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3rd May 2019

Welcome to the Friday Bulletin

In this week's bulletin:
Find out about:
  • Helping to shape services for Children in Care and Care Leavers
  • School Representatives Wanted for Unitary Preparations
  • University of Northampton Open Day
  • Sociology and Social Sciences teachers Network meeting
Other Bulletins:
  • Maths Newsletter
  • April edition Inclusion News
  • Early Years and Childcare Bulletin
Training courses offered:
  • NHS Foundation Trust - Talking Success - starts 7th October 2019
  • Enigma Maths Hub  - Teaching for Mastery Work Groups - Closisng date 10th June 2019
  • St Andrews Healthcare - Promoting self esteem and positive body image amongst young people
    • Coaching matters - Thursday 6th June 2019
    • Pastoral Leaders Training - Friday 14th June 2019
  • Inspire TSA  -
    • Bring Mindfulness to your school through the Paws b curriculum - Wednesday 26th June, Thursday 27th June and Friday 28th June 2019
    • Intent, Implementation and Impact - Schools becoming Research-Rich Communities - starts Monday 10th June 2019
    • Designated Safeguarding Lead Training - New to Role Thursday 27th June 2019 and Refresher Thursday 20th June 2019
  • Northampton ESCO
    • Paediatric First Aid – 8th and 9th May 2019
    • Fire Safety – 6th June 2019
    • DSL Refresher Training Course – 11th June 2019
    • Legionella Awareness Training Course – 12th June 2019
    • PAT Testing- 14th June 2019
  • 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
Have a wonderful weekend.

Sally Hodges
Director for Children's Services
Northamptonshire County Council

1. Your chance to shape services for Children in Care and Care Leavers

FAO: Professionals working with Children in Care and Care Leavers
From: Stand Out Northamptonshire

We are setting up a new charity just for Children in Care and Care Leavers and this is an opportunity for both professionals and young people to help shape our offering.  As a result of this consultation we will develop and pilot services to meet the needs and demands of our young care experienced people, working closely with existing provision to enhance and improve current support. The online questionnaire takes only 5 minutes to complete and we would really appreciate it if you could complete it and also support young care experience people to have their say.

Deadline for responses is 19 May

If you would like to know more about our project, please contact Natalie Thompson, Stand Out Manager,

2. School Representatives Wanted for Unitary Preparations

FAO: All Headteachers/Principals, Executive Headteachers and MAT CEOs
From: Children First Northamptonshire

Dear colleagues,

When I last met with you at the briefings for schools – which seems a long time ago now – we agreed to set up a mechanism for you to feed into the establishment of the 2 new Unitary Authorities.

It is likely that a decision will be made by the Secretary of State within the next few weeks and so it is time to move forward on establishing the group of representatives from primary, secondary and special schools to be part of the preparations.

If you are interested in being a representative, by Monday 13th May, please provide a brief expression of interest detailing how you would ensure that other schools and academies in your sector are kept informed to:

In the case of multiple expressions of interest being received for each sector, we will set up a voting process via Surveymonkey.
Best wishes
Theresa Grant
Chief Executive

3.  Maths Newsletter

FAO:   Headteachers and Maths subject leaders
From:  LSE

Proud of your maths teaching?  Are you masters of maths and want to share your ideas? Would you like details of maths practice in your school to be published in our county-wide maths bulletin?

Following the success of our #teachmathsnorthants conference, where teachers had an opportunity to collaborate and share best practice, we would like to continue to keep teachers up to date and share some of the exciting mathematical teaching that is taking place in our schools.  We will therefore be producing a regular maths bulletin for both primary and secondary teachers, providing a means to celebrate and share ideas and practice.

What is happening in your school in maths that is worth celebrating? What problems or puzzles have you used that have engaged your pupils?  If you wish to contribute to the bulletin, please send in your blogs, photos, puzzles or ideas to

Let’s master maths together!

4.  UoN Schools Open Day

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

Date and time - Friday 28th June
Venue – Waterside Campus, University of Northampton

What is it like to study with us at the University of Northampton? 
Students will receive help and guidance to help kick-start their UCAS applications over the summer.
Attend subject sessions
Tour our facilities and speak to current students and lecturers.
Techers and AOTTs will have:
Access to our designated schools area, where you can work whilst your students take part in the open day.
Free Wi-Fi and a complimentary lunch are available

How to register:
Please email to let us know how many student and staff members you would like to bring. We will then send you a registration link to share with your students. Students will need to use this to register themselves individually, so that they can book onto specific sessions for the day.  

5. Teachers Network Meeting

FAO: Secondary/Head of 6th, Headteachers, Techers or Head of Dept in Sociology &Social Sciences
From: University of Northampton

Venue - Waterside Campus, Northampton
Date 15th May 2019
Times – 2pm until 4pm


Paul Taylor, Principal Examiner for Sociology at OCR will cover:

  • 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.

