Education Noticeboard - 29 September 2022

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

Director Update 

Dear all,

As always please find relevant updates about local and national news in education.  We all recognise that there are very difficult economic times ahead and the impact on our families will be significant.  There is work taking place, led by the council, on what support can be offered regarding the cost of living crisis.  We will update you with regard to developments as they emerge. 

A special shout out to Arthog this week who is saying goodbye to Mark Youd, Centre Manager.  He has overseen fantastic developments at the centre and we wish him all the best.  We are pleased to welcome Steve Parkin to Telford and Wrekin, well...Wales actually.

This week we have relaunched the 10by10 website which is now much more interactive.  Our aim is to get as many children in Telford and Wrekin registered on the scheme so please do encourage your families to take a look.  (Further details provided below.)  My thanks to all colleagues who are promoting 10by10 and during the visits I have made this week to primary schools it has been great to see the banners on your school gates.  Don’t forget to send us a photo to #10by10 with a group of children standing next to the banner.  If you can get your school name in the photo too, then all the better! I have seen the one from Apley Wood Primary - brilliant! 

Don’t forget we are always on the lookout for positive stories from across early years settings, schools and post 16 providers.  Please send your good news stories to


Have a great end to the week.


Updates from the Department of Education

Recovery Premium Funding: Additional funding in the 2021 to 2022 academic year to support schools with education recovery following COVID-19.

More Information

Early years stronger practice hubs: Information for early years practitioners about stronger practice hubs.

More Information

Teaching internships programme: How to apply for funding to provide teaching internships during summer 2023 and 2024 to potential teachers in chemistry, computing, languages, maths and physics.

More Information

 Keeping Children Safe in Education- Recruitment Compliance

In line with the requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education, we have reviewed our letter to schools/colleges confirming our compliance with safer recruitment checks.

This letter covers all LA employed staff who are based within schools/colleges or who visit these establishments to provide services. This letter should be held with you Single Central Record and be accessed below.

Letter Confirming LA Employment Checks

Please also be reminded that we deliver Accredited Safer Recruitment Training and Safer Recruitment admin/SCR training. Further information can be found below.

Safer Recruitment Flyer

HR Skills Training

Become a Trustee at Learning Community Trust

Can you make a difference to thousands of young people and their communities in Telford and Shropshire by becoming a Trustee of a well-established and highly regarded Multi Academy Trust?

We are looking to appoint new Trustees to our Board to shape the future of our Trust and guide both our growth and continued success over the coming years.

About our Trust:

The Learning Community Trust is a Telford and Shropshire based multi-academy Trust which was established in July 2017, with the backing of the Department for Education.  

Our Trust serves the community of Telford and Shropshire, with 10 schools (Academies) from across all phases including four mainstream primaries with nurseries and three large secondaries as well as two Special Schools and a new-build primary Academy due to open in September 2023.

We work in very close partnership with the local FE provider, Telford College as well as with Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council.

The Trust is led by a very experienced and successful CEO and our excellent team who lead, guide and support our Academies as they support more than 5,500 learners and over 1,100 staff.

We have an outstanding Board of Trustees with significant experience in education, knowledge of the locality, and from the world of business and industry. Each academy has a Local Governing Body, and we have exceptional Governors supporting our schools.

Our governance is highly regarded, and we have just had an external review to confirm that the Board is effective, and Governance of the trust is strong.

We have grown from 3 schools at our inception to 10 and are in advanced discussions about further local growth including extended special needs provision and more schools joining our family.

Whatever your role, experience and background, if you have a strong interest in education, learning and developing communities, and can commit some time voluntarily to support your local area, then we would like to hear from you.

You can find out more about Trust here, to express an interest or arrange for an informal discussion with the Chair or Vice Chair of our Trust, please contact Veronica Croft, our Company Secretary

International School Libraries Month, 1 – 31 October 2022

International School Libraries month is an annual celebration of school libraries around the world. It is an opportunity to celebrate the importance of a school library and key part it plays in the learning and development of children.

The concept of a library can be traced back thousands of years. In the seventh century B.C., Assyrian ruler Ashurbanipal founded the first systematically organized library in Nineveh, Iraq, of the ancient Middle East. Similarly, the Great Library of Alexandria in Egypt is thought to have housed up to 700,000 documents from various regions

Today, school libraries offer a range of readily available learning materials that will suits the everyday needs of all its users- from hardback books, to e-books, computers, video, and online ancestry programs.

