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ECT Update
 
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 start a new academic year we thought it would be useful to remind you that if you have appointed ECTs from September and you havent yet registered with an Appropriate Body, you will need to do this as soon as possible.  Please see the three separate steps that you will need to follow to register your ECTs with the Appropriate Body and the ECF Core Training Programme.

If you are unsure of the process or have any questions, please contact Harinder Jandu in the first instance


For those schools who have registered with our Appropriate Body, please click here to see the September edition of our Newsletter.
 
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, CPD Programme and Dates for you Diary
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
Coats for Kids
 
Do you have a child or know someone that does, who may be in need of a coat during the winter months?

We are a free service that can offer families in need, a child's/children's coat(s), which have been kindly donated.

For more information and to view our contact details, please click here.
National Teaching Assistant's Day
 
Celebrate and give thanks to all of your teaching assistants on Thursday 16th September, for National Teaching Assistant's Day!
Partnership News
ONLY 3 WEEKS TO GO!
ConnectEd Partnership's Leadership Conference
 
Don't forget to sign up for this year's Leadership Conference. We have 100 school leaders from across the City and from all phases, currently signed up to attend.
The conference will take place on Thursday 7th October 2021 at 8.00am and will be held at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

As in previous years, ConnectEd member schools receive 2 free places. Additional places can also be booked at a reduced cost and non-member schools are also welcome to attend.

For more information and to book a place at the conference, click here!

We have made a number of adaptions to the event this year to minimise any transmission risks and are working with Public Health support on this. We:
  • Advise anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or who has been advised by the NHS Test and Trace to isolate, not to attend the event
  • Recommend a rapid lateral flow test in the 48 hours prior to the event
  • Recommend the wearing of face coverings indoors (particularly in areas which are likely to become crowded)
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 
New - Rugby Players, all ages and abilities wanted
 
Do you like rugby? Are you looking for a team that is vibrant and fun? Do you want to make friends while improving your fitness? Or do you want to try something new? Then why not join us every Sunday morning from 10.00am at Wolverhampton RUFC. (This is our official recruiting day, but please feel free to contact us if you'd like to come on a day convenient for you).

We are looking for boys and girls, Years 1 to 13, to join the 2021/2022 season.

For more information, please view our poster here.
New - Dodgeball – Level 1
ConnectEd Partnership are working together with British Dodgeball to offer an online Level 1 Qualification.
This can be done at a time to suit the delegate and would help bring Dodgeball to your school!
The cost of this is £40 per person. Once we have a better idea of numbers, ConnectEd will look to subsidise this further.
Please click here to see what the course covers.
This is open to anyone over the age of 14! If you have any leaders within school, you are welcome to book their place!
There is also a face to face option that can be booked, so let me know if you would prefer this option.
To book your place please send the delegate Name and Email Address to Sam Perks – sam.perks@connectedpartnership.com

If you have a lot of staff and students then please feel free to put them on to a spread sheet.

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@connectedpartnership.com.

 



Latest Guidance on Website Reporting

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TWS Sports Podcast


We are now in our second season of our Sports Podcast. And we can't think of a better way to kick off the new season, than with an episode from England goalkeeper and Premier League champion Joe Hart. Hear Joe talking about winning the Premier League, playing for Man City and England, and more.

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

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!’

Our next date is:
Tuesday 28th September 2021 - 9am - 4pm


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

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 to 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 swimming provision. 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 this term.

 

Picture News  
 
 

18-year-old British teenager Emma Raducanu has made history by winning the US Open tennis tournament, beating fellow teenager Leylah Fernandez in straight sets in an exciting and tense final in New York. Emma is the youngest Britain to ever win a Grand Slam tennis tournament and has also become the first British woman to become a singles champion for 44 years!

If you would like to use this for your schools, you can click the following link:

Picture News Resource

REMINDER!!
ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
Important Information
 
. 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 claim form for any claims you have.
 
If you have any queries, please contact helen.perkins@connectedpartnership.com

Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Autumn Term 
ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Autumn Term will be held online via Teams.

Tuesday 21st September at 10.00am - Informal meeting of WHIPS
Wednesday 22 September at 8.00am - CN5 SIP Priorities
Monday 27 September at 2.00pm - CN5 Pastoral Lead meeting
Tuesday 28 September at 9.00am - ASPIC
Wednesday 29 September at 9.30am - ConnectEd Partnership Board meeting
Wednesday 13 October at 8.00am - WSH

If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts

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Save the Date
The Black Country Primary School Conference will return in 2022!  For further information and to book your place see the attached flyer.
2021-22 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.
LOCAL NEWS

New - Secondary Curriculum Hubs 2021/2022

We are pleased to bring you a programme of Curriculum Hubs for the 21-22 Academic Year.  Please click on the relevant subject and the link will take you to all details, together with the booking page. There are 3 termly sessions, which can be booked separately or as a block. Please note that each session will be different.  Here are the dates for the Autumn Term:
 
Tuesday 12th October – Maths & Numeracy Hub
Wednesday 3rd November – Humanities Hub
Tuesday 9th November – English & Literacy Hub
Wednesday 10th November – Science Hub
Tuesday 16th November – Languages & EAL Hub
Wednesday 17th November – Social Sciences/Vocational Hub
Tuesday 23rd November – Technology & ICT Hub
Tuesday 30th November – Performing & Creative Arts Hub

To download all the Curriculum Hub dates, please click here.
 
This invitation is FREE for ConnectEd members and is also open to all Primary school lead teachers who wish to attend. Click on the respective link to book.


 



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

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed 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 .
 
National News

Promoting Mental Health in Schools

The Anna Freud Centre is a world leading mental health charity for children, young people and their families.
Please click the below link to find out more about CARE. This is aimed at all staff, including support staff which can be used by schools and colleges.

 
We hope you find this link useful and can help towards supporting children and young people when they need it most.

Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:
Teaching school hubs Guidance Updated 9th September 2021
Early-career payments for teachers Updated 6th September 2021
Keeping children safe in education Updated 1st September 2021
Schools COVID-19 operational guidance Updated 27th August 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
   Are you getting the most from THE KEY?

Free webinar for Wolverhampton Primary Headteachers and/or Maths Lead: Teaching for Mastery - An Introduction

Thursday 16th September: 12.45pm - 1.15pm or 3.30pm - 4.00pm
An introduction to the PD programme to develop teaching for mastery in maths for schools not currently participating in the Teaching for Mastery programme.
Hosted by Cathryn Hardy, Gemma Cherrington and Jasmin Taylor from SHaW Maths Hub.
In this session, you will:
  • watch a short extract from a typical Teaching for Mastery lesson
  • hear about the experience of Teaching for Mastery in school
  • have an opportunity to ask questions

Further information about the Teaching for Mastery programme can be found via this link.
Please email graham.charles@shawmathshub.co.uk to request the online meeting link, stating 12.45pm start or 15.30pm start, or to reserve your place or book here.


 



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.
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 - Partnership Development Manager              
harinder.jandu@connectedpartnership.com                                   

Lisa Davies - Strategic 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 Athwal  - Administrator
bal.athwall@connectedpartnerhsip.com

Helen Hogan - Administrator
helen.hogan@connectedpartnership.com

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


Michelle Mills - Administrator
michelle.mills@connectedpartnership.com
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