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Registration, Development and Support Service for Early Career Teachers – (currently known as NQTs) September 2021

From September 2021, new statutory guidance relating to the induction of Early Career Teachers will come into effect entitling them to a 2 year training and support programme underpinned by the Early Career Framework.
The City of Wolverhampton Local Authority and ConnectEd Partnership are very pleased to announce that we will be working in collaboration to support schools through the transition period by developing a joint Support and Development Offer for Early Career Teachers.      
The service will be holistic and include registration with the Local Authority as the Appropriate Body; support and development of your Early Career Teachers and training in line with the Early Careers Framework.
Further details and information will be made available early in the Summer Term, including details of how to register your NQTs with us . In the meantime if you have any questions or queries please contact Jo Horlock or Harinder Jandu

Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
National News - including the latest Government advice and information
Local News - including Education bulletins from Wolverhampton City Council and DRB plus, PASS team updates and a link to our resources
Good News - something to bring a smile to our faces!

Business Section - including Policies, CPD opportunities, Our Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Scheme, contact details, Plus, News from the Key.
National News

Below are a few of the most recent Government updates for Educational settings:
Frameworks for awarding qualifications in 2021: consultation outcomes - First Published 24th March

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.


Youth Sport Trust 

Check out the ‘Inspire’ magazine to see a great piece from one of our own local inspirations. Please find the magazine attached here.

Calling all Female Footballers!
Please see and share the attached flyer for girls football district trials!

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

DRB - To read the latest weekly bulletin, click here.

Back to school Resources
Elklan 5-11's course - Summer 2021    NEW!

Perry Hall Multi Academy Trust are working in partnership with SEEDs Consultancy, specialists in Early Years, Language Development and ELKLAN to offer a high quality, accredited training opportunity for Summer 2021.

Speech and Language Support for 5-11s – delivered by an accredited Elklan tutor.

The attached flyer will provide the specific details including the booking process.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rekha Kohli on or call 01902 558538 and ask for Rekha Kohli.

Professor Barry Carpenter has written a publication entitled The Recovery Curriculum. It provides help, advice and guidance for teachers dealing with life in the classroom once pupils return to school.  To read full details please click here.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 

Basketball Virtual Results   NEW!

To see the results click here.

Lawn Tennis Association   NEW!

The LTA are offering a Youth Start Programme (Aged 4 - 18) - Cost of £29.99 plus £5 P&P which includes:

  • 6 x group coaching session
  •  a racket and ball set  
  •  a T-shirt      
To find out more click here 



    Bhangra Vibes  Updated!

During the Easter holidays our young people and their families can sign up for a new and exciting physical activity that will bring happiness and give good Vibes.
Over the Easter break there will be six sessions over the two weeks: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday each week.

 We bring you…..   Bhangra Vibes

Following the Easter sessions our young people will be invited to join a weekly virtual Bhangra Vibe club.
We will also be looking for a school to host Bhangra Express in the coming months.
For our children, young people and families to receive these weekly virtual sessions they need to register using this link Bhangra Vibes - Registration
Please share this link with your families and on social media!
If you are interested in holding a Bhangra Express at your school then please get in touch.

Please find attached the latest flyer for Bhangra Vibes.

Community Sport and Health Apprentice

ConnectEd Partnership are looking to roll out our next cohort of Community Sport and Health Apprentices.
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Contact Sam Perks to express your interest and be involved in the next programme.

PANNA Football 

Calling all families… We have an opportunity for you to try 6 sessions of PANNA football at home.
PANNA football is where you develop ‘trick’ football and play against one other family member – One point for a ‘nutmeg’, three points for a goal...but to play PANNA football you need to develop your ‘tricks'
What is PANNA? Click HERE for a quick preview video.
We work with schools in and around the City of Wolverhampton and we are now offering you the chance to access 6 virtual ‘trick’ sessions. You can then play PANNA football with your family!
At the end of the 6 sessions, we will send you a ‘trick’ sequence- the best sequence will be crowned City Champion.

To sign up to receive these PANNA Tutorials on a weekly basis (on a Friday), please click HERE to register.


Great News!
Since its launch last month we have 331 girls who have registered and the number is
increasing daily- we definitely need to order more footballs!!! 

