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Reminder: Chairs’ & Vice Chairs’ Virtual Briefings – Spring Term 2022, Dates and Booking Form

Dear Governors,  Please note below, dates for our next ‘virtual’ Spring Briefing sessions.  Dates of Meetings:  Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Wednesday, 02 February 2022, 10:00am – 12:00 Noon  For those of you who still wish to join us, please register your place by completing this Booking Form  For …

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Education Policy and Research Service Weekly Email – 19th January 2022

Dear Subscribers Many of my fellow MFL colleagues will have seen that the DfE published the GCSE Subject Content for French German and Spanish on Friday 14th January 2022. Some changes which have been made since draft stage – here are a few examples.  The focus on high frequency vocabulary is retained, but …

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DfE funded support for schools from the National Centre for Computing Education

The DFE funded National Centre for Computing Education offers fully funded primary and secondary computing courses, for all teachers in the North East. Courses come with various bursaries including up to £1800 for teachers in middle, SEND, secondary and high schools. In addition, through support from DfE funding, schools in Northumberland are entitled to a fully funded half day …

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EAL Service – Drop-in Sessions

The EAL Service will be holding a virtual Drop-In session held via Microsoft Teams to discuss issues and consider scenarios relating to English as an additional language.   The Drop-In event is intended to address immediate concerns you may have relating to a current EAL issue. Attendees are welcome to contribute to discussions to explore resolutions.  The sessions available are outlined below:  …

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Pupil Premium Strategy statements – new templates are compulsory

From the 2021 to 2022 academic year, you must use the DfE template to publish your statement – this is a condition of your funding. If you have already adopted a multi-year strategy that will continue this academic year, you do not need to develop a new strategy, but must …

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New support service for professionals dealing with harmful sexual behaviour in young people

In June 2021 Ofsted concluded that the prevalence of child-on-child sexual harassment and abuse was so widespread that, for some, incidents are ‘so commonplace that they see no point in reporting them’ and ‘consider them normal’. SWGfL and The Marie Collins Foundation has created a support service for professionals working with children and young people in tackling …

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Legal compliance: Equalities

Have you added an annual update to your published equality information?  Have you set realistic and challenging equality objectives for the cycle 2021-25?  This briefing will cover some of the current areas of national interest for inclusion in published equality information (for example, race equality, positive peer cultures, safe and respectful relationships, peer-on-peer abuse). Opportunities …

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Gender Equality and local history project ‘Wor Bella’

Wor Bella is the story of how Blyth Spartans Ladies won the Munitionettes cup in 1918, with Bella Reay (“Wor Bella”) scoring 133 goals in 30 matches. The show is touring locally in March and April 2022. For tour information visit www.worbella.co.uk The playwright Ed Waugh is speaking at a free, …

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Chairs’ & Vice Chairs’ Virtual Briefings – Spring Term 2022, Dates and Booking Form

Dear Governors,  Happy New Year! Please note below, dates for our next ‘virtual’ Spring Briefing sessions.  Dates of Meetings:  Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 6:00pm – 8:00pm  Wednesday, 02 February 2022, 10:00am – 12:00 Noon  Please register your place by completing this Booking Form  For any queries, please email the Governor Training …

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Northumberland School Games Update – 10th January 2022

Unfortunately, we are in a position where we have had to make some significant changes to our School Games programme for this term. NCC have advised us that ‘Given the guidance provided in October by the Director of Public Health andDirector of Education, the current level of transmission and its …

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Education Policy and Research Service Weekly Email – 11th January 2022

Dear Subscribers Happy New Year! I do hope that you have all had a restful Christmas break. I am pleased to bring you the first (rather large) set of updates for the New Year, covering a busy start to term.  We begin, with the impact of the Omicron variant. On …

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Welcome to the new members of the School Improvement Team

We are delighted to welcome Suzanne Connolly and Jane Kennedy to the School Improvement Team. They join existing team members – Damian, Dave, Hannah, Louise and Claire. Suzanne has joined us from Felton C of E Primary School and will focus on SEND alongside her School Improvement Partner work. Jane …

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Northumberland Health Related Behaviour Questionnaire 2021/2022 – Deadline extended!

We have decided to keep the Survey open until the end of Jan 2022. This is to give schools greater flexibility, and more time to plan in Survey time for students. Please see details below for signing up. Please take this opportunity to access this important Survey. Northumberland County Council’s …

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Education Policy and Research Service – December’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 November’s summaries. 1) EPRS 21/22 32: SEN Support: Findings from a Qualitative Study (DfE) This research from the DfE presents findings from a …

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EAL Service Drop-in Sessions – January 2022

The EAL Service will be holding two virtual Drop-In sessions held via Microsoft Teams to discuss issues and consider scenarios relating to English as an additional language.   The Drop-In events are intended to address immediate concerns you may have relating to a current EAL issue. Attendees are welcome to contribute to discussions to explore resolutions.  The sessions available are outlined below:  Wednesday …

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