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Emotion Coaching

11th April 2024

Psychological Services is teaming up with Emotion Coaching UK to offer a 2 day free training course that will enable participants to become accredited practitioners. Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children’s outcomes and resilience.This is […]

TechNExt Schools Challenge

10th April 2024

Please see a link here to TechNExt Schools Challenge. TechNExt Schools Challenge will engage north east school children aged 9 to 13 in tech and with tech employers in the region. The expression of interest is now open via the hyperlink.

An conference providing pupils to meet and learn from survivors of genocide and Holocaust

9th April 2024

The “I Am Because We Are” conference is suitable for years 8, 9 and 10. It takes place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 15 July 2024. For further details click here.

Northumberland – Kooth and Qwell April Newsletter – Local Service

8th April 2024

Welcome to Kooth and Qwell’s April newsletter for local services. We hope you’re keeping well! Last year the NSPCC reported a 10% increase in young people receiving counselling support for exam stress.  And our own data shows that almost 20% of young people visiting Kooth seek help about school/ college issues or exam stress. […]

2-day Youth Mental Health First Aid training

8th April 2024

Please find attached details of a 2-day face-to-face Youth Mental Health First Aid training course being delivered by Natnaree Kaewhin on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th May 2024, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm on both days, at Cramlington Town Council Offices, 27/28 Bamburgh House, Manor Walks, Cramlington, NE23 6UT. Places on […]

Funding e-Bulletin – 5 April 2024

8th April 2024

Please find attached the regular monthly funding ebulletin from the Regeneration Investment Team covering the latest external funding opportunities. You may forward this to colleagues who you think may be interested in future announcements, they can then use the ‘QR Code or link to subscribe to the Regeneration Programmes Investment Funding e-Bulletin’ […]

Ofsted Subject report series: English

2nd April 2024

A new subject report on the quality of English in primary and secondary schools in England. In summary, the research found that the teaching of reading in schools has improved significantly since the introduction of the phonics screening check. However, the curriculums for written and spoken language are less effective.. You can read […]

How Ofsted inspects small primary (and first) schools – webinar

2nd April 2024

A webinar explaining Oftsed’s approach to inspecting small primary (and first) schools. Panellists were Lee Owston, National Director, Education; Richard Kueh, Deputy Director, Schools and Early Education; Di Mullan, Senior His Majesty’s Inspector (HMI), East Midlands and Claire Jones HMI, Specialist Adviser, Policy, Quality and Training. You can watch the webinar […]

Northumberland Teachers’ Choir 

28th March 2024

A new choir just for busy adults who work in Northumberland’s schools.  For more information please see the flyer attached and information here, or email northumberlandtc@gmail.com.

Secure your grant to improve your school or college’s approach to mental health and wellbeing in 2024

27th March 2024

Grants of £1,200 are still available to access continuing professional development (CPD) for your school or college’s mental health lead. If you haven’t already done so, claim your grant this term and join the 15,000 schools and colleges that have already accessed a DfE quality assured senior mental health lead course. The […]

Education Policy and Research Service 2023-2024 Weekly Update 27 March 2024

27th March 2024

Dear Subscribers Welcome to our last set of weekly updates before Easter! The next set will be out in the week beginning 15th April.   In a recent update, I mentioned Ofsted’s Big Listen, a major consultation launched in the wake of the death of headteacher Ruth Perry. A children’s version of […]

Safer in Education Issue 4

27th March 2024

For all professionals in schools, including Designated Safeguarding Leads, Designated Teachers and Attendance Leads. Dear Colleagues,  Please find attached Issue 4 of the Safer in Education newsletter. Safer In Education Welcome to Issue 4 of the Safer in Education newsletter, brought to you by the Virtual School Service on behalf […]

Colours of Summer Free Book and School Event/Presentation

27th March 2024

Please see attached for more information.

Early Years Update

26th March 2024

Dear Colleagues, Updates from the Team Farewell to Lesley Kelly A little message to let all providers know that our colleague, Lesley Kelly, will be taking her retirement at the end of this term. Lesley has worked for the County Council and Early Years Team for a long time and […]

Alternative Provision In Northumberland Survey

26th March 2024

Dear Colleague, The purpose of this survey is to establish an understanding of current and future needs for alternative provision beyond the mainstream and specialist offer of schools in Northumberland. This will then be used to determine deficits in current provision with a view to shaping provision in the future. […]

Walk to School Week 20-24 May

26th March 2024

Are your pupils ready to discover The Magic of Walking? This year’s challenge encourages children to travel actively to school every day of the week. Meeting various magical beings along the way, they will learn about the important reasons to walk or wheel and its benefits for individuals, communities and the planet! […]

Free webinar for primary teachers in the North East from the Coram SCARF team

26th March 2024

How to implement RSE effectively in your school: Monday 22 April 2024, 3.45-5pm Many teachers report that they lack confidence and need support when it comes to delivering the puberty and statutory RSE elements of the DfE RSHE requirements and also how to approach the recommended non-statutory sex education elements. […]

