Education Noticeboard - 3 November 2022

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

  1. Director update
  2. Children’s Services Core Offer
  3. Strengthening independent school admission appeals
  4. Workplace flu vaccination programme 2022
  5. Asthma friendly schools
  6. School and settings closures
  7. Annual Review Workshop – new date: 24 November 2022
  8. Criminal Justice Co-production Strategy Conference for professionals and parents/carers
  9. Telford & Wrekin Virtual School Conference – 9 June 2023
  10. Arthog Outreach – Autumn 2022
  11. Telford Band Night at Telford Theatre
  12. Support for early years settings from the experts and mentors programme
  13. Teacher webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels
  14. Parent/carer webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels
  15. Explore local labour market information with your students
  16. The Apprenticeship Employment and Skills Show – 16 March 2023
  17. Remembrance Day – 11 November 2022
  18. An opportunity to place your CPD course bookings
  19. Farmington Scholarships
  20. Autumn Term Education Conference – 15 November 2022
  21. Early years education recovery programme
  22. The Prevent duty: safeguarding learners vulnerable to radicalisation

Director update

Dear Colleagues

This week I am delighted to be able to share the Children’s Services Core Offer booklet with you. It is a great overview of the teams that sit in the Education and Skills Directorate, and Children’s Services.  Included are management structure charts so you know who is leading what team.

As usual, there are some key pieces of information shared for you. These include an article on the work we are doing to strengthening school admissions appeals, how to get your school or setting accredited as asthma friendly, upcoming CPD opportunities and DfE updates.

There is also a reminder about the staff flu vaccination programme. This year, the opportunity is open to all Telford & Wrekin employees, but spaces need to be booked through the Ollie system. The time spend social distancing during the pandemic prevented the flu from being spread so widely, so this year it is more likely to spread quickly.

This weekend is Bonfire Night, so stay safe and have fun everyone.  As always we are keen to celebrate your good news stories – with pictures where possible. Just send an email through to

Have a great week everyone!


Simon Wellman
Director of Education & Skills

Children’s Services Core Offer

Please take some time to download and read the updated Core Offer for Children’s Services which outlines how children, young people and families are supported across Telford and Wrekin including early help, education and social care.

Children’s Services Core Offer Booklet

As a service, Children’s Services strive to work collaboratively, and in partnership to ensure that the best positive support is provided, to enable all families using the service to be as independent as possible and achieve positive outcomes.  

The Core Offer outlines key priorities and provides details for each team and service area who help work towards these. You can also use this document to familiarise yourself with the management structure of both Children’s Safeguarding and Family Support and Education and Skills.

Strengthening independent school admission appeals

When a child is refused a place at a school which their parents have applied to, the parents have a legal right to appeal that decision in line with the School Admission Appeals Code. Appeals are heard by a panel which is independent of the school/academy, the governing body/trust, and the LA.

A small number of primary schools have recently experienced an increase in the number of appeals being upheld in parents’ favour. Whilst the number of cases where a panel overturns the decision of the admission authority is still relatively low, both the LA and schools have expressed their concerns about the impact that this is having on schools.

Lots of work has been taking place to make sure admission appeal hearings are robust, with the Telford & Wrekin Admissions Team working closely with Legal and Democratic Services, including:

  • Running a recruitment exercise to seek new panel members to introduce a fresh perspective to our appeal panels;
  • Existing appeal panel members are to receive update training from our Director of Policy and Governance to address some of the regularly occurring issues;
  • Additional training for Clerks delivered by our Director of Policy & Governance to ensure that all Clerks are working to the same standard;
  • Further training for presenting officers on their delivery of cases;
  • Reviewing LA and school statements;
  • Enabling schools/academies to take on the role of the Presenting Officer at appeal hearings, in place of the LA Officer, to add further weight to the case being made.

Whilst the Admissions Team are unable to control or influence the decision making of the independent appeal panel, they are doing all we can to enable them to make sound decisions based on the information presented to them.

If you have any queries or require further information regarding appeal please feel free to contact Adam Womack, Service Delivery Manager for Access and Sufficiency, via email to or by calling 01952 380592. 

Workplace flu vaccination programme 2022

Did you know that more people than usual are expected to get unwell with flu this year? This is because less natural immunity has been built up over the last couple of winters, due to flu not circulating as widely due to COVID-19 measures.

Flu vaccinations are available to all Telford & Wrekin Council employees this year.

