Month: May 2021

Parental conflict can affect children’s mental health and their long term chances – support available

Frequent and intense levels of conflict at home can put a child’s mental health and wellbeing at risk. The Relationships Matter programme delivers FREE support to parents in Northumberland, whether they are together or separated. The programme helps parents improve their communication and solve disagreements, with the aim of reducing the conflict witnessed by their …

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NCSC LAUNCHES ONLINE GAME TO GIVE CHILDREN A HEAD START WITH STAYING CYBER SECURE

We are delighted to announce the launch of a new online game to help primary schools, clubs and other youth groups teach children about cyber security from an early age. CyberSprinters is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ, aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, and is available from …

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Services to Schools 2021/22 SLA Portal

Schools are requested to complete their purchases via the SLA portal by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 28 May.  If Schools anticipate a problem in completing their purchases by this date, please contact the portal via the dedicated email address schoolslas@northumberland.gov.uk.  Specific issues in relation to particular services should be directed to the relevant service contacts. 

Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues   Golden Tickets Another round of Golden Tickets will be sent out to Parents this week. Please check Child’s date of birth before offering a place. (Funding begins the term following the child’s 2nd birthday).     ​2 Year Old Funding Applications We have created an application form (linked below) for Parents who have not received …

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St Michael’s English Hub

We have a number of events coming up in the summer term. If you want to book onto any of the events please use the link below to book them –  #Talkalot Creating a vocabulary rich learning environment – Monday June 14th – 1pm – 3pm  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talkalot-creating-a-vocabulary-rich-learning-environment-tickets-133107146057 Role of decodable readers – Tuesday June 22nd – 4pm …

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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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North East Women in STEM

There are lots of AMAZING women working in STEM in the North East and although we are very good at ‘joining the dots’ we thought it would be a great idea to get all those INCREDIBLE projects, programmes, ideas and support all in one ‘virtual’ room. For more information click HERE

Changes to the School Admissions Code

Last year the government consulted on changes to the School Admissions Code (the Code). The new Code and associated regulations have been laid in parliament and subject to parliamentary procedure they will come into force 1st September 2021. The main purpose of these changes is to improve support for the in-year admission of vulnerable children. …

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SMILE Through Sport – disability multi-sport sessions

SMILE Through Sport are excited to be back delivering disability multi-sport sessions again (face-to-face)! We will kick off with holiday activity sessions next week, followed by weekly sessions. May Half Term Multi-Sport SessionsTuesday 1st June 10.30am-12.30pm at Beaconhill Community Centre, Cramlington. This session is for families in Northumberland with a disabled family member, all ages and abilities …

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STA guidance on pupil reports for Summer 2021

Statement from STA: “The full guidance has not yet been published; it is in clearance processes in the wider DfE. The regulations themselves have been laid before Parliament and have come into force as of 12 May, so the legal requirements this year are public, including that schools will not have to report on primary assessments for …

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DfE devices update

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers were provided by the Department for Education (DfE) to support remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. DfE will provide data for 4G routers until 31 July 2021. ‘Restricted’ Windows laptops and tablets came with security software licenses that will expire on 30 September 2021. You need to reset routers …

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Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Page summary: What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Guidance updated to reflect Step 3 of the Roadmap from 17 May 2021, including visits to Special residential settings (chapter 4), asymptomatic testing (chapter 11), funding (chapter 12), face coverings (System of Controls – …

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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 our guidance in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, including information on face coverings, attendance, pupils travelling to the UK from abroad, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, music, dance and drama, pupil wellbeing …

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EYFS Reforms

Headteachers will find this article useful when reflecting on the EYFS Reforms with their early years staff, in preparation for September – EYFS Reforms – Update for Headteachers – Priorities, Opportunities and Myths. In addition, Northumberland Early Years team continue to run sessions for practitioners on the EYFS Reforms which are available live by booking …

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