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19 September 2021

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) free school meals additional costs claim form now available

Schools can claim eligible costs related to free school meals and free meal additional costs during the period 4 January up to the start of the Easter holidays (as applicable).
Action required: 
Action as appropriate. Complete and submit by deadline date.
Author: 
Education & Skills Funding Agency.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) mass testing funding for schools

Information from the ESFA about the funding allocations and online claims process for COVID 19 testing carried out by schools.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Kim Price.

Asymptomatic testing extension - Over 16s encouraged to get a test twice a week

How to obtain tests online or at a number of tests sites and pharmacies.
Action required: 
For information. Action as appropriate.Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Raj Chowdhury.

Re-introduction (31 March) of confirmatory PCR testing for positive LFT’s at schools

All staff and pupils who get a positive LFT, whether at home or supervised at school, will need to get a confirmatory PCT test.
Action required: 
For information. Action as appropriate.Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Raj Chowdhury.

Flowchart updated- What to do if there is a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in school

Action to take regarding self-isolation payments added.
Action required: 
Action as appropriate. Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Raj Chowdhury.

FSP and KS1: LA offer of analysis of non-statutory primary assessment data for 2021

Details on how schools can submit their 2021 FSP and KS1 data to the LA for analyses.
Action required: 
For information. Action as appropriate.Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Complete and submit by deadline date.
Author: 
Jen Bull.

School summaries available: Pupil numbers submitted to the DfE (spring school closure)

We have produced a document on your school reports page which shows the key attendance data reported daily by your school to the DfE.
Action required: 
For information.
Author: 
Jen Bull, Kim Price.

Children in part time or alternative provision: April 2021 data collection

Details of the April 2021 data collection of children on part time provision or who are not accessing the full 25 hour curriculum in school.
Action required: 
For information. Pass on to relevant members of staff. Complete and submit by deadline date.
Respond by deadline date.
Author: 
Jen Bull.

Victim's Commissioner letter to headteachers re: Everyone's Invited website

Includes details of organisations offering resources and training and information on support services in London
Action required: 
For information. Action as appropriate.

Everyone’s Invited website and NSPCC helpline

All schools encouraged to review their safeguarding policies including the delivery of Relationships and Sex Education.
Action required: 
Action as appropriate. Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Sinead Galbraith.

Bus strikes planned that may affect buses in Ealing

Information from TfL on possible strike action by bus services operated by London United.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Circulate to parents via newsletter / book bag / notice board.
Author: 
Nicky Batkin.

Legal advice on employment matters insurance scheme 2021-22

It has been decided to continue with the scheme for 2021-22. Review of 2020/21 scheme and how to join are included in this item.
Action required: 
Schools are asked to confirm participation in the scheme by Friday, 30 April 2021 by returning completed proforma.
Author: 
Mark Nelson.

Long term sickness and maternity insurance scheme 2021/22

End of year statement 2020-21 and arrangements for 2021/22.
Action required: 
Schools are asked to complete and return any relevant forms to Schools HR by Friday, 30 April 2021.
Author: 
Jacqueline Bourchier.

Audit assistance surveys 2021

Annual surveys to support schools in dealing with primarily building related issues - see dates and pre-survey questionnaire.
Action required: 
Pass on to caretakers and/or other relevant staff. Note the arrangements for forthcoming surveys.
Author: 
Lauren North.

Ealing SACRE collective worship guidance

Updated guidance and information regarding inclusive collective worship, including procedure for applying for a determination.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Angela Doherty.

DfE guidance induction for Early Career Teachers (ECT) 2021

New guidance published and a short summary produced by the Ealing Appropriate Body also available.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Mirela Temo.

Information from TfL on active travel and public transport

Helping students, parents/carers and staff plan safe, sustainable journeys to and from school this summer.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Circulate to parents via newsletter / book bag / notice board.
Author: 
Nicky Batkin.

NQT registration deadline 5 May

Please note the deadline for registering NQT's for the summer term is Wednesday 5 May.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Complete and submit by deadline date.
For queries please contact Mirela Temo (NQT Adviser) mtemo@ealing.gov.uk .
Author: 
Mirela Temo.

Ealing Primary Centre SEMH outreach support

Primary schools' credits to buy outreach services from Ealing Primary Centre have been reset for the new financial year.
Action required: 
For information. Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Jon Hicks.

