Education Noticeboard - 14 December 2023

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

  1. Director Update
  2. School expansion is underway at Lawley Village Academy
  3. Festive family fun on and off the ice at Telford Ice Rink’s Pirates of the Ice Spectacular this Sunday
  4. HO, HO, HO! We’re going on a Christmas Glow Ride
  5. Winter 2023 HHAH in Telford
  6. Updated Safer Recruitment Guidance
  7. Short Breaks Statement – Survey
  8. CPD courses to February half term 2024
  9. Delivering Early Help in Education – Telford & Wrekin Conference – Tuesday 6 February 2024
  10. Virtual School Key CPD Links
  11. Understanding the Filtering and Monitoring requirements for governors and DSLs – new event
  12. HLTA Preparation Training with Severn Training & Schools Alliance
  13. DfE Updates: EYFS Statutory Framework
  14. Act for Youth launch
  15. Online Safety Act; implications for children and professionals
  16. Cool Kids Information Session
  17. Shropshire Suicide Prevention over the Festive Season
  18. Shropshire Lieutenancy Town and Community Links Newsletter
  19. Swim Direct – Bringing the pool to you

Director Update

Dear colleagues

Welcome to this week’s Education Noticeboard.

This week’s noticeboard has some information on opportunities for our children and young people to keep active over the Christmas Break.  If you haven’t already done so, please do promote the Happy Healthy Active Holidays scheme to those families of children that are eligible. It is a great scheme that has successively grown in terms of the offer.  We know many children benefit from the opportunities provided. 

Looking forward to the new year there are extensive opportunities for CPD and training for colleagues in this week’s edition, therefore please ensure that you have a look at the information provided.

Lastly, there are some important updates around guidance and resources for keeping our children and young people safe. Please take some time to read through these.

Enjoy the rest of the week and colleagues we are nearly there!


Simon Wellman
Director: Education & Skills

School expansion is underway at Lawley Village Academy

Telford & Wrekin Council has been investing heavily into borough schools in recent years, to create more school places closer to home for children and young people.

In partnership with academy sponsor REAch2 Academy Trust, the council has recently started a major extension project at Lawley Village Academy which will see an additional 210 primary places and additional nursery places from 2024/25.

Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab) Telford & Wrekin Council cabinet member for education, employment and visitor economy, said:

“In recent years, our council has been heavily investing in schools across the borough, expanding schools’ capacity by hundreds of places.

“As more people are choosing Telford and Wrekin as a place to live and raise a family, we are firmly committed to continue this investment.  We want to create hundreds more school places to ensure every local child and young person can attend the local school of their choice and benefit from modern facilities.”

Claire Freestone, Headteacher at Lawley Village Academy said: “It is a really exciting time for everyone at Lawley Village Academy. The builders have made great progress with the initial stage and are now inviting the children, class by class, to look at the structure. They have even bought hard hats for them to wear! In the fencing surrounding the site, there are small windows so the children are able to see the machinery and have begun to picture what it will be like once complete. The children are incredibly welcoming at Lawley and can’t wait to open the school in September 2024 to new children and families, expanding the Lawley Village Academy community”.

Cathie Paine, REAch2 CEO said: "Our commitment to providing great schools for local communities is reflected in the expansion of Lawley Village Academy. We are thrilled to be expanding our provision of a great education for children and wider support for families as the school doubles in size.”

The construction work is being undertaken by Knockin-based Pave Aways, which has delivered a series of new schools and school extensions in recent years.

Managing director Steven Owen said: ‘It was great to welcome the students to site for our first Child Safe visit and to see their enjoyment at getting into all the protective gear we have provided to ensure they are safe while seeing progress on site.”

“We are delighted to be working on such an important project which will serve children and the community in Lawley for many years to come as a result of the borough council’s investment. As a company we are committed to working with and for our local communities and nothing illustrates that better than this.”

Festive family fun on and off the ice at Telford Ice Rink’s Pirates of the Ice Spectacular this Sunday

This Sunday, 17 December, families can come and join in the festive fun at Pirates of the Ice Spectacular at Telford Ice Rink. It’s an afternoon of live music and DJ sessions, there will be a treasure hunt, crafting workshops and a chance to have a go at many different activities including ice skating. The soft play area will also be open.  You might even bump into a pirate whilst there!

And just for fun, come in pirate themed fancy dress but give your outfits a Christmas twist.  

