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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, Dates for you Diary, Policies and more
Local News - Including bulletins from Wolverhampton City Council, DRB, and a link to our resources
National News - Including the latest Government advice and information

The Key - Keep up to date with information, guidance and resources
Good News
ECT Welcome Event September 2022
 
On Wednesday 14th September the ECT Welcome Event took place. 82 ECTs/Mentors were present and it was lovely to see so many of you.
A huge thank you goes to The Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton Cllr Dr Michael Hardacre.

We would also like to thank:

Cllr Chris Burden            Linda Brown
Chris Blunt                      Lisa Davies
Kay Creswell-Green       Yvonne Fagan

Traci Good                     Tracey Lecointe 

We would love to hear from you! 
If you have a Good News story, please send it to 
michelle.vernon@connectedpartnership.com 
and we will feature it in our next edition.
Partnership News
Membership Access Reminder
Don't forget your membership gives you access to:
  • The Key for School Leaders, School Governors and Governorhub giving you access to quality assured resources covering all aspects of school leadership
  • Picture News gives you a current news stories, provides an image, a thought-provoking question and a variety of teaching resources
  • PSHE Association - with access to quality assured resources, expert training, exclusive events and one-to-one support
NPQ Programmes 2022 –
Application Deadline Extended!
You will be aware that as a delivery partner of the NPQ programme for Best Practice Network, ConnectEd Partnership are once again offering fully funded NPQ programmes delivered locally in Wolverhampton.
 
We are pleased to inform you that the deadline for Autumn 2022 applications has now been extended to Monday 26th September 2022.

Take a look at the flyer for more information and click here to view details and information about the different NPQ programmes offered by ConnectEd.
ECT Registration with Appropriate Body and Best Practice Network from September 2022
If your school has appointed an ECT from September 2022 and you wish to register them with ConnectEd/WCC Appropriate Body and Best Practice Network for the core ECF Training, please follow the instructions below:
 
For Your School:
The designated Induction Tutor will need to register any new ECTs and Mentors through the DfE Online Service. Here you will find guidance on using the service.
If your school is yet to have an ECT or your school is changing from another Lead Provider to Best Practice Network (BPN), they will be prompted with instructions on what to do within the Dfe Online Service AND your school will need to register through the BPN School Registration Form.

For ECTs and Mentors:

Once ECTs and Mentors details have been updated on the DfE Online Service, the DfE will provide BPN with the registration details. A follow-on registration form is sent from BPN to ECTs and Mentors to capture additional information to help allocate a suitable training group. Please note this is not instant; we will be in touch with all candidates who have applied through the DfE once the DfE have processed their application and carried out the eligibility checks. You do not need to contact BPN to check if they have received the ECT/Mentor application.
If there are any issues with the registration process, please contact the DfE directly on 0370 0002288 or using this link.
ConnectEd Meetings for the Autumn Term 
Below are a list of meetings for the Autumn term:

Wednesday 21st September - 8.00am. CN5 - The Ark at St Michael's CE (A) Primary
Thursday 22nd September - 9.30am. Informal WHIPS - Teams
Tuesday 27th September - 9.00am. ASPIC - Teams tbc
Wednesday 28th September - 1.00pm. WHINS - Venue tbc

Monday 10th October - 10.00am. Secondary DAH - Venue tbc
Tuesday 11th October - 4.00pm. Head of Sixth Form - Teams
Wednesday 12th October - 9.30am. ConnectEd Board - Berrybrook Education Business Suite
Wednesday 12th October - 3.34pm. CN4 Subject Lead Networks - Highfields School
Wednesday 19th October - 4.00-5.00pm. CN5 Subject Lead Networks - Tbc
Wednesday 19th October - 9.30am. Early Help and Board - Berrybrook Education Business Suite tbc


If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Dates for your Diary
For information and booking onto the DRB Ignite Senior Leader Briefings for the academic year 2022/2023 click here.

The dates are:

Wednesday 16th November 2022
Tuesday 7th March 2023
Wednesday 28th June 2023
2022/2023 CPD Programme
We have a range of CPD programmes that may be of interest to you or your staff.  All the information and booking information is available through our website.
 
Safeguarding termly mop up sessions - Monday 10th October 2022 and Tuesday 25th April 2023.
Safeguarding 2 day DSL training - 29th/30th November 2022 and 9th/10th May 2023

For more details and booking links to these sessions click here.
 
