Education Noticeboard - 25 November 2021

Welcome to the Education Noticeboard. A round-up of news, guidance and key updates for education settings.

  1. Director briefing
  2. Telford Priory wear cultural dress for Children in Need
  3. Lawley Primary wear their PJ’s for Children in Need
  4. St Peter’s Bratton making contributions to Pudsey
  5. Moorfield Primary hold a crazy hair day for Children in Need
  6. HLC Student Parliament work to develop the school menu
  7. White Ribbon Day – 25 November 2021
  8. New affordable uniform rules
  9. Emergency Services Cenotaph Campaign - Unite the Uniforms on 3 December 2021
  10. Information on applying for air cleaning units in SEND and Alternative Provision education settings
  11. Pop-up vaccination clinics in Southwater
  12. Winter guidance for schools
  13. Pre-exclusion hotline 07816 372459
  14. Strategic Education Partnership Board
  15. Low-level concerns: Clarification from the Department for Education
  16. Charity Commissions updates on safeguarding guidance for trustees
  17. Prevent duty self-assessment tool: Further education
  18. Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel Review
  19. Autism Spectrum Condition Training
  20. Updating the SAM Portal
  21. Reforming how local authorities’ school improvement functions are funded Government consultation
  22. Secondment opportunity: COVID-19 Recovery Curriculum Advisor for Teaching and Learning
  23. AST referrals cut of date for December
  24. Notification of a change to the bespoke MAPA offer
  25. Free of charge science CPD opportunity for primary schools
  26. CPD courses for school staff, senior leaders and governors
  27. Cross-curricular computing: Free training
  28. Trip to the Tropics art exhibition – 26-28 November 2021

Director briefing

Dear Colleagues

Much like last week, a full Education Noticeboard for you but I hope you will take the time to read some great news stories we’ve had, as well as key information.

We’ve had some brilliant pictures to showcase what schools have put on for Children in Need. Telford Priory had a number of students wearing cultural dress, Moorfield Primary held a crazy hair day, Lawley Primary students came in their PJ’s to fundraise and St Peter’s Bratton shaped their collections in the shape of Pudsey!

There have been several updates and messages for COVID-19, including updated winter guidance for schools from the Health Protection Hub. The most up to date schedule has been listed for pop-up vaccination clinics within Southwater, Telford. A number of DfE updates are also included, along with safeguarding updates.

We’re keen to receive your feedback on the Emotional Health and Wellbeing panel to hear your views on the process and experience in attending the panel, please do fill in the survey when you get a chance to do so.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your week.

Best wishes


Director: Education and Skills

Telford Priory wear cultural dress for Children in Need

A number of students and staff at the Telford Priory schools wore cultural dress to school, on 19 November 19, for Children in Need.

To see more photos, visit the Telford Priory Twitter feed.

Lawley Primary wear their PJ’s for Children in Need

Pupils at Lawley Primary School wore their PJ’s and onesies to school, on 19 November 2021, for Children in Need.

Other activities included mask making and a VIP visit from Pudsey bear! The school was even mentioned by Sara Cox on BBC Radio2.

To see more photos visit the Lawley Primary Twitter feed.

St Peter’s Bratton making contributions to Pudsey

Pupils from St Peter’s Bratton collected contributions, on 19 November 2021, in the shape of a giant Pudsey head!

To see more photos, visit the St Peter’s Bratton Twitter feed.

Moorfield Primary hold a crazy hair day for Children in Need

Moorfield Primary held a crazy hair day, on 19 November 2021, for Children in Need. A fantastic effort was made.

To see more photos, visit the Moorfield Primary website.

HLC Student Parliament work to develop the school menu

The HLC Student Parliament have met with Leah and Laura from the catering team to start looking at ways to develop the school menu. They all had so many ideas for developing the school it!

White Ribbon Day – 25 November 2021

White Ribbon UK is a leading charity as part of the global White Ribbon movement to end male violence against women.

On White Ribbon Day this year White Ribbon Telford & Wrekin will be posting every day until 10 December 2021 - for 16 Days of Action to end violence against women.