Don’t miss it - get tickets Adults - £14.20, Family - £45.20, Junior - £11, tickets are available online

HO, HO, HO! We’re going on a Christmas Glow Ride

Join us on Tuesday 19 December for a Christmas Glow Ride around Telford Town Park

Decorate your bike in lights, cover yourself in tinsel or wear your best Christmas jumper and lets shine a light on cycling this Christmas!

The details:

WHERE: Telford Bike Hub (next to the visitor centre Telford Town Park)

WHEN: Tuesday 19 December

Family Ride (suitable for novice riders also) 5.30pm - 6.30pm

Advanced Ride: 7.00pm - 8.00pm

HOW: Book online at Tickets Telford and search for Telford Bike Hub or follow the link:

Please book one ticket per rider

After the guided cycle ride there will be complementary hot chocolate and mince pies for everyone back at the Bike Hub, as well as goodie bag to take home!

Any enquires please email:

See you there!

Xmas Glow Ride Flyer

Winter 2023 HHAH in Telford

Still spaces available to book for the Christmas holiday club activities across Telford!!

Please go to to register for HHAH and browse the activities available.

Eligibility Criteria:

Reception – Year 11 benefit related FSM Children

SEND Children

Referral in by schools/services for vulnerable/at risk students that may benefit from the scheme.

If there is a child/children that you feel would benefit from this scheme who doesn’t qualify for FSM but can be included as part of the 15% allocated funding (see attached for criteria) for our vulnerable and deprivation areas, please provide us with their details to the

HHAH Eligibility

Updated Safer Recruitment Guidance

Please be advised that from Friday 1 September 2023 the interpretation of who requires a check on the prohibited from teaching list has changed, previously this only applied to those undertaking teaching work, including HLTA’s. However, from Friday 1 September 2023 the requirement is to undertake a check on the prohibition list for all classroom based staff as they could meet the definition of teaching work set out in KCSIE.

Therefore, for all newly appointed staff from the Friday 1 September 2023 you should undertake a check on the prohibition list via your DfE sign in and this date should be recorded on the SCR. This is not required for pre September 23 class based staff.

For those that buy into the LA HR Advisory Service the relevant guidance note has been updated and issued to you via email.

Please ensure this is disseminated to all staff who have responsibility for recruitment checks.

Short Breaks Statement – Survey

Telford and Wrekin Council’s Short Breaks Statement was published in Spring 2023, and we agreed to review it on an annual basis. Telford and Wrekin Council’s Short Breaks Statement is designed to show how we meet the social care needs of Children and Young People with disabilities in Telford and Wrekin. It shows the levels of support available, who it is available to and how to access it. You can view a copy here: Short Breaks Service Statement (Children with Disabilities) - SEND - Local offer (

We have developed a survey to gather your opinions to help us to improve the statement. The survey is now live and will close on 6 January 2024:

We would really value your input on this.

CPD courses to February half term 2024

As this is the last Education Noticeboard CPD article for 2023, please can we take this opportunity to thank you all for participating in our courses and events this year and wish you a very happy Christmas and New Year.

The CPD Booklet for the remainder of the 2023-24 academic year can be viewed via Telford Education Services.

As always, courses can be booked by completing and returning a CPD booking form to (unless denoted differently)

Very best wishes to everyone for a wonderful Christmas and New Year when we get there!

Managing Employee Capability (Performance Management)

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Monday, January 08, 2024

2.30pm to 5pm

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

Tuesday, January 09, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

SENCo Network Meeting

To book or enquire, please contact

Thursday, January 11, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Raising Awareness of Child Protection (SG 108)

Thursday, January 11, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Absence Management of Employees

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Monday, January 15, 2024

2.30pm to 5pm

NEW: Filtering and Monitoring Responsibilities for Governors and DSLs (see separate article)

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

5pm to 5.45pm

Induction Training for New Governors (GO 502)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

9.30am to 3.30pm

Get to know Sparkyard! - Online training via Out of the Ark

(Free of Charge)

Please book via

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

16.45pm to 5.45pm

Safety Intervention Refresher Training (BSAT 212) - CPI accredited

Thursday, January 18, 2024

2pm to 4.30pm

An Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EY 001)

Thursday, January 18, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

NEW: Filtering and Monitoring Responsibilities for Governors and DSLs (see separate article)

Thursday, January 18, 2024

5pm to 5.45pm

Literacy Pathway

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Full day

Supporting SEND in the Classroom for Early Career Teachers (LSAT 502) - part 2

Thursday, January 18, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Curriculum Music Conference 2024 – cross phase £25 per person

Please book via

Thursday, January 18, 2024

9am to 3.30pm

Establishing Yourself as a SEND leader, for new and returning SENCOs (LSAT 302) - part 1

