Month: June 2020

The Parliamentary Education Select Committee

The Parliamentary Select Committee for Education met this morning to discuss ‘The impact of COVID19 on education and children’s services’. Giving evidence and answering questions were Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, and Andrew McCully, DfE Director General for Early Years and School Groups. In an interesting and wide-ranging discussion, key areas covered …

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School equipment used in the home environment

Whilst schools remain closed to the majority of pupils, teachers will have considered lending school equipment to some pupils and their families. This can help reduce inequality and improve pupil access to online teaching and resources. However, schools need to be alert to the possibility that devices in the home, connected to the home broadband …

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Early Career Framework Forthcoming Webinar

The Early Career framework is being piloted in a number of areas, including Northumberland, from September 2020. All schools with new NQTs from September are strongly advised to sign up. In conjunction with the North of Tyne Combined Authority, we are arranging a webinar containing an introduction to the Early Career Framework, with presentations by …

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Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (NU-KESS) – A Learning City?

You may recall that we hosted a Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Education Seminar at County Hall last December. Future seminars are now being moved online. The University is keen to engage an audience of decision makers and would welcome your contribution. The seminars aim to promote evidence led policy making and provides a forum for …

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Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (NU-KESS) – Playing Out: Promoting Community and Belonging through Play

You may recall that we hosted a Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Education Seminar at County Hall last December. Future seminars are now being moved online. The University is keen to engage an audience of decision makers and would welcome your contribution. The seminars aim to promote evidence led policy making and provides a forum for …

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Department for Transport travelling advice for parents and pupils

NEW ADVICE: The Department for Transport has issued advice on how parents and pupils can travel to school safely as part of the #TravelSafely campaign. Resources have been developed to ensure that parents, pupils and staff have the information they need to stay safe on the public transport network. This includes information developed in collaboration …

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Yorkshire & the Humber Children & Young People’s Mental Health Clinical Network

Yorkshire & the Humber Children & Young People’s Mental Health Clinical Network has produced A Guide for Education Settings Supporting Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Needs Which Have Arisen from COVID-19. The guide has been created by a range of different agencies and circulated for use and reference across the region. …

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School Closure

You may be interested to know that on Thursday 28th May, we passed 50,000 pupil attendances in our schools and settings during the nine week so-called ‘closure’ period. Your contribution to the national effort has been remarkable and so, yet again, on behalf of Northumberland County Council, I would like to say thank you.

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. **IMPORTANT** UPDATED GUIDANCE: The information about providing meals for pupils attending school, the national voucher scheme and providing meals or food parcels through your food provider has been updated. NOTE: The DfE have also confirmed, in an email to …

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Recording attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

What educational settings will need to do when recording attendance after the wider reopening of schools from 1 June 2020. NEW AND UPDATED GUIDANCE: New guidance has been added and the existing guidance updated to reflect the changes in how attendance should be recorded following the reopening of some schools from 1 June. Removed the …

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An Update from Northumbria Health Care Primary Mental Health Work Service (from Rhian Davies Senior PMHW Lead)

‘We would like to remind all school staff of the continued support and advice available from our early intervention children’s mental health team: Firstly, we wish to acknowledge and normalise the ‘understandable’ levels of heightened anxiety and uncertainty at this unusual time. We also recognise how important it is for school staff, children, young people …

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The Skills Builder Partnership – some FREE places available

The Skills Builder Partnership supports schools and organisations to teach, practise and assess the 8 Essential Skills. The programme has been developed over many years, and is supported by 120 business partners and 90 organisations. They support schools and organisations to embed the Skills Builder Framework into their practice, through training, a series of resources …

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