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Big Schools' Birdwatch 2022

5th January - 21st February

To take part in this fun and interesting UK-wide project, please click here.
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
Good News
Safeguarding Award

Two schools in Walsall have achieved the Gold Quality Mark Award for Safeguarding.
Congratulations to Busill Jones Primary school and Lodge Farm Primary school.

               Busill Jones Primary                                                                     Lodge Farm Primary
Tettenhall Wood Global Award Nomination - We Need Your Votes!

As you will have seen in our newsletters, one of our special schools, Tettenhall Wood produce a weekly Podcast featuring some iconic sports stars. Both staff and pupils work extremely hard and for their fantastic work, they have now beat off 1000's of entries, to get themselves down to the last 8 to win a global sports podcast award in recognition of their amazing achievements.

Tettenhall Wood are in the category 'Best Equality and Social Impact' and they need your help.
It is now down to the public to vote and Tettenhall Wood staff and pupils are asking for the help of all colleagues, family members, pupils, friends, to show your support and help them become global winners.

Voting is easy and only takes two minutes. To do so, please click on this link. You just need to add your name and email address, find the 'Best Equality and Social Impact' category, look for TWS Sports Podcast and vote.

Your votes are much appreciated. Good luck to everyone involved at Tettenhall Wood.
Inclusive Activators – Coming soon!!

ConnectEd Charitable Foundation has been successful in a funding bid for a programme for SEN Children and young people.
Following Covid 19, many young people have experienced challenges to access opportunities and one major group has been those with SEND. Missing social interaction and physical activity has had a massive impact on these children and young people.
Within this new programme of work we will develop an inclusive workforce for our SEND community that will enable us to offer opportunities as well as a full range of activities. We will work with Sporting Governing Bodies, Active Partnership and other partners to identify the appropriate training, and with our knowledge of Inclusion we can build an inclusive culture within our new workforce, as well as working with local social/sporting clubs to ensure their practice is inclusive.
Leadership programmes such as these are proven to raise confidence, aspiration and attainment and we will, through our networks, support our new Inclusive Activators to volunteer at facilities/clubs/local providers to enable the activity to take place.
If you have a Good News story,
please send it to and we will feature it in our next edition.
Partnership News
Membership to ConnectEd Partnership

Following on from the information that was sent to all schools last term, individual membership forms will be emailed out over the next few days.

It would be much appreciated if you could complete your form and return as indicated. If you have any queries please contact Wendy Mann at
Primary ECT Pool 2022

ConnectEd, in partnership with The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Education Services, are pleased to announce that the Primary ECT Portal is now open for applications from ITT students who are due to gain their QTS in Summer 2022.
We would be grateful if you could share the link/image below as widely as possible using your social media platforms and with students who may be on placement in your school and are seeking ECT posts in Wolverhampton from September 2022.

The recruitment process will be similar to last year with interviews taking place via MS Teams during the week commencing 7th March 2022. Further updates and information will be sent to all schools in due course, and we would really appreciate your support once again with the interviews.
In the meantime, we will be actively promoting and marketing the pool to universities, partner organisations and schools to attract and recruit high quality ECTs to work in our schools.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Harinder Jandu on 01902 290152

ECT's starting Spring Term 2022

If you have recruited ECTs in January 2022 you will need to complete the registration process and guidance which can be found on our website.

Please contact Harinder Jandu for any further guidance.
Secondary Curriculum Network Hubs
Spring and Summer Term 2022

Curriculum Hubs for Secondary Subject Leads & Year 6 Teachers

To see all information and dates of upcoming hubs, including links to book, please click here.
     Supporting Safeguarding in Schools  
City of Wolverhampton Council and ConnectEd Partnership
       Collaborative Safeguarding Support and Training Programme 2021

Monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing

To view the January edition of the monthly Safeguarding E-briefing please click here.
Full details can be found on our Website - please click here.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 
PASS Report
The PASS Team were really pleased to be able to offer face to face competitions and events again during the Autumn term.
We hope that your students have enjoyed the range of activities on offer.
To read the PASS report, please click here.

