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Connexions North Tyneside offers a comprehensive Information, Advice and Guidance service for pupils/students in Years 8 to Year 13/14 plus the facility to deliver and support a rounded and learner-fo...

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Free period products for all schools and colleges in England
20 Jan
Free period products are to be made available to all schools and colleges in England, as the Department for Education launches its fully funded scheme. The new scheme is set to give pupils easy access to period products at school or college, helping to break down stigmas and ensure no young person’s education is disrupted by their period.From Monday 20 January, schools and colleges across the country will be able to order a range of period products from supplier PHS Group, making period products readily available for all young people when they need them. Children and Families Minister Michelle Donelan said: Periods are a normal part of everyday life and we do not want young people missing out on lessons because of them. We know that it is not easy for everyone to access period products where and when they need them. This scheme will deal with those problems so young people can go about their daily lives without getting caught out if they have come on their period unexpectedly, forgotten to bring products with them or if they can’t afford the products they need. This follows the Government’s commitment last year to fully fund period products for all state-funded primary schools, secondary schools and colleges. It also forms part of the Department’s ambition to improve provision of products for young people, helping to support campaigns to break the stigma around periods and raise awareness of menstruation. The scheme also comes just months before health education becomes a compulsory for all state funded primary and secondary schools, under new guidance on relationships, sex and health education from September 2020 – to ensure all young people learn about living healthy lives, including menstrual wellbeing. The Government also introduced the £15 million annual Tampon Tax Fund to support women’s charities – and made a commitment to end period poverty globally by 2030.
Updated Service Information - Energy Management
19 Mar
Take a look at our updated pages, read about the basis of our charge and see our billing schedule. Why Choose Us? We shall seek to create a culture of transparency, trust and confidence in our relationship with schools. We shall seek the best possible competitive prices through access to the NEPO contract. We have previously undertaken a price testing exercise using an independent energy broker for both Electricity and Gas, the results of both exercises confirmed that we are securing value via the existing procurement arrangements. We will continue to undertake price testing as necessary on a timely basis. We will undertake monthly analysis of costs and consumption through the TEAM SIGMA® Energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) software system. We will investigate problem areas using a range of diagnostic equipment and site visits. We provide a telephone support service on all aspects of energy. Whilst it has not been possible to implement a monthly billing cycle, we have arranged access to our Electricity and Gas suppliers online billing portals which enables schools to monitor monthly consumption and billing data giving schools better clarity to assist with planning for quarterly costs. We have introduced a formal issues management framework in line with our SLA framework which ensures that queries raised are managed according to communications protocols and SLA commitments to ensure resolution.
School springs into action
15 Mar
North Tyneside will be looking spick and span this spring thanks to the return of an annual campaign and commitment from the local community. With help from local residents, businesses, schools and community groups, the Big Spring Clean aims to combat litter and dog fouling in North Tyneside. And this week, pupils from Richardson Dees Primary School helped launch the campaign, which is celebrating its 11th year. The pupils were invited to take part in a clean-up of the school grounds alongside the council’s environmental mascot Waldo the Wonderdog. Cllr Carl Johnson, cabinet member with responsibility for the Environment, said: “As the council, we strive to make sure our borough is an attractive place to live, work and; visit, and we couldn’t manage that without the help of the local community. “The community involvement we see every year from the Big Spring Clean is fantastic. So many of our residents get involved and the pride they take in their local area makes our job so much easier. “I’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone that gets involved when we run this campaign – so many people and groups in our borough work to keep their local area spotless every day.” Also part of the campaign, young people from the Princes Trust worked to transform an area at TyneMet College. The group took neglected planters and improved them with help from the council – planting bulbs to grow over the spring and carrying out a litter pick on the grounds. Running from March until the end of May, the Big Spring Clean invites the public to take part in council and community-led litter picks, that the authority will support by providing gloves, bags and litter pickers. The campaign has seen extraordinary successes in the past, with over seven tonnes of litter being removed from the borough when the initiative was ran in 2018. This year’s Big Spring Clean is part of the council’s Love Your Street campaign, encouraging residents to take pride in their local community. There are a number of ways residents can get involved with this campaign, including litter picks and flower plantings. The council will support residents in their efforts, supplying litter picks and bags for any street clean-ups and offering to collect any rubbish collected afterwards. To find out about council-run litter picks, or to organise your own, email loveyourstreet@northtyneside.gov.uk, or call 0345 2000 103.
Discounted Access to The Key Membership!
12 Mar
Don't miss out! Schools can benefit from 20% off membership of The Key. This exclusive discount will run from 1st April 2019 - 31st March 2020 in-line with the Governor Services SLA. If you purchase the discounted subscription for your school, your governors will benefit from instant access to the Key's bank of resources and toolkits covering all aspects of governance.
Ofsted research project: Knife crime: safeguarding children and young people in education
12 Mar
Ofsted carried out a research project on knife crime in education. This report sets out our findings and recommendations. Ofsted carried out research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units (PRUs) in London. The research looked at 3 broad questions: What are schools, colleges and PRUs in London doing to safeguard children and learners from knife crime while on school premises? How are schools, colleges and PRUs in London giving children the knowledge and skills to stay safer in their local communities? How are exclusions being used when children bring knives to school? Overall, Ofsted’s study shows that it is extremely rare that children are caught up in serious violence on school grounds. However, it is also clear that schools’ valuable role in local partnerships is not being realised, leading to inconsistencies across London in the way schools respond. Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-stronger-partnerships-needed-to-tackle-knife-crime
Top Employers to help all primary schools offer careers education to pupils
12 Mar
All primary school pupils will benefit from world leading careers education developed by top industry professionals including the British Chambers of Commerce and BP. To mark National Careers Week, which runs from Monday 4 March, to Friday 8 March, Education Secretary Damian Hinds announced that the Department is working with industry leaders to help make first class career-related learning a reality in all primary schools. The Department for Education has published research that shows 96% of primary schools are offering tailored career activities to pupils, despite not being compelled to, and is committing ensure this reaches 100% by working with industry professionals. Education Secretary Damian Hinds said: “Careers advice has thankfully moved on from my school days, where I once did a multiple choice test and was told I should work in catering. “Good careers education is such a valuable asset that will help children to explore future possibilities and go on to lead happy rewarding lives. I’m pleased to know that so many primary school pupils have access to career-related learning to expand their ideas of who they could become in the future. “But we want to make sure that support is available to everyone and that it’s of the highest standard so that is why we are working with industry experts to produce support primary schools.” Schools Minister Nick Gibb met business leaders for a breakfast meeting ahead of National Careers Week. During the meeting, representatives from BP plc, UBS AG, the Confederation of British Industries (CBI), British Chambers of Commerce, the Education and Employers Taskforce, Business in the Community, Linklaters and Greensill UK, discussed the importance of modern foreign languages in careers education and agreed to form an ongoing network and to develop an action plan setting out how they will support schools to help pupils gain the language skills their future careers could require. Today’s announcements comes after the Secretary of State visited Barham Primary School in Wembley to answer pupils’ questions about his career as part of the Primary Futures programme, which gives primary schools access to a wide range of professionals, who deliver sessions that help raise children’s aspirations and counteract stereotypes about the people who do different jobs. Many primary schools are already thinking about how best to introduce young children to ideas about the work they might do in future. The Department, through The Careers & Enterprise Company, is investing £2million to develop and extend career-related learning in primary schools. A series of organisations have submitted bids for grants from the fund and The Careers & Enterprise Company will announce successful applicants later this year. This is one of a number of funds announced in the Government’s careers strategy to support the development and expansion of effective careers provision, focusing on geographical areas of need and targeting the most disadvantaged young people. The Careers & Enterprise Company will soon announce the successful applicants from a £2.5million pot of funding to help develop models for effective personal careers guidance in secondary school and the successful applicants from a separate £2.5million pot to develop models to help pupils benefit from effective encounters with employers.
