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
Oak Meadow Primary School
A Wolverhampton Primary School has been nominated for a coveted award. Oak Meadow Primary School have been shortlisted for Income Innovator of the Year at the National School Awards, which they also won in 2019.
On 8th December, the winner will be announced at the House of Lords. Staff from Oak Meadow will attend, along with over 250 school leaders, who will be showcasing the excellent level of education work being undertaken across the UK.
The Express and Star spoke to Deputy Headteacher Paul Lane, who said "We are so proud. Schools have been through challenging times over the last few years with the pandemic, so we're proud for the children and for our wonderful, supportive community. We just have the most amazing staff, everything they do revolves around the children. This award nomination is an accolade to them".
The school was nominated for the award after turning itself into a mock-university for the University of Oak Meadow event. Students from Reception to Year 6 worked together on topics - Culture, Sports, STEM and Mental Health, before ending the week with a cap and gown ceremony.
It sounds like a wonderful week and the effort that all pupils and staff have put in has definitely paid off.
Well done and good luck to everyone at Oak Meadow Primary School.
Living Streets Walk to School Challenge
WOW – The FREE Walk to School Challenge What is WOW?
WOW is Living Streets walk to school challenge, designed to promote active travel and physical activity as well as reduce congestion around the school gates. It’s quick and easy to run and the impact is also hugely positive: if pupils exercise regularly or travel to school sustainably (walk, cycle, scoot), they are awarded a monthly badge. Participating schools see a 23% increase in pupils walking to school and a 30% reduction in congestion outside the school gates, allowing children to safely attend school.
Valued at upwards of £500 per school, the previous free WOW spaces offered to schools in West Midlands were snapped up quickly so do not miss the chance to secure one of these fully funded places for your school!
About the Event
Living Streets are delighted to invite you to an online introduction to WOW – the walk to school challenge, to demonstrate how this exciting programme can work in your school.
Working with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Living Streets are offering a number of FREE government funded places, so come along to find out how WOW can work in your school.
Register on the below 15 minute session to secure your free place, there will be an opportunity at the end to ask any questions:
If you can’t make it, but would like to find out more, fill in the form here and we’ll get in touch with you directly.
Alternatively you can contact the West Midlands Coordinator directly: Sameena Parvaz firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolverhampton Schools recognised for their work to Combat Bullying
16 schools around Wolverhampton have been awarded YES Anti-Bullying Charter Status by identifying and tackling issues of bullying through regular discussions, monitoring, and reviewing of anti-bullying policies.
For a list of all schools who received the award and to read the full story, please click here.
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:
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:
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: https://ccms.bpnsystems.net/applications/ (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.
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 November edition please click here. Full details can be found on our Website - please clickhere.
PASS and School Games Organiser Update
ConnectEd Secondary Football League Tables
To view the football standings for Secondary football, please click here.
U14 Boys Table Tennis
11 teams entered the U14 table tennis event from Colton Hills, Highfields, Moseley Park, St Edmund's, Wolverhampton Grammar School, and St Peter's. The standard of play was some of the best at U14 level, with close games all round.
Semi finals were fought between Moseley Park v St Peter's 3 and Wolverhampton Grammar School vs St Peter's 4.
In the final, Wolverhampton Grammar School beat Moseley Park and St Peter's 4 beat St Peter's 3 for third place.
Thank you to St Peter's for hosting.
U16 Boys Table Tennis
12 teams entered the U16 table tennis event from Colton Hills, Highfields, Royal, St Edmund's and St Peter's. The standard of play was very good. The semi finals were closely fought between Highfields v Royal A and St Peter's A v Royal B.
In the final Royal A beat St Peter's and Royal B beat Highfields for third place.
Thank you to Highfields for hosting.
3v3 Wolverhampton Year 7 and 8 Basketball Tournament
The tournament results were are follows:
1st - St Peter's 1
2nd - St Edmund's
3rd - St Peter's 2
4th - St Chad's
Defensive player of the tournament - Jayden from St Chad's
Team player of the tournament - Joe from Highfields
Most Valuable Player of the tournament- Alfie from St Peter's
All Aboard Event
The first all aboard event designed specifically for Inspire students took place at Our Lady and St Chad's Catholic Academy. This was a non-competitive event where students were led around a carousel of activities by our young leaders. The following 6 Primary schools attended the event;
71 primary students participated within the event and 15 young leaders from Our Lady and St Chad's Catholic Academy led the students through the activities that were designed purely for fun and enjoyment. Our young leaders were professional, organised, and real ambassadors for their school.
Exciting News - Commonwealth Games 2022
As you may be aware, we are working hard behind the scenes to bring you a Wolverhampton Community Games in 2022.
Working with local and national partners, as well as Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022, this year long programme will offer activities, resources and events that will bring sport, art and other curriculum areas together to raise awareness of the Commonwealth Games and all it stands for. Please click here for more information on what our aims and objectives are for this programme.
We are at the stage now where we are asking schools to commit to this programme and agree to take part. You can then access the resources, contribute and take part. You can access as much or as little as you wish. But knowing which schools would like to be part of this fantastic programme will allow us to plan for potential numbers. We can then organise the route for our Wolverhampton Community Games Baton, which we are excited to share with you!
