Month: May 2021

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: The guidance has been updated to reflect step 3 of the roadmap out of lockdown. Information has been included on staff wellbeing, clinically extremely vulnerable, safe removal of face coverings, attending more than …

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DfE Updates – Schools that received devices via the DfE

For schools that received devices via the DfEbetween April 2020 and April 2021 DfE safeguarding settings expire on 30 September 2021. You need to reset devices and apply your own settings before that date to ensure they’re safe for children and young people to use. For further information please click here. For schools that received …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues   School Readiness Passport Update Briefing​ Please see invitation attached for information about this term’s passport update briefing.   ​EYFS Reforms The video ‘A Focus on Inclusive Practice’ is now available on the EYFS Reforms section of the Northumberland Early Years SharePoint Site. If you do not yet have access to the Site, …

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Access to inclusive short breaks and community activities for children with SEND

FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL SENDCo’s We’re keen to hear from any parents of children with SEND about any barriers they find to accessing community based short breaks such as sports, clubs, activities and leisure facilities. There are a number of ways in which we are able to gather their views. Would you please share …

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Ofsted / CQC SEND Revisit

We have been notified that Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission will undertake a three day revisit in relation to Special Education Needs and Disabilities in Northumberland. We are currently preparing information/evidence and inspectors from Ofsted and Care Quality Commission will undertake their fieldwork from 19th to 21st May 2021. It is possible that inspectors …

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The Big Ask

Get your child’s voice heard and make a difference. The Children’s Commissioner for England, Dame Rachel de Souza, is launching a once-in-a-generation review of children’s lives. It’s called ‘The Childhood Commission’ and it will identify the barriers preventing children reaching their full potential and propose policy solutions to address them. At its heart is ‘The …

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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 to provide additional guidance on residential visits, which can commence from Step 3. Updated the guidance on use of face coverings, indoor group sizes and …

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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. 

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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School Furniture and Equipment

There is a range of furniture and equipment in good condition available to view and collect for free at Richard Coates C of E Primary School, Ponteland.   The School will have open days on Wednesday 26th May and Thursday 27th May between 9.30am – 4.00pm.   To arrange a visit or for further information regarding collection, please contact David Clay at Richard Coates CofE Primary School, Email: d.clay@peletrust.org.uk 

Document Summary Service April’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 April summaries. 1) DSS 20/21 76: Composite Classes, Class Size and Human CapitalAccumulation (Fraser Allen Institute, University of Strathclyde) This research report from the Fraser Allen Institute, funded by …

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Local Government Pension Scheme – My Pension Online

If you contribute to the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) the Fund is delivering all member communications through the mypension online facility. Therefore we urge you to sign up to your mypension account, if you’ve not already done so. As well as viewing your most recent Annual Benefit Statement, through mypension you can also; send queries securely view your pension record …

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Mode of Travel Hands up survey

To all Headteachers and Admin contacts Schools are requested to complete their annual Mode of Travel Hands up survey this term, this is later than usual because of Covid-19.   Full instructions are available here along with an attached letter but please don’t hesitate to get in touch with tracy.aitken@northumberland.gov.uk if there are any issues.   We are offering …

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Payroll

Please note the following deadlines to ensure any starters, changes, leavers, claims are included in the June payroll run.  Deadlines for June 2021 Payroll  Pay Date  Paperwork to be received by Payroll  Online claims to be approved in Fusion by manager.  Pay Day  June Mid Month  21st May  27th May  15th June  June End of Month  4th June  10th June  …

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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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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues   Summer Term 2020-21 Headcount Return (PVI & Childminders/School360 Submissions)​For those of you who submit headcount via School360, the return is now available within the 2020-2021 > Summer 2020-21 file. Please read the instructions on the guidance tab & complete by; Deadline – Friday 21st May.   Training Survey We are currently in the process of …

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Caretaker Training – Asbestos Awareness

Facilities Management will be running an Asbestos Awareness training session on Thursday, 20th May 2021. The course is designed for caretakers who are either new to NCC, have had no refresher training or have had no previous training in this subject.  Course Time Date Venue Cost Asbestos Awareness 9.00am  20th May Virtual – via Microsoft Teams …

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Learning and Educational Archive Resources for Northumberland – Online CPD Event – 20th May 2021

Northumberland Archives has been creating a new online digital platform for schools – LEARN – which is cross curricular and covers various topics for all ages. If you would like to find out more about it , we’re running a free mini online CPD Session on Thursday 20th May , 4pm to 4.30pm. We’ll take …

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Financial support for opening school facilities

The Department for Education has committed £10.1m to support schools in England to open their facilities outside of the normal school day (evenings, weekends, and holidays) to allow young people more opportunities to participate in extra-curricular physical activity and sporting opportunities. Grants of up to £10,000 are available to support schools to: ·        develop extracurricular opportunities …

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