Month: March 2021

Department for Education Consultation: Changes to the sparsity factor within the 2022/23 funding formula

Schools may be aware the Northumberland has lobbied the DfE for changes to the Sparsity Formula, including seeking changes to the methodology in measuring pupil journeys from “as the crow files” to road distances. In 2020/21 and 2021/22 6 schools were supported for Sparsity via an exceptional factor, and in 2021/22 the amount of funding …

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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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Services to Schools SLA portal

The Services to Schools SLA portal, available at: https://sla.northumberland.gov.uk/default.aspx is very much open for business to enable schools to record their service requirements for Council services for 2021/22.  While individual service deadlines will be down to the discretion of Service Managers and contacts, can I ask that wherever possible schools record the requirements within the portal by Friday …

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

FAO Governing Bodies/Boards of Directors Please click on the link below to register to attend  the 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.  The session will be led by Jane Friswell, who has a national profile in the field of …

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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 e-courier and Head’s briefing so you are likely to be familiar with much of …

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Covid Risk Assessments – revised documents

The following model risk assessments have been updated in light of revised government guidance. • Covid School Model Risk Assessment – version 6 (2/3/2021)• Face Coverings Model Risk Assessment – version 4 (2/3/2021)• NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Testing onsite (ATS) in Secondary Schools• NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Testing of Education Staff and Secondary Age Pupils …

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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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Study opportunity survey: Blyth based Technical Welding & Fabrication Training Centre

Northumberland County Council aims to support young people who aspire to develop skills and to work in technical roles within Welding, Fabrication, Pipe Fitting and Mechanical Engineering occupations. These skills are in demand in manufacturing, structural engineering, energy and offshore sectors. To allow this support to be provided, Northumberland County Council is exploring the demand for a …

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Early Years – be Fire ready

Our Northumberland Fire and Rescue Padlet is a new resource focusing on fire and rescue safety messages for children under 5. Teachers and families can engage with the many features, images, links, videos and downloadable resources to use at home, or in the classroom.

Face coverings in education

Page summary: Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England. Change made: This guidance has been updated to include new guidance on face coverings to support schools and colleges to return to a full attendance on 8 March.

Challenging Topics at GCSE Work Group – Great North Maths Hub

Feedback from teachers and GCSE exam analysis indicates there are key areas of the Maths curriculum that students continue to find challenging.  While teachers will need to address students’ immediate difficulties with regard to such topics, there is also the recognition that these issues are often rooted in earlier learning, and this forms a key …

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School Games Organising Committee – HT volunteers required

On behalf of the Northumberland Local Organising Committee for the Level 3 school games programme: The group’s mission and vision is to ensure we are creating the right opportunities for the children and young people across Northumberland to take part in meaningful events and the local offer meets the needs of the different school settings …

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Covid Risk Assessments

Covid Model Risk Assessments – revised documents  The  following model risk assessments have been updated in light of the recently issued government guidance.   Covid School Model Risk Assessment – version 6 (2/3/2021)  Face Coverings Model Risk Assessment – version 4 (2/3/2021)  NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Testing on-site (ATS) in Secondary Schools  To Follow:  NEW Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rapid Testing of Education Staff and Secondary Age Pupils at Home (Self-Test) (the publication of …

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