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10th June 2018

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • URGENT - Sending your school's 2020 admissions policies to the LA
  • Key stage 2 test monitoring visits
  • Moderation Notification - KS1 and KS2
  • Phonics Screening check 2019
  • Communication channels with headteachers/Principals
  • SEND and AP provision: call for evidence
  • Timpson review of school exclusion and Government's response published today
  • PE and Sports Premium Funding 2019-2020
  • GOV>UK update - Off-rolling: exploring the issues
  • Update on completed EHAs
  • Deaf awareness week runs from 6th - 12th May
  • Become a Mental Health First Aider
  • School and nursery OTC

Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

Dates for your diary
  • Northamptonshire Nursery Schools Partnership Network Gatherings - "Learning through outdoor play"
Training courses offered:
  • Inspire TSA
    • Are we safeguarding our children? - for nominated Governors - Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Tuesday 3rd March 2020
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead training - new to roll - Thursday 19th September 2019, Thursday 30th January 2020, Monday 29th June 2020
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead training - Refresher - Thursday 12th September 2019, Monday 25th November 2019, Nonday 13th January 2020, Monday 9th March 2020, Thursday 7th May 2020, Thursday 9th July 2020
    • I'm a learner, get me out of here - Monday 17th June 2019
    • A Level Maths TSST - Monday 24th June 2019
  • University of Northampton
    • Higher Level Teaching Assistant - Monday 17th June 2019
    • Waste Management Workshops - Dates to suit
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. URGENT - Sending your school’s 2020 admissions policies to the LA  

FAO: Head teacher, School Admissions Staff
From: Jan Baines, School Admissions Manager, CFN

As advised previously, all admission authorities should have determined their admission policies for 2020 by 28th February 2019.  The 2020 admission policies should have been added to the schools’ website and a copy of the school’s full, determined arrangements to the local authority (NCC) by 15th March 2019, even if there have been no changes.

A big thank you to the schools which have complied with these requirements of the School Admissions Code.  However, there are many schools which have not sent in their determined policies to NCC yet and the deadline of 15 May for objections is looming.

Paragraph 1.50 of the School Admissions Code states that: ‘Following determination of arrangements, any objections to those arrangements must be made to the Schools Adjudicator. Objections to admission arrangements must be referred to the Adjudicator by 15 May in the determination year. Admission authorities that are not the local authority must provide all the information that the local authority needs to compile the composite prospectus’.

Investigations by the Schools Adjudicator can be difficult and very time-consuming as the Adjudicator will scrutinise all aspects of how schools comply with their responsibilities in regard to school admissions; dates when actions should have been completed (in accordance with the School Admissions Code) will be important if there is a complaint about your admissions policy.

The School Admissions team needs to be informed about your 2020 arrangements as soon as possible as we have a deadline for compiling the composite prospectus (booklet) for parents by September.  Any inaccuracies in the composite prospectus are misleading for parents and may result in successful appeals at a later date.

Please send in your 2020 admissions policies as soon as possible and no later than 14 May 2019.

My contact details are shown below – please get in touch if you have any queries.

Many thanks for your co-operation.

Jan Baines
School Admissions Manager,
Children First Northamptonshire.

M: 07878 767892

2. Key stage 2 test monitoring visits

FAO: The person responsible for KS2 in schools
From: Clare Haywood, Assessment and Moderation Manager, CFN

Local authorities (LAs) have a statutory responsibility to monitor the administration of key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests.  Monitoring visits help to ensure that:

  • the security and confidentiality of test and check materials are maintained
  • KS2 tests and the phonics screening check are administered correctly and consistently

These visits may take place before, during and after the test period.  These visits are free to LA maintained schools.  A charge of £70 will be made to academies to contribute to the cost of the monitoring visit.

