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 29th March 2019

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
 
Find out about:
  • Referrals for ADHD asnd ASD Team assessments In Children and Young People
  • Nominate a HLTA in your school for the HLTA of the Year Award 2019

Dates for your diary
  • Signs of Safety Briefings
  • ZAP anti-bullying workshops
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 (Basic) 2 Day Workshop

Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin
 
Training courses offered:
  • Early Years Improvement Team - EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception teachers 2019 - 1st May 2019
  • NTCTSA - TSST Maths Fully Funded Course - Tuesday 2nd April 2019
  • SWAN TSA
    • Coaching Matters - 6th June 2019
    • Internships - 24th June 2019
  • UoN's Sociology team - A-level teachers network event
  • UoN - Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HTLA) Northampton Summer Cohort - Thursday 2nd May 2019, Thursday 9th May 2019, Monday 17th June 2019
 
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1.  Signs of Safety Briefings


FAO: All
From: Debbie Carrie, Safeguarding and Quality Assurance Service
 

A further series of dates for Signs of Safety Partner Briefings have been published in response to the demand for this. Please book through the following link Ilearn where you will find all the dates and venues. To access ILearn you will need to create an account if you haven’t accessed it before.

Then choose Childrens Social Care Box-put Signs of Safety Briefings in the search box and then click on the title when it appears. On the course booking page click on View All Events which will show you all the dates available.


Course Name                          Session Start Date            Time
Signs of Safety Briefings          23 April 2019,                    1:30 pm -  4:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          14 May 2019,                     9:30 am - 2:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          26 June 2019,                    9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          10 July 2019,                      9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          12 August 2019,                 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          16 Sept 2019,                     9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          8 October 2019,                  9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          7 November 2019,              9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          11 December 2019,            9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          14 January 2020,                9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          5 February 2020,                9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Signs of Safety Briefings          5 March 2020,                    9:30 am - 12:30 pm

2. Referrals for ADHD and ASD Team assessments In Children and Young People


FAO:   SENCO’s and Teachers
From:  Children and Young People’s ADHD and ASD Team

We are writing to inform you about changes made to the process relating to referrals for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and/or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) assessments. This is a new initiative that has been agreed collaboratively with the school SENCO service, Educational Psychology service, countywide Community Paediatric Service, Children’s Services Referral Management Centre (RMC) and CYP ADHD/ASD service. These changes took effect from the 1st January 2018.

We believe the best approach for referral into the service is for schools and parents to work together to complete the referral pack. Professionals working with families, children and young people in situations where this is not possible should contact us for advice (for example; if the child is not currently in school).

All referrals for assessment of ADHD and/or ASD will require the basic demographic details on the RMC referral form to be completed, however in addition to this a fully completed ‘Referral Pack’ will also be required. Referrals will not be accepted without the completed referral Pack, which includes all questionnaires, in both a ‘Parent Section/Pack’ and ‘School Section Pack’. It is expected that the referring professional will coordinate the completion of the pack, which includes various questionnaires for the school, parents and in some instances, the child to complete. The referral packs will then need to be attached to the RMC referral form to the RMC.

On receipt of the RMC referral form and fully complete referral Pack at the RMC, the CYP ADHD/ASD service will screen these to assess whether further assessment for either disorder is indicated.

The referral Pack can be accessed via the RMC website. If there are any questions regarding the referral Pack or making a referral, the referring clinician/professional is encouraged to contact the CYP ADHD/ASD service, where a phone consultation appointment can be booked with a clinician from the service. We do not accept self-referrals or referrals directly from parents.

If you have any questions about making referrals please call our admin team on 01536 452400 if they are not able to advise they will be able to book you a slot to speak to Amy or Charlotte on our professionals consultation line.

3. ZAP anti-bullying workshops


FAO: All
From: Kat Fuller, Kidscape, London
 

I work for Kidscape, the UK’s longest running anti-bullying charity.

We have two workshops coming up in Northampton for young people who have experienced bullying, these are being run at the Lowdown in Northampton town centre.

We would like to reach as many people as possible therefore I am wondering if it may be possible for you to share the information with any members of the workforce who work directly with children and families, or in education and also if possible on your social media.

Please find details here with the link to apply:

ZAP anti-bullying workshops

ZAP is a FREE one-day workshop for children and young people aged 9-16 years who have experienced bullying. Apply today for your free workshop here at the lowdown!

