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Childrens Art Week 2021  - June 28th - July 18th

To find out more ways to get involved and help raise awareness click here
ECT Newsletter 
As you will know the City of Wolverhampton Local Authority and ConnectEd Partnership are working together to offer a comprehensive service that covers both Appropriate Body Services and ECF core training. ConnectEd is working in collaboration with one of the six DfE accredited providers, Best Practice Network (BPN), which will allow you access to a DfE fully funded ECT programme delivered locally by senior leaders and specialist expert teachers from our schools.
As we approach the end of the school year we thought it would be useful to remind you that if you have appointed ECTs for September you will need to register them with an Appropriate Body and to let you know what to expect in the next few weeks to prepare for the Early Career Framework programme and Appropriate Body Services from September 2021.
There are three separate steps that you will need to follow to register your ECTs with the Appropriate Body and the ECF Core Training Programme.


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Please note that this is a special addition newsletter for headteachers, Induction Tutors and Mentors as they prepare for the Early Career Framework, starting in September
All subsequent newsletters will contain content for ECTs, Induction Tutors and Mentors
Contents
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
 
Good News - something to bring a smile to our faces!
Partnership News - PASS team updates, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, Network meetings, and CPD Programme
Local News - including bulletins from Wolverhampton City Council, DRB, and a link to our resources
National News - including the latest Government advice and information

Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, contact details, Plus, News from the Key
 
GOOD NEWS
Princess Diana Award
A teenager, Olivia, of Wolverhampton Girls' High School, has been awarded one of the highest accolades for social action and humanitarianism! Click here to read more!
ConnectEd Partnership's Leadership Conference
On Thursday 7th October 2021 we will be holding our Leadership Conference.
For more information and to book a place at the conference, click here!
Partnership News

SAVE THE DATE!!

ECT Welcome Event Tuesday 14th September 2021 via Microsoft Teams 1.30pm to 4.15pm
Further details to follow
Book here!

NQT final assessment deadline - Friday 9th July 2021

Final NQT assessments should be submitted by no later than Friday 9th July 2021. Any queries please email bal.athwall@connectedpartnership.com

PASS and School Games Organiser Update 

ConnectEd Cricket Tournament

Congratulations and well done to those schools who attended the recent Cricket tournament at Fordhouses Cricket Club.  I appreciate other schools would liked to have attended this event but restrictions made this impossible.
 
Congratulation to the following schools;
Year 3/4 - 
1st Wolverhampton Grammar School 
2nd St Andrew's
 
Year 5/6 
1st St Andrews
2nd Wolverhampton Grammar School
3rd Villiers
4th Rakegate

Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
 

Please click on this link to view the latest guidance 

Tagtiv8

ConnectEd Partnership are excited to announce that we will be working with Tagtiv8 to bring you a new scheme of work that will see us build a workforce of Tagtiv8 Trainers to grow and strengthen the programme across Wolverhampton.

Please click here for more information on the programme and how you can get involved.

Wonder Resources
For those colleagues using Wonder as part of their Transition work the following resources have been shared via email:

  • the updated English Wonder Transition Knowledge Book
  • the SEND / EAL Wonder Transition Pack
  • An English Transition summer project
  • A Maths Transition summer project
  • A Science Transition summer project

If you have not received these document and would like to please contact Kate Hodgetts
 
Thank you to those colleagues that have worked so hard to make these resources available.

TWS Sports Podcast
Episode 9 of the TWS Sports Podcast is available now! This week we caught up with American baseball player Ryan Wagner. It was a fascinating chat about baseball, sport in the UK and USA and much more. Here are a list of our episodes so far:

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

Back to Swimming!  

As a Partnership, swimming and water safety has always been a high priority. With the pandemic meaning we have lost so much time out of the water, we need to make sure we build a programme of work to get all children back into the water safely and confidently.
WE NEED YOU!
To ensure we are building a pathway for all and we understand the barriers that are in place, we would be grateful if you could give us some feedback regarding where you are at with your plans to rebuild your swimming offer. Do you have swimming provision back in place? What obstacles are you facing with swimming? What is working? What isn’t working? Do you need extra support from the Partnership? Is your swimming data being tracked and uploaded?
Please help us to help you and ensure that no child is left behind with swimming and water safety.
 
*Please note - Swimming Teacher Training will be available from September 2021*

Wolverhampton Schools FA

Click HERE to find out how to get involved, or click HERE to view the latest newsletter!

Wild Tribe

Our latest Wild Tribe programme took place on the 1st and 2nd of July and was a huge success! Delegates had this to say about the course:

  • ‘Outstanding! Had a great time. Fun and inspiring leadership and delivery’
  • ‘Fantastic two days. Great support and guidance of exactly how best to deliver the programme and now excited to get back to school to try it out!’
  • ‘One of the best courses I have ever been on!’