Monitoring visitors, on behalf of the LA or STA, will make unannounced visits to schools administering the tests.  They will check if the school is following the published test administration guidance on:

  • keeping the test materials secure
  • administering the tests

If a school receives a monitoring visit they must allow visitors to:

  • see all key stage 1 (KS1) and KS2 test materials, and any relevant delivery notes
  • observe any KS2 tests being administered
  • see evidence to show that pupils using access arrangements, for example prompters, scribes or readers, are doing so in accordance with normal classroom practice

These investigations are used to make decisions on the accuracy or correctness of pupils’ results. Further guidance on monitoring visits can be found on the following link:

The following members of the School Effectiveness Team will be carrying out visits on behalf of the LA.  They will present photo identification on arrival at the school and meet with the Headteacher, or delegated member of staff, to discuss their findings. 

  • Clare Haywood
  • Jess Steele
  • Jodie Matthews
  • Jo Hutchinson
  • Katie Morlidge
  • Liz White
  • Sarah Oakman
  • Sarah Stoppani

Additional resources

  • STA assessment documents

For general enquiries:
National curriculum assessment helpline: 0300 30303013

Clare Haywood, Assessment and Moderation Manager

3. Moderation Notification – KS1 and KS2

FAO: All Headteachers/Principals of KS1 and KS2
From: Assessment and Moderation Manager, Children First Northamptonshire  

Every school Headteacher/Principal should receive an email on 17th May confirming whether their school is being moderated by the Local Authority in 2019 at Key Stage 1 and 2.  Please check your inbox.  If you have not received an email by Monday 20th May please contact Linda Weston at .

4. Phonics Screening Check 2019

FAO: All primary head teachers
From: Early Years Improvement Team

Monitoring Visits

Local authorities have a statutory responsibility to monitor the administration of the Year 1 phonics screening check. Visits ensure that the security and confidentiality of the check materials are maintained and that the check is administered correctly and consistently in accordance with published guidance. Please ensure that the annotated delivery note has been retained and that materials are stored securely. 80% of monitoring visits will be made during the check week Monday 10th June to Friday 14th June and the remaining 20% visited the week before and the week after. Members of the Early Years Improvement Team will be conducting all monitoring visits for the phonics screening check this year.

Guidance materials are available to help prepare for the phonics screening check. These include administration guidance, sample materials and a training video.

Phonics screening check materials should be received between Monday 3rd and Friday 7th June. They will also be available to download from the Phonics section of the NCA tools website from Monday 10th June. The phonics screening check should be administered the week commencing 10th June however schools can administer the check until Friday 21st June if any children are absent during check week.

PLEASE NOTE - The deadline for submitting data to Northamptonshire Local Authority is Friday 21st June 2019, prior to the DfE threshold release on Monday 24th June.

5. Communication channels

FAO: All
From: CFN

It is vitally important that Learning, Skills & Education (LSE) holds up-to-date contact information for head teachers and principals of schools and academies so we can contact you with important information.

If the Headteacher/Principal has changed this academic year or your email address has changed recently, please email the updated details to .

6. SEND and AP provision: call for evidence

FAO: All Heads
From: CFN

Please see below Call for Evidence on SEN Funding. It would be helpful if you could respond to the DfE to  highlight the issues your school has in relation to national SEND funding.

Action: call for evidence on SEN funding

In December 2018 the Secretary of State announced his intention to hold a call for evidence on the current funding arrangements for those with special educational needs (SEN), those with disabilities, and those who require alternative provision.

We accept that the overall amount of funding available is the most pressing concern. However, this call for evidence is intended to help us understand how the current available funding is distributed, and what improvements to the financial arrangements could be made in future to get the best value from any funding that is made available.

The call for evidence will be open from now until 31 July 2019.

7. Timpson review of school exclusion and Government’s response published today

FAO:    Head Teachers
From:  CFN

Edward Timpson CBE has published his review of school exclusion, which makes 30 recommendations to Government to ensure exclusions are used appropriately and to support children at risk of exclusion.

The Government has also today published its response to the Timpson review, welcoming the review and committing to act to make sure no child misses out on a quality education.

Timpson review of school exclusion

The Timpson review highlights that there is variation in exclusion practice across different schools, local authorities and certain groups of children, and too many missed opportunities for children to remain in the education that best suits their needs. The report concludes that while there is no optimal number of exclusions, there needs to be action to ensure permanent exclusions are only used as a last resort, where nothing else will do.

