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Remembrance Day - 11th November 2021
Wear your Poppy with pride today and do not forget to join in with your school at 11.00am for a two minute silence in honour of all those who served our country. School resources can be found here.
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
Good News- something to bring a smile to our faces! Partnership News - Safeguarding in Schools, PASS team updates, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, Network meetings, CPD Programme and Dates for you Diary Local News -including bulletins from Wolverhampton City Council, DRB, and a link to our resources National News - including the latest Government advice and information Business Section -including Policies, CPD opportunities, contact details, Plus,News from the Key
Living Streets Walk to School Challenge
WOW – The FREE Walk to School Challenge What is WOW?
WOW is Living Streets walk to school challenge, designed to promote active travel and physical activity as well as reduce congestion around the school gates. It’s quick and easy to run and the impact is also hugely positive: if pupils exercise regularly or travel to school sustainably (walk, cycle, scoot), they are awarded a monthly badge. Participating schools see a 23% increase in pupils walking to school and a 30% reduction in congestion outside the school gates, allowing children to safely attend school.
Valued at upwards of £500 per school, the previous free WOW spaces offered to schools in West Midlands were snapped up quickly so do not miss the chance to secure one of these fully funded places for your school!
About the Event
Living Streets are delighted to invite you to an online introduction to WOW – the walk to school challenge, to demonstrate how this exciting programme can work in your school.
Working with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Living Streets are offering a number of FREE government funded places, so come along to find out how WOW can work in your school.
Register on one of these 15 minute sessions to secure your free place, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any questions:
If you can’t make it, but would like to find out more, fill in the form here and we’ll get in touch with you directly.
Alternatively you can contact the West Midlands Coordinator directly: Sameena Parvaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Merridale Primary School
On 5th November, pupils at Merridale Primary School celebrated Diwali, a particularly special celebration for their School community. The children enjoyed learning about Diwali, taking part in workshops, and watching a performance from their Bhangra dancers.
Tettenhall Wood School
A huge congratulations to staff and pupils at Tettenhall Wood School, who have been nominated for a global sports podcast award. As you will already know from our weekly newsletters, we feature their podcast in our Partnership News section. Well done and good luck to you all. For the full story, please click here.
City of Wolverhampton Council and ConnectEd Partnership Collaborative Safeguarding Support and Training Programme 2021
ConnectEd Partnership and The City of Wolverhampton Council in collaboration with Ann Brown, Educational Consultant, have created this comprehensive offer of high quality training and tailored support to enable schools to develop and implement effective safeguarding practices and to help schools identify the statutory and non-statutory training requirements for their workforce.
Full details can be found on our Website - please clickhere.
Monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing
We will be bringing you a regular monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing. To view the November edition please click here.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update
Welcoming the Commonwealth Games in 2022 - Get your school involved!
Click here to find out more information or to hear more about this exciting programme, please contact Sam Perks.
The Queen's Baton Relay: Resources now available!
The first set of Birmingham 2022 Learning Programme educational resources for schools along with a press release and accompanying photos are now available.
These resources are focused on The Queen’s Baton Relay and are designed to provide learning opportunities both in the classroom and at-home . The resources have been created for Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. They aim to develop children's understanding of the Queen’s Baton Relay, covering the history of the tradition, the Baton design, and the Baton Relay route as it travels to Birmingham 2022, through themed cross-curricular activities. They were launched on Tuesday 2nd November and are now available for schools to use as they wish. There will be further similar resources released over the coming weeks and months.
Black Country Primary School Swimming Survey - We Need Your Support
ConnectEd Partnership are working closely with Active Black Country on the swimming agenda across Wolverhampton.
Swimming in Wolverhampton is currently at a critical point and our Action Point needs support to ensure we have a clear picture across the City. We are therefore encouraging schools across the region to complete a short survey, with the opportunity to win £150 worth of sports vouchers.
To complete the survey, please click here and thank you for your support.
Please click here to view the latest Rainbow Award Winners!!
New - Wolverhampton WASPS Rugby League - Tag Rugby
Wolverhampton WASPS are delivering new sessions of Tag Rugby. To find out more information on the dates, times, and costs, please click here.
It would be appreciated if you could share this on your social network sites, so we can get as many Year 2 and 3 boys and girls involved.
School Sport PremiumIMPORTANT!
Please be reminded that when evidencing School Sport Premium spending you are still required to document all academic years funding regardless of pandemic impact.
If you need any help or guidance to ensure you are compliant with current requirements, as well as how to manage carrying funds forward, then please get in touch with email@example.com.
Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
Please click on this link to view the latest guidance.
TWS Sports Podcast - New Episode
In this week's podcast we are joined by some of the players from Sarlat Rugby, as well as Dom Einhorn, who is the club's president.
Dom tells us about how he got into the business, what it's like to be president - discussing the difficulties it can bring, and his own vision for the future of the club.
Matt and Filip also join us to talk about their role within the club, the positions they play, how they got into the sport, and reveal what it is like to play for Sarlat.
Please have a listen to the podcast and please pass on the podcast to friends and family. See the different ways to listen below:
Schools will have received the following policy via email last week:
Pay Policy - New
If your school has bought into Local Professional Association Advice and Consultation (LPAAC) you will have received these updated policies by email earlier this week.
All polices are available to those schools that buy into LPAAC in the members area of the ConnectEd Partnership website.
If you have not received the document or have any queries please contact Kate Hodgetts
Are you new to Picture News or do you want to know more about how to get the best from your weekly resources? The Picture News Team are happy to provide a short presentation to schools in person or online. Please contact the team direct to arrange a time suitable for you at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please ensure you notify the scheme of return to work dates and 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 to the school for non-returning maternity employees will be repayable to the scheme and to the school. It is the responsibility of the Head teacher to notify the scheme accordingly.
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 claim form for any claims you have.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Autumn Term
ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Autumn Term will be held online via Teams.
Friday 12th November at 9.30am - CN 6 & 7
Tuesday 16th November at 1.15pm - CN1
Wednesday 17th November - 8.00am CN8
Thursday 18th November at 8.00am CN5
Friday 19th November at 8.00am CN2
Tuesday 23rd November at 9.00am - ASPIC
Wednesday 24th November at 8.30am - AGM
Wednesday 24th November at 9.30am - ConnectEd Partnership Board
Thursday 25th November at 2.00pm - CN4
If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
2021-2022 CPD Programme
NPQ Information Webinar for prospective NPQ participants
The next opportunity to engage in an NPQ will be with our Spring cohort starting in January 2022. The application deadline for Spring is 17th December 2021 and applications are now live and can be made via our website.
Bookings are now being taken for our Spring and Summer 2022 DRB senior leader briefings on:
All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.
If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Recently Qualified Teachers Training - Book now!
Recently Qualified Teacher Programme – commencing 25th November 2021 (5 sessions throughout the year)
For full details and to book click here.
For more information including dates, times, and an event overview, please click here.
Following on from our Leadership Conference in October, we have had positive feedback from Fairtrade Partnership Wolverhampton. They were able to make lots of new contacts from our conference which is wonderful to hear. They were able to offer two lucky schools some Fairtrade resources, well done to Bilston CE Primary School and Low HIll Nursery.
Fairtrade Partnership Wolverhampton have been raising awareness in schools since Wolverhampton became a Fairtrade City in 2004. If you would like to learn more about this, you can contact their Lead on Education, Ann Bickley.
Schools also have access to resources such as lesson and assembly plans. For more information, please visit https://schools.fairtrade.org.uk/
New - Secondary Curriculum Hubs 2021/2022
We are pleased to bring you a programme of Curriculum Hubs for the 21-22 Academic Year. Please click on the relevant subject and the link will take you to all details, together with the booking page. There are 3 termly sessions, which can be booked separately or as a block. Please note that each session will be different. Here are the dates for the Autumn Term:
ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON THE CONNECTED WEBSITE.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL LIBRARY.
Members can also log onto the MEMBERS AREA to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership .
NPQ Update and Associate Opportunities
As a delivery partner of Best Practice Network, we are sharing this information with all our schools.
Since all NPQs are fully funded for state-maintained schools and academies in England for Spring 2022, we are expecting a very large cohort. As such, BPN are looking to add capacity to their national teams. If you have any members of staff who would be interested in becoming a BPN associate, please contact Harinder Jandu in the first instance. Full information is available here.
New NPQs from September 2022
The DfE have confirmed they will be rolling out two new NPQs from September 2022 - NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL) & NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
Aims of the NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
• To develop strong pedagogical and subject specific knowledge
• To provide a means for the development of literacy teaching in primary and secondary schools
• To improve pupil’s literacy outcomes
Aims of the NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
• To strengthen the quality of pedagogical leadership in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) nurseries, school-based nurseries and childminder settings
• To empower leaders to set a clear vision for their settings, champion EYFS reforms and (particularly for PVI leaders) equip them to lead efficient businesses
• To support the recovery of children’s development that has been impacted by the pandemic, through improved leadership of early years settings, strengthening staff pedagogy and bolstering knowledge of children’s early development
Further information will be available over the coming months.
Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:
MPCT Young Leaders is a sustained and Instructor led, in-school character education-based provision, that looks to instil positive qualities and values supporting both personal and academic development. The curriculum supports Ofsted’s inspection criteria, in particular, Personal Development, within the inspection framework, all of which is delivered through a soft-military style approach. Furthermore, MPCT Young Leaders supports a schools strategy and approach to character education and provides supporting evidence for inspection arrangements.
MPCT Young Leaders is offering a free introductory activity day to Primary schools, which is available to redeem now, until 17th December 2021).
For more information, please see the attached flyer.
ShaW Maths Hub
Secondary Maths - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (non-specialists)
Please click here to find out more and to book to support the non-specialists and their pupils.
Rekindle Primary-Secondary Maths collaboration
We welcome bookingsfrom secondary maths teachers with Year 5 or 6 teachers from linked schools for our Year 5-8 Continuity Work Group, starting in Wolverhampton on 12th November. Book now to influence the location of the Work Group within Wolverhampton as we will aim to make the venue convenient for participating schools.
New - Access to GovernorHub
From 25th October your subscription to The Key for School Governors will also include access to GovernorHub.
This means you will be able to use this section to store documents securely, keep track of board membership and meeting dates, and communicate with other members of your board.
In addition to the access you'll get to GovernorHub, you'll still be able to log into The Key for School Governors and if you do already use GovernorHub, it means you will be able to access it directly from The Key for School Governors.
Further information, guidance and resources can be found by logging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website.
Get In Touch
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