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World Ice Cream Day

17th July 2022

With the warm weather well and truly here, what better reason to enjoy an ice cream!
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

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We would love to hear from you!
If you have a Good News story, please send it to 
and we will feature it in our next edition.
Stowlawn Primary School
Staff and pupils held a fundraising event on Monday on behalf of one of their students who last August was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Since then the school have been raising money and Monday was their final fundraising challenge - Goals for Kai.

Half of the money raised will go to The Wolves Foundation, who ran a sponsored penalty shootout, with all children taking a penalty against Wolfie.
The other half of the money will go to Kai's choice of hospitals in Manchester and Birmingham.

To raise extra money a team of their staff also walked from the Molineux to The Hawthorns and Kai's class teacher and teaching assistant "braved the shave and the chop".

So far they have already raised over £5000. A huge well done and thank you to everyone involved and that donated.
Partnership News
Fully Funded National Professional Qualifications
Autumn 2022 with ConnectEd Partnership and Best Practice Network
ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to be working once again as a Delivery Partner with Best Practice Network (BPN) for the 22-23 Academic Year. We are offering the NPQSL plus the NPQLT and NPQLTD in Wolverhampton and these programmes are being delivered by our own facilitators who are experienced senior leaders from Wolverhampton schools.
DfE scholarships available for all NPQs
School leaders and teachers can apply for the full range of NPQs on offer with BPN and full NPQ scholarships,
covering the entire cost of the qualification.
Targeted Support Funding for Small Schools
In addition to the full scholarship funding in place for all state-maintained schools and academies, the DfE are also introducing additional payments to small schools to enable them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake NPQs. This ‘Targeted Support Fund’ will give a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ. Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarships will also be eligible for targeted support funding. Our understanding at this stage is that these payments will go direct to schools.

Applications close on 22nd July for the Autumn 2022 cohort
Please click here for full details and how to apply for one of the programmes. 

You can also view our flyer which contains all the links and further information.

For further information, please contact Harinder Jandu
PSHE - Summer 2022 - New
Click here to watch the Summer 2022 PSHE network meeting video update.
It covers the following:
  • Latest news
  • Top tips to effectively monitor and evaluate your PSHE provision
  • New materials to support you in school
Music Programme 2022/23 - New
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 Meetings for the Autumn Term 
Below are a list of meetings for the Autumn term:

Monday 12th September - 9.15am. SHAPE Forum - Berrybrook Education Business Suite
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
Dates are now available for the DRB Ignite Senior Leader Briefings for the academic year 2022/2023. Click here for more information and booking instructions.

The dates are:

Wednesday 16th November 2022
Tuesday 7th March 2023
Wednesday 28th June 2023
SEN Early Identification and Support Service Questionnaire - Important Information
Sarah Reynolds, Head of SEN Early Identification and Support Services, has asked us to share the SEN Early Identification and Support Service questionnaire.

Could you please share the questionnaire with all your Primary and Secondary Headteachers and SENDCOs.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update

Football League Results

To view the latest results follow this link.

Wild Tribe
New dates have been announced for the Wild Tribe Outdoor Education Programme. 
For further details and to book click here.
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.
This section will be updated when additional programmes are added.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact in the first instance.
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
School Summer Holiday Arrangements
For those schools that submit monthly payroll reports please ensure that you make arrangements to continue to submit these during the summer break through July and August 2022. Late submissions will be discounted.
For those schools who use WCC Payroll please note these are automatically provided directly to the scheme.   
Please also keep the scheme informed of leave, resignation or return to work dates.
Claim forms and the scheme arrangements (terms and conditions) can be downloaded from our website.
It is important that you familiarise yourselves with the Scheme Arrangements and comply with the terms and conditions.

To read all the information regarding the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Scheme, please click here. 

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


The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here.

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


Uniform Swap Shop
Every Sunday from 24th June there will be a swap shop for uniforms from 58 Wolverhampton schools. This opportunity will last throughout the summer holidays.
For further information click here.
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.

National News

Government Updates

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

Behaviour in schools Updated 13th July 2022
New school proposals Updated 13th July 2022

Further updates can be found on the DfE website
The Key
Popular on The Key this week:

Primary to secondary transition: features of an effective programme
Primary maths skills audit
English and maths action plans: examples (primary)
School-led tutoring grant: summary
Caretaker/site manager: skills audit
School trips: risk assessments

Please note: To have access to information on The Key you are required to log in.
Get In Touch
Wendy Mann - Business Director          

Harinder Jandu - Partnership Development Manager                                        
Lisa Davies - Strategic Lead - Secondary

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Tony Allen - Procurement Consultant

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwall  - ECT Co-ordinator/Business Support

Helen Hogan - CPD Co-ordinator/Business Support

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network

Michelle Vernon - Media Co-ordinator/Business Support

All our resources are available to view on the ConnectEd website.

Members can also log on to the Members Area to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership.

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