If you would like to book on to our next programmes of Wild Tribe then please contact Sam Perks, sam.perks@connectedpartnership.com

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 Sam Perks, sam.perks@connectedpartnership.com

Secondary NQT Pool 2021
The Secondary NQT pool is open to all member schools and can be accessed by following this link: 
 

If you haven’t received an email containing the password, please contact Harinder.Jandu@connectedpartnership.com

PLEASE DON'T FORGET THAT OUR PRIMARY NQT POOL IS STILL OPEN - To access it, please click here
 
REMINDER!!
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
Important Information

As we are coming up to the School Summer Holiday period on 22nd July 2021, 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.
 


For those schools that do not use WCC payroll please arrange to submit payroll reports on a monthly basis in accordance with the term and conditions of the Scheme. Please note late submissions will be discounted.
 
Please note new claims and payroll report submissions made for April 2021 onwards will be dealt with after the invoice for the service is paid. 
Please use the new claim form for claims commencing 1 April 2021.
 
If you have any queries, please contact helen.perkins@connectedpartnership.com

2020-21 CPD Programme 
All our CPD programmes can be found on our website.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
NEW for Autumn Term 2021!
Reformed National Professional Qualifications

We are, once again, pleased to be working as a Delivery Partner for Best Practice Network (BPN) for the 2021/22 academic year, to bring you a suite of newly reformed NPQs for teachers and leaders.

Please click here for full details.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE CURRENTLY BEING TAKEN - to register your interest, click here for the BPN website, and select the relevant programme.

                                                                    

DfE NPQ Scholarships available for Autumn 2021

The DfE has announced the details of scholarship funding for November 2021 NPQ intake. To find out more and if your school qualifies please click here

LOCAL NEWS

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

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here.


The latest Summer term Safeguarding update is available to view, please click here.


ALL OUR RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON THE CONNECTED WEBSITE.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE FULL LIBRARY.


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

Updated Policies

The following policies have been reviewed and updated and are recommended to schools:

  • Dignity at Work
  • Support for Carers
  • Flexible Working

If you buy into LPAAC you will have received these documents via email and you are able to access all locally agreed policies via the ConnectEd Partnership website.

National News

Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:
Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Updated 28th June 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings Updated 25th June 2021
Vulnerable children and young people survey Updated 23rd June 2021
Further updates can be found on the DfE website.

 

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.

Update on Safeguarding – New Ofsted Handbook

The handbook has been updated and in terms of safeguarding there is now a whole new section on harmful sexual behaviour paragraphs 306 to 310. They will be looking at policies, procedures and data. They will look at how incidents are handled and how and what is taught in the curriculum.
 
 They will expect that schools:
"To assume that sexual harassment, online sexual abuse and sexual violence are happening in and around the school, even when there are no specific reports, and put in place a whole-school approach to address them where incidents are reported, understand how to handle reports of sexual violence and harassment between children, both on and outside school premises, in line with the DfE’s guidance, and train their staff accordingly (including teachers delivering relationships, sex and health education) "
 
  "Where schools do have not adequate processes in place, it is likely that safeguarding will be considered ineffective. This will impact on the leadership and management judgement. Inspectors may also, depending on the circumstances, take this evidence into account when considering personal development and behaviour and attitude judgements (particularly in respect of pastoral support and pupils feeling safe respectively).

Please click here for more information about the update!
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BUSINESS SECTION
 
SHaW Maths Hub

Secondary Maths - Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Maths (non-specialists) - starts Autumn Term

Please click here to find out more and to book to support the non-specialists and their pupils.

   Are you getting the most from THE KEY?
As part of your ConnectEd Membership, you have exclusive access to The Key. There is a wealth of up-to-the-minute information for school managers and school Governors .They help you respond to national changes quickly and confidently. Every week, they add new, practical, quality-assured resources to save you time with everyday tasks. Please make sure you are able to access and use this valuable resource.

If you, or a member of your team, would like some help and guidance with getting the most from The Key, help is available. You can either access a pre-recorded information session, or alternatively you can arrange for bespoke on-line training from staff directly at The Key.
If you would like to find out more, please contact Sam Perks in the first instance.

See our section below for this weeks most popular topics including help for School Governors
If you would like to share your stories with us, 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                                                      
wendy.mann@connectedpartnership.com

Harinder Jandu - Teaching School Co-ordinator               
harinder.jandu@connectedpartnership.com                                   

 Lisa Davies - ConnectEd Teaching School Lead (Secondary)
 lisa.davies@connectedpartnership.com

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator
helen.perkins@connectedpartnership.com

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead
sam.perks@connectedpartnership.com

Bal Athwall  - Administrator
bal.athwall@connectedpartnerhsip.com

Helen Hogan - Administrator
helen.hogan@connectedpartnership.com

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator
kate.hodgetts@connectedpartnership.com

Andrew Weston - Digital Marketing Apprentice
andrew.weston@connectedpartnership.com


Michelle Mills - Administrator
michelle.mills@connectedpartnership.com
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