If you'd like to help support this, please like, follow and share the Facebook page and posts. You can also find out more about how Telford & Wrekin support White Ribbon day:

White Ribbon Telford & Wrekin

New affordable uniform rules

This is an update from the Department for Education

Families will save money on school uniforms from next year, following new legally-binding guidance published today (Friday 19 November 2021) requiring schools to make uniform affordable for all.

The Department for Education (DfE) cost of school uniform guidance means schools in England must ensure that school uniform costs are reasonable, and parents get the best value for money.

Research from the DfE in 2015 showed that parents can save almost £50 on average if they can buy all school uniform items from any store, compared to uniform which all needs to be bought from a designated shop or school. From next autumn, schools will be required to help keep costs down by taking steps to remove unnecessary branded items and allowing more high-street options, like supermarket own-brand uniform.

To support families, schools will have to make sure second-hand uniforms are available, also helping work towards achieving net zero carbon emissions. In the UK, an estimated 350,000 tonnes of clothes end up in landfill every year and encouraging families to use second-hand uniform can reduce waste and bring down emissions from manufacturing new garments, while making it cost-effective for families.

The new guidance also requires schools to use competitive and transparent contracts with suppliers. Should schools need to tender to secure a new contract, they have until December 2022.

Ensuring that uniform does not restrict where pupils go to school supports the government’s commitment to levelling up opportunity across the country. Schools are expected to have taken steps to adhere to the new guidance before parents buy uniform for the academic year beginning in September 2022.

Emergency Services Cenotaph Campaign - Unite the Uniforms on 3 December 2021

Pupils across the UK are being invited to wear the colours of the emergency services on Friday 3 December 2021, as part of a major campaign to raise at least £3.2 million to build the UK’s first ‘Emergency Services Cenotaph’.

They will be asked to wear red, blue, green or orange clothing (the colours of the emergency services_ and donate £1. This will go towards the 999 Cenotaph fund.

The 999 Cenotaph is supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge; the Prime Minister; First Ministers of NI, Scotland, and Wales; and all emergency services. The 999 Cenotaph has the support of all parties in the House of Commons and has a Cross Party Committee which is being co-chaired by Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP and Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP.

What is the 999 Cenotaph and why do we need one?
Almost 2 million people work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services today, including 250,000 first responders – those who respond when you dial 999. The Emergency Services Cenotaph (also known as a ‘999 Cenotaph’) will honour everybody who has ever served in the NHS and emergency services – from call handlers’, admin staff and porters to first responders, nurses and GPs. Those on the frontline could not do their jobs without people working hard behind the scenes.

Every person in this country has been helped by the NHS or emergency services at some point in our lives. Whether it’s from seeing your GP, firefighter’s putting out a fire or police officers coming to your aid. We all take those who serve in the NHS and emergency services for granted. We know that when we really need help, it will arrive. Despite millions of people having served in the 999 family, we do not have a national monument to celebrate our NHS and 999 heroes. We are working to change that.

Just as The Cenotaph was unveiled in 1920 to honour our Armed Forces and those killed in war, the 999 Cenotaph will be Britain’s national symbol of gratitude, sacrifice and remembrance to the millions who have served in our NHS and emergency services. It is our intention for the 999 Cenotaph to stand proudly alongside The Cenotaph on Whitehall for up to 1,000 years.

What will the 999 Cenotaph look like?
The monument will stand at 21 feet tall and includes six 8ft bronze statues (police officer, firefighter, paramedic, NHS nurse, maritime volunteer and search and rescue volunteer) stood back-to-back on a plinth, wearing the uniform they would wear when responding to a 999 call. There is also a statue of a spaniel dog to represent the important role of service animals. Should funds be secured soon, we are hoping for an unveiling at the beginning of 2023.

More information is available online.

Information on applying for air cleaning units in SEND and Alternative Provision education settings

This is an update from the Department for Education

The Department for Education (DfE) will make 1,000 DfE-funded air cleaning units available. These are for teaching spaces and staff rooms in SEND and Alternative Provision settings, including SEN units in mainstream settings, where improvements to ventilation have not yet been possible. These settings are being prioritised given the higher-than-average number of vulnerable pupils attending those settings.

Eligible settings can now apply for a DfE-funded air cleaning unit. Before applying, please read the guidance which includes the eligibility criteria, the application process and form. Applications will close at 5pm on Tuesday 7 December 2021.

