Month: September 2019

Pupil Premium Network Meetings

The autumn term Pupil Premium Network meetings begin on the 16 October. For all of the dates, contact details and the agenda please click here. These meetings are open to all phases and are free.

Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues,   Autumn Term – Headcount Return As you are aware, Autumn term headcount documents are now available in your School360 accounts within the 2019-2020 folder. Please note, as always, there is no pre-population as it is the start of a new academice year. Therefore, we advise you start completing your return. Please remember to log …

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A message from Cath McEvoy-Carr about statutory PSHE

PSHE education is becoming an increasingly important subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable …

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Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

The DfE have collected all of the guidance re statutory policies into one place. The guidance notes state: “Schools and trusts are not always required to hold a specific policy for each requirement. It is possible to meet several requirements collectively, unless stated otherwise. The drafting of school policies can be delegated to any member of …

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Current Department for Education Consultations:

Details of all current Department for Education consultations are available at the website: https://consult.education.gov.uk/. Among the current consultations are:  Possible changes to the financial transparency arrangements for local authority maintained schools and academy trusts, details available HERE; and  The implementation of the National Funding Formula mandatory minimum funding levels, details available HERE

Provisional 2019 Primary Analysis Reports Version 2

The Provisional 2019 Primary Analysis Reports Version 2 are now available on School 360 for those schools who are part of the SLA. They can be found in the following location: Aggregated School Data / 2018-19 School Year. Version 2 of the report contains various updates including now using the 2019 KS2 progress methodology. Please feel free to contact …

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e-learning: Understanding SEN Support and EHCPs in Schools

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new e-learning module which provides an overview of the way in which the special educational needs of children and young people are identified and met in Northumberland, and how we work to ensure the best outcomes. It explains how needs are met in schools, and the processes by …

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Placement Availability at Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit

We still have a number of vacant places available for pupils from Year 1 to Year 9. If you are interested in commissioning a place or would like more information about the PRU – tours and visits to the school can be made upon request. Any queries about placements, referrals or visits can be made …

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Safe Week 2019 – SCAM awareness e-learning

Welcome to SAFE Week 2019, this year the theme is SCAMS, and this short e-learning package has been produced by the Illegal Money Lending Team and Safeguarding Adults Board. There is a short video followed by some questions, interesting, informative and of course important for all of us working with families in the run up …

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Document Summary Service September 2019

The first batch of summaries for the new academic year include a number of reports focussing on attitudes and opinions – teachers’ attitudes towards Ofsted, students’ attitudes towards contextual offers, children’s thoughts about their lives and teachers’ attitudes towards their well-being. Your MFL colleagues and those eager to promote the benefits of language learning will …

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YST ConnectED Conference – 1st October ’19

Durham County Cricket Club, Emirates Riverside, Chester le-Street, County Durham, DH3 3QR To celebrate the huge contribution that our Youth Sport Trust Advocacy Networks make to the lives of young people through the mission and values of the Youth Sport Trust, we are inviting all of our supportive Headteacher Ambassadors, PE CatalYSTs, Ambassador Schools, MAT …

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The Dales TSA – Skills to Assist in the Management of Medication in an Education or Childcare Setting

Date & Time: Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 09:00am-16:30pm with lunch from 12:00 noon Venue: The Dales School, Ashdale Site, Darnley Rd, Ashington, NE24 8BT Course Presenter: Bruce Davies Cost: £185pp which includes accreditation and lunch This one-day course is certified and accredited by One Awards Level 2, and will train staff to appreciate and understand the …

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Space & Adventure Taster Weekend 17-20 January 2020

Calvert Kielder and the Kielder Observatory invite you to attend a taster weekend to learn about the Space & Adventure programme. This innovative and exciting programme combines challenging and adventurous outdoor activities with an enlightening dark skies experience in the stunning Kielder Water & Forest Park. Click here to view flyer To book, contact Hazel …

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Subsidised NATRE membership for first/primary schools

NATRE has received generous funding to offer subsidised membership to eligible primary schools. Designed to increase access to RE resources to schools across the UK, primary schools with little or no exposure to NATRE and require additional support are eligible. To be eligible for the project, schools cannot have been NATRE members for the past …

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SEND Careers/Preparing for Adulthood events

The Careers Guidance Team and Independent Information and Advice Service (Learning and Skills Service, Northumberland County Council) have once again organised the Northumberland SEND Careers/Progression into Adulthood event, this year we have 2 events on Tuesday 26 November 2019, 9.30-12:00 at the Fuse Centre, Prudhoe and Wednesday 27 November 2019 9.30-12:00 at Northumberland Adult Learning …

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New Insurance Supply Forms 2019-2020

FAO: All Schools/Academies in the Insurance Supply SLA Dear All, Further to the post from 10th September, the new claim forms are now ready for use. See below: Teachers Claim Form Support Staff Claim Form Please note that all forms and enquiries should be emailed to insurance.supply@northumberland.gov.uk. If you need to speak to someone regarding …

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Whole School Approaches to Promoting Emotional Health and Wellbeing – A Good Practice Guide

FAO: All Headteachers We are delighted to circulate here a suite of 3 documents which have been coproduced with Designated Mental Health Leads from across the County, designed to support Northumberland Schools with developing and ensuring a ‘thriving’ school, in the broadest sense. The guide is framed around the eight principles which underpin a good …

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Northumberland schools: FREE izak9 training sessions

After a very successful exhibition at last term’s Great North Maths Hub Conference, Izak9 have confirmed their FREE training offer for Northumberland. This will take place at two venues across the county on Wednesday 25th September. The first will take place at Swansfield Park Primary (Alnwick) between 9am to 11am the second will take place at Choppington Social Welfare Centre …

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2020 MOD Education Support Fund (ESF)

Summary: In light of the ongoing drawdown from Germany and to provide time for the educational authorities across the UK to bring in longer-term provision for Service children as necessary, the Secretary of State for Defence in July 2018 announced the extension of the ESF for an additional two years – £3 million in 2018/19 and …

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The Dales TSA – Skills to Assist in the Management of Medication in an Education or Childcare Setting

Date & Time: Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, 09:00am-16:30pm with lunch from 12:00 noon Venue: The Dales School, Ashdale Site, Darnley Rd, Ashington, NE24 8BT Course Presenter: Bruce Davies Cost: £185pp which includes accreditation and lunch This one-day course is certified and accredited by One Awards Level 2, and will train staff to appreciate and understand the …

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