Month: July 2020

Update from the School Improvement Team

Since the start of lockdown we have been keen to support schools, staff, pupils and parents. With this in mind, we developed a ‘Home Learning Pack’ which could supplement the home learning resources provided by individual schools. As the pack developed, we introduced a ‘What’s on this Week‘ page linked to special events each week. …

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Exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)

School Finance would like to remind schools that the online claim form should be completed by 21 July for eligible exceptional costs associated with covid-19. The links to guidance for schools from the DfE can be found here and here. If you have any queries in relation to this, please do not hesitate to get …

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School Games Programme

I hope you are all doing well and coping in these difficult circumstances we are currently in. On behalf of the Northumberland LOC we would like to share some information regarding the School Games Programme at a County level. Usually by now our calendars would have been organised and sent out to the School Games …

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Staff Absence Teachers and Support Staff Insurance Supply Schemes from September 2020

The two Insurance Supply Schemes are designed to provide a level of financial support towards the cost of hiring replacement staff to cover staff absence. The Scheme operates on a mutual pooled basis by collecting premiums from schools and making payments to those schools that have staff absences at a predetermined rate.    The Scheme runs for the …

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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. If the covid-19 situation allows, it is intended to schedule the biennial visit to Schools that is part of the contract for the months of October …

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Exceptional Costs associated with coronavirus (Covid-19)

Schools are reminded that the ESFA have published further guidance and a claim form for schools and academies to claim exceptional costs relating to coronavirus (Covid-19). Further information is available HERE.  The deadline for the submission of  the online claim form is 21 July 2020 for eligible expenditure costs incurred at the time of submission.  Schools are reminded that there are …

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Document Summary Service June’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 June summaries. 1) DSS 19/20 92: Metacognition and Self-Regulation: Evidence Review(Education Endowment Foundation) This report from the Education Endowment Foundation looks at what weunderstand by metacognition and self-regulation, how …

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UPDATED: Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

Updated Guidance: The new curriculum will be compulsory from September 2020. Schools should start teaching from that date if they meet the statutory requirements. If they are not ready, or are unable to meet the requirements, they should begin teaching by at least the start of the summer term 2021. The DfE has added a …

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UPDATED: Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated Guidance: The DfE has updated its guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings. It has updated the content to make clear that children will be able to attend all types of dance classes. Also, that clubs and activities for children will only …

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Pop-Up Return to School Hub: Supporting the emotional health of individual children and young people who are returning to school

In September all children are expected to return to school after the usual six-weeks break. The structure and routine of school is beneficial in creating a sense of safety and security for children and young people and the majority will return, as usual, after the break. Most children and young people will be looking forward …

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H&S Update 1: Visitor Information

A Head’s audit and visitor questionnaire is now available for use by schools which should assist with the requirement to maintain visitor information and contact details during this time. Those schools which have existing visitor arrangements, including electronic systems, can incorporate this into these systems if they wish. It is important that schools keep contact …

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Schools, Test and Trace and GDPR

A question was raised at the NE Schools HR network last week about local authorities’ and schools’ concerns about GDPR requirements when sharing personal identifiable information where the school does not have permission from the owner to share for test and trace purposes. See below for the guidance and information with links. This suggests that …

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UPDATED: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

The DfE has updated its information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. It includes an update to the transport section in the guidance for this summer term – ‘What parents and carers need to know about nurseries, childminders, …

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