News Update

Welcome to our update 2nd April 2020

We hope this finds you in good health and fine spirits.  It certainly helps that Spring seems to be here!  Continuing with our wish to support our alliance schools please find further information that may be helpful.

Concern about vulnerable children not in schools

According to information about 80% of children in schools are those of key workers.  Clearly the vulnerable are not accessing the support that they would need more than most.  ASCL are doing a piece of work on this and would like those who are successfully drawing these children in to share ideas and strategies.

If are having particular success with this please could you share with Connect and also please email any thoughts to coronavirus@ascl.org.uk placing ‘VULNERABLE’ in the subject line..

For those of you with children in Years 11 and 13

ASCL summary on teacher assessment this summer:

https://www.ascl.org.uk/ASCL/media/ASCL/Help%20and%20advice/Leadership%20and%20governance/CV-Emerging-principles-and-guidance-regarding-teacher-assessed-frades,-summer-2020-30-March-2020.pdf

Home learning

Explaining Coronavirus in Makaton https://youtu.be/9OS8vbjr2-Q

ThinkUKnow have launched #OnlineSafetyAtHome to support parents and carers during COVID-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities parents/carers can do with their child to support their online safety at a time when they will spending more time online at home.  The packs are for the full age range from 4+.

Please share this information & link below with your colleagues

ThinkUKnow Online Safety at Home Resources

Podcasts

To support schools during these difficult time, podcaster Dave Jackson has created an ’emergency podcasting for teachers’ how-to guide.

Find the Emergency podcasting for teachers guide here: https://schoolofpodcasting.com/emergency-podcasting-for-teachers/

NQTs and completion of induction

Latest advice yesterday from the DfE is that schools will be expected to complete the Final Assessment for their NQTs in the usual timeframe.  For those who are not on a trajectory currently to meet Teacher Standards by the end of the academic year an extension for the autumn term will be given.  The TRA has indicated that they expect NQT returns to be submitted for Assessment Point 2 as usual and Appropriate Bodies will have to share the outcomes of these for the data collection deadline.  Please ensure that your NQT induction mentors have put their assessment documents together and returned them to the Appropriate Body.  The extended deadline is 24th April 2020.

We anticipate questions around the gathering of evidence over the next few months to demonstrate the meeting of Teacher Standards and expect that more advice will be forthcoming.  Watch this space!

Below is the link to the DfE advice

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers/covid-19-induction-for-newly-qualified-teachers-guidance

 

Current SCITT trainees and course completion

Extracts from the latest DfE guidance:

DfE will enable ITT providers to make judgements on trainees based on assessments already completed and each trainee’s current trajectory of progress towards meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Trainees making progress towards the Teachers’ Standards should be recommended for QTS, where the ITT provider judges that the trainee would have completed their ITT course successfully. Further guidance will be provided as soon as possible for those trainees not judged to be making adequate progress and who were unlikely to have met the Teachers’ Standards by the end of their ITT course.

The ITT criteria and supporting advice can be viewed on https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/initial-teacher-training-criteria

We will provide further advice and support on managing current trainees and recruitment to new ITT courses in due course.

The current advice is that trainees should not be impeded by the Coronavirus in their completion of the training year.  Significant inroads have been made into the training programme going forward and there are further refinements to come.  Please be assured there will be rigour in this but also be aware that classroom practise will have been significantly curtailed.  Connect plans to put a programme of CPD and support in place to ensure schools are well supported with their NQTs next academic year.

SCITT recruitment for 20\21

Extracts from the latest DfE guidance:

As everyone stays at home to ease the pressure on the NHS and help save lives, we encourage ITT providers to continue recruiting to ITT courses due to start in the next academic year. Providers should consider how they can adapt their normal recruitment practices to abide by social distancing guidance. For example, providers should consider remote interviews and the removal of any classroom exercises

Teacher Recruitment for September

After Easter we anticipate that schools will start to advertise their posts.  We are now in possession of information from our trainees about the areas in which they would like to find positions so can now really effectively signpost them to schools.

