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17th May 2019 

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • Government Makes Unitary and Children's Trust Announcement
  • Ofsted:  Education Inspection Framework 2019
  • Moderation Notification - KS1 and KS2
  • Arrangements for Submission of Key Stage Assessments 2019
  • ELSA - Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training
Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin
Dates for your diary
  • Head of 6th Form Network Meeting - Tuesday 2 July 2019 2 - 5 pm
  • National Epilepsy Week (20 - 26 May)
Training courses offered:
  • Fairfields Teaching School Alliance
    • Sensory Circuits: 10.6.2019
    • Numeracy Network Group: 13.6.2019
    • Early Years TA Network Group: 14.6.2019
    • Inclusion Network Meeting, Kettering - 4.7.2019
    • Provision Mapping: 19.6.2019
    • Governor Training - Learning and Teaching: 14.6.2019
    • Completing Early Help Assessments: 25.6.2019
    • Ofsted Jungle Drums
    • Inclusion network Meeting, Northampton: 2.7.2019
  • SWAN Teaching School Alliance
    • Effective Practice Update for EYFS support staff
  • 5 Wells Development Centre
    • Head Teacher's Performance Management
    • Cluster Moderation Years 1, 3 4 and 5
    • Cluster Moderation - Early Years
    • The Basics of Religion
    • Religious Studies - Planning and the New Agreed Syllabus
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead Training
    • Site Supervisor Training and Safety Awareness
    • Dyslexia Awareness for Parents
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1.  Government Makes Unitary and Children's Trust Announcement

FAO:    All Schools
From:   Chief Executive NCC

On 14 May 2019 we received an announcement from the Secretary of State, James Brokenshire, around his decision for the future of local government in Northamptonshire. We have also received notification of the future of Children’s Services in the county.

As we expected, Government has decided that replacing all eight councils in Northamptonshire with two brand new unitary authorities is in the best interests of our residents.  One authority will provide services to residents in the west of the county, while the other will provide services in the north of the county.

The Government has also announced Children’s Services will become a standalone Trust which will deliver services for these two new unitary authorities across the county.

Both these developments are very positive in my view.

These new unitary authorities will be established on 1st April 2021. Services currently provided by ourselves and the district and borough councils will be brought together under each of the two new unitary authorities. The new Children’s Trust will be formed to serve both the authorities and as such will cover the whole county.

Next week I will be holding an Atrium Address on Tuesday to give you further information about these important developments. An invite to this was sent out earlier this afternoon.

We have been working with our partners across the district and borough councils, and now we have received the Secretary of State’s decision, we will continue to work in partnership to focus on transformational change and ensure we are equipped for the introduction of the two new unitary authorities.

Parliamentary Orders will follow later this year and there will be elections to the Shadow Authorities in May 2020.  Shadow Executives for the two unitaries will be selected from those elected and will determine the structure, budget and service delivery models for the new authorities.

Thank you to everyone for your continued support with the work that is taking place around unitary.  I will, of course, keep you updated with further news on the implementation of the new authorities to ensure that together we are prepared for their establishment, and there will be opportunities for you to be involved in this work.

FAQs around the move to unitary are being prepared and will be available shortly.

I understand that many of you will be apprehensive about such profound change but I firmly believe this is an exciting new chapter for Northamptonshire, and I’m looking forward to working with you all as we move towards becoming unitary authorities.

Theresa Grant

Chief Executive

2. Ofsted: Education Inspection Framework 2019

FAO:   Headteachers and Senior Leaders
From:  Katie Morlidge, Curriculum Lead, CFN

The Inspection framework consultation report was released on Tuesday and can be viewed here.