Edward Timpson’s review found that in addition to variations in the way schools use exclusion, there was a small minority of schools ‘off-rolling’. It also found evidence that good behaviour cultures are vital in maintaining orderly environments that support all children, but teachers need consistent guidance and tools to deal effectively with poor and disruptive behaviour.

Edward Timpson CBE said: “Although I did see examples of schools using exclusions appropriately and effectively, there is clear room for improvement and everyone – from teachers and parents, the Department for Education and Ofsted, to local authorities and children’s services - has their part to play.”

The review makes 30 recommendations to Government, to ensure exclusions are used appropriately and to support children at risk of exclusion, and to ensure that there are safeguards in place and a well-functioning system that makes sure no child slips through the net.

To inform the review and its recommendations, Edward Timpson collated a large volume of detailed evidence from schools, local authorities, parents, carers, children and other interested organisations. This also includes a literature review on school exclusion to support understanding of the disproportionate exclusion of certain groups of children, and new analysis of exclusion data, both of which have been published alongside the review.

Edward Timpson would like to thank all those who have contributed to the review.

Government response

As set out by the Education Secretary in his letter to Edward Timpson, the Government has welcomed the thorough and extensive review of school exclusion and its recommendations.

The Government is clear that every child deserves an excellent education. This is true regardless of their background, their ethnicity, the area they live in, any special educational needs they may have, and whether they are in mainstream school, special school or alternative provision (AP). In order to deliver this, teachers need to be able to teach – and pupils to learn – in a safe and orderly environment. This means supporting head teachers to use their powers to issue fixed period exclusions in response to poor behaviour, and to permanently exclude as a last resort.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “This pivotal review demonstrates widespread good practice in support for students and in the use of exclusions, and I will continue to back head teachers in creating safe and orderly environments that enable teachers to teach and provide the right learning conditions for pupils – and sometimes exclusion will be the final option.”

The Government has today announced their plans to take forward an ambitious, wide-ranging response to the findings and recommendations made in the Timpson review, by:
  • Making schools accountable for the outcomes of permanently excluded children. We will work with education leaders over the summer to design a consultation, to be launched in autumn, on how to deliver these reforms.
  • Establishing a practice programme to embed effective partnership working between LAs, schools, APs and other partners, to better equip schools to intervene early for pupils at risk of exclusion, and to ensure that the most effective provision is put in place for those who are excluded.
  • Working with sector experts, led by DfE’s lead advisor on behaviour, Tom Bennett, to rewrite guidance to address the uncertainty amongst some school leaders about what good practice looks like, and give head teachers the confidence to act decisively when that is needed.
  • Calling on local authorities, governing bodies, academy trusts and local forums of schools to review information on children who leave schools, by exclusion or otherwise, to ask how the data on the characteristics of such children feeds local trends, and to use this information to inform improvements in practice and reduce disparities.
  • Working with Ofsted to define and tackle the practice of ‘off-rolling’.
  • Extending support for alternative provision (AP). In the autumn, we will set out plans to go further to improve outcomes for children in AP, including through a new workforce programme.
The Timpson review of school exclusion and Government’s response can be found here.

8. PE and Sports Premium Funding 2019 - 2020

FAO:   All
From:  CFN

The Education & Skills Funding Agency has informed the Local Authority that PE and Sports premium funding will continue for the Academic Year 2019 - 2020.

Allocations and guidance will be published on GOV.UK later this year.

9. GOV.UK update – Off-rolling: exploring the issue

FAO:   All
From:  CFN

Please see the link to the latest research on Off- rolling commissioned by OFSTED

Off-rolling: exploring the issue

10. Update on completed EHAs

FAO:  All
From: Team Manager for the Early Help Support Service

In order to ensure that we have a record of all the early help which schools are providing to families; Early Help Coordinators will be contacting schools to arrange a meeting to discuss the EHAs you have completed, and any progress towards closure. 