The school library is a hub of knowledge and there is a certain magic from the moment when you first enter through the doors and you see all the books from all around the world, which cover many subjects. It’s just fascinating.

Although we know over the last few years, that the use of the internet has become more popular to use for researching, the library is still considered the go-to place to explore, learn, and expand your mind and imagination.

We would like to hear about your school library, particularly if you are celebrating International School Library month, alternatively you can send us pictures and any stories about of your library to us at: 

Or tag us on your twitter posts @TelfordWrekin

10 by 10 Launch!

This week, 10 by 10 has begun its full launch, and the new website is now live.

Ten by Ten Website

As Primary Schools are a pivotal partner in this initiative to encourage as many children as possible to try these ten key extra-circular activities before age ten, we have asked for their assistance this week in spreading the word.

We want 10 by 10 to help complement the work schools do in inspiring our children and teaching them new things.

We have asked schools to:

•           Hang their 10 by 10 banner on their school gates.

•           Provide every child in reception with a 10 by 10 Adventure Card and a letter to parents/carers about the initiative.

•           Distribute an electronic copy of the 10 by 10 Adventure Card and letter to all of their parents/carers directly via their usual communication channels (e.g. website, Class Dojo etc.)

Later this week, the council will promote 10 by 10 with local media and residents through our communication channels. You'll also see adverts on bus shelters from today.

Share your photos with us

We will also be on the lookout for anything schools post on social media about 10 by 10.

In particular, we would love to re-share photos of reception children receiving their 10 by 10 Adventure Card and photos with children in front of the 10 by 10 banner outside their school. We also have a hashtag, #10by10, so we can find, share and promote easily.

Schools can also email photos to for inclusion in later editions of the Education Noticeboard and the council's email and social media channels.

Of course, please ensure consent to use these photos is gained.

Your help is invaluable

We are grateful for any opportunity schools take to encourage children to participate in 10 by 10, whether that's through school assemblies, lessons, parent/carers meetings, etc.

In particular, we want parents/carers to create their own 10 by 10 account through the website. This will allow them to track their child's adventures and to hear about the latest offers and news.

For any enquiries, please email Rebecca Carey, School Performance Team Leader -


Dyslexia Awareness Week 3-9 October 2022

The theme for this year Dyslexia week is “Breaking Through Barriers”.

Dyslexia influences at least 1 in 10 people and is a genetic difference in an individual’s ability to learn and process information. Over 6 million individuals in the UK have dyslexia and may not have received a diagnosis. Despite its commonality it is often hidden and those living with dyslexia make countless compromises to ‘fit in’ to a neurotypical society.

If a child isn’t diagnosed in their formative years (0 – 8 years) and does not receive the support they need the impact can be lifelong. Through the BDA digital channels we hear about the barriers that children face in school due to lack of support and understanding of dyslexia, and we know that older people share their stories about the trauma of their own education and being labelled disruptive or even stupid.

Quality First Teaching and ‘dyslexia friendly’ approaches are the basis of supporting all children with literacy difficulties to access the curriculum and make good progress.

Check out these suggestions from Barrington Stoke on how to create a ‘dyslexia friendly’ classroom that will benefit all pupils with literacy difficulties:

Free Fisher and his Wife Performance!

School groups are invited to attend for FREE the Fisher and His Wife performance taking place as part of the Festival of Imagination on Friday 30 September.

Venue: Salon Perdu at Dale End Park Ironbridge

Time: choose from three sessions at 11am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm

Length of performance: 20 minutes

Children will receive a free drink and snack PLUS half hour free Dinky Dance session before the performance starts.

More information about the show

Book Here and use code FISHER to access your free school group tickets

Referral Pathway into the BeeU Service

Clarification on referrals into the BeeU services is now available, schools can continue to make referrals directly into the service as before. 

