Month: November 2019

Public Health Update: Managing increased diarrhoea and vomiting and flu-like illness in schools

Over the past two weeks, the North East Health Protection Team has seen a substantial increase in calls from schools about winter illnesses such as diarrhoea/vomiting and flu-like illness. There have been increases across the whole region and, although the types of illnesses that are being reported are what we would expect at this time …

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National Funding Formula and School Funding Consultation

In previous years, Northumberland County Council has consulted on its approach to the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) in Northumberland, following discussions at Schools Forum. Feedback from consultation has consistently been to move NFF values in a phased or gradual approach, reflecting the fact that historically Northumberland has maintained some values that were different …

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Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (NU-KESS) Education Seminar

The first seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th December 13:30-15:00pm in the Council Chamber at Northumberland County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF. This event will be presented by Professor David Leat and Gemma Mitchelson on the following topics:   Professor David Leat: Tyneside: A Learning City? There is growing global critique of educational policies typified by …

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New Governor Training Events – Spring 2020

Please note dates below for New Governor training events in Spring: Strategy & Accountability 13 February 2020 @ Hexham Mart – 6.00pm-8.00pm 27 February 2020 @ Choppington Social Welfare Centre – 6.00pm-8.00pm 3 March 2020 @ Bell View, Belford – 6.00pm-8.00pm Support & Challenge 11 March 2020 @ Choppington Social Welfare Centre – 6.00pm-8.00pm 19 March …

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Chairs & Vice Chairs Briefings – Spring 2020

Please see Spring dates below for next round of Briefings: 16 January 2020 @ Hexham Mart – 6.00pm-8.00pm 30 January 2020 @ Bell View, Belford – 6.00pm-8.00pm 4 February 2020 @ Choppington Social Welfare Centre – 10.00am-12.00pm 5 February 2020 @ Choppington Social Welfare Centre – 6.00pm-8.00pm To reserve a place please email governortraining@northumberland.gov.uk

Document Summary Service November 2019

This month’s summaries cover a wide range of issues, from special needs funding to online gaming! There is a focus this month on further education, with a comprehensive report on outcomes for students on further education pathways and another from Jisc on staff’s views around access to and use of digital technology. For the HE …

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British Cycling – Places to Ride Programme

Find out more about the Places to Ride funding opportunity from British Cycling which is open to schools and community organisations. There is more information on the British Cycling website about applying for funding through the programme, alongside some guidance of things to think about before you apply, remember, the programme is open until January 2021 and: …

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Updated PE and Sport Premium Guidance

Check out the latest PE and Sport Premium guidance released just last week https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pe-and-sport-premium-for-primary-schools. Also check out the new afpe reporting template https://www.afpe.org.uk/physical-education/evidencing-the-impact-guidance-template/ If you have any further questions or require any support regarding how best to invest your funding, reporting deadlines or how to report accountability please get in touch with Amy Scott on 01670 624767 …

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Active Lives CYP Survey

Active Lives Children and Young People Survey School Reminder Burnside Primary School Cramlington Village Primary Tweedmouth Community Middle School The King Edward VI Academy The Blyth Academy Queen Elizabeth High School Swarland Primary School Croftway Academy.   Malvin’s Close Academy Morpeth Road Academy  If you have any questions please get in touch with Amy Scott at Northumberland …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Tax-Free Childcare Click here and here for information on Tax-Free childcare and what it means to you and/or your business. Autumn Term 2019/20 2nd Headcount (PVI School360 Providers) If you require a 2nd headcount for funded 2 year olds who have started accessing their entitlement with you after full headcount, or have increased …

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Alnwick Castle Teachers Evening – Thursday 21st November, 5pm – 7pm

There are fewer than two weeks for individuals to register to attend Alnwick Castle’s free Teachers Evening on Thursday the 21st of November. We are inviting teachers, head teachers and school governors from education establishments across the North East to hear about the exciting new education programme at Alnwick Castle. We hope to work closely with educators to …

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Letter from Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health re: Infectious Disease Incidents

FAO: All Headteachers and Early Years Providers Dear Headteacher/Manager As we enter winter and the flu/norovirus season, I thought it would be useful to remind you about the right way to respond to a suspected outbreak of infectious disease or a notification of an infectious disease by a parent or carer as there remains some …

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Reminder – Schools Annual Mode of Travel Survey

We are asking all schools to complete their annual mode of travel survey. Please complete your surveys on the Modeshift STARS website, you will need to be registered on the site in order to complete your surveys. Click here for further information or please contact tracy.aitken@northumberland.gov.uk Please complete your surveys by the 30 November 2019 to be entered …

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Launching on 18 November: Creative Classrooms CPD

Creative Classrooms CPD Programme officially launches on Monday 18 November, an online and in-person CPD programme for primary school teachers developed in consultation with teachers across the region. Log on to www.culturebridgenortheast.org.uk/creative-classrooms on Monday 18th November when we will be going live.  The website will host films, case studies, teaching and planning resources and an events page where you …

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Northumberland School Health and Wellbeing Survey 2019

Northumberland County Council’s Public Health Team are making available to schools the online Health and Wellbeing Survey. This survey was first undertaken in 2017 and is a bi-annual survey. Please go to link here for letter from Liz Morgan, Director of Public Health, and Dean Jackson, Service Director, Education and Skills.  Please use the following …

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DfE Governance Update

The DfE has published its latest Governance Update. It contains important information relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England including: a DfE governance research project; funding factsheet for governors and trustees; financial planning training; workload reduction support; and careers guidance for young people. We would encourage governors to sign up to receive …

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Safer Internet Day: new resources for schools

To support educators for Safer Internet Day 2020, the UK Safer Internet Centre has created a range of new educational resources.Safer Internet Day 2020 will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 11 February 2020 with the slogan ‘Together for a better internet’, with a specific focus in the UK on how young people manage their identity online.To mark three months …

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NCC Public Health Update

Invitation to Northumberland Senior Mental Health Leads in School Conference – Friday 29th November 2019 We have some additional places available at our Conference on mental health/emotional health and wellbeing in schools. The Conference is now being opened up to Governors, and other staff within your school who will be supporting this agenda. Please note if …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, 30 Hours for Spring Term Please ensure you are reminding parents to apply ASAP to receive their code before the cut-off date (31/12/2019). Please validate 30 hour codes and check Date of Birth eligibility before offering a child a place. You can find some useful communication tools here. Please check your ‘30hr Entitlement Summary‘ in the Wizard and …

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SIMS Roadshows

Three SIMS Roadshows are scheduled for November. The aim of the Roadshow is to bring you up to date with what is happening with: SIMS Team SIMS software updates Demonstrate examples of best practice Please click here for further information and how to book your place.

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