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5th July 2019

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • Schools Forum agenda and papers
  • Reminder regarding the 2019 Safeguarding Audit
  • 2020 May bank holiday change
  • Registering your NQT with Northamptonshire County Council appropriate body
  • Change4Life and Disney launch new 10 Minute Shake Up activities for primary pupils
  • Consultation on sufficiency of education provision for children and young people with Education, Heath and Care Plans

Dates for your diary:
  • Governor conference Friday 13th September 2019
Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

Training courses offered:
  • Fairfields TSA - New Headteacher programme 2019-2020
  • NTCTSA - Behaviour Management - Thursday 11th July 2019
  • SWAN TSA - Developing Teacher Programme - Thursday 7th November 2019
  • Inspire TSA - New Governor Induction Programme - starts Thursday 19th September 2019
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. Schools Forum

FAO: All
From: Schools Forum

The Schools Forum met on the 2 July 2019 before the summer break, the agenda and papers to the meeting can be found at the link below. We are expecting some initial funding announcements in July from the DfE which will lead into consultation processes with schools during September. In addition the 9 July meeting of the NCC Cabinet is receiving a report on the DSG outturn position and information on school balances including schools in deficit. The link to this report is also provided below.

NCC Cabinet Report on the DSG Outturn and School Balances

02-07-19 Schools Forum Agenda & Papers

2. 2019 Safeguarding Audit

FAO: All Heads and DSLs
From: Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Thank You to all those schools who have already returned the 2019 Safeguarding Audit. A reminder that the deadline for returning your audit is Friday 27th September 2019. If you have not received a copy of the audit template please contact the Business Office at or 01604 364036 alternatively, you can download the template on the Safeguarding Children Partnership website here.

3. 2020 May bank holiday

FAO: All
From: Children First Northamptonshire

Following a Press release from the DfE, please note that the

2020 May bank holiday will be moved to mark 75th anniversary of VE Day

The early May bank holiday in 2020 will move from Monday 4 May to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

The link to the DfE announcement is as follows:
The term dates calendar on the NCC website will be amended accordingly.

4. Consultation on sufficiency of education provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans

FAO: All Headteachers

Increasing the capacity of authorities to make provision for children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans has been supported by the Department of Education through a Capital Grant. The recently published Special Schools and Designated Units sufficiency report details the current provisions and identifies gaps in provision in and within districts and the numbers of young people who need to move outside their district to access special education.

This consultation provides the opportunity to shape the additional provision to be commissioned to ensure there is greater capacity in Northamptonshire to provide children and young people with an Education health and Care Plan access to local specialist provision that meets their needs and supports them to be part of the community in which they live.

There are two surveys which can be accessed through the following links:

General stakeholder survey:

Survey for parents of children with EHC Plans (this is being distributed through the local offer and parent forum groups but would appreciate you making your parents aware, thank you):

Please click here to access the schools' consultation letter on SEND Sufficiency Strategy and consultation on how Northamptonshire County Council will meet the demand for SEND places moving forward.

5. Save the date!  Governor conference Friday 13th September 2019

FAO: Headteachers and Governors
From: LSE School Effectiveness Team

We would like to inform you of  this years’ Governor Conference.  This full day’s training is aimed at all Northamptonshire school governors and covers the fundamental aspects of the role of Governors and Clerks in maintained schools and academies. The day is run jointly by Fairfields Teaching Schools Alliance, LGSS Learning and Development and Northamptonshire County Council Governor Services.

The key note speech to welcome delegates will be delivered by Deirdre Duignan, Senior HMI. We are very excited to welcome Deirdre to open our conference on the role of governance and will share the changing landscape of inspections with the new ‘Education Inspection Framework’ schools will be inspected under from September 2019. It is essential governors understand the significant changes and the role of governance within this.

Other content on the day will be delivered by:
  • Steve Ward – National Leader of Governance & Governor Advocate
  • Charlie Furniss – Teaching School Lead Fairfield Teaching School Alliance
  • Nicola Tyers – Experienced Governor Clerk
  • Richard Ward- LGSS Senior Learning and Development Advisor

The conference will be held on Friday 13th September 2019.  Please encourage your governors to book on. Venue and booking details to follow! 

6. Register your NQT with Northamptonshire County Council appropriate body

FAO: Those with responsibility for NQTs
From: Jo Hutchinson, Professional Lead for Newly Qualified Teachers, CFN



This year, Northamptonshire County Council Appropriate Body are proud to announce that we are joining forces with the Chartered College of Teaching in a unique opportunity to work together in a pilot project.  As a result, your NQTs will get the opportunity to join the Chartered College for Teaching when you register them.  There is no additional cost for your NQTs to become a member and they will receive a variety of resources, research publications, webinars and CPD opportunities with the CCT.