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact Harinder.jandu@connectedpartnership.com in the first instance.
Schools' Forum Representation
New Vacancies
There are vacancies in the following roles:

Substitute Primary Governor
Substitute Secondary Representative
Substitute Special School Governor
Academy Representative
Three substitute academy representatives
Substitute Diocesan representative

If you would like to take on any of these roles please contact Shelley Humphries.
Supporting Safeguarding in Schools
To view the September edition of the monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing please click here.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 
TWS Sports Podcast
The award winning Podcast is back!
Season 5 kicks off with football legend Harry Redknapp. Click here to listen.
Policies
The following documents have been updated and are available on the ConnectEd website:

ECT Policy
Teacher's Appraisal

All policies are available to those schools that buy into LPAAC in the Members Area of the ConnectEd Partnership website and should have been received via email.
For any further assistance please contact Kate Hodgetts.
Wild Tribe - There's still time to book!
There is still time to book onto the Wild Tribe Outdoor Education Programme. 
The course will take place on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd September. For further information and how to book click here.             
                                                  
Music Programme 2022/23
Working in close partnership with the Wolverhampton Music School, we are developing a music programme of work for Early Years. This would involve staff CPD, events and workshops all to be designed and delivered from January 2023.
 
We are looking into programmes of work that would be sustainable for Early Years settings, as we believe music, song and dance can be highly beneficial to the first stages of learning. With DfE guidance changing recently around age criteria, and more funding being made available, we are working on a road map for our City to develop Early Years in music and performing arts.
 
To enable us to gauge interest and a current baseline of our schools, we would like you to complete a short survey.
This will tell us of your interest to be involved and what your current position is. It will give us all we need to apply for extra funding and ensure this model of work is sustainable and has a good legacy through practitioner development.
This is a very short survey that will take no more than a minute or two. Click here to get started.
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
Reimbursements were processed on 9th August 2022 for the salary costs claims for the period April, May & June 2022 inclusive. All receiving schools have been emailed and remittances sent (please ensure you keep this email as a history record of your reimbursements throughout the financial year. I will continue to use this first email so that you have a trail each month). If you require a further copy of the remittance please email  michelle.vernon@connectedpartnership.com.
 
Schools will be alerted when their claims reach 100% of their total annual premium. ConnectEd Partnership will not pay schools above their premium paid until the school have confirmed in writing the following contract term buy in. If you leave the scheme at the end of the contract period all reimbursements for each contract year over the premium paid will be recharged to the school.
 
Schools that leave the Scheme at the end of the contract period are required to pay back all of their overspend for all contracted years. (that is if the service has been taken up for 2/3 years).
 
Schools who decide not to renew their membership of the scheme will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid for each year of membership along with a leaving administrative fee based on the premium paid for each year of membership. The leaving administrative fee is payable regardless of the reimbursements made.
 
Please keep the scheme informed of leave, resignation or return to work dates.
Any overspend will need to be met by schools contributing additional funding to the scheme 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 continue with membership of the scheme year on year will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid.

For those schools that don’t use WCC payroll, please continue to submit payroll reports on a
monthly basis. Late submissions will be discounted. (The closing date for all submissions for each financial year is the last Friday in April).
 
For payroll journal reconciliation purposes please ensure you share this information with your school bursar/school business manager and/or finance officer.
 
Claim forms and the scheme arrangements (terms and conditions) can be downloaded www.connectedpartnership.com
 
It is important that you familiarise yourselves with the Scheme Arrangements and comply with these terms and conditions.                                             
For more information or if you have any queries regarding the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Scheme please contact Helen Perkins
Local News
Weekly Updates
Check here every week for the most up-to-date information

 

To read the latest DRB weekly briefing follow this link.

Please click here to read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin.

Soundpots Early Years Music Conference


This year's Soundpots Music Conference will be held on Thursday 6th October. For further information and booking details click here.
Switch Midlands Offer for Primary Schools

Switch Midlands CIC are once again offering a number of support packages for Wolverhampton schools this academic year.

To read more on this exciting opportunity click here. You can also view their flyer.

To find out more about the Switched On Schools coaching programme see their flyer here and read more information here.

To find out more about The Switch Squad, the flyer can be viewed here and more information is available here.
 
National News

Government Updates

 
Please find below some of the most recent Government updates for Educational settings:

Period products in schools and colleges Updated 8th September 2022

Further updates can be found on the DfE website.
The Key
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Get In Touch
Wendy Mann - Business Director                    wendy.mann@connectedpartnership.com

Harinder Jandu - Partnership Development Manager              
harinder.jandu@connectedpartnership.com                                   
Lisa Davies - Strategic Lead - Secondary
lisa.davies@connectedpartnership.com

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator
helen.perkins@connectedpartnership.com


Tony Allen - Procurement Consultant
Tony.Allen@connectedpartnership.com


Dawn Jones - School Games Organiser
dawn.jones@connectedpartnership.com
Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead
sam.perks@connectedpartnership.com

Bal Athwall  - ECT Co-ordinator/Business Support
bal.athwall@connectedpartnership.com

Helen Hogan - CPD Co-ordinator/Business Support
helen.hogan@connectedpartnership.com

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network
Co-ordinator
kate.hodgetts@connectedpartnership.com


Michelle Vernon - Media Co-ordinator/Business Support
michelle.vernon@connectedpartnership.com

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