Education Noticeboard - 6 June 2024

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

Included in this edition of the Noticeboard

 

Directors Update

Dear Colleagues

I hope you had a lovely restful half term, and managed to recharged your batteries and ready for the last push towards the end of the summer term.

This week in the noticeboard we have some important updates from the DfE about changes in the registration coding, which I really would encourage you to read.

Also we have a number of great training opportunities which are available and that you may like to take advantage of.

Lastly a quick reminder as we enter the last stretch of the academic year to share your new stories and photos with us. We really do love to celebrate the positive work that goes on in our education settings across the borough. They can be submitted via email to education.noticeboard@telford.gov.uk.

Enjoy the rest of your week

Best wishes

Simon

Simon Wellman

Director of Education & Skills  


Department of Education updates

Introducing a new Registration Code for pupils subject to Modified/Part- time timetables.

The DfE Guidance, ‘Working Together to Improve School Attendance’ is clear that part time timetables should not be used to manage behaviour.

To monitor the use of these the DfE have introduced a new registration Code C2 for pupils who are subject to a modified or part time timetable.

Code C2: Leave of absence for a compulsory school age pupil subject to a part-time timetable

All pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education. In very exceptional circumstances, where it is in a pupil’s best interests, there may be a need for a temporary part-time timetable to meet their individual needs.

Code C2: should be used for any pupil not receiving a full time offer, including those that have a later start time or earlier finish time to their school day and are therefore not present in school during the registration period.

Page 25 of the DFE guidance states:

Part-time timetables

64. All pupils of compulsory school age are entitled to a full-time education suitable to their age, aptitude and any special educational needs they may have. In some circumstances their education may be provided partially at school and partially at another educational setting or through education otherwise than at a school in line with section 19 of the Education Act 1996 or section 42 or 61 of the Children and Families Act 2014. Time away from school to receive education in other ways must be recorded in the attendance register using the appropriate codes (see chapter 8).

65. In very exceptional circumstances, where it is in a pupil’s best interests, there may be a need for a school to provide a pupil of compulsory school age with less than full-time education through a temporary part-time timetable to meet their individual needs. For example, where a medical condition prevents a pupil from attending school or another setting full-time and a part-time timetable is used to help the pupil access as much education as possible. A part-time timetable should not be used to manage a pupil’s behaviour.

66. A part-time timetable should:

• Have the agreement of both the school and the parent the pupil normally lives with.

• Have a clear ambition and be part of the pupil’s wider support, health care or reintegration plan.

• Have regular review dates which include the pupil and their parents to ensure it is only in place for the shortest time necessary.

• Have a proposed end date that takes into account the circumstances of the pupil, after which the pupil is expected to attend full-time, either at school or alternative provision. It can, however, be extended as part of the regular review process. In some limited cases, a pupil with a long-term health condition may require a parttime timetable for a prolonged period.

67. Where the pupil has a social worker, the school is expected to keep them informed and involved in the process.

68. If the pupil has an education health and care plan, the school should discuss the part-time timetable with the local authority so that any support package that is in place can be reviewed as swiftly as possible.

69. In agreeing to a part-time timetable, a school has agreed to a pupil being absent from school for part of the week or day and therefore must record the absence accordingly (normally using code X or C2).

Refer to the following documents for more details

Working together to improve school attendance

New regulations for schools in next stage of attendance drive

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/attendance-hubs

Major national drive to improve school attendance

Registration Coding for Remote Education for pupils

The DfE have confirmed the appropriate registration coding for pupils who are accessing education remotely will be C code - authorised absence - exceptional circumstances. The DfE Guidance states that: 

301 in the new guidance …. ‘Pupils who are absent form school and receiving remote education still need to be recorded as absent using the most appropriate attendance code. Schools should keep a record of, and monitor pupils’ engagement with remote education, but this is not tracked in the attendance register.’

The B code should not be used for any pupil receiving remote education.

The full article and confirmation from the DfE is detailed below.

Dear colleagues,

Thank you for your patience following questions on whether remote education can meet the new definition of approved educational activity.

For clarity and to ensure consistency of practice across the country:  

The attendance register is a legal record of which pupils are physically present in school when the register is taken for the session in question. The Department’s guidance to schools on remote education (first published in 2022) makes clear that a situation where a pupil is participating in remote education must therefore be recorded with the appropriate absence code as the pupil is not physically in school at the time. 