A reminder that if you do have positions coming up please let us know so we can promote them with our trainees and don’t forget to list them on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-a-teaching-job-at-your-school-on-teaching-vacancies

Well being for all

Kyra have been working with Mobilise to put together well being resources for staff, parents and children.  They have offered this out to colleagues.  You may find some of the links and reading useful for yourselves, but do also feel free to share with your stakeholders.

https://kyrateachingschool.com/what-we-do/kyra-wellbeing

Zoom – a free bonus!

If you have Basic Zoom https://zoom.us/education is offering to remove the 40 minute time limit for schools.  All you need to do is go to the website and fill in a small form to confirm you are from a school.

Here to help

Again, if there is anything that you need Connect to provide by way of advice, updates, guidance, signposting or moral support please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Email to enquries@connect-tsa.net or ellie.hextall@connect-tsa.co.uk will be answered within 24 hours.

Finally Happy Easter to all!  Let’s hope the weather is kind and that we can see the future a bit more clearly by the end of the break.

Welcome to our update 25th March 2020

Continuing with our wish to support our alliance schools please find further information that may be helpful.

 

Government guidance on social distancing in education settings

For advice on how to maintain social distancing in your setting please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-social-distancing-in-education-and-childcare-settings

 

Home learning

The website https://classroomsecrets.co.uk also provides resources for home learning and they are free – this may be something to share with teachers and parents.

Staff CPD via Podcast  

If you would like a suggestion for how staff might use their time to develop as professionals we have been advised that The Teacher’s Podcast is a tool which can support this. This can be found at https://classroomsecrets.co.uk/the-teachers-podcast/  Listeners engage in an ‘easy to follow’ conversation which is enlightening and further develops understanding of and approaches to teaching.

 

NQTs and completion of induction

We are aware that many of you and NQTs feel uncertain about the completion of the NQT year and we are trying very hard to get guidance from the TRA so that we can tell you what the official approach will be. LTT are working together to gather information and to formulate a response that can be shared with all stakeholders.  As soon as we have this, we will update you.

 

SCITT trainees and course completion

In terms of additional guidance about the gaining of QTS the government has yet to produce anything further.  We are looking very carefully at the training plan going forward to ensure that trainees get the most they can from the current situation and are as prepared as they can be for September.

 

Recruitment for September

While schools are very much in the response phase to COVID 19 recruitment just now is unlikely to be a priority.  Our SCITT provider has requested that trainees pass contact information to them so that we can communicate effectively with schools once recruitment is on the agenda.  We will work closely with colleagues to establish a way of interviewing robustly in a time of social distancing.  Meanwhile if you do have positions coming up please let us know so we can promote them with our trainees and don’t forget to list them on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/list-a-teaching-job-at-your-school-on-teaching-vacancies

 

Here to help

Again, if there is anything that you need Connect to provide by way of advice, updates, guidance, signposting or moral support please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Email to enquries@connect-tsa.net or ellie.hextall@connect-tsa.co.uk will be answered within 24 hours.

Welcome to our update 20th March 2020

Continuing with our wish to support our alliance schools please find further information that may be helpful.

Government guidance on vulnerable children and key sector workers
For information on who constitutes as vulnerable children and key sector workers please click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Update to members on education provision from ASCL – your own unions will have done something similar

The government has published overnight its list of ‘key occupations’ that are prioritised for educational provision from Monday. I think it’s fair to say that it’s rather more extensive than we might have expected.

Here’s our advice:

The message to parents has to be that they should only send their child to school if there is no safe alternative. This is the first principle of the government guidance. Provision in school is the last resort. We have sent out this message in a statement to the media this morning.
You decide which parents to offer provision. If you receive additional requests beyond this then it is your call. You can only do what you can do within the resources that are available to you.

Home learning and EAL learners

As a Bell Foundation Centre of Expertise we have received advice in relation to EAL learners. They have asked that we circulate the links below in order to provide potential solutions on how to support EAL learners.

• Nexus resources https://ealresources.bell-foundation.org.uk/
• NALDIC have published a curated list of resources for use by EAL learners and their families during school closures on the EALjournal blog here https://ealjournal.org/2020/03/20/resources-for-eal-learners-during-school-closures/

SCITT trainees and supporting in schools

Fee paying trainees can volunteer to support in your schools but they cannot be directed to do so as they are not employees. Connect would encourage them to volunteer providing they are not required at home to look after children, that they are well and that it would not compromise a vulnerable person in their household. We ask that they are not used at all on Thursdays as this is when they will be in receipt of training still. Salaried trainees are your employees and as such can be directed.