  • BeeU accept referrals from all professionals, including GP's.
  • Referrals will be screened, further information or reports may be requested from the professional making the referral.
  • BeeU may offer suggestions or steps that can be taken to provide support.
  • A referral does not need to have an EP or LSAT report attached, there are no standard pre-requisites to accessing BeeU.
  • If you receive a response from Bee U stating you cannot refer without an LSAT or EP report you need to inform 
  • If you have sent referrals historically and they have been refused due to not having an EP or LSAT report please now resend the referral into BeeU

A copy of the SEND September 2022 Newsletter is available to download and read.

Save the Date – SENCo Network Meeting

The next SENCo Network Meeting will be on Thursday 6 October 2022 it will take place at the slightly earlier time of 3.30pm-5pm.

Please save the date in your diaries, invitations will be sent a week before the meeting. If you would like to update or add your contact details to the invitation list, please email

SEND Parent Carer and Family Newsletter

The SEND Parent Carer and Family Newsletter - September 2022 has been published on the SEND Local Offer. Discover all the current news and information about Special Educational Needs and Disability in Telford & Wrekin.

SEND Local Offer – SEND Parent Carer and Family News

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SEND Newsletter – September 2022

The SEND Newsletter - September 2022 has been published on the SEND Local Offer. Discover all the current news and information about Special Educational Needs and Disability in Telford & Wrekin.

Please take a look at the SEND News section on the Local Offer to see the full list of articles.

SEND Local Offer – SEND News

To make sure that you don't miss future updates, subscribe to the SEND Newsletter.


Virtual School Key Documents- ARC Conference

Attachment Research Community - ARC

We are delighted to announce the launch of the newly developed ARC offer that 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 new membership offer please contact

Preparations are well underway for ARC annual virtual conference, ‘Attachment & Trauma- teaching, learning & emotional wellbeing in schools. Delegates will get the opportunity to attend a day of inspiring keynote presentations, workshops hosted by previous Timpson Award Winners, sharing their journey to becoming an attachment and trauma aware school; together with a thought provoking panel discussion between school leaders and academics. The 2022 conference will be available on demand to delegates for 14 days following the conference.

Tuesday 22nd November 9am-5:30pm

‘Attachment & Trauma- teaching, learning & emotional wellbeing in schools.'

 Members £129 +VAT Non Member £149+VAT

This is a virtual conference.

To book your place please visit:

2022 ARC Annual Conference 'Attachment and Trauma - teaching, learning and emotional wellbeing in school' | ARC (

In addition further training is also available from the Virtual School Team, please contact us directly.

The termly network meeting for schools is the 9th November 4-5:30pm over Teams with a guest speaker and a variety of CPD and updates. Please book through

We look forward to catching up with all throughout the term

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

Primary Fair Access Panel Protocol

Please find below the updated Primary Fair Access Protocol which will be in operation from September 2022, together with the updated referral form.

This has been discussed with the cluster reps at the FAP meetings and feedback from schools has been used to make the changes included.

The changes from the previous protocol include:

  • Reflecting changes to the Admissions code.
  • Clarifying the status of managed move recommendations through FAP and the expectations on any school approached.
  • Reinstating the ‘Request for Advice and Support’ element of FAP
  • Expectation that schools invite social workers and the virtual school if presenting a Child in Care, a child on Child Protection or a Child in Need

Download the FAP

Download the Referral Form

Don’t forget to complete the Travel to School Survey 2022

If you have not done so already, please complete the Travel to School Survey for 2022 as soon as possible. The deadline for completed surveys is Friday 30th September 2022.

This data is vital to support the Council in developing and implementing further active and sustainable travel measures, complying with monitoring requirements which are part of Government funding already awarded to the Council, and to support the completion of future funding bids to Government.

Thank you to those schools that have completed the survey.

Telford & Wrekin Council is committed to investing and improving sustainable active travel over the coming years, to ensure that our transport network continues to evolve and be fit for purpose but also to promote the health and well-being benefits associated with active and sustainable travel.

The Council has recently secured Department for Transport Active Travel Funding, and is required to carry out the Annual Travel to School Survey.

We would appreciate it if your school could carry out the attached hands up survey with all pupils (from Reception year to Year 13), which simply asks ‘How do you usually travel to school?’

Linked below are two spreadsheets.

and return to 

Instructions are enclosed within each spreadsheet.

This information along with the travel to school survey data, will support the Council, in developing and implementing further active and sustainable travel measures, as well as support funding bids to Government.

