Month: August 2020

**IMPORTANT** Covid19 School Model Risk Assessment – Version 3 **IMPORTANT**

The latest revision of the model school risk assessment template is now available and can be accessed via this link. This incorporates government guidance for schools fully reopening from September; however, it is likely that further revisions may be needed as further government guidance is expected later this month. As with the last revision, the …

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Reception year early language programme (NELI)

For the attention of all schools with Reception classes Dear colleagues, We are writing to let you know that today the Children’s Minister, Vicky Ford, has announced a reception year early language programme as part of the National Tutoring Programme in academic year 2020 to 2021. The Department for Education will be working with the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) …

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IMPORTANT – Return to School transport issues

Hello all  When schools return next week there are concerns that the extra demands on both the highway network and public transport across the country could cause significant issues, in terms of congestion and lack of capacity. To mitigate this the DfT are encouraging parents and pupils to walk, cycle or scoot to school where possible …

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New special free school for Northumberland

A new special school for Northumberland has been announced – bringing 80 new places for children with autism and social, emotional and mental health needs. The announcement of 35 new special free schools nationally was made on Sunday 19 July by the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, and one of these will be in Blyth. Northumberland …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

The DfE published information about its new catch up premium and the national tutoring offer to help school-aged children recover some of their lost learning. Schools’ allocations will be calculated on a per pupil basis, providing each mainstream school with a total of £80 for each pupil in years reception through to 11. Funding will …

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Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings

UPDATED GUIDANCE: What schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there’s a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance has been updated to reflect the announcement by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care that the local lockdown area boundaries in Leicester and the …

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Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

UPDATED GUIDANCE: What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The DFE has updated this guidance to reflect that early years settings can return to normal group sizes. It includes content from the Planning guide so that all the information is in one place from …

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

UPDATED GUIDANCE: Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on how to get digital devices, internet access and support to provide remote education and access to children’s social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance has been updated to clarify that all local authorities and academy trusts have been invited to order devices, …

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Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

UPDATED GUIDANCE: Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak. The DfE has updated its guidance to clarify advice on the system of controls measures including PPE and the NHS test and trace process. NOTE FROM CHRISTINA PONTING: Nothing in this seems …

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SCHOOLS WEEK REPORT: New financial transparency rules for LA schools: everything you need to know

The government published its response to a consultation aimed at bringing the financial transparency of local authority schools in line with academies. Other changes include councils being named and shamed for filing financial returns late and for all council-maintained schools to submit three-year budgets and details of related-party transactions. SCHOOLS WEEK REPORT

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