Opportunity Area Insight Guides

The DfE is publishing insights from projects working to improve outcomes for children and young people in areas with low social mobility. These guides are for education professionals including practitioners and system leaders with an interest in the thematic areas. The insight guides can be found here.

These insight guides will include:

  • careers education
  • teacher recruitment, retention and workforce development
  • early years
  • school improvement
  • place based working

The latest insight guide is on teacher recruitment, and include our week since 2017 on teacher recruitment and retention

The case studies in this area include:

  • collaborative recruitment
  • financial incentives
  • digital-first marketing
  • building a network of teacher educators

School Newsletter Stories – June

Seamer and Irton Community Primary School

Date of newsletter: 18/06/21

About: The Y5 pupils had a wonderful week of outdoor, adventurous activities. They took part in all the activities with great enthusiasm, an adventurous spirit and used great teamwork.


Sleights Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School

Date of newsletter: 25/06/21

About: This week, the Local Authority confirmed that funding has been allocated to the school for two new buildings. Old pre-school and reception classes will be demolished and replaced next summer.


St Martin’s Church of England Voluntary Aided Primary School, Scarborough

Date of newsletter: 25/06/21

About: With their Skip to be Fit fundraiser they were able to raise a staggering £1,742.18


Emotionally Based School Avoidance

Advice, strategies and tools to develop positive outcomes

Emotionally Based School Avoidance (EBSA) is a term used to describe children and young people who have severe difficulties attending school due to anxiety or emotional factors, often resulting in prolonged absences from school.

Feedback on the recent EBSA webinar:

‘It honestly was the best session I’ve ever had online!’

‘It was really well paced and had lots of useful information.’

‘It was a very informative and interesting.’

This training session, funded through the DfE Wellbeing for Education grant, supports school leaders, teachers and practitioners to identify pupils at risk of anxiety-related EBSA and provides practical advice, strategies and assessment tools to support children and young people to make a positive return to school.

Free 60-minute EBSA training webinars:

Tuesday 6th July at 3:30pm

Monday 12th July at 3:30pm

To book a place, contact NYES Training via: nyes@northyorks.gov.uk or 01609 533222



Summer reading challenge – Wild World Heroes

Children are being encouraged to go wild in the library this summer!

Children can find out all about looking after the natural world this summer when North Yorkshire libraries and the Reading Agency invite them to sign up for the Summer Reading Challenge.

The Challenge is aimed at children aged 4 to 11, encouraging them to read six library books over the summer holiday period. This year the theme is Wild World Heroes, and is all about what they can do to make a difference to the environment and stand up for the planet.

To take part and be a Wild World Hero, children just need to sign up at their nearest library. They’ll be given a colourful fold out map of an imaginary place called Wilderville.

As they read their chosen books, they will receive stickers (some scratch and sniff!) and can use the stickers to fix an environmental problem and make Wilderville a better, greener place to be. There are more free incentives to collect along the way and those who complete the Challenge will receive a medal and a certificate to celebrate their achievement.

The challenge is open to all children aged four to 11, and they can choose from a vast range of books at the library or download them as an eBook from the catalogue. There are loads of fantastic new books about protecting the planet and our wildlife but they don’t have to stick to that theme – any library book they want to borrow will count. It’s a great way to encourage children to keep up their reading skills during the long break.

A brilliant programme of online events for families will also support the Challenge, including a cartoon workshop, a story hunt, finding out why rubbish isn’t rubbish and how to be a North Yorkshire Rotters! Look out for more details of the events and great reading recommendations on the @nycclibraries Facebook page and local library pages too.

The challenge starts in libraries on Saturday 10 July and finishes on Saturday 11 September.