Please return the completed School Data Sheet along with your answers to the questions by Friday 30th September 2022 to

Pedestrian Training Workshops

We are now taking bookings for Pedestrian Training workshops

A scheme which increases children’s knowledge of the Green Cross Code and teaches them age appropriate pavement behaviour skills. A classroom based workshop followed by accompanied walks in the local area. A pre and post evaluation takes place, outliers are highlighted and results are fed back to the class teacher. Feedback on this scheme has been excellent with post evaluation results consistently high.

For more information or to book a course please email

Be Bright Be Seen Workshops

If you haven’t already, it’s not too late to book our Be Bright Be Seen Workshop.

Aimed at years 3 and 4 the workshop is a short science and maths experiment where children learn about reflective and high visibility materials and the importance of using them. By making a prediction, completing a fun experiment and analysing their results, pupils can find out which colours are the most effective.

This interactive workshop is delivered by a member of the Road Safety Team and can be run during curriculum or PPA time. The activity has been developed with primary phase teachers who have ensured the activity covers relevant maths, literacy and science aspects of the curriculum.

The workshop is one hour in duration and costs just £75.00 per class which includes a FREE pair of fluorescent gloves for every pupil.

For more information or to book please email

Important information to ensure accurate destinations for young people.

September Starter Data

Emails have gone out in line with our statutory duty requesting starter data from all providers with a deadline of 30 September 2022. 

Thank you to those who have returned their data.  

If you haven’t been able to meet this deadline then please contact

If starter data is not returned then this will affect schools Annual Activity Survey which shows destinations of year 11 leavers as of 1 November 2022 published by DfE.

Key Data Collection & Publication points –

We’ll be in touch with providers closer to specific dates

  • Monthly reporting to DfE - Activity of all Young People in Years 11 to 13 (up to the age of 24 for EHCP) identifying and working with NEET and Not Known young people
  • November (1st) – Destination data reported for Young People in previous Year 11 cohort  Destinations, collected from post 16 providers, will only be included for all young people in the Year 11 fixed cohort of 31 May of previous academic year
  • March – Schools provided with an update by Telford & Wrekin LA including any movement since the 1 November destination fixed point
  • April  - Moving On Report Published by DfE
  • May to August  – September Guarantee (Offers of Learning) for Year 11 and 12

Any queries can be emailed to

Any questions please contact

 Primary & Secondary Music Training  

The Music Partnership has confirmed training dates for  Autumn 2022 which include Singing Basics Course and a Music SEND Conference.

Thursday 13th October

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Singing Basics with Music Share

Basic singing tips and activities for anyone delivering vocal work in schools

Free of Charge via Microsoft Teams

Booking via


Thursday 13th October

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Secondary Network – Thomas Telford

An informal face to face session with an open agenda to share ideas and issues with colleagues and discuss implications of recent national guidance. 

Booking via


Friday 21st October

9.00am - 4.00pm

SEND Music Conference

Guest speakers, workshops, and training

Free of Charge

Riverway Centre, Stafford ST16 3TH

Booking via


Tuesday 6th December

4.30pm – 5.30pm

Singing Basics with Music Share

Basic singing tips and activities for anyone delivering vocal work in schools

Free of Charge via Microsoft Teams

Booking via


T&WC Educational Visits Policy & Guidance updated for 2022/3

T&WC Policy and Guidance for Educational Visits – updated September 2022

The learning experience for young people in schools and settings should be so much more than simply lessons in classrooms. We aim to support all of the children in Telford and Wrekin to develop into adults who are not only vital members of their community but also appreciate a wider understanding of the society and environment they live in.

Learning outside of the classroom offers unique opportunities to enrich learning, enhance personal and social development, gain greater awareness of different environments and adopt healthy lifestyles.

Learning outside of the classroom can contribute not only to the development of the young people, but also to the expectations of the school from Ofsted.

This guidance is essential for all those who have responsibility for the approval, planning and/or execution of any educational visit or Outdoor Learning including adventurous activities on site.  The status of this document is mandatory for all Telford & Wrekin maintained schools.

Any foundation or voluntary aided schools choosing not to follow the Telford & Wrekin Guidance must (as employers) have other guidelines in place for educational visits and journeys, which the LA will expect to be at least as comprehensive as its own guidelines.

