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New application window open for Warwickshire Fair Workload Charter

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Warwickshire schools were invited last year to participate in the Fair Workload Charter Survey which recognises the positive work undertaken in managing teacher workload.

We are pleased to let you know that the opportunity for applying for the Fair Workload Charter has now re-opened for January 2020 and schools interested in participating are invited to email fairworkloadcharter@warwickshire.gov.uk at the earliest opportunity.

The charter status will last for 24 months from the date awarded.

This initiative was developed by a working party in partnership with headteachers, WCC and the teacher trade unions to allow schools to enable their teaching staff to comment on the following workload areas:

  • general working conditions
  • planning and marking expectations
  • data collection and communications
  • school policies and access to training

Based on the results of the above survey, schools reaching a 90% threshold will be awarded the Fair Workload Charter status. This is a kite mark that can be used in recruitment materials and general communication and promotion of the school. Given the national focus on the effects the management of workload is having on schools and staff sickness absence and turnover, this could be a very powerful recruitment and retention tool for your school or academy trust to use to tackle these challenging issues.

There is a nominal subscription cost to cover administration and the materials of £50 per school.  You will receive detailed feedback after submitting your survey results in order to allow you to action plan accordingly to address those areas which may have prevented you receiving the award upon first attempt.

More information is available (including the survey questions used) at the following link to Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any queries please contact fairworkloadcharter@warwickshire.gov.uk

Gaming festival returns to Leamington in 2020

Interactive Futures 2020

Interactive Futures will return to the Royal Spa Centre in Leamington this year following its successful inaugural event in 2019.

The two-day conference and expo, running from 31 January - 1 February, will highlight the region’s heritage within the UK video games industry, as well as its talent and creativity, the unrivalled community of indie and major studios, and career opportunities both for students and those already working in games and beyond.

On the Saturday (1 Feb) the event will open its doors to consumers and students to inspire the next generation of talent with career opportunities being the key focus for the day.

Conference topics will include:

  • Levelling Up: What skills and qualifications are required for a career in games?
  • How we made it: Young indie developers discuss their careers
  • Beyond coding: Why there’s a career in games for everyone

.....and much more.

The day will also feature practical activities for all, the chance to try out the best of the games created in Leamington, competitions and e-sports challenges plus a CV clinic and portfolio reviews for students.

An expo showcasing the best of the Leamington Games Hub will run throughout the two days.

Interactive Futures is being funded by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP), Warwickshire County Council and Warwick District Council alongside support from local industry.

For more details please visit the Interactive Futures website.

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