Paul has previously authored A Level and AS Level exam papers and helped develop a new A Level Sociology specification

University staff to share resources and activities that they have used to teach Sociology.
Visiting staff to bring along a resource or activity that you have used with students to share with the group.

Contact to book your place.

6.  April Edition of Inclusion News

FAO:   All
From:  Fairfields TSA

Here is the link to the April Edition of Inclusion News.

7. 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

8. Talking Success Training

FAO: All
From: NHS Foundation Trust

 Raising pupils achievement through improved speech, language and communication skills.

 The course runs on the following dates and attendance is required at all sessions:
 7/8 October 2019 9:30am - 3:00pm
 7 November 2019 9:30am - 12:00pm
 26/27/28 November 2019 - 9:30am - 3:00pm
 12 December 2019 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

 Please click here for information on the Talking Success Training offered by the NHS Foundation Trust.

9. Teaching for Mastery Work Groups with the Enigma Maths Hub

FAO:  Headteachers and Maths subject leaders
From: Enigma Maths Hub

Are you interested in developing teaching for mastery at your school?
Would you like support from a mastery specialist?
Would you like to work alongside other schools to learn from each other?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes then apply for the Teaching for Mastery Primary work groups with the Enigma Maths Hub!

Current participants have made the following comments:

  • A fantastic opportunity to further enhance my own practice and others!
  • I feel I have a clearer understanding of how progression happens within mathematics.
  • I feel when teaching maths I use more of a mastery approach especially with my questioning. I now encourage children a lot more to explain why and constantly get them to reason their answers.
  • Children throughout the school are now being constantly asked to reason their understanding and are being faced with problems that they weren’t before.
  • When our specialist first came to our school it was unclear whether children were solving problems and reasoning as there wasn’t as much evidence in books. Our school has now moved on and children are reasoning a lot more this is becoming more evident in books and lessons and I feel this will continue to grow.
  • I really feel watching lessons a helpful part of this programme. Sometimes I feel we can learn about ideas etc but seeing this first hand is easier to fully understand the concept and connect the dots.
  • Children in year 1 and 2 are showing more confidence as they are being taught as a whole class, they are developing an ‘I can do it’ attitude.
  • Children are being challenged throughout the maths lesson rather than just at the end of the lesson.
  • Children are beginning to see the challenge as a positive thing and are very keen to be able to explain their ideas and methods and this is happening with greater accuracy

Further information and application form available from the following link:
Closing date: 10 June 2019

10. 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.
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.
  • 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.

Pastoral Leaders Training

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 Friday 14th June 2019 8.45am – 4.00pm
Location: GUTP House, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Cost: £80 per delegate. 1 free place to SWAN Alliance members.

11. Bring Mindfulness to your School through The Paws b Curriculum

FAO: Persons wishing to teach the Paws b mindfulness curriculum to KS2 primary school children
From: Inspire Teaching School

We invite you to train to teach mindfulness on this Three Day Training Course.
It is suitable for any persons wishing to teach the Paws b mindfulness curriculum to KS2 primary school children
  • Learn to teach mindfulness to primary school children
  • A full curriculum from 7-11 years
  • Follow up access to on-line resources to support teaching

You will need to have completed an 8 week foundation course to be accepted onto this course

Dates of Course

Day 1: Wednesday 26th June 2019
Day 2: Thursday 27th June 2019
Day 3: Friday 28th June 2019
Venue: TBC

£495 per person for the three days; this includes access to the online curriculum resources.
Lunch and refreshments provided.

To book please visit

12. Training offered by Inspire Teaching School Alliance

FAO: All
From: Inspire TSA

Intent, Implementation and Impact
Schools becoming Research-Rich Communities

This CPD programme is an innovative partnership between Inspire and the University of Northampton that will empower teachers and school leaders to conduct research in their own schools and settings, giving opportunities to learn to collect and analyse valuable evidence to inform school development in
  • Quality learning, teaching and assessment
  • Learner’s behaviour, attitudes and personal development
  • School leadership and management
 The programme is over eight afternoon sessions and will upskill teachers and school leaders as practitioner researchers who systematically explore aspects of classroom practice and whole school provision, with the ultimate goal of improvement.
There will be hands-on workshops for delegates to learn about every stage of the educational research process, to include project design, data collection methods, analysis, and developing recommendations based on evidence to inform school improvement.  All delegates will conduct a school-based enquiry as part of the programme, which concludes with a conference at which delegates will present their research.
Once you have learned these research skills, you will be able to continue to apply them to many other school development projects.
1: 10.06.19 – Being a Practitioner Researcher
2: 08.07.19 – Reviewing Literature
3: 30.09.19 – Methodological Approaches
4: 21.10.19 – How to collect Research Data
5: 18.11.19 – Ethics in research. Planning your project
6: 27.01.20 – Analysing and Interpreting Research Data
7: 24.02.20 – Sharing your findings
8: 30.03.20 – The Conference