Kooth is still here in Northumberland over the Easter Break

26th March 2024

With the Easter break fast approaching, at Kooth Digital Health we appreciate there will be some young people who may struggle during the holidays without the access to the daily pastoral support, trusted adults, and friends that the school community provides. I have included two links below to help share […]

Hive Meeting

26th March 2024

Our next Hive Meeting will take place on 29.04.24  Hive Meetings are network meeting for Senior Mental Health Leads of all Northumberland schools. For this meeting we will be joined by Northumberland Educational Psychologist Jill Sandeman. She will talking us through an exciting Emotion Coaching training opportunities for all Northumberland […]

Education Policy and Research Service March 2024

26th March 2024

Dear Colleagues As the Easter break approaches (yes, honestly, not too far to go now!), I am pleased to bring you the March summaries. A great range of themes this month including school funding, the value of extra-curricular activities, the attainment gap, and free childcare. This month there is a […]

DfE Update

25th March 2024

The DfE provide ad hoc updates via email to schools and settings. The latest was published today (25 March). The content is available here.

New PE guidance for schools strengthens equal access to sport

25th March 2024

From the DfE, “the guidance will support schools to offer equal sporting opportunities for girls and boys, alongside a minimum of 2 hours of PE per week, helping to build a brighter future for our children. Drawing on exemplary case studies from across the country, the new guidance provides inspiration […]

Staying mentally healthy during exam time (Young Minds)

25th March 2024

As we head towards the main exam time it’s worth revising how we can support young people at what can be a very stressful time. Young Minds have a series of support pages aimed to help with exam stress and anxiety. Their advice is available to help school staff, parents […]

eSchools  School Website Update

22nd March 2024

eSchools are releasing a new website editor in the Spring. Make sure you’re prepared by joining one of our introductory sessions, led by Nick Neal at eSchools. Each session will last for approximately 40 minutes with time for a Q & A afterward. Monday 22nd April – 1.45pm Tuesday 30th April – 3.45pm Please email […]

Education Policy and Research Service 2023-2024 Weekly Update 20 March 2024

20th March 2024

Dear Subscribers The March summaries will be with you this week, and I trust that there will be something of interest to everyone! As we race through the Spring term, I bring the weekly updates. Teacher recruitment is always a hot topic in the world of education. The DfE has […]

HINT team activity:

20th March 2024

HINT team activity: From September 2023 there has been a new annual approach to support for settings by the HINT teams. The offer and approaches can be found at www.NorthumberlandEducation.co.uk/HINT  As shared, in advance of and since the start of the new academic year, new ways of working continue to ensure […]

Oxford University, EEF and NFER – Teaching Mathematical Reasoning to Y2

20th March 2024

Dear Colleague I am writing to you about an exciting opportunity for your school to be involved in a randomised control trial of our Teaching Mathematical Reasoning to Y2, a whole class programme which focuses on two independent but related strands. In a previous, independent evaluation, 1365 children in 37 schools made on average […]

The Jerusalem Trust’s Small Grants to Schools Scheme (RE)

20th March 2024

The Jerusalem Trust’s Small Grants to Schools Scheme supports the teaching of Christianity within Religious Education. The scheme operates by providing schools with grants of up to £600 to purchase resources for use in RE lessons. The scheme is open to state funded schools in England and Wales. For further […]

Health Improvement (HIMP) Training Programme

19th March 2024

Please find details of our training courses below.  Please also see the attached document which gives further details on all of our courses which are currently delivered over Microsoft Teams, unless otherwise stated. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your contacts who you think would be interested […]

Alternative Provision In Northumberland Survey

18th March 2024

Dear Colleague, The purpose of this survey is to establish an understanding of current and future needs for alternative provision beyond the mainstream and specialist offer of schools in Northumberland. This will then be used to determine deficits in current provision with a view to shaping provision in the future. […]

Early Years Update

18th March 2024

Dear Colleagues, Updates from the Team Key Dates Summer Term 2023-24 Please find attached the key dates for Summer 2023-24.  Early Years Alliance Free Training  The Early Years Alliance are offering some FREE training to help you support families whose children are moving on to school.   There are plenty of […]

Maintained schools governance guide

15th March 2024

The DfE Governance guides were published in March 2024 to replace the Governance Handbook. The new documents are the primary source of governance information from the DfE. The role of the Maintained Schools Governance Guide is to: There are no new requirements, so your board doesn’t need to do anything other than […]

Relationships Still Matter Conference – 24.04.24

15th March 2024

For SMHLs, DTs, DSLs, SENDCos and Headteachers.  At our Relationships Matter conference last year schools all over Northumberland were inspired to begin or further develop their relational approaches and trauma-informed practices.  This year we are even more excited to be joined by Paul Dix, author of “When The Adults Change” […]

Free renewable engineering and welding courses in Port of Blyth this weekend

13th March 2024

Northumberland Skills Welding and Fabrication Technical Training Centre at the Port of Blyth is hosting two free taster days this weekend.   Young people aged 15 and above are invited to come along, with or without their parents and carers, and discover more about careers in the renewable energy and engineering sectors.   The […]

