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Independence Day
4th July 2022

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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
Merridale Primary School
Pupils and staff at Merridale enjoyed a visit from the authors, The Brothers McLeod, to lead a creative story writing and illustration workshop. As well as working with Merridale’s Year 4, 5 and 6 classes, two Year 5 classes from Bantock Primary were also invited to join.
The children had a great time with many having the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of one the brothers’ 3 books in their “Knight Sir Louis” series. This visit was organised by Wolverhampton Grammar School who Merridale have been working with for the past few years.

Wolverhampton Community Games
For the last two weeks pupils and staff have been participating in the Community Games at Aldersley Leisure Village. The engagement in sports such as cricket, volleyball, tennis, hockey, Bhangra and so much more, has been fantastic.

So far 2215 pupils have taken part. Everyone has shown amazing team work, skills and determination. To see and hear all of the children enjoying themselves has been wonderful.

As the games come to a close on Friday 1st July we would like to say to all the staff, students, volunteers, Aldersley Leisure and everyone else involved who have made this event possible - a huge thank you and well done on a truly memorable event.

We would love to hear from you!
If you have a Good News story, please send it to 
and we will feature it in our next edition.
CalmBrain Workshop - St Michael's CE Primary School

You are invited to a local training event about CalmBrain, a mental health intervention that St Michael's have been using for a couple of years with great success to help work with the children in school who are suffering from anxiety, presenting with behavioural distress and/or neurodiversity. 

free workshop with Dr Taylor (Consultant Clinical Psychologist) is being held to show you how CalmBrain addresses mental health and lowers anxiety in children and talk to you about how easy it is to implement in your school.

Event details:

Venue: St Michael's CE (A) Primary School, Lower Street, Tettenhall, WV6 9AF
Date: Friday 8th July
Time: 9.15am

For more information about CalmBrain, click the following links.

Introduction to CalmBrain
The power of CalmBrain psychologically
Facebook page

We strongly encourage you to come along, be open-minded and listen to Dr Taylor. Please email the school directly to book you place/confirm your attendance. There is no charge.
Partnership News
Fully Funded National Professional Qualifications
Autumn 2022 with ConnectEd Partnership and Best Practice Network
ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to be working once again as a Delivery Partner with Best Practice Network (BPN) for the 22-23 Academic Year. We are offering the NPQSL plus the NPQLT and NPQLTD in Wolverhampton and these programmes are being delivered by our own facilitators who are experienced senior leaders from Wolverhampton schools.
DfE scholarships available for all NPQs
School leaders and teachers can apply for the full range of NPQs on offer with BPN and full NPQ scholarships,
covering the entire cost of the qualification.
Targeted Support Funding for Small Schools
In addition to the full scholarship funding in place for all state-maintained schools and academies, the DfE are also introducing additional payments to small schools to enable them to support their teachers and leaders to undertake NPQs. This ‘Targeted Support Fund’ will give a grant payment of £200 per participant to settings with 1-600 pupils, for every teacher or leader they employ who participates in an NPQ. Organisations that are eligible for NPQ scholarships will also be eligible for targeted support funding. Our understanding at this stage is that these payments will go direct to schools.

Applications close on 22nd July for the Autumn 2022 cohort
Please click here for full details and how to apply for one of the programmes.

For further information, please contact Harinder Jandu
Secondary Curriculum Network Hubs
Summer Term 2022
Below are a list of links to our Curriculum Hubs for the Summer term 2022

Tuesday 5th July - 4.00pm Social Science/Vocational Hub (Aimed at Secondary schools only - A Level specific)
Wednesday 6th July - 4.00pm Technology and ICT Hub
ConnectEd Meetings for the Summer Term 
Below are a list of meetings for the Summer term:

Thursday 30th June at 1.30pm CN 4 at Highfields
Tuesday 5th July at 9.00am ASPIC via Teams
Tuesday 12th July at 4.00pm Transition Leads via Teams

If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Dates for your Diary
Dates are now available for the DRB Ignite Senior Leader Briefings for the academic year 2022/2023. Click here for more information and booking instructions.

The dates are:

Wednesday 16th November 2022
Tuesday 7th March 2023
Wednesday 28th June 2023
Supporting Safeguarding in Schools
City of Wolverhampton Council and ConnectEd Partnership
       Collaborative Safeguarding Support and Training Programme 2022
Monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing

To view the June edition of the monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing please click here.
KCSIE Headlines
KCSIE Changes
KCSIE Highlighted Items

Full details can be found on our Website - please click here.
To view the most recent safeguarding model policies and training materials follow this link.

SEN Early Identification and Support Service Questionnaire - Important Information
Sarah Reynolds, Head of SEN Early Identification and Support Services, has asked us to share the SEN Early Identification and Support Service questionnaire.