As part of Wolverhampton's Girls' Football Partnership we are excited to offer a weekly virtual Wildcat Wednesday session for girls aged 5-11 in Wolverhampton, which can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home! 
Aimed at Girls aged 5-11 within Wolverhampton, these 30 minute sessions will be sent to the Parent/Guardian each week on Wednesday where the Girls can enjoy fun, physical activity centered around Football, while learning new skills and making friends. These sessions are in video format so can be accessed any time and can be replayed as much as you like!

All girls wanting to take part will receive a brand new football to enjoy the game as much as they like. Click here for registration form.


Members can also log onto the MEMBERS AREA to access our Resource Hub which contains additional resources that are exclusive to the Partnership .
Follow us on our social media platforms for up-to-date news and information:

Primary NQT Pool 2021 - Now Open!
Following the Primary NQT Pool interviews last week, we are pleased to announce that the pool is now 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

This is the first year that we have managed and facilitated this process on behalf of our schools and it would not have been successful without the support of our heads and senior leaders. Over the two days a total of 206 NQTs were interviewed by 59 colleagues who were supported by the ConnectEd team. On behalf of ConnectEd Partnership, we would like to thank all colleagues who took part in the NQT recruitment process this year, especially given the current situation with the re-opening of schools to all pupils last week.

We are fully committed to supporting our schools in recruiting high quality teachers and hope that the NQT pool enables you to successfully recruit NQTs for September.
Primary PE and School Sport Premium
The DfE have confirmed that School Sport Premium Funding for 2019/20 deadline has been extended!
Schools will now have until the end of this (2020/21) academic year to spend the carried forward funding, in line with the deadline for spending this year’s PE and sport premium allocation.

If you would like any bespoke support or guidance regarding your funding then please contact Sam Perks (

  Safeguarding Training for Summer Term    

The following FREE safeguarding events are now available to book :

Basic Safeguarding Awareness Termly ‘Mop Up’ Session - Monday 26th April 2021 - Time: 9.30am-12.30pm    To book, please click here

2 Day DSL Training - Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th April 2021 - Time 9.30-2.30   To book, please click here

Both events will be delivered via 'TEAMS'

        School Sport Premium Funding          

You will already be aware, your school is required to publish its School Sport Premium Data online, via your website.

ConnectEd Partnership are once again, offering to work with you and your PE Lead to ensure you are kept up-to-date with what information needs to be published, how to publish this information and what information to include. This will ensure your school is School Sport Premium viable, and more importantly, you are celebrating all of your successes.  In addition, schools can carry forward any under-spends but they must clearly identify amounts and how the funding will be spent. This is also somethings we can also help with.

As a ConnectEd Partnership member, you can access guidance and support on a 1-1 basis to make sure your published data is recorded and available in the correct format on your website.

If you haven't contacted us already and would like guidance and support in compiling and publishing your data then please contact Sam Perks so that we can share the template and arrangements can be made to provide the support you need.  This will be done virtually at the moment.

      Secondary Curriculum Network Hubs 
Spring and Summer Term 2021
We are pleased to offer another round of Curriculum Network Hub dates for both the Spring and Summer Term 2021.
To view dates, details and booking information please click here.

The following Curriculum Hub meetings are taking place soon:
Tuesday 18th May - English & Literacy Hub
Tuesday 11th May - Maths & Numeracy Hub
Tuesday 22nd June - Humanities Hub
Tuesday 25th May - Science Hub
Tuesday 15th June - EAL & Languages Hub
Wednesday 9th June - Technology & ICT Hub

Wednesday 16th June - Social Sciences/Vocational

There will be a focus on transition. This invitation is FREE for ConnectEd members and is also open to
Primary school lead teachers who wish to attend. Click on the respective link to book.
   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
ConnectEd Partnership’s proposed Staff Absence Scheme 

