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Easter Reading Challenge
03 Apr
Schools Library Service have produced an Easter Reading Challenge pack for schools to use or to make available to parents. It contains a Easter Reading Activity, puzzle, reading list/ book suggestions and information on how to access North Tyneside Libraries' ebook and eaudio service. There is also a certificated to download when the challenge is completed. Remember to tweet @NorthTyneLibs or @NorthTyneSLS
Covid 19 - School Closures - Guidance for Schools about temporarily closing
26 Mar
The Government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and for schools to remain open only for those children of workers critical to the COVID-19 response - who absolutely need to attend. It is important to underline that schools, all childcare settings (including early years settings, childminders and providers of childcare for school-age children), colleges and other educational establishments, remain safe places for children. But the fewer children making the journey to school, and the fewer children in educational settings, the lower the risk that the virus can spread and infect vulnerable individuals in wider society. Schools, and all childcare providers, are therefore being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children - children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home.While as many schools as possible should try to stay open for eligible pupils, this will not be possible for all settings and the local authority should coordinate pooling of resources so pupils are able to access provision elsewhere. The DFE has produced guidance for School about temporary closures which can be found here: Guidance for Schools about temporary closures
School Governance Update
26 Mar
The DFE has issues some important news and communications relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England. The update reiterates the key messages and guidance published by the department last week, especially around school closures, and seeks to provide some clarity on specific issues that will be at the forefront of governors' minds. Department officials are monitoring the situation closely and will provide further information as necessary. Link to the report: School Governance Update - March 2020 ?
Coronavirus - Information for Governing Boards from NGA
16 Mar
The National Governance Association has issued the following guidance for schools on the Coronavirus YOUR SCHOOL’S RESPONSE Your school’s response to the Coronavirus is an operational matter for school leaders to deal with. It is appropriate for the governing board to be kept informed of: The current advice for schools from Public Health England and the DfE Any guidance for schools provided by local health protection teams Arrangements for keeping parents and staff informed of the advice and the school’s response Any measures taken in school to prevent the spread of the virus The response to any confirmed or suspected cases in school Any contingency plans the school has in place ? DECIDING TO CLOSE THE SCHOOL DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS Closing the school is an operational decision taken by school leaders not governing boards. School leaders will most likely have a discussion with the chair of the governing board before taking their decision to close the school The current advice from Public Health England is that no school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) case of Coronavirus unless directed to do so by Public Health England or under the advice of their local Public Health protection team KEEPING INFORMED Your school leaders should be monitoring closely the government updates and guidance for education settings. PREVENTING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS IN SCHOOLS Public Health England Advice states that personal hygiene is the most important way of tackling Coronavirus. Schools have been advised to share with their pupils, parents and staff the advice about regular handwashing with soap, the use of hand sanitiser gels (especially in communal areas), cleaning objects and surfaces, covering coughs and sneezes and avoiding touching the eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands Pupils and staff who feel unwell should stay at home. Adults worried about their symptoms or those of a child should call NHS 111 and not go directly to their GP or other healthcare environments. DfE HELPLINE The DfE has launched a helpline to answer questions about the Coronavirus. Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Coronavirus / COVID-19: Guidance for Educational Settings
26 Feb
Public Health England has produced guidance to assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding: the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19, what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting, and What advice to give to individuals who have travelled from specified countries or areas within the last 14 days, including school trips Click here for Advice for Coronavirus There is a poster which accompanies the guidance which should be downloaded, printed and displayed in all education settings. It is aimed at parents, carers, students, headteachers, teaching and support team staff. Click here for the Coronavirus Poster It is also recommended that Schools and education establishments review their Critical Incident Policy and ensure that the 'incident contingency plan' has been shared with all members of staff so that all are clear about roles and responsibilities should an incident occur. Further information can be found on the NHS website: NHS Website on Coronavirus
Early Years Subscription 2020/21
25 Feb
Try our great value Early Years Subscription. At just £50 for 50 items that can be changed as often as required, its a bargain!
The Early Years Conference
14 Feb
“The gift of reading” The new Education Inspection Framework has a central focus on early reading, it should “be at the heart of the curriculum”. This year’s conference is a celebration of early reading through two different keynote speakers, Anne Harding and Michael Rosen. Book through the link https://nteysis.org.uk/early-years-conference-2020/
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Training & Events

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01 Jun
Reconnecting during the crisis - Secondary English
A one-hour session discussing well-being, remote learning and lockdown CPD. This is a broad ranging session to give subject leaders the chance to reconnect with one another as professionals and ‘share the load’ in these troubling times
02
02 Jun
Leading in lockdown - Secondary Maths session 1
Focus on remote learning, wellbeing and online CPD.
03
03 Jun
SEMH drop in session
An opportunity to seek advice and guidance from lead professionals about supporting individual pupils or cohorts of pupils where SEMH is a barrier to learning.
03
03 Jun
Primary maths in science
Teachers participating in this Work Group will develop their pedagogy when teaching maths in science to apply the principles of teaching for depth of understanding. Teachers will develop skills and knowledge to allow pupils to apply their mathematical skills and understanding. Maths leads and Science leads will work collaboratively to identify how and when they can achieve both maths and science objectives symbiotically without compromising either. This Work Group is delivered in partnership between the Great North Maths Hub and the Science Learning Partnership and will run across three sessions. You will require a NCETM username to participate in this CPD.
03
03 Jun
Early Years Childcare Network
The meeting will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams. The R4S team will discuss key issues around DfE guidance during this Coronavirus period, as well as other priorities such as transition. The commissioning team will also provide updates. Please note this session is for childcare settings on non-domestic premises and some issues discussed may not be relevant to childminders. There will be a separate evening session for childminders. If, however are unable to attend the times specific to your type of childcare, you are welcome to book onto another session.
03
03 Jun
Reconnecting during lockdown - Secondary Science
A session giving subject leaders the chance to reconnect, share strategies and good practice. The focus will be on distance learning, challenges facing departments and staff development.
03
03 Jun
Early Years Childcare Network
The meeting will take place virtually through Microsoft Teams. The R4S team will discuss key issues around DfE guidance during this Coronavirus period, as well as other priorities such as transition. The commissioning team will also provide updates. Please note this session is for childcare settings on non-domestic premises and some issues discussed may not be relevant to childminders. There will be a separate evening session for childminders. If, however are unable to attend the times specific to your type of childcare, you are welcome to book onto another session.