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10 DECEMBER 2020
During these trying times, ConnectEd would just like to say a big thank you to those among us who are continuing to work extremely hard to support one another. We appreciate all of your hard work!
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 - something to bring a smile to our faces! Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus, News from the Key.
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.
At this time of the year we would normally be in the latter stages of preparation for our City Diversity Celebration. Sadly, this year, this has not been possible. Click here for more information on the 33rd City Diversity Celebration in 2021!
Strengthening Families Hubs
A number of questions have been raised about Strengthening Families at recent ConnectEd Network meetings. Our colleagues from Strengthening Families have provided the following information and supporting documents attached:
Children’s Village, Dove, Market Hub and Graiseley Strengthening Families Hubs will be opening on the 16th November initially for our Health services to resume their clinics for children and families across the city. There has been agreement that they will also support the need to undertake statutory work where agreed by management and support staff who travel into the city to see children and require suitable ‘touchdown’ spaces. Strengthening Families Workers and Social Workers continue to be asked to work from wherever possible in line with government guidance. Both SFW’s and SW’s are seeing children as usual either within the home or at schools where this is beneficial.
Early Help Navigators are available to support with initiation of EHA and Training and their contact information can be seen below:
Baljeet Farmer – Eastfield and Bilston Area
Andrea Hadley – Graiseley and Bingley
Laura Marsden - Dove and Whitmore Reans
Janine Till - Low Hill and Children’s Village
Eclipse Support contacts for System issues, training and navigation/ Initiation:
Stacey Homer - email@example.com
Balraj Juss - firstname.lastname@example.org
Libby Brown - email@example.com
CALLING ALL BUDDING ARTISTS!
Please see attached here the Young People Schools competition on behalf of Public Health Wolverhampton, and please find all resources attached here. Closing date for entries is 9th December 2020.
Back to school Resources
The Black Country Rainbow Hour Updated!
Rainbow Booklet – We hope that you have enjoyed the November edition of the Rainbow Booklet so far! We will be launching the next edition in January with a SEND Smile version also coming out too.
Rainbow Trackers – Make sure your pupils are logging any physical activity that they complete during the term on the new Rainbow Trackers. You can submit these online, and pupils will receive one of three badges for free, children can also earn Children’s University stamps when they take part!
One Run Global – We have teamed up with One Run Global who are an organisation who want to get as many people moving as they can, from all around the world on the 10th December as part of Human Rights day. You can sign up and get involved by following the instructions on the attachment and if you want to find out more please visit their website. You could be taking part along with many other schools from around the globe! Why not make this part of your Rainbow Hour on the 10th December!
Photography Competition – Don’t forget, you can get involved in our Physical Activity Photography Competition and submit your photos online using the hashtag #BlackCountryRainbowHour. All the information is included on the attachment and is in the Outdoor and Nature section in the November Rainbow booklet. There are range of prizes available with vouchers from £20 to £50 available for pupils, so get snapping!
Love Exploring App – The Love Exploring App is now live! And can be downloaded onto smartphones for free. This is a great way to get out and about with the family and see what animals you can spot in your local parks and green spaces!
School-to-School support for COVID-19 Recovery
The government is funding school-to-school support for schools that need particular help with COVID-19 recovery, which can include support focusing on developing remote education provision, stabilising education structures and the welfare of staff and pupils. System leaders in education provide support for an average of 5 days and in line with the current COVID-19 guidance for schools. Please click here for further information.
Special Schools Battle of the Wolves 1st – Penn Hall 2nd – Tettenhall Wood 3rd – Penn Fields
Nicky will be distributing medals, certificates and a trophy for the overall winner. City Couch to 1 – 5K 400+ children and 13 staff including 1 Headteacher took up the challenge from Highfields, Our Lady & St Chad, St Edmunds and Smestow. Results will be sent out to individual schools. Secondary Schools’ Battle of the Wolvesvirtual competition continues in all schools. Results need to be in by Friday 4th December Sportshall Pentathlon - Remember to get your results in by Friday 11th December
Winter Wellness Activitysee attached sheet. Feel free to modify or adapt as suits your school’s needs.
PE virtual networking meeting Monday 18th January 2021 for both primary, secondary and special schools. PE leads -An invite will be sent out with the agenda. The meeting will be 2.00pm – 4.00pm
12 Days of Festive Activity
Celebrate the festive season in a time of despair! We have a list of fun activities that you can do in school or at home to encourage activity and spread happy cheer. Click here to find out more.
EXCITING GIRLS LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY
This programme is to train girls who are the least engaged in PE as leaders. Full details and how to apply can be found here.
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Woodland Trust want to make sure everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree. They’re giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities. To find out how to order yours, click here.
ConnectEd's NEW NQT
PRIMARY AND SECONDARY
ConnectEd are delighted to announce that, in partnership with SIPs Education (Sandwell LA), we have established our own recruitment portal and will be able to offer an NQT Pool to Partnership schools across all phases.
