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Mental Health Awareness Week - Connect with Nature
"During long months of the pandemic, millions of us turned to nature. Our research on the mental health impacts of the pandemic showed going for walks outside was one of our top coping strategies and 45% of us reported being in green spaces had been vital for our mental health." Click here to find out more about this years Mental Health Awareness theme.
ConnectEd Partnership and The City of Wolverhampton Local Authority working in collaboration for our Schools
City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership are delighted to offer Appropriate Body Sevices
From September 2021, the new Early Career Framework will become a statutory entitlement for all new teachers entering the profession.
Induction tutors, mentors and early career teachers (ECTs) will receive development, support and training over two years instead of one. This training will be underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF).
The City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership will be working in collaboration to offer Appropriate Body Services to all schools.
To find out what the Appropriate Body service offers, please click here.
Should you wish to enrol your new ECTs with the City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership please complete the registration forms available on WVES.
A Briefing – ‘What schools need to know’ will take place via Microsoft Teams on Friday 11th June 2021, 10:00 – 11:30am. To book click here .
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
Good News- something to bring a smile to our faces! National News - including the latest Government advice and information Local News - including Education bulletins from Wolverhampton City Council and DRB plus, PASS team updates and a link to our resources Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus,News from the Key.
In the coming month we will be delivering new 2021-22 ConnectEd academic diaries!
Warstones Primary Fundraiser
"We came back after the Easter holidays to find vandals had smashed equipment in our EY playground and also smashed glass bottles everywhere - all through our huge class-sized sand pit" - Click here to read more.
BBC at Nishkam Primary School!
On the 6th May Nishkam Primary School Wolverhampton welcomed the BBC to film at their school for BBC Bitesize! Click here to read more!
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.
Commonwealth Games 2022
The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham provides a unique opportunity to build some powerful learning by connecting schools around the West Midlands with schools from across the Commonwealth
After much planning Birmingham Education Partnership and the British Council, with great support from the Youth Sports Trust and Birmingham’s Arts / Cultural sector, are inviting you to get involved. Currently we are looking for 60-80 schools to work with artists, sports people and partner schools through next year.
The Commonwealth Connections Project is twinning schools here with those in official development assistance (ODA) eligible Commonwealth countries. The project will create bespoke educational opportunities for young people and their teachers across the Commonwealth to learn together and develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of the Commonwealth and its values, thus allowing young people to feel more ownership and ability to shape their communities.
To find out more about the project and register your interest, please download, complete, and return the form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration of Interest deadline: 28th May 2021.
To read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin, please click here.
Youth Sport Trusts new Active Recovery Hub is now live!
Access over 250 resources to support young people in reconnecting with friends and having fun! Find out more here!
SHaW Maths Hub
Apply to become a Primary or Secondary Teaching for Mastery Specialist teacher with SHaW Maths Hub. We are looking to recruit Specialists to join our team and lead collaborative professional development for schools in and near Wolverhampton. Closing date 9am, Friday 28th May. Please contact email@example.com for further details.
You will be aware that ConnectEd Partnership and the City of Wolverhampton Local Authority are working in partnership to provide support for secondary schools during the Teacher Assessed Grading process for GCSE, AS and A Levels. As requested after the senior leader’s consultation event, we have sought to provide an opportunity for subject leaders to meet together to discuss the process and provide a forum for additional moderation of the range of evidence required for the TAGs.
Our existing Curriculum Hubs will be used to support this and are listed below, with some dates brought forward so that the TAGs deadline can be met comfortably. This opportunity should not replace the internal moderation planned by individual schools. It is designed to assist with judgements made and present an opportunity to discuss with other colleagues beyond the school to help with grading. This was deemed especially valuable for departments with small numbers of staff or for A level subjects with sole teachers responsible for grading.
In order to plan for the sessions please make sure that you book your place using the links below. All hubs will take place via Teams from 4pm to 5.30pm and meeting invitations will be emailed prior to each curriculum hub.
As a Partnership, swimming and water safety has always been a high priority. With the pandemic meaning we have lost so much time out of the water, we need to make sure we build a programme of work to get all children back into the water safely and confidently.
WE NEED YOU!