An online ‘marketplace’ will be available from early December if your setting is not eligible for a DfE-funded unit. This will be available for all state-funded primary and secondary schools, further education colleges and early years settings.

The marketplace will provide a route to purchasing air cleaning units directly from suppliers at a suitable specification and competitive price. We will inform you through the sector email once the online marketplace has launched and provide a link to the information needed.

Pop-up vaccination clinics in Southwater

Heading out to purchase a Black Friday deal? Or trying to get ahead on your Christmas shopping?
If you are out and about this weekend, why not pop into one of the COVID-19 vaccination pop-up clinics!

It’s easy to get your vaccination done and get yourself and your loved ones protected ahead of the Christmas celebrations

Saturday 27 November 2021

  • 11am-3pm
  • Southwater One, 2nd floor
  • For:
    • 12–15 year-olds, 1st dose
    • booster jabs
    • 1st and 2nd doses

Friday 26 November 2021

  • 11.30am - 3.30pm
  • Telford and Wrekin Interfaith Council Building, Wellington
  • Offering 1st dose for 12-15 year olds, booster jabs, 1st and 2nd doses

Get the full list of local walk-in clinics, dates and times online:

COVID-19 vaccination walk-in and pop-up clinics

Important information:
All vaccines will be given on a first come, first served, with limited vaccines available.
Parents must accompany children aged 12-15
Booster jabs are available for those 40 and over who had their 2nd Covid vaccination over 182 days (6 months) ago.
Not sure when you had your jab? Calculate the date online

Winter guidance for schools

Updated guidance has been provided for schools, related to the management of COVID-19, from the Health Protection Hub.

Cleaning remains an important control in reducing the risk of transmission of Covid 19. You should ensure that you regularly clean the following surfaces : 

  • Door handles
  • Classroom taps / sinks
  • Toilets including wash basins toilet doors and taps
  • Light switches
  • Handrails
  • Shared equipment such as photocopiers or computers.

To clean you should ideally use a disposable paper towel / cloth or map to clean all hard surfaces .

To clean you should ideally user a virucidal cleaning agent that meets the BS EN 14476 standard 

A list of chemicals that meet this standard can be found in Appendix A. For those that buy back into Telford & Wrekin Cleaning –  please contact them for advice as they should be able to advise you on appropriate products

Or use a combined detergent disinfectant solution at a dilution of 1,000 parts per million available chlorine

In either case you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for contact times.

Please download the cleaning products index.

CO2 monitoring and ventilation
Good ventilation is a critical mitigation in schools to control transmission of not only COVID-19, but other illnesses that cause ill-health and increase absenteeism.  To illustrate the point, in a recent study (albeit not yet peer-reviewed) looking at the effects of ventilation, mask wearing and HEPA filtration on the concentration of virus particles in a classroom of 160 m3 containing one infectious individual, the most effective single intervention was natural ventilation through the full opening of six windows all day during the winter, which gave a 14-fold decrease in cumulative dose.

Useful guidance documents
Guidance on ventilation, the assessment of the efficacy of ventilation and what to do about poor ventilation has been produced by the Health and Safety Executive:

Guidance on ventilation and COVID-19

and by a group of Unions:

Joint union guide to improving ventilation in schools and colleges

In summary you should, broadly-speaking, take the following steps:

  • Audit your buildings to identify poorly ventilated areas, ideally using CO2 monitors (see below for more detail).
  • Address areas of poor ventilation either by modifying behaviour (e.g. keeping windows and door open), making structural/maintenance changes (e.g. cleaning air bricks, fixing windows which no longer open, fixing/maintaining poorly-performing mechanical ventilation units – Step 4 of the Unions’ guide provides excellent practical advice on this).
  • Deal with areas where good ventilation is not possible by taking these areas out of use as much as possible and considering air cleaning and filtration.
  • Maintain good levels of ventilation on an ongoing basis through behaviours and maintenance.

