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Child Safety Week 7th - 13th June 2021

To find out more ways to get involved click here
ConnectEd Partnership and The City of Wolverhampton Local Authority working in collaboration for our Schools

City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership are delighted to offer Appropriate Body Sevices
From September 2021, the new Early Career Framework will become a statutory entitlement for all new teachers entering the profession.

Induction tutors, mentors and early career teachers (ECTs) will receive development, support and training over two years instead of one. This training will be underpinned by the Early Career Framework (ECF).

The City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership will be working in collaboration to offer Appropriate Body Services to all schools.

To find out what the Appropriate Body service offers, please click here.

Should you wish to enrol your new ECTs with the City of Wolverhampton and ConnectEd Partnership please complete the registration forms available on WVES.

A Briefing – ‘What schools need to know’ will take place via Microsoft Teams on Friday 11th June 2021, 10:00 – 11:30am
. To book click here .
Our newsletter is divided into the following sections:
Good News - something to bring a smile to our faces!
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

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


Wilkinson Primary School

Wilkinson Primary School pupils have been making the most of the sunshine. During holiday club they have been maintaining their outdoor classroom.

TWS Sports Podcast

"Pupils at Tettenhall Wood Special School have started a sports podcast. Each week the students will interview a sporting guest from a range of different sports. Please follow @TWSSportsPodcast on Instagram to find out more or visit Apple Podcast or Spotify to subscribe to the TWS Sports Podcast." 

The latest podcast episode took place with former Premier League footballer Dave Edwards. 

This week we discussed—
- Playing in the Premier League
- His best 11 he has played with
- How good is Gareth Bale 🏌️‍♂️ ⚽️
- Wales at Euro 2016
- Wolves and Shrewsbury Town
- Best prank he has ever seen 😂
And so much more.

To listen please subscribe to the TWS Sports Podcast available on all podcast apps. A few links below to help.

Apple Podcast


Please share this message with friends and family and help spread our podcast far and wide.

National News

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

Early career framework reforms: overview Updated 7th June 2021
Mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges Updated 2nd June 2021


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.

Radio 2's Big Bee Challenge

Below are details of a brand new competition hosted by BBC Radio 2 for children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old.

In partnership with the Royal Horticultural Society, Radio 2 are asking children to design a garden that will attract bees and other insects.
The winner's garden will be built at an NHS Trust site and the lucky child will get to open the garden on The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show.

For more details on how to enter, click here.

Good Luck!

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

The latest DRB weekly update can be viewed here

Youth Sport Trust 

Youth Sport Trusts new Active Recovery Hub is now live!

Access over 250 resources to support young people in reconnecting with friends and having fun! Find out more here!

NEW Secondary Curriculum Hubs – Summer 2021

You will be aware that ConnectEd Partnership and the City of Wolverhampton Local Authority are working in partnership to provide support for secondary schools during the Teacher Assessed Grading process for GCSE, AS and A Levels. As requested after the senior leader’s consultation event, we have sought to provide an opportunity for subject leaders to meet together to discuss the process and provide a forum for additional moderation of the range of evidence required  for the TAGs.

Our existing Curriculum Hubs will be used to support this and are listed below, with some dates brought forward so that the TAGs deadline can be met comfortably. This opportunity should not replace the internal moderation planned by individual schools. It is designed to assist with judgements made and present an opportunity to discuss with other colleagues beyond the school to help with grading. This was deemed especially valuable for departments with small numbers of staff or for A level subjects with sole teachers responsible for grading.
In order to plan for the sessions please make sure that you book your place using the links below. All hubs will take place via Teams from 4pm to 5.30pm and meeting invitations will be emailed prior to each curriculum hub.

15.06.21 – Languages & EAL Hub
22.06.21 - Humanities Hub

PASS and School Games Organiser Update 

Latest Guidance on Website Reporting

Please click on this link to view the latest guidance 


We are pleased to offer our member schools an online demo of this exciting new experience!
now>press>play is an immersive audio resource that engages primary school children in the curriculum through sound, emotion, and movement.
In a now>press>play Experience every child is given a pair of wireless headphones. Immersed in sound, they become the main character in a story, meeting people, discovering places, and solving problems on an educational adventure they’ll never forget.
With a standard now>press>play subscription, your school will get:
  • 76 Curriculum Experiences covering from EYFS to KS2
  • Class set of wireless headphones, transmitter, and tablet
  •  Learning resources for each Experience
  •  Training and support
  •  Curriculum fitting
To find out more about this resource please click here.

The dates available for this are:

17th June 2021
23rd June 2021
24th June 2021

All from 3:45pm lasting roughly 30 minutes.

If you would like to book on to any of these dates, please email Sam Perks

If any schools are interested in signing up to this service, please speak with us so we can broker the best deal for your needs.


ConnectEd Partnership are excited to announce that we will be working with Tagtiv8 to bring you a new scheme of work that will see us build a workforce of Tagtiv8 Trainers to grow and strengthen the programme across Wolverhampton.

Please click HERE for more information on the programme and how you can get involved.


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.
To ensure we are building a pathway for all and we 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 plans to rebuild your swimming offer. 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 from September 2021*

Cheer Vibes

Following the success of the Bhangra Vibes programme over Easter, that is now ongoing for a further 6 weeks, the next Vibe we are excited to bring you is Cheer Vibes!
Again, families that register will receive a weekly video emailed out to them to enjoy at home at a time to suit them that can be watched as many times as they would like. All totally free!
Click here for more info or to get involved contact

Girls Football in Wolverhampton

Moving forward with our recent success of Wildcats, which saw nearly 350 girls receiving weekly virtual football sessions, and the national push for more girls to get involved with football, we would like to share with you the pathway in which we will be working to support the surge. No matter what the age or ability… #ThisGirlCan
For more info, or to get involved, please email

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.


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:

NEW for Autumn Term 2021!
Reformed National Professional Qualifications

We are, once again, pleased to be working as a Delivery Partner for Best Practice Network (BPN) for the 2021/22 academic year, to bring you a suite of newly reformed NPQs for teachers and leaders.

Please click here for full details.

EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST ARE CURRENTLY BEING TAKEN - to register your interest, click here for the BPN website, and select the relevant programme.

Secondary NQT Pool 2021
We are pleased to announce that the Secondary NQT 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. 

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.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET THAT OUR PRIMARY NQT POOL IS STILL OPEN - To access it, please click on this link

        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.

      Summer term Safeguarding update
Latest Safeguarding update is available to view please click here 
   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, Maternity, Paternity
  & Adoption Leave Pooling Scheme 2020 – 2022

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 new claim form for claims commencing 1 April 2021.
If you have any queries, please contact

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:

11.06.2021 - Briefing - Early Career Framework 'What schools need to know'
15.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Languages & EAL Hub 
16.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Social Sciences/Vocational Lead Contact Event Cancelled
16.06.2021 - DRB Ignite - Senior Leaders Briefing 
22.06.2021 - Secondary Curriculum Hubs - Humanities Hub (History, Geography, RE)
29.06.2021- Secondary NQT Professional Development Networks

01.07.2021 - Wild Tribe

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.
DRB Ignite Senior Leader Briefings

Primary/Nursery/Special briefing - Wednesday 16th June 2021, 8am – 11am. To book click here 
Secondary/Special  briefing – Thursday 17th June 2021, 8am – 10.30am. To book click here    
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.

Wednesday 16th June at 8am - WSH
Thursday 17th June at 1pm - WHINS
Tuesday 22th June at 9am - ASPIC
Wednesday 30th June at 9.30am - ConnectEd Partnership Board
Wednesday 7th July at 10am - WHIPS

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

DRB Senior Leaders Briefing
New For Secondary Leaders
We are offering a DRB senior secondary leaders briefing on:
Thursday 17th June 2021 – 8.30am – 10.30am

The briefing will be held on zoom and details will be sent nearer the date.
For further details and to book a place, please click here

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

Michelle Mills - Administrator
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