To ensure we are building a pathway for all and we understand the barriers that are in place, we would be grateful if you could give us some feedback regarding where you are at with your plans to rebuild your swimming offer. Do you have swimming provision back in place? What obstacles are you facing with swimming? What is working? What isn’t working? Do you need extra support from the Partnership? Is your swimming data being tracked and uploaded?
Please help us to help you and ensure that no child is left behind with swimming and water safety.
*Please note - Swimming Teacher Training will be available from September 2021*
Following the success of the Bhangra Vibes programme over Easter, that is now ongoing for a further 6 weeks, the next Vibe we are excited to bring you is Cheer Vibes!
Again, families that register will receive a weekly video emailed out to them to enjoy at home at a time to suit them that can be watched as many times as they would like. All totally free!
Click here to get involved, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
Girls Football in Wolverhampton
Moving forward with our recent success of Wildcats, which saw nearly 350 girls receiving weekly virtual football sessions, and the national push for more girls to get involved with football, we would like to share with you the pathway in which we will be working to to support the surge. No matter what the age or ability… #ThisGirlCan
For more info, or to get involved, please email email@example.com
Community Sport and Health Apprentice
ConnectEd Partnership are looking to roll out our next cohort of Community Sport and Health Apprentices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Contact Sam Perks to express your interest and be involved in the next programme.
ConnectEd Basketball Update
Please click here to see the latest basketball results!
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Members can also log onto the MEMBERS AREA to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership .
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This is the first year that we have managed and facilitated this process on behalf of our schools and it would not have been successful without the support of our heads and senior leaders.
We are fully committed to supporting our schools in recruiting high quality teachers and hope that the NQT pool enables you to successfully recruit NQTs for September.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET THAT OUR PRIMARY NQT POOL IS STILL OPEN - To access it, please click on this link
School Sport Premium Funding
You will already be aware, your school is required to publish its School Sport Premium Data online, via your website.
ConnectEd Partnership are once again, offering to work with you and your PE Lead to ensure you are kept up-to-date with what information needs to be published, how to publish this information and what information to include. This will ensure your school is School Sport Premium viable, and more importantly, you are celebrating all of your successes. In addition, schools can carry forward any under-spends but they must clearly identify amounts and how the funding will be spent. This is also somethings we can also help with.
As a ConnectEd Partnership member, you can access guidance and support on a 1-1 basis to make sure your published data is recorded and available in the correct format on your website.
If you haven't contacted us already and would like guidance and support in compiling and publishing your data then please contact Sam Perks so that we can share the template and arrangements can be made to provide the support you need. This will be done virtually at the moment.
The following policies have been reviewed and do not require any amendments at this time:
Part Time Teachers Pay and Conditions of Service
These documents have been updated to reflect that they have been reviewed in 2021 and are available on the website.
Are you getting the most from THE KEY?
As part of your ConnectEd Membership, you have exclusive access to The Key. There is a wealth of up-to-the-minute information for school managers and school Governors . They help you respond to national changes quickly and confidently. Every week, they add new, practical, quality-assured resources to save you time with everyday tasks. Please make sure you are able to access and use this valuable resource.
If you, or a member of your team, would like some help and guidance with getting the most from The Key, help is available. You can either access a pre-recorded information session, or alternatively you can arrange for bespoke on-line training from staff directly at The Key.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Sam Perks in the first instance.
See our section below for this weeks most popular topics including help for School Governors
For those schools that do not use WCC payroll please arrange to submit payroll reports on a monthly basis in accordance with the term and conditions of the Scheme. Please note late submissions will be discounted.
Please note new claims and payroll report submissions made for April 2021 onwards will be dealt with after the invoice for the service is paid.
Please use the new claim form for claims commencing 1 April 2021.
Secondary - Literacy Leads Wednesday 26th May 2021
This is the termly good practice network meeting, which brings together literacy leads to explore and share successful, evidence-based literacy development approaches and resources and discuss relevant literacy-related issues. The session will:
Provide updates on latest research and guidance
Respond to Literacy related issues
Try out successful approaches and resources
Support literacy leads to carry out and develop their role
REMINDER - There is a 'helpline' available to members Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm who can be contacted on 0800 061 4500 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to share your stories with us, we would love to hear from you. There is a template at the top of this newsletter, or alternatively contact one of our members of staff at the bottom of the newsletter.
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