The available dates are as follows:

  • Thursday 3 November 2022 – Darby House
  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 – Darby House
  • Friday 25 November 2022 – Darby House

All places for the Flu vaccination should be booked through Ollie using the Flu Vaccination Programme 2022 link. You can also log on to Ollie and type 'Flu Vaccination Programme 2022' into the search tool, and navigate to course that way.

Please note:
It’s easy to miss, but, when booking, please make sure to select ‘view all events’ which is under each date. This will show each available 5 minute slot.

Should you have any problems accessing Ollie, or booking a place, please log a call via IDT self Service and one of the team will support you. If you log in through the red log in box we are unable to reset your password as this is the same as your network password. If you log into Ollie through the green log in box and have forgotten your password please use the ‘Reset Password’ link or log a call through IDT self service.

The following article from UKHSA explains why we should get vaccinated and boost our winter protection:

Get vaccinated and boost your winter protection - UK Health Security Agency

For any enquiries, or if you do not have an Ollie Account but work within a Telford & Wrekin school setting, please contact and a manual booking can be made if spaces are available. Alternatively you can contact the Health Protection Hub by calling 01952 381800.

Asthma friendly schools

Asthma is the most common long term medical condition in children and young people in the UK. Shropshire Telford and Wrekin are currently experiencing high numbers of admissions for children and young people presenting at secondary care with an exacerbation. Shropshire Telford and Wrekin ICS are currently working to achieve standards on the National Bundle of Care published by NHS England to create better services and support for children and young people living with Asthma. There are many standards to achieve across health, education, public health, housing and local authorities, one area is around the development Asthma Friendly Schools, ensuring that children with asthma have access to appropriate care whilst at school.

Asthma Friendly Schools is an initiative which would aim to set out a clear, effective partnership between health, education and local authorities to:

  • reduce avoidable harm to children from asthma and improve quality of life,
  • reduce asthma related school absences,
  • promote good asthma management for children,
  • increase awareness of asthma and provide education to everyone who comes into contact with children with asthma,
  • work towards making all schools across STW Asthma Friendly.

The Asthma Friendly Schools award was initiated to encourage schools to develop safe, healthy and inclusive environments for students with asthma. An Asthma Friendly School adopts the programme strategies to support the whole school community in understanding and managing asthma.

To be recognised as an Asthma Friendly School, each school must address a set of criteria that establishes an Asthma Friendly environment and meets current legislation from the Department of Health guidelines.

These criteria are:

  • an asthma policy, 
  • asthma training for school staff,
  • an asthma register,
  • children to have immediate access to their own inhalers,
  • purchase of an emergency inhaler and spacer.

Benefits to becoming and Asthma Friendly School, include:

  • improving asthma awareness and management in the school, 
  • improving support to students with asthma encouraging an inclusive environment, 
  • supporting responsibilities for the health, safety and wellbeing of students and staff, 
  • ensures the school is implementing current and best practice asthma management strategies, 
  • enables the school to promote its self-evaluated status to ensure that the community is aware of the school's commitment to Asthma Friendly strategies.

To be recognised as an Asthma Friendly School please complete the self-validation form online.

School and settings closures

As we move into the winter months, just a gentle reminder to use the School Closure Line to report if for any reason that your school or setting is closed (e.g. adverse weather conditions, maintenance issues etc.)

The school/settings closure line has been in operation for 12 months now. This system is user friendly and easy to use. Each school/setting will be responsible for keeping the information up to date about their respective school/setting. 

Please note that your school or setting will need to be registered to be able to access and use the system.  You will need to ensure that you have nominated /designated persons who will be given administration rights and be responsible for keeping the closure line up to date (this can be either a general admin person/email address,  head teachers, PA’s or a mix of).

If you have any issues with accessing the closure line or require any further information please email

We need to ensure the system remains effective, and therefore it is important that the system is kept up to date. The information displayed on closure line automatically updates the Telford & Wrekin Council website, this is used to keep staff, pupils, parents and the residents in Telford & Wrekin aware of the latest school /settings closures.

Annual Review Workshop – new date: 24 November 2022

Please note the Annual Review Workshop for Schools and Settings has been postponed until 24 November 2022, please save this new date in your diaries:

Date: Thursday 24 November 2022
Times: 3.30pm – 5pm
Via Microsoft Teams

During the workshop the SEND Team will be providing updates on Annual Reviews, sharing reminders and top tips. There will be an opportunity for schools and settings to share their feedback and participate in a Q&A session. The workshop will be held virtually on Microsoft Teams and is suitable for SENCo’s and other professionals who are interested in finding out more about Annual Reviews.