Monday, January 22, 2024

9.15am to 3.30pm

Primary Music Leadership Certificate. Session 1: Leading Music in your school

(Free of charge)

Please book via

Monday, January 22, 2024

1pm to 4pm

The Strategic Role of Governors (GO 601)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

4pm to 6pm

EAL Network Meeting (CPD 526)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Taking the Chair - part 1 (GO 504)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

4.30pm to 6.30pm

Quality First Teaching for SEND (LSAT 516) - Pt 2

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

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

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

Online Safety – a Safeguarding Responsibility (CPD 609)

Thursday, January 25, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

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

Thursday, January 25, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

School Attendance Surgery (AST 005)

Friday, January 26, 2024

9.15am to 12noon

Establishing Yourself as a SEND leader, for new and returning SENCOs (LSAT 302) - part 2

Monday, January 29, 2024

9.15am to 3.30pm

Meeting the OFSTED requirements and developing reading strategies for EAL learners at KS2 (CPD 714)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

1.15pm to 3.30pm

School Attendance Briefing Updates (AST 004)

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Safety Intervention Training (BSAT 201) - Part 2 - CPI accredited

Thursday, February 01, 2024

2pm to 4.30pm

Listen with Lucy (EY 023)

Thursday, February 01, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Accredited Safer Recruitment Training

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Thursday, February 01, 2024

9am to 4.30pm

In-person: Improvisation Project CPD Session

(Free of charge)

Please book via

Thursday, February 01, 2024

1pm to 4pm

NEW Conference: Developing Early Help in Education

(refer to separate article in Safeguarding section)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

9am to 2pm - TBC

Improving EAL pupils' writing through Oracy, grammar and tier 2/3 vocabulary acquisition (CPD 727)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

Moved to 12 March 2024

1.15pm to 3.30pm

The Importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage in Schools (GO 603)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

5.30pm to 7pm

Cover Supervisors - preparing for the role

(PSS 010)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Schemas in the EYFS (EY 340)

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Taking the Chair (GO 504) - part 2

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

4.30pm to 6.30pm

Preparing for Statutory Assessment at the End of KS2 (CPD 504)

Thursday, February 08, 2024

9am to 12.30pm

Meeting the Statutory Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the EYFS (EY 009)

Thursday, February 08, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Delivering Early Help in Education – Telford & Wrekin Conference – Tuesday 6 February 2024

This conference will take place on Tuesday 6 February 2023 at a local Telford hotel – exact times and venue will be advised with the joining instructions 10 days before the event.

Telford & Wrekin’s Achievement and Enrichment Service including the Education Safeguarding Team and key partners are pleased to announce an important conference for all schools and colleges focused on early help in education.  Attendance will support schools and colleges in delivering early help.

Who should attend?

This conference is designed for strategic leaders with responsibility for the delivery of early help in schools and colleges.


The conference will provide strategic leads with an opportunity to consider your setting’s delivery of early help and to build even stronger partnerships with partners.

Keynote speakers will be confirmed. In addition delegates will have the opportunity to attend three workshops during the day. The focus of these workshops will be attendance, neglect and models of delivering early help.

Each school including independent schools and post 16 institutions will receive one free place for their strategic lead.

Places must be booked by Friday 19 January 2024.  After this date, and depending on capacity, one additional place per institution may be able to be offered on a first come first served basis at a cost of £25 per person.

To secure your free place please send a completed CPD booking form to

Please note that our standard terms and conditions apply for any cancellations within 5 working days or any ‘no shows’ on the day – for both free places and any chargeable places.  Please refer to the CPD Booklet on the Telford Education Services website for further details.

Virtual School Key CPD Links

Please note the following dates for your diary. We shall send out invites and agendas for the Designated Teacher and Nominated Governor Network Meeting Webinars at the start of the Autumn Term:

Compulsory School Age:

Spring Term: Wednesday 6 March 2024 15:45-17:15

Post 16:

Spring Term: Wednesday 28 February 2024 15:30-17:00

Early Years:

Spring Term: Thursday 21 March 2024: 16:00 – 17:30

Telford & Wrekin Virtual School Conference Friday 7 June 2024

Please book now for a place on our Telford & Wrekin Virtual School Conference on Friday 7 June 2024.

Those who attended this year's conference found the event to be useful, moving and impactful. Some of the many positive comments we received were:

“The conference was exceptional - so powerful and engaging”

“What an amazing day… so thought provoking and totally inspirational! THANK YOU!!!”

