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Remembrance Day - Wednesday 11th November 2020
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
National News - including the latest Government advice and information Local News - including Back to school resources, and PASS and SGO Update Good News - recent good news from our schools Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus, News from the Key.
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.
Walk to School Week
Despite considerable challenges presented by the pandemic, the Walk to School Week 2020 Celebration, run by Livingstreets saw unprecedented numbers of families stepping out and striding to school.
To read the full story please click here.
Back to school Resources
Picture News - Remembrance Day
Schools should have received their usual pack this week . If you would like a pack focusing on Remembrance, please login to the Picture News website and search ‘remembrance’ where you will be able to access a resource pack.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update
For this week's PASS and SGO Update, please click here.
1 Minute Read - School Sport Premium Update
To view a quick summary on the updated guidance for PE and School Sport premium 2020/2021 click here.
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Pupils at Coppice High School have been marking Black History Month - here is some of their Art Work celebrating the lives and achievements of Black men and women.
Oak Meadow Primary are celebrating!
Staff at Oak Meadow Primary School are delighted to become the first mainstream school in Wolverhampton to be named 'autism friendly' by the city's Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Outreach Service. To read the full article, click here.
Bilston Primary's 'Summer Camp'
Pupils at Bilston Primary School created a Summer Camp with the help of Soccer Coaching 2000 , plus they made good use of their Rainbow Hour Resources!
From Monday 2nd November, all teachers and school staff will be able to claim a 10% discount on their shopping in Morrisons stores nationwide, as a special thank you for looking after the nation's children throughout the pandemic.To find out more, click here.
Last chance to BOOK ! 2 Day 'Designated Safeguarding Lead' Training
When: Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th November 2020
Time: 09:30am - 14.30pm via Teams
All sessions will take place from 4pm to 5.30pm via 'Teams'
Follow the link(s) above to book or to view full details click here. For further details please contact Lisa Davies
NEW!Engagement Model Training
Children previously assessed at P1-P4
The Engagement Model will become Statutory in September 2021. This has been delayed by one year, allowing 2020/2021 to be a transitionary year.
ConnectEd Partnership are offering free on line training for schools previously assessing pupils at P1-P4 on the following dates:
Thursday 3rd December 2020
Thursday 14th January 2021
Thursday 25th February 2021
The sessions will take place via Teams from 3.30pm – 5.00pm and participants only need to attend one of the sessions which will cover most of the training. An optional session will follow in the Spring Term.
Places will need to be booked by emailing Harinder.firstname.lastname@example.org
Train to Teach with ConnectEd Partnership
Does your school have any staff who are interested in training to become a qualified teacher through the School Direct Route? The application window for teacher training starting September 2021 is now open. To find out more, and to book a place on one of our School Direct Information events being held soon, please click here.
Policies and Procedures Updated!
The Social Media Policy The Social Media Policy has been considered and updated by the School Policy Development group. You should have received the updated document via email. The policy is also available in 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:
(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
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 11th November at 8am - WHIPS
Thursday 19th November at 8am - WSH
Tuesday 24th November at 9am - ASPIC
Wednesday 25 November 8.30am AGM and 9.30am Board meeting
If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Shaw Maths HubUpdated!
SHaW Maths Hub provide highly regarded, free Maths professional development for teachers from EY to Post-16 to support ALL schools.
The following funded Professional Development opportunities are now available - Please click on the links below for further details and booking information:
Funded PD Opportunities in Wolverhampton or Online
Please click on the links below for further details and booking: * Primary Mastery Readiness * Primary Developing Mastery(up to £3000 funding)
*Please send completed application form by Friday 23rd October.
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