Following extensive public consultation, the definition of approved educational activity (Codes B, P and W) has been strengthened in the new Regulations. From the 19th August, therefore, for a school to use Code B the pupil must be attending a place, other than a school at which they are registered, for an educational activity. That activity must be supervised by a person considered by the school to have the appropriate skills, training, experience and knowledge to ensure that the activity takes place safely and fulfils the educational purpose for which the pupil’s attendance has been approved.

Supervision for the purpose of this code means the pupil is physically supervised by someone who meets the definition set out in the Regulations. Remote education does not meet this definition and so a pupil who is not in school and receiving such education is instead to be recorded with the appropriate authorised absence code in line with the Regulations, as stated in the aforementioned guidance.

Face to face attendance whenever it is possible should always be the priority, but the Department is clear schools may continue to use remote education in line with the remote education guidance and we recognise the value it can add to pupils who would not otherwise be able to access education. Schools and local authorities are expected to provide support to pupils who are facing barriers to attendance and should do so in the pupil’s best interests rather than how it is recorded in the attendance register. Where remote education is provided, school can, and should, monitor participation in it and credit pupils for their efforts.  

Working together to improve school attendance

New regulations for schools in next stage of attendance drive

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/attendance-hubs

Major national drive to improve school attendance


Safeguarding

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse Training

Cranstoun are providing a free training offer for practitioners which focuses on effective strategies and learning for when working with perpetrators of domestic abuse.

Telford & Wrekin Domestic Abuse Service

Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Abuse

Training

Aims of the training:

  • Understand why it is important to work with domestic abuse perpetrators.
  • Barriers & Myths to working with alleged domestic abuse perpetrators.
  • Language & Tools to engaging those who use abusive behaviours.
  • Recognising increasing risks of domestic abuse.
  • Interventions & local services.

On: 27th June 2024

At: Domestic Abuse Service, Telford and WrekinSuite A, Jordan House East, Hall Court, Hall Parkway, Telford, Shropshire

From: 10am and 3pm training, refreshments available from 9.30am

Light lunch will be provided

To register please email:

tw@cranstoun.org.uk

07566772799 or 01952 454 759


Health & Safety

The Wellbeing Charter Mark

The Wellbeing Charter mark is a collaborative and supportive process which aims to recognise a school’s commitment toward improving the Social, Emotional and Mental Health of its whole community

Download the flyer for more information


Early Years

Early years training opportunity to support early Literacy in the Home Learning Environment

Making it REAL – Early Literacy Training

Making it REAL (Raising Early Achievement in Literacy) is an evidence based and award winning training that develops children’s early literacy by supporting parents to create a positive early home learning environment. The training:

  • Has a strong evidence base* and supports early literacy and communication skills through play and every day activities, in the home, and out and about.
  • Provides practical strategies and resources to share with parents for low cost and no cost activities to enjoy with their children.
  • Prepares practitioners to deliver early literacy sessions including home visits to the allocated families they support.

Making it REAL training (ncb.org.uk)

Parents [and carers] play a key role in children's learning. They are experts on their own children, and they are a child's first and enduring educators

(National Children’s Bureau -NCB, 2010).

Making it REAL Training will be taking place in: Telford on the 1st and 8th March: 9:15 until 4:00pm (Both sessions must be attended) settings/school nurseries can request up to 2 places.

At: The Mercure Hotel, Forge Gate Overdale Telford TF3 4NA

Ofsted have recently recommended in several inspection reports that supporting children’s learning and development in partnership with parents/carers as an area for development.

There will be funding back fill provided for the 2 days training and to purchase resources necessary to the programme.  To book places email talkingchildcare@telford.gov.uk

NCB has worked in partnership with Oldham Local Authority since January 2018 to support delivery of the Raising Early Achievement in Literacy (REAL) project in targeted wards. The  EYFS Profile results 2019 confirmed a 4% increase in the number of children with a good level of development in Oldham. 

Both parents and practitioners were very positive about the project, and the project children developed a real love for reading, rhyme and writing.  Feedback from early years practitioners who recently attended this training:

“An incredibly valuable training course.  The training has both enabled me to reflect on my practice and provided a foundation of ideas to support children and families going forward.”