EHCos will be asking for action plans, and information about any referrals made or interventions completed in support of the needs identified on your EHAs.  They will also be asking to up to date attendance information and will advise how best to share this information.  This information will help to provide a picture of the early help schools offer to families that do not lead to intervention by the Local Authority. 

The EHCos will contact you in advance to let you know the names of the young people in your setting, so there will be time to prepare for the meeting.  Information will be shared under the consent agreed for each EHA.  If you would like more information, please contact your Early Help Coordinator.

11. SEND Newsflash - Deaf awareness week runs from 6th -12th May

FAO: All
From: SEND Implementation Team, Department for Education

Tips about communicating with someone who is deaf and other materials or information that a teacher might like to utilise as material for a class topic on being aware of people who are deaf can be downloaded from the UK Council on Deafness website by following the link below. This year the Council are also encouraging people to try and think of deaf role models.  If suggestions are needed, there are lists available on the internet. They vary from actors to presidents to composers and pop band members.

12. Become a Mental Health First Aider

FAO:   All
From:  LGSS

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a training course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help someone who may be experiencing a mental health issue. MHFA won’t teach you to be a therapist, but it will teach you to listen, reassure and respond, even in a crisis – and even potentially stop a crisis from happening.

You’ll learn to recognise warning signs of mental ill-health, and develop the skills and confidence to approach and support someone while keeping yourself safe. You’ll also learn how to empower someone to access the support they might need for recovery or successful management of symptoms. What’s more, you’ll gain an understanding of how to support positive wellbeing and tackle stigma in the world around you.

Learning takes place over 2 days broken into four manageable sessions. Through a mix of group activities, presentations and discussions, each session is built around a MHFA action plan. Specific details on the course content can be found here.

Everyone who completes the course gets:

  • A manual to refer to whenever you need it
  • A workbook including a helpful toolkit to support your own mental health
  • A certificate of attendance to say you are a Mental Health First Aider

LGSS is offering school staff the opportunity to access this training at the significantly reduced fee of £199/person (normally £300).

Latest course date: 16 & 17th July
Times: 09:30-17:00
Location: One Angel Square, Northampton

For more details, to book on to this training or to register for notice of further training dates, please email;

13. School and nursery OTC

FAO: Primary Headteachers and Nursery Managers
From: Northamptonshire CCG

Please be aware that the Department of Education’s ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’ has been amended.  Please click on the attached letter from Giles Owen, Head of Medicines Management' Northamptonshire CCG for information.

14. Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

FAO: Primary Headteachers and Early Years Practitioners
From: Early Years Team

Please click here to access the latest and past editions of the Early Years Bulletin which is published weekly.

Please find the e-mails and links to use for contact and advice with the EY Improvement Team for EYFS in Schools / PVI / Nurseries / Childminders and Out of school Provision.
Early Years Improvement Team
To find information on Facebook follow:  Northamptonshire Early Years Improvement Team Facebook
For all questions about funding for 2 / 3 / 4 year olds and 30 hours please contact:
The Northamptonshire EY Website is available for information on funding, the early years foundation stage (EYFS) and teaching resources and training.
Early years and childcare

15. Network Gatherings

FAO:  Practitioners and Teachers, NQT’s, Managers, Owners and HLTA’s working across the EYFS in Schools and Early Years settings.
From: Northamptonshire Nursery Schools Partnership

The Northamptonshire Early Education Partnership offers professional development opportunities for all Practitioners and Teachers, NQT’s, Managers, Owners and HLTA’s working across the EYFS in Schools and Early Years settings.

Network Gatherings – “Learning through outdoor play"

These sessions are £10 per person to attend and suitable for all professionals that work with young children, in any capacity. To book please email; delegates name, setting and session preference to

These network meetings will be practical based in which you can see real examples of learning experiences that promote all aspects of learning, including Literacy. We also ask that you bring something to use in your setting you are proud of to share as part of a professional discussion. The will also be a focus on outdoor literacy (bring your coat)

Monday 13th May - 1.15pm to 3.15pm, Gloucester Nursery School, Northampton

Tuesday 14th May - 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Parklands Nursery School, Northampton

Wednesday 5th June – 6.00-7.30pm Croyland Nursery School, Wellingborough.