Invitations will be sent to all SENCo’s a week before the workshop.

If you are new to your role and you would like to attend the Annual Review Workshop please request an invitation by sending an email containing your name, position and school to

If you are a professional who would like to attend the workshop, please book your place by email sending your name, position and service area via email to

Following the workshop the presentation slides will be shared with everyone on the invite list. Top Tips and FAQ’s will be published on the SEND Local Offer and in the next SEND Newsletter.

For more information please visit the SEND Local Offer – Annual Reviews.

Criminal Justice Co-production Strategy Conference for professionals and parents/carers

Challenging Perceptions and PODS Charities are working in partnership to develop a 'strategy for co-production' for Children and Young People with complex needs, and who may come into contact with the criminal justice system. Views are being gathered from professionals, parents and carers, children and young people (10-25years). 

A conference will take place in November, which aims to bring together professionals and parent carers to gather their views on 'best practice' when engaging children and young people. Professionals will be asked to feedback what works well, alongside pitfalls and challenges. This will be done through the use of small groups and the completion of a short questionnaire.

The event details are as follows:

Date: Tuesday 15 November 2022.
Times: 9am-2pm (registration from 9am).
Venue: The Place Theatre Oakengates, Telford, TF2 6EP.

There will be topic appropriate speakers on the day, including:

Dean Beadle who is renowned for his powerful insight into the world of autism and the challenges it can bring.
Andy Smith from Smash life, who will talk about his experiences as a child and how their program assists in communicating with those perceived to be hard to reach.
Karl Jolly, PCSO, will be talking about the work that the police are undertaking to work towards preventing children and young people from entering the justice system. 

The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided, though please make us aware of any dietary requirements at the point of booking. ​

The conference is open to all, to book your place, please visit the event page on Ticket Source:

Book for Criminal Justice Co-Production Strategy Conference

Telford & Wrekin Virtual School Conference – 9 June 2023

Telford & Wrekin Virtual School is pleased to announce their fourth annual conference, taking place on Friday 9 June 2023 from 8.30am – 4pm. The theme will be Relationships, Connection and Role Models.

The Telford & Wrekin Virtual School works to support all young people with a social worker, and previously Looked After Children. This conference is designed for Designated Teachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and Nominated Governors for Children in Care.

The conference will provide an opportunity to develop links with the Virtual School, health and social care colleagues and other Designated Teachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and Nominated Governors as we work together to increase the progress that Telford & Wrekin Children in Care make in school and beyond. Even if there are not currently any Children in Care in your school/setting, it is important to remain up to date with processes and expectations, to be prepared should a child join you. In addition, Ofsted is looking quite closely at the relationships between schools and the Virtual School, and information gained at network meetings has proven very useful to many schools during inspection. Educational outcomes for Children in Care and children in need are a key priority for Ofsted in the West Midlands region, and inspectors have stated that they will be looking closely at how a school prioritises work with children in care when making inspection judgements.

Booking your place:

£120 for 1 delegate.
£180 for 2 delegates.
£60 for each additional delegate, up to a total of 4 per school.
Early bird discount: Save £20 per delegate, when booking before 14 January 2023.

Schools which book before 14 January 2023 are guaranteed two places, with priority being given to the Designated Teacher/Designated Safeguarding Lead and the Nominated Governors for Children in Care. Any additional delegate places can also be requested, and placed on a reserve list with allocation to be confirmed by 15 May 2023.

Please download the additional information, which includes the booking form. Once complete this should be returned to Please ensure workshop choices and dietary requirements are provided.

If you have any questions regarding this event please don’t hesitate to contact the Virtual School directly via email to

Arthog Outreach – Autumn 2022

Arthog Outreach has availability for outdoor adventurous activities during the Autumn term, between the end of October and the end of December.

At the heart of all Arthog provision is the individual. The team will work with you to plan each day, course or program to fit with your desired outcomes, and the planning process may help discover what these outcomes might be.

Arthog for all, leaving no one behind!

A residential experience at Arthog Wales is a significant rite of passage and life experience but there have always been those young people who have been unable to attend.

Arthog Outreach want no one to miss out. Whether it is a single day of adventure, five days developing or a short residential there are options to ensure every child has the opportunities available and stories to compare with their residential peers.