Register your NQT(s) with Northamptonshire County Council Appropriate Body ready for September 2019 using the NQT Manager online system which is available now.  To access the system, simply enter  into your web browser or type into Google and press search.  Once there, select your local authority from the list provided, then you are advised to bookmark the site for when you need to return.

To find out more about how to register, the benefits of being a member of the Chartered College of Teaching and the services that Northamptonshire County Council Appropriate Body offer as our dedicated support and guidance to you and your NQTs, please click on the information below:

Contact Information
 Telephone:  07872148239 or 01604 365066
 Professional Lead for Newly Qualified Teachers:  Jo Hutchinson

7. Change4Life and Disney launch new 10 Minute Shake Up activities to get primary school pupils more active every day

FAO: Primary
From: Public Health England

Teachers can make a difference to pupils’ wellbeing by implementing fun physical activity across the school day. 

Please read the attached flyer for details and quotes.

Find out more about the Change4Life and Disney resources on the School Zone of the Public Health England website.

Photo ideas.

8. 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

9. New Headteacher Programme 2019-2020

FAO: New Headteachers
From: Fairfields TSA

Please see flyer for details.

10. Behaviour Management

FAO: Primary and Secondary teachers and Support Staff

This course is suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers and Support Staff for developing understanding and strategies in classroom management and practice, with an additional focus with working with the difficult child.

Price:  £50 plus VAT
Dates:  11th July 2019
Time:  9.00am - 1.00pm
Venue: Northampton School for Boys
Click Here to Book
If you require any further information, please contact us at or telephone 01604 258685

11. Developing Teacher Programme

FAO: Headteachers and Teachers

Developing Teacher Programme

DTP provides developing teachers with in-depth coaching tailored to a self-assessment of their teaching. It provides opportunities to deepen their understanding of high quality classroom practice and teaching and learning. Participants improve their teaching through facilitated practice and observation of colleagues.
Supports a wider range of teaching activities, including: planning lessons, starter activities, and plenary sessions, questioning techniques, engaging in learning, challenging learning, assessment and differentiation strategies.
Forms part of the professional development provision or entitlement for staff development within the school’s improvement plan.
Builds confidence of staff to become used to class observations and adopt a positive “can do” attitude.
Event Date Session 1: Thursday 7th November 2019 8.45am-4.15pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £615.00 per delegate for 5 sessions inclusive; SWAN SLA Secondary Standard members 1 free place; SWAN SLA Secondary Gold members 2 free places

12. New Governor Induction Programme

FAO: New Governors, Chair of Governors, Headteachers
From: Inspire TSA

This programme is being held over 3 evening sessions and is suitable for New Governors and Existing governors who feel they would benefit.
It is being held at the Inspire Development Centre, 2 Swan Court, Lamport NN6 9ER.

Session 1:
Roles & Responsibilities: 19th September 2019 from 6-8pm
  • To be able to identify the roles and responsibilities of school governors and apply this when working with senior leaders to identify key priorities for school improvement, and respond appropriately whilst operating within current legislation and guidance.
  • To be able to state the difference between strategic and operational running of a school and governors roles within this.
Session 2: 23rd January 2020 from 6-8pm
  • Pupil data and formats
  • Pupil Premium Finance
  • Safeguarding
  • Policies
  • Monitoring
Session 3:
Being Ofsted ready: 30th April 2020 from 6-8pm
  • Preparing for Ofsted Inspections

This programme is free to Inspire members; £120 per person for the entire programme for non-members. All 3 sessions must be attended.

To book please visit

Training Courses Advertised this Term

2019-2020 CPD Training opportunities at Hopping Hill
5 Wells TSA

Northamptonshire Early Education Partnership
  • Network Gathering - "Learning through outdoor play" - Tuesday 9th July
To book please email; delegates name, setting and session preference to

Simon de Senlis Primary School
  • Simon de Senlis Primary School - Kinetic Letters
    • Full Initial Training- Tuesday 10th September 2019, Wednesday 11th September 2019
    • Joining Flow and Fluency Training - Monday 9th September 2019
    • Leaders training - Thursday 12th September 2019
    • Refresher training - Thursday 12th September 2019
Book online: Simon de Senlis Primary School - Training Events | Eventbrite

Inspire TSA

SWAN Teaching School Alliance
Northampton ESCO All ESCO courses can be booked online at or by emailing 
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