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22nd March 2019

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • Ground beaking new alternative to exclusion for students
Open Days/Conferences
  • Northamptonshire Collaborative Reading Project (NCRP) - Open Day 26th March 2019
  • Understanding the new Ofsted inspection framework
Other Bulletins:
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin

Dates for your diary
  • Supporting children with SEND in a Reception class - Early Year
  • Designated Teacher Training on gaining awareness of the needs of previously looked-after children
Training courses offered:
  • EYFS Profile Moderation Agreement Trialling and Training for Reception teachers 2019 - Final Session
  • Hospital & Outreach - Supporting pupils with Sickle Cell Disease - Tuesday 21st May, Thursday 23rd May
  • University of Northampton - Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership - Applications for May 2019
  • University of Northampton - Library Learning Services Consultancy Offer
  • Training from Northampton ESCO
  • Teaching Assistants Enable Programme
  • Certified Training for Designated Teacher - Looked After Children
  • SWAN Teaching School Alliance
  • Inspire TSA: Leading Reading - Improving the teaching of reading across your school
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. Ground breaking new alternative to
    exclusion for students

FAO: Headteachers/Principals
From: Educational Inclusion and Partnership Team

New, music based re-engagement programme for pupils at risk of exclusion.

Lisa Lashes School of Music have launched a music based re-engagement programme that uses creativity and artistic expression to reach students who are otherwise failing within the education system.

They've already had great success working with students across the UK and are now working with Early Intervention, Integrated Offender Management and The Police to deliver a specially tailored course for students at risk of exclusion.

Students attend one or two days per week and learn in a real operating night club (based in Northampton Town Centre). The course covers music performance, composition, business skills, functional skills (Maths & English), creativity and artistic expression, computer skills, team building and much more.

The course has already had great success in providing real opportunities for further education or employment. It's backed by a leading UK training provider and has been endorsed by many organisations within the music industry.

If you think students from your school could benefit from this programme, we recommend that you visit their website for more information and download the full course guide which includes pricing and contact details.


We are hoping for the first under 16 cohort to be made up of enough pupils from different schools within the area so that we can offer the best possible price per student. For further information please email

2. Northamptonshire Collaborative Reading
    Project (NCRP) – Open Day events

FAO: Headteacher/Principals, Literacy Subject Leaders/KS2 teachers
From: Learning, Skills & Education

 A reminder that there are still places available on the second NCRP open day event as follows:

 Developing the learning environment and sharing good practice in the teaching of reading – open days with guided tours of lead/project schools
 Date/time            26 March 2019 - 9am-12pm
 Audience             Headteachers/Subject leaders/KS2 teachers
 Cost per person    £75

 The purpose of these events is to celebrate the work schools have been doing as part of the NCRP project so far and share good practice in the teaching of reading, particularly in KS2. Each school has designed and shaped their own approach to the teaching of reading, using elements of the NCRP project and adapting this to suit the needs of their pupils. Further information about the schools opening, including their context and approach to the teaching of reading, can be found on the links below.  Headteachers and subjects leaders who are driving improvements in reading are invited to attend, as well as KS2 teachers who would benefit from this. We would recommend that, wherever possible, delegates undertake the visit alongside a colleague so that they are able to reflect on practice seen together and engage in professional discussions about their own practice and any potential areas for development.

 Please note that there are a limited number of places on these sessions. Please click on the link to book your place.
Tuesday 26th March

Park Junior School, Great Park Street, Wellingborough, Northants, NN8 4PH

Greenfields Community Primary School, Highfield Road,Kettering,Northants, NN15 6HY

Roade Primary School, Hartwell Road, Roade, Northampton, NN7 2NT
NB:  The above link is not working.  If you would like to register your interest in attending Roade Primary School for this event please email: with the subject as Roade Primary School NCRP Reading Project.

West Haddon CE Primary, The Green, West Haddon, Northampton, NN6 7AN

3. Understanding the new Ofsted inspection framework: Focus on exclusions conference – LAST CHANCE TO BOOK!

FAO: Headteachers/principals, pastoral staff, safeguarding leads
From: East Midlands Academy Trust

This is the last chance to book a free place at an event supported by Ofsted to help schools understand the new inspection framework and how it relates to exclusions.

It takes place at Northampton International Academy, which is part of the East Midlands Academy Trust, next Thursday, March 28th from 9am to 1pm.
The conference will look at issues around exclusions, off-rolling and home education.
There will be a keynote speech from Emma Ing, Ofsted regional director, and workshops with representatives from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire county councils to understand their learning in reducing exclusions.
The event will be an opportunity for Northamptonshire schools to work together and begin discussions about how we can reduce the number of permanent exclusions in a practical way.
There are up to three places available per school. If you haven’t yet booked your place, you can do so online at

4.  Designated Teacher Training on gaining
     awareness of the needs of previously
     looked-after children, as distinct from
     looked-after children

FAO:   Designated teachers of previously looked-after children
From:  The Virtual School

Who is this for? Designated teachers of previously looked-after children.