“I really enjoyed both sessions and I learned a lot about REAL that I will use at my setting and to encourage parents as well.”

Early Excellence Early Years Roadshow event at Allscott Meads Primary School

We have an exciting opportunity to attend this event on 26th November 2024

Discover How to Strengthen the Impact of Your Learning Environment

Join this immersive CPD experience with guidance for strategic leaders, support for EYFS Leads and practical ideas for the whole team. A unique opportunity to access expert thinking.

Download the flyer for more information


Outdoor Education

Arthog Outreach Summer Activity Camps

An opportunity for 12-24 children to attend an Arthog Outreach residential, an amazing start to the summer holidays.

For 3 days, 2 nights we will stay on the edge of the Longmynd, with sole use of a small site with pod accommodation.

This is partially funded by the charity who run the camp, bringing the cost including transport and food to around £75 per child, free adult places 1:6

Arthog Outreach Summer Activity Camps

An amazing opportunity to stay in the Shropshire Countryside. Where we have been growing and developing these special experiences. We now have some additional availability.

For 3 days, 2 nights we will stay on the edge of the Longmynd, with sole use of a small site with pod accommodation.

The program will be adapted to suit the group and the weather but the attached, Longmynd summer camp flyer has an example program.

This is partially funded by the charity who run the Longmynd adventure camp, bringing the cost including Arthog staff, activities, transport and food to around £75 per child, free adult places 1:6

This opportunity for 12-24 children to attend is targeted at students between yr 5 and 7, schools have often targeted young people who would have limited access to activities during the school holidays. Though

as with all Outreach activities we can be flexible to meet needs.

If you are at all interested please get in contact asap, to discuss how this can work for you.

Outreach@arthog.co.uk Alan.braybrooke@telford.gov.uk

Download the timetable


CPD Opportunities

Appropriate Body Reform Briefing Pack for Schools

Please see the information pack prepared by the DfE and the Teaching Regulation Agency to assist schools, with the reminder that all ECTs should be registered with a Teaching School Hub AB by 1 September 2024

Download briefing pack

CPD courses to the end of June 2024

Further details of these and all other courses are available in the 2023-24 CPD booklet on the Telford Education Services website and on the Ollie website.  Summer Term courses will appear on next week’s noticeboard

The Role of the Key Person in the Early Years Foundation Stage  (EY 106)

Monday, June 10, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Absence Management of Employees (HR course)

Monday, June 10, 2024

2.30pm to 5pm

Primary Computing Update (CPD 512)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

The Role of the Early Years Practitioner in Supporting and Enhancing Play (EY 008)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Cover Supervisors - preparing for the role

(PSS 010)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

AET Making Sense of Autism – an introduction to Autism for Governors (LSAT 514)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

6pm to 7.30pm

Soundpots Early Years Music Network Meeting

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

4pm to 5pm

St Giles' Trust SOS+ Training (SG 207)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Early Years Coordinators – Termly Update

(EY 007)

Please see separate short article

Thursday, June 13, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

SENCo Network Meeting

Thursday, June 13, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Webinar: Curriculum Design in Music

Thursday, June 13, 2024

4pm to 5pm

Understanding Nurture (PSS 101)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

9.15am to 12noon

Safeguarding Induction Training for Governors - part 2 (SG 103)

Thursday, June 13, 2024

5.30pm to 7.30pm

Safer Recruitment Administration (HR course)

Monday, June 17, 2024

3pm to 5pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Part 1 (PSS 001)

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

SEND & AP Change Programme learning lunchtime briefing

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

12.30pm to 1pm

ELSA Supervision

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

1pm to 3pm

Bright Ideas and Inspiration - for your breakfast, holiday and out of school provision (EY 303)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

9.15am to 12noon

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Part 2 (PSS 001)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

Governors' Responsibilities for Exclusions (SG 104)

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

5pm to 7pm

Safety Intervention Training (formerly MAPA training) - Part 1 - CPI accredited (BSAT 201)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

8.30am to 4pm

Exploring & Creating Resources to Enhance Vocabulary during Story and Song Time in the EYFS (EY 342)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

 1.15pm to 3.30pm

Induction Training for New Governors (GO 502)

Thursday, June 20, 2024

9.30am to 3.30pm

Literacy Pathway

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Full day

CSE Termly Briefing for EY, KS1 & KS2

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

10am to 11.30am

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

Thursday, June 27, 2024

2pm to 4.30pm

Designated Safeguarding Leads Refresher

(SG 107)

Thursday, June 27, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

School Attendance Surgery (AST 005)

Friday, June 28, 2024

10am to 12noon

 

Wraparound Childcare Briefings

An opportunity to book your place to attend a free of charge briefing on Tuesday 18 June 2024.

You may be aware that the DFE announced and launched a wraparound childcare programme initiative in September 2023 as part of the national childcare reforms.

The wraparound childcare programme is looking to create new wraparound childcare places and expand the wraparound childcare hours from September 2024 for any school aged child that needs care between the hours of 8am – 6pm.

The aim of the programme by September 2026 is to ensure sufficient wraparound childcare provision is in place for any parent with a school aged child who needs to access it between the hours of 8am- 6pm throughout the UK.

Telford & Wrekin Council Early Years and Childcare Team are supporting this initiative within the borough and we need your help in supporting the programme moving forward.

We would like to invite all Schools - Headteachers, Governors, School Business Managers and Administrators, HHAH scheme providers, Breakfast and Out of School Club Leaders to join us on Tuesday 18 June 2024 for one of the Wraparound Childcare Programme briefing sessions.

Three briefing sessions are being held on this date: 10am to 11.30am, 1pm to 2.30pm and 4pm to 5.30pm.  

We will share with you how we are going to support this initiative within the borough, what funding and grants are available, and how your school community could be a part of this. We also recognise that not every school offers wraparound childcare, so we are also asking if you are interested in creating new provision to meet the wraparound childcare needs of families within your school and community. 

Please come and join us to find out more about how we can support you with these developments – and help us in shaping and developing the wraparound childcare market here in Telford & Wrekin, enabling us to meet the needs of our parents and the aims of the DFE Wraparound Childcare Programme. 

To book your free of charge place send an email to talkingchildcare@telford.gov.uk

Download flyer for more information

Early Years Coordinators’ Update – programme details

Details of the programme for the next Early Years Coordinators’ Update, taking place 13 June 2024.

At the next Early Years Coordinators – Termly Update (EY 007) taking place 13 June 2024, Andrina Flinders, Headteacher of Fullbrook Nursery School and the Thrive Stronger Practice Hub will be delivering a work shop around how to plan for effective story sessions. 

We will be looking at a range of evidence informed approaches and tools including:

  • Strategies to enable adults and children to ‘live the story’
  • Identifying and planning vocabulary,
  • Using the dialogic reading approach,
  • Using the Blank Level Questioning to prompt metacognition and oracy

To book your place, please send a completed booking form to cpdschoolimprovement@telford.gov.uk

Please see the CPD booklet for further details

Primary Maths – Teaching for Mastery

To raise awareness of a DfE opportunity

Following the success of our recent taster sessions, schools are welcome to apply directly to join next year’s Developing Teaching for Mastery programme. These will be based at and led by Primary Mastery Specialists at William Reynolds, Lightmoor Village and Sir Alexander Fleming Primary Schools.

https://www.shawmathshub.co.uk/work-groups/2024-25-primary-teaching-for-mastery-development-work-groups/446

We have one more taster session – Manor Primary, Wolverhampton

https://www.shawmathshub.co.uk/work-groups/1/462

For further information contact operations@shawmathshub.co.uk


Other

Family and Community Day at the Telford Campus of the University of Wolverhampton

Our University of Wolverhampton Family and Community Day consists of educational and fun activities. There are STEM workshops in Anatomy, Build a University in Lego workshops, also Chinese Brush painting and origami workshops. We have activities for Nursing, Paramedic Science, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy. We also have Engineering activities with change the wheel challenge and a race simulator. Exotic Zoo are delivering a one hour animal show, there is a Chinese dragon dance performance, face painting, a fire engine, sports activities, food and more.

Entry is free but do please book via the QR code on the flyer. There is plenty of parking on the campus

Download the flyer

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