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October Half Term
We hope all staff, pupils, parents, and families have a wonderful and safe half term.
There are lots of things to do during the half term break. If you would like to see what events are on offer near you, please click here.
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
Living Streets Walk to School Challenge
WOW – The FREE Walk to School Challenge
What is WOW?
WOW is Living Streets walk to school challenge. It’s a pupil-led initiative where children self-report how they get to school every day using our award-winning Travel Tracker.
Designed to promote active travel and physical activity, WOW helps reduce congestion and pollution outside the school gates, while increasing safety and improving the physical and mental wellbeing of pupils. Those who travel sustainably (walk, cycle, scoot or park and stride) get rewarded with collectible badges.
Participating schools see a 23% increase in pupils walking to school and a 30% reduction in congestion outside the school gates. Further information can be found here.
In the West Midlands, we are offering a number of FREE Department of Transport funded places (valued at upwards of £500 per school) for schools to get involved in WOW and these are being offered on a first come first served basis.
To secure a place, please fill in this short form and we will be in touch as soon as we can. Alternatively you can contact the West Midlands Coordinator directly: Sameena Parvaz email@example.com
St Edmund's Catholic Academy
On Friday 15th October 2021, ConnectEd Partnership presented several staff and Megan Morgan (Year 9) with Rainbow Trophy Awards.
To read more about their fantastic achievements, please click here.
St Luke's Primary School's Generous Efforts
As part of the school's Harvest Celebration, staff and pupils support The Well Foodbank in Wolverhampton every year. At St Luke's Primary, this year is no different. By loaning trolleys from their local supermarket, staff, pupils, parents, carers and families showed their generosity and support for a wonderful cause.
It has been agreed at the meeting of Wolverhampton Secondary Headteachers that transition/induction days for Year 6 students moving into Year 7 in September 2022 would be held during week commencing Monday 4th July 2022.
PSHE Association - Autumn Term Video
Our autumn term update is now ready to watch, and covers the following:
ConnectEd Partnership and the PASS Team would like to introduce our aims for an exciting way to welcome the Commonwealth Games in 2022.
Our aim is for these games to encourage children, young people, adults, and whole communities to get involved. Joining the City together to raise awareness and hopefully more sport will continue to be accessed as a legacy of this.
Early in the academic year we will offer ideas, resources and support for you to get involved, before a 2-week programme of events.
Schools that sign up will be given a Commonwealth country, where they can design flags, mascots and much more.
Events will be held at different times and venues across the City, these will include:
Swimming Judo (taster and demonstrations)
Athletics Lawn Bowls
Badminton Table Tennis
Basketball including Wheelchair Basketball Netball (including Bee Netball and High 5)
Volleyball including Seated Volleyball Para-Powerlifting (taster and demonstrations)
Boxing (well-being taster sessions for all) Rugby 7's (including introduction to Rugby Tots)
T20 Cricket including Table and Unify Cricket Squash (with optional curriculum development)
Cycling Team Triathlon
Gymnastics Wrestling (taster and demonstrations)
At the end of the two week event we will host a closing ceremony, where we will celebrate the success and achievements of all involved.
We will now be approaching schools and partners to get on board and be part of the programme.
In the meantime you can click here to find out more information or to hear more about this exciting programme, please contact Sam Perks.
The Queen's Baton Relay: The Journey Begins!
Please click here to view information released from Birmingham Commonwealth 2022.
Competitions and Festivals are back!
We are so pleased to be able to bring you all the latest news now we are able to engage face to face with young people.
Please click here to read about everything that's been happening during our competitions and festivals.
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
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.
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 onto a spread sheet.
New - Wolverhampton Wasps Rugby League - Tag Rugby
Wolverhampton Wasps are delivering new sessions of Tag Rugby. To find out more information on the dates, times, and costs, please click here.
It would be appreciated if you could share this on your social network sites, so we can get as many Year 2 and 3 boys and girls involved.
School Sport PremiumIMPORTANT!
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 - New Episode
We are joined by Mark Halsey for this week's edition of the TWS Sports Podcast. The former Premier League referee discusses his 14 year career, from hostile stadiums, troublesome fans, and difficult players.
We also listen as he tells us about his cancer diagnosis and the brave battle he went through.
Please have a listen to the podcast and please pass on the podcast to friends and family. See the different ways to listen below:
The following policies have been updated and are recommended to schools:
Domestic Abuse Policy - New
Manager's Guide to the Domestic Abuse Policy - New
If your school has bought into Local Professional Association Advice and Consultation (LPAAC) you will have received these updated policies by email earlier this week.