What will it cover? Please note that the content of this session will be covered in general DT training next academic year. This specific session is offered, however, due to DT request. Covered content: the educational achievement of plac; understanding plac status; specific plac key issues; specific strategies for plac; pupil premium plus for plac; school admissions; external support. Also note that this session does not consider strategies that are covered in the training for looked-after children in order to avoid duplication.
When and where?

Tuesday 7 May 2019 – 10.00am to 11.00 am, Learning and Development, One Angel Square, Lower ground floor entrance, St John’s Street, Northampton, NN1 1ED

Cost: Free

How to book or ask any questions: email

5. 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

6. 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

7. Supporting children with SEND in a
    Reception class – Early Years

FAO:  Teachers and TAs who have the day to day responsibility for working with children who may have an emerging/identified special educational need or disability in a Reception class
From: Early Years Improvement

This is a new course for 2018/19, designed to support teachers and TAs who have the day to day responsibility for working with children who may have an emerging/identified special educational need or disability in a Reception class.  The training supports practitioners through the early identification process and the graduated approach (Assess-Plan-Do-Review).  

The course will cover developmental stages of child development and how this will support the small step target setting process for children who need to have their ‘next steps’ broken down into smaller steps.  It will give participants the chance to review processes and procedures within their school in order to gain further support for the child and for themselves, as a practitioner.

Please note this is a repeat of the popular November 2018 training.

Code EYWFD115
Date  30/04/2019
Time  1-4pm
Venue    Northampton    
Cost    £50
Link to course description   NCC Website

8. Pupils with medical needs: training in
    supporting pupils with Sickle Cell Disease

FAO: All
From: Hospital and Outreach Education

Prof Simon Dyson is a professor of sociology at De Montfort University in Leicester. He has undertaken national research on the experiences of young people living with sickle cell disease (SCD) at schools in England and has published articles on this subject. On the basis of the research he has produced a Guide to School Policy on Sickle Cell aimed at those with responsibilities under Section 100 of the 2014 Children and Families Act. The guide makes some suggestions about Individual Education, Health and Care Plans.

Simon will be supported by Claire Stockley who is the specialist sickle cell disease nurse for Northamptonshire and who makes use of the guide in her work.

Although you may not have a child with sickle cell disease at the moment, this will be useful CPD for you for the future. Please encourage governors with responsibilities for pupils with medical needs to also attend.

This event is free of charge. - Gatehouse (Kettering) Tuesday 21st May - Delapre (Northampton) Thursday 23rd May

9. Postgraduate Certificate in Digital

FAO: Primary and Secondary Headteachers, Heads of computing or digital leadership, Computing teachers or teachers with responsibility for digital leadership or educational technology.
From: University of Northampton Faculty of Education and Humanities, Teacher CPD.

We've redesigned our Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership 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 in any educational context.
Digital disruption is driving an urgent need to up-skill and re-skill; 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. You will:

  • Engage with peers in professional dialogues
  • Synthesize evidence from research and contemporary debates
  • Undertake practitioner research as a member of an engaged and supportive learning community

There are May and January intakes and we encourage applications from educators with varied levels of digital and education experience. Even beginners are welcome!
Applications for May 2019 are open now.
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 programme offers 60 masters credits which can be added to existing credits or used towards another full masters degree – such as our MA Education.

Find out more
Visit the Postgraduate Certificate in Digital Leadership programme page for information on
entry requirements, course content and fees and funding.
Contact me Senior Lecturer, Helen Caldwell to discuss the course.
Our experienced Admissions teams can assist with application queries;
UK & EU students: Call on 0300 303 2772 or email the team.

10.  Library Learning Services Consultancy

FAO:   Primary literacy leads/Secondary Heads of
From:  University of Northampton, Library Learning Services and Schools
            Engagement Team

Open to: NCOP and Widening Participation primary and secondary schools – please refer to our schools list on our website pages -

Date: In liaison with the Library Learning Services Team

Location: In your school or come to visit us on campus

The Library Learning Services Team are offering, following a very successful first year, FREE school opportunities to work with them on;
Libraries - from organisation to tailored CPD for staff and children/students involved in the school library
Virtual Learning Environments - including advice on platforms, software and development
Academic skills development, including bespoke workshops

We are very happy to tailor our offerings to the needs of your individual school

Please email to be linked with the Library Learning Services Team


11. Training from Northampton ESCO

FAO:   Headteachers and Bursars
From:  Northampton ESCO

Safer Recruitment in Education- with Jill Sneddon - 3rd April 2019 £110/£150

Accredited by Lucy Faithfull Consortium                                                                                                  

  • further knowledge of background to ‘Safer Recruitment’                                                             
  • awareness and understanding of offender behaviour                                                            
  • ability to identify key features of staff recruitment process that can help deter/prevent appointment of unsuitable people
  • better understanding of policies/practice and making right decisions
  • further understanding of promoting an on-going culture of vigilance

Book at or email

DSL Refresher Training Course with Lesley Pollard- 24th April 2019 £95/£130
This full day course meets the statutory requirements of the two-year Refresher Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools.