Here to help

Finally, if there is anything that you need Connect to provide by way of advice, updates, guidance, signposting or moral support please do not hesitate to get in touch. Email to enquries@connect-tsa.net or ellie.hextall@connect-tsa.co.uk will be answered within 24 hours.

Welcome to a news update

Following recent announcements Connect has collated a range information that may support schools going forward.  You are likely to have received much in the way of advice and information from a variety of bodies already but this is an attempt to put some of it together in a one stop shop.  The intention is to update things as they happen.

Connect day-to-day

As with other teaching alliances all face to face CPD, events, deployments and training have been cancelled.  Once things begin to settle down and there is some sense of normality returning we will revisit all of these and share what the new schedule will be.  In the meantime we are exploring alternative means of operating remotely.

School action to support national priorities

ASCL have advised a 3 phase approach which may help prioritise incredible workload for you as school leaders.

Phase 1 Get to Easter.  Provide some semblance of education for two groups of pupils: the children of key workers and ‘vulnerable’ pupils. Both of these definitions will be clarified shortly.

Phase 2 Plans to keep provision going for some young people over Easter. This is wholly uncharted territory and it will be best to give this more consideration next week.

Phase 3 Beyond Easter build a more joined-up form of provision, with collaboration across schools and colleges, strategically deploying teachers, teaching assistants and other staff with a programme of learning that we’ve had more time to plan. The hope is that local headteacher groups, or their existing locality partnerships, will try to work together to create a sustainable service for children and young people.  If, as a school, you wish to reach out to others Connect can support with this.

Home learning

You will have already spent hours putting together work packs and signposting online resources to parents in order to support home learning.  A few are shared below that have been identified by LTT members.  If you have ideas you would like to share please let us know and we can put them on the website and out by email.

BBC Teach has many online resources available for primary and secondary for free – click here to find out more

In response to the ongoing situation PhonicsPlay have decided to make their resources FREE to use during this period. Children can use the site at home without their parents needing to subscribe. To access the resources all you need to do is log on using the following details:

Username: march20
Password: home

Click here to find out more

Learn to draw with Rob Biddulph – he will be posting some draw-along videos online that parents could watch with their children and, hopefully, make some nice pictures. Click here or follow Rob on Twitter and Instagram – @RobBiddulph on Twitter and @rbiddulph on Instagram.

SCITT Trainees (agreed with LTSA):

Steps are being taken to ensure that trainee outcomes are not compromised by issues caused by COVID 19.  Advice to date is that all face to face training ceases.  With regards to coming weeks and assessment the DfE should be issuing advice.  When we get this it will be uploaded to the website and emailed out.

NQTs

We are extending the assessment submission deadline from 27th March 2020 to the 24th April 2020 in order to support schools already under tremendous pressure.

We encourage you to try and complete this form with the evidence that you will have gathered up until now so the NQTs can secure the second assessment period.

For NQTs who started at a different point in the year with a different submission date, we will inform you of any changes in our next announcement after the Easter break – please be assured that we are working very hard, in collaboration with LTT (Lincolnshire Teaching Schools Together) to manage any potential changes to induction.  Below you will find a summary of the established Teacher Registration Agency position on NQT induction: 

The length of the induction period should ordinarily be three full terms of the institution in which induction is begun. Any extended absence over 29.5 days can lead to an extension of the induction period, allowing NQTs to finish their induction programmes as well as sufficient time to demonstrate satisfactorily meeting the Teachers’ Standards. Ultimately the appropriate body has to be satisfied that the teacher has met the Teachers’ Standards.

In the current exceptional circumstances we can expect this to be amended and will share advice as it comes in via our website and email.

Here to help

Finally, if there is anything that you need Connect to provide by way of advice, updates, guidance, signposting or moral support please do not hesitate to get in touch.  Email to enquries@connect-tsa.net or ellie.hextall@connect-tsa.co.uk will be answered within 24 hours.