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Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
Good News- something to bring a smile to our faces! Partnership News - 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
A Record Breaking Achievement
A huge well done to St Peter's School student Joshua Badhan, who has become the strongest bench press champion. To see the full story, please click here.
Northwood Park Primary School
A huge well done to pupils at Northwood Park for playing their part in helping to achieve a Guinness World Record after taking part in the Royal Mail Stamp Competition. Congratulations!
Coats for Kids
Do you have a child or know someone that does, who may be in need of a coat during the winter months?
We are a free service that can offer families in need, a child's/children's coat(s), which have been kindly donated.
For more information and to view our contact details, please click here.
Holy Rosary Catholic Primary Academy
A Wolverhampton School has been given a rating of 'Good' by Ofsted.
Well done to Holy Rosary Catholic Primary Academy. To read the whole story, please click this link.
Free Trees for Schools and Communities
The Woodland Trust are giving away trees to schools and communities around the UK. For more information, resources or to request a free tree pack, please follow this link. If you have a Good News story, please send it to email@example.com and we will feature it in our next edition.
ONLY 1 WEEK TO GO! ConnectEd Partnership's Leadership Conference - Updated Information
Don't forget to sign up for this year's Leadership Conference. We have 100 school leaders from across the City and from all phases, currently signed up to attend.
The conference will take place on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 8.00am and will be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse.
As in previous years, ConnectEd member schools receive 2 free places. Additional places can also be booked at a reduced cost and non-member schools are also welcome to attend.
For more information and to book a place at the conference, click here!
Confirmation emails have been sent out and colleagues are asked to email Kate Hodgetts with any dietary requirements as soon as possible.
We have made a number of adaptions to the event this year to minimise any transmission risks and are working with Public Health support on this. We:
Advise anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or who has been advised by the NHS Test and Trace to isolate, not to attend the event
Recommend a rapid lateral flow test in the 48 hours prior to the event
Recommend the wearing of face coverings indoors (particularly in areas which are likely to become crowded)
PSHE Association - New video coming soon
Just a reminder that we will be producing a new video each term which:
Summarises and signposts new guidance, research and latest PSHE education news
Provides suggested discussion prompts on a particular issue
Highlights resources that have recently been awarded the PSHE Association Quality Mark
Our first video from last term — PSHE Education’s role in the prevention of sexual harassment and abuse — is available to watch again here.
The next video is coming soon so watch this space!
PASS and School Games Organiser Update
We Need You - Primary Headteacher Representation Required
The School Games Local Organising Committee would like to invite a Primary Headteacher representative to join them.
The group meet half termly with a focus on developing and shaping the Schools Games/Competitions as part of the role of the School Games Officers in the City.
The group hope to include representation from all phases on their Committee and are therefore inviting Primary representation.
For further information, or to express an interest please contact Helen Andrioli firstname.lastname@example.org
New - Rugby Players, all ages and abilities wanted
Do you like rugby? Are you looking for a team that is vibrant and fun? Do you want to make friends while improving your fitness? Or do you want to try something new? Then why not join us every Sunday morning from 10.00am at Wolverhampton RUFC. (This is our official recruiting day, but please feel free to contact us if you'd like to come on a day convenient for you).
We are looking for boys and girls, Years 1 to 13, to join the 2021/2022 season.
For more information, please view our poster here.
New - Dodgeball – Level 1
ConnectEd Partnership are working together with British Dodgeball to offer an online Level 1 Qualification.
This can be done at a time to suit the delegate and would help bring Dodgeball to your school! The cost of this is £40 per person. Once we have a better idea of numbers, ConnectEd will look to subsidise this further.
Please click here to see what the course covers. This is open to anyone over the age of 14! If you have any leaders within school, you are welcome to book their place!
There is also a face to face option that can be booked, so let me know if you would prefer this option. To book your place please send the delegate Name and Email Address to Sam Perks – email@example.com If you have a lot of staff and students then please feel free to put them onto a spread sheet.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
Please click on this link to view the latest guidance.
TWS Sports Podcast
We were joined by Marnus Labuschagne for this week's episode. The Australian cricketer talks about being part of the winning team at the Ashes 2019, growing up in South Africa and lots more.
Please have a listen to the podcast and please pass on the podcast to friends and family. See the different ways to listen below:
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 to 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 swimming provision. 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 this term.
If you would like any further information, please contact Sam Perks.
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 email@example.com
Picture News Special - Fuel Crisis
Have you seen the additional resources from Picture News this week, which looks at the current fuel crisis.
Member schools will have received their resources on Monday 27th September.
. 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.
Secondary Maths - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (non-specialists) - starts Autumn Term
Please click here to find out more and to book to support the non-specialists and their pupils.
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 .
Promoting Mental Health in Schools
The Anna Freud Centre is a world leading mental health charity for children, young people and their families.
Please click the below link to find out more about CARE. This is aimed at all staff, including support staff which can be used by schools and colleges.
We hope you find this link useful and can help towards supporting children and young people when they need it most.
Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:
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.
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The latest Safeguarding update is now available. ConnectEd Partnership members can click here to view. (Please ensure you are logged into your ConnectEd account to access this update).
The following policies have been updated and are recommended to schools:
Managing Safeguarding Allegations
Recruitment and Selection
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
Update on Safeguarding – New Ofsted Handbook
The handbook has been updated and in terms of safeguarding there is now a whole new section on harmful sexual behaviour paragraphs 306 to 310. They will be looking at policies, procedures and data. They will look at how incidents are handled and how and what is taught in the curriculum.
They will expect that schools:
"To assume that sexual harassment, online sexual abuse and sexual violence are happening in and around the school, even when there are no specific reports, and put in place a whole-school approach to address them where incidents are reported, understand how to handle reports of sexual violence and harassment between children, both on and outside school premises, in line with the DfE’s guidance, and train their staff accordingly (including teachers delivering relationships, sex and health education) "
"Where schools do have not adequate processes in place, it is likely that safeguarding will be considered ineffective. This will impact on the leadership and management judgement. Inspectors may also, depending on the circumstances, take this evidence into account when considering personal development and behaviour and attitude judgements (particularly in respect of pastoral support and pupils feeling safe respectively).
Please click here for more information about the update!
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