Free to Inspire members
£295 for non-members
To book please visit

12. Designated Safeguarding Lead Training – New to role & Refresher

FAO: Designated Safeguarding Lead, including new to role
From: Inspire Teaching School Alliance

New to role – Thu, 27 Jun 2019 9:30 am -3:30 pm
 Inspire Development Centre, Unit 2 Swan Court, Lamport, NN6 9ER

Refresher - Thu, 20 Jun 2019 9:30 am -3:30 pm
 Hall Meadow Primary School, Packer Road, Kettering, NN15 7RP

Inspire Teaching School Alliance have the above DSL training running for this academic year.
All training is in line with current legislation and focuses on procedures, roles and responsibilities that help secure the welfare of the children and young people of Northamptonshire.

All of our training is led by Lesley Pollard who many of you will know as a former School Improvement Officer and Learning Adviser with Learning, Skills and Education (NCC). Lesley is a member of the Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board (Learning & Development Committee) and is an experienced teacher, trainer and adviser.
 The cost for a full day DSL Training £130.00. Lunch is provided.

Please use the link to book places.

13. Upcoming Training Courses

FAO: All
From: Northampton ESCO

Paediatric First Aid – 8th and 9th May 2019 @ The Duston Training School
This qualification indicates an individual can undertake the role of Paediatric First Aider in a role that has responsibility for the welfare of infants and children.

The award has been designed to fulfil the need for effective paediatric first aid training, set out in The Early Years Foundation Stage Guidance. The qualification will benefit all who work in the ‘early years’ environment and with young children.

The awarding body is ITC First.

Course duration: Two-day programme
Assessment: Certification is dependent on successful continuous assessment of the delegate.
Upon successful completion certification is valid for three years.

Booking Link:
Price ESCO: £115
Price Non ESCO: £150

Fire Safety – 6th June 2019 @ Far Cotton Rec Centre
This course is designed for any members of staff who are looking to become the designated fire warden for their workplace. Delegates will learn about causes and effects of fires, as well as how to prevent their spread and implement necessary emergency procedures. The course complies with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 and will include a fire extinguisher practical course for a more intensive training experience to cover all fire risks.

Outline of Programme:

  • The role of the fire marshal and responsibilities.
  • Relevant legislation and guidelines.
  • Preventing fires and the spread of them within buildings.
  • Fighting fires with both fixed installations and portable extinguishers.
  • Fire hazards and causes of fires.
  • Emergency protocol, including evacuation, emergency lighting and assembly points.
  • Fire alarms, fire drills and safety training.
  • Fire risk assessment.
  • Understanding categories of fire and how they differ.
  • Meaning of the colour codes on fire extinguishers.
  • Regular fire safety inspections and keeping a fire log.

Assessment: The fire marshalling training course takes around 3 hours and delegates may be expected to engage in a number of group activities. Our experienced trainers will be on hand to help guide participants through these sessions and a certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Booking Link:
Price ESCO: £69
Price Non ESCO: £99

DSL Refresher Training Course – 11th June 2019 @ The Bee Hive
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 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.

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.

Booking Link:
Price ESCO: £95
Price Non ESCO: £130

Legionella Awareness Training Course – 12th June 2019 @ Far Cotton Rec Centre
This course will provide delegates with an understanding of the risks that Legionella brings, as well as the skills required to develop systems and working practices to protect against it. L8 Approved Code of Practice stipulates that all ‘responsible people’ on a site are to be suitably trained, so this course is designed for those whose job role includes maintenance activities. Equipping personnel with the correct skills is essential for safe, legal and effective management of water systems, and is key to preventing water-based diseases.

Outline of Programme

  •  Introduction and explanation.
  • Legislation and requirements.
  • Understanding of Legionella.
  • Symptoms and health effects.
  • Identify at-risk hot and cold water systems.
  • Maintenance and control measures.
  • Management responsibilities.

The legionella awareness training course lasts for approximately 3 hours. Delegates will be expected to engage in a number of group activities. Our experienced trainers will be on hand to help guide participants through these sessions. Delegates will be assessed with a short multiple choice examination. A certificate will be awarded on completion with a validity of 12 months.

Booking Link:
Price ESCO: £74
Price Non ESCO: £95

Pat-Testing - 14th June 2019 @ Far Cotton Rec Centre
Regular checks are essential to the maintenance of portable appliances and whilst this can be done visually, sometimes a test is necessary. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) training is relevant to any sector and an asset to any businesses, however it is particularly valuable where such appliances could cause injury if a malfunction were to occur. Training complies with the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Code of Practice and supplies delegates with a knowledge of correct procedure for testing appliances.

