Month: April 2020

Message from Cath McEvoy-Carr, Executive Director of Children’s and Adult Services

I want to take this opportunity to say a massive thank you for your hard work over the last few weeks – including over the Easter ‘holiday’, when many schools and alternative providers remained open to look after children of key workers or the most vulnerable children. I was delighted to hear that, on the …

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Accessible resources for remote learning (from NGA Newsletter)

The Education Endowment Foundation has released new research findings focusing on the features of pupil engagement with remote learning. The research states that engaging with online content and supportive materials allows knowledge to be built upon and enables clear understanding, emphasising the importance of access to technology for both the learning and interaction with peers. …

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Why sharing your view in the annual school governance survey is important (from the National Governance Association Newsletter)

Earlier this week, we opened the annual school governance survey for responses. It’s open to all governors, trustees and local academy committee members. Regardless of your position on the board or how long you have been governing, your views and experiences are valued and welcomed. Now in its 10th year, the findings of the survey …

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BBC News Website: Vulnerable Children in School

Following the release of DfE attendance data today, it has been confirmed that only a tiny fraction of vulnerable children in England are taking up the emergency school places kept open for them, official figures show. As you are aware, the number of vulnerable children and children with an EHCP currently in Northumberland schools is …

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Phone calls & emails to schools and parents re: ‘free’ IT kit

We have been made aware of schools and/or parents being contacted directly by companies with offers of ‘free’ IT kit for pupils either by phone, email or social media. Parents, in particular, have been targeted. If you hear about any of these offers from your parents, please let us know as we need to report …

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Joint Statement to Schools on Educational Visits and the impact of COVID-19 from Leading Outdoor Education Bodies

Industry bodies associated with Outdoor Education and Adventurous Activities have recently released a joint statement regarding the impact of COVID-19 upon school visits. This may be accessed by clicking here. The statement focuses upon current DfE, FCO and PHE guidance, school closures and provides an update on the current position regarding visit cancellations. This serves …

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Mentally Healthy Schools (Anna Freud Centre)

The Anna Freud Centre has published a range of resources to help support the mental health of children, young people, school and college staff and parents. The third toolkit in the series has just been released. You can find them here: Coronavirus: Resources for mental health and wellbeing Toolkit 1: Videos to provide practical guidance …

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Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance has been provided for schools and colleges see here how to get internet access, digital devices and support to provide remote education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Local authorities can also get support for care leavers, and children and young people with a social worker. New details of the offer have been added, including …

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Document Summary Service April 2020

Dear Colleagues, Last month I mentioned that there are still an encouraging number of reports coming out which are unconnected with the current crisis. All reports this month are up to date, although I will confess to including a report by the Children’s Commissioner which didn’t make it into the February summaries – a helpful …

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Early Career Framework – Online seminars

As you will know the Early Career Framework is due to be rolled out in the north east from September. Three of the four providers have online sessions coming up which staff may wish to attend, if you are likely to have NQTs next academic year. NETSP – https://www.netsp.co.uk/ecf/webinar/ Teach First – https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/events Ambition Institute – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ambition-institute-ecf-info-session-doncaster-north-east-tickets-102696030592 …

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Introducing the Brilliant Club

The Brilliant Club run a programme of university-style learning for pupils from backgrounds under-represented at university. This programme, The Scholars Programme, includes two university visits and 7 small group tutorials with a PhD tutor, and in the 2019-20 academic year, we are working with four Northumberland schools. The Scholars Programme targets disadvantaged high prior attainers …

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Services to Schools SLA Portal Orders

All schools are requested to confirm their service requirements via the SLA Portal by 5.00pm this Friday (24 April 2020). This is necessary to allow the respective service managers to make plans to deliver services for the forthcoming year. If you have any specific questions please direct them to the respective service managers but specific portal issues should be …

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Radiation Protection Officer Services to Northumberland Secondary Schools

The 2 year contract in relation to the above commenced with effect from 1 January 2020.  As in previous years the service will be delivered by Les Fullerton of Peak Radiation Protection Advisers. In the current circumstances it is not possible to schedule the biennial visit to Schools that is part of the contract but Les remains available for …

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Document Summary Service March’s Top 3 Downloads

To help you make the most of your Document Summary Service subscription here are last month’s highlights, our subscribers’ top three most popular downloads from the February summaries. 1) DSS 19/20 66: Study of Early Education and Development: EarlyEducation Use and Child Outcomes up to age 5 (DfE) This report from the DfE focuses on …

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Managing Bereavement and Loss – Resources

Our NCC Educational Psychology Service has continued to gather and collate useful resources for schools to use when supporting their communities during the pandemic here. Categories include: Responses to specific situations (including template letters schools can use to notify different parts of the community following a death Understanding Young People’s Responses to Bereavement Helping Children …

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Teaching and Support Staff Insurance Supply Schemes and Covid-19

The Teaching and Support Staff Insurance Supply Scheme is intended to offer a simple and cost-effective method for schools to insure against unexpected staff absence, when additional staffing cover is likely to be required. It was not intended to provide cover in the situation we are currently faced with due to Covid-19 where the majority …

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