“Brilliant and inspiring”

“Just to say a big thank you for all your hard work in planning and preparing such a valuable, inspiring day”

“It’s been a brilliant day and I know that the things that I can take back to my organisation will have a such a positive and direct impact on the support we provide.”

“Of all the conferences I attend in education, this is the one I most look forward to. It the one that provides me with the most time to reflect on both my own and my schools practice and consider how we can do more and better for not just children in care, but all children”

Free Music Lessons:

Do you have a Child in Care to Telford and Wrekin that is in KS2, KS3 or KS4 who would like to learn to play a musical instrument? Telford and Wrekin Virtual School have an opportunity for Children in Care to access ‘free’ music lessons delivered by Telford & Wrekin Music services.

Please use the link to sign up -

PEP refresher training: 

We will be holding our termly Online Personal Education Plan (PEP) refresher training for existing Designated Teachers / new to role, we would strongly advise that if you are new to role this academic year, to attend one of the dates below. If you are a Post 16 provision, or a specialist provision, this training will also benefit you in your role for completing the paper-based PEP, expectations and processes. Please note that this training is free.  

The training session will cover:   

  • accessing and completing the online PEP - step by step presentation 
  • support with the writing of SMART targets 
  • Attendance review  
  • Pupil Premium Grant (PPG) spend and guidance 
  • the PEP quality assurance form and non-negotiables 
  • Arts and Culture offer (Recp to Y11) 
  • Spring term SDQ completion  

Dates for the Spring 2024 term are:

Monday 15 January 2024 – 4.00pm – 5.30pm  

Tuesday 16 January 2024 – 9.30am – 11.00am

To sign up, please email

Reactive Attachment Disorder:

The following link explores Reactive Attachment Disorder. As well as the video link below, we have also attached a guide to RAD which is filled with strategies to help.

What is Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)? - YouTube

Ashley John Baptiste:

One of the keynote speakers at the ARC Conference this year was Ashley John Baptiste who has a remarkable story to tell from his own lived experience which took him from living in care to Cambridge, to the X-Factor and finally to a career as a journalist with the BBC.

To hear a little of his story please follow the link below:

Trauma-Informed Care

Research in Practice has published a video on providing trauma-informed care to children and young people. The video sets out guidance on: structuring work with young people who have experienced trauma; building trust and minimising retraumatisation; giving young people agency and choice; and understanding cultural, historical and gender contexts.

Watch the video: What does trauma-informed care look like?


The following link will take you to the Anti-Bullying Alliance website where you can find a plethora of resources and information to share with staff and pupils.

How Restorative Approaches can be used to combat bullying:

The following link is from the Anti-Bullying Alliance and the short videos explore how restorative approaches can be used to help combat bullying and repair relationships:

What is Trauma?

The following link is from from the renowned psychologist Dr. Van der Kolk who in this short video explains a working definition of trauma and how we can understand this:

The Hidden Disability

The following link is from a film called ‘The Hidden Disability’ This video explores Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, which is can often be a hidden disability and it is vitally important that all those working with young people are aware of the impact of FASD and the strategies that can help support:

Trust Equation:

We know how important relationships are for our young people and building that trust is vital if they are going to succeed. This week’s CPD link is to a concept known as the trust equation and is useful in considering what it is that builds trust in relationships.

The Trust Equation by David Maister explained: How to build trust. - YouTube

Beacon House:

The following link is from the resources section of Beacon House, which provides a wealth of resources for you in your role as Designated Teachers:

Resources (

Social Discipline Window:

The following link looks at the social discipline window. This short video from Mark Finnis explains this concept:

FASD Podcast:

The following link is to a podcast episode on Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) which looks at its prevalence and discusses understanding around FASD.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) – understanding the diagnosis

Helping Our Teens:

The following link is from BBC One’s ‘Helping Our Teens’ which focuses on relational approaches to helping teens thrive and succeed and shows the impact of this:

Restorative Practice

The following link is from Carr Manor school which has embedded restorative practice. The website shows a short video which gives an insight into how this is used in practice:

Attachment Research Community ARC

The ARC website offers a range of tools to audit your attachment and trauma aware practice and develop action plans. All in-borough schools already have ARC membership and can also upload evidence for accreditation on the website.

In order to log into the ARC website please visit and log in using the email address registered for your school. If you are unsure which email address was registered, please email  who can provide these details or request for this to be updated.

The ARC offer includes a three tiered award pathway that compliments the ARC Matrix, aligning with Ofsted framework and supporting schools in their journey to attachment and trauma awareness and outstanding ratings. Members will also benefit from complementary regional training workshops, conferences and panel discussions, as well a discounted rate to attend ARC’s National Annual Conference. To find out more about ARC’s membership offer please contact

Useful guides and resources can be found via the link below:

Arc tools and videos:

Thank you:

Thank you all, and in the meantime please get in touch with the Virtual School if we can support and assist further with our vulnerable children.

As a VST we pride ourselves on the close working relationship with you all. As always please don’t hesitate to contact us via

Understanding the Filtering and Monitoring requirements for governors and DSLs – new event

Following the requirements for Designated Safeguarding Leads and governors in respect of understanding filtering and monitoring systems, as set out in KCSIE 2023, we are pleased to present a webinar which will examine the requirements and how schools can fulfil these.

As a result of attending, delegates will understand the requirements for filtering and monitoring in KCSIE 2023 and will know how to fulfil these.

This event will be delivered on line via Microsoft Teams by Joanne Hanslip, Education Safeguarding Officer and Rebecca Carey, School Performance Team Leader and will take place from 5pm to 5.45pm - Tuesday 16 January, and will be repeated Thursday 18 January 2024.

The delegate fee for up to three delegates per school is a total cost of £80 per school.

To book your places please complete and return a CPD booking form to


HLTA Preparation Training with Severn Training & Schools Alliance

Severn Training & Schools Alliance (STSA) are offering HLTA preparation here in Telford in Spring 2024.  The course will be delivered in partnership with Best Practice Network and the face to face dates are 15th March & 10th May 2024.

The cost for the two day preparation (delivered face to face) will be £290 + VAT, following preparation candidates will need an external assessment, the cost for this will be £450. 

You can find full details on the training and an application link here: . 

When applying please ensure you select face to face as your preferred training option, and then select Severn Training & Schools Alliance as the delivery partner (SVRN-TSA). 

DfE Updates: EYFS Statutory Framework

Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework

Page summary: The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.

Change made: Added the ‘EYFS statutory framework for childminders’ and the ‘EYFS statutory framework for group and school-based providers’. You should use these documents from 4 January 2024.

EYFS statutory framework for childminders (

EYFS statutory framework for group and school based providers (

Act for Youth launch

The PSHE Association has released new and improved Act for Youth lesson plans in collaboration with the Department for Education and the National Counter Terrorism Security Office.

 Act for Youth is aimed at 11–16-year-olds to teach them about the three recommended actions to take during a marauding terrorist attack – RUN, HIDE and TELL. These lesson plans will support those in the sector to mitigate the risk from terrorism and protect their students. 

The lesson plans use a film and activities to show students that, if caught up in an attack, they should RUN to safety, HIDE if they are unable to run, and TELL the police when safe. It is designed to be delivered through structured lessons embedded in a developmental PSHE curriculum.

This link provides full details.

Online Safety Act; implications for children and professionals

NSPCC Learning has published a blog about what the Online Safety Act means for children and those working with them. The Act will not change your duties as a professional regarding online safety, but it may affect your working practices, so you may need to review and update your policies and procedures.

The Act criminalises sharing an intimate image of someone without their consent and sending an explicit image for the purpose of sexual gratification or to cause the recipient humiliation, alarm or distress.

Everyone working with children should be aware of these new offences and know what to do to support a young person who has had an image shared without their consent, or who has received or sent an explicit image.

Read the article here:

Cool Kids Information Session

The Cool Kids programme are offering a FREE education session to our schools on Tuesday 27 February 2024, 1pm - 3pm.

The sessions will take place on Microsoft Teams. 

Please contact Occupational Therapy by telephone to book your place on this training, and also provide an email address, so that we can send that joining instructions to you.

Telephone – 01743 450800 (Option 2)

Cool Kids Training Invite Letter

Shropshire Suicide Prevention over the Festive Season

Call Samaritans for free – 116 123

For anyone struggling to cope Text SHOUT – 85258

For young people under the age of 35 or concerns a young person is thinking of suicide Call Papyrus Hopeline247 – 0800 0684141 or Text 07860 039967

For more support and advice visit

Suicide Prevention Poster

Shropshire Lieutenancy Town and Community Links Newsletter

Here is the latest quarterly Shropshire Lieutenancy newsletter, featuring a piece on the recent Royal Visit to Telford.

Christmas 2023 Newsletter

Swim Direct – Bringing the pool to you

Swim Direct offer schools the chance to bring swimming lessons to their own site.

View the flyer for more information.

Swim Direct Flyer


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