Month: April 2021

COVID Testing videos

The LA Communications Team and Northumberland’s Public Health team have produced two videos to help parents and pupils understand how to go about getting a COVID test if they 1) have symptoms or 2) if they have no symptoms. The videos, and other posters/animations you may find useful can be found here.

Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues EAL Virtual Drop-In Sessions The English as an Additional Language (EAL) Team are running a further virtual drop-in session for Early years Practitioners in May. Language Enrichment Training with Kirstie Page Click on the link to view a free training video from Kirstie Page on language enrichment in Early Years. If you would like to …

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Document Summary Service April 2021

Dear Colleagues I am pleased to bring you the first batch of post-Easter summaries. Ido hope that those of you in schools enjoyed a well-earned break. Thereare plenty of ‘big hitter’ reports to share with you this month.Firstly, the Sewell report into ethnic and racial disparities wasfinally published in March and has attracted some controversy. …

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National Child Measurement Programme

The School Health team will start the National Child Measurement Programme from the 10th May. This is earlier than usual in order to allow turnaround time and additional support for families who require it, before the summer holidays. The team will contact schools directly to arrange.

Code Club

We think all children should have the opportunity to learn to code so they can harness the power of computing and express themselves creatively. Code Club, which is part of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, supports schools nationwide to run coding clubs for 9- to 13-year-olds. Code Clubs are FREE and run by teachers at zero …

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EAL Virtual Drop in Information

The EAL Service will be holding a series of virtual drop-ins held via Microsoft Teams to discuss issues and consider scenarios relating to English as an additional language. The sessions available are outlined below: Early Years drop-in sessions: • Thursday 13th May 2021 (3.30PM – 4.30PM) Reception to KS4 drop- in sessions: • Thursday 29th …

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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 …

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Ofsted – Summer Term Inspections

The School Improvement Team have produced a briefing note about planned activity from Ofsted this term. Do contact one of the team if you require support or guidance around inspection. Ofsted are holding two webinars in early May outlining their plans – details are available here.

Summer Term SIP visits

It is our intention that SIP visits will be held in school this term, rather than being held remotely. When making arrangements to visit a school, SIPs will ensure that they are familiar with the plans you have in place for COVID safety.  We have asked all SIPs to carry out a Lateral Flow Test before each …

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Skills Builder

The Skills Builder Partnership brings together over 800 schools, colleges, employers and organisations around a common approach to building eight essential skills. A number of Northumberland schools are already involved. The approach is underpinned by a rigorous progression framework, which breakdown skills like Teamwork, Listening and Problem Solving into teachable steps. The Accelerator is the …

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NCC Apprenticeship levy – COVID incentive grant

We wanted to inform you about the latest Government update regarding the COVID incentive grant and how you could benefit as part of NCC Levy payers.  “Employers will receive £3,000 for new employees of any age who start their apprenticeship from 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021″  The incentive payment is in addition to the £1,000 employers already receive for hiring an apprentice:  …

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Financial support for Parents/Guardians who must take time off work to care for their child while they are self-isolating

Parents or guardians who are on a low income and need to take time off work to care for their child while they are self-isolating may be eligible for financial support from their local authority through the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. The Test and Trace Support Payment scheme is open to people who …

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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. Change made: We have updated the information in the operational guidance on Test and Trace support payments, the expectations for clinically extremely vulnerable pupils and staff, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, physical activity in schools and inspections. We have …

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Early career framework reforms: overview

Page summary: Details on the offer available to early career teachers and how this will be developed for national roll-out. Change made: Clarified that schools offering statutory induction will need to replace their induction process from September 2021 and the support which is available. Time updated: 4:50pm, 26 March 2021 Please note that the LA …

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Expressions of Interest in School Resource Management Adviser (SRMA) programme

As part of the Government’s programme to provide targeted additional financial support to schools, North Yorkshire are currently looking for people who are interested in becoming accredited School Resource Management Advisers (SRMAs).  SRMAs are school business experts who support schools and trusts to improve their financial health, maximise use of resources and deliver positive educational …

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Pupil premium

Page summary: The government is giving schools extra funding to help improve outcomes for disadvantaged children and other pupils who need extra support. Change made: Updated with a link to ‘Pupil premium: allocations and conditions of grant 2021 to 2022’ and added information on the requirements of schools.

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: Changes made to the sections ‘Considering group sizes’, ‘Promote and engage in asymptomatic testing’, ‘Educational visits and trips’, and ‘Staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable’. Time …

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Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Page summary: What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Guidance updated to reflect step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown, on singing in parent and child groups, educational trips, and for staff and children who are clinically extremely vulnerable. Updated the …

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