Year: 2020

“Is fostering for me?” online workshop

“Is fostering for me?” online workshop – find out how you can help local children and young people Would you like to work from home with local children and young people?  Have you heard about paid professional foster care?  We are looking for people from all walks of life to work as different types of foster carers with …

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Document Summary Service December 2020

Dear Colleagues I am pleased to enclose the final batch of summaries for 2020. There isperhaps a synergy between the start of the vaccination programme andthe fact that none of the summaries this month are solely focussed onCOVID-19! Several interesting research questions are tackled in this month’ssummaries. How are schools addressing the workload associated withtarget-setting? …

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Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Page summary – What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND). Change made – Updated sections on assessment and accountability, and contingency planning …

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Flexible working in schools

Page summary – Updated non-statutory guidance for employers and staff who want to make arrangements for flexible working. Change made – Updated the definition of flexible working and the process for requesting flexible working, including a clearer distinction between statutory and non-statutory requests. Also updated information on the considerations for addressing potential challenges to implementing …

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Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Page summary – What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. Change made – Updated the ‘Remote education expectations’ section with the requirement for schools to publish their remote education offer on their website from January 2021, and added a link to a template …

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Survey of number of students impact by COVID related isolating

When schools/academies return in January we will be sending out a questionnaire asking for details of the number of students who have had 1,2, 3 or more periods of self-isolation in 2020 due to suspected COVID-19 exposure. This information will be passed to the DfE to inform decisions in relation to GCSE/A level examinations in …

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School Funding : Exceptional Costs associated with the coronavirus

Additional Information has been published by the ESFA in relation to exceptional costs incurred in relation to premises, free school meals and leaning. above. It is available at the link HERE. Schools must note: • this is the final opportunity to claim in relation to these costs;• the deadline is 22 December 2020;• the claim …

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VOICES: Making children’s voices count in policy, An ESRC project led by Children North East and Newcastle University

VOICES is a 12-month North East region wide consultation from November 2020 to understand the challenges that the young face as a result of Covid19. The project is delivered by a team from Children North East and from Newcastle University and is funded by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council). Project leaders are Luke …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues,   EY Training and Professional Development:  Spring Term Offer 2021 (January to April)  Please look out for the launch of the Spring Term offer which will be released at the beginning of January. The focus for Spring will be centred around the revised EYFS framework to support your delivery of the EYFS Reforms from September 2021. Many of the training courses offered in the autumn programme will be repeated in the …

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New Governor Training, Spring 2021 – Understanding Strategy, Accountability, Support and Challenge

(For new governors, or governors wanting to refresh their understanding)  This online training is designed to provide governors with a clear understanding of what the role of a governor entails, and provides practical examples of how support and challenge can be offered. Please book your place by clicking on the link below, choosing your preferred date when …

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IMPORTANT – Schools Closing on 17th December

Following on from the Government’s announcement that they are allowing schools to start the Christmas Break a day early for pupils if they wish to do so, if your school/academy decides to be closed to pupils on 18 December, please inform the Council via school.closures@northumberland.gov.uk at the earliest opportunity as this will have implications for …

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Chairs’ and Vice Chairs’ Virtual Briefings – Spring Term 2021, Dates and Booking Form

Dear Governors,  Please note below, dates for our next ‘virtual’ Spring Briefing sessions.  Dates of Meetings:  Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Thursday, 04 February 2021, 10:00am – 12:00 Noon  Please register your place by completing this Booking Form  For any queries, please email the Governor Training mailbox at: governortraining@northumberland.gov.uk  Season’s Greetings! The School Support Team

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Page summary – List of critical workers (key workers) and vulnerable children and young people who can access full-time education provision in the case of future restrictions on education during the coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak. Change made – Updated to reflect the latest guidance on the contingency framework for education and childcare settings.

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