Month: July 2021

School Kitchen Team Leader/Supervisor consultation – Northumberland County Council School Meals SLA Service

Dear School Kitchen Team Leader/Supervisor. The Education Team at Northumberland County Council are consulting to establish whether school kitchen staff 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 …

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Parental Relationships and the Impact On Children – virtual learning events

The aim of the course is to help any member of staff working in a school to identify and respond to parental conflict.  It can also be used in PHSE lessons when talking about family relationships and dynamics. Learning Outcomes are: To understand the evidence base for the impact of parental conflict and its impact …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues,   📢A call for champions to narrow the gap!📢Northumberland Early Years are calling on champions who will join us in our efforts to narrow the attainment gap for disadvantaged children. They will have the opportunity to be part of a new and exciting  Project supported by the Early Years Team. Want to know more? Then watch this video…   School360 Learning Journal We are now accepting registrations for the School360 Learning Journal.  At this point we can create a login for you and your team to access the journal separately to the passport and you’ll be able to login to …

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LOVE Northumberland Awards 2021

We are inviting applications from schools for the Schools Sustainable Travel category in the LOVE Northumberland Awards 2021. The Love Northumberland Awards are an annual opportunity to celebrate projects that have an environmental impact in our county, the Schools Sustainable Travel Award will be awarded to a school that has gone the extra mile to promote sustainable …

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Join Us and Pledge to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Join us in becoming White Ribbon Ambassadors or Champions and pledging to end violence against women and girls. The White Ribbon Organisation is a charity that works to encourage everyone, and especially men and boys, to make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women and girls. The …

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Become a White Ribbon Ambassador or Champion

Join Us and Pledge to End Violence Against Women and Girls Join us in becoming White Ribbon Ambassadors or Champions and pledging to end violence against women and girls. The White Ribbon Organisation is a charity that works to encourage everyone, and especially men and boys, to make the White Ribbon Promise to never commit, …

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Early Years Update

    Dear Colleagues,   ✨Additional Funding Champion Role✨ We are seeking passionate early years practitioners, with or without experience of early years funding streams, who know in their hearts that the status quo in our approach to dealing with early intervention to narrow the gap for our most vulnerable children is limited. We are …

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English as an Additional Language, International New Arrivals Network Meeting

FAO HT & SENCos The EAL Service will be holding a network meeting on Thursday 23rd September at 3.30pm to discuss good practice for the admission and induction of international new arrivals.  This session will include practical ideas, tools and approaches.   Suitable for all key stages Click here to attend the English as an Additional Language, International New Arrivals Network Meeting  Please complete the relevant online sign-up form. An …

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Dare to Lead for Headteachers

FAO Headteachers In the Autumn term, NCC will be facilitating the delivery of the Dare to Lead Curriculum for Heads and Senior Leaders in Schools. The Dare to Lead™ curriculum brings Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy into your own organisation or school, though you and your commitment to the programme.  Our focus …

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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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School Kitchen Team Leader/Supervisor consultation – Northumberland County Council School Meals SLA Service

Dear School Kitchen Team Leader/Supervisor. The Education Team at Northumberland County Council are consulting to establish whether school kitchen staff 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 …

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Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Page summary: Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made: Updated ‘Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ to remove information on the claims window for additional costs and confirm the extension of the COVID Local Support Grant funding up to 30 September 2021.

Summer schools programme

Page summary: Details of the summer schools programme for secondary schools including funding, requirements for running a summer school and best practice evidence. Change made: Updated the COVID-secure summer school section to make it clear that schools should follow the protective measures for holiday and afterschool clubs, and other out-of-school settings guidance.

Inspection from September 2021

Ofsted have amended the inspection handbook from September 2021. The main changes are: • Schools and colleges should assume online sexual abuse, violence and harassment take place within the school community, even if there are no reported cases.• Inspectors will ask what schools and colleges are proactively doing to combat this, including preventative measures, the …

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Update – EYFS Profile

REMINDER: There is no statutory requirement for schools to submit EYFS Profile data to the LA this year. The LA will not be requesting this information. Instead, DfE have asked schools to use their best endeavours to undertake it, should the situation at the time allow. Further detail is set out in section 6.2.

Brand new Active Northumberland offers

A brilliant new Active Northumberland discounted membership offer is being introduced for school staff and their families too! Unfortunately this offer is not available to academies. The offer has been introduced by Active Northumberland to help you adopt a more active lifestyle and to reap the many benefits that exercise can bring to our physical …

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Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF)

Please share the following with parents and carers about a range of holiday programmes across the summer break along with the attached flyer. Dear Parent/Carer,   We are writing to you with an exciting opportunity for children and young people this summer.   Thanks to the Government’s Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) and funding we …

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Reporting Staff COVID Cases on ANVIL

This is a reminder to staff that in addition to reporting cases to NCC’s Public Heath team via their webform, there is also a requirement that all confirmed Covid19 cases amongst staff employed by the County Council are recorded on ANVIL, the Council’s incident reporting system. This is because Covid-19, in certain circumstances, is a notifiable disease under RIDDOR and the …

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Services to Schools Service Level Agreement (SLA) Portal Survey

The Services to Schools SLA Portal has now been in operation for over two years and we are keen to collect the views of Schools and Service Managers in relation to the operation of the portal.  Schools should complete the specific survey at the link HERE.  Anyone using the SLA portal and involved in the …

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Return to Work Carers Project

The Return to Work Carers Project provides flexible support to carers from the age of 16 working with you one step at a time, to help you achieve your potential. Please see attached poster and leaflet for more information.

Job Opportunities with the School Improvement Team and Inclusive Education Services

The School Improvement Team are looking to recruit to two posts in September – a School Improvement Lead (SEND) and a School Improvement Lead (Disadvantage). These posts will join the existing team of Damian Burke, Dave Cookson, Louise Mallin and Claire Williams. If you would like an informal conversation about either post please contact Dave …

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