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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
Wolverhampton Community Games 2022
Our Wolverhampton Community Games have been a huge success! The 4 week Baton journey, then on to the 8 days of competition, has been enjoyed by staff, children, young people and communities across the City.
Working with our PASS Team, School Games, The Music School, The Local Authority and other local partners. It has brought a great deal of community spirit back to the forefront after so much isolation. It has been a breath of fresh air for all involved.
84 schools took part in the Baton Journey. 2,549 children and young people participated in 22 different games over 8 days with the support of 132 leaders from 13 of our City's schools.
ConnectEd Partnership are proud to celebrate this programme of work and look forward to developing a legacy of the games for 2022/23.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved in the games and a special thanks to Sam Perks of ConnectEd for facilitating the baton's journey and ensuring everyone involved was able to take part.
Sam went every step with the baton to support the transition from school to school and made sure all the events ran smoothly.
Please use this link to view our video to celebrate the Games.
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.
The annual sports awards took place on Monday 4th July. To read about the evening and award winners click here.
CalmBrain Workshop - St Michael's CE Primary School
You are invited to a local training event about CalmBrain, a mental health intervention that St Michael's have been using for a couple of years with great success to help work with the children in school who are suffering from anxiety, presenting with behavioural distress and/or neurodiversity.
A free workshop with Dr Taylor (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) is being held to show you how CalmBrain addresses mental health and lowers anxiety in children and talk to you about how easy it is to implement in your school.
Venue: St Michael's CE (A) Primary School, Lower Street, Tettenhall, WV6 9AF
Date: Friday 8th July
For more information about CalmBrain, click the following links.
We strongly encourage you to come along, be open-minded and listen to Dr Taylor. Please email the school directly to book you place/confirm your attendance. There is no charge.
ECT Formal Assessment Deadline -
Monday 11th July 2022
If you have ECTs registered with Wolverhampton City Council/Connected Appropriate Body, please be reminded that the Formal Assessment – term 3 should be completed and submitted by Monday 11th July 2022 for all ECTs who started their induction period September 2021.
The assessment should be completed on the ECT portal. If you need a reminder of your log in details to the ECT portal please contact email@example.com
A word version of the formal assessment along with a completed exemplar of the formal assessment can be found on the ‘Help Documents and Handbook’ tab of the ECT portal.
If your ECT is currently experiencing difficulties, please contact us as soon as possible to put a development plan in place ready for next year.
Please also ensure any outstanding Professional Progress review forms are also completed on the portal if you have not yet fully completed them.
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.
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.
Weekly Updates Check here every week for the most up-to-date information
The School Nurse service is currently being evaluated. Consulting with partners & stakeholders, parents and guardians and children & young people to help shape the future development of the service.
The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is the early intervention and prevention public health programme which focuses on a universal preventative service for children and families.
Your thoughts on the 'School Nurse' service, your opinions and feedback will support the future development of the service taking you no longer than 5 minutes to complete, whether you are a partner referring into the service with established links, a parent/guardian of a young person attending a Primary or Secondary school in Wolverhampton or lastly a young person attending Secondary school, your views are important.
If you would like to provide feedback directly to the School Nurse service, Contact the 0-19 Service Admin hub either via phone: 01902 441057 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The consultation will be live until Wednesday 22nd July.
Opportunities for 2022/23
Click here for further information and to apply to develop high quality teaching of mathematics for all children to secure deep understanding, with nationally accredited specialists in Wolverhampton, with £1000 funding support.
School Reps (Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) needed for Wolverhampton's Tackling Physical Inactivity Steering Group
What is Wolverhampton’s Tackling Physical Inactivity Steering Group?
A system wide group looking at a systematic and evidenced based ways to drive the work forward to tackle levels of physical activity in the city. The group has 5 key areas:
Children, Young People and Families
Communication and Engagement
Community Safety and Place-based working
Strategy Development and System Development
The group will meet around once a quarter, there will be task and finish groups for each of the key areas, and welcome members of the steering group to sit on one task and finish group.
If you are interested in being part of this exciting group please contact Hettie Pigott on Hettie.Pigott@wolverhampton.gov.uk.
Please find below some of the most recent Government updates for Educational settings: