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26th April 2019

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
 
Find out about:
  • Enthusiastic and child focused individuals wanted in the Contact Service
  • Pupils with a vision impairment undertaking SATs
  • Adapted work
  • Reducing Teacher Workload Events
  • KS5 ALPS
  • EYFS Profile Moderation Meeting for NQTs and teachers who are new to the EYFS, May 2nd 2019.
  • Bullying and online safety - information for professionals
  • Teaching for Mastery Work Groups
  • University of Northampton - Exploring language and culture in a future setting
  • Preparing for your First Teaching Post event
 
Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

Training courses offered:
  • Hospital and Outreach Education -
    • Supporting pupils with medial needs at school training.
      • Northampton - Monday 1st July 2019, Wednesday 3rd July 2019
      • Kettering - Monday 8th July 2019, Wednesday 10th July 2019
    • Supporting children at school with sickle cell disease
      • Kettering - Tuesday 21st May 2019
      • Northampton - Thursday 23rd May 2019
  • 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 
  • NHS Foundation Trust - Talking Success Network meetings
    •  Expressive Language  - Wednesday 15th May
    • Attention and Listening - Thursday 20th June
    • Phonological Awareness - Monday 1st July
  • 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
  • Fairfields TSA
    • Coach like a Pro -  3rd May 2019
    • Numeracy network group  -  13th June 2019
    • Chair of Governors Network Meeting  -  4th July 2019
    • Parent Liaison Officer Network Group  -  1st May 2019
    • Inclusion network meeting (Northampton)  7th May 2019
    • Inclusion network meeting  (Kettering)   - 9th May 2019
    • Computing Network Meeting - 2nd May 2019
    • SEN Descriptors and high need funding application process  -  5th June 2019
    • Singapore bar maths  - 11th June 2019
    • Ofsted Jungle drums -   14th June 2019
  • SWAN TSA
    • Physics - Teacher Subject Specialism Training - Wednesday 5th June 2019
    • Governance and Finance - Thursday 2nd May 2019

Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. We are looking for enthusiastic and child focused individuals to come and work in our Contact Service


FAO: All
From: Children First Northamptonshire (CFN)


We are looking for enthusiastic and child focused individuals to come and work in our Contact Service. The service provides supervised contact for children and young people who are not currently living within their families but have regular contact. Contact takes place in a variety of settings including dedicated venues, in the community and at local children’s centres or schools across our county.

Our Contact team is expanding and there are opportunities for flexible working. We would like to include in our teams people who could work twilight shifts, from 3 – 6pm and weekends.

Training will be provided to support you in these roles.

You will need an enhanced DBS check for this role.

We are currently recruiting to these roles through Opus agency and the salary will be £12.50 per hr. If you would be interested in these roles, then please contact Opus on ncc@opuspeoplesolutions.co.uk to register with the agency recruitment.

If you would like an informal chat about the role to find out more information, then please call Beatrice Madzadzavara on 07841 784056 or 01604 364113.

2. Pupils who have a vision impairment undertaking SATs this academic year


FAO: Schools with pupils who have a vision impairment undertaking SATs this academic year.
From: Learning, Skills & Education


An email has been sent to schools regarding the adaptation on SATs papers, please could the relevant schools check and respond as soon as possible to ensure papers are delivered in a timely manner.

Thank you.

3. Adapted work


FAO: Schools with pupils who have a vision impairment
From: Learning, Skills & Education


 From 1st May until the 24th May our resources team will be engaged in adapting SATs papers for those children in the county sitting KS1 and KS2 SATs this academic year.  Therefore you may experience a delay in receiving adapted work being returned to you.   We suggest that any urgent work needed for this period be sent in for adapting at the beginning of next week before staff begin SATs work.


If you have any queries regarding this please feel free to contact Jacqui Joseph on 01604 364770 or at the following email address, SIS@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk

Thank you for your support during this period.

4. Free Reducing Teacher Workload Events


FAO:   All Headteachers
From:  CFN

The DfE Teacher Workload and Impact on Schools Team, in collaboration with school leaders, are holding two national interactive events to showcase work that is currently being done in schools to effectively reduce teacher workload. For more information please see the details in the document attached.

