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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.

Managing Safeguarding Allegations Policy NEW!
We have been made aware that the current Managing Safeguarding Allegations Policy needs to be considered following the September update to KCSIE. The School Policy Development group shall be considering this policy as a matter of urgency and schools will be notified as soon as any update is available.
Youth Sport Trust Webinars NEW!
Last week 18 schools took advantage of their Youth Sport Trust Membership and accessed the first of 10 webinars The topic of said webinars are "Post COVID-19: Principles to support the return of pupils to the school environment and supporting teachers to deliver PE” - a highly informative and realistic approach to teaching PE in these ever changing and challenging times.

The next webinar is on Thursday October 22 at 3.30pm and focuses on the topic:
“Reviewing your current position in relation to PESSPA and the connection to whole school development- Getting the most from the YST Quality Mark”

To read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin, please click here, plus a Revised bulletin is also available here.

DRB Weekly Update  Please click here.

Schools and Colleges Testing Webinar

This webinar explains about the testing kits that schools should have received, how to order more and also how to conduct a test on yourself and what to do afterwards with the registering of it and priority post boxes.

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
        The Black Country Rainbow Hour   Updated!
Of the 111 schools taking part, 56 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.


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

Picture News

This week you should have received your Picture News Welcome Pack which includes ideas on how to use Picture News in school as well as encouraging parents to get involved and use it  at home! In addition there are supporting materials on British Values which you may find useful.

If you have not received this pack  of information or for any questions regarding Picture News please contact

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

School Sports Offer 2020/21

ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to bring the following CPD, guidance and support to all of our members through our Physical Activity and School Sport Partnership Team for 2020/21.  

ConnectEd Coaching Teams

These coaching teams are for staff who don’t feel confident in the delivery of certain aspects of the National Curriculum for PE. These identified staff will be invited to join a team led by an expert around the area of need. There will be a mixture of support that will include virtual, face to face, peer support and signposting that will be ready to fit the ever-changing environment. The areas where support is offered are: 
Early Years
Inclusion/SEND in PE
Identified staff will be placed within a 'Coaching team' for support and training until January 2021.

Mental Health and Mental Well-Being Coaching Team

We are also introducing 'Coaching Teams' for Health and Well Being.  We aim to develop Play Leaders within your school, whilst providing a new approach to the delivery of PE (Head, Heart, Hands Curriculum). This programme is designed for an experienced PE Lead who wish to transform your PESSPA offer in school.

 For further information and to book a place on either of the above, please email Sam Perks.


Real PE 

ConnectEd Partnership are offering its members an intense approach to PE delivery for Primary schools who wish to develop certain areas.

Real PE

  • 8th October 2020 - a virtual twilight session on REAL PE: this session will enable all primary school staff to deliver high quality PE, to enable children to experience a consistent and progressive approach. 
  • 15th October 2020 virtual twilight session on REAL foundations: this session is for Nursery and Early Years practitioners to build a well-being foundation for all pre-school and Early Years children. There will also be REAL Play which will enable the continuation of a child’s well-being from school to home. 

For further information and to book a place, please email Sam Perks

Schools’ Forum Representatives needed  

We have been made aware that Mr Bond will step down as Chair and Special School Governor Representative to Schools’ Forum at the meeting in October. Schools’ Forum will therefore require a new Special School Governor Representative to Schools’ Forum. Please forward this request to your Governors and contact Kate Hodgetts with any nominations for the role.  

The following vacancies are now available at Schools’ Forum:

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

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.


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 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

- School reopening: what's changing in autumn
Pupil mental health: deepening understanding

New on the Key

Coronavirus addendum to your attendance policy: model
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)
School reopening: how to safely run interventions (primary)

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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