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 stepsthat 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.
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
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.
Free Trees for Schools and Communities
The Woodland Trust are giving away trees to schools and communities around the UK. For more information, resources or to request a free tree pack, please follow this link. If you have a Good News story, please send it to email@example.com and we will feature it in our next edition.
ONLY 2 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
We Need You - Primary Headteacher Representation Required
The School Games Local Organising Committee would like to invite a Primary Headteacher representative to join them.
The group meet half termly with a focus on developing and shaping the Schools Games/Competitions as part of the role of the School Games Officers in the City.
The group hope to include representation from all phases on their Committee and are therefore inviting Primary representation.
For further information, or to express an interest please contact Helen Andrioli firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – email@example.com If you have a lot of staff and students then please feel free to put them on to a spread sheet.
New - Bhangra Fitness
Following on from the taster sessions last year and as part of your ConnectEd Partnership offer to support Physical Education, Physical Activity and School Sport we would like to offer a unique opportunity.
Fitness through the activity of Bhangra would appeal to many within your school and wider community. It's fun, physical, engaging and makes you feel ‘happy’ – and above all else supports your physical and emotional well-being.
As part of our sustainable approach we are offering you the opportunity to be trained within the activity so that you can deliver and/or train your own staff and sixth formers. This is a once only offer through a new partner, who is exceptional and has won many awards within the community in Birmingham.
Bhangra Fitness would be great for young people and your local community- it can be delivered face to face or recorded for you to share with young people and their families so they can be active at home or in a different environment.
As we approach The Commonwealth Games why don’t you try something a little different, engaging, and through your membership…. free.
Bally Bhogal, Master Trainer will be holding a session on how to facilitate a 30-minute PE session during the school day and how Bhangra can improve:
1) Fitness levels
4) Social skills and leadership
5) Number and language skills
Through this session, teachers will:
1) Learn how to deliver a Bhangra PE session of 30-minutes
2) Learn the importance of warm-up, cool down and stretching in physical activity
3) Understand how to use rhythm and beat to improve co-ordination skills
4) Improve the mental health and wellbeing of learners
5) Increase cultural and social capital through dance, movement and music
This Train the Trainer programme is open to Teachers and Teaching Assistants. No limit to how many you can send.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
Please click on this link to view the latest guidance.
TWS Sports Podcast
This week's episode we were joined by Alix Popham, the former Rugby player who played for Wales and won the Six Nations Grand Slam. Find out everything about Alix since he has retired, from being diagnosed with early onset dementia to setting up a charity with his wife.
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 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.
Are you new to Picture News or do you want to know more about how to get the best from your weekly resources? The Picture News Team are happy to provide a short presentation to schools in person or online. Please contact the team direct to arrange a time suitable for you at email@example.com
. 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.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Autumn Term
ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Autumn Term will be held online via Teams.
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
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
ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to offer the following CPD opportunities for 2021-2022. Please click on the relevant programme to see full details and how to apply:
All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.
If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
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:
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 .
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.
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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The latest Safeguarding update is now available. Please click here to view.
Are you getting the most from THE KEY?
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.
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.
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