The portal will open for applications from 9th December 2020 to 12th February 2021.
It is anticipated for Primary applications the selection and interview process will take place shortly after February half term and we will be looking at potentially involving a number of headteachers to support this process.
Secondary schools will be granted access to a Secondary specific database.
Further updates and information will be sent to all schools in due course.
In the meantime ConnectEd will be actively promoting and marketing the new pool to universities, partner organisations, Wolverhampton Local Authority and schools to attract and recruit high quality NQTs to work in our schools.
We would be grateful if you could share the advert and expression of interest form below as widely as possible using your social media platforms and with students who may be on placement in your school and are seeking NQT posts in Wolverhampton and / or Sandwell. Your support will be very much appreciated.
This information can also be found on our website. If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Harinder Jandu.
Click here to watch the video
Click here for the expression of interest form
NPQ Programme - Spring 2021 Cohort Application window now OPEN!
Please note that funding arrangements for NPQ programmes have altered and DfE Scholarship funding is no longer guaranteed.
ConnectEd Partnership, through Best Practice Network are offering NPQ qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy. Applicants can still apply through the traditional route, where costs would need to be met by either the individual or the school.
Click on the following links to find out more information and how to apply: NPQML and NPQSL self/school funded NPQs through the Apprenticship Levy
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
Y6/Y7 Transition 2021
At the meeting of Wolverhampton Secondary Headteachers last week it was agreed that they should, where possible, hold their Y6 into Y7 transition days during week commencing 5 July.
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 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.
The following policies have been reviewed and the group have agreed that no amendments are required at this time:
Assaults on School Staff
Amalgamation of schools
The policies have been updated to reflect the date of review and have been forwarded to schools and are available on the ConnectEd Partnership website for those schools that buy in to LPAAC.
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:
Maternity Paternity & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme - Closure of Accounts 2020/2021
Please note for the financial year 20/21 ending on 31 March 2021 the last date to submit payroll reports is Friday 30 April 2021, therefore late submissions will be discounted. It is really important for those schools who do not use WCC payroll provider that you arrange to submit payroll reports on a monthly basis. Please see below extract from the Scheme arrangements (terms and conditions) The school must be committed to submitting claims and payroll information monthly.
Claims forms submitted by email for every employee who is on or due to go on leave to ensure accurate monitoring and prompt reimbursements to email@example.com Electronic signatures are acceptable. Claims must be submitted again when the individual resigns or returns to work to confirm that date. Leavers must be notified to the scheme. (Some maternity benefits are dependent on returning to work).
It is vital that schools notify their payroll provider as soon as possible of intended leave, resignation and return to work dates. Therefore, salaries are adjusted in a timely manner and correct reimbursements can be processed from the scheme to schools.
Submission of payroll reports You will have to submit absence details on a monthly basis and provide evidence from your payroll provider detailing the amount paid to the absent employee. This should include salary, Occupational Maternity Pay (OMP), Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), SMP Credits, Employers National Insurance (NI) and Employers Pension contributions. Please ensure there are no duplicate costs shown such as allowances. Please note those schools using WCC payroll provider will not have to provide monthly payroll costs as these are provided directly to ConnectEd Partnership. For those schools that don’t use WCC payroll provider, please ensure you notify the scheme of any payroll overpayment credits so that they can be refunded to the scheme. This can happen sometimes towards the end of the employee’s leave when your payroll provider makes the final SMP credit adjustments. Costs for those Staff commencing or returning from leave part way through a month will be proportionate this includes salary costs, Employers pension and Employers NI Costs.
Your designated officer, Helen Perkins, will assist you with this and with your permission liaise with the payroll provider.
If you have any questions regarding the above content, please contact Helen Perkins (working days are Monday, Tuesday & Fridays 01902 290154 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit staff numbers for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 contract term
Please arrange to collect and submit the following staff numbers:
The number of FTE eligible staff as at January 2021 payroll run which will be calculated in accordance with your submission of: -
All Teaching staff FTE (32.5 directed hours basis)
All support staff (Contracts that are term time adjusted should be counted as full time equivalent)
If you have any queries please refer to the Terms and Conditions in the first instance.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Spring Term NEW!
It has been agreed that the ConnectEd meetings scheduled for (at least) the first half of the Spring Term will be held online via Teams.
Wednesday 20 January at 8.30am PASS Operational Board
Thursday 21 January at 1.30pm WHINS
Tuesday 26 January at 9.30am CN 1
Thursday 28 January at 8am CN 5
Friday 29 January at 9.30am CN 6 &7
Wednesday 3 February at 9.30am CN 3
Thursday 4 February at 8am CN 8
Tuesday 9 February at 9am ASPIC
Thursday 11 February at 2pm CN 4
Friday 12 February 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
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 email@example.com
The Key provides a weekly news bulletin on policy changes and developments that will affect schools.
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