As part of the arrangements, which must be in place as required by S.175/S.157 of the Education Act 2002 and “Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018” 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.

The Designated Safeguarding Lead must receive training which gives them the knowledge and skills needed to fulfil their responsibilities and this training must be updated every two years, in line with statutory requirements.

  • To consider the implication of national and local changes with regard to Safeguarding and Child Protection in schools;
  • To recap the role and responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead in school;
  • To revisit the categories and possible indicators of the 4 categories of abuse and consider areas such as Grooming, FGM, CSE, Forced Marriage, So-Called Honour Based Violence, Radicalisation and Extremism;
  • To understand the impact of issues such as Peer-On-Peer Abuse, Domestic Violence, Drug and Alcohol Abuse and Mental Health problems on children/young people;
  • To consider the learning for schools from local and national Serious Case Reviews;
  • To reiterate the importance of interagency working from early help to referral;
  • To recap the referral process to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub;
  • To understand the requirements relating to keeping, transferring and archiving Child Protection and Early Help records.

Book at or email


12.  Teaching Assistants Enable Programme

FAO:   Support Staff
From:  Inspire Teaching School

This training programme is over 6 sessions to help support staff make even better use of their time so that outcomes for children are raised.

Sessions consist of:
Introduction – Awareness for Senior Leaders and Teachers

  • Session 1: Progress and Addressing Barriers – ‘Do you Know me?’
  • Session 2: Scaffolding and Independence – ‘What do I do?’
  • Session 3: Questions – ‘What questions do I have’
  • Session 4: English – ‘What do I need to know?’
  • Session 5: Mathematics – ‘What do I need to know?’
  • Session 6: Assessment and Feedback – ‘How well am I doing?’

People trained on this programme are given materials to take into their own school and can use them to train other staff in the setting.


Monday 29th April 2019:  1-4pm: Introduction to Enable for Senior Leaders
Tuesday 21st May 2019:  1-4pm: Sessions 1 and 2 of Enable (TAs)
Tuesday 4th June 2019:   1-4pm: Sessions 3 and 4 of Enable (Tas)
Tuesday 2nd July 2019:   1-4pm: sessions 5 and 6 of Enable (Tas)

Free to Inspire members
£195 to non-Inspire schools

To book please visit

13. Certified Training for Designated Teacher
      - Looked After Children

FAO:    Headteachers/DSL/Designated Teacher - LAC
From:  Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Northampton Primary Academy Trust in conjunction with independent consultant Sallyanne Perkins specialist in Leadership and Governance, Pupil Premium, Looked After Children and Attachment and Trauma are offering certified training for designated teachers.

  • Date: Mon 29th April 2019
  • Time: 1.p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Location: NPAT Central Office, Headlands Primary School, Bushland Road, Northampton, NN3 2NS 2N
  • Cost: £75 per person or £120 for two staff members

Book by below link to Eventbrite. Please email if you have any queries or if you are interested and the event is overbooked.


14.  SWAN Teaching School Alliance.

FAO:   Physics Teachers/Pastoral Leaders
From: SWAN Teaching School Alliance

Physics TSST

 Physics TSST

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 course
Pastoral Leaders

Pastoral Leaders

The day will comprise of several workshop based sessions linked to pastoral support within schools.  The Pastoral Leaders Toolkit training will enable attendees to cascade their learning to colleagues.
Key topics that workshops will focus on:
  • Restorative Justice
  • Wellbeing / Mindfulness
  • Managing Exam Stress
  • Attachment
  • Protective Behaviours
Event Date Session: Friday 14th June 2019 8.45am – 4.00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £80, with one free place to SWAN Alliance members.

15. Leading Reading – Improving the
      teaching of reading across your school

FAO: English Leaders
From: Inspire TSA

‘Leading Reading’ is a cascade training programme over 4 sessions which supports English Leaders to develop whole school practice in the teaching of reading. Leaders will be able to identify areas ripe for development specific to their own setting.

  • Identify the role of the subject lead in auditing, action planning and leading on teaching & learning in reading;
  • Review research-based theory and pedagogy supporting key reading skills;
  • Investigate the development of successful reading environments and the importance of pupils reading for pleasure;
  • Share good practice in increasing parental engagement in children’s reading at home

To build future capacity, We recommend that a ‘shadow person also attends.  Materials and resources are provided for each session so that participants can deliver the training back in your school to all staff.


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
Free to Inspire members
£195 to non- Inspire schools

To book please visit

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
If there are any queries, please email

Early Years Team
Simon de Senlis
  • Playground Leadership Training - Friday 29 March 2019  
  • 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

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

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 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.

SWAN Teaching School Alliance NTCTSA  application form.

Fairfields TSA


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