In summary, the headlines are as follows:

  • On-site preparation will not go ahead. A 90 minute phone call between the lead inspector and Head will take place the day before an inspection begins.
  • Plans to increase the length of time inspectors spend in previously ‘good’-rated schools will go ahead for most schools (150 pupils or more).
  • Transitional period will be given to allow schools time to refine/develop curriculum.  “… we plan to phase in how we use the ‘intent’ grade descriptors in the ‘quality of education’ judgement for inspections of maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools and FE and skills providers. While we are phasing it in, the judgement will not be negatively affected if it is clear to an inspector that leaders have a plan for updating the curriculum and are taking genuine action to do so. We will review this transitional phase in the summer of 2020.” The same transitional approach for inspections of early years providers will not apply.
  • Learner’s personal development and learners’ behaviour and attitudes has been amended. The updated criteria place emphasis on whether certain behaviours are tolerated and how swiftly and effectively they take action if these issues occur. Changes to the personal development grade allow inspectors to recognise the importance of pastoral support.
  • Internal data will not be viewed but concerns have been addressed. The clarification recognises that school leaders draw on “a variety of sources when considering pupil performance, including internal assessment information”. It explains that inspectors will consider “the actions taken by schools in response to whatever internal assessment information they have”. Inspectors will review the impact of those actions without reviewing the assessment information itself, Ofsted has said.
  • The proposal to reduce the the types of provision Ofsted grade and specifically report on will go ahead. From September 2019 Ofsted will grade 4 provision types, rather than the current 6, in further education and skills inspection reports. These will be:
    • education programmes for young people
    • apprenticeships
    • adult learning programmes
    • provision for learners who have high needs
  • The Proposed Model for short inspections will proceed with common areas of focus. The on-site preparation element of the proposal, however, will not proceed when inspecting further education and skills providers

The Education Inspection Framework can be accessed here:

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 have received an email today (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. Arrangements for Submission of Key Stage Assessments 2019

FAO:   Those responsible for submission of Key Stage Assessment arrangements-
From:  CFN

EY Foundation Stage      
Submission Method - To the Local Authority via AVCO                  
Deadline Friday 28th June 2019

Phonics Yr 1 & 2               
Submission Method - To the Local Authority via AVCO                      
Deadline Friday 21st June 2019

Key Stage 1                        
Submission Method - To the Local Authority via AVCO                      
Deadline Thursday 27th June 2019

Key Stage 2                        
Submission Method - Via the NCA Tools Website:  
Deadline Thursday 27th June 2019

Failure to submit KS2 on time will result in your schools results being missing from initial releases of FFT and early Performance Tables. 
Guidance on entering the data into your MIS will be available from your software supplier.
Important Note - File Naming
As we will be receiving close to 1000 files over the period, it is really important that files are named in a way that enables us to easily see which type of assessment it contains. Please could you name them as follows:
Where **** is your schools DfE number and 123 is just the files generation number.

5.  ELSA – Emotional Literacy Support Assistant training

FAO:   All
From:  The Educational Psychology Service

The Educational Psychology Service will be offering training to develop an Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) in your school from January 2020.

This is an excellent opportunity for schools to build their capacity and confidence in meeting the needs of children and young people with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) difficulties, as encouraged in the 2017 Green Paper on ‘Transforming Young People’s Mental Health Provision’.

The six-day ELSA training in psychological theory and intervention by qualified psychologists, enables learning support assistants to plan and deliver individual and small group support programmes in schools to children and young people (4-16 year olds) with social, emotional and mental health needs.

Once trained and receiving ongoing supervision from a psychologist, ELSAs can help young people with a range of social and emotional needs such as: self-esteem and confidence building, social skills, emotional literacy, friendship issues, anger management, behaviour, anxiety, low mood, loss and bereavement, bullying/conflict and relaxation techniques.

If you would like to register your school’s interest please contact:

Jenny George or Rebecca Cox on 01604 361416 or email

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
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

7.  Head of 6th form Network Meeting

FAO:    Secondary Head of 6th form/Headteachers/Principals
From:   University of Northampton

Date and time - Tuesday July 2nd 2 – 5pm. Lunch provided from 1.30pm
Venue – Waterside Campus, Senate Building, room SN204


Post 16 L&T ice breaker
New Ofsted framework update with Sarah Oakman, sharing good practice and solutions
What do staff currently do to address this aspect of the framework in their 6th forms – sharing good practice

