Month: September 2020

Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues,   Autumn Term 2020-21 Headcount (School360 Users) ​Headcount day is Thursday 1st October. If you have not already done so, please login to your school360 accounts and complete the headcount form in 2020-2021 > Autumn 2020-21 folder. If you require a password reset, please contact Sophie Downing.   Deadline for submission is Friday 2nd October.   …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues,   Covid-19 – Guide for Parents and Carers  Please find attached a useful resource to use with parents to manage Covid in your setting.   Virtual Network/Moderation Events The following virtual events are taking place this half term for those wanting to register for a place. 29.09.2020 Early Years Practice & Provision Schools Network – …

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SEN Building Adaptations Survey 2020-2021

Dear Colleagues,  Following the good response from schools to the Children’s Services survey in March 2020, regarding SEN building adaptations, we would like to establish a database of adaptations to Northumberland schools that will be updated annually. Please find details for this annual return (2020-2021) here. This will help us to gather important information to …

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Reminder: Chairs’ and Vice Chairs’ Briefings – Autumn Term 2020, Booking Form

Further to our post in last weeks’ edition of the E-courier (15/09/2020), could those Chairs and Vice Chairs who have yet to book onto one of our upcoming Briefings please check your emails to ensure you have received your Google Form for completion. If not, please contact us via the Governor Training mailbox:  governortraining@northumberland.gov.uk and we will …

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Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Page summary – What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND). Change made – Amended the information on risk assessments for those with …

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School Improvement Partner Report Format for the Autumn Term

In light of the Covid environment it is envisaged that this terms School Improvement Partner visit will be completed virtually. The aims for the visit are that they will support head teachers, inform governors and champion the children. On site visits are possible however they should only be undertaken where there is a very compelling …

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Families Newcastle Gateshead Magazine -for Families in Northumberland

As you know, the magazine is unable to be printed right now, but hopefully it will be back to print next issue.  As we start the new autumn term, please can you share this link to the digital summer holiday magazine to share with families The magazine provides endless ideas to help parents keep their children busy, …

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Informing Northumberland County Council of School Closures due to COVID-19

Please note that should you need to make the decision to close your school as a result of COVID-19 infection, you should inform the County Council in the same way as for any school closure i.e. send an email to school.closures@northumberland.gov.uk at the earliest opportunity after the decision to close has been made, providing detail on when the …

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EEF Training opportunity

The Primary School Improvement Team is delighted to announce a unique training opportunity with Caroline Bilton.  Caroline is the Deputy Headteacher at Cragside C of E Primary School in Cramlington. Currently, she is on secondment with the Education Endowment Foundation and is the co-author of the updated EEF ‘Improving Literacy at KS1’ guidance report.  She has kindly agreed to provide …

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Update on DfE scheme for devices for children open to social work and care leavers

The DfE have updated the guidance in relation to this scheme and have now made it possible for local authorities to gift the devices allocated to them for this cohort of children to schools. Northumberland have decided this is the most sensible thing to do. We have some further devices to distribute and will be …

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Local Authority Staff Absence Teachers and Support Staff Insurance Supply Schemes from Sept 2020

Background Schools were informed before the end of the Summer Term, that the staff absence insurance schemes would be reinstated with effect from 1 September 2020. Making a Claim The 2020/21 Claim Form for the Teachers Scheme is available HERE The 2020/21 Claim Form for the Support Staff Scheme is available HERE Claim forms should …

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Placement Availability at Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit

Northumberland Pupil Referral Unit in Morpeth currently has a limited number of vacant places available for pupils from Year 2 to Year 9.  If you are interested in commissioning a place or would like more information about the PRU – virtual tours and visits can be made upon request.  Any queries about placements, referrals or …

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