News Update

Welcome to our update 4th May 2020

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

Specialist Leaders in Education recruitment (SLEs)

If you are, or you know anyone who is, career ready to join our team of SLEs please take a look at our website for information on key criteria for the role.  By clicking here you will find comprehensive information on the role, along with the application form and a guidance document to support you in the process.

Keep Connected

Look out for our first summer publication of Keep Connected – there is a range of useful information and signposting included.

Remote learning advice and guidance

This is a really useful blog with guidance around best practice – https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/27/best-practices-for-securing-your-virtual-classroom/?_ga=2.72083927.596168226.1587552031-1351377658.1556196190

EEF research on remote learning –

https://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/covid-19-resources/best-evidence-on-supporting-students-to-learn-remotely

Home learning support for parents

Help parents to navigate social distancing and school closures with quality media and at-home learning opportunities for their children.

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/resources-for-families-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic

Home learning resources for schools to use

Here you have 40+ remote learning solutions from Estonia, Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden:

https://education-nation.99math.com/

Get 60 days full access to all paid-for features from Learning by Questions including: instant pupil feedback, automatic marking and lesson analysis when using LbQ with pupil devices.

https://www.lbq.org/TryLbQ

Engage students in lessons and at home with simple to use everyday learning activities.

Spiral requires no integration with your school LMS and takes seconds for your students to actively participate in live lessons and assignments

https://spiral.ac/

NQTs and completion of induction

The latest DfE guidance on NQT Induction year is supported by a resource produced by LTT – this includes a letter to explain the rationale, comprehensive guidance on how to evidence teacher standards while not in school and an optional resource to support self directed development.  Click here to access this on the Connect website.

SCITT trainees and course completion

Many thanks for the support so many of you continue to offer SCITT trainees.  They are incredibly appreciative of any ways in which they have continued to be involved in the life of your schools.  If you have any concerns about any aspect of their training or key concerns about their welfare please do get in touch with ellie.hextall@connect-tsa.co.uk

Recruitment for September

Please let us know of any positions you wish to advertise for September and we will promote them as widely as possible via our website, via the LTT website and also to our wider contacts.  Remember if you do have positions coming up 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 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: