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8 March 2018

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

Dear Headteachers

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as the new DCS.  I joined NCC last week, and I would like to meet as many of you as possible over the coming months, either through existing meeting structures or if possible visits to individual schools. I like to be visible, approachable and to hear from you about how things are progressing and I look forward to meeting you at the Headteacher briefings in the Summer Term.

I would also like to take the opportunity to share some information in relation to management structures at NCC. From March 1st Sharon Muldoon will be starting in her new capacity as chief operating officer, and will act as my deputy. In the summer Sharon will take over duties from Alison Shipley who will be retiring at this time. We are all keen to ensure so there is ample time for a really good handover ready for the beginning of the academic year, and we will be keeping you informed of changes as they happen.

In this week's bulletin:

Find out about:
  • Special Guardianship Support
  • Therapy Services - how they can help you
  • Maplefields Teaching School Alliance - The Behaviour Outreach Team
Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare bulletin
Training courses offered:
  • Northamptonshire Phonics Project Universal Training Opportunity
  • Simon De Senlis -
    • Kinetic Letter - 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
  • NTCTSA - Mathematics Primary Cross Phase TSST course
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training - Newly appointed and existing - Thursday 4th april 2019
    • Governance and Finance - Thursday 2nd May 2019
    • Safeguarding Fayre - Monday 25th March 2019
  • UoN - Step up to a Digital Leadership role - May 2019
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. Special Guardianship Support

FAO: Special Guardianship families
From: Post Adoption Team

All families need support from time to time
Special Guardianship families are NO different!
WE are here to help you.

To access support, the first thing that is needed is a referral:
There are three ways to make a referral:
•    Online: you can make a referral
•    Over the Phone: you can call the Duty Number 01604 367301
•    By Email:

To find out whether our service is the right one for you, we will discuss your needs and decide if an assessment is required. There is no automatic entitlement to services, however we will explore together what is needed.  This might be through our team or through an alternative provision.

Support Group

The post adoption and special guardianship team run a support group aimed at providing special guardians with both professional and peer support, in addition to helping families’ access information and training opportunities. We hold the groups monthly throughout the county. The group welcomes all SGO carers and those going through the SGO process.

Please see attached flyer for more details of the Support Group.

2. Northamptonshire Phonics Project
    Universal Training Opportunity

FAO:   Headteachers and Phonics Leads
From:  Children First Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Phonics Project invites you to attend this informative workshop. It is a perfect follow up to the other events that have been held this year, but you are also encouraged to attend even if you haven't been to any other sessions. It is suitable for newly qualified and experienced teachers in Year 1, Phonics Leads and Teaching Assistants working in Year 1. Come along and hear from Phonics Leaders from Northamptonshire.
The workshop is free of charge.

This workshop will cover:

  • Preparing children for the phonics assessment and managing the actual test week
  • Leading phonics in 2019 and beyond, and having long term impact in your school
  • Phonics after Year 1

There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and seek advice about your individual schools.

Please see booking details below.

Workshop 1
9.30am, 14th March at Little Stanion Primary School, Corby.

Workshop 2 – FULLY BOOKED
1.15pm, 14th March at Henry Chichele School, Rushden.

Workshop 3
4pm, 14th March at Duston Eldean Primary School, Northampton.

If you have any questions regarding this training opportunity please contact Jodie Matthews

3. 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

4. Maplefields Teaching School Alliance

FAO:  All
From: Maplefields TSA

The Behaviour Outreach Team would like to offer parents the opportunity to have a relaxed and informal chat as a follow – up to our visit into your school.

It would be in the form of a drop-in at Maplefields TSA – tea/coffee and biscuits provided!  Parents are welcome to bring someone along with them should they feel some support would be helpful. Happy for it to be a member of school staff if appropriate.

Location would be Maplefields TSA.

If a parent is interested the slot could be booked by the school through Leanne.

This service is for parents of those children who have been referred in by yourselves and who have been observed.

It would give us an opportunity to talk about the observation and discuss more fully the thinking behind suggested strategies and advice. I would be very happy also to offer support by way of any approaches which might be useful in the home.

As you will appreciate this is just a “toe in the water” to see how it goes. I understand for example that the timing might be out of the question for those parents who work. If you feel that there are those who would really like to take up the opportunity but need it to be outside of working hours could you let me know. If there are enough requests I would consider alternative timing. Getting to Corby from further afield may also require some thought.

Felt I had to start somewhere and move on should it be a something which parents would find helpful.
 If it works out then I will be happy to offer it again.

Any suggestions re any of the above to make it more workable would be brilliant. Making the whole thing more holistic would be great.

Do you know a family who would benefit further support from our service?