Schools/establishments,  school staff and course providers have a duty of care to their children and young people, any accompanying adults, each other and themselves to ensure that they are kept safe and well and, that, in the event of any incident, they are able to respond appropriately in order to minimise the risk of harm.

This guidance sets out Telford and Wrekin Council’s (TWC) expectations of how Educational Visits, Outdoor Learning (including on site adventurous activities) and any associated journeys will be managed by its Employees and those that have adopted this Employer Guidance.

T&WC has adopted the Outdoor Education Adviser’s Panel (OEAP) National Guidance to make sure Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning are properly planned, managed and run by competent staff and to maximise their many benefits.

This Educational Visits SLA is for schools and establishments who have responsibility for the approval, planning and/or execution of any educational visit or Outdoor Learning including on site adventurous activities.

It is provided free of charge to T&WC maintained schools and establishments and is automatically renewed.  The SLA may be purchased by other schools and establishments, and renewed either on the financial or academic year.

Service Level Agreement April 2022 – March 2023

This Service Level Agreement applies to situations where adults acting in the course of their employment have responsibility for children and young people taking part in;

•             On-site outdoor activities

•             Off-site activities and visits

•             The associated journey and travel arrangements

•             Residential visits 

•             Visits that involve travelling outside England, Scotland and Wales

•             Outdoor adventurous activities which include Multi activities (from list), Abseiling, Airborne: all types, Archery, Assault course, Bell boating, Bushcraft, Camping in wild country, Camping on campsites, Caving, Clay pigeon shooting, Climbing: indoor & outdoor, Coasteering, Cycling on tracks & roads, Dog sledging, Dragon boating, Field studies: natural environment, Forest School, Free running, Go karting, Gorge walking, Ghyll scrambling, Hang gliding, Horse/pony riding, Hovercraft, Improvised rafting, Jet skiing, Kayaking, Kite surfing, Mine exploration, Motorised sports (all), Mountain biking, Mountain boarding, Open canoeing, Orienteering, Paintballing, Pot-holing, Powered boats including safety boats, Ropes Courses, Rowing, Sailing, Scuba diving: indoor pools, Scuba diving: lake & sea, Segway, Shooting, Skateboarding, Skiing & snowboarding, Snorkelling, Surfing/body boarding, Swimming: not lifeguarded, Trampolining out of PE, Walking: Hill & Moorland, Walking: Lowland, Walking: Mountain, Water skiing, White-water rafting, Wind surfing/sailboarding

(Not included are split site working, work experience and PE)

What’s included?

•             An OEAP accredited Outdoor Education Advisor

•             Telford and Wrekin Local Authority Policy and Guidance for Educational Visits and Journeys which adopts the Outdoor Education Advisor Panel’s National Guidance.

•             The E-visits software system (induction and training provided).

•             Initial and revalidation training for Educational Visits Coordinators (compulsory role for all schools)

•             Termly network meetings for Educational Visits Coordinators

•             Email and telephone support with response time within 5 working days (term time only).

•             Monitoring of visits

•             Approval of higher risk visits including outdoor adventurous activities both on/off site, residential visits and visits overseas.

•             Webpage Educational Visits (Guidance, Training, Events and Resources)

The annual fee for this SLA is: £0.90 per child/pupil on roll (Minimum of £236 per School/College).

For T&W Council Maintained Schools there is no additional charge for this service, as it is Statutory Employer’s Guidance.

For more information or any queries please contact:

Update on Arthog Wales – changes in the Centre Manager 

This week marks the change of Centre Manager at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre. We say farewell and a big thank you to Mark Youd, and give a warm welcome to Steve Parkin.

Mark took up the Arthog ‘baton’ from John Pinder in March 2016.  He oversaw the progressive development of the Centre working on raising the standards across the residential outdoor provision. This culminated in Arthog achieving the ‘Gold Standard’ – the highest national benchmarking award – in May this year.

Mark has focused on the residential experience with improved dining, social and accommodation facilities for visiting children, young people and their staff.  Mark has continued to ensure authentic adventure in natural environments making the very best of Arthog’s spectacular ‘where mountains meet the sea’ Snowdonia location.

