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  • Cleaning Services Bulletin Feb 2019

  • Dementia UK Time For A Cuppa 2019

  • Governors Briefing - Spring 2019

  • Real Bread Week 2019

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Schools Planned and Responsive Repairs and Maintenance Service
***New Service for 2019***
In September 2017, at a meeting of North Tyneside Cabinet, it was agreed not to extend the current agreement for construction and housing repairs and maintenance services (including schools) with Kier Group Plc.

This means that the current contract with Kier Plc will end on 31 March 2019 and service delivery will return to the direct management of the Authority.

The Strategic Investment & Property Team, who lead on the development, management and delivery of the Council’s capital investment strategy (which includes the investment strategy across the school estate), have been working with a range of colleagues to ensure that a new Schools Planned and Responsive Repairs and Maintenance Service will be available from April 2019 as part of the Authority’s new construction offer.

Why choose us?

The new responsive repairs service will offer a wide range of services to all schools throughout North Tyneside including but not limited to:

  • General Repairs & Maintenance
  • Lift Maintenance
  • Mechanical & Electrical Services
  • Fire Alarms
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Domestic Hot Water and Boiler Maintenance.
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Cleaning Services Bulletin Feb 2019
19 Feb
Here is the Cleaning Services bulletin for February 2019 (attached).
Dementia UK Time For A Cuppa 2019
18 Feb
Dementia UK's Time For A Cuppa initiative is celebrating 10 years this month! Everyone loves the opportunity to catch up, reminisce and indulge. So why not pop the kettle on and share your favourite bakes with family, friends and colleagues, while helping our specialist dementia nurses support more families facing dementia? Time For A Cuppa runs from 1st-8th March. Find out more here.
Governors Briefing - Spring 2019
18 Feb
Spring term briefing for Governors.
Real Bread Week 2019
16 Feb
Real Bread Week 2019 is coming! #RealBreadWeek is the annual, international celebration of additive-free loaves and the people who make them. It runs from 23 February till 3 March. What is Real Bread Week? Launched by the Real Bread Campaign in 2010 (originally as National Real Bread Maker Week), this is the annual, international celebration of Real Bread and people who make it.Its three aims are to encourage and help people to: - Buy Real Bread from local, independent bakeries - Bake their own Real Bread at home. - Join the Real Bread Campaign Each year, bakeries and baking schools in the Real Bread Campaign supporter network around the world organise and hold classes, feasts and other events and activities. We're particularly keen to see more children learning to bake Real Bread, whether at home, in a bakery, baking school, nursery or in the classroom. Not only is this great fun, but it's a way of helping them to avoid all of the artificial additives that turn up in industrial loaves. It can also be a way of steering them towards healthier food - you'd be amazed at the number of children who 'don't like wholemeal' but love it when it was lovingly made by their own mitts! For more information about #RealBreadWeek go to www.realbreadcampaign.org.
British Pie Week
13 Feb
Britain is a nation of pie fanatics. It often seems that we love nothing better than a wholesome pie. With new research revealing that 75% of people enjoy a pie at least once a month, British Pie Week has been growing every year with pie-eaters everywhere seeking their ultimate pie perfection. We tasked staff to contact the chef at Quadrant restaurant to share their favourite pie and the top suggestions are being baked for British Pie Week which begins on Monday 6 March. We’re pleased to share the successful suggestions and when they’ll be added to the menu at Quadrant East restaurant. Thank you to everyone who sent their suggestions in and we hope you enjoy a week of fantastic pies. Monday 6 March – traditional Cornish Pasty Tuesday 7 March - Chicken and mushroom pie Wednesday 8 March– Chicken Balti pie Thursday 9 March – Game Pie Friday 10 March – Fish pie Don’t forget to look out for more great specials in the Quadrant East restaurant coming soon.
Chatterbooks Reading Groups for Schools
05 Feb
NEW and updated for 2019 - Chatterbooks Schools Library Service are pleased to offer Chatterbooks reading groups package to schools for KS2 pupils Chatterbooks is a nationally recognised network of children’s reading groups co-ordinated by The Reading Agency and help children build a lifelong reading habit. Because everything changes when we read. We offer a package to easily set up a successful reading group in school. This includes resources and activities, support and guidance, and of course a great selection of books to enjoy. What's included? > Book bag for 10 children including a reading diary, pen, bookmark and wristband > Group leaders toolkit including a Chatterbooks handbook > Downloadable themed session plans and activity ideas > An initial visit from a member of the SLS team to provide a short training session for school staff > Loan of up to 6 themed book boxes of your choice from a selection of different themes Each box will contain 25 quality books that will inspire children to read and enjoy Chatterbooks is very flexible – perhaps you want to encourage a group of reluctant readers, or to develop keen readers – or both? Chatterbooks is designed to encourage children to have fun with books, whatever their ability, and provides a perfect setting for reading for pleasure. What does it cost? The cost is £95 per year for subscribing schools and £125 for non-subscribing schools. The Chatterbooks offer is open to all schools on a first-come first-served basis. Available from April 2019. Please contact us to register interest by emailing: sls@northtyneside.gov.uk or select the package when purchasing your SLA