National Apprenticeship Week
07 Mar
There will be plenty of opportunities to discover in North Tyneside as part of National Apprenticeship Week. It runs from March 4 – 8 and the council has been working with local schools and businesses to showcase the achievements and benefits of apprenticeships and highlight opportunities. A full programme of activities and events in the borough can be found at skillsnorthtyneside.org.uk. The week will culminate with the popular Get Up and Go event on Saturday 9 March, at the council’s HQ, on Cobalt Business Park, which aims to help young people and their parents/carers learn about opportunities across a range of occupational areas for which an apprenticeship can provide an entry route. The exhibition-style event features a host of employers and learning providers who are actively seeking apprentices for their business and aims to highlight the benefits of an apprenticeship for young people aged 15-19 and their families. The event is again expected to attract several hundred visitors on the day and young people can drop in at any point for any length of time during the session. Cllr Peter Earley, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Children, Young People and Learning, said, “This event is a fantastic opportunity for young people and their parents to come along and learn more about the different options that are available to them in the borough. “Once again, the event will feature a wide range of businesses who will be directly looking to employ apprentices. I’d encourage as many people as possible to go along and find out more.” The session runs from 10.30am to 1.30pm on Saturday 9 March at the council’s HQ on Cobalt Business Park. Advisers from the Connexions service will be at the event to offer any advice or information, if necessary. For further information on the Get Up and Go event, contact the Connexions service on (0191) 643 6965. Find out more about apprenticeships in North Tyneside or email employability.skills@northtyneside.gov.uk.
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Training & Events

27 Jan
Primary Science Subject Leader Day
Featuring Author and Primary Science Consultant Rosemary Feasey, this full day will help establish and maintain your vision as subject leader in a first, primary or middle school. The latest research and recommendations underpin the course content to aid you with developing teaching and learning in science across your school. • What does the new OFSTED Education Inspection Framework mean for science? • Preparing for a deep dive in science. • Effective monitoring and assessment in science. • Understanding your role as subject leader - how to get the best out of your team whilst maintaining perspective about the role. We will also update you with any key statutory messages and consider the implications of these for your school.
28 Jan
HR/H&S Workshop
Table top conversations/ speed dates 1x H&S 2 x Schools HR 1 x insurance and risk
28 Jan
RDS Data Transfer Drop In
Further information on course content will be available closer to the session
28 Jan
Action Research for Parental Engagement
Active engagement of schools with parents to support reading We are looking for a small research group of primary and first schools to work together to develop best practice for actively engaging parents to support reading, based on current research. The group (6-10 school representatives) would meet for a short session three times during the year. Schools who already consider they have a lot to offer in terms of active engagement of parents as well as those who wish to address this common objective are welcome to participate. The school representative should be a member of staff who has capacity to bring about change in school. There is a small fee of £50 to cover costs for the three sessions. Session 1: Tuesday, 28th January 4-5pm; Langdale Centre Session 2: April; date and venue TBC Session 3: June; date and venue TBC For further information or queries please contact: Kerry Clegg (Reading Recovery teacher leader, EYSIS) Kerry.clegg@northtyneside.gov.uk 0191 643 8506
28 Jan
SEND Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment
This session provides an insight into the whole SEND statutory assessment process
28 Jan
Primary Assessment - EY, KS1 & KS2
The session will cover early years, the phonics screening check, end of key stage 1 and end of key stage 2 assessments. The aim of this training is to offer an overview of 2018/19 statutory assessment processes for Primary aged pupils, so that governors can • fulfil their duties in ensuring the accuracy of data entered • support compliance with the 2018/19 statutory guidance for the test processes • understand the STA 2018/19 moderation process, data entry process • be aware of how schools moderate their judgements. It is suitable for governors of First, Primary, Special and Middle Schools. Facilitators: Maddy Kennedy SIO Early Years, Gill Kemp SIO Primary & Janice Gibson SIA Primary Assessment.
29 Jan
FMS Budget Planning Workshops
This workshop covers: * Checking Personnel contracts * Housekeeping * Setting up the Budget Plan for 2020/21