During the Covid pandemic, when operations were restricted, Mark still worked to give schools an Arthog Experience – whether it meant coming over to schools, ensuring the strictest of hygiene conditions were met at the Centre, or delivering differently.  Covid staffing shortages has meant Mark has had to step in at short notice to ensure everyone is still looked after. 

He leaves us with Arthog having just celebrated its 60th Birthday and heritage, whilst adapting to meet the needs of a new generation of children in a sustainable way.

Mark says,

‘It’s been a huge privilege and honour to have been the Centre Manager at Arthog over the past 6 ½ years, and seeing the smiles, hearing laughter and learning about the huge impact Arthog has on young people.

I have also been lucky enough to have worked with, and been supported by an adaptable, passionate and resourceful team of people at Arthog and in the OES Service, each of whom plays significant role in the ongoing Arthog success story.’

Steve Parkin takes over the role of Centre Manager this week having worked in Staffordshire for the last 13 years as Deputy Head of Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre. This is a highly regarded Centre and some of you may already know Steve from your visits there.

Steve knows the Telford and Shropshire area well from living in Broseley, and his handiwork can be seen in the footpaths of Carding Mill Valley! He also knows Arthog from working in Snowdonia as an Outdoor Instructor earlier in his career, and is looking forward to making the move across to the Welsh coast.

Steve says,

‘I am keen to build on Mark’s achievements and develop Arthog even further, with the aim of giving as many Telford and Wrekin children as possible the opportunity to benefit from this wonderful resource for many years to come.

I bring nearly 30 years’ experience in Outdoor Education and my own particular passions are archery, canoeing and hillwalking with my 2 dogs Nellie and Fly.’

So we say thank you to Mark and wish him all the very best on his next adventures, and we are delighted that Steve has picked up the ‘baton’ to take Arthog towards the Centre’s 70th Birthday in 2032!

Calling all governors who are champions for disadvantaged youngsters!

This training for new Pupil Premium link governors, will provide an opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of governor responsibilities relating to Pupil Premium and related funding streams.

The sessions will provide opportunities to share best practice and receive updates and information on all Pupil Premium related topics, including.

  • sharing of the latest DfE legislation, guidance, information and updates relating to funding streams
  • solution focussed strategies to responding to learner needs through effective planning of Pupil Premium spending
  • access to exemplar templates, tools and materials for writing and reviewing impact of the Pupil Premium Strategy
  • sharing and discussion of effective practice relating to use of the Education Endowment Foundation resources and their implementation in schools
  • examples of monitoring and effective questioning that will serve to hold senior leaders to account for the effectiveness of the PP Strategy in raising the attainment of disadvantaged youngsters


Cost per delegate per session *(This course is repeated – delegates only select one date)

T&W LA Schools / Academies and non T&W Schools / Academies subscribing to the School Governance Service Level Agreement

£105 (£90 when delivered online)

Non T&W Schools

£126 (£108 when delivered online)

* 10% discount per delegate for two or more bookings on the same course from the same school
Please note: All stated delegate fees are for face to face courses; however, where a course is delivered virtually, a lower delegate fee will be charged to reflect any savings made on venue costs – please contact the CPD Team for details via

To book a place on this course, please send a completed booking form to:

School Improvement,

An opportunity to place your CPD course bookings

The 2022-23 CPD Booklet is available on the Telford Education Services site.

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 (unless stated otherwise)

Talk Boost - KS2 (LSAT 511)


Monday, October 03, 2022

full day

Supporting Pupil Premium Link Governors (GO 602)

Monday, October 03, 2022

5pm to 7pm

ELSA Training - Part 4

(EPS 004)

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

9am to 3pm

Pupil Premium Network Meeting (CPD 721)

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

4pm to 5.30pm

Developing the Role of the EAL Coordinator (CPD 616)

Thursday, October 06, 2022

3.45pm to 6pm

Designated Safeguarding Leads Refresher (SG 107) (FULL)

Thursday, October 06, 2022

9.15am to 3.15pm

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

(BSAT 201)

Thursday, October 06, 2022

8.30am to 12.30pm

Early Years Annual Conference (EY 015)

Friday, October 07, 2022

9am to 3.30pm

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

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

4pm to 5pm

Managing Employee Capability (Performance Management) (Book via

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

2.30pm to 5pm

Meeting the Statutory Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the EYFS

