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Early Years Update

Dear Colleagues, Speech and Language Therapy are moving!The admin team are moving to Shiremoor Resource Centre in the half term holidays. A new referral form, guidance and guidelines will follow after the holidays. Please find further information attached. Police and Crime Commission Victims surveyThe Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner is currently carrying out …

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EYFS Profile Handbook 2022

The statutory EYFS Profile Handbook 2022 has been published. Headteachers, assessment leaders and reception teachers should familiarise themselves with this document in preparation for EYFS Profile completion in the summer term 2022. An EYFS Profile 2022 Briefing for all schools will give an overview of the statutory requirements for headteachers, assessment leaders and reception teachers and will …

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Core Inclusive Netball Club

England Netball are looking to develop a Core Inclusive Netball Club session within Northumberland. They are currently looking for information from you as to the where/when/how so we can start putting plans into action! Any enquiries or additional info please contact Jess Laidler (Northumberland Netball Development Officer) via email – jessica.laidler@englandnetball.co.uk  https://forms.gle/9eaRvjMuD7u2i3BQ9

SEND Local Offer – Have your say!

We are committed to providing up-to-date and relevant information on special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) services and the support on offer in Northumberland to children, young people, and their families. As part of this commitment, we are conducting a review of our SEND Local Offer – the website that holds all of that information …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues   Early Years Pupil Premium – Looked After ChildrenIf you are aware of any 3-4 year old nursery LAC children who are out county; adopted or Special Guardianship Order, please contact Sophie Downing on 01670 623594 as they are eligible for EYPP.   30 Hour codes Autumn Term 2021-22 Please ensure all 30 hour codes …

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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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Sustainable Futures

Is your school working to become more sustainable to support the climate change agenda? This year the Early Years Team is delivering an exciting project to support schools and settings to work more sustainability and develop a climate friendly Early Years curriculum; helping to tackle climate change and achieve Northumberland County Council’s 2030 net zero …

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Opportunities for Collaborations of Schools to Apply for Grant Funding

The Laurel Trust is again offering grants to collaborations and networks of schools in areas of deprivation and disadvantage. Please find attached the grant application form and guidance information which was published in Headteacher Update and SENExtra. Full details are ‘live’ on the website with an invitation to collaborations of schools to apply funding for …

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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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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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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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Updated Collective Worship Policy

The Collective Worship policy has been updated for the first time since 2006. The changes made are limited, however, because, in 2017, when the SACRE applied for the Accord Inclusivity Award, the judges singled out the policy and for praise. The legislation determining the nature of collective worship in community schools has not altered since …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues   Northumberland Early Years Sharepoint Site All information related to Early Years In Northumberland is now available on the Early Years SharePoint Site. Details of how to access are on the attached flyer. Some people who have previously had access to the site seem to have lost access over the summer, we apologise for …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues   Closing the communication gap!We are delighted to announce that Kirstie Page will be delivering bespoke training to support the early years team’s communication & language focus this year.  Kirstie is a nationally recognised Speech, Language & Early Literacy Consultant, and creator of Launchpad for Literacy.  For further information about this exciting opportunity, please see …

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DfE Devices – mobile device management and content filtering licenses extended until 30 September 2022

If you received laptops/Chromebooks/tablets from the DfE between March 2020 and July 2021 As you are aware, software licenses on DfE-restricted Windows laptops and tablets were due to expire on 30 September 2021. Although most organisations have already reset their devices or have plans in place to do so, we are aware that some organisations …

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Imagine If… Digital Conference Series 15 – 19 Nov 2021

Our annual conference brings together delegates from the education and culture sectors to explore a key theme each year. This year, we are exploring the question: “Imagine if… creativity gave us the freedom to learn without inhibition and to accept mistakes as part of our life-long discovery.” Each session is free to attend but tends to …

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Early Years Update

  Dear Colleagues,   🍁Welcome back to Autumn Term 2021-22🍁   Autumn Term Estimated Figures REMINDER (PVIs/Childminders) ​​The deadline for submitting an estimated figures claim in Wizard for Autumn term is Sunday 12th September. If you require a password reset, please contact sophie.downing@northumberland.gov.uk before 4pm on Friday.    Autumn Term 2021-22 Headcount (School360 Users) ​For those of you who submit …

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Job Opportunities NCC

We are pleased to confirm that adverts are now live for the School Improvement and NIES Manager Posts that were described in a previous briefing on the ecourier in July. The links to the adverts on North East Jobs are here: Senior Manager – Northumberland Inclusive Education Service https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/Senior_Manager_Northumberland_Inclusive_Education_Service_Z238/212317https://northumberland.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/senior-manager-northumberland-inclusive-education-service-z238-1404 School Improvement Leader (Disadvantaged and SEND)https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/School_Improvement_Leader/212316https://northumberland.referrals.selectminds.com/jobs/school-improvement-leader-1405 …

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Educational Visits Update Aug 2021

Corporate Health and Safety Team  Offsite Educational Visits, Outdoor Learning and Adventurous Activities  Update for Head Teachers, Senior Managers and EVCs  August 2021 Briefing Note  Updates for 2021/2022  The NCC Code of Practice: Offsite Educational Visits, Outdoor Learning and Adventurous Activities has been updated. This sets out how national guidance is to be applied and constitutes employer’s policy …

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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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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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