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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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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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School workshops at Segedunum Roman Fort

We are writing to let you know that the learning team at Segedunum Roman Fort are now taking bookings for onsite school visits from September 2021 onwards. If you are interested in booking a workshop, then you can find information about the Roman and Pre-history workshops we are delivering here: School workshops | Segedunum Roman Fort and …

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SEND Employment virtual event – Wednesday 19 January 2022

Your school is invited to attend the Northumberland County Council EVOLVE – Employment, Volunteering, Opportunities Locally, Valuable Employee – Day 2022 A Virtual and Interactive Employment Event Wednesday 19 January 2022 (times to ​​be confirmed) The event is for young people in Years 11, 12 and 13 with an EHCP (including students in Year 11 with SEN Support) An exciting opportunity for young people to discover various pathways: employment …

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Covid 19 Education Update

Please see below links to some important documents that will help you with the preparations for safely opening your school or setting for the autumn term- 1) Model Risk Assessment (V7) 2) Model Outbreak Control Plan 3) What to do if you have a positive case or another specific Covid enquiry flowchart and webform https://northumberlandeducation.co.uk/oldsite/flowchart/ …

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Funding for Research Projects for Schools in Areas of Deprivation

The Laurel Trust is a grant-giving charity supporting collaborations of schools in areas of deprivation and disadvantage. In the spring and autumn recruitment rounds this year certain areas were targeted from which only a few applications for funding were received. Northumberland is very much one of these areas. The next recruitment round starting in early …

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Accounts Payable reminders for Schools

Signatories These should be reviewed by the school regularly, and new a form submitted with any staff changes. The form is attached here. Please send the completed document to Accountspayable@northumberland.gov.uk When sending invoices for payment via a school order/invoice cert or EO batch we must be able to see the separation of duty for authorisation, …

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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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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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