Month: February 2021

Free CPD for KS2 History

Are you looking to combine the rich stories of local heritage with the requirements of the National Curriculum for history at Key Stage Two?Would you like to boost your subject knowledge so that you can teach with more confidence to the greater depth now required by the new OFSTED framework?Want some insight in to what …

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Refund of 2020/21 De-delegated Funding to Maintained Schools:

A report to Schools Forum on Wednesday 24 February outlined the Council’s intention to refund the re-organisation contingency deducted via de-delegation,  from maintained schools 2020/21 funding, as agreed by School Forum members. Maintained schools will receive a total of £344,538 in respect of this. Full details, including a breakdown by individual school are available in the attached …

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School Budget Shares 2021/22

Following consultation with Schools Forum, please find attached a document containing the 2021/22 Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) budget shares for the year from April 2021 to March 2022.  The document is in the order of your 4-digit Department for Education number. A covering letter providing some background information is also provided.  All of Northumberland’s 154 are subject …

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SPRING SIP SUPPORT

Given the current circumstances our visits have changed somewhat this year. Our spring visits usually focus on the quality of teaching and learning and are centred around classroom observations, work scrutiny and conversations with pupils and staff. As education provision has been very different this term we have adapted our SIP support offer accordingly. We …

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Free School Play Equipment

The below items are available for free if they can be collected from the named schools to anyone interested. To discuss, please contact Nikki Armstrong, Strategic Estates, Mobile: 07900681384, Email: nicola.armstrong@northumberland.gov.uk School Apparatus at Netherton Northside First School.  School Apparatus, Pommel Horses and Balancing Board etc. at Former Wooler First and Former West Woodburn.

Educational Visits Update

Following the Prime Ministers press conference on 22nd of February and the release of new guidance by Department for Education we felt it useful to provide an update regarding educational visits and offsite activity.   The advice we have provided prior to yesterday’s announcements remains valid. This is outlined by the DfE Guidance which applies up to 8thof March …

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Services to Schools SLA Portal 2021/22

We are currently undergoing final preparations for the opening of the 2021/22 Services to Schools SLA portal. In recent weeks you will have received emails checking contact details for your School.  We are currently finalising all of the services on offer, in order that the process may run as smoothly as possible. Further information will …

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Year End Guidance for Schools

As year end is fast approaching, Please find attached the documents for year end procedures and to highlight some key dates. Year End Procedures 2020/21 Year End Journal Template 2020/21 19/03/2021 – Deadline for the submission of all creditor invoices (pre coded) and credit notes to be paid before 31 March.  Payments into 2020-21 will cease …

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Northumberland Zoo

We have launched virtual education lessons on our Youtube Channel, each week featuring a different topic. These are topics which would normally be covered during actual school visits to the zoo and we wanted to try and encourage families and schools to tune in during lockdown and still access the zoo as a resource. Each …

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Spring Term Early Years eMagazine

Dear colleague Please click on the link to access the Northumberland Early Years eMagazine for Spring 2021. In addition to the termly eMagazine for professionals, we have also attached a supplement for parents which providers can share with families as part of their continuing offer to support learning in the home. Kind regards The Early Years Team

Free Virtual Language Enrichment Training

Kirstie Page (creator of Launchpad for Literacy) is offering some free, virtual Language Enrichment Training. There is a strong focus on using interactions within child-initiated learning and daily routines to develop specific skills, close language gaps and support children with Speech, Language & Communications needs. There are two dates to choose from – if, when you …

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SEN Governor Training – Providing Support and Challenge for Schools re SEN

FAO Governing Bodies/Boards of Directors SEN Governor Training – Providing Support and Challenge for Schools re SENWe have opened registration for a virtual 2-hour training session for Governors/Directors on Support and Challenge for Schools around SEN, to take place on March 16th, 2021 between 5-7pm.  I am delighted to announce that we will be joined …

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Consultation for Alnwick STEM Hub

Advance Northumberland is developing a feasibility study to assess the potential of establishing a STEM Hub in Alnwick. Current plans for the STEM Hub are based on the FabLab concept, providing workshop space for schools, individuals, clubs and community groups to access to explore and learn about different emerging technologies, such as 3D printing, satellite technology …

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Tree Safety

Following the recent bad weather, schools are reminded to note the content of the H&S bulletin which was issued last year relating to tree inspections. During wet/snow/windy conditions, it is possible that trees could become destabilased as a result of pre-existing disease or water logging in the rooting area. In particular, conifer trees may be …

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Responsibility for exams

Page summary: Guidance for schools and colleges on who should enter students for exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing. Change made: Added information to ‘Public health guidance to support exams from January 2021’ about scheduled assessments in February and March.

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 ‘Introduction’ section to reflect correct position for early years provision over half-term and ‘Remote education’ section to reflect a duty for schools to publish their remote education offer on their websites …

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Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Page summary: Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: We have updated the guidance to include information about supplier relief payments and made changes to the period the support covers. We have also added Farmfoods to the list of supermarkets available and updated the information …

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Document Summary Service January’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 January summaries. 1) DSS 20/21 41: COVID-19 Series: Briefing on Schools November 2020(Ofsted) This summary from Ofsted, based on visits, gives an overview of thesituation in schools and the …

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Skills Builder webinar for Northumberland schools

Skills Builder are really excited to offer you the opportunity to attend a Skills Builder Webinar.  It’s proven that skills such as Teamwork, Problem Solving and Speaking have a crucial place in any stage of a learner’s life, from helping to unlock learning at school to enhancing employability in adulthood. But it’s now even more …

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