If you book two training sessions found on website, you can attend the network meeting for FREE.

16. "Are We Safeguarding Our Children?"

FAO:   Nominated Governors for Safeguarding
From: Inspire Teaching School Alliance

Hall Meadow Primary School, Packer Road, Kettering, NN15 7RP        

Wednesday 2nd October 2019
Tuesday 3rd March 2020


  • To be aware of the key areas of responsibility of a school for keeping children safe;
  • To gain understanding of the role and responsibilities of the Governing Body with regard to safeguarding;
  • To consider how to effectively monitor safeguarding practices within school and help to improve practices and procedures.

It is essential that the governor has already undertaken “Introduction to Safeguarding and Child Protection” training prior to this session.

Courses run from 5.45pm-8pm; Refreshments are provided

To book a place please visit

Cost: £25.00 per person for non-members


17. Designated Safeguarding Lead Training - New to Role and Refresher training

FAO:  Designation Safeguarding Leads
From: Inspire Teaching School Alliance

Designated Safeguarding Lead Training – New to role 2019/20 – led by Lesley Pollard


Venue: Hall Meadow Primary School,  Packer Road, Kettering, Northants NN15 7RP         
Thursday 19th September 2019

Venue: Inspire TSA, Unit 2, Swan Court, Lamport, Northants NN6 9ER 
Thursday 30th January 2020
Venue: Bridgewater Primary School, Bridgewater Drive, Northampton, NN3 3AF
Monday 29th June 2020
Courses run from 9.30am – 3.30pm; Lunch is provided.
For further information and to book a place please visit:
Cost: £130.00 per person for non-members
Members of Inspire Teaching School receive 1 free place, and 20% discount on subsequent places booked.
Designated Safeguarding Leads – Refresher Training Sessions 2019/20 led by Lesley Pollard

Venue: Hall Meadow Primary School, Packer Road, Kettering, NN15 7RP
Monday 25th November 2019
Monday 9th March 2020
Venue: Inspire TSA, Unit 2 Swan Court, Lamport, NN6 9ER
Thursday 12th September 2019
Thursday 9th July 2020
Venue: Bridgewater Primary School, Bridgewater Drive, Northampton, NN3 3AF
Monday 13th January 2020
Thursday 7th May 2020
Courses run from 9.30am – 3.30pm; Lunch is provided

For further information and to book a place please visit:
Cost: £130.00 per person for non-members
Members of Inspire Teaching School receive 1 free place and a 20% discount on subsequent places booked.

18. I’m a learner, get me out of here

FAO:  All
From: Inspire TS

Please see attached flyer for details of our ‘I’m a learner, get me out of here’ event which is being held on Monday 17th June.

It is being held over two separate sessions and either one or both sessions can be attended. If attending both sessions you will need to book separately for each one.

Please note that Tea/coffee will be provided but if attending both sessions,  please bring your own lunch.

Free to Inspire members
£65 per session for non-Inspire schools

To book please visit the link below

19. SWAN Teaching School Alliance.

FAO:  All
From: SWAN Teaching School Alliance

A Level Maths TSST

This course is suitable for those looking to build on their maths subject knowledge to teach maths at KS5. The course consists of three whole day face to face sessions. Each session will be delivered by a programme facilitator from the teaching school and will cover a range of topics from the new specification.

Session 1 – Pure and Statistics content

Pure mathematics content to include Sequence and series with binomial expansion, Coordinate geometry, Inequalities and Quadratic functions.

Statistics content to include Binomial distribution, Use of calculators for summary statistics and Hypothesis testing.

Session 2 – Pure and Mechanics content

Pure mathematics content to include Calculus, Trigonometry and radians and Vectors.

Mechanics content to include: Kinematics and Newton’s Laws.

Session 3 (optional session with choice of statistics or mechanics in the afternoon)

Pure mathematics content to include Exponentials and Logarithms, Further calculus, Further sequences and series and further Vectors.