Parent Drop Ins
  • Relaxed informal chat
  • Opportunity to discuss the recent school visit
  • Voice concerns you may have
  • Talk about ways forward
Date:   Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Times: 9.00am - 3.00pm     1hr slots available
For more information or to book any of the above or to find out more about the many other courses we run please visit our website
Or contact:  Leanne Burrows
Teaching School Coordinator
T: 01536 424090 Opt. 2   E:

5.  Therapy Services – how can they help

FAO:    All Schools
From:  Therapy Services Team

Therapy Services offer a variety of therapy services for children and families. The team are qualified to work with all age ranges, allowing them to adjust many of the interventions they use to suit adults as well as children.

To remain ‘free at the point of access’, Therapy Services only accept referrals from professionals whose organisation are able to use spot-purchasing or other forms of commissioning.

Adults in need of support can contact the team without a professional referral, as the service can accept direct payments in these instances.

 The following services are available:
Dramatherapy (Individual/Group)
  • Play Therapy
  • Theraplay (Individual/Group)
  • Extensive Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Psychotherapy
  • Counselling
  • Wellbeing Supervision
  • Supervision (Individual and Group)
  • Theraplay Supervision
  • Foster to Adopt Transition Programme
  • Therapeutic Parenting
  • Marchak Interaction Method Assessment (MIM)
  • Marschak Interaction Method Assessment (MIM) - Teacher/Keyworker and Child
  • Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)
  • Moving on Through Play (MOTP)
  • Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) based approaches
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Solution Focused Coaching
  • Team Training
  • Consultation
  • Therapeutic bespoke service on request

Find out more
For further information about Therapy Services and the work they do, visit the Therapy Services webpage, or email the Therapy Services Team.

6. Kinetic Letters

FAO:   Primary School Teachers
From:  Simon de Senlis Primary School

Please find below details of the Kinetic Letters sessions at Simon de Senlis Primary.

Full Initial Training (One Day Course) on Tuesday 30th April 9am-4pm
Full one day training course covering the four threads of the programme:

  • Making Bodies Stronger
  • Learning the Letters
  • Holding the Pencil
  • Flow and Fluency. 

The training covers the theory behind the 'why' and 'how' of the programme and utilises a workshop approach to try out various activities, strategies and resources for implementing Kinetic Letters. 

Joining Flow & Fluency Training (Half Day Course) on Monday 29th April 1pm-4pm
Note: You must have completed the Full Initial Training previously before attending this course.
This half day training course covers teaching the Joining Letters part of the Kinetic Letters programme and the 'why' and 'how' of preparing pupils for this.

Leaders training for Kinetic Letters (Half day course) on Wednesday 1st May 9am-12pm
A half day course on leading the programme and problem solving. Content includes:

  • Monitoring/evaluating the impact of Kinetic Letters.
  • Meeting the Expected Standards in handwriting.
  • Transfer from whiteboards to books.
  • Organising Kinetic Letters in the school - planning and progression.

Refresher training for Kinetic Letters (Half day course) on Wednesday 1st May 1pm-4pm
A half day course focusing on key issues. Content includes:

  • Animal positions to build strength; setting targets.
  • Working positions and Pencil Hold for speed and stamina.
  • Assess, Detect, Correct handwriting issues.
  • Family Challenges/Turtle Ticks/Monkeys smiles for measuring targets
  • Observing a session being taught

Book online:

7.  Mathematics Primary Cross Phase Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) Course - Fully Funded

FAO:  All Primary School Teachers of Mathematics and Years 7 & 8 Teachers in Secondary Schools
From: Northampton Town & County Teaching School Alliance (NTCTSA)

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 new National Curriculum and transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3.
Please click on the link below for dates and times and here for an application form.

Primary Teacher Subject Specialist Training (TSST) flyer

8. SWAN Teaching School Alliance

FAO:   All
From:  SWAN Teaching School Alliance

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training - Newly Appointed and Existing
Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training - Newly Appointed and Existing

As part of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016” all schools must have a member of the leadership team as their Designated Safeguarding Lead. This person must take lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues, referring concerns of significant harm, providing advice and guidance to support all staff to carry out their safeguarding duties, overseeing the school provision of early help and liaising with other agencies as required. This training must be updated every 2 years. This course is delivered by Lesley Pollard who is an experienced teacher, trainer and adviser. She currently works as an Independent Learning Adviser carrying out Safeguarding training and audits for a variety of providers as well as for individual schools.