Dates: 2nd April 2019 (for 12-16yrs) & 7th May 2019 (9-11yrs)

http://thelowdown.info/issues/bullying/

4. Nominate a HLTA in your school for the HLTA of the Year Award 2019


FAO: Headteachers and Senior Leadership Team
From: The University of Northampton

Nomination deadline: Midday Thursday 30th May 2019

Do you have a wonderful HLTA who deserves an award for their professionalism, hard work and dedication?

The East Midlands Regional Provider of Assessment in collaboration with The HLTA National Assessment Partnership are holding their 2019 Outstanding HLTA of the Year Award. The East Midlands regional finalists will be invited to our annual HLTA Celebration Event on Thursday 20th June 2019. The regional winner will then progress as the East Midlands representative to the National Finals in London in the autumn.

This long standing valued award is to recognise the respected role HLTAs play in our schools and we hope that you will be able to nominate a suitable candidate. All HLTAs who have received their status since its inception in 2003 to present day are eligible.

To request a nomination form please contact Emma Stephenson at The University of Northampton on either hlta@northampton.ac.uk or 01604 893527.

5. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) Level 1 (Basic) 2 Day Workshop


FAO: Recommended for parents and professionals to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties
From: Pyramid Educational Consultants UK on behalf of The University of Northampton
 

When: 16th & 17th May 2019. Registration 8:30am for 9:00am start. Finish: 4:30pm
Where: University of Northampton, Waterside Campus, NN1 5PH.   
Cost: £175. Fee includes the Second Edition PECS Training Manual, detailed handouts with space for note taking & Certificate of Attendance.  Refreshments are NOT included.

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a tried-and-tested approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills in children and adults with a wide range of learning difficulties. This intensive two-day training is designed to teach participants the theory behind the PECS and the protocols for how to appropriately implement the six phases of PECS. Pyramid Educational Consultants UK is the only official training provider of PECS in the UK and has trained over 50,000 people. This workshop is the basic accredited training in PECS and recommended for parents as well as professionals. 

PECS is used to rapidly teach communication skills to those with limited functional speech. PECS promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, plus attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills.

What you will learn:

  • everything you need to know to begin successfully implementing PECS
  • the theoretical background, including how to develop effective educational environments
  • a review of visual strategies useful for communication
  • the six phases of PECS, where to start and when to move on
  • strategies for motivating your child/student to communicate
  • how to move from a single picture exchange to sentences
  • how to teach picture discrimination with two or more pictures
  • the criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities
  • the key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
  • strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
  • the relationship between PECS and traditional communication training approaches

Please book and pay for your place via our online shop. For further information, email cpdadmin@northampton.ac.uk or telephone June Coleman on 01604 893627 at the University of Northampton.

6. 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  earlyyearsimprovement@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk
 
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:
earlyyears@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk
 
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

7. EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception teachers 2019 – Final Session


FAO: Early Years Practitioners
From: Early Years Improvement Team


EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception teachers 2019 – Final Session

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Training and Agreement Trialling is for practitioners responsible for the completion of the EYFS Profile. During training, exemplifications of national standards are used to ensure national consistency with regards to the principles and processes of EYFS Profile assessment and the accuracy of judgements.


Course Code     EYWFD113
 Date             01/05/2019 
 Time            1.30-4.00pm
 Venue           Northampton
 Link to course description/booking   -   NCC Website

8. TSST Maths Fully Funded Course


FAO: PRIMARY KS2 teachers and SECONDARY KS3 teachers -  enhancing teaching mathematics
From: NTCTSA

 
Start date: Tuesday 2nd April
at:             The Duston School, Berrywood Road, Duston, Northampton.  NN5 6XA
Time:         12.30pm - 3.30pm


TSST in Mathematics is ideal for any teacher who wishes to improve their subject knowledge If you are a ‘non-specialist’ who has recently started to teach mathematics, or you will be starting to teach it in the future, or if you are an NQT wanting specialist support then this programme is suitable for you.

Our course is focused on enhancing teaching mathematics at Key Stage 2/3 and is suitable for both Primary teachers of mathematics and teachers of mathematics for Years 7 and 8 at Secondary, focusing on mathematics relevant to the National Curriculum and transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.