Notice of Reducing Teacher Workload Events in May

5. KS5 ALPS


FAO:   All
From: LSE

Due to the amount of administration required to supply ALPS to schools, the Local Authority are considering not purchasing an ALPS package for the academic year 2019/2020. This will require schools to arrange their ALPS package directly with ALPS and pay the full cost.

If this will cause your school serious financial difficulties please email soakman@childrenfirstnorthamptonshire.co.uk
 

6.  EYFS Profile Moderation Meeting for NQTs and teachers who are new to the EYFS, May 2nd 2019.


FAO:  NQTs and teachers who are new to teaching in Reception
From: Early Years Improvement team

This meeting is to help prepare for the EYFS Profile moderation visit.

Click on the link below for further information:

https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/early-years/information-for-childcare-providers/training/Pages/training-courses.aspx

7. Bullying and online safety - information for professionals


FAO: All
From: Safeguarding Quality Assurance Service


Free online safety and anti-bullying training and accreditation

https://www3.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/children-families-education/help-and-protection-for-children/protecting-children-information-for-professionals/Pages/bullying-and-online-safety.aspx

8. Teaching for Mastery Work Groups


FAO:   Headteachers
From:  LSE

In 2019/20, all Maths Hubs will be running primary mathematics Teaching for Mastery Work Groups led by Mastery Specialists. This programme is for schools who have a commitment to developing a teaching for mastery approach. Although the participation involves two teachers attending events outside of the school, it is expected that these two teachers lead development across the whole school. Each Maths Hub is now seeking to recruit schools for Work Groups, each involving six or seven schools. The second round closing date is Monday 10 June 2019 when all applications received will be considered and places allocated. A third round with a later closing date may then be run for any unfilled places.

Benefits for participating schools

  • Participating in the Work Group will provide the following benefits to participant schools:
  • High quality support for teacher professional development for the lead teachers, facilitated by the Mastery Specialist
  • Support for the head teacher in addressing leadership issues related to teaching for mastery from the Mastery Specialist and the Maths Hub’s leadership
  • Opportunity to work closely with other schools also developing teaching for mastery
  • No charge for participation and a grant of £1000 to help subsidise teacher release time
  • Financial help, should the school make the decision to purchase textbooks (subject to DfE confirmation.)

Who can apply

  • The Work Groups are intended for schools that are already committed to using teaching for mastery approaches for primary mathematics. Schools should also have the capacity for engaging in significant development work during 2019-21. Schools that have already begun to engage with teaching for mastery are more likely to be prioritised by the Maths Hub.

How to apply

  • Schools interested in applying to be part of a Work Group in 2019/20 should complete the application form which can be found at https://www.ncetm.org.uk/resources/51959
  • and submit to either your Maths Hub of choice  by Monday 10 June (details of the Maths Hubs are given in the appendix using the above web address) or direct to the NCETM (mathshubs@ncetm.org.uk). Early applications are encouraged.
  • There is the opportunity to engage in the programme with other schools that you already work with, for example as part of an Academy Trust or local cluster of schools. Each school must still make an individual application, but you can indicate on the application form the schools you would like to be placed with.
  • Once the school has applied, the Maths Hub will then make contact with you to explain next steps.

9. What if the sea level rises? Exploring language and culture in a future setting.


FAO:  All
From: University of Northampton

Our team from the University of Northampton would like to invite you and your staff to join our free online course on What if the sea level rises? Exploring language and culture in a future setting. This course has been developed as part of a European funded project, 'Digital Learning across Boundaries', that brings together teachers, student teachers and lecturers in Norway, Denmark, Belgium and England to connect classrooms, and to explore and share technology-related themes.

This is a fantastic FREE resource for primary and lower secondary teachers. It includes case studies of lessons and an international online community sharing ideas. We hope you can join in to develop and share your own ideas on our themes of survival, communication and sustainability.
 
The course runs for one week starting on May 6th and will remain on our website for teachers to dip in and out of as much as they want.
 