The highly qualified and experienced staff are experts at adapting plans and activities to meet the particular requirements of the day, taking into account the weather and individual’s needs.

The following are a sample of the activities we offer:

Team building and Problem solving: Activities to challenge and develop teams and individuals using purpose built equipment, including a low ropes course. The team can also run many of these activities at your site. These development outcomes run throughout all activities on offer.

Climbing: Outside on real rock in the scenic surroundings of Shropshire. Climbing offers an exhilarating and rewarding challenge, actively involving all participants, where self-confidence, co-operation, trust and teamwork develop. There is also a mobile climbing tower which can travel to your site.

Climbing wall: There is a recently extended indoor wall for all weather climbing and courses and clubs also run, offering NICAS and GCSE qualifications.

Canoeing & Kayaking: Venues to suit all abilities and weathers from an on-site swimming pool, to local lakes and pools, local canals and the River Severn. Opportunities to work together and to independently gain skills.

Caving: A real experience exploring the tunnels and chambers, formed by man and nature, at Llanymynech cave or by visiting the mining ‘ghost town’ at Snailbeech - once one of the biggest lead mines in the world. Caving provides the opportunity to learn geological and human history and overcome challenges together.

Hill Walking: Students discover the beauty of our local landscape by journeying in the Shropshire hills. This gives opportunities to learn about the formation of the landscape, develop map work skills, raise awareness of the environment, and discover the fascinating human history of the area as well as discovering local fauna, flora and habitat.

Bush Craft: The students are introduced to basic skills which allow them to identify, look after, and use natural materials available in local habitats. Students build their confidence and gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the outdoor environment.

Orienteering: Use of a purpose built course to develop map skills and fitness, working independently or in small teams. There are also a variety of other sites ready mapped, or new sites can be developed. 

Archery: This is suitable for all ages inside the sports hall, or outside if weather allows. This activity can also be brought to your site.

Introduction to the outdoors: This approach is very child centred with an emphasis on learning by discovery. Groups of younger students gain confidence in the outdoors, studying mini beasts or other projects, making stories come alive.

For more information please contact Angela or Alan by calling 01952 387378 or via email to

Telford Band Night at Telford Theatre

Telford & Wrekin Music will be hosting a Band Night at Telford Theatre on Tuesday 15 November 2022.  The event will be a fantastic night of live music, with bands performing from schools and colleges within the Telford area.

For more information please download the event flyer:

Telford Band Night Flyer

Queries can be sent to Tracey Stirling, Interim Music Team Leader, via email to

Support for early years settings from the experts and mentors programme

The Experts and Mentors Early Years COVID-19 Recovery Programme from the Department for Education (DfE) is focused on supporting early years practitioners and leaders to address the impact of the pandemic on the youngest children. 

The DfE are currently looking for settings who are interested in receiving support from January 2023, for the spring term (academic year 2022/23). Debbie Gillibrand, an Early Years Manager from Leyland St James Nursery, recently wrote a blog post exploring why she decided to apply to take part in the programme and her experiences of supporting settings in her region. You can read it on the Foundation Years website.

Currently, eligible settings include those who meet one of the criteria below:

  • high numbers of children in receipt of EY Pupil Premium
  • high numbers of children with SEND needs
  • high numbers of children taking up the disadvantaged 2-year-old offer
  • been judged as Requires Improvement (RI) or Inadequate in the last 3 years

Even if your setting does not meet the above areas for eligibility you may be still able to access the support.

More information is available to download:

Early years experts and mentors programme – information for settings

To receive support, settings must complete and return the application form by Friday 11 November 2022. You can apply to receive support, and find out further information on eligibility, on Pen Green's website.

Any queries can be sent to Lisa Seymour, Early Years and Childcare Consultant Team Leader via phone on 01952 385424 or email to

Teacher webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels

Join the Marches Careers Hub on 22 November 2022, 6–7pm, for an online session to find out more about Apprenticeships and T Levels.

The webinar will provide you with useful information to help you to support your students in making the right choices about their next steps. The session will cover:

  • What are apprenticeships?
  • What are T Levels?
  • Why these pathways should be considered.
  • Application processes.

The session is free to attend, but a place needs to be booked on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite: Teacher webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels

Parent/carer webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels

Join the Marches Careers Hub on 15 November 2022, 6–7pm, for an online session to find out more about Apprenticeships and T Levels.

