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Welcome to a new Academic Year.

After a very different Summer Term, ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to be back in the office together as a team once again.  Our CPD Programme will continue to be delivered 'virtually' for the time being, but we hope to get back to normal as soon as possible.
Our weekly Newsletter will continue to bring you all the up to date information and guidance as it is published, together with our usual Partnership information and news.
If you have any suggestions for items you would like to see included, please get in touch with us - contact details are at the bottom of the Newsletter.

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, the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details Plus News from the Key.

GOOD NEWS STORIES - celebrating the good work and initiatives in our schools

National News

£8m programme to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing

Ahead of the full return to education in September, a new training scheme has been launched to improve wellbeing and mental health support in schools and colleges. To view link, click here.

Update on face coverings in schools

The Department for Education is updating its advice on face coverings in schools. To view link, click here.

New local lockdowns guidance: What schools need to know

The guidance sets out what schools must do in response to different “tiers” of local lockdowns. To view full details, click here.

Ofsted News

To view a recent edition of Ofsted News, please click here.

Place2Be launches free online training programme for 50,000 UK teachers

Place2Be has announced the launch of a new online training programme for schools on children’s mental health.  To view link, click here.


Further information, guidance and resources can be found on 'The Key' at the bottom of this newsletter or by loging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website and clicking The Key and selecting The Key for School Leaders.

See, Hear, Respond
The Wolverhampton based Switch Project, have some exciting news to share about a new social and emotional support offer for pupils funded by Barnardo's and the DfE.  The See, Hear, Respond service is being offered to  schools in Wolverhampton and South Staffordshire by Switch.  To view full details click here.

For any further information, please contact Tim Wakefield at Switch via 

Back to school Resources

The Black Country Rainbow Hour has been in existence since May 2020 and there are now:

Of the 108 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.

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

Climate Change Classroom Activities
The World Wildlife Funds new climate change resource for secondary school students gives young people the opportunity to take action on climate change and biodiversity loss within the school setting. Click here for link.

Short tennis lesson plans to support primary schools in September

As tennis is going to be a big focus in sports from September you will find the resources attached are a really good start for Primary and Secondary Schools. Click here for link.

Little Green Fingers
If you want to find out how to get FREE gardening stuff for your classroom click here.

Apple Teacher
Apple Teacher is a free professional learning programme designed to support and celebrate educators using Apple products for teaching and learning. To find out more, click here.

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


        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.


Smestow Student plays for Warwickshire CC

Congratulations to Vikai Dass, one of Smestow School's sports performers of the year, who has been selected for Birmingham Bears T20 squad (Warwickshire CC) for a match later this week.

Mark's Wolves Foundation story

A pupil from Westcroft School has been employed by Wolves Foundation as a Cohesion & Inclusion Coach for just under a year.
Mark Bromley says "As such a big Wolves fan it was always my dream to be involved with the club in any way, shape or form"
To read the full article about how Mark achieved his goal, click here.


From last term........

This is the leadership team at Eastfield Primary School on Hero Day to celebrate all the heroes during lockdown!



    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  NEW!
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:
  • Wednesday 16 September at 1.30pm – WHIPS: a chance for colleagues to share experiences of their return to school and to plan for the next meeting and request any guests for the next meeting to be held on 11 November.
  • 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 (this is the proposed date and time – to be confirmed)
  • Thursday 8 October at 8am – CN 8 (this is the proposed date and time – to be confirmed)
  • Wednesday 14 October at 8.30am – CN 6 &7
  • Thursday 15 October at 2pm – CN 4 
  • Friday 16 October at 9.30am – CN 2
 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: what's changing in autumn

- Getting learning back on track: where to start 
Plan for reopening

New on the Key

School reopening round-up: what you need to know and do
- Face coverings in secondary schools: how to make it work
School reopening: how to safely run interventions (primary)
- Anti-racism: how to review and re-frame your curriculum
- Interview questions: mental health lead

Key Voices Podcasts
- Using apprenticeships to develop the education workforce with Nick Heard 
- What impact will Covid-19 have on the teaching profession? with Dr Becky Allen 
- School business leadership during the covid-19 with ISBL, part two 

If you would like to share your stories with us, about anything your school or community  are doing to support others during this time, 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 (formerly Fullwood) - 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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