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Everyone at ConnectEd Partnership would like to wish all our schools a
Happy New Year.
We will continue to provide you with support throughout this difficult time.
If you would like to share any news or information which might interest other schools, please send us details - a handy template is available at the top of this page.

  Stay safe everyone.
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
National News - including the latest Government advice and information
Local News - including NEW Back to school 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:
Education Secretary outlines plans to support young people - First published 6th January
Education Secretary statement to Parliament on national lockdown - First published 6th January
Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19) - Updated 21st December
School funding boost confirmed for every local authority in England - First published 17th December 

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.


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
Youth Sport Trust – COVID-19 Home and School Learning support   
FREE resources 
At the beginning of  April 2020 when schools were closed for the first time during lock-down, Youth Sport Trust developed a series of free resources to support home learning,  to encourage physical activity of young people and  to support those pupils in school. These resources remain available and continue to be added to.  Now there are also some new resources which are available.and can be downloaded here.

Picture News UPDATED!
We are here to support teachers and parents as much as possible as we navigate the tricky weeks ahead.
Until February half term, we'd like to offer a weekly home-learning news resource free of charge. 
Each Friday at 7am, you will receive a poster pack focusing on a current news story and learning resources to support.
You will also have access to our weekly virtual assemblies which complement the resources.
Open to parents and teachers. To register your interest, please send us a message with your email address and we will send across further details.

Schools will continue to receive the weekly resources and should have received their first pack on Friday 1 January which posed the question “Should anyone be allowed a pet?” 


Wolverhampton COVID-19 Mutual Aid NEW!
This is a Facebook group dedicated to promoting mutual aid in Wolverhampton in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. They believe ordinary people can create a fundamentally better world through grassroots community action and solidarity – motivated by compassion, not profit.
Click here to access their page.
FREE Resources NEW!
Click here to sign up for Free Resources for all Key Stages
The Happy Newspaper NEW!

For all teachers, parents and carers and anyone else muddling through right now.  There are 2 free resource packs on this website which you can download and print out to use with children.

They use happy news and facts from the newspaper combined with some activities and encourage children to find their own happy news in these scary and weird times.

Click here to find out more.
 BIG Garden Birdwatch NEW!
29th-31st January

If you would like a FREE Big Garden Birdwatch Guide providing everything you need to take part, just click here.

BBC to put lessons on TV during lock-down NEW!

The BBC will show curriculum-based programmes on TV from Monday.

They will include three hours of primary school programming every weekday on CBBC, and at least two hours for secondary pupils on BBC Two.

To read full article click here.

Read Write Inc. Teachers NEW!

Ruth Miskin Training will be restarting their free Read Write Inc. Phonics lessons on YouTube for children to watch at home during school closures.  To find out more click here.

FREE Maths teaching resources NEW!

Click here to access a website exclusively with resources for maths for primary, secondary and post 16 children.  
Follow us on our social media platforms for up-to-date news and information:

Rakegate Primary School
These children have been in school this week as part of our 'Key Worker Bubble'. They have created the following Chuck Close portrait in art. Can you work out who it is?

Heath Park High School
Heath Park kindly stepped in right at the last minute after a local care home contacted Picture News to ask for help in finding a partner school for the Hearts for Homes project.
"We were delighted to be able to get involved in the Hearts for Homes campaign, where students from Heath Park and the residents from New Cross Care Home exchanged messages of much needed hope and joy over Christmas. To all the residents living locally in care homes, let's hope 2021 brings peace and love to all".



As you may be aware Education Central who previously administered the NQT Pool on behalf of ConnectEd Partnership has recently been disestablished and as a result will not be offering an NQT Pool for 2020/2021.

However, ConnectEd are delighted to announce that, in partnership with SIPs Education (Sandwell LA), we have established our own recruitment portal which is now open to final year Primary and Secondary ITT students.

Our application form can be downloaded using this link at the bottom of this page.

The application window will close on 12th February 2021.

It is anticipated for Primary applications the selection and interview process will take place shortly after February half term and we will be looking at potentially involving a number of headteachers to support this process.
Secondary schools will be granted access to a Secondary specific database.
Further updates and information will be sent to all schools in due course.

In the meantime ConnectEd will be actively promoting and marketing the new pool to universities, partner organisations, Wolverhampton Local Authority and schools to attract and recruit high quality NQTs to work in our schools.

We would be grateful if you could share the advert and application form below as widely as possible using your social media platforms and with students who may be on placement in your school and are seeking NQT posts in Wolverhampton and / or Sandwell. Your support will be very much appreciated.

This information can also be found on our website.

