Month: July 2021

Become a school governor or trustee in another school

School governors and trustees make up the largest volunteer group in the country. They are a vital part of the education offer here in Northumberland. We are looking for committed and enthusiastic members of NCC staff to join our school governing boards and help make a positive contribution to children’s education.We urgently need governors in the South East and West …

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Document Summary Service June’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 June summaries. 1) DSS 20/21 96: Teacher Feedback to Improve Pupil Learning (EducationEndowment Foundation) This guidance report from the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF)presents 6 evidence-based recommendations for teacher feedback …

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Document Summary Service July 2021

Dear Colleagues As the summer term draws to a close, I am pleased to enclose the finalbatch of summaries for the academic year 2020-21. You will notice that there is a strong higher education theme thismonth. I am pleased to include a report from my colleague NicolaWarren-Lee. Along with Steve Puttick from the University of …

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Choosing a phonics teaching programme

Page summary: Sets out what the government is doing to help schools choose a phonics teaching programme. Change made: We have updated the guidance on choosing a phonics teaching programme and added the new list of validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes.

Sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges

Page summary: Advice for schools and colleges on how to prevent and respond to reports of sexual violence and harassment between children. Change made: Added updated ‘sexual violence and sexual harassment between children in schools and colleges’ guidance following a public consultation. This document does not come into force until 1 September 2021.

Responsibility for exams

Page summary: Guidance for schools, colleges and exam centres on who should enter students for exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing. Change made: Updated ‘Exam centre responsibility for students retaking qualifications from summer 2020 and summer 2021’ and ‘DfE exam support service: autumn 2021 exam fees, venues and invigilators’.

SEND OFSTED and CQC inspection

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) services in Northumberland have been recognised for making progress on areas of weakness by Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In May inspectors spoke with parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities and met with local authority and National Health Service …

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Furniture available to Northumberland schools

Dear Colleagues,   We are relocating Hexham Middle School and Queen Elizabeth High School to their new build over the summer holidays in preparation for the start of the new academic year and are able to offer some legacy furniture and equipment to other schools in Northumberland for free.  An example of the furniture on offer is:  Chairs and tables/desks;  Smartboards and projectors;  Design Technology equipment;  Science furniture;  …

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Senior Mental Health Lead Training (SMHL) – A localised offer

Further to information shared about the DfE funded SMHL training  (Senior mental health lead training – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)), we are pleased to announce that Northumberland will be offering a localised training course as part of a National Network of Mental Health Leads(www.mentalhealthlead.com). The Network is a nationwide consortium of organisations who believe that mental health …

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Invitation to feature in the Early Years E-Magazine

Do you have an example of good practice that you would like to celebrate and share with the early years workforce?  The Northumberland Early Years Team are inviting professionals from schools, settings and partner organisations to feature in their termly E-Magazine.   If you are a Northumberland school or setting delivering early years provision please click here for …

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Resources and support to get you ready for changes to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The DfE has developed resources and practical support for childminders, nursery leaders and preschool practitioners. The help for early years providers service, developed with sector experts and extensively tested with private, voluntary and independent staff and childminders, features information and resources all in one place to support you to understand and implement the changes to …

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Updated Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance

The DfE has today (6 July), updated its Keeping Children Safe in Education Guidance (KCSIE). The changes will come into force from September 2021. The key changes have been developed in response to the recent consultation on KCSIE and the Ofsted review into sexual harassment and abuse. The most notable changes are on victim support, …

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REMINDER – Services to Schools Service Level Agreement (SLA) Portal Survey

The SLA portal survey will close at midday on Friday 16th July 2021, please spare some time to give your opinions, they are important to help influence the future development of the portal. Schools should complete the specific survey at the link HERE Anyone using the SLA portal and involved in the provisions of services to …

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Head Teacher consultation – Northumberland County Council School Meals SLA Service

Dear Head Teacher. The Education Team at Northumberland County Council are consulting to establish whether Head Teachers feel the School Meals Service Support Contract is relevant, current and offers value for money. In recent years school uptake in the service has diminished year on year. We would like to know your open and honest thoughts as Head …

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