We hope that this is of interest. You can find out more and sign up here:
http://dlaberasmus.eu/courses/what-if-the-sea-level-rises-exploring-language-and-culture-in-a-future-setting/
 
Alongside this free opportunity, I would like to let you know that we are recruiting for a new Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership, starting on 20th May 2019. This is a one-year, part-time, online course that leads to 60 Master’s credits and can form part of a Masters pathway. It is intended to develop both subject and leadership expertise, and is designed to accommodate complete beginners as well as those with some existing knowledge in the field. You can find more information here: https://www.northampton.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-certificate-in-digital-leadership
 
Do contact me if you have any queries about either of these courses:
helen.caldwell@northampton.ac.uk

10.  FREE:   Preparing for your First Teaching Post event


FAO:  For people who have just acquired their qualification in teaching and are preparing for their NQT year.
From: NASUWT


This is a chance to informally meet future teachers who are also about to start their first post.

Thursday evening on the 25th July will be an informal drink with a 3 course meal with an excellent opportunity to network with people in a similar situations.

Friday 26th July will be a day of professional development containing training in Behaviour management, voice care, preparing for your first parents evening and much more. Venue will be The Crown Plaza Hotel in Nottingham

For further information click here

Book via conferencesandevents@mail.nasuwt.org.uk or by calling 03330145550

11. 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

12. Supporting pupils with medical needs at school training


FAO: Those who work with pupils with medical needs at school and sickle cell disease
From: Hospital and Outreach Education
 

A reminder about FREE training for schools in supporting pupils with medical needs at school, and working with children with sickle cell disease - please see links below for booking

Supporting pupils with medical needs at school: a school resource pack.

Northampton (Delapre Centre), 4 - 5.30pm
Monday 1st July: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-medical-conditions-schools-resource-pack-tickets-58077391040
Wednesday 3rd July: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-medical-conditions-schools-resource-pack-tickets-58077681910

Kettering (The Gatehouse) 4 - 5.30pm
Monday 8th July: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-medical-conditions-schools-resource-pack-tickets-58077933663
Wednesday 10th July: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-medical-conditions-schools-resource-pack-tickets-58078358935

Supporting children at school with sickle cell disease: good practice guidance.
Tuesday 21st May at The Gatehouse in Kettering: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-sickle-cell-disease-good-practice-guidance-tickets-58904499945
Thursday 23rd May at Delapre Learning Centre, Northampton: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/supporting-children-at-school-with-sickle-cell-disease-good-practice-guidance-tickets-58949105361

13. Training Workshops - Care and Treatment (Education) Reviews CTR/CTER


FAO: Those who work with people with a Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Health needs, and/or behaviours that challenge
From: Children First Northamptonshire

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Do you work with people with a Learning Disability, Autism, Mental Health needs, and/or behaviours that challenge?
Do you know what the Care, Education & Treatment Reviews and the Risk Register are used for?
Do you know how to use them to get the best outcomes for people?

To find out more, dates and times are as follows (please book in advance):

Wednesday 15th May 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm Kinetic, Francis Crick House
Monday 3rd June 2019 9.30am—11:30am Kinetic, Francis Crick House
Friday 21st June 2019 10:00am—12:00pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
Thursday 4th July 2019 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
Monday 6th September 2019 1.30pm – 3.30pm Boardroom, Francis Crick House
Wednesday 2nd October 2019 9:30am—11:30am Fusion, Francis Crick House
Wednesday 6th November 2019  9:30am—11:30am Kinetic, Francis Crick House
Thursday 21st November 2019  10:00am-12:00pm Kinetic, 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

Family carers are very welcome to attend
You can find a copy of our local procedures by using Northamptonshire’s Local Offer and search for CETR, CTR or Transforming Care

14.  Talking Success Network Meetings


FAO:     Those who have previously attended Talking Success Training
From:   NHS Foundation Trust

“Free networking sessions for those who have previously attended Talking Success Training”
  • Wednesday 15th May Grange School, Daventry, 1.30-3pm – Expressive Language
  • Thursday 20th June, Loatlands Primary School, Kettering, 1.30-3pm - Attention and Listening
  • Monday 1st July Standen’s Barn School, Northampton, 1.30-3pm – Phonological Awareness
To make a booking contact Amanda Duncan, Speech & Language Therapist Amanda.Duncan@nhft.nhs.uk