Free puberty and sexuality workshop for parents of children with learning disabilities and autism

Ealing parenting service workshop 22 April - Please promote to parents.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Circulate to parents via newsletter / book bag / notice board.
Author: 
Bavoray Stevens, Parenting Service.

New Stepping Stones project offered to high schools and primary school partners

The violence reduction unit of the Mayor's Office is funding 14 London schools to deliver Stepping Stones from summer 2021.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Complete and submit by deadline date.
Author: 
Bridie McDonagh.

Stephen Lawrence Day 2021 - Live school assembly invitation

Book onto the virtual assembly for primary or high schools on Thursday 22 April.
Action required: 
Action as appropriate. Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Mirela Temo.

May is local and community history month 2021

Themes and activities to engage your pupils with local and community history.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff.
Author: 
Mirela Temo.

Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme survey - Schools

Please complete our short five -minute survey to help us plan the summer programme in Ealing.
Action required: 
Pass on to relevant members of staff. Please complete the survey by 28 April.
Author: 
Polly Bradley.

Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme survey - Parents and carers

Please share the link to our short five -minute survey with parents to find out what activities would interest children and young people to attend summer activities.
Action required: 
Circulate to parents via newsletter / book bag / notice board. Please complete the survey by 5 Mayl.
Author: 
Polly Bradley.

Summer Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme survey - Young people

Please share the link to our short five -minute survey with pupils to help us find out what activities would be of interest.
Action required: 
Please share with pupils. Complete the survey by 5 May.
Author: 
Polly Bradley.

Forthcoming Deadlines

Due: Fri, 23rd April 2021
Action as appropriate.
Due: Fri, 28th May 2021
Action as appropriate..
Pass on to relevant members of staff.

 CPD updates and reminders

Book a place via Ealing CPD online (click on the link):
 
Computing Hub newsletter April 2021 (pdf)
 
NCETM professional development lead accreditation programme - Information and application form (NCETM website)
Designed for those who lead professional development for teachers of maths. 

Early start support available briefing – 21 April 
 

New governor induction/refresher -  (Two-part training) 20 April (Part 1) and 22 April (Part 2)

Cultural competence – Challenging disproportionality (unconscious bias) – 22 April (schools’ bookings)

Cultural competence – Challenging disproportionality (unconscious bias) – 22 April (early years bookings)
 
Challenging disproportionality & cultural competence – sessions 2-4 - 21 April , 5 May, 7 May

Ofsted and the prevent duty- training for headteachers & governors - 26 April 2021

Wellbeing governor information session - 26 April

Chairs'/lead governors learning conversations - 27 April

KS1 practitioners Q&A on supporting children with autism and social communication difficulties – 27 April
 
Briefing session REED Managed Service Supply Staff – 27 April
 
Advanced WRAP –Whole school approach to the Prevent duty training – 28 April, 26 May, 30 June (once a month via Teams)
 
Updating your relationships and sex education policy – 28 April
 
Effective governance - 29 April
 
NQT leads / mentors session - Preparing for changes of induction in 2021 - information session 1 - 4 May

Clerks' network briefing featuring GovernorHub training – 5 May

Send governors and SENCOS – joint network session - 5 May

EPTSA - .B Foundations 8 week mindfulness course – 11 May 
 

EPTSA - SEND early years programme - ‘Transtion' – 11 May
 
Child protection update for EXPERIENCED designated safeguarding lead teachers – 11 May
 
Autism Education Trust training - Making sense of autism-Schools programme (5-16 age group) –12 May 
 

Child protection for NEW designated safeguarding lead teachers -18 May
 
Autism education trust training - Leading good autism practice – 18 May 
 

Conference for special educational needs co-ordinators (SENCOs) – 19 May 
 

Chairs'/lead governors online briefing - 27 May

What next for governance – beyond Covid? – 7 June

Clerks induction/refresher - 15 June

Chairs'/lead governors & clerks learning conversations – 23 June

Ofsted and the prevent duty- training for headteachers & governors – 28 June 2021

Child protection update for EXPERIENCED designated safeguarding lead teachers –6 July
 
Child protection for NEW designated safeguarding lead teachers - 13 July
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