A Consultation document has been included on the Agendas for the Spring term’s 2021 Local Network and Phase group meetings. 
It may be your Head teacher will not be able to attend these local Wolverhampton meetings. Therefore in order for members to be aware of the Consultation, the document has been shared with known directly employed Business Managers to ensure all ConnectEd Partnership Member schools and Academy schools are provided with the opportunity to comment and respond.
It is important to note that the Consultation document is the sole property of ConnectEd Partnership.  It is commercially sensitive and must not be shared with any external providers and or non-member schools.
The intention is that the Scheme will be available from 1 April 2022 (minimum 2 year contract term) exclusively to ConnectEd Partnership Schools and Academy Schools.
It is a Mutual shared risk option to work collaboratively in owning and providing security and payments for Schools who face the financial costs of contracted teachers and direct classroom facing non-teaching staff for failing to be able to undertake their jobs by way of sick leave, to cover unexpected costs associated with absences.
In order for schools to consider the benefits of the Scheme throughout the document there are service level differences explained between External Insurance Schemes and ConnectEd Partnership proposed Staff Absence Scheme.
In brief it is a ‘Not For Profit’ benefits scheme working on a co-operative mutual basis. 
The Consultation closes on Thursday 1 April 2021. If you and/or your Head teacher wish to respond please do so by this date directly to Helen Perkins. An indication of whether this may be something you would consider as a benefit to the school would be useful.
If you wish to receive a copy of the consultation document on a strictly confidential basis please email  Alternatively, you can view the document by loging onto the members area on our website.
Please also contact Helen Perkins by email or 01902 290154 if you have any questions you wish to ask.

Connected Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022

Rates and Thresholds for employers 2021-22

Maternity Paternity & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme - Closure of Accounts 2020/2021

Please ensure you keep the scheme informed over any changes to informed of leave, resignation or return to work dates, particularly for those that occur up to 31 March 2021. 
Connected Partnership manage the fund carefully on behalf of all schools, this includes those that have overspent their premiums, those that have underspent or not claimed, plus any leavers of the scheme and resignations of staff and monies owed to the scheme before the end of the financial year. Schools have until the last Friday in April to submit all of their claims and payroll reports. (Late submissions will be discounted) Therefore, closure and reimbursements toward the end of the financial year are subject to delay.

2020-21 CPD Programme 
ConnectEd Partnership are pleased to offer the following CPD opportunities for 2020-21 – please click on the relevant programme to see full details and how to apply:

Literacy Leads Network
Secondary Senior Leaders – Centre Assessed Grades 2021: Standardisation and Moderation meeting
Secondary NQT Professional Development Network  
Recently Qualified Teachers Programme 
National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders (NPQML) 
National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders (NPQSL)
National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) - Further details to follow
Inspirational Teacher Programme (ITP)
HLTA Preparation and Assessment
National Award for SEN Coordination (NASENCO)
Safeguarding Programme
Diploma in School Business Management Level 4 (on-line course)
DRB Ignite - Senior Leaders Briefing
Secondary Curriculum Networks

All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website

Additional CPD will be advertised on this newsletter and via our website as it becomes available, including our Secondary NQT Professional Development Network and Secondary Curriculum Networks.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Summer Term  

The ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Summer Term will be held online via Teams unless otherwise shown.

Thursday 22 April at 8am CN5
Thursday 22 April at 2pm CN4
Tuesday 27 April at 9.30AM CN1
Friday 30 April at 9.30am CN2
Tuesday 4 May at 9am ASPIC
Wednesday 5 May at 9.30am CN3
Wednesday 19 May at 1pm Informal WHIPS
Thursday 20 May at 8am CN8
Friday 21 May at 9.30am CN 6 & 7

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

News from The Key
The Key Support helps you respond to national changes quickly and confidently. Every week they add new practical, quality-assured resources to save you time with everyday tasks.

New on the Key:

Early career teacher (ECT) induction: summary
How to use assistive technology to support your pupils
Top tips for making blended learning more manageable
School reopening: how to carry out COVID-safe learning walks
School reopening: how to monitor in-class teaching safely

New to The Key for School Leaders!
Introducing Policy Expert - Policy Expert is your go-to place for telling you which policies you must have, should have, and if anything changes.
Key Voices Podcasts:
‘Let’s talk about Flex’ with Emma Turner
Priorities for action in education and youth with Loic Menzies
Challenges and opportunities of remote teacher training and development with Oxfordshire Teaching School Alliance and Oxfordshire Teacher training

REMINDER - There is a 'helpline' available to members Monday to Friday 8am - 6pm who can be contacted on 0800 061 4500 or via email


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                                             

Harinder Jandu - Teaching School Co-ordinator                                         

 Lisa Davies - ConnectEd Teaching School Lead (Secondary)

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwall  - Administrator

Helen Hogan - Administrator

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator

Andrew Weston - Digital Marketing Apprentice
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