Message from our Chair
This is the first newsletter of the year so it comes with our very best (if slightly belated) wishes for the New Year and our thanks for supporting the Opportunity Area programme throughout 2019. In the foreword to the delivery plan, which was published nearly two years ago, I said this: “The plan is a working document and we want the debate to continue.” We are grateful for the constructive feedback we receive as this helps us monitor how well the programme is going and plan for the future.
On 7 November, we were delighted to see so many colleagues at the Phonics Conference. Many of you commented on the helpful presentation given by Kirsty Godfrey HMI on the new Ofsted Inspection Framework, and particularly on conducting a deep dive into reading. Ruth Miskin also shared her considerable experience and passion for ensuring that every child learns to read fluently and develops a love of reading. “Read a lot and start early” – this was a key message. The workshops, too, presented very good opportunities to share successes. Thank you to the speakers, those who led the workshops and everyone who attended for contributing to the professional debate which followed.
In relation to Opportunity Area team news, we are pleased to welcome Sara Basuc who has been appointed as the Inclusion Project Lead, leading on the programme's Priority 2 projects following Tiffany Middleton’s appointment as Programme Manager.
Please feel free to get in touch with the team about any aspects of the programme on Fenland.EastCambsOA@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.
With best wishes,