The webinar will provide you with useful information to help you to support your students in making the right choices about their next steps. The session will cover:

  • What are apprenticeships?
  • What are T Levels?
  • Why these pathways should be considered.
  • Application processes.

The session is free to attend, but a place needs to be booked on Eventbrite:

Eventbrite: Parent/carer webinar: Understanding apprenticeships and T Levels

Explore local labour market information with your students

The Marches Careers Hub’s Start Profile labour market platform provides free teaching resources to help you introduce key local sectors to your students. You can now access sector information on business and professional services. Further sectors will be highlighted in coming months.

Explore the sector with your students, discover the qualifications needed and the opportunities available across a wide range of careers and roles. Teachers also have access to a selection of downloadable resources to support the delivery of lessons, including PowerPoint presentations and student worksheets.

To get started, visit the Teachers’ page on Start in The Marches. For more information visit the Marches Careers Hub Website.

The Apprenticeship Employment and Skills Show – 16 March 2023

The Apprenticeship, Employment and Skills Show 2023 is back on Thursday 16 March 2023. The event will take place at  The International Centre, Telford 12noon-7.30pm, with the 12- 12.30 slot available exclusively for SEND students as a quieter time before the event gets too busy.

It’s the largest event of its kind this side of the NEC in Birmingham and aims to promote local apprenticeship opportunities to people across Telford, SHROPSHIRE and the West Midlands.  It is completely free to attend.

Apprenticeships are a great way to build the workforce of tomorrow and are now seen as a very viable alternative to university. The show is also a great opportunity for businesses to showcase careers and jobs that exist now and in the future.

Please make sure this date is in your diary and reserve a slot for your school – we very much look forward to seeing you and your students at the show in 2023.

Places can be booked online.

Remembrance Day – 11 November 2022

Remembrance Day (also known as Poppy Day owing to the tradition of wearing a remembrance poppy) was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth. It was originally called “Armistice Day” to commemorate armistice agreement that ended the First World War on Monday, November 11, 1918, at 11am (on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month).

Every year at 11am on the 11 November, all across the country there is traditionally a two minute silence, to allow us time to reflect on the sacrifices made by people during the wars past and present.

The wearing a poppy throughout November is the most popular way to commemorate Remembrance Day. The red poppy is a sign of remembrance and a symbol of hope for a peaceful future. It is also traditional for the armed forces to parade and to lay wreaths at war memorials to show respect for colleagues past and present.

There a number of resources available for schools to support with the learning of Remembrance Day:

Twinkl: Remembrance Day

Team Building: Remembrance Day

The British Legion: Teaching Remembrance

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).

Designated Teachers & Governors for Children in Care Network
(compulsory school age)  (GO 503)
9 November 2022
4pm to 5.30pm
The Importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage in schools
(GO 603)
10 November 2022
5.30pm to 7pm
Safety Intervention Refresher Training
(formerly MAPA Refresher Training) - CPI accredited (BSAT 212)
10 November 2022
8.45am to 12.30pm
Diversity, Accessibility and Equity: within and beyond the curriculum
(CPD 722)
15 November 2022
all day - TBA
Primary computing update
(CPD 512)
15 November 2022
4pm to 5.30pm
Developing the role of the EAL coordinator
(CPD 616)
15 November 2022
3.45pm to 6pm
Listen with Lucy
(EY 023)
16 November 2022
1.15pm to 4pm
Understanding school finances
(GO 508)
16 November 2022

