Month: March 2021

Reminder – Covid 19 Workforce Fund deadline of 31 March 2021

As highlighted in last week’s Ecourier, a reminder that the coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund for schools and colleges online form is now live HERE. Eligible institutions include:  primary, secondary and all through maintained schools, academies and free schools 16 to 19 academies and maintained schools maintained special schools, and special academies and free schools non-maintained special …

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Integrated Wellbeing Service training – catalogue of training for 2021/22

Please find attached our new catalogue which contains details of the courses being held in 2021/22 should you be interested in attending.  Please feel free to forward this to your contacts. I also attach a training application form which should be completed and returned to hlthimpr.training@nhct.nhs.uk.  Please note that a separate application form will need to …

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Teaching about Public Sexual Harassment

As women across the UK campaign for safer streets, many have shared their experiences of being subject to public sexual harassment as children and teenagers. Teachers may already have incorporated this in their teaching and learning about safe and respectful relationships in PSHE. For anyone seeking quality assured online resources to use in school, there …

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Northumberland School Improvement Team – Facebook Group

The Northumberland School Improvement Team are now on Facebook. From the summer term we will use the group to, for example, provide schools with updates, share links to training and signpost useful resources and documentation.The group is aimed at teaching staff, senior leaders and headteachers across Northumberland. *Please note that this is a private group …

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Leadership Conference Sessions April 2021

North Tyneside are facilitating some virtual leadership sessions from 19 April – 29 April 2021 and would like to share the offer more widely to Newcastle and Northumberland schools. You will find the link below to the sessions with more information, dates and times and how to book. https://nteysis.org.uk/leadership-virtual-conference-2021/ Any questions please contact: Sharon Harries …

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Finance Claim Form From NCC For Covid Related Staff Absence Costs

On 18 March, your school/academy will receive a Finance Claim form from NCC to enable your school/academy to claim costs for COVID-related staff absences for the periods March to October 2020 and January to March 2021 – this form follows on from the finance questionnaire sent out by NCCrecently. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF THE …

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An Offer from Sunderland University ITT for Secondary/High Schools

With pupils returning to onsite learning, Sunderland University are eager to support schools and their pupils with the transition back to school. Following DfE guidance, they have developed a range of flexible placementopportunities which schools may choose to utilise:Twin Tutoring:In this option, trainees are paired up within their specialisms to work with pupils on either …

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COVID-19 Testing Guidance

Please see attached flowcharts for school testing.  These have been developed by the Education team to clarify actions following home lateral flow testing in school children / households.  Additional information has been included to help parents understand when they can use asymptomatic testing sites vs PCR testing, including details about not testing primary school age …

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Just Say App

The Just Say app is now available to 16-25 year olds, helping young people of Northumberland find their way to be happy, healthy, safe and independent.  It is available to download on the App store and Google Play  Just Say aims to help young people get the advice and support they need at the earliest opportunity to start achieving their …

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Changes to the early years foundation stage (EYFS) framework

Please click on this link to view the recently released DfE overview of changes to the EYFS.  The Northumberland Early Years Team will be providing training in the summer term to support schools, settings and childminders to implement the revised statutory framework from September.  Further information on the EYFS reforms training offer can be found …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Delivery of face coverings to support contingency stock in early years and primary schools In line with Public Health England (PHE) advice, the Department for Education has temporarily extended its policy on the use of face coverings in education and childcare settings, as an additional precautionary measure during this period of high coronavirus …

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Rapid covid-19 testing for households, childcare and support bubbles of staff and pupils

Please share this leaflet with your parents and carers – School Test Parents Leaflet. You may also find this Q & A shared with us by central government useful should you get asked any questions – Rapid Testing Parents – Approved Q & A. If you require any communications in relation to parents/carers testing at …

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English Hub Free Training

The English Hub have just publicised 2 free courses they are running this week. Click on the links to register. Tuesday 16th March – 4pm – 5.30pm – Becoming A Storyteller https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/becoming-a-story-teller-tickets-133053820559 Wednesday 17th March 4pm – 5.30pm – Kirsty Godfrey, HMI – Inspections and the implications https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/kirsty-godfrey-hmi-tickets-139412710169

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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Document Summary Service February’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 February summaries. 1) DSS 20/21 51: Remote Education Research (Ofsted) This summary from Ofsted, based on visits, presents evidence abouteffective remote teaching and learning. https://edn.bris.ac.uk/dss/202151/ 2) DSS 20/21 52: …

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RE Network Meetings

Northumberland SACRE are looking to hold some online network meetings for teachers/leaders, to support the teaching and learning of RE. Meetings will be hosted by Caz Weir, the RE Co-ordinator for Northumberland. • Wed 24th March – middle (4pm)• Thurs 25th March – secondary/high (4pm) If you would like to attend please contact Caz via …

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HSE Education Bulletin – Spring term reopening of schools and feedback from HSE spot checks

The HSE have issued their periodic bulletin for the education sector. This edition covers the reopening of schools on 8 March and includes feedback from the spot visits made to schools nationwide during the latter part of 2020. The Corporate Health and Safety Team have previously provided feedback arising from spot check visits via the …

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