Month: December 2020

Assessment update

Information for First, Primary and Middle schools – extract from the press release below – follow this link to view the full press release. For primary assessments, key stage 1 tests in English reading and mathematics, and the English grammar, punctuation and spelling tests at key stage 1 and 2 will be removed for one …

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Document Summary Service November’s Top 3 Downloads

To help you make the most of your Document Summary Service subscription here are last month’s highlights, our subscribers’ top three most popular downloads from the November summaries. 1) DSS 20/21 21: COVID-19 Series: Briefing on Schools: October 2020(Ofsted) This report from Ofsted reports on the most recent visits carried outby Ofsted to look at …

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Important: claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19)

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: https://form.education.gov.uk/service/coronavirus-schools-fund-claim 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 …

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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 – Updated guidance on SEND legislation (to reflect that temporary …

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Telephone Call Purporting to be from Google

A Northumberland school received a phone call purporting to be from someone who claimed to be working for Google. The initial question was to confirm the school address. The lady then proceeded to ask the headteacher a range of questions about Covid and our arrangements. The LA would suggest not answering such questions as there …

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Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page summary – Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on managing Department for Education (DfE) devices provided for children, families and young adults most in need. Change made – Removed section on device eligibility during the summer term. Added section encouraging reallocation of any 4G wireless routers sent during the summer term that …

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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 text and …

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