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Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
National News - including the latest Government advice and information
Local News - including Back to school resources
Business Section - including Dates for your diary, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus, News from the Key.

National News
 Mental Health Champions – Foundation programme 

Free online children’s mental health training 

Place2Be are offering FREE online training to UK qualified teachers and school-based staff in open groups, starting in October 2020.

Length - 5 week online programme
Frequency - 1-1.5 hours per week done at a time to suit you

To be eligible for the funded programme, you need to have UK QTS, be an NQT or have a permanent role in-school.  For full details and to find out how to apply, click here.

Below are a few of the most recent Government updates 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.

To read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin, please click here.


PE and School Sports Premium Funding

Active Black Country have released a letter regarding schools publication of their Primary Physical Education & School Sport Premium data. To read the letter click here.
As you may be aware, over the past 6 months ConnectEd have offered schools 1 to 1 help to support them with their SSP action plan and presentation of data.  Schools who have accessed the support are in a strong position to ensure that they are compliant with the requirements detailed in the letter.
If there are still some schools that would like that support before the deadline, please contact Sam Perks  to make arrangements.

Safeguarding Updates

Ann Brown, who delivers ConnectEd's Safeguarding programme has put together a useful Safeguarding newsletter which is particularly relevant this term.  To view the newsletter please click here

If any staff are interested in our Safeguarding training, full details of our programme, dates and how to apply can be found here.

Back to school Resources

Covid-19 related pupil absence  NEW!
A quick reference guide for parents and staff (September 2020)

DRB have issued a handy guide which has been provided by one of their members and includes some scenarios.  It is shared in a Word format so that it can be adapted by individual schools. Click here to view the document.

If you add other scenarios or additions, let us know and we will share it too.



The Black Country Rainbow Hour   Updated!

Of the 109 schools taking part, 40 of them are Wolverhampton schools and they are loving it, so if you still haven’t signed up then make sure you get involved now.

Remember, if your School hasn’t signed up yet, you can find out more details, access all the resources and pledge your support by visiting the official webpage:

If you have any comments, questions or would like to discuss any aspect of The Black Country Rainbow Hour, please get in touch with Sam Perks in the first instance.


Guidance for staff on when to self-isolate  NEW!

Click here to read the latest guidance on what staff need to do with regards to self-isolation of four different categories

Picture News

Virtual Assemblies
These 15 minute virtual assemblies will continue to be available for the foreseeable future via the following link

CPD Sessions The Picture News Team have offered the following webinars:
Launching Picture News; How to use Picture News in Early Years; Using Picture News to support SMSC.
If you are interested in any of these areas but were unable to join the webinar please contact Kate Hodgetts and she will forward a video of the webinar to you.   

British Values and UNICEF In addition to the link to British Values, the Picture News Resource will now include a weekly link to the UNICEF Rights of the Child. This will support any school completing the Rights Respecting Schools Award.

Please click here to view the Picture News website or their Facebook page.

For any questions regarding Picture News please contact

Schools’ Forum Representatives needed  NEW!

The following vacancies are now available at Schools’ Forum:

Primary Substitute Governor Representative
Nursery Substitute Governor Representative
Academy Representative and Substitute Representative

If you would like to nominate yourself, a colleague or a Governor please contact Kate Hodgetts


NQT Registration for September 2020  

If you have recruited an NQT to start in September 2020 would you please ensure that you complete a registration form - this will allow us to complete the necessary registration with the DfE.
You can download the NQT Registration form 2020-21 from our website by clicking here.

Your NQT(s), their mentor and induction tutor will all be given access to the NQT portal in order to complete their Induction Programme through the ConnectEd Partnership Appropriate Body.  An email with full details of the Induction programme, together with user names and passwords for the portal, will be sent once registration is complete.

Please click here to read more about ConnectEd Partnership NQT Appropriate Body Induction and Support


Coming Soon!
DRB Ignite - Senior Leaders Briefing

The Autumn Term Senior Leaders Briefing on 23rd September 2020 will be held via Zoom.  

Delegates who have already booked onto this event will receive an email with the zoom meeting invitation and details.

If you would like to book a place please click here

Policies and Procedures

The School Policy Development group have created a new document titled Model Policy for the Induction of NQTs.
The group have also amended and updated the Management of Attendance Procedure to include the ill Health Retirement Procedure.
A Manager’s Guide to this document is also available.
If your school has bought into LPAAC you will have received these documents via email and they can be accessed via the members area of the ConnectEd Partnership website.

   2020-21 CPD PROGRAMME 

ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to offer the following CPD opportunities for 2020-21 – please click on the relevant programme to see full details and how to apply:

Primary NQT Professional Development Programme
Secondary NQT Professional Development Network  
Recently Qualified Teachers Programme 
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML)
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) - Further details to follow
Inspirational Teacher Programme (ITP)
HLTA Preparation and Assessment
National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)
Safeguarding Programme
Diploma in School Business Management Level 4 (on-line course)
DRB Ignite - Senior Leaders Briefing

All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website

Additional CPD will be advertised on this newsletter and via our website as it becomes available, including our Secondary NQT Professional Development Network and Secondary Curriculum Networks.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.