Could you please share the questionnaire with all your Primary and Secondary Headteachers and SENDCOs.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 
Primary PE and Sport Premium - Important News
The Department for Education has confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium funding will continue for academic year 2022/2023. Click here for further information.
TWS Sports Podcast - New Episode
Former England and British Lion Rugby Player Lewis Moody
TWS Sports Podcast website
Apple Podcast app
For more ways to join and find us on social media click on this link.

Commonwealth Games

To read all the information for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, please click this link.
2022/2023 CPD Programme
We have a range of CPD programmes that may be of interest to you or your staff.  All the information and booking information is available through our website.
This section will be updated when additional programmes are added.
If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact in the first instance.
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
Important Information - Please Read
Connected Partnership manage the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme fund 2022 – 2023 carefully on behalf of member schools and in accordance with the terms and conditions of the scheme, therefore payment must be made to the fund in order for reimbursements to be processed.
There are currently reimbursements due for claiming member schools for April 2022.
The cut-off point will be three months’ delay – this is non-discretionary therefore payment must be received no later than 30th June 2022.
In the event that payment is not received by 30th June 2022 all reimbursements up to this date will be discounted.
Please also ensure you make claims on the new claim form below (old claim forms will no longer be accepted).
Claim Form
For those schools that submit monthly payroll reports please ensure you continue to submit these promptly each month.  
To read all the information regarding the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Scheme, please click here. 
For more information or if you have any queries regarding the Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave Scheme please contact Helen Perkins
Local News
Weekly Updates
Check here every week for the most up-to-date information


The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here.

Please click here to read the latest City of Wolverhampton Council Education Providers' Bulletin.

School Nurse Consultation

The School Nurse service is currently being evaluated. Consulting with partners & stakeholders, parents and guardians and children & young people to help shape the future development of the service.
The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is the early intervention and prevention public health programme which focuses on a universal preventative service for children and families.
Your thoughts on the 'School Nurse' service, your opinions and feedback will support the future development of the service taking you no longer than 5 minutes to complete, whether you are a partner referring into the service with established links, a parent/guardian of a young person attending a Primary or Secondary school in Wolverhampton or lastly a young person attending Secondary school, your views are important.

If you would like to provide feedback directly to the School Nurse service, Contact the 0-19 Service Admin hub either via phone: 01902 441057 or e-mail:

Partners and Stakeholders - This link is set to private, accessing the survey via the link given to you.
Parents and Carers - This link is public and will be accessible via the CWC consultation page.
Children/Young People - This link is public and will be accessible via the CWC consultation page.
The consultation will be live until Wednesday 22nd July.

Opportunities for 2022/23

Click here for further information and to apply to develop high quality teaching of mathematics for all children to secure deep understanding, with nationally accredited specialists in Wolverhampton, with £1000 funding support.

Mastering Number

SKTM – Year 1 or 2 Teachers
Years 5-8 Continuity


Years 5-8 Continuity 
Mathematical Thinking for GCSE 
SKTM for non-specialists 
A Level Pedagogy 

Bookings are also being taking for the free Secondary Maths Conference at the University of Wolverhampton on Friday 8th July with superb keynote speakers and workshop options.

Further information can be found on the SHaw Maths Hub website.
School Reps (Pre-School, Primary and Secondary) needed for Wolverhampton's Tackling Physical Inactivity Steering Group
What is Wolverhampton’s Tackling Physical Inactivity Steering Group?
A system wide group looking at a systematic and evidenced based ways to drive the work forward to tackle levels of physical activity in the city. The group has 5 key areas:
  •  Children, Young People and Families
  • Healthy Ageing
  • Communication and Engagement
  • Community Safety and Place-based working
  • Strategy Development and System Development
 The group will meet around once a quarter, there will be task and finish groups for each of the key areas, and welcome members of the steering group to sit on one task and finish group.
If you are interested in being part of this exciting group please contact Hettie Pigott on

The Secret in the Centre Writing

A writing competition is being held for all Primary school pupils to submit a story based on the features of the display - The Secret in the Centre.
The closing date for entries is 8th July and all information can be found here.
National News

Government Updates

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

Census Dates - Early Years Updated 28th June 2022
Sport and music education championed with new investment Published 25th June 2022

Further updates can be found on the DfE website
The Key
Popular on The Key this week:

Due diligence: joining an existing MAT
 EYFS: school improvement plans
Senior mental health leads: training

 How to carry out an online search of shortlisted candidates
 Coronavirus catch-up premium: summary
Breakfast clubs: guidance on food and funding

Please note: To have access to information on The Key you are required to log in.
Get In Touch
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 Athwall  - ECT Co-ordinator/Business Support

Helen Hogan - CPD Co-ordinator/Business Support

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network

Michelle Vernon - Media Co-ordinator/Business Support

All our resources are available to view on the ConnectEd website.

Members can also log on to the Members Area to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership.

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