Education Policy and Research Service 2023-2024 Weekly Update 13 March 2024

13th March 2024

Dear Subscribers I am pleased to bring you the weekly updates! Last week, the Education secretary, Gillian Keegan, and the new Chief Inspector, Sir Martyn Oliver both addressed the Association of School and College Leaders annual conference. Gillian Keegan highlighted several ways in which she says the government has listened […]

Early Years Update

12th March 2024

Dear Colleagues, Updates from the Team Recruitment Financial Incentive  Northumberland are one of 20 LA’s selected to offer the DfE Financial Incentive Pilot. If you missed the information that went out, please see attached for more details, eligibility criteria and how to apply.  To help maximise your recruitment opportunities you […]

In-person Compass + Training – 2 hours duration – Wednesday 27th March

12th March 2024

Dear Careers Leads. The Careers & Enterprise Company and North East Local Enterprise Partnership are delivering a free in person training session on the Future Skills Questionnaire function of Compass+, looking at how it is delivered and how it should be analysed afterwards. Sessions are two hours, either in the […]

DfE Update

11th March 2024

The DfE provide ad hoc updates via email to schools and settings. The latest was published today (11 March). The content is available here.

News alert: Local School Nature Grants Programme Accepting Applications for First 2024 Funding Round

11th March 2024

Learning Through Landscapes is offering outdoor learning training sessions and nature equipment for nurseries, schools, and other early learning providers to promote outdoor learning for children. The Local School Nature Grants Scheme will provide a two-hour outdoor learning training session, along with an assortment of equipment up to the value […]

Science Learning Partnership – CPD Offer

7th March 2024

We are a collaboration of four Science Learning Partnerships, covering the North East and Yorkshire. Working with STEM Learning, we offer a wide range of high quality science education CPD. In this booklet you will find listings for the courses which are open to the whole region. This includes a […]

Useful materials – supporting a child with a parent in prison

7th March 2024

Schools that have pupils with a parent/carer in prison might find the following documents of use:

Subject Knowledge for Physics Teaching

7th March 2024

The Subject Knowledge for Physics Teaching CPD programme (run by STEM Learning) are offering FREE courses on ‘Forces’ and ‘Atomic Physics’ this Summer term for non-specialist teachers of physics. And you receive £200 subsidy to your school on completion. Each course takes place over 8 weeks and will include face-to-face […]

Still time to get involved in the North East Festival of Languages

7th March 2024

Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of languages, culture, and creativity!  This year’s festival is jam-packed with FREE events, activities and resources designed to ignite the curiosity of children and young minds in schools and communities, as well as offering resources for educators and activities for adults and […]

Early Years Update

6th March 2024

Dear Colleagues, Updates from the Team Key Dates Summer Term 2023-24  Please find attached the key dates for Summer 2023-24.  Funded Level 3 SENCo qualification – applications ending soon!! If you haven’t already utilised the FREE Level 3 SENCo training through Best Practice Network, please consider it now. The funding is ending, and […]

Education Policy and Research Service 2023-2024 Weekly Update 6 March 2024

6th March 2024

Dear Subscribers The weeks fly past, and it is already time for the next set of weekly updates. The March summaries are well underway with reports on careers, Post 16, and extracurricular activities. There is also a new report from the National Literacy Trust about writing for enjoyment which I […]

Reminder: SEND High Needs Workshops

5th March 2024

To Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of All Schools Following discussions at Schools Forum and its High Needs Committee outlining the challenges facing Northumberland in respect of its High Needs Block funding, SEND and rising Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)numbers, we are taking a series of workshops to Schools […]

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

5th March 2024

To help you make the most of your Education Policy and Research Servicesubscription here are last month’s highlights, our subscribers’ topthree most popular downloads from February’s summaries. 1) EPRS 23/24 52: Selective Comprehensives 2024: The Social Compositionof Top Comprehensive Schools (The Sutton Trust) This is the latest in a series […]

Regeneration Investment Team Funding e-Bulletin – 5 March 2024

5th March 2024

Please find attached the regular monthly funding ebulletin from the Regeneration Investment Team covering the latest external funding opportunities. You may forward this to colleagues who you think may be interested in future announcements, they can then use the ‘QR Code or link to subscribe to the Regeneration Programmes Investment Funding e-Bulletin’ […]

Family Hubs Bitesize News – March 2024

5th March 2024

Sent on behalf of ‘Northumberland Family Hubs’  Dear Colleagues, Northumberland Family Hubs invite you to view updates on Bitesize News here Please share with your teams and local networks.

Northumberland – Kooth and Qwell – Local Services – March Newsletter

5th March 2024

Welcome to Kooth and Qwell’s March newsletter for local services. We hope you’re keeping well! We offer 24/7 instant access to anonymous and personalised mental health support for you and people in your community.A recent survey conducted amongst young people using Kooth showed that: Take a look at our promotion hub for charities and social care for our […]

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