9.15am to 12noon

Early Career Teacher Network
(ECTs in year one of their training) (CPD 720)
16 November 2022
2.30pm to 3.45pm
Early Career Teacher Network
(ECTs in year two of their training) (CPD 720)
16 November 2022
4.15pm to 5.30pm
Governor’s responsibilities for SEND
(LSAT 212)
16 November 2022
5pm to 7pm
Designated Safeguarding Leads refresher
(SG 1070
16 November 2022
9.15am to 3.15pm
Exploring the 7 areas of learning in a school based EYFS environment
(EY 318)
17 November 2022
9.15am to 12noon
Behaviour support intervention training
Non-accredited (BSAT 301)
17 November 2022
8.30am to 4pm
Understanding nurture
(PSS 101)
17 November 2022
9.15am to 12noon
Assessment - termly update
(morning) (CPD 502)
22 November 2022
9.15am to 10.45am
Assessment - termly update
(twilight) (CPD 503)
22 November 2022
4pm to 5.30pm
Safer recruitment administration
(book via Human Resources)
23 November 2022
3pm to 5.30pm
Establishing yourself as a SEND leader, for new and returning SENCOs
(LSAT 302)
23 November 2022
4pm to 5pm
Newly appointed Safeguarding Governor induction training – part 1
(SG 103)
23 November  2022
5.30pm to 8pm
Governors' responsibilities for exclusions
(SG 104)
24 November 2022
5pm to 7pm
Accredited safer recruitment training
(book via Human Resources)
24 November 2022
9am to 4.30pm
Raising awareness of Prevent 
(SG 101)
24 November 2022
9.30am to 11am
Bright ideas and inspiration for your breakfast, holiday and out of school provision
(EY 303)
24 November 2022
9.15am to 12noon
Induction training for new Governors
(GO 502)
29 November 2022
9.30am to 3.30pm - time TBA
Managing English as an Additional Language in Early Years settings
(CPD 710)
29 November 2022
1.15pm to 4pm
Early Years coordinators – termly update
(EY 007)
30 November 2022
4pm to 5.30pm
Working together to improve school attendance expectations for schools
(AST 001)
30 November 2022
10am to 11.30am

Farmington Scholarships

Applications for the 2023/24 Farmington Scholarships are now open.

Scholarships are available to teachers of Religious Education and associated subjects in UK secondary, primary, and special needs schools. Head teachers who wish to undertake research into either religious education or values education are also eligible to apply.

Scholarships cover the cost of tuition plus essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale. Scholarships last for a maximum of 30 days and can either be taken at a local university or home-based with the support of a local tutor. 

Further information and an application form can be found on the Farmington Scholarships website.

A leaflet is also available to download.

Farmington Scholarships leaflet

The closing date for applications is Sunday 29 January 2023.

Any enquiries about the Farmington Institute, or its Scholarships, should be addressed to Kay Webb, Administrator, at The Farmington Institute by calling 01865 271985 or via email to

Autumn Term Education Conference – 15 November 2022

The Telford & Wrekin Autumn Term 2022 Conference - Diversity, Accessibility and Equity for all: within and beyond the curriculum will take place Tuesday 15 November 2022.

This conference will explore diversity, accessibility and equity within the curriculum across all ages, with the aim of raising aspirations and achievement for all children and young people.

The 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 collective job to raise aspirations and to support all children and young people to achieve the best possible outcomes.

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.

Costs for T&W schools and academies:
One delegate - £158pp
Two delegates - £250
Each additional delegate (over and above two places being booked) - £100pp

To book your place/s please send a completed booking form via email to Any queries can be sent to the same email address.

Early years education recovery programme

This is an update from the Department for Education

The government is providing a package of workforce training, qualifications and support and guidance for the early years sector to support staff and settings and address the impact of the pandemic on the youngest and most disadvantaged children.

Designed to support all areas of the early years sector, the package offers:

  • continuing professional development
  • additional funding for qualifications
  • support and guidance to early years settings through stronger practice hubs and experts and mentors.

The document, Early years education recovery programme: supporting the sector, is available to download.

The Prevent duty: safeguarding learners vulnerable to radicalisation

This is an update from the Department for Education

Support for those working in education settings with safeguarding responsibilities, in relation to the Prevent duty.

This guidance is for:

  • designated safeguarding leads (DSLs)
  • those working in education settings who have safeguarding responsibilities for keeping children, young people and adult learners safe in schools, colleges and further education independent training providers

This guidance is designed to:

  • explain the Prevent referral process and the statutory responsibilities to keep children, young people and adult learners safe from the risk of extremist ideology or radicalisation
  • prepare DSLs to respond effectively and get support for people who may be being exploited by radicalising influences

This guidance has been developed by frontline practitioners in local authorities, with support from the Department for Education. It reflects learning since the implementation of the Prevent duty in 2015 under section 26 of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015.

Read this guidance alongside:

The practical advice and examples of best practice in this guidance should supplement your setting’s existing safeguarding policies. The use of this guidance is not mandatory, but it does refer to the statutory requirements of the Prevent duty and keeping children safe in education.

If you need to raise concerns about a learner who you think may be vulnerable to radicalisation, read about making a referral to Prevent.

A number of additional documents are also available to download:

The Prevent duty: an introduction for those with safeguarding responsibilities

Understanding and identifying radicalisation risk in your education setting

Managing risk of radicalisation in your education setting

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