Month: March 2020

RE support through the coronavirus crisis

Support for parents and children  RE Today, in parentship with NATRE, have produced a series of free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. These resources are available for anyone to access at: www.natre.org.uk/about-natre/free-resources-for-you-and-your-pupils/  

Staffing Support for Schools:

As the situation changes, we are aware that schools may encounter staffing issues which they cannot resolve themselves of with staff deployed from nearby schools. If this is the case, and you require assistance with additional staff in order to remain open to the learners who are vulnerable/those of keyworkers,  telephone Simon Baxter on  07870365983. We request that these calls …

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Document Summary Service March 2020

Dear Colleagues, I am aware that I have written the summaries this month against abackdrop of unprecedented change and uncertainty. I hope that you, our subscribers, are weathering the storms and keeping safe. Amazingly, helpful and informative reports continue to appear and Ihope that I have managed this month to capture reports which willengage your …

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Services to Schools SLA Portal

The Services to Schools SLA portal, available at : https://sla.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx still remains very much open for business to enable Schools to record their Service requirements for Council services for 2020/21.  While individual service deadlines will be down to the discretion of Service Managers and contacts, can I ask that Schools record the requirements within the portal …

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Teaching and Support Staff Insurance Supply Scheme

Due to the current exceptional circumstances arising due to Covid-19,  it has been necessary to suspend the current 2019/20 Insurance Supply Scheme for both Teachers and Support Staff with effect from Friday 20 March 2020.  No claims should be submitted for any days falling after that date.  It is not anticipated that this will impact …

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Free |School Meal Deliveries

Dear Colleague,If it would benefit your school the school transport team can arrange for school meals to be distributed to homes via it’s contracted transport providers that normally undertake home to school transport.If this is of interest to you then please get in contact with us by emailing schooltransport@northumberland.gov.ukWe will then contact you and make the necessary arrangements …

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Music Partnership North Coronavirus Update – Information for schools (Updated March 20th 2020)

Current situation  Since the announcement that schools will close to many students this afternoon, we have been working hard to find the best way to keep childrens’ musical learning going. We have been in conversation with other music services and music hubs in the north east and across the country. We are all working hard …

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Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers

Please find attached guidance from the .gov website which was published last night which provides information to parents. Please note specifically 4.2 where we have had a number of questions and queries regarding the critical workers and if only one parent is a critical worker. 4.2 If only one parent or carer is a critical …

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URGENT UPDATE from DfE RE: EYFS PROFILE

DfE have confirmed today with Northumberland LA, that EYFS Profile 2020 has been cancelled alongside all other Primary school testing. This means planned moderation activity has been cancelled and that schools will NOT need to submit data in June.Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Claire Johnson – EYFS Profile Manager. Thanks, ClaireClaire Johnson …

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Latest guidance from charities working with children and young people with additional needs re Coronavirus

Latest national guidance from charities including an Easy Read guide to the Coronavirus, guidance for talking to children and young people about Coronavirus and specific guidance for families with children who are seriously ill and / or have life limiting conditions. Mencap – Easy Read guide to Coronavirus: https://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/2020-03/Information%20about%20Coronavirus%20ER%20SS2.pdfTogether for Short Lives, collation and linkage of current …

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COVID19 UPDATE FOLLOWING THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S ANNOUNCEMENT: Urgent response needed

Sent on behalf of Dean JacksonDear Headteacher,COVID19 UPDATE FOLLOWING THE SECRETARY OF STATE’S ANNOUNCEMENT.This is to update you on the local authority position following last night’s announcement by the Secretary of State.The expectation of the local authority is that as many schools and alternative providers as possible will remain open for the children of key …

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Guidance around the use of sand, water and dough play

Dear colleagues, Please find some useful guidance put together to support you in the safe use of sand, water and dough play during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Guidance Around the Use of Sand, Water and Dough Play During the COVID-19 Pandemic Settings should follow the same guidance as they would for any contagious infection.  Northumberland …

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