Month: February 2021

Model School Covid Risk Assessment – update (version 5.2)

Following an update to the government guidance for schools issued on Tuesday 2 February, minor revisions has been made to the model risk assessment. Whilst there are no major health and safety changes within the guidance, wording has been strengthened to provide clarity in some areas. In places where the …

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries

Page summary: Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID- 19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools. Change made: Added updated information about reporting delivery and test issues using the form, and contacting the helpline for the link which has been shared with primary schools, school-based …

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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 with latest changes to: system of controls, attendance, recruitment, free schools meals, estates, wraparound care, physical activity in schools, remote education, catch up, assessment and accountability, …

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SandStory Skills® practitioner training

A 3 session SandStory Skills® programme for teachers and TAs in Nothumberland schools leading to registered practitioner status. £150 will be charged to your school, so please ensure that you have their agreement before enrolling. Session 1 is Monday 1st March; Session 2 Monday 8th March and Part 3: Monday 15th March – 9.30-12.30 …

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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 the home education section with further information on vulnerable children who have difficulty engaging in remote education. Also added a …

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EEF – What does the evidence say about remote learning? – Tuesday 23rd February 4-5pm

In this session Caroline Bilton, Literacy Content Specialist at the Education Endowment Foundation, will discuss five key evidence-informed findings to support remote learning. She will also outline some of the resources available from the EEF to support remote learning, and the teaching of literacy. Book a place by contacting Caroline …

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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. Change made: Updated the guidance on rapid asymptomatic testing to include changes to daily contact testing advice, information on the rollout of testing to primary school staff and further guidance on …

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Discovery Primary Health and Relationships Digital Education Resource

From April 2021, UK primary schools must be ready to teach the new RHE curriculum. But, in a challenging year many teachers have had little time to prepare. Discovery Education’s Health and Relationships digital  programme provides complete coverage of the new curriculum, helping teachers to plan, deliver and evidence the …

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ABYYT Free Lent Resource Pilgrim Pathways

ABYYT have released a brand-new free online resource for Lent, Pilgrim Pathways. With 6 weeks of content, Pilgrim Pathways will take pupils on a pilgrimage journey through Lent, looking at 6 different items that are important on a walking pilgrimage. Each week will focus on a different item beginning with a lamp and followed …

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Asymptomatic LFD Testing being carried out on School sites

Following a recommendation from Public Health England, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that with effect from Wednesday 27 January 2021 (for a period of at least 2 months) a confirmatory PCR test will no longer be mandatory for those staff/pupils who test positive via an …

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Targeted support for homeschooling families

From today, Northumberland Libraries currently offering our Select and Collect service, will also offer free printing of homeschooling resources for parents and carers of children in Northumberland.  This offer is being targeted at those families most in need via yourselves hopefully and through Northumberland Communities Together to food banks and other points of contact. The free printing will be included with a selection of …

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Lateral Flow Device Testing Risk Assessments – update

Following on from the revised risk assessments issued in Thursday’s Head’s briefing, we have now had clarification regarding self-isolation requirements of close contacts of Covid19 positive cases identified via the LFD school testing programme. The risk assessments have been updated and confirm that following a positive LFD test, schools should …

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