To ensure that the participant can identify:
  • What the safeguarding agenda actually means for schools.
  • Current legislation which informs the role of the DSL.
  • The role and responsibilities of the DSL.
  • The importance of early help, signposting, interagency working and interventions to safeguard vulnerable children/young people.
  • The categories and possible indicators of the 4 categories of abuse and areas such as Grooming, FGM, CSE, Forced Marriage, So-Called Honour Based Violence Radicalisation and Extremism.
  • The impact of issues such as Peer-On-Peer Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health problems on children/young people.
  • How best to communicate with children/young people and parents/carers regarding Child Protection issues.
  • How to seek advice and support and how to refer concerns.
  • How to keep, transfer and archive Child Protection records.
Event Date Session: Thursday 4th April 2019 9.30am – 3.30pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £120 for the first delegate, then £100 for additional delegates. SWAN Secondary SLA members pay the reduced rate of £100. SWAN Primary SLA members have 1 free place.
Lunch and refreshments included.
Governance & Finance
Governance & Finance

This training session led by Sally Perkins and Sue Wagstaff (School Business Manager) is aimed at Governors but particularly those with a finance focus.

Sally Perkins is a National leader of Governance with twelve years’ experience as a governor and eleven years as a Chair of Governors in a variety of schools across the county. School Improvement is a passion for Sally and she especially loves developing Leadership and Management in schools. Sally specialises in governance, safeguarding, attachment and looked after children.

The training will explain School funding, budget monitoring / planning, benchmarking and the Schools Financial Value standard.

Event Date Session: Thursday 2nd May 2019 6.00pm-8.00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £50 per delegate SLA members; £75 per delegate for non SLA members

Safeguarding Fayre
Safeguarding Fayre

The aim of this event is to provide primary school staff with a wide range of information regarding what external services can be accessed in supporting pupils with additional needs.

Specialist providers will be exhibiting their services and will be available to answer any questions.

The fayre will be running from 2-5pm in order for you to drop in at a convenient time.

The final exhibitor list will be published at the beginning of March 2019.

We aim to have organisations representing Mental Health, Bereavement counselling, School nursing services, Local Offer from Northamptonshire County Council, Advice on EHC plans, SEN Support in school, Social activities available across the county for those students who have a SEN or disability.

Event Date Session: Monday 25th March 2019 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Location: Silverstone Primary School, Towcester Road, Silverstone. NN12 8UB.
Cost: Free for SLA Members; non SLA Members £20

9. Step up to a Digital Leadership role today

FAO:   Headteachers of Primary and Secondary Schools
From:  University of Northampton

We've redesigned our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership programme in collaboration with Apple Education to allow practising teachers and subject leaders to develop the in-demand subject knowledge and critical skills needed to step into a digital leadership role.

Digital disruption is driving an urgent need to upskill and reskill; wherever you go and whatever you do in your career, it has never been more important to ensure that you meet the demands of fast-paced technological change and can take the lead with digital capability. 

Our future-ready postgraduate certificate will support you in becoming a confident, research-active digital leader;  
  • Engage with peers in professional dialogues
  • Synthesise evidence from research and contemporary debates
  • Undertake practitioner research as a member of an engaged and supportive learning community
What makes our programme unique?

May and January intakes
We encourage applications from educators with varied levels of digital and education experience. Even beginners are welcome! Applications for May 2019 are open.

Flexible teaching options
Choose between online distance learning with online seminars and discussion groups OR online distance learning with two optional Saturday campus days (explore what our new Waterside Campus has to offer).

Personalised learning
Teaching is practical, project-based and tailored to your individual professional setting and needs - allowing you to apply new skills as you study.

Opportunities for progression
The course offers 60 masters credits which can be added to existing credits or used towards another full masters degree – such as our MA Education.

Academic excellence
Our multi-professional programme team has expertise in a range of disciplines within the field of digital leadership.  Furthermore, we were awarded Gold in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) placing us in an elite group of higher education institutions to be given the highest possible rating.

Find out more
Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership course page for information on
entry requirements, course content and fees and funding.

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.

Training courses advertised this term

NHS - Nene Clinical Commissioning Group 

  • Care and Treatment (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER
    • Wednesday 6th March 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Kinetic, Francis Crick House
    • 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
If there are any queries, please email

Early Years Team

Simon de Senlis

5 Wells Development Centre and Inspire TSA

Northampton ESCO

  • Food Hygiene Training Course - 19th March 2019
  • Understanding Autism and Lego Therapy - 1st April 2019
  • Fire Marshalling - 4th April
  • 2 Day Mental Health First Aid - 3rd and 4th June 2019


Pyramid Educational Consultants UK on behalf of The University of Northampton

  • Picture Exchange Communication System Workshop - 16th & 17th May 2019

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

Faculty of Education and Humanities, University of Northampton
Children, Young People and Families Apprenticeship
To register:

SWAN Teaching School Alliance

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