Dave Cookson

DfE Devices available for many schools

Over half of Northumberland schools are now able to order their new allocation of devices from the DfE. Schools should have received an email from the DfE informing them of how to order. Please contact Dave Cookson if you have any queries.

First/Primary Schools: Connecting Schools to Nature Opportunity – British Ecological Society (FREE)

As part of the ‘Connecting schools to nature in North East England’ outreach project, the British Ecological Society is excited to announce that teachers / schools can now apply to take part via the link below!  APPLY HERE   Schools who take part in this project will: receive over £1000 worth of equipment to make your school ground more nature friendly receive in-person classroom workshops delivered by BES staff and volunteers find …

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Support to retrieve and reset DfE-restricted Windows devices for organisations that received DfE-restricted laptops and tablets before 30 June 2021 and have not yet reset them.

Support to retrieve and reset DfE-restricted Windows devices Resetting DfE-restricted devices should still be considered a priority to ensure they remain safe for children and young people to use. We encourage you to register for our support services to help retrieve and reset devices as soon as possible. We are also offering grants to contribute towards the technical …

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Teaching internship programme: summer 2022

Grants from the DfE are available for school-led partnerships to design and provide teaching internships targeted at undergraduates studying a STEM-related degree. This year a pilot programme to deliver additional internships in modern foreign languages is available to schools in the north-east region. School-led partnerships in the north-east region who wish to participate in the pilot …

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Following up on devices for pupils after the DfE and LA schemes

The School Improvement Team are following up on the provision of IT devices by the DfE/LA since March 2020. The aim of the two DfE schemes and the LA project was to ensure that all pupils have access to a suitable device (laptop, Chromebook or tablet) at home, and access to the internet. To aid …

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Pupil Premium Template Examples Published

The DfE have published example templates for primary, secondary and special schools today (2 November). The deadline for having your PP statement on the school website is the end of December. Full details of the new requirements and links to the examples can be found here.

Holocaust Education Trust – CPD and teaching resources

Dear Colleague,As teachers and students return to school after the October break, we want to remind you about how we can support you and your students in teaching and learning about the Holocaust. Find out more about our Teaching Resources, Teacher Training Programme, Outreach Programme and Lessons from Auschwitz Online Projects at www.het.org.uk. Teacher TrainingIf you will teach about the Holocaust for the …

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Seeking primary schools in Northumberland to take part in Education Endowment Foundation maths and science study

Stop and Think is inviting state-funded primary schools in Northumberland to take part in a study testing a new maths and science programme called ‘Stop and Think’. The study is being funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF). What is ‘Stop and Think’? Stop and Think is a software programme developed by neuroscientists at Birkbeck …

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Social Mobility Foundation: 2022 Applications

Applications for the Social Mobility Foundation’s free Aspiring Professionals Programme are now open for 2022!  SMF are keen to ensure that students who are eligible for support are aware of the programme, especially given the disparities between higher and lower income families highlighted in the last 18 months of the Covid-19 pandemic. Aspiring Professionals Programme (APP) The …

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Upcoming CPD Opportunities – year 2 and year 6

These courses will provide practical guidance based on teaching, learning and assessment for Year 2 teachers: whether new, returning or keeping up to date. Content will include:  Assessment and reporting arrangements (if available)    Key dates for assessment and moderation priorities   Curriculum  How does data support teaching and learning?   Early identification/intervention groups  Thoughts about SATs papers …

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School-led tutoring grant through the National Tutoring Programme

All state-funded schools and trusts can now access their allocations for school-led tutoring grant fund payments and can use this information to clarify how much funding they have received to deliver school-led tutoring. The programme went live at the beginning of September and detailed guidance and conditions of the grant are available. If you have any questions about school-led tutoring, …

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RE Today – RE resources

RE Today have had many requests where teachers are looking for CPD around the various religions as well as non-religious views. In response they have developed 2 options to cover off all the relevant information to assist RE delivery in the classroom. Option 1 – A set of current and practical books that not only …

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Dark Nights Ahead – clocks changing