CO2 monitoring
CO2 monitoring is a good way of assessing ventilation efficacy, especially in classrooms.  The HSE give the following guidance on their use:

  • Check your monitor is calibrated before making CO2 measurements. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, including the appropriate warm-up time for the device to stabilise.
  • Know how to use your portable monitor correctly, including the time needed to provide a reading.
  • Take multiple measurements in occupied areas to identify a suitable sampling location to give a representative measurement for the space. In larger spaces it is likely that more than one sampling location will be required.
  • Take measurements at key times throughout the working day and for a minimum of one full working day to ensure your readings represent normal use and occupancy.
  • Record CO2 readings, number of occupants, the type of ventilation you’re using at the time and the date. These numbers will help you use the CO2 records to decide if an area is poorly ventilated.

CO2 measurements should be used as a broad guide to ventilation within a space rather than treating them as ’safe thresholds’.

Outdoor levels are around 400ppm and indoors a consistent CO2 value less than 800ppm is likely to indicate that a space is well ventilated.

An average of 1500ppm CO2 concentration over the occupied period in a space is an indicator of poor ventilation. You should take action to improve ventilation where CO2 readings are consistently higher than 1500ppm. For example opening windows or reducing capacity within the room/area.

However, where there is continuous talking or singing, or high levels of physical activity (such as dancing, playing sport or exercising), providing ventilation sufficient to keep CO2 levels below 800ppm is recommended.

Please don’t forget to consider non-classroom spaces such as staff rooms and changing rooms.

Further advice can be obtained on CO2 monitoring and ventilation from the biT team if you buy back in to T&W’s H&S service.

Social distancing and mask wearing

Even with good ventilation, COVID will spread between people who are close together, so it’s important as a control measure for staff to practise social-distancing and wear masks where possible.

Christmas activities

Christmas Cards - We suggest that you can take a relaxed approach to Christmas card giving as there is minimal risk of transmission via paper. However, it is important to keep up with good hand hygiene and recommend hands are sanitised/washed before and after the distribution of cards.

Christmas Plays / Concerts - Schools and settings are to determine their own arrangements with regard to Christmas Plays / Concerts.  It may help to understand what neighbouring settings plan to do when considering your own plans.  We have previously sent out public health recommendations that at this time settings and schools should carefully consider the appropriateness of non-essential visits involving parents.  Should a setting wish to go ahead with ‘in person’ plays/concerts then a risk assessment should be undertaken and the following mitigations considered: 

  • Anyone feeling unwell (not just with COVID-19 symptoms) should not attend.
  • Think about numbers and spacing/ventilation - reduce risk of congregation.
  • Consider the number of Covid -19 cases within your setting. If you have classes in stepped up measure (or super stepped up measures) then cancellation of the in person event should be considered and a switch to a virtual performance would be recommended.
  • Think about whether refreshments are needed at all, and if provided, then to provide in a safe way.
  • Those singing/playing wind instruments will need extra distancing between performers, and between performers and audience. 
  • Face masks for parents within the hall/ venue – ensuring that those who are exempt are not excluded from attending
  • Ask all visitors to do an LFT prior to coming in.  
  • Ensure handwashing/sanitisation opportunities (including before and after handing goods/stall items at fairs)
  • Display the QR code and encourage visitors to use it to check in.
  • Really thorough cleaning before and after using guidance above

Christmas Fayres
As per the guidance sent out on 2 November 2021, we are recommending that no Christmas Fayres be held this year unless they can take place totally outdoors.

Reporting of Covid-19 cases over the Christmas period
Schools are not required to notify Health Protection Hub of any positive cases reported to them after Friday 17 December 2021. We would ask that you resume sending notifications when you return in the New Year .

Pre-exclusion hotline 07816 372459

The pre-exclusion hotline has been working well and this has best been used when a school is considering an exclusion, whereby a member of the BSAT team has been able to offer immediate intervention to discuss the exclusion in more detail and offer a preventative solution. This support is available for both the individual child and their school.

One example of this was a school who telephoned the pre-exclusion hotline requesting support.

Contact was requested because a child had got into trouble swearing and telling staff that they were going to kill them. The issue was that this individual had already been on a fixed term exclusion previously. The school had noticed that the child has complex needs and has previously utilised alternative provision.

The school felt that information provided to them by a primary colleague did not evidence the complex needs and support that was previously provided to the child. As Local Authority (LA) officers, the Behaviour Support Development and Advisory Team (BSATs) were able to check the protocol system to see the extensive support that had previously been provided and they were able to discuss this with the school. 