Outline of Programme

  • Introduction.
  • Basic principles of electricity.
  • Appliance classification.
  • Health and safety.
  • Awareness of electrical risks.
  • Record keeping.
  • IET Code of Practice.
  • Using a PAT tester.
  • Laws, legislation and responsibilities.

The Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) training course lasts 1 day and a certificate will be awarded upon completion. Delegates will be expected to engage in a number of group activities and our experienced trainers will be on hand to help guide through these sessions.

Booking Link:
Price ESCO: £249.00
Price Non ESCO: £299.00

14. Promoting self esteem and positive body image amongst young people - Thursday 16 May, 5 - 9pm

FAO:   Parent, teacher or carer of children or young people aged between 13 - 18
From:  Henry Chichele Primary School

This year, Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on body image and at St Andrew's we want to encourage and support young people in achieving a positive attitude to how they see themselves and others. If you are a parent, teacher or carer of children or young people aged between 13 - 18, join us to learn more about:
  • Self esteem - and the way that young people view their bodies
  • Self-harm - the signs and where to get support
  • Eating disorders - what to look out for and how to help
Led by the clinical team from St Andrew's and educational experts from the county we will run sessions looking at all of these issues, how to manage them and the best ways to get help.  We will be repeating these sessions so you have the choice of attending either session 1 or 2, the times are: 

Session 1 -  5.30 - 6.30pm  or Session 2 - 7.30 - 8.30pm 

The evening will also provide the opportunity to browse and chat to exhibitors from charities and organisations from across the county that work with and support young people.

We would like to offer each school two free tickets to attend. To find out more and  to book your TWO FREE places Click Here and enter SCHOOL in the discount box* 

* two free tickets available per school. If you would like to register more than two delegates for this event, please click here to register the delegate space and pay your £5.00 donation per ticket.
5.30 - 6.30pm OR 7.30 - 8.30pm
St Andrew's Healthcare is a registered charity (no. 1104951) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 5176998), registered in England and Wales and with its registered office at Cliftonville Road, Northampton, NN1 5DG.

15. Free Wheelchair Rugby sessions

FAO: SEN Schools or schools with SEN provision
From: Education and Health Care Team

Northampton Saints Community department are currently offering 4 weeks of free Wheelchair Rugby sessions to SEN Schools or schools with SEN provision. Sessions are run by a Level 2 recognised coach and all the chairs and equipment  is supplied by the club to deliver the sessions.
On top of this there is the opportunity to purchase a SITS (Saints In The School) package focussed on Wheelchair Rugby that may help towards teaching about disability sport and inclusiveness. These packages include coaching time, free match day tickets, discount codes for further tickets, framed signed shirts and the school acknowledgement on the Saints Website as a community partner.
Information on Wheelchair Rugby or to sign up for free sessions can be obtained from Jamie Higgins (Inclusion Officer) at

15. Coaching from Northampton Town FC Community Trust

FAO: Headteachers and PE coordinators
From: Northampton Town FC Community Trust

As a charity our vision is to create a healthy, happy and connected Northamptonshire using the power of sport and brand of Northampton Town FC.

To achieve our mission and aims we deliver across four key themed areas:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Disability and Inclusion
  • Sports participation

This is a range of physical activity and curriculum-based activities which are all linked to national curriculum objectives. Fun, interactive, engaging as well as educational; they include ‘Reading and Writing Stars’, Maths Attax, PSHE, 1-1 mentoring and PE. These programmes can be used to meet school development priorities, using PE and school sport and pupil premium funding.

School takeover days - curriculum enrichment

  • This is an exciting opportunity to hold a sports-themed NTFC day at your school. Community coaches from NTFC’s Football in the Community will visit your school to deliver practical coaching sessions (not just football!) and classroom-based activities if required. These can include football themed active literacy and numeracy sessions which cover national curriculum objectives as well as Walter Tull workshops.
  • Our mascot Clarence the Dragon will visit the school for an assembly, ‘Communicating with Clarence’ reading workshop or penalty shoot-out. There is also the possibility of a question and answer session with NTFC players.
  • Special themed dates can be booked in advance to link to World Book Day, UEFA Euro 2020 tournament or the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

NTFC PASS - Partnership of Associated Schools Scheme
Northampton Town Football Club are offering schools a fantastic opportunity to get involved with their local professional football club for the new season. Sign up to NTFC PASS to become an official NTFC school and receive lots of fantastic benefits! These include free tickets and stadium tour, official plaque, access to player visits and tournaments.   

Holiday Football courses held during each school holiday at various locations.

Wildcats girls coaching - girls aged 5-11 coaching sessions at the Duston Sports Centre and Wrenn School in Wellingborough.

Please contact:

Training courses advertised this term

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
To make a booking contact Amanda Duncan, Speech & Language Therapist

  • 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

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