  1. Quality of education
  2. Personal development          
  3. Next two areas in October meeting

Mock Ofsted Interviews to practice responses and evidence – awareness of gaps in knowledge
Alps presentation
Resources to bring: Advice and guidance policy (if you have one)

Contact to book your place

8. National Epilepsy Week (20-26th May)

FAO:  All
From: Epilepsy Society

We are writing to you from the Psychology Department at the Epilepsy Society, the UK’s leading charity for epilepsy research and support. In time for National Epilepsy Week (20-26th May) we have put together a free, interactive resource for schools. It is an assembly aimed at Key Stage 2 and explores some exciting facts about the brain, what causes a seizure and how to help someone who is having a convulsive seizure. The resource includes a Powerpoint and detailed script/guide for the teacher delivering the assembly. It can be downloaded from TES (

We are also running a nationwide poster competition for which we are asking pupils to design a poster about Seizure First Aid. The winning pupil will receive a £25 voucher and £100 for their school’s science department!

1 in 20 people will have a seizure at some point in their lives. We believe it is of upmost importance that children know how to safely help so

9.  Fairfields Teaching School Alliance

FAO:   All
From:  Fairfields Teaching School Alliance

Sensory Circuits 10.6.19

Numeracy Network Group  13.6.19

Early Years TA Network Group 14.6.19

Inclusion Network Meeting - Kettering 4.7.19

Provision Mapping 19.6.19
Provision Mapping19.6.19

Governor Training - Learning and Teaching  14.6.19

Completing early help assessments 25.6.19

Ofsted Jungle Drums  14.6.19

Inclusion Network Meeting - Northampton 2.7.19

10.  SWAN Teaching School Alliance.

FAO:  EYFS Support Staff
From: SWAN Teaching School Alliance

Effective Practice Update for EYFS support staff
Effective Practice Update for EYFS support staff

This afternoon training course is specifically designed for new and experienced Teaching Assistants, tailor-made to enhance knowledge and understanding of effective practice in the Early Years Foundation Stage.  By attending this course delegates can expect to develop practical skills involved in supporting the development of children within Early Years.
Course Topics
The training will focus on:

  • EYFS Update
  • The Role of Additional Adults in the EYFS
  • How to use continuous provision to enhance learning
  • Developing Effective Questioning
  • Documenting the Voice of The Child

Facilitator: Steph Abbotts
Event Date: Thursday 4th July 2019 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire

11. 5 Wells Development Centre

FAO:  Various
From: 5 Wells Development Centre

Course Title:   Head Teacher Performance Management
Date:               6th June 2019
Audience:       Governors
Cost:               £70 per delegate
Venue:            5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Cluster Moderation Years 1, 3, 4 and 5
Date:               13th June 2019
Audience:        Teachers in appropriate years
Cost:                £30 per school
Venue:             5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Cluster Moderation – Early Years
Date:               18th June 2019
Audience:        Early Years Practitioners
Cost:               £30 per school
Venue:            5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
 Course Title:    The Basics of Religion
Date:                19th June 2019 (am)
Audience:         All teaching RS
Cost:                £70 per delegate
Venue:             5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Religious Studies – Planning and the New Agreed Syllabus
Date:               19th June 2019 (pm)
Audience:        All teaching RS
Cost:               £70 per delegate
Venue:            5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Designated Safeguarding Lead training 
Date:               25th June 2019 
Audience:       New DSLs
Cost:               £140 per delegate (includes lunch)
Venue:            5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Site Supervisor Training and Safety Awareness
Date:               1st July 2019
Audience:       Site Staff
Cost:               £140 per delegate (includes lunch)
Venue:             5 Wells Development Centre
To book:
Course Title:   Dyslexia Awareness for Parents
Date:               8th July 2019
Audience:       Parents of children that are both diagnosed and undiagnosed
                        with dyslexia
Cost:               £10 per delegate
Venue:            5 Wells Development Centre
To book:

Course Title:    123 Magic
Audience:        Parents
Venue:          5 Wells Development Centre
Start Date:      18th November 2019 (4 part course)
To book

Training Courses Advertised this term

University of Northampton

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   NNSP
  • 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 SWAN 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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