Month: September 2020

How to keep your children moving during the pandemic

It’s important to keep kids active, even during challenging times like the Covid-19 pandemic. The Department for Education has released some great examples of how schools are ensuring pupils keep moving in Covid-19-secure ways: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6gGtLyXoeq9x1LWHPUs94TB8HQZfGoCq Schools will be able to access videos on the above YouTube channel which will provide creative and entertaining content that helps …

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Document Summary Service September 2020

Dear Colleagues I am pleased to enclose the first batch of summaries for September – Iwonder how you are finding things in the ‘new normal’. I was struckthis month by the wide range of issues covered in the reports whichhave been produced over the summer. There is something for colleaguesacross all phases of education. Two …

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DfE Data Request for School Nurseries

The Department for Education is continuing to request Local Authorities provide them with updates every Thursday regarding open and closed early years settings and the numbers of vulnerable and key worker children accessing those settings. This does not include children in Reception.To comply with this request we would like you all to complete this Google Form before …

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Responsibility for autumn exams

Page summary – Guidance for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing. Change made – Added ‘Public health arrangements for autumn exams’.

Qwell

Please can we remind Headteachers to circulate to staff the following details of an event aimed at explaining Qwell and its resources to teachers and teaching assistants. Qwell has been commissioned in Northumberland to support staff with their own emotional wellbeing and mental health: Wednesday 30th September, 4:00pm – 5:00pm If you would like to …

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spot checks

The HSE published an Education eBulletin on 4 September, announcing its intention to carry out spot checks on schools. We understand that the HSE has contracted out these initial calls to an organisation called Civica and that some schools are concerned that they are receiving hoax calls. We can confirm that Civica is acting on …

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Coronavirus School Funds for exceptional costs arising from Covid-19

The ESFA has made an initial payment in respect of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Schools Fund for those exceptional costs arising from Covid-19 and the partial re-opnieng of schools during the summer term. At this stage the only schools to have been paid are those which claimed solely for the three eligible categories of premises, free …

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Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own

Page summary – This page explains when to wear a face covering, exemptions from wearing one, and how to make your own face covering. Change made – Changes have been made to the following sections: ‘When to wear a face covering’, ‘Enforcement measures for failing to comply with this law’, ‘When you do not need …

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