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All the staff at ConnectEd Partnership would like to wish our schools a happy and safe Christmas.
We look forward to seeing you in the new year.
To find events over the Christmas period, please click here.
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
Good News - something to bring a smile to our faces!
Partnership News - Safeguarding in Schools, 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
Merridale Primary School

On Friday 3rd December, Peer Mentors from Merridale completed some PlayMaker training and received their PlayMaker award.
The PlayMaker Award is a great introduction into leadership, giving learners knowledge of how to organise small games and activities that can be used when children are supporting their peers at break and lunchtime.
The PlayMaker Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem as they take on the responsibility of assisting in leading their peers and younger children.
The Peer Mentors are now looking forward to putting their training into action on the playground.


If you have a Good News story, please send it to and we will feature it in our next edition.
  Headteacher Representation needed for Transition Work Stream
Sarah Reynolds, Head of SEN Early Identification and Support Services, is leading a work stream to develop transitions for young people with SEND, right from the early years through to preparing for adulthood, and would like to invite Primary and Secondary Headteachers to support this development.
There is already a group for the Local Authority supporting this work, including representation from school improvement, educational psychology, outreach, virtual school, as well as SEND early identification and support.
In addition, colleagues from social care have also expressed an interest to be involved. The LA are keen to have full representation so that improvements can be fully co-produced and are therefore looking to extend the membership of the group to include Headteachers from all age ranges, as well as specialist provision and post 16 practitioners. The LA are also seeking the views of young people and their parents, and hope that a parent will join the working party.
It is expected that the group will meet in early January and then once a month moving forward.

If you would like to be involved with this work stream, please contact Sarah Reynolds.
Partnership News
   ECTs Starting in January 2022 
Primary ECT Pool 2022 - Now open!

ConnectEd, in partnership with The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Education Services, are pleased to announce that the Primary ECT Portal is now open for applications from ITT students who are due to gain their QTS in Summer 2022.
We would be grateful if you could share the link/image below as widely as possible using your social media platforms and with students who may be on placement in your school and are seeking ECT posts in Wolverhampton from September 2022.

The recruitment process will be similar to last year with interviews taking place via MS Teams during the week commencing 7th March 2022. Further updates and information will be sent to all schools in due course, and we will really appreciate your support once again with the interviews.
In the meantime, we will be actively promoting and marketing the pool to universities, partner organisations and schools to attract and recruit high quality ECTs to work in our schools.

If you have any questions or would like further information, please do not hesitate to contact Harinder Jandu on 01902 290152

If you are recruiting any ECTs to start in January 2022 you will need to complete the registration process which can be found on our website.

If you choose Option 1 – Funded provider-led programme and you wish to use Best Practice Network for your training provider, please note that their closing date for ECTs starting in January 2022 is 3rd December 2021.
 Guidance from Best Practice Network - What schools/ECTs/ECMs need to do:
Schools who have not yet registered with the DfE or BPN, will need to do so and their Induction Tutors will need to input the details of the ECTs and ECMs on the DfE online service. Please follow the links below:

Register School with Best Practice Network
Register School with DfE

Their ECTs/ECMs will then individually need to register with BPN so that they have the additional details to set them up on Canvas, add them to the appropriate group, and for the DfE to approve them as a viable participant.
Schools who already have ECTs and ECMs registered with BPN will need the Induction Tutor to input their details on the DfE online service and direct their ECTs and ECMs to register with us. New ECTs and ECMs can register with BPN by clicking on this link:
ECF January ECT and ECM registration.
Once they select 'register', a verification email will be issued to verify the account. This is immediate, so the advice is to check spam/junk folders if they do not receive it. After the account has been set-up, they can log into the account here: (left-hand side of the screen).
As soon as your ECTs/ECMs register, they will receive a notification email and their Canvas login details will follow.
now>press>play trial for ConnectEd Schools
now>press>play is offering you an extra-long free two-week trial when you book for January before the Christmas holidays. This is a limited offer for schools in the ConnectEd Partnership!
Request your free trial here.

Following on from our Leadership Conference in October, Rakegate Primary school were lucky enough to win a month's free trial with now>press>play. If you would like to find out more about what pupils participated in during their trial, please click on this link.
     Supporting Safeguarding in Schools  
City of Wolverhampton Council and ConnectEd Partnership
       Collaborative Safeguarding Support and Training Programme 2021

Monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing

We will be bringing you a regular monthly Safeguarding E-Briefing. To view the December edition please click here.
Full details can be found on our Website - please click here.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update 
Commonwealth Games 2022
To read all the information for the upcoming Commonwealth Games, please click this link.
Upcoming Event - Black Country Primary PE Conference 2022

The PE Conference will take place on Friday 11th February 2022. For more information including time, venue, and what you can expect from the day, please click here.
Differentiation in PE - Change of Date

The date for this course has now changed. Please see the information below if you wish to book places.