Connected Partnership, Maternity  Paternity & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022

(Please be aware that the  Scheme was not overspent for the 19/20 financial year, therefore all schools that overspent their premium did not have to repay their overspend)
Please ensure you notify the scheme of 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 by ConnectEd to the school for non-returning maternity employees will be repayable to the scheme. It is the responsibility of the Head teacher to notify the scheme accordingly.   In this situation the scheme will invoice the school to recover the full amount reimbursed for the employee concerned.
ConnectEd Partnership reserves the right to delay reimbursements to schools that have overspent their premium contribution until the school have confirmed in writing the following year buy in. Therefore for the few schools that have only joined for one year please start to consider what your intentions are for the following year. You still have time to join for the second year 21- 22 at fixed rates.
The Terms of the Scheme determine that any overspend is met by schools contributing additional funding 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 renew their membership of the scheme will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid along with ConnectEd Partnership reserving the right to charge a leaving administrative fee of up to 5% of premium paid. The leaving administrative fee is payable regardless of the reimbursements made.
Schools will be reminded by email as staff reach the end of their paid leave period (39 weeks) to ensure that return to work and resignations are notified to the Scheme.


    Wolverhampton SEND Strategy
Respond by 21st September!

You are invited to put forward your opinions on the draft ‘Wolverhampton Strategy for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities 2020’.
Wolverhampton SEND Partnership Board has recently produced a draft SEND Strategy which will guide the City of Wolverhampton Council and its partners in the long-term development of provision for children and young people with SEND.
The strategy sets out the vision and key priorities that the council and partners in the city want to focus on to improve the lives of children and young people with SEND over the next three years. This strategy signifies a commitment by all SEND Partnership Board partners to work together to achieve their vision and ensure that:

  • Children, young people and their families feel empowered and well supported
  • Wolverhampton is an inclusive city
  • Young people feel well prepared for adulthood

You can offer your opinions by reviewing the draft SEND Strategy and completing the on-line survey at An easy read version of the consultation response form is also available on request.
Responses to the consultation are required by 21st September 2020.
To receive a copy of the easy read consultation response form or if you have any queries please contact or call 01902 554302.


Phase Group and Network Meetings for Autumn Term Updated!
It has been agreed that the ConnectEd meetings scheduled for (at least) the first half term of the new academic year will be held online via Teams.
A number of meeting invitations have already been sent to colleagues; thank you to the large number who have already responded. The meeting schedule for the first half term is as follows:
  • Thursday 24 September at 8.30am – WHINS
  • Tuesday 29 September at 9.30am – CN 1
  • Wednesday 30 September at 9.30am – CP Board
  • Thursday 1 October at 8am – CN 5
  • Wednesday 7 October at 9.30am – CN 3 
  • Thursday 8 October at 8am – CN 8 
  • Wednesday 14 October at 8.30am – CN 6 &7
  • Thursday 15 October at 2pm – CN 4 
  • Friday 16 October at 9.30am – CN 2
  • Wednesday 11th November at 8am - WHIPS
  • Thursday 19th November at 8am - WSH
  • Tuesday 24th November at 9am - ASPIC 
 If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Shaw Maths Hub

SHaW Maths Hub provide highly regarded, free Maths professional development for teachers from EY to Post-16 to support ALL schools. 

For schools that have already booked from our wide range of 70 Maths PD opportunities this year, please note that most workshops will not start before November, to allow schools time to settle into the new year.

Funded Teaching for Mastery Opportunities
Practice based collaborative professional development groups taking place in Wolverhampton next year are now available to book for primary and secondary schools. Please discuss these funded opportunities with your leadership team. Further details from the link:

Mastery Readiness - Primary
Developing Mastery - Primary: £1000-£3000 funding for each participating school
Embedding Mastery - Primary: £500 funding for each participating school
Sustaining Mastery - Primary
Developing Mastery - Secondary: £2000 funding for each participating school

Building Firm Mathematical Foundations in Reception
We are also taking bookings for this funded Early Years Work Group in Wolverhampton, which will take place over three Tuesdays.

Twitter: @shawmathshub
Register here to receive fortnightly email updates

News from The Key
REMINDER - There is a 'helpline' available to members Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm who can be contacted on 0800 061 4500 or via email

The Key provides a weekly news bulletin on policy changes and developments that will affect schools.

Most Popular on the Key this week:

School reopening and reintegration:
School reopening: responding to a suspected case of COVID-19 in school

- Changes in education in 2020/21
School reopening: how to reestablish routines and expectations

New on the Key

Coronavirus addendum to your attendance policy: model
How to reduce unconscious bias in your recruitment process
Inclusive recruitment and development: how to use data to improve your practice
How to talk to pupils about race, racism and Black Lives Matter
Coronavirus: how to prepare for 'tier 2' local restrictions (secondary)

Key Voices Podcasts
How have schools coped with COVID-19? with Edurio
Mental health and the return to school with Tana Macpherson-Smith
Rehumanising headship with Darren Morgan

If you would like to share your stories with us, we would love to hear from you.  There is a template at the top of this newsletter, or alternatively contact one of our members of staff at the bottom of the newsletter.
Get In Touch

Here is an overview of the ConnectEd Partnership Team
Got a query or request and not sure who to contact?


Wendy Mann - Business Director                                             

Harinder Jandu - Teaching School Co-ordinator                                         

 Lisa Davies - ConnectEd Teaching School Lead (Secondary)

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwal  - Administrator

Helen Hogan - Administrator

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator

Andrew Weston - Digital Marketing Apprentice
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