Immediately, a visit was planned which allowed the BSAT team to support the child and discuss the reasons for their behaviour using a restorative approach. An offer of a restorative justice session with the child and the teacher involved enabled the exclusion to be prevented. Following this, school wanted to hold a series of support sessions from BSAT. This will be traded through the service.

In this instance, the ongoing support has allowed the BSATteam to check in weekly with the child, who has remained in school and is now doing well. This demonstrates that with the right support at the right time, exclusions can be prevented.

The Pre-exclusion Hotline number is 07816 372459.

Strategic Education Partnership Board

Want to know more about the Strategic Education Partnership Board?  Please download our first newsletter providing you with key updates following the partnership board meeting held on the 11 November 2021.

Low-level concerns: Clarification from the Department for Education

Fundamentally, there appears to be some confusion on the ground over the role of the DSL in the context of the formal low-level concerns (LLCs) mechanism introduced by Keeping Children Safe In Education 2021 (KCSIE 2021). Guidance has been provided to give clarification from Department for Education (DfE).

Low-level concerns: Clarification from the DfE

Charity Commissions updates on safeguarding guidance for trustees

For those who may not already be aware, the Charity Commission (CC) has, during Adult Safeguarding Week: updated its safeguarding guidance for Trustees - including a new section on managing the safeguarding risks when operating online, and signposting to other sources of support (i.e. Internet Matters, Get Safe Online and NSPCC). It has also produced a new summary guide for Trustees about their safeguarding responsibilities, which provides an additional resource to the CC’s ‘five-minute guides.’

The full document is available on the GOV.UK website:

Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees

Prevent duty self-assessment tool: Further education

The Prevent duty self-assessment tool helps providers to understand how well embedded their policies and practices are, and to encourage a cycle of continuous review and improvement.

The tool has been designed to assist the FE sector to review their Prevent related responsibilities in line with:

The tool should be used in conjunction with:

All registered providers of post 16 education, including where sixth form provision is provided on a school/academy site, should complete this toolkit.

The tool can be downloaded from the GOV.UK website.

Prevent duty self-assessment tool

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel Review

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel has been in place since November 2019. The panel was initiated to support schools and young people by providing advice, signpost to services and to ensure the young people with the appropriate level of need are referred to BeeU for the ASD and ADHD pathway.

Following feedback from parent carers, schools and professionals the panel is being reviewed, to look what is working well and what the areas can be identified for development. Feedback is requested from all partners including Health and Parent Carers regarding the process, including experience and suggestions of areas to improve.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Panel Survey

We would appreciate your feedback so we can ensure that the panel is meeting the needs of our Children and Young people in Telford & Wrekin.

Please complete the survey by Friday 10 December 2021.

More information about the Panel can be found on the SEND Local Offer.

Autism Spectrum Condition Training

Currently underway is a huge drive on increasing the understanding of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) within Telford & Wrekin schools, to increase inclusion. All schools are asked to co-work towards achieving this whole-borough vision. To support this co-work, and make achieving this vision a reality, a funded place is being provided for a one member of senior staff from each setting to attend the ASC Lead training, during the forthcoming Autumn Term.

Why does my schools need an ASC Lead?
A lead autism practitioner is needed in every school in Telford. The ASC Lead can then drive planning the support and provision for children with social communication needs, across the school. 

What impact will the ASC Lead have in my school?
Having an ASC Lead will enable all young people to have an increased sense of belonging to their school and promote inclusion. This is essential because it will increase the holistic development of each young person identified with ASC. 

In addition, if requests are made for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), schools will be able to demonstrate levels of interventions linked to the graduated response. Furthermore, the acquired skills across all school staff will assist with the presentation of young people to the emotional health and wellbeing panel for consideration to be placed on the ASC pathway. The content of the Autism Education Trust (AET) links to the Ofsted framework for inspection, and therefore will support each school when engaging with Ofsted Inspectors.

Next Steps
Schools are asked to sign up one member of staff for the ASC Lead training. Please identify the member of staff who is, or will be, the autism lead in your school and ask them to sign up to just one of the dates below. The autism lead will need to be a senior member of your team who is able to oversee the development of policy and practice.

