The NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) has published the first unit for each year group (Y1-Y6) of its Curriculum Prioritisation in Primary Maths materials, a term-by-term framework to support planning and teaching in 2021/22. ‘This resource provides coherent sequencing for the primary maths curriculum. It draws together the DfE guidance on curriculum prioritisation, with high quality professional development and classroom resources provided by the NCETM Primary Mastery PD materials.’
Following government announcements this week and a move to Stage 4 of the Roadmap, the operational guidance for schools has been updated here. Step 4 changes currently apply from 19th July, subject to review on 12th July.
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 was published this week. As part of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s on-going commitment to Gloucestershire Schools through traded services, we are pleased to announce there will be short webinar to go through the changes and what action you now need to take.
Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) would like to highlight the work that the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Association in conjunction with colleagues at the research agency are working on ‘Revealing Reality’. They are seeking Year 11/12/13 students to respond to an anonymous online survey about their attitudes and experiences surrounding image sharing (the sharing of nude or nearly nude pictures or videos), to help explore the impact of this practice on young people).
Books Beyond Words are award-winning wordless picture stories, covering themes such as physical and mental health, life skills, relationships, abuse, trauma, grief and bereavement. They also provide the Open Book webinar series this carefully curated series of six free webinars covers a range of challenges that schools are currently facing.
There is now an updated CSE Screening Tool which incorporates both Criminal and Sexual Exploitation. Please can head teachers share this information with all staff so they know what to do should they have concerns.
As the Gloucestershire Virtual School Games Day approaches, we want 50,000 children active and taking part in Gloucestershire's biggest ever virtual physical activity event. There are loads of fun activities lined up such as live Bhangra, desk drumming, the Daily Mile, yoga, inclusive fitness, 1500m Olympic record attempts and much, much more.
A reminder for schools to post details of Covid-19 cases on the School Emergency closure site. This information will allow support services such as catering and transport to keep up to date with any changes.
We would like to ensure that the messages to Headteachers about Elective Home Education align with the messages that have recently been communicated to school staff who attended the Attendance Network Meetings. It is important that the processes around Elective Home Education are clear as numbers are increasing. Please read on for essential information.
Dr Alison Struthers of Warwick University and Dr Ruth Brittle of Nottingham Trent University are hoping to gather data from teachers, including Designated Safeguarding Leads, on human rights and safeguarding, and have produced two short surveys to do this.
Working in partnership with schools, the Alternative Provision project aims to reduce the number of children and young people being permanently excluded. It aims to transform the way in which alternative provision is provided, to make sure vulnerable children and young people receive timely support of the highest quality.
In response to rising infection rates across the county and the increasing pressure schools are experiencing around holding events in the summer term, the attached letter has been drafted to parents/carers to support schools’ decision making. The letter has been prepared for schools to share with their communities and has been signed by Sarah Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health and Chris Spencer, Director of Children’s Services.
NELI is a school-based programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills. This programme is funded by the Department for Education.
Following serious concern over a number of teenage suicides, you will remember that in recent years the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive and Suicide Prevention Group have sent out stickers for pupils to put in planners. The labels have been updated for 2021 and you will now see that included are signposts to both Hope House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support. This is linked to three recent Rapid Reviews undertaken by the Safeguarding Partnership.
The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) in collaboration with the South West Cyber Resilience Centre (SWCRC) are inviting educational establishments from the South West region (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) to join them on 13th July 2021 at 10am for this free cyber briefing on the threat of ransomware to the education sector.
This South West Child protection Record Transfer Protocol has been agreed by all those attendees of the South West Education Group and adopted by the Gloucestershire Education and Early Years Sub Group of the partnership.
Following the government announcement on Monday, there is no change to operational guidance for schools. All control measures should remain in place until the end of term and regular LFD testing should continue.
With the summer break fast approaching, the NSPCC are doing a final push on getting their Speak out, Stay safe online programme out to Primary Schools. It’s such a good time for pupils to receive these messages before transitions and those important summer holidays.
Marcus Rashford MBE and Henry Dimbleby MBE are working with the Food Foundation to help promote the Government’s new Holiday Activities and Food programme.
A letter can be found here from Marcus Rashford MBE and Henry Dimbleby MBE who are asking Headteachers to send it on to parents and carers, and particularly those of children who qualify for free school meals.
Wales and Western Community Safety Managers have collaborated with Picturascope to create two new safety videos demonstrating the dangers of the railway. Content includes, level/foot crossing safety awareness, station safety and the dangers of electrification.
Guidance issued from the Department for Education (DfE) makes it clear that there is an expectation for Year 11 students to receive tuition until the last Friday in June. DfE has been very clear that there should be no use of the S code this year by schools as there is no need for study leave.
Those schools intending to run a summer school this year will need to complete the online confirmation form by Wednesday 30 June to take part in the summer school programme. If you did not complete the initial sign-up form, you can still join the programme by completing the confirmation form.
The Mangotsfield English Hub is looking to expand its team of Phonics Specialists. These teachers work with the Hub for an agreed number of days across the year to support other schools in developing their teaching of early reading and phonics. Closing date Friday 25th June 2021 at midday.
This guidance has been updated to support teachers to prepare annual reports for parents following the cancellation of this year’s summer exam series and primary assessments, and partial school closures, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. School reports on pupil performance: guide for HTs (DfE/STA, updated 10 June)
Introducing CyberSprinters, a new online game to help primary schools, clubs and youth groups teach children about cyber security from an early age. It is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ, aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, and is available from today.
The NCETM and Maths Hubs have announced a year-long programme for primary schools (from September 2021). The Mastering Number project is aimed at pupils in YR-Y2 and will focus on strengthening their understanding of number and fluency with number facts.