Kathryn Jones

Education Policy and Research Service November 2021

Dear Colleagues How important are extra-curricular programmes in education recovery? How can a school develop an effective pupil premium strategy? To what extent does good early years education affect pupil outcomes? What is, and should be, the place of social and emotional learning in the classroom? How effective is further education in increasing students’ outcomes …

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Education Policy and Research Service Weekly Email – 24th November 2021

Dear Subscribers You will all, I am sure, have seen media coverage of the government’s announcements to ensure that the cost of school uniforms is reasonable and offers good value for money. To this end, the DfE has published a press release and statutory guidance document on the cost of school uniforms. The guidance includes a stipulation that …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Better Futures Training Please find information attached for further details. Early Years Professional Development Programme Northumberland LA is part of the government funded Early Years professional development training programme – Building on Success. The attached documents – Setting Manager User Portal Guide and Registration Process – gives you more information or you can visit the Early Years website here, …

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National Funding Formula (NFF) : Update and 2022/23 School Funding Consultation

Dear Headteacher,  Previously Northumberland County Council consulted on its approach to the introduction of the National Funding Formula (NFF) in Northumberland, following discussions at Schools Forum.  The results of these discussions have consistently been to move in a phased or gradual approach to NFF values, reflecting the fact that historically Northumberland has maintained some values …

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White Ribbon Accreditation / 16 days of activism

Northumberland County Council has recently received White Ribbon accreditation following approval by the White Ribbon organisation of its three-year plan and zero-tolerance approach to domestic abuse and sexual violence.  Early in 2021 the County Council made the decision to work towards White Ribbon accreditation to, as an authority, cement its commitment to ending domestic abuse …

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Education Policy and Research Service Weekly Email – 10 November 2021

Dear Subscriber As we race through November (or maybe it feels like more of a slog than a race to some of you!), I am pleased to bring you some weekly updates. The November summaries are now well underway – I have just summarised an interesting report from the Centre for Youth about the role …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Autumn 2021-22 Early Years Pupil Premium Results For those with children eligible for EYPP in Autumn Term 2021-22, the results are now available within your School360 accounts. If you have any questions please contact Sophie Downing (01670) 623594 or sophie.downing@northumberland.gov.uk Once a child has been found eligible for EYPP, the funding is kept for the academic year.File name – Provider Name – …

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Education Policy and Research Service – October’s Top 3 Downloads

To help you make the most of your Education Policy and Research Service subscription here are last month’s highlights, our subscribers’ top three most popular downloads from October’s summaries. 1) EPRS 21/22 16: Effective Professional Development: Guidance Report (Education Endowment Foundation) This report from the Education Endowment Foundation sets out key evidence-based principles for the …

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New NHS Speech and Language Therapy referral documents – LIVE NOW

We would like to share with you the new referral form and updated referral guidance and guidelines for NHS Speech and Language Therapy (see below). SLT Referral Form Oct 2021 SLT Referral Guidelines V4 October 2021 SLT Referral Guidance October 2021 Speech and Language Therapy Referral Form – e-form October 2021 Could you please share …

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Northumberland Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire 2021

Northumberland County Council’s Public Health Team are commissioning the Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire (HRBQ) for pupils in year 6, year 9 and year 11. This free resource is analysed and evaluated externally and then returned to individual schools for personal ownership and can provide a solid evidence base to support the development of your RSHE curriculum. …

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Reminder – Schools Approached by Independent Energy Brokers

Due to the volatile energy markets and impending high prices, we have noticed an increased activity with energy brokers targeting schools. As a reminder under the terms of the Energy SLA where a school is approached by an independent energy broker, please direct the brokers requests or summary of discussion to the dedicated Energy Team …

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Information to support signposting to Kooth for parents

Kooth – online information and support with emotional wellbeing and mental health for young people aged 11 to 25 – Information for parents and carers. We know that the past year has been particularly challenging, and many young people have struggled with their emotional wellbeing and mental health. Attached is a letter that can be …

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Education Policy and Research Service Weekly Email – 3 November 2021

Dear Subscribers  I hope that school colleagues have had a great half term break and that you are ready for the challenges of the next few weeks! The November summaries are already underway, with 2 reports on the extent of pupil learning loss and how recovery can best be achieved. I have also summarised a …

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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Reminder for Reception applications Primary and First school applications for a reception place in September 2022 in Northumberland are open from 1st November! Please remind parents to apply. https://www.northumberland.gov.uk/Education/Schools/School-admissions-places-appeals-1/Reception-entry-applications.aspx COVID-related closure notifications Please remember you must notify Ofsted, or the childminder agency with which they are registered, of any confirmed cases in the setting, whether …

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Health and Safety: Management of Trees on School Sites

With winter weather ahead we thought it prudent to provide a reminder regarding responsibilities for the Management of Trees on School Sites. Health and  Safety Bulletin 2020/06(s) Management of Trees on School Sites, issued last year remains valid and provides useful advice on actions to manage the risk posed by trees. The bulletin sign posts policy document L12 “Management of Trees” that details requirements further.  The Free Trees Scheme 2021 is a fantastic initiative …

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