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From the Department for Education 

Cloud software services and the Data Protection Act (guidance): data protection guidance for schools considering cloud software services

Procurement training for schools (guidance) : procurement training sessions for school staff who are responsible or accountable for budgets and buying.

School procurement glossary (guidance): definitions of common procurement terms

School procurement – example timelines: example timescales for schools planning a procurement process for goods and services

School procurement – example contracts: model documents for schools developing a contract with a supplier of goods and services

School procurement – example letters for the tender process: model letters for schools to use with suppliers bidding for high-value and EU-compliant tenders

School procurement – expression of interest form: this document includes a blank expression of interest (EOI) form that schools can use to send to suppliers of goods and services.

School procurement – bid evaluation scoring summary: spreadsheet to help school business managers compare suppliers’ bids during a procurement process

DfE strategy 2015 to 2016: world-class education and care: corporate report on how the Department will work towards achieving their vision

Latest news

Primary schools face staff shortages as government orders School Direct recruitment shut-down (TES News)

£19m spent on failed vocational schools for 14 year olds (Schools Week)

School food loophole must be closed, council leaders urge (BBC)

Schools may be forced to pay conversion costs (Schools Week)

School-led providers top teacher training rankings (TES News)

Speedy academisation plan risky, says school body (BBC)

School and college funding faces another ‘punishing blow’, ASCL says (EdExec)

Sugar tax will give schools £260,000 for longer hours (Schools Week)

Sir Ken Robinson urges schools to help increase outdoor playtime for children (TES News)

Regional news

Durham’s GCSE results have taken a tumble, falling below the national average, says report (ChronicleLive)

Children and vulnerable to feel effects of Durham County Council’s £257m budget cuts (ChronicleLive)

Anger as Durham County Council presses ahead with plans to axe free transport for disabled pupils (ChronicleLive)

Hartlepool students praised for Poppy fundraising efforts (Hartlepool Mail)

New project to help children on Teesside moving up to secondary school (ITV Tyne & Tees)

Newcastle-based education group announces merger with Carlisle College (ChronicleLive)

Nissan teams up with Newcastle High School for Girls to encourage careers in STEM (ChronicleLive)

North Tyneside schoolchildren produce special film to help prevent bullying (ChronicleLive)

Monkseaton High School in Whitley Bay rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted after rapid progress (ChronicleLive)

Wansbeck MP Ian Lavery opens Ashington High School’s £4.2m extension (ChronicleLive)

Look around the new multi-million pound site of the Duchess Community High School in Alnwick (ChronicleLive)

Parents fear for Northumberland primary school’s future as Ofsted criticises ‘poor’ teaching (ChronicleLive)

Council and community to begin consultation on Ponteland schools shake-up in Northumberland (ChronicleLive)

Concerns over consultation on schools in Ponteland Partnership (Morpeth Herald)

Potential Ponteland schools shake up in a bid to save £140,000 a year (ChronicleLive)

Northumbria Police units in the spotlight on children’s BBC show (News Post Leader)

Some Northumberland pupils ‘afraid’ to go to school because of bullying, survey reveals (Northumberland Gazette)

Celebration time at Shields school after Lottery funding success (Shields Gazette)

Curtain set to come down on drama teacher’s career (Shields Gazette)