Commonwealth Games 2022
To read all the information for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, please click this link.
Differentiation in PE

The date for this course has now changed. Please see the information below if you wish to book places.

Course Details: Differentiation in PE
Who: A practical course for all staff involved in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity
What: The course will provide staff with simple, memorable ways to ensure all children make progress, are challenged physically and mentally, and are grouped effectively. It will encourage staff to think about what they offer and why, and how they can offer a wider range of activities without having ‘expert knowledge’
Where: TBC – If you would like to host this course, please get in touch with Sam Perks
When: 21st January 2022  
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm  
Cost: FREE to ConnectEd Members

To book on to this course, please send the name, job title and contact email address of the delegate to
School Sport Premium IMPORTANT!

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

TWS Sports Podcast - New episodes coming soon

Keep a look out for the new season of the award nominated podcast.
In the meantime, you can access any previous episodes on the links below.

Please have a listen to the podcast and pass on to friends and family. See the different ways to listen below: 

Updated Policies
Future policies will be available here.
All polices are also available to those schools that buy into LPAAC in the members area of the ConnectEd Partnership website.
For any further assistance, please contact Kate Hodgetts.
Picture News
Novak Djokovic

Men's world number 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic, has won his appeal against his recent visa cancellation, meaning he is potentially free to play in the Australian Open tournament.

This poses the question, do you think the rules should be the same for everyone? If you would like to see the additional special pack, please log into your Picture News account.

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
Picture News have changed their format, please see new guidance below:
  • The new version is in PowerPoint format. If you would like to access the individual PDFs for each document, you can access and download from our online area each week (all staff have access to this, just let me know if you’d like a reminder of your login details).
  • You will also find an editable version of the PowerPoint on the online area each week.
  • All the previous documents are included within the PowerPoint file, and you can save the file, delete/re-order the slides as required.
  • You still have the option to print the resources, either in their entirety, or as individual documents.
Picture News appreciate this is a big change and so they've tried to accommodate the many ways you use their resources; we hope you enjoy them but please let their team know if you have any additional thoughts or feedback!
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
Reminder to Schools re-joining the Maternity Scheme for the period from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024/25 at fixed prices (3 year or 2 year contract terms available).Your staff number count is required based on each January’s payroll run.
Please arrange to provide  with your staff numbers. Could you please return this information as soon as possible, no later than Friday 23rd February 2022.
The scheme covers all school funded contracted teaching and support staff employees. Unqualified teachers are counted as teachers.
The scheme is not available separately to teaching or non-teaching staff and includes both male and female members of staff including head teachers (excluding pay award back pay/Apprentice Levy costs, lunch time supervisors and non-contracted/overtime/ supply/apprentice staff).
The number of FTE eligible staff as at January 2022 will be calculated in accordance with your submission of: -
  •  All Teaching staff FTE = per FTE (32.5 directed hours basis)
  • All Support staff FTE   = per FTE (Contracts that are term time adjusted should be counted as full time equivalent)
 It is important that you familiarise yourselves with the Scheme Arrangements and comply with the terms and conditions.
Updated Information

For those schools that do not use WCC payroll provider please continue to submit payroll reports each month. Late submissions will be discounted. (The closing date for submissions for each financial year is the last Friday in April).
Schools who decide not to renew their membership of the scheme will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid for each year of membership, along with a leaving administrative fee based on the premium paid for each year of membership. The leaving administrative fee is payable regardless of the reimbursements made.
Please keep Helen Perkins informed of leave, resignation or return to work dates. 
In accordance with the terms and conditions, schools will be alerted when their claims reach 100% of their total annual premium. ConnectEd Partnership will not pay schools above their premium paid until the school have confirmed in writing the following year buy in. We have written to those schools that have already reached this level of reimbursements to confirm continued membership of the scheme, so not to delay further reimbursements. 
The new contract period is available at fixed rates for three years or two years from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025 (the new Terms and Conditions are now on our website
Please note: If you leave the scheme at the end of the contract period all reimbursements for each contract year over the premium paid will be recharged to the school.