All polices are available to those schools that buy into LPAAC in the members area of the ConnectEd Partnership website.
If you have not received the document or have any queries please contact Kate Hodgetts
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
Picture News Impact Awards 2021
Have you got a project that you are passionate about? Have you made a difference to your community?
If yes, then Picture News wants to hear from you.
For all details of this event and an application form please click the following links:
. 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.
Thursday 4th November at 1.00pm - WHIPS
Wednesday 10th November at 9.30am - CN3
Friday 12th November at 9.30am - CN 6 & 7
Tuesday 16th November at 1.15pm - CN1
Wednesday 17th November - 8.00am CN8
Thursday 18th November at 8.00am CN5
Friday 19th November at 8.00am CN2
Tuesday 23rd November at 9.00am - ASPIC
Wednesday 24th November at 8.30am - AGM
Wednesday 24th November at 9.30am - ConnectEd Partnership Board
Thursday 25th November at 2.00pm - CN4
If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
Deputy and Assistant Headteacher Network Training
We are pleased to confirm that the next Deputy and Assistant Headteacher Network training will be held on:- Date: Wednesday10th November 2021
Location: Grand Station, Sun Street, Wolverhampton.
Guest speaker Adele Bates, will be sharing her expertise and knowledge of behaviour management with colleagues. The event will also give Deputy and Assistant Headteachers the opportunity to network with new colleagues and those that they may not have been able to meet with for some time.
We hope that you will encourage your Deputy and/or Assistant Headteachers to attend.
A programme for the event can be found here and places can booked using the following link.
2021-2022 CPD Programme
Bookings are now being taken for our Spring and Summer 2022 DRB senior leader briefings on:
All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.
If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Safeguarding Termly Briefings 2021-2022
Basic Safeguarding Awareness Termly ‘Mop Up’ Session – Monday 1st November 2021 9.30am-12.30pm - This is the termly mop-up session for any new members of staff or members of staff who have who have not undertaken previous Basic Awareness Training.
Safeguarding 2 Day DSL Training - The Role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in Education – 10th & 11th November 2021 9.30am-2.30pm
For full details of the above courses and to book, please click here.
Recently Qualified Teacher Programme – commencing 25th November 2021 (5 sessions throughout the year)
For full details and to book click here.
For more information including dates, times, and an event overview, please click here.
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 .
NPQ Announcement - NPQ Scholarship
The DfE has announced that full scholarship funding will be rolled out across all state-maintained schools and academies in England. This funding will also apply to those eligible schools that have registered for the Autumn intake.
For all colleagues that have applied for the November start and are now eligible, BPN will be in touch shortly to confirm your funding eligibility. Anyone who was self-funding will have been invoiced and if they’ve paid already, will receive a refund. Anyone whose school was funding their place will not have been invoiced and again, will be contacted by BPN to be informed of their eligibility. Lastly, for colleagues that opted for an apprenticeship pathway but are now funded, these colleagues will be given the opportunity to switch to a straight NPQ.
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.
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.
Please find below some of the most recent Government update for Educational settings:
MPCT Young Leaders is a sustained and Instructor led, in-school character education-based provision, that looks to instil positive qualities and values supporting both personal and academic development. The curriculum supports Ofsted’s inspection criteria, in particular, Personal Development, within the inspection framework, all of which is delivered through a soft-military style approach. Furthermore, MPCT Young Leaders supports a schools strategy and approach to character education and provides supporting evidence for inspection arrangements.
MPCT Young Leaders is offering a free introductory activity day to Primary schools, which is available to redeem now, until 17th December 2021).
For more information, please see the attached flyer.
ShaW Maths Hub
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.
Rekindle Primary-Secondary Maths collaboration
We welcome bookingsfrom secondary maths teachers with Year 5 or 6 teachers from linked schools for our Year 5-8 Continuity Work Group, starting in Wolverhampton on 12th November. Book now to influence the location of the Work Group within Wolverhampton as we will aim to make the venue convenient for participating schools.
New - Access to GovernorHub
From 25th October your subscription to The Key for School Governors will also include access to GovernorHub.
This means you will be able to use this section to store documents securely, keep track of board membership and meeting dates, and communicate with other members of your board.
In addition to the access you'll get to GovernorHub, you'll still be able to log into The Key for School Governors and if you do already use GovernorHub, it means you will be able to access it directly from The Key for School Governors.
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!
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.
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