(EY 009)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

4pm to 5.30pm

ELSA Training - Part 5

(EPS 004)

Wednesday, October 12, 2022

9am to 3pm

Behaviour Support Intervention Refresher Training - Non accredited (BSAT 302)

Thursday, October 13, 2022

8.45am to 12.30pm

Meeting the OFSTED requirements for Equality and Diversity for Governors  

(CPD 717)

Thursday, October 13, 2022

6pm to 8.30pm

Best practice in your breakfast, after-school and holiday provision (EY 104)

Thursday, October 13, 2022

9.15am to 12noon

Absence Management of Employees (Book via

Monday, October 17, 2022

2.30pm to 5pm

The Visually Impaired Child in Your Class (SIS 001)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

9am to 4pm

Restorative Justice

(PSS 003)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

4pm to 5.30pm

The Strategic Role of Governors (GO 601)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

4pm to 6pm

Managing Absence (AST 002)

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

9.30am to 11.30am

Raising Awareness of Prevent (SG 101)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

3.30pm to 5pm

Designated Teacher for Children in Care Network Meeting (Post 16 ) book via the Virtual School Team

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

4pm to 5.30pm

ELSA Training - Part 6

(EPS 004)

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

9am to 3pm

Raising Awareness of Child Protection (SG 108)

Thursday, October 20, 2022

3.30pm to 5pm

Assessing and Monitoring of progress in EAL (CPD 701)

Thursday, October 20, 2022

3.45pm to 6pm

Annual Early Years Conference – 7 October 2022

The full day annual Early Years Conference is taking place Friday 7 October and will be led by two high profile key note presenters.

Morning Session: Penny Tassoni - ‘Reducing Educational Disadvantage in the EYFS’

Concerns about the gaps between children’s attainment in education have escalated further since Covid. 

In this presentation, Penny Tassoni will consider some of the reasons why some children are more likely to be at an educational disadvantage and the importance of being proactive in the early years. 

Penny will consider the role of assessment and why settings should take a strategic approach in order that children gain the skills, knowledge and emotional support needed to give them equal access to later opportunities.

The presentation will also explore some of the tricky issues in narrowing the gap, including gender.

Afternoon Session: Shonette Bason-Wood – ‘Squiggle me into a Writer, including Dough Disco’

Wiggle me into a Squiggle is for the youngest of our early writers (age 2+).  It is movement and messy play based, using specific movement to assist gross motor development.

Squiggle Whilst you Wiggle is mark making, movement and letter formation.  Then we step into Squiggle me into a Writer, linking our phonics into movement based letter formation.

Done throughout Early Years and Year 1 the writing of your children will improve significantly.

Delegate fees


One delegate

Two delegates from the same school

Additional delegates thereafter

T&W LA Schools & Academies


£250 total cost


Non T&W Schools


£300 total cost


To book your place/s please send a completed CPD Booking Form to

Autumn Term Education Conference 2022

Our aim is to consider how to maintain the momentum and to build upon current practice by bringing colleagues together to further consider reading in terms of diversity and accessibility. We want all of our children and young people to see themselves within their curriculum and to be enabled to have full access, regardless of their background or previous experiences. It is our job, to raise aspiration and to support all children and young people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

Join us for a day dedicated to thoroughly considering accessibility and equity throughout the reading curriculum and beyond...

The day will consistent of key note speaker presentations, as well as the opportunity to attend workshops.  We will also be accompanied by Peters - specialist suppliers of books to primary and secondary schools.

Key note speakers and contributors will include:

Liz Pemberton, The Black Nursery Manager is an award winning outstanding practitioner, who has significant experience in gaining excellent results in pupil engagement and raising aspirations. Liz states that ‘as children are growing and developing, it is our job, as educators, to help them form a positive sense of themselves and the people in the world around them’.

Lekha Sharma: An experienced and current school leader, who is the author of ‘Curriculum to Classroom’ and contributor to chapters within ‘Primary Huh’ (a Mary Myatt publication). Lekha explores the importance of curriculum coherence and sequencing of curriculum materials, with a focus on how to maximise the chances that pupils will secure understanding over time. Lekha will share practical examples of how this can be achieved in a primary context at both curriculum and lesson design level.