Important Information

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.

New For 2022
Employers National Insurance contributions increase from April 2022 and will be included in the scheme. ConnectEd Partnership will monitor and review the increase in costs on the Scheme during the 2022-23 financial year. From 2023, this will appear on payslips as the Health and Social Care Levy element.

 If you have any queries, please contact
ConnectEd Meetings for the Spring Term 
ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Spring Term will be held online via Teams.

Friday 14th January at 9.30am CN2 - PSHE Lead meeting
Wednesday 19th January at 9.30am - WHINS
Tuesday 25th January at 9.00am - ASPIC
Monday 31st January at 9.15am - SHAPE Forum (rearranged from Monday 10th January)
Wednesday 2nd February at 1.00pm - WHIPS
Thursday 3rd February at 8.00am - WSH

If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
2021-2022 CPD Programme 
PASS CPD 2021/2022

To view all courses, dates, times, and venues, please click here.

If you require any further information, please contact
Spring 2022 Cohort – Applications are now open

The next opportunity to engage in an NPQ will be with our Spring cohort starting in January 2022.
Bookings are now being taken for our Spring and Summer 2022 DRB senior leader briefings on:

Wednesday 30th March 2022 
Tuesday 28th June 2022

To find out more, please click on the link below:

DRB Ignite - Senior Leader Briefings

All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Local News
Reducing Parental Conflict Training
Spaces Available

This free Level 1 training course is available to colleagues working with Children, Young People and Families across the Black Country.

Please see the attached flyer for further information, along with links to express an interest in attending the training.

Cancelled Training - Important
Literacy: whole school - The power of the deconstruct-reconstruct activity for improving pupils’ writing – 18th January 2022 - held by Helen Handford from Wolverhampton City Council.

Due to rising Covid-19 cases in schools and accompanying staffing pressures, this training has been cancelled and will be offering recorded sessions instead.

Please email if you would like to view the recorded session.

Annual Wolverhampton Schools’ Fairtrade
Poster competition 2022

To be in with a chance of winning this exciting competition, Fairtrade are asking all entrants to create a poster using the theme Climate Change, Fairtrade and You.

All entries are welcome using any art medium on A3 or A4 paper.

When submitting your posters, please ensure you have added the following information to the back of your artwork: Students full name, age, year group, school name.

Submission venue - TBC
Closing date - Friday 11th February 2022

If you would like to know more about Fairtrade or the competition, please follow this link or contact Fairtrade liason Ann Bickley.

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

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here.


Members can also log onto the MEMBERS AREA to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership .

National News

Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:

Hundreds of thousands of pupils benefit from tutoring  Published 11th January 2022
Senior mental health lead training Updated 10th January 2022

School improvement support Updated 7th January 2022
Further updates can be found on the DfE website

Covid-19 Isolation and Testing Update

To see a flow chart of the updated guidelines on isolation periods and Lateral Flow and PCR testing, please click here.
Follow us on our social media platforms for up-to-date news and information:
The Key
To see all the latest Ofsted updates for schools, please follow this link: Ofsted: latest updates

Key Stage 1 and 2 teacher assessments

A guide to help you judge pupils' progress this year and prepare to comply with your requirements for 2021/2022.

Assessing and tracking pupils’ progress
Find out what factors to consider when assessing and tracking pupil progress. See examples of how other schools are doing this and which commercial packages they're using.

Please note: To have access to information on The Key you are required to log in.

Information, guidance and resources can be found by logging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website.

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 - Partnership Development Manager                                        

Lisa Davies - Strategic Lead - Secondary

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Tony Allen - Procurement Consultant

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwal  - Administrator

Helen Hogan - Administrator

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator

Michelle Vernon - Administrator
To visit our website, please go to:
To join the Partnership or for further information about what the Partnership can offer you contact us! 
The Partnership welcomes comments and feedback on activities of the Partnership, and any suggestions for future development.
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