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Childrens Art Week 2021 - June 28th - July 18th
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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.
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
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
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!
SAVE THE DATE!!
ECT Welcome Event Tuesday 14th September 2021 via Microsoft Teams 1.30pm to 4.15pm
Further details to follow
NQT final assessment deadline - Friday 9th July 2021
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
1st St Andrews
2nd Wolverhampton Grammar School
Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
Please click on this link to view the latest guidance
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.
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:
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
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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!’
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondary NQT Pool 2021
The Secondary NQT pool is open to all member schools and can be accessed by following this link:
As we are coming up to the School Summer Holiday periodon 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.
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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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.
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