Month: December 2020

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings

Page summary – List of critical workers (key workers) and vulnerable children and young people who can access full-time education provision in the case of future restrictions on education during the coronavirus (COVID- 19) outbreak. Change made – Updated to reflect the latest guidance on the contingency framework for education and childcare settings.

Eligible exceptional costs relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) claim form

The DfE have published the second claim form for schools and academies to claim eligible exceptional costs relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for the period March to July 2020. This second claims window will run to 22 December and will be the final opportunity to submit a claim. Please read the guidance and instructions before completing …

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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 – Updated guidance on Ofsted inspections, parent and child groups, and local restriction tiers and contingency framework, and changed hyperlinks for 30 hours entitlement and taxfree childcare.

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

Page summary – Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of- school settings. Change made – Updated sections on ‘Children with health concerns’ and ‘Live performances of children’s dance, music and drama’. Added section on ‘Parent and child groups’.

New Funding to Support Schools and Colleges during Covid pandemic

On Friday 30 November Gavin Williamson announced a Covid workforce fund, to support schools with the costs of staff absences, exacerbated during the current Covid pandemic. A link to the article is provided HERE. Further guidance is to be announced “shortly” but the following conditions were highlighted in the article: Financial: Schools will first need …

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Opportunity for 13-16 year olds: NSPCC Yong People’s Board for Change

The NSPCC are recruiting 15 young people from across the UK to join their Young People’s Board for Change. The YPBC will share their views and ideas with decision-makers like NSPCC trustees, staff and politicians. Members will get involved in fun projects and travel across the country to take part in residentials, meetings, and workshops. They access training and develop campaigning and …

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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 settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made – Updated guidance in the following sections: home education; educational visits and trips; providers of music, dance and drama or sports provision; who can attend …

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

Page summary – Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term. Change made – Updated to reflect the local restrictions, including changes to the sections on shielding, face coverings, school and college trips and extra-curricular activities. We have also added information about performances in schools.

LA Public Health Update

Thank you for all the hard work in managing your responses to the pandemic. We hope those of you who have received support from the Local Authority have found it helpful. Please see below some guidance and common considerations which may be useful in supporting your decision making. Close Contact IdentificationWhen identifying close contacts to …

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Model Covid19 School Risk Assessment – Update (version 4.4)

Following a revision of the government guidance for schools which was updated on 26 November, a review of the risk assessment has taken place. This takes into account the move from national restrictions to Tier 3 restrictions which come into force in Northumberland on Wednesday 2 December. The changes made have been highlighted in purple …

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Transport to school and other places of education: 2020 to 2021 academic year

Page summary – What local authorities will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Change made – Updated guidance about the use of face coverings and about the workforce from 2 December. We have also renamed the guidance to reflect that it remains in use during the …

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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 – Updated to address changes for the exit from National Restrictions on 2 December. New and updated guidance on managing safety in settings and staffing, 30 hour entitlements and information on business …

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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 – Guidance updated to address the lifting of the national …

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National Funding Formula and Schools Funding Consultation 2021/22

As highlighted in last week’s Ecourier, Northumberland County Council is currently consulting with Schools on its proposals for transition to the National Funding Formula and Schools Block Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) for the financial year commencing April 2021, following the agreement of the Schools Forum on Wednesday 18 November 2020 to its proposals. Full details …

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