Statistics content to include Conditional probability and the use of technology with Bivariate data.
Mechanics content to include Moments and Forces with friction.
Event Date Session 1: Monday 24th June 2019 9.00am – 3.15pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £240.00 per delegate including lunch and refreshments.

20. Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Awareness Briefing

FAO:  Teaching Assistants, support staff and Headteachers
From: University of Northampton (UoN)

Date: 4pm on Monday 17th June 2019
Venue: Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill, Reedings, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7AX

We invite Teaching Assistants, Cover Supervisors, Unqualified Teachers, Learning Mentors and Headteachers or staff responsible for professional development to this free HLTA Awareness Briefing where they can find out whether they are ready for HLTA status, how to apply, the cost and what opportunities this may lead to in the future.

The HLTA project manager who has 8 years experience of working on the HLTA programme and is a former teacher will be giving a presentation and explaining the application process followed by a question and answer session. Information on our HLTA programme can be found at:

We are part of the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, further information can be found at:

To book a place on 17th June please contact Emma Stephenson at The University of Northampton on either or 01604 893527. The next HLTA cohort in Northampton will start in mid October 2019. Please note from September 2019 the HLTA fee will increase to £835 per candidate, this is due to a rise in related costs such as venues etc.

21. Waste Management Workshops

FAO:  Secondary/Headteachers/Heads of Humanities/Geography and PSHE
From: University of Northampton

Target year groups Year 9 - 13

An opportunity for one of our talented lecturers to visit your school to discuss waste issues across the world.  Margaret Bates has travelled all over the world helping eliminate waste problems.  She has helped two African governments write their waste regulations and worked with a number of brands to help them reduce their impacts advising on everything from bags to waste.  Margaret has been on the TV, radio and newspapers talking about waste (recent topics include plastics, nappies, Easter eggs and food waste).

Margaret is happy to work in schools and share her experiences about all of these issues. Email to find out more.

Training courses advertised this term

Hospital and Outreach Education
Children First Northamptonshire 
  • Care and Treatment (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER
    • Wednesday 15th May 2019
    • Monday 3rd June 2019
    • Friday 21st June 2019
    • Thursday 4th July 2019
    • Monday 6th September 2019
    • Wednesday 2nd October 2019
    • Wednesday 6th November 2019  
    • Thursday 21st November 2019 
To book a place, please visit
If there are any queries, please email

NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Talking Success Network meetings
    •  Expressive Language  - Wednesday 15th May
    • Attention and Listening - Thursday 20th June
    • Phonological Awareness - Monday 1st July
  • Talking Success - starts 7th October 2019
To make a booking contact Amanda Duncan, Speech & Language Therapist

Enigma Maths Hub  
  • Effective group times  Fri 24th May 2019
  • Supporting children with their speech and language. Weds 12th June 2019
  • Effective planning for children in the Early Years, Mon 17th June 2019
  • Supporting children with EAL, Tues 18th June 2019
  • Positive behaviour management – strategies, Tues 25th June 2019
  • Supporting children’s early reading and writing, Tues 25th June 2019
  • Observation, assessment and planning – the cycle, Tues 27th June 2019
  • Network Gatherings – “Learning through outdoor play"
    • Wednesday 8th May - 1.30pm to 3.30pm, Parklands Nursery School, Northampton
    • Wednesday 8th May - 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Croyland Nursery School, Wellingborough
    • Monday 13th May - 1.15pm to 3.15pm, Gloucester Nursery School, Northampton
    • Tuesday 14th May - 6.00pm to 7.30pm, Parklands Nursery School, Northampton
To book please email; delegates name, setting and session preference to

Fairfields TSA
Inspire TSA
Northampton ESCO
St Andrews Healthcare 

Northampton Saints Community Department 
  • Wheelchair Rugby

Northampton Town FC Community Trust
  • Premier League Primary Stars programme
  • NTFC PASS - Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme
  • Holiday football courses
  • Wildcats girls coaching


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