Please click on the link for more information and a booking form

http://www.ntctsa.co.uk/courses-and-leadership-programmes/training-courses-and-programmes/primary-training/primary-teacher-subject-specialism-training/

9.  SWAN Teaching School Alliance


FAO:   All
From: SWAN Teaching School Alliance
 
Coaching Matters

Coaching is an effective way to help colleagues to reach their highest level and untap their potential. Coaching matters will enable you to empower your colleagues whilst encouraging you to reflect on your own practice: coaching matters for both the coach and the coachee.

Overview:
Coaching is an effective way to help colleagues to reach their highest level and untap their potential. Coaching matters will enable you to empower your colleagues whilst encouraging you to reflect on your own practice: coaching matters for both the coach and the coachee.

Focus:
  • Developing an effect coaching relationship with colleagues
  • Exploring different coaching models and approaches
  • Coaching questions
  • What is the difference between coaching and mentoring
  • Developing deep listening skills
  • Communication skills and what your body language says about you
  • LIVE peer coaching
Event Date Session: Thursday 6th June 2019 9.00am – 3.30pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
 
Cost: £200.00 per delegate including lunch and refreshments. 1 free place to SLA level 3 members.
 
Internships extended submission date
Internships

Do you know someone in their second year of university studying Maths or Science and interested in a career in teaching?

The Grand Union Training Partnership is offering a four week paid internship this summer starting 24th June and finishing Friday 19th July 2019.

We are working with four schools: Magdalen College School, Brackley; Sponne School, Towcester; Elizabeth Woodville School, Roade and Deanshanger; Guilsborough School.
 
Most of the time will be spent in one of the four schools with a mentor, observing and supporting in the classroom. There will be an opportunity to plan small parts of lessons and work independently with small groups of students.
 
There will be an introduction to teaching and some workshops on practical skills for teachers.
 
Requirements:
  • Be able to travel to and attend one of the four schools for the full four weeks
  • Write a weekly blog of your activities
  • Be able to travel to Towcester for two sessions one at the beginning of the programme and one at the end.
  • The Grand Union Training Partnership will then offer support and guidance during your final year of your degree in how to pursue a career in teaching.
 
A bursary payment of £300 per week is available (to include all expenses).

Forms available from the web site link above.

Completed application forms together with the Disclosure of Criminal Conviction Form and Privacy Notice must be returned to SWAN Teaching School by Monday 29th April 2019. Forms can be emailed to:  teachingschool@sponne.org.uk
 
Interviews will be held week commencing 6.05.19 at the GUTP, Sponne School, Towcester, Northamptonshire. NN12 6DJ.

10. A-level Sociology teachers network event


FAO: Secondary Sociology Teachers/Heads of Dept, SLT/Headteacher
From: University of Northampton’s Sociology team, within the Faculty of Health and Society


Please access our schools engagement website to see other resources and opportunities - https://www.northampton.ac.uk/more/schools-and-colleges/

Wednesday May at 2pm at Waterside Campus, University of Northampton

We are pleased to welcome Paul Taylor, who is the Principal Examiner for Sociology at OCR. Paul has previously authored A Level and AS Level exam papers and helped develop a new A Level Sociology specification. At this event he will deliver a session covering:

  • Understand the key assessment objectives at A Level (what examiners are looking for in order to award marks).
  • How to interpret exam board mark schemes and apply these to your own assessment.
  • How to develop an understanding of these in your students work.


After this, staff from the university will share some resources and activities that they have used to teach Sociology, including using board games to teach crime perspectives on Race and Gender and engaging ways to facilitate group work.
                                
If you wish to attend this event (or if you have any questions), please email siobhan.dytham@northampton.ac.uk

11. Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Northampton Summer Cohort


FAO: Teaching Assistants, support staff and Headteachers
From: The University of Northampton


We run a HLTA cohort in Northampton each term, the next available programme is the summer term cohort.  There are 3 days of attendance spread over a 7 working week period, each day is from 8.45am to 3.30pm.

Dates:     Thursday 2nd May 2019
               Thursday 9th May 2019
               Monday 17th June 2019

Venue:     Moulton Community Centre, Sandy Hill, Reedings, Moulton, Northampton, NN3 7AX


 
The deadline for applications is the 24th April 2019, but we would advise to apply earlier, before the Easter break, if possible.  The fee will increase from September 2019 to £835, so this cohort is the last opportunity to attend at the current price.