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

Click here to watch the video
Click here for the Application form
NPQ Programme - Spring 2021 Cohort
Please note that funding arrangements for NPQ programmes have altered and DfE Scholarship funding is no longer guaranteed.
ConnectEd Partnership, through Best Practice Network are offering NPQ qualifications through the Apprenticeship Levy. Applicants can still apply through the traditional route, where costs would need to be met by either the individual or the school.
Click on the following links to find out more information and how to apply:
NPQML  and   NPQSL  self/school funded
NPQs through the Apprenticship Levy

For further information, please visit our website, or speak to Harinder Jandu
  • Apprenticeship Levy routes to NPQML and NPQSL to Tuesday 12th January and
  • Applications for the straight routes into NPQML, NPQSL, NPQH and NPQEL will remain open until 15th January.  


 Engagement Model Training
Children previously assessed at P1-P4

The Engagement Model will become Statutory in September 2021. This has been delayed by one year, allowing 2020/2021 to be a transitionary year. 
ConnectEd Partnership are offering free on line training for schools previously assessing pupils at P1-P4 on the following dates:

  • Thursday 14th January 2021
  • Thursday 25th February 2021    

The sessions will take place via Teams from 3.30pm – 5.00pm and participants only need to attend one of the sessions which will cover most of the training. An optional session will follow in the Spring Term.
Places will need to be booked by emailing


 SEND and Commissioning Partnership Board

It is hoped that a primary and a secondary representative to the Board can be agreed before the first scheduled meeting on 20 January.  There has been a lot of interest in these roles.

The nominations for primary representative are Mrs Nasa of Graiseley Primary, Miss Pritchett of Berrybrook Primary and Mr Rogers of Northwood Park Primary. Primary colleagues should have received further information via an email sent on 17 December. Thank you to those colleagues that have already voted for their preferred representative. If you would like to vote please email the name of your preferred representative to Kate Hodgetts by 5pm on Monday 11 January.

A number of secondary colleagues expressed an interest in the secondary representative role. Any colleagues that are interested in the role are asked to forward a supporting statement to Kate Hodgetts providing information on experience/particular interest in the area that can then be shared with secondary colleagues to inform their decision in voting for a representative. Please forward your statement to Kate Hodgetts by 5pm on Tuesday 12 January.


SHaW Maths Hub

NCETM and Maths Hubs online resources available

Materials to support teachers and schools planning and delivering maths teaching in school and remotely at both primary and secondary level are available from the NCETM. All are accessible from the dedicated Covid support page on the NCETM website.

For primary schools and teachers, the 180 primary video lessons produced during the first lock-down are still available. Each lesson has an accompanying teacher guide, and PowerPoint slides of the lesson for teachers to adapt themselves. There are also resources linked to the DfE guidance published in July 2020. These include ready-to-use training materials, a short introductory video, and a suite of 79 PowerPoints focusing on the ready-to-progress criteria found in the DfE guidance. Additional training materials addressing the transition between Year 6 and Year 7 are also particularly relevant when pupils in Year 6 have had their maths learning disrupted.

For secondary schools, an evidence-based guidance document to support discussions about recovery curriculum content and pedagogy is available, along with a series of ‘Planning to teach…’ videos and PowerPoint slides offering advice on teaching crucial KS3 topics. CPD materials include a one-hour training session to help understand the implications for Year 7 of the DfE primary guidance, and six Departmental Workshops for any teachers able to engage in collaborative professional development.

SHaW Maths Hub are continuing to offer support and funded online professional development for all state-funded primary and secondary schools in Wolverhampton. Please contact if you require further information.

   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:

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

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.

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

Maternity Paternity & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme - Closure of Accounts 2020/2021
To view the latest information, please click here.


Please submit staff numbers for 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 contract term 

Please arrange to collect and submit the following staff numbers:
The number of FTE eligible staff as at January 2021 payroll run which will be calculated in accordance with your submission of: -

  • All Teaching staff FTE (32.5 directed hours basis)
  • All support staff  (Contracts that are term time adjusted should be counted as full time equivalent)

If you have any queries please refer to the Terms and Conditions in the first instance.



We are pleased to announce the date of our Annual Conference 2021 is:

Thursday 7TH OCTOBER 2021 - at Dunstall Park Racecourse

Further information to follow later this year

Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Spring Term  

It has been agreed that the ConnectEd meetings scheduled for (at least) the first half of the Spring Term will be held online via Teams.

Wednesday 20 January at 8.30am PASS Operational Board
Thursday 21 January at 1.30pm WHINS
Tuesday 26 January at 9.30am CN 1
Thursday 28 January at 8am CN 5
Friday 29 January at 9.30am CN 6 &7
Wednesday 3 February at 9.30am CN 3
Thursday 4 February at 8am CN 8
Tuesday 9 February at 9am ASPIC
Thursday 11 February at 2pm CN 4
Friday 12 February at 9.30am CN 2

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

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

The Key provides a weekly news bulletin on policy changes and developments that will affect schools.

New on the Key

Coronavirus: latest updates
Remote learning: self-evaluation form (SEF)
Governor training

Key Voices Podcasts

How have schools coped with COVID-19? with Edurio
Mental health and the return to school with Tana Macpherson-Smith
Rehumanising headship with Darren Morgan
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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