The remaining dates are as follows:

  • 1 December 2021
  • 8 December 2021

To book a place on a course, please send a completed CPD booking form by email to
The booking form is available online.

Once your member of staff has received the ASC lead (Leading Good Autism Practice, or LGAP for short) training, they are encouraged to then begin to organise the delivery of whole school training. This can be achieved by contacting Michael Lane (Senior Educational Psychologist and ASC Lead) who will co-ordinate the allocation of training staff to schools. He can be contacted by sending an email to

Updating the SAM Portal

In order to deal quickly and effectively with in year applications to schools can we please remind all schools to update their information on the SAM portal.  This will give us a clear picture of the number of available places within each school and each year group and will include those schools who are their own admissions authority.  

You will be aware that within the Admissions Code there is a duty put on schools to tell the local authority of the vacancies within the school within two school days.

2.27 Local authorities must, on request, provide information to prospective parents about the places still available in all schools within their area. To enable them to do this, the admission authorities for all schools in the area must provide the local authority with details of the number of places available at their schools whenever this information is requested, to assist a parent seeking a school place. Such details should be provided no later than two school days following receipt of a request from the local authority.

Regular and timely use of the Sam portal will keep this information up to date and should be amended anytime a pupil is accepted or removed from the school roll

The SAM portal can be accessed using the following link:

SAM Portal

If you would like any additional school officers to have access to the SAM portal, or to obtain guidance for using it, please email:

Reforming how local authorities’ school improvement functions are funded Government consultation

The local authority role in school improvement has changed significantly in recent years, with the growth of school-led approaches putting school improvement in the hands of the strongest schools and school leaders. Given these changes in the respective roles and responsibilities of different actors in the school system, we are consulting on proposals to reform how local authorities' school improvement functions are funded.

The consultation closing date is the 26 November 2021, to give your views, use the link provided:

Reforming how local authority school improvement functions are funded

Secondment opportunity: COVID-19 Recovery Curriculum Advisor for Teaching and Learning

The Local Authority (LA) is offering an exciting secondment opportunity for one term for two outstanding practitioners to lead on supporting schools to improve attainment of pupils as part of the educational COVID-19 recovery.

This is an opportunity for a practitioner to make a real difference to the education of pupils in the borough following the challenges of the pandemic. 

These posts holders will work as part of the Local Authority’s Achievement and Enrichment Service area to provide professional advice, guidance and classroom support to schools within Telford and Wrekin in terms of post COVID-19 education recovery for pupils. 

These roles will involve working alongside school leaders and class teachers to ensure schools are making effective use of their catch-up funding to support the academic achievement of all pupils including the most disadvantaged and those with SEND.  

Although the preference for the posts would be full-time, part-time applications would be considered, and if you would like to have an informal discussion before making an application, please contact  or

The duration of the post will be from 1 January to 31 March 2022 and the closing date for applications is Monday 29 November 2021.

Full details of the post are available online:

COVID recovery curriculum advisor for teaching and learning - post details

AST referrals cut of date for December

It is usual for AST to cease any AST warning notices before the end of the Autumn term. Friday 10 December 2021 will be the last day any notice is issued. Referrals after that date will need to wait until the beginning of the new year.

Penalty Notices will continue to be issued up until the last day of term.  Parents will have a little longer to pay any PN due to the bank holidays over Christmas.

Any queries can be sent via email to

Notification of a change to the bespoke MAPA offer

A new pricing tier has been formally added to the Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA) De-escalation training which now allows for groups as small in number as 5 delegates receive in-school bespoke training (the previous minimum number was 16).

Details of all centrally held MAPA training (BSAT 201 and BSAT 212) can be found in the CPD Booklet on the Telford Education Services website
However, this article relates to bespoke MAPA training held on a school’s premises for groups of staff / whole staff.

Delegate places on all centrally held courses can be booked by completing and returning a CPD Booking Form to

On request, and dependent on the team’s capacity and the numbers of staff being trained, MAPA courses can be provided for a group of school staff as a bespoke session hosted by the school.  Please download the request form for pricing and more information.

Free of charge science CPD opportunity for primary schools

An online briefing is free of charge to all Telford & Wrekin primary schools (as part of your CLEAPSS annual service level agreement) and will be led by Ant Snowden, Science Teaching and Learning Specialist.

