Donna Donaldson

Chairs & Vice Chairs Briefings – Autumn 2020

In light of these unprecedented times we are now looking at different ways of working and how best to evolve what were our ‘normal’ practices. Moving forward, we will be holding our Chairs and Vice Chairs Briefings via virtual meetings. Please note the new joining process will involve completion of a Google Form where you …

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Northumberland Education January- February 2020 Training Update

Click here to view the forthcoming training opportunities for January and February 2020 offered by Northumberland Education.  This includes training in the following areas: Refresher for Designated Safeguarding Lead, 3D printing Course and Printer loan, Improving Literacy Outcomes with Technology, Chairs’ and Vice Chairs’ Network Briefings, PSHE: Alcohol and Drug Education: Teachers of Years 7, …

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Document Summary Service December 2019

In the final batch of summaries for 2019 there is some Christmas cheer to be found in this month’s reports. The PISA 2018 report for England shows a marked improvement in the UK’s position relative to comparator countries across a number of areas including reading. The annual bullying survey from the charity Ditch the Label …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Golden Tickets Another round of Golden Tickets were sent out last week. Please remember to check children’s Dates of Birth before offering a place. Estimated Figures – PVI providers (school360 users only) The system is now available for you to submit your estimated figures claim for Spring Term via the Wizard. Look out for the …

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16th January 2020 ‘Is fostering for me?’ workshop in Bedlington

“Is fostering for me?” workshop – find out how you can help local children and young people – Thursday, 16th January 2020, in Bedlington Would you like to work with local children and young people? Have you heard about paid professional foster care? We are looking for people from all walks of life to work as different types of foster …

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Document Summary Service November’s Top 3 Downloads

Here are last month’s highlights, the top three most popular downloads from the November summaries. 1) DSS 19/20 26: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (House of Commons Education Committee) This report from the House of Commons Education Committee follows on from a recent inquiry into the implementation of the government’s special needs reforms. https://edn.bris.ac.uk/dss/192026 2) …

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Leading Literacy across the curriculum – Conference invite

We’re delighted to invite you and your colleagues with an interest in literacy to this exciting event in January, jointly presented by the National Literacy Trust and the University of Northumbria. The event features some work undertaken in Northumberland schools. In addition to keynote presentations from Catharine Driver of the National Literacy Trust, and Alex …

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National Funding Formula and School Funding Consultation – reminder!

You are reminded that the current school funding consultation exercise, first highlighted in the e-courier on 26 November 2019, closes at 12:00 noon on Friday 13 December 2019. All schools and academies are encouraged to take part.   Please see the links below for further information:  Northumberland School Consultations link: https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/Consultations.aspx 2020/21 National Funding Formula and School Funding Consultation …

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Sport England Commissioned School Facilities Research

Sport England has recently awarded funding to Northumberland Sport to undertake a research project to understand the barriers that schools across the county face in opening their facilities for community use outside of the school day. The ultimate aim of this project is to support schools and local providers to develop business solutions to open up …

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Use of bleach based products during deep clean of premises – Norovirus outbreak

As you will know, some schools across the County have been affected by an outbreak of Norovirus (or similar) and information on how to manage this has already been issued by Public Health England (PHE) via a previous edition of the e-courier. Where it has been recommended that schools undertake a deep clean of the premises, …

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Active Lives CYP Survey

Congratulations! The below schools have been selected for the Active Lives Children and Young People Spring Term survey. Bedlington Station Primary School St Michael’s Church of England Primary School St Mary’s Roman Catholic Voluntary Aided First School Central Primary School Highfield Middle School The Duchess’s Community High School James Calvert Spence College If you wish …

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Supporting Pupils with Medical Conditions Policy – Amendment (December 2019)

As you know, the above policy was reviewed and issued to schools via the e-courier in July this year. Since this date, the NHS North of England Commissioning Support Unit have issued new guidance to Local Authorities in relation to the administration of non-prescription (over the counter) medication within schools, which has necessitated a further …

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Literature Works Taster Session

Dear Colleagues, On Friday 17th January 2020 you are invited to attend our Literature Works headteacher and English subject leader meeting at Westgate College, Main Hall. Literature Works in the North East is a highly successful language comprehension strategy that benefits the whole school. Further information can be found here and here. If you would like to find …

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Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) Creative Writing

For schools in Northumberland on the theme: ‘Standing Together’ 27 January is the day for everyone to remember the six million Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust, and the millions of other people including people persecuted for being disabled, for their religious or political beliefs or their ethnic origin or for their sexual orientation. All …

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Public Health Update: Managing increased diarrhoea and vomiting and flu-like illness in schools

Over the past two weeks, the North East Health Protection Team has seen a substantial increase in calls from schools about winter illnesses such as diarrhoea/vomiting and flu-like illness. There have been increases across the whole region and, although the types of illnesses that are being reported are what we would expect at this time …

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National Funding Formula and School Funding Consultation

In previous years, Northumberland County Council has consulted on its approach to the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) in Northumberland, following discussions at Schools Forum. Feedback from consultation has consistently been to move NFF values in a phased or gradual approach, reflecting the fact that historically Northumberland has maintained some values that were different …

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Newcastle University Knowledge Exchange Seminar Series (NU-KESS) Education Seminar

The first seminar will take place on Wednesday 18th December 13:30-15:00pm in the Council Chamber at Northumberland County Hall, Morpeth NE61 2EF. This event will be presented by Professor David Leat and Gemma Mitchelson on the following topics:   Professor David Leat: Tyneside: A Learning City? There is growing global critique of educational policies typified by …

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