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Updated COVID-19 Risk Assessments

The following risk assessments have been reviewed and updated by the Corporate Health and Safety Team: CV/CEV Vulnerable Persons Staff Model Risk Assessment – COVID-19 – v3 – 8 September 2021 – an individual risk assessment continues to be required for all NCC employed vulnerable staff (CV/CEV/pregnant workers).  Where an assessment is already in place, this …

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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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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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Get Involved! Contribute to the new Early Help Strategy for Children and Families in Northumberland

We are currently reviewing the Early Help Strategy for Children and Families in Northumberland, looking at what we have achieved over the last three years, and where our priorities should be moving forward.  You are valued stakeholders in helping us to achieve better outcomes for children and families and your input to this will be …

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Dedicated Energy Team Schools Mailbox from Tuesday 7th September 2021

Great News from Tuesday 7th September 2021 the Energy Team will have a dedicated Energy Team Schools Mailbox 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 …

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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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SIP Report Template

Please find a copy of the autumn term SIP report template here. If you have any queries or questions please contact Dave, Damian, Claire or Louise. SIP training takes place on September 22nd so SIPs outside the core School Improvement Team will receive a briefing on the template then.

English as an Additional Language, International New Arrivals Network Meeting

Dear 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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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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Parental Relationships and the Impact On Children – virtual learning events

Parental Relationships and the Impact On Children – first session 15th September. 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 …

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ABY Youth Trust – New ‘Community Matters’ Resource & Webinars

Community Matters is an exciting new free resource from the Archbishop of York Youth Trust providing activities and ideas to help pupils explore why community matters and how children and young people can play their part in creating positive change, particularly as we rebuild our communities post-Covid restrictions. Available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 there are two packs focusing on Social …

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Chairs’ & Vice Chairs’ Virtual Briefings – Autumn Term 2021, Dates and Booking Form

Dear Governors,  Please note below, dates for our next ‘virtual’ Autumn Briefing sessions.  Dates of Meetings:  Wednesday, 29 September 2021, 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Wednesday, 06 October 2021, 10:00am – 12:00 Noon  Please register your place by completing this Booking Form  For any queries, please email the Governor Training mailbox at: governortraining@northumberland.gov.uk  Many thanks The School Support Team’

Free Trees 2021 Schools

Free Tree giveaway is back  The Council’s Free Tree giveaway is back, and schools can claim a free tree pack of up to 120 saplings to plant on their land.  We’re linking up with The Queen’s Green Canopy campaign to encourage everyone to plant a tree for the Jubilee, and we want schools to get involved and plant trees with their pupils to celebrate!  How it works  …

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Dedicated Energy Team Schools Mailbox from Tuesday 7th September 2021

Great News from Tuesday 7th September 2021 the Energy Team will have a dedicated Energy Team Schools Mailbox 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 …

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Teachers and Support Staff Insurance Supply Schemes from September 2021

Background Schools/Academies staff absence insurance schemes from 1 September 2021. Making a Claim The 2021/22 Claim Form for the Teachers Scheme is available HERE “the pink one” The 2021/22 Claim Form for the Support Staff Scheme is available HERE “the yellow one” Claim forms should be submitted promptly following the end of each month, please …

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Supporting Bereaved Children (live, online training)

Our friendly therapists will introduce you to the effects bereavement and loss may have on children 0-16 years throughout their lifetime as well as exploring simple ways you can help those children to learn to cope with their grief and thrive again.  In our 2-hour workshop we will explore; the effects bereavement and loss may have on …

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SandStory Skills® Training (live, online training)

What is SandStory Skills® training? SandStory Skills® is a gentle, creative and innovative technique which supports self-expression using sand, symbols and creative storytelling to promote positive emotional development and positive mental health in children and young people. Practitioners will be trained to deliver a 1:1 intervention to support children to express their thoughts, feelings and experiences through creative …

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