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During these trying times, ConnectEd would just like to say a big thank you to those among us who are continuing to work extremely hard to support one another. We appreciate all of your hard work!
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
National News - including the latest Government advice and information Local News - including Back to school resources, and PASS and SGO Update Good News - recent good news from our schools Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus, News from the Key.
Below are a few of the most recent Government updates for Educational settings:
Further information, guidance and resources can be found on 'The Key' at the bottom of this newsletter or by logging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website and clicking The Key and selecting The Key for School Leaders.
To read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin, please click here.
At this time of the year we would normally be in the latter stages of preparation for our City Diversity Celebration. Sadly, this year, this has not been possible. Click here for more information on the 33rd City Diversity Celebration in 2021!
Strengthening Families Hubs
A number of questions have been raised about Strengthening Families at recent ConnectEd Network meetings. Our colleagues from Strengthening Families have provided the following information and supporting documents attached:
Children’s Village, Dove, Market Hub and Graiseley Strengthening Families Hubs will be opening on the 16th November initially for our Health services to resume their clinics for children and families across the city. There has been agreement that they will also support the need to undertake statutory work where agreed by management and support staff who travel into the city to see children and require suitable ‘touchdown’ spaces. Strengthening Families Workers and Social Workers continue to be asked to work from wherever possible in line with government guidance. Both SFW’s and SW’s are seeing children as usual either within the home or at schools where this is beneficial.
Early Help Navigators are available to support with initiation of EHA and Training and their contact information can be seen below:
Baljeet Farmer – Eastfield and Bilston Area
Andrea Hadley – Graiseley and Bingley
Laura Marsden - Dove and Whitmore Reans
Janine Till - Low Hill and Children’s Village
Eclipse Support contacts for System issues, training and navigation/ Initiation:
Stacey Homer - email@example.com
Balraj Juss - firstname.lastname@example.org
Libby Brown - email@example.com
Education Providers Bulletin - Safeguarding
The Education Provider Group met on 14 October and the bulletin attached here has been circulated to schools.
CALLING ALL BUDDING ARTISTS!
Please see attached here the Young People Schools competition on behalf of Public Health Wolverhampton, and please find all resources attached here.
Back to school Resources
Eat Like A Champ Free Primary school resources from the British Nutrition Foundation
Eat Like A Champ is a six-lesson programme designed to teach UK pupils aged 9-10 years (Year 5, Primary 6 or P6), about healthy, sustainable lifestyles. The ELAC digital toolkit comprises lesson plans, worksheets, presentations, posters and activity cards. Primary school teachers can register for access to these FREE resources here: https://eatlikeachamp.co.uk/sign-up/register/
Picture News Updated!
Over the weekend you should have received a special e-pack from the Picture News team focusing on the American Presidential election; the President Elect Joe Biden and his Vice President, Kamala Harris.
School-to-School support for COVID-19 Recovery
The government is funding school-to-school support for schools that need particular help with COVID-19 recovery, which can include support focusing on developing remote education provision, stabilising education structures and the welfare of staff and pupils. System leaders in education provide support for an average of 5 days and in line with the current COVID-19 guidance for schools. Please click here for further information.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update
EXCITING GIRLS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
This programme is to train girls who are the least engaged in PE as leaders. Full details and how to apply can be found here.
19th November Update
For this week's PASS and School Games update please click here.
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Huge congratulations to Jude Aston a year 11 pupil at Highfields School who won the YST Young Activist Award 2020. This recognised all the fantastic work he has done during the Covid 19 pandemic. Jude’s dream is to be a sports journalist and he has been able to interview footballers despite suffering a huge personal setback. To read about Jude's story, click here
Secondary Curriculum Hubs 2020 BOOK NOW !
We are pleased to bring you another programme of Secondary Curriculum Hubs for this term - these are for subject leaders and teachers of each of the curriculum areas to attend and can include NQTs.
These are the Curriculum hubs which are available to book now:
All sessions will take place from 4pm to 5.30pm via 'Teams'
Follow the link(s) above to book or to view full details click here. For further details please contact Lisa Davies
Engagement Model Training
Children previously assessed at P1-P4
The Engagement Model will become Statutory in September 2021. This has been delayed by one year, allowing 2020/2021 to be a transitionary year.
ConnectEd Partnership are offering free on line training for schools previously assessing pupils at P1-P4 on the following dates:
Thursday 3rd December 2020
Thursday 14th January 2021
Thursday 25th February 2021
The sessions will take place via Teams from 3.30pm – 5.00pm and participants only need to attend one of the sessions which will cover most of the training. An optional session will follow in the Spring Term.
Places will need to be booked by emailing Harinder.firstname.lastname@example.org
Train to Teach with ConnectEd Partnership
Does your school have any staff who are interested in training to become a qualified teacher through the School Direct Route? The application window for teacher training starting September 2021 is now open. To find out more, and to book a place on one of our School Direct Information events being held soon, please click here.
Updated Policies NEW!
The following policies have been updated and are recommended to schools:
School Workforce Planning Document – this document has been considered and does not require any update at this time
School Workforce Planning Guidance Document
These updated documents are now available on the ConnectEd Partnership website and those schools that buy into LPAAC will have received copies via email.
2020-21 CPD PROGRAMME
ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to offer the following CPD opportunities for 2020-21 – please click on the relevant programme to see full details and how to apply:
(Please be aware that the Scheme was not overspent for the 19/20 financial year, therefore all schools that overspent their premium did not have to repay their overspend)
Please ensure you notify the scheme of resignations. Employees receiving occupational maternity pay (twelve weeks at half pay) are required to repay this money if they decide not to return to work. Credits reimbursed by ConnectEd to the school for non-returning maternity employees will be repayable to the scheme. It is the responsibility of the Head teacher to notify the scheme accordingly. In this situation the scheme will invoice the school to recover the full amount reimbursed for the employee concerned.
ConnectEd Partnership reserves the right to delay reimbursements to schools that have overspent their premium contribution until the school have confirmed in writing the following year buy in. Therefore for the few schools that have only joined for one year please start to consider what your intentions are for the following year. You still have time to join for the second year 21- 22 at fixed rates.
The Terms of the Scheme determine that any overspend is met by schools contributing additional funding based on claims made compared to premium contributions. If, at the end of the financial year, the account is in surplus the money will be rolled over to the following year and reflected in the premium charges. If the account is overspent, the amount will be charged to schools in the proportion to which they have claimed on the account. Schools who decide not to renew their membership of the scheme will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid along with ConnectEd Partnership reserving the right to charge a leaving administrative fee of up to 5% of premium paid. The leaving administrative fee is payable regardless of the reimbursements made.
Schools will be reminded by email as staff reach the end of their paid leave period (39 weeks) to ensure that return to work and resignations are notified to the Scheme.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for Autumn Term
It has been agreed that the ConnectEd meetings scheduled for (at least) the first half term of the new academic year will be held online via Teams.
A number of meeting invitations have already been sent to colleagues; thank you to the large number who have already responded. The meeting schedule for the first half term is as follows
Tuesday 24th November at 9am - ASPIC
Wednesday 25 November 8.30am AGM and 9.30am Board meeting
If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Shaw Maths HubUpdated!
SHaW Maths Hub provide highly regarded, free Maths professional development for teachers from EY to Post-16 to support ALL schools.
The following funded Professional Development opportunities are now available - Please click on the links below for further details and booking information:
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