vital interest to us all. Ensuring that the brightest pupils fulfil their potential goes straight to the heart of social mobility, of basic fairness and economic efficiency. Yet, as this report outlines, the policy and provision for the highly able is littered by a hotch-potch of abandoned initiatives and unclear priorities. Teachers complain that the highly able have become a neglected group.' Click here to read the rest of the report.

Excellence East are delighted to offer schools a guidance booklet to support their AGT provision.  Click here to download a copy.

Funding for language learning
The British Academy is offering 15 awards of £4000 for UK schools that want to develop creative ways of improving language teaching and learning. It could go towards helping develop links with primary schools or businesses, or a new course. The funding is intended to extend or strengthen work that has already started, even if on quite a small scale. Plus, the winners will have a chance at an extra £4000 which will go to the best overall UK project. The closing date for applications is 31 March. Click here for the application form and further details.

Summer school programme, The DfE has finally made information available on the summer schools programme for disadvantaged pupils, announced by Nick Clegg after last Augusts riots and funded by money set aside for the pupil premium. Secondary schools are being encouraged, but not required, to organise two-week summer schools for disadvantaged pupils entering year 7 to help with transition. There will be £500 available for each pupil enrolled who meets the criteria. Secondary schools can opt in by completing a short online form asking for basic information such as how many pupils are expected attend. Visit for information.

The DUX Award for Year 9 AGT ;learners : Have you explored this opportunity? 
Press notice:
Telegraph article:
Dux registration site:
DfE web pages:
Academically More Able
Dux Award Scheme:

NEW! - Academy Conferences - Gifted and Talented Study Days - 2nd March - London, 9th March - Oxford, 16th March - Cambridge

HE Advisers' Newsletter - University of Cambridge

Malaria Challenge: a multimedia resource to explore the malaria lifecycle

Interesting article on the change in focus for league tables

Generic grade descriptors and supplementary subject-specific guidance for inspectors

Expert panel review of the National Curriculum

OECD Global Youth Video Competition - What are the big issues in education today?

'Get Set' - NHS London 2012 Olympic Games Program for schools

Superb videos from Weeting Primary School Challenge Centre, Norfolk on the 15th October 2011 - a great day had by all!

The Telegraph 18.3.12 -  on the Level 6 SATs at Key Stage 2 from 2012:      
The Guardian 24.1.12
Daily Telegraph 24.1.12
LKM Consulting 9.1.12
The Guardian 21.1.12