Course Details: Differentiation in PE
Who: A practical course for all staff involved in PE, School Sport and Physical Activity
What: The course will provide staff with simple, memorable ways to ensure all children make progress, are challenged physically and mentally, and are grouped effectively. It will encourage staff to think about what they offer and why, and how they can offer a wider range of activities without having ‘expert knowledge’
Where: TBC – If you would like to host this course, please get in touch with Sam Perks
When: 21st January 2022  
Time: 1.00pm – 4.30pm  
Cost: FREE to ConnectEd Members

To book on to this course, please send the name, job title and contact email address of the delegate to

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

TWS Sports Podcast - New Episode

This week on the TWS Sports Podcast, we chat to 8 time Champion Jockey Peter Scudamore.
Peter has had an incredible career and takes time to tell us about his life racing and away from the track.

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

This is the last episode of season 2. Pupils will be back in January 2022 for season 3.
Updated Policies
Future policies will be available here.
All polices are also available to those schools that buy into LPAAC in the members area of the ConnectEd Partnership website.
For any further assistance, please contact Kate Hodgetts.
Picture News
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

ConnectEd Partnership, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022
December 2021 Reminder

This is a reminder to all schools that have existing leave claims to please send in your payroll reports on a monthly basis. If you run your payroll early in December 2021, can you please arrange to send them in shortly after.
If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Helen Perkins.
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.

Updated Information

For those schools that do not use WCC payroll provider please continue to submit payroll reports each month. Late submissions will be discounted. (The closing date for submissions for each financial year is the last Friday in April).
Schools who decide not to renew their membership of the scheme will be recharged the full amount of claims offset against the premium paid for each year of membership, along with a leaving administrative fee based on the premium paid for each year of membership. The leaving administrative fee is payable regardless of the reimbursements made.
Please keep Helen Perkins informed of leave, resignation or return to work dates. 
In accordance with the terms and conditions, schools will be alerted when their claims reach 100% of their total annual premium. ConnectEd Partnership will not pay schools above their premium paid until the school have confirmed in writing the following year buy in. We have written to those schools that have already reached this level of reimbursements to confirm continued membership of the scheme, so not to delay further reimbursements. 
The new contract period is available at fixed rates for three years or two years from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2025 (the new Terms and Conditions are now on our website
Please note: If you leave the scheme at the end of the contract period all reimbursements for each contract year over the premium paid will be recharged to the school.
New for 2022
Employers National Insurance contributions increase from April 2022 and will be included in the scheme. ConnectEd Partnership will monitor and review the increase in costs on the Scheme during the 2022-23 financial year. From 2023, this will appear on payslips as the Health and Social Care Levy element.

 If you have any queries, please contact

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

Monday 10th January at 8.30am - SHAPE Forum
Wednesday 12th January at 9.30am - CN 6 & 7 Curriculum Lead meeting
Friday 14th January at 9.30am CN2 - PSHE Lead meeting
Wednesday 19th January at 9.30am - WHINS
Tuesday 25th January at 9.00am - ASPIC
Wednesday 2nd February at 1.00pm - WHIPS
Thursday 3rd February at 8.00am - WSH

If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
2021-2022 CPD Programme 
PASS CPD 2021/2022

To view all courses, dates, times, and venues, please click here.

If you require any further information, please contact
Spring 2022 Cohort – Applications are now open

The next opportunity to engage in an NPQ will be with our Spring cohort starting in January 2022. The application deadline for Spring is 17th December 2021 and applications are now live and can be made via our website.
Bookings are now being taken for our Spring and Summer 2022 DRB senior leader briefings on:

Wednesday 30th March 2022 
Tuesday 28th June 2022

To find out more, please click on the link below:

DRB Ignite - Senior Leader Briefings

All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.

If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.

Annual Wolverhampton Schools’ Fairtrade
Poster competition 2022

To be in with a chance of winning this exciting competition, Fairtrade are asking all entrants to create a poster using the theme Climate Change, Fairtrade and You.

All entries are welcome using any art medium on A3 or A4 paper.

When submitting your posters, please ensure you have added the following information to the back of your artwork: Students full name, age, year group, school name.

Submission venue - TBC
Closing date - Friday 11th February 2022

If you would like to know more about Fairtrade or the competition, please follow this link or contact Fairtrade liason Ann Bickley.

Support for Families during the Christmas Break

City of Wolverhampton Council is providing help and support for families with school aged children during the Christmas period. This will include free activities and food between 20th December 2021 and 3rd January 2022.

If a child is eligible for benefits related free school meals, they should receive an email from their school. They can also choose to apply directly by following this link.

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

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here.


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

Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:

Catch up learning accelerates with £10m for maths and literacy Published 15th December 2021
Coronavirus (COVID-19) workforce fund for schools Updated 30th November 2021
Further updates can be found on the DfE website

Follow us on our social media platforms for up-to-date news and information:

The Key

Information, guidance and resources can be found by logging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website.

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 - Partnership Development Manager                                        

Lisa Davies - Strategic Lead - Secondary

Helen Perkins - Maternity Scheme Co-ordinator

Tony Allen - Procurement Consultant

Sam Perks - Physical Activity and School Sport Lead

Bal Athwal  - Administrator

Helen Hogan - Administrator

Kate Hodgetts - Administrator/Network Co-ordinator

Michelle Vernon - Administrator
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To join the Partnership or for further information about what the Partnership can offer you contact us! 
The Partnership welcomes comments and feedback on activities of the Partnership, and any suggestions for future development.
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