Andy Smith: a local practitioner and mentor for a number of young people in Telford & Wrekin. With direct experience of the social care system, Smash Life is an award winning company who promote diversity and celebrate children’s individuality – working with schools across the borough to engage pupils within the education system.

Olivia Taylor – speaks candidly from the pupil perspective about the effects of the language of ‘disadvantage’ on those who have experienced it. Her experiences and achievements have enabled her to advocate for those who struggle to be heard against society’s noise. The alternative word presented is ‘underserved’. This word makes us stop and think about our perception of those who find themselves in this category.

This conference is aimed at practitioners who have a shared passion for supporting all pupils to engage and achieve.

Costs for T&W schools and academies:

One delegate - £158pp

Two delegates - £250

Each additional delegate (over and above two places being booked) - £100pp

For information please contact

Schools Pre-Inspection Data and Insight Team’s communication

Please see a link below to the Schools Pre-Inspection Data and Insight team’s third inspection data summary report (IDSR) newsletter.

It contains important information about the redeveloped IDSR, the upcoming release dates, the ‘new’ news page on the IDSR website and other key information:

Link to newsletter: IDSR Newsletter September 2022

Dealing with Complaints – Having a Policy Fit for Purpose

All schools must have a complaints policy that explains how parents and members of the public can lodge a complaint. It must also say how complaints are handled, how they can be escalated and who will investigate the issue at each stage. Is your Complaints Policy up to date?

DfE Best Practice and Model Complaints Policy for Maintained Schools

DfE Best Practice Guidance for Academies Complaints Procedures

Black History Month

Black History Month (BHM) is in October and many pupils and staff have expressed a desire to learn about key figures and events in history that have an impact on our world today. This cross-curricular topic not only covers many history elements but addresses many fundamental Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PHSE) aspects of the curriculum as a whole.

The Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) funding has enabled schools to access the free webinar on how to teach Black History with the Multicultural Development Team (MDT) and Telford African and Afro-Caribbean Resource Centre (TAARC) on:

Tuesday 27 September 2022, 4.30pm – 5.30pm.

Full details on the webinar are available by downloading the event flyer.

As part of the PCC funding, the overarching aim of BHM in schools is to promote awareness of a shared British history, provide staff with the opening for difficult discussions in class around racism and hate crime, as well as to develop pupil’s understanding of wider issues in the media and local context around equality and diversity issues. This supports schools’ development of pupils’ understanding of Fundamental British values and the protected characteristics, as defined in the Equality Act 2010.

The overall theme for Black History Month this year is Time For Change: Actions Not Words. Following on from this, the theme for 2022 workshops is the Commonwealth and Monarchy and will focus on life in the UK today.

The MDT team are also working with TAARC to deliver free workshops to all schools, to celebrate Black History Month, again thanks to funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The past two years, workshops were extremely successful and many schools have expressed a desire to participate this year. All workshops are COVID-19 secure with risk assessments checked prior to staff and pupil delivery. Appropriate protocols are in place but schools will need to provide a visitor risk assessment prior to MDT and TAARC staff delivery when booking a workshop.

Information about Telford African and Afro-Caribbean Resource Centre (TAARC) services and resources are also available to download:

TAARC services and resources

The free workshops are available on a first come, first served basis as the number of schools that can be accommodated is limited. Workshops will take place in schools the first two weeks of Black History Month from Monday 3 October to Friday 14 October 2022.

All pupil work, photos and contributions from the workshops, other school activities and follow up activities will be displayed in Telford & Wrekin Council’s online media.

Please share how your school or setting is marking and commemorating Black History Month by sending your pictures, and brief description on what you have done to celebrate, via email to for inclusion in the Education Noticeboard.

Share on your social channels with Telford & Wrekin Council tagged in your posts – @TelfordWrekin – or alternatively please send all photos and stories to Monica Floristean via email to

MDT support for individual schools to plan and develop staff knowledge is available upon request. The resource pack is available to download, as well as a Windrush resource pack:

Black History Month resource pack

Windrush resource pack

Workshops can booked by contacting the MDT team directly.

If you would like to attend the free webinar, book for a workshop or enquire about additional workshops or resources please contact the MDT team.


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