We’ll soon be setting the clocks back an hour and summer-time will end. The resources below will help remind children, including teenagers, about road safety and keeping safe in the dark. Teaching Road Safety: A Guide for Parents https://www.rospa.com/media/documents/road-safety/teaching-road-safety-a-guide-for-parents.pdf Safety First – Cycling at Night https://www.cycletraining.co.uk/cycle-training-and-cycle-safety/safety-first-cycling-at-night/ Teaching road safety: guide for educators https://www.brake.org.uk/how-we-help/raising-awareness/schools-and-families Be Bright Be Seen https://brightkidz.co.uk/initiatives/be-bright-be-seen/  Dark …

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STEM Ambassadors offering online mentoring for students

Free online 1:1 mentoring for Year 10 to 11s This autumn STEM Learning are offering six weeks of free online mentoring sessions for students aged 14 to 16.  “An opportunity like no other. It encourages young students to go achieve above and beyond in STEM careers.” (Mentee in spring 2021 cohort) Launching on 8 November, they have hundreds of STEM …

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Linking Leaders project

We are seeking expressions of interest from first and primary school headteachers who are keen to further explore the power of action research in school improvement, as they develop their curriculum offer. North of Tyne Combined Authority, The Newcastle Research School and school improvement teams in Northumberland, North Tyneside and Newcastle are working in partnership …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues   Managing COVID Outbreaks in Northumberland Schools and Setting ​Please find information attached.   Autumn 2021-22 Headcount Reminder (School360 Users) ​The deadline for submitting your Autumn Headcount via School 360 is Friday 8th October. Please login to your school360 account to access the provider return (2021-2022 > Autumn 2021-22). If you require …

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REMINDER: School Contacts (including Emergency Contact Details)

For the attention of the Headteacher To enable us to ensure we have the most up to date information for your school, those schools who have not yet submitted these would you please complete the details in this form.   We are collecting this information so we can contact the appropriate person for your school, including for any out of hours emergencies or premises …

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Education Policy and Research Service September 2021

Dear Colleagues I am delighted to bring you the first collection of summaries from the Education Policy and Research Service – the Document Summary Service has now been laid to rest and we move forward with a new and improved service! Plenty of reports awaited me when I returned from my summer break. Over the …

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Reading Plus

Amble Links First School are currently benefitting from Reading Plus, an evidence-based adaptive reading intervention and improvement programme. It is designed to develop children’s reading skills by increasing their vocabulary, comprehension, metacognition – and silent reading fluency. Aimed at pupils in KS2 and above, Reading Plus has a readability range from Y2 to beyond GCSE. …

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The Great Northumberland Forest Competition

The Great Northumberland Forest is a plan to plant millions of trees, creating more wooded landscapes across the county by 2030 to help tackle the big challenges facing society such as climate change, biodiversity decline, promoting health and wellbeing, and supporting a thriving local economy. The Great Northumberland Forest was announced in Autumn 2019 with …

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Reminder – Dedicated Energy Team Schools Mailbox

The new Energy Team Schools Mailbox is now live and is exclusively for all your correspondence and enquiries relating to utilities.  The Energy Team Schools Mailbox will be monitored with the following service levels:   Within 2 working days you will receive acknowledgement and first response to your enquiry.    For more detailed enquiries which are not resolved within the first response, further communication will be sent no later than 10 working days.   To contact the Energy Team please use the following email address:  …

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STEMFest in Space

The STEMFest in Space virtual event combines classroom and hands-on learning in an exciting, fun-packed day, showcasing the many wonders of space. It is a perfect opportunity to learn about careers within the space sector and a chance to meet real astronauts and inspirational speakers. Find out more here.

MISSION DISCOVERY – EXTRA FULLY FUNDED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE FOR NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS

MISSION DISCOVERY – EXTRA FULLY FUNDED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE FOR NORTHUMBERLAND SCHOOLS GO ORBITAL – START YOUR SPACE ADVENTURE. NEWCASTLE OCTOBER 25th to 29th 2021. We are encouraging schools across Northumberland to nominate students ages 14 – 18 to work with NASA Astronauts, rocket scientists and NASA personnel for a week. There is no predetermined selection process, …

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Covid Outbreak Management Update

Managing Covid Outbreaks in Northumberland Schools and Setting As expected, cases of COVID-19 have increased in nursery and school age children since the beginning of the term. The potential outbreak thresholds described within the DfE Contingency Framework are relatively low and a number of schools have reached these already. In response, please continue to contact …

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