CLEAPSS is a national body which supports schools in ensuring that they meet their statutory duty of care in the practical subjects of Science, DT and Art.  It is recognised throughout Europe as a leading expert in its field, yet many schools do not make best use of its resources and services.

This course offers an informative overview of the support available to schools through their CLEAPSS subscription, including:

  • The scope of range of services available through the web site
  • Teaching resources
  • Competitions
  • Novel and engaging ideas for enquiries and STEM activities
  • Developing risk assessments
  • Studies outside the classroom
  • Managing risk associated with: forces, sound and light
  • Electricity, heating and burning, chemicals
  • Surely that’s banned in primary schools?!

Places can be booked by simply sending an email to – places are limited to 3 per school in the first instance.

CPD courses for school staff, senior leaders and governors

The 2021-2022 CPD Booklet continues to be available on the Telford Education Services site and we very much look forward to receiving your bookings.

Course bookings with a course code are made by sending a completed CPD booking form via email to

Other courses and briefings without a course code are usually booked by sending your email address name and school name to

Please note: with effect from Monday 27 September 2021 the majority of our training was moved to online training delivery to support business continuity in schools. 

Making the Most of CLEAPSS

Tuesday 30 November 2021

4pm to 5pm

Autism Spectrum Condition Training (EPS 107) FULL

Wednesday 1 December 2021

9am to 4.30pm

Newly Appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads' Training (2 days) - part 1 (SG 102)

face to face FULL

Wednesday 1 December 2021

9.15am to 4pm

Managing English as an Additional Language in Early Years Settings (CPD 710)

Thursday 2 December 2021

1.15pm to 4pm

Newly Appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads' Training (2 days) - part 2 (SG 102)

face to face FULL

Thursday 2 December 2021

9.15am to 4pm

MAPA Refresher (BSAT 212)

(*) requires completion of online modules

Thursday 2 December 2021

9am to 11.30am *

Observing Children in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EY 011)

Thursday 2 December 2021

1pm to 3pm

Child Protection Supervision (SG 203)

Tuesday 7 December 2021

9,30am to 12.30pm

Autism Spectrum Condition Training (EPS 107)

Wednesday 8 December 2021

9am to 4.30pm

Effective Support and Supervisions in the EYFS (EY 306)

Wednesday 8 December 2021

4pm to 5.30pm

Accredited Safer Recruitment Training FULL

Thursday 9 December 2021

9am to 4.30pm

Positive Behaviour Management in the Classroom (PSS 008)

Thursday 9 December 2021

1.15pm to 4pm

SENCO Network Meeting - Workshop/Interactive
(LSAT 227) - please book via

Thursday 9 December 2021

4pm to 5.30pm

Solution Focussed Therapy (PSS 102)

Tuesday 14 December 2021

9.15am to 12noon

Cross-curricular computing: Free training

Computing is a mandatory subject for KS1 and KS2 students.

To save yourself curriculum time and to enhance your offering, why not consider integrating it into a range of other curriculum subjects. Join Paul Gerrie and Richard Smith to explore ideas and resources.

Intended audience
EYFS, KS1 and KS2 staff. Computing, Music, DT and Art Coordinators. SMT who are keen to develop the curriculum to include more computing and technology/

Cross-curricular areas covered
Music, Art, Design and Technology plus creative ideas for the NCCE/Teach Computing units/

Resources covered
Micro:bit, TinkerCAD, Chrome Music Lab, Crumble Board, MakeyMakey, Canva, Paintz, Google Drawing and more.

Thursday 9 December 2021
Sutton Hill Community Centre
Free parking on-site and a cafe to buy breakfast if you wish.

Book your place

Trip to the Tropics art exhibition – 26-28 November 2021

Telford African and Afro-Caribbean Resource Centre are holding a Trip to the Trops art exhibition, in association with Wellington Community Art Gallery.

The event is a fantastic free exhibition of art, music, tropical foliage and nibbles. The exhibition will also include Telford & Wrekin students’ entries from the recent Black History Month art competitions.

Friday 26 – Sunday 28 November 10.30am – 3pm
8-10 Duke Street, Wellington, TF1 1BJ


Every week during term time we publish a new update for the education community. It includes essential briefings and specialist information about education.

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