View this email in your browser
If you would like to contribute an item to our newsletter please download our template here.

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.


ConnectEd Diaries!

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! 

National News

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

Registration of Interest deadline: 28th May 2021.


To read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin, please click here

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here

Youth Sport Trust 

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 for further details.
Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (for teachers currently teaching Year 1 or 2) - also suitable for any teachers moving to teach Year 1 or 2 next year. Book now for this online Work Group, which starts in May.

NEW Secondary Curriculum Hubs – Summer 2021

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.

18.05.21 – English and Literacy Hub
19.05.21 – Humanities Hub
25.05.21 – Science Hub
26.05.21 – MFL Hub
27.05.21 – Vocational hub (Business, H&SC, ICT)
08.06.21 – Creative / Performing Arts and PE hub
09.06.21 – Technology & ICT Hub

PASS and School Games Organiser Update 

Back to Swimming!  

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.
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*

Cheer Vibes

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 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

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!


Members can also log onto the MEMBERS AREA to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership .
Follow us on our social media platforms for up-to-date news and information:

  Secondary NQT Pool 2021
We are pleased to announce that the Secondary NQT pool is now open to all member schools and can be accessed by following this link: 

If you haven’t received an email containing the password, please contact
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
  • Relocation Allowances
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
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022

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.
If you have any queries, please contact

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
Click here to book.
Literacy for PE
Thursday 10th June 2021 3:30pm - 4:45pm
This is the first in a series of sessions that will run, according to demand, and look specifically at the literacy development needs of PE. The session will:
  • Identify subject related literacy needs
  • Look at effective approaches and resources that will help teachers respond to the literacy demands of science
  • Build a supportive literacy development group that will help practitioners to address pupils' literacy needs within PE and support colleagues in their department
Click here to book.
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:

18.05.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - English & Literacy Hub
19.05.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - Humanities Hub
25.05.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - Science Hub 

26.05.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - MFL Hub
26.05.2021 - Secondary Literacy Leads Network
27.05.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - Vocational Hub

08.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hub - Creative/Performing Arts and PE Hub
09.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Technology & ICT Hub 
10.06.2021 - Literacy for PE

11.06.2021 - Briefing - Early Career Framework 'What schools need to know'
15.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Languages & EAL Hub 
16.06.2021Secondary Curriculum Hubs - NEW FOR 2020!! Social Sciences/Vocational Lead Contact
16.06.2021 - DRB Ignite - Senior Leaders Briefing 
22.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Humanities Hub (History, Geography, RE)
29.06.2021- Secondary NQT Professional Development Networks

01.07.2021 - Wild Tribe

All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website

Additional CPD will be advertised on this newsletter and via our website as it becomes available, including our Secondary NQT Professional Development Network and Secondary Curriculum Networks.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Summer Term  

The ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Summer Term will be held online via Teams unless otherwise shown.

Wednesday 19 May at 1pm Informal WHIPS
Thursday 20 May at 8am CN8
Friday 21 May at 9.30am CN 6 & 7

If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts

News from The Key
The Key Support helps you respond to national changes quickly and confidently. Every week they add new practical, quality-assured resources to save you time with everyday tasks.

New on the Key:

How to review a school policy
Early career teacher (ECT) induction preparation: checklist
Early career teacher (ECT) induction: deciding your approach
Evaluate your subject/department: SEF checklist
Writing an effective SIP: planning guide

New to The Key for School Leaders!
Introducing Policy Expert - Policy Expert is your go-to place for telling you which policies you must have, should have, and if anything changes.
Key Voices Podcasts:
‘Let’s talk about Flex’ with Emma Turner
Priorities for action in education and youth with Loic Menzies
Challenges and opportunities of remote teacher training and development with Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance and Oxfordshire Teacher training

REMINDER - There is a 'helpline' available to members Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm who can be contacted on 0800 061 4500 or via email


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.
Get In Touch
Here is an overview of the ConnectEd Partnership Team
Got a query or request and not sure who to contact?


Wendy Mann - Business Director                                             

Harinder Jandu - Teaching School Co-ordinator                                         

 Lisa Davies - ConnectEd Teaching School Lead (Secondary)

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwall  - Administrator

Helen Hogan - Administrator

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator

Andrew Weston - Digital Marketing Apprentice

Michelle Mills - Administrator
Book your training here 
Please read T&Cs
To visit our website, please go to:
For more information on any of our events or to book a place please go to: 
To join the Partnership or for further information about what the Partnership can offer you contact us! 
The Partnership welcomes comments and feedback on activities of the Partnership, and any suggestions for future development.
Share your good news with us!
Copyright © 2017 ConnectEd Partnership, All rights reserved.
News, updates and information from ConnectEd Partnership

Our mailing address is:
ConnectEd Partnership Ltd
Berrybrook Education Business Suite, Berrybrook Primary School
Greenacres Avenue, Underhill
Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 8NZ
United Kingdom

Add us to your address book

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
ConnectEd Partnership · Berrybrook Education Business Suite · Greenacre Avenue · Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 8NZ · United Kingdom

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp