Month: October 2020

Document Summary Service October 2020

Dear Colleagues As we face the ‘second wave’ of the pandemic, it is hardly surprisingthat the pandemic continues to feature prominently in the reports andguidance which have appeared over the last month. I have summarisedreports dealing with how effectively the different parts of the UK haveresponded to the pandemic and …

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Schools HR Updated Contact Details from September 2020

We have a number of Schools HR Advisors within the team, but have a flat line management structure with no team leader/ senior post holder, in addition some of the team have variable hours. We are also keen that all general enquires including those linked to pay, contracts, SLA’s, requests …

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

Page summary – What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19)outbreak.Change made – On 16 October 2020 – amended information on local COVID alert levels and tiers of restriction (section 3), staff who are clinicallyextremely vulnerable (section 3), children who are …

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DFE update – Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Page summary – What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.Change made – Updated information on Prevention, Other considerations (system of controls), Response to any infection, Pupils travelling from abroad, Attendance, Workforce, Safeguarding, School uniform, Wraparound provision and extra-curricular …

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Vacancies for School Forum Members

The Schools Forum is currently seeking additional members to represent Northumberland Schools on the Forum. In order to ensure School Forummembership is reflective of its schools, representatives are particularly sought from First/Primary and Middle maintained schools and the academies. Northumberland Schools Forum is the key consultation body in relation to …

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Wellbeing for Education Return in Northumberland

As you will be aware, the Wellbeing for Education Return programme is funded by the Department for Education and has been launched this Autumn. It aims to provide support to staff working in schools and colleges to help them respond to the additional pressures some children and young people may …

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DFE update – protective measures for holiday or after school clubs and other out of school settings for children during the coronavirus covid-19 outbreak

Page summary – Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settingsoffering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Change made – Updated with information about local COVID alert levels.

Holding Hearts Bereavement and Loss Training

Please see the attached flyer. Holding Hearts Therapeutic Services are play therapists who have been funded to work with children in the county to deal with issues of bereavement and loss during the Covid 19 crisis. There is a free training session for any school based professional who would like …

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Corona Virus (COVID-19) test kits for schools and FE providers

Page summary – Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils,teachers and staff. Change made – Updated the ‘Making an order for additional coronavirus tests’ with additional information for schools and FE providers inparticularly high risk areas who …

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Vacancies for Schools Forum Members

The Schools Forum is currently seeking additional members to represent Northumberland Schools on the Forum. In order to ensure School Forum membership is reflective of its schools, representatives are particularly sought from First/Primary and Middle maintained schools and the academies. Northumberland Schools Forum is the key consultation body in relation …

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Halloween Guidance / School Snapshot

Halloween 2020 With Covid-19 restrictions in place in the North East, Halloween traditions may look a little different this year. Anything that increases contact between multiple families is increasing people’s risk and could spread the virus further. So, this year we are asking families to get creative with their celebrations. Don’t hold …

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

Page summary – Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings duringthe coronavirus outbreak. Change made – Updated to include new guidanceon the test and trace process, social care visits, shielding, staff who have been in close contact with a positive …

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