Celebrate Chinese New Year at Quadrant Restaurant
05 Feb
To celebrate Chinese New Year, the restaurant in Quadrant East will be putting on a special menu on Tuesday 5 February. The menu will include special themed meals, including a sumptuous chicken and mushroom curry, or delicious chicken balls served with sweet and sour sauce. Full menu details can be found in the attached PDF.
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26 Feb
SIMS.net Housekeeping Routines and Address Tidy & Merge Workshop (Session 1)
This session will cover the following range of Housekeeping routines available in SIMS.net. These routines tidy the data and improve system use, e.g. mail merge is made easier and parents’ addressee/salutations etc are updated. A number of other useful/time-saving routines/areas of SIMS are covered that schools may not yet have discovered: * Deleting unlinked contacts * Running the name tidy format * Resetting parental ballot flags * Updating the mailing point * Bulk Update routines * Deleting old CTF files * Address tidy & merge and address validation routines These routines will first be covered using training data, then you will repeat using your own data with expert help at hand for advice
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26 Feb
SIMS.net Housekeeping Routines and Address Tidy & Merge Workshop (Session 2)
This session will cover the following range of Housekeeping routines available in SIMS.net. These routines tidy the data and improve system use, e.g. mail merge is made easier and parents’ addressee/salutations etc are updated. A number of other useful/time-saving routines/areas of SIMS are covered that schools may not yet have discovered: * Deleting unlinked contacts * Running the name tidy format * Resetting parental ballot flags * Updating the mailing point * Bulk Update routines * Deleting old CTF files * Address tidy & merge and address validation routines These routines will first be covered using training data, then you will repeat using your own data with expert help at hand for advice
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26 Feb
2019 Update for Governors
The aim of this is to support the wider Governor network in North Tyneside schools to better understand and ideally support their Governor representatives further.
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26 Feb
Health and Wellbeing Survey Seminar
All schools in North Tyneside are being given the opportunity to undertake a Health and Wellbeing Survey with pupils in years 4, 6, 8 and 10 free of charge, during the month of March. In order to take part in the surveys a school representative will need to attend this short 1 hour seminar, facilitated by a member of the Schools and Students Health Education Unit (SHEU). This is an opportunity to find out more about the survey process and the support available to enable schools to undertake if effectively. As a result of undertaking the Health and Wellbeing Survey schools will: o receive a validated self-assessment of the health and wellbeing of their pupils o receive easy to read and interpret reports on the findings o be provided with data related to personal development and wellbeing that can support schools self-assessment and provide evidence for Ofsted o be able to interrogate the data to inform curriculum development and Healthy Schools action plans We hope that all schools will be able to take this opportunity. Places are limited to one per school initially and we ask that schools book by Friday 8th February. After this date any extra places will be made available. If you have any questions please contact Elaine Robson via Elaine.robson@northtyneside.gov.uk Please note, this is a free event however, charges will apply for nonattendance.
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26 Feb
ICT & Computing Network for all Primary and Middle School subject leaders.
We have invited police officers working for the Cyber Crime Prevent Team to share their safeguarding message with us at this network session. This is an area of online safety that previously has not had as much coverage as other aspects.
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26 Feb
Primary and Secondary SENCO Network
These network sessions are an opportunity to provide local, regional and national updates and to share best practice with SENCOs and other professionals.
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27 Feb
Early Years Leading an outstanding EY phase in school session 2
How good is your Two Year Old provision and how do you know ? In this session we will support EYFS leaders and senior leaders, including headteachers, to evaluate the quality of teaching and learning in their two year old provision. This will include core messages from the EYFS Statutory Framework and the latest guidance in the OFSTED handbook. During the afternoon we will explore the developmental needs of two year olds and the implications for adult-child interactions, key learning experiences and the emotional and physical learning environment offered by schools. There will be some time for schools to develop action plans for their two year old provision during the afternoon.