Information on our HLTA programme can be found at: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/study/courses/higher-level-teaching-assistant-hlta-programme/

We are part of the HLTA National Assessment Partnership, further information can be found at: http://www.hlta.org.uk/

Please contact Emma Stephenson or Hailee Roe at The University of Northampton on either hlta@northampton.ac.uk or 01604 893527.

 
Training courses advertised this term


NHS - Nene Clinical Commissioning Group  
  • Care and Treatment (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER
    • Wednesday 15th May 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Kinetic, Francis Crick House
    • Thursday 4th July 2019 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
    • Monday 6th September 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
To book a place, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/o/nhs-nene-clinical-commissioning-group-ctr-training-17979310310
If there are any queries, please email northants.ctrregister@nhs.net

Hospital & Outreach
  • Supporting pupils with Sickle Cell Disease - Tuesday 21st May, Thursday 23rd May
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-sickle-cell-disease-good-practice-guidance-tickets-58904499945 - Gatehouse (Kettering) Tuesday 21st May

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/hospital-and-outreach-education-17628003255 - Delapre (Northampton) Thursday 23rd May


Early Years Team
Simon de Senlis
  • Kinetic Letters - Tuesday 30th April 2019
  • Joining Flow and Fluency Training - Monday 29th April 2019
  • Leaders training for Kinetic Letters - Wednesday 1st May 2019
  • Refresher training for Kinetic Letters - Wednesday 1st May 2019
https://www.eventbrite.com/o/simon-de-senlis-primary-school-training-7777150623


5 Wells Development Centre and Inspire TSA
Northampton ESCO
  • Understanding Autism and Lego Therapy - Monday 1st April 2019
  • Fire Marshalling - Thursday 4th April
  • 2 Day Mental Health First Aid - 3rd and 4th June 2019
  • Safer Recruitment in Education- with Jill Sneddon - Wednesday 3rd April 2019
  • DSL Refresher Training Course with Lesley Pollard- Wednesday 24th April 2019

ALL OF THE ESCO TRAINING CAN NOW BE BOOKED ONLINE AT http://trainingcourses.northamptonesco.co.uk/
OR BY EMAILING msmith@northamptonesco.co.uk


Northampton Primary Academy Trust admin@npatschools.org


Pyramid Educational Consultants UK on behalf of The University of Northampton (UoN)
  • Picture Exchange Communication System Workshop - 16th & 17th May 2019
Please book and pay for your place via our online shop. For further information, email cpdadmin@northampton.ac.uk or telephone June Coleman on 01604 893627 at the University of Northampton.

University of Northampton 
  • Step up to a Digital Leadership role - May 2019
Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership
Contact the Faculty's Senior Lecturer, Helen Caldwell to discuss the course.
Our experienced Admissions teams can guide you through your application queries;
Call on 0300 303 2772 or email the team.

University of Northampton, Library Learning Services and Schools Engagement Team Please email schoolsengagement@northampton.ac.uk to be linked with the Library Learning Services Team


SWAN Teaching School Alliance
NTCTSA  application form.


Fairfields TSA

Inspire TSA
  • Teaching Assistants Enable Programme
    • Session 1: Progress and Addressing Barriers – ‘Do you Know me?’- Tuesday 21st May 2019:  1-4pm:
    • Session 2: Scaffolding and Independence – ‘What do I do?’ - Tuesday 21st May 2019:  1-4pm:
    • Session 3: Questions – ‘What questions do I have’- Tuesday 4th June 2019:   1-4pm:
    • Session 4: English – ‘What do I need to know?’- Tuesday 4th June 2019:   1-4pm:
    • Session 5: Mathematics – ‘What do I need to know?’- Tuesday 2nd July 2019:   1-4pm:
    • Session 6: Assessment and Feedback – ‘How well am I doing?’- Tuesday 2nd July 2019:   1-4pm:
  • Leading Reading – Improving the teaching of reading across your school
    • Session1: 25th April 2019, 13:00 to 16:00
    • Session 2: 16th May 2019, 13:00 to 16:00
    • Session 3: 6th June 2019, 13:00 to 16:00
    • Session 4: 11th July 2019, 13:00 to 16:00

 
 







 
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