If you would like your school to be part of this huge calendar of opportunity, please email Sam Perks with confirmation that you would like to be included.
For an explanation of how the legacy of this programme will work and how we plan to ensure the longevity of the work we are doing, please click here.
Please also share this email with all of your staff, so that they are aware of what is taking place locally.
Welcoming the Commonwealth Games in 2022 - Get your school involved!
Click here to find out more information or to hear more about this exciting programme, please contact Sam Perks.
The Queen's Baton Relay: Resources now available!
The first set of Birmingham 2022 Learning Programme educational resources for schools along with a press release and accompanying photos are now available.
These resources are focused on The Queen’s Baton Relay and are designed to provide learning opportunities both in the classroom and at-home . The resources have been created for Reception, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. They aim to develop children's understanding of the Queen’s Baton Relay, covering the history of the tradition, the Baton design, and the Baton Relay route as it travels to Birmingham 2022, through themed cross-curricular activities. They were launched on Tuesday 2nd November and are now available for schools to use as they wish. There will be further similar resources released over the coming weeks and months.
Black Country Primary School Swimming Survey - We Need Your Support
ConnectEd Partnership are working closely with Active Black Country on the swimming agenda across Wolverhampton.
Swimming in Wolverhampton is currently at a critical point and our Action Point needs support to ensure we have a clear picture across the City. We are therefore encouraging schools across the region to complete a short survey, with the opportunity to win £150 worth of sports vouchers.
To complete the survey, please click here and thank you for your support.
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 email@example.com.
Latest Guidance on Website Reporting
Please click on this link to view the latest guidance.
TWS Sports Podcast - New Episode
Former England cricket captain Michael Atherton joins the TWS Sports Podcast for this week's episode. Michael talks about playing for England, captaining his country, shares some stories about his team mates, and so much more.
Please have a listen to the podcast and please pass on the podcast to friends and family. See the different ways to listen below:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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 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 www.connectedpartnership.com). 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.
Phase Group and Network Meetings for the Autumn Term
ConnectEd meetings scheduled for the Autumn Term will be held online via Teams.
Thursday 25th November at 2.00pm - CN4 - Postponed. Please advise Kate Hodgetts of your availability for a new date.
If you have any questions or would like to propose an agenda item for a meeting please email Kate Hodgetts
2021-2022 CPD Programme
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:
All our CPD programmes can also be found on our website.
If you have any questions relating to CPD opportunities please contact Harinder Jandu.
Recently Qualified Teachers Training - Book now!
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.
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 clickhere.
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 .
NAHT - An update on talks with TikTok
We're sure you will have seen reports in the news of the terrible abuse that some teachers and school leaders have experienced via the social media platform TikTok in recent weeks.
Given the very serious nature of the issue, it was immediately raised with the Department for Education (DfE). A meeting also took place recently between senior staff from TikTok, the general secretary of The Association of School and College Leaders (ACSL), and the general secretary of NAHT, Paul Whiteman.
We are pleased to be able to report that the meeting was constructive. Staff were able to explore both immediate and long-term solutions to address this deeply concerning issue.
In the short term, one of the key actions that any individual or school can take is to report any abuse via the appropriate channels. TikTok has told us that it now has a substantial team working on this issue and that it is committed to taking action to combat abuse where it occurs.
Following the meeting, TikTok has issued new guidance, explaining the best way to report any abuse that teachers or leaders are subjected to on their platform. You can also find this information on the NAHT website.
In addition, this video, produced by the Professional Online Safety Helpline, which works closely with TikTok, explains how to report abusive or inappropriate content. Please do share both with your staff and colleagues.
While the most pressing concern is to get any abusive content removed, NAHT have spoken with TikTok about what needs to happen in the longer term to prevent this from happening again in the future.
NAHT will continue to monitor this situation extremely carefully and will be quick to challenge TikTok if there is evidence that they are not acting swiftly enough to remove inappropriate content.
NPQ Update and Associate Opportunities
As a delivery partner of Best Practice Network, we are sharing this information with all our schools.
Since all NPQs are fully funded for state-maintained schools and academies in England for Spring 2022, we are expecting a very large cohort. As such, BPN are looking to add capacity to their national teams. If you have any members of staff who would be interested in becoming a BPN associate, please contact Harinder Jandu in the first instance. Full information is available here.
New NPQs from September 2022
The DfE have confirmed they will be rolling out two new NPQs from September 2022 - NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL) & NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
Aims of the NPQ Leading Literacy (NPQLL)
• To develop strong pedagogical and subject specific knowledge
• To provide a means for the development of literacy teaching in primary and secondary schools
• To improve pupil’s literacy outcomes
Aims of the NPQ for Early Years Leadership (NPQEYL)
• To strengthen the quality of pedagogical leadership in Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) nurseries, school-based nurseries and childminder settings
• To empower leaders to set a clear vision for their settings, champion EYFS reforms and (particularly for PVI leaders) equip them to lead efficient businesses
• To support the recovery of children’s development that has been impacted by the pandemic, through improved leadership of early years settings, strengthening staff pedagogy and bolstering knowledge of children’s early development
Further information will be available over the coming months.
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)
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, which started 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.
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.
Further information, guidance and resources can be found by logging onto our members page on the ConnectEd website.
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