Newsletter – February 2009
National Middle Schools Forum
1) Middle Schools Fit for the 21st Century
Now is a good time to reflect on the relevance of the middle school system to the future educational needs of our children.
This report was originally written to support middle schools facing reorganisation in Bedford and Dorset. It has now been extended with the help of Jenny Symonds (Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge) and will perhaps stimulate some discussion and debate about the future direction for middle schools in a rapidly changing educational landscape.
Visit the Reports page of the Forum website to download the report:
I would welcome comments and suggestions on the report and how the arguments presented in it might be developed.
2) Special One Day Conference
The Future for Assessment in Middle Schools
Broadway House, London
(Opposite St James’s Park tube station)
Tuesday 24th February, 2009 - 10.00 to 3.30
An important occasion for us to consider the future for assessment and tracking pupil progress in the light of recent changes at KS3. For details and booking form see the Forum website home page – click this link:
Please book your place by Friday 13th February.
3) Date for your dairy – National Conference 2009
Venue: National College for School Leadership, Nottingham
Date: Monday October 19th and Tuesday October 20th 2009
A small sub-committee has agreed to meet shortly to plan the programme – suggestions please to Nigel Wyatt.