15. Summer Programme Opportunities


FAO:   All 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 (NNSP)


Summer Programme Opportunities

These sessions are £40 per person to attend. If you book two training sessions you can attend the network meeting for FREE. To book please email; delegates name, setting and session preference to booking@nnsp.co.uk

Effective group times  Fri 24th May, 6.00-8.00pm
Croyland Nursery School, Wellingborough  (10 places)

Supporting children with their speech and language. Weds 12th June, 1.00-3.00pm
Ronald Tree Nursery School, Kettering   (6 places)

Effective planning for children in the Early Years, Mon 17th June, 5.00-7.00pm
Gloucester Nursery School, Northampton   (10 places)

Supporting children with EAL, Tues 18th June, 4.00-6.00pm
Highfield Nursery School, Wellingborough   (8 places)

Positive behaviour management – strategies, Tues 25th June, 1.00-2.00pm
Wallace Road Nursery School, Northampton   (4 places)

Supporting children’s early reading and writing, Tues 25th June, 5.00-7.00pm
Croyland Nursery School, Wellingborough   (10 places)

Observation, assessment and planning – the cycle, Tues 27th June, 1.15-3.15pm
Parklands Nursery School, Northampton   (10 places)


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 booking@nnsp.co.uk

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)

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

If you book two training sessions you can attend the network meeting for FREE.

Please see the Mailout April 2019 on the link below:

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16. Fairfields training courses


FAO: All
From: Fairfields TSA


Coach like a Pro -  3rd May 2019
https://coachlikeaproolevi3day.eventbrite.co.uk

Numeracy network group  -  13th June 2019
https://numeracynetwork.eventbrite.co.uk

Chair of Governors Network Meeting  -  4th July 2019
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chair-of-governors-network-meeting-tickets-45678521688

Parent Liaison Officer Network Group  -  1st May 2019
https://parentliaisonofficernetworkgroup.eventbrite.co.uk

Inclusion network meeting (Northampton)  7th May 2019
https://inclusionnetworknorthampton.eventbrite.co.uk

Inclusion network meeting  (Kettering)   - 9th May 2019
https://inclusionnetworkkettering.eventbrite.co.uk

Computing Network Meeting - 2nd May 2019
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/computing-network-group-tickets-47549038454

SEN Descriptors and high need funding application process  -  5th June 2019
https://sendescriptorsandhighneedsfundingapplication.eventbrite.co.uk

Singapore bar maths  - 11th June 2019
https://singaporebar.eventbrite.co.uk

Ofsted Jungle drums -   14th June 2019
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ofsted-jungle-drums-tickets-46180730809

17.  SWAN Teaching School Alliance


FAO:   Physics Teachers
From: SWAN TSA


Physics - Teacher Subject Specialism Training

This programme is a blended approach involving 5 face to face sessions and optional one to one tutorials as well as work between sessions to consolidate subject knowledge of current Science teachers or teachers with a strong academic science background.
 
The face to face sessions are five whole day sessions and focus on delivering Physics at the higher end of GCSE through to full A level on each of the topics below with a full day of practical experiments. Each session will be delivered by 2 programme facilitators from the teaching school.
 
Each delegate will complete a pre and post course audit to gauge their knowledge. Post session materials will be based on the topics covered during the sessions and will build in difficulty to accommodate different levels of prior knowledge. Additional work between sessions will aim to reinforce and assess the impact of sessions. Support will be available via email between sessions and there is the option of one-to-one tutorials at the end of the course.
 
In order to complete the course and gain certification delegates will be expected to:
 

  • Complete a pre-course and post-course subject knowledge audit
  • Complete all Post session materials
  • Complete a reflective journal after each session to reflect on personal subject knowledge, what you have gained from each session and any areas for further improvement.
  • Attend all sessions.

 
Event Date Session: Wednesday 5th June 2019 8.45am – 3.45pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
 
Cost: Free of charge
 

Governance and 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 Thursday 2nd May 2019 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
 
Cost: £50 per delegate SLA members; £75 per delegate non SLA members

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