The DfE has put forth plans to have new mental health support teams based near schools and colleges in 25 areas. Each team will support approximately 8000 children, providing mental health support for children and young people with mild to moderate mental health issues as well as supporting those with more significant needs access appropriate, specialist support within the NHS. The teams will also work alongside support already in place ins chools, e.g. counsellors, school nurses, etc.
Newcastle is one of the 'trailblazer' regions, with 3 new mental health support teams. Training for the teams commenced in January 2019 at 7 universities around the country.
You can read more about the plans here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/nhs-and-schools-in-england-will-provide-expert-mental-health-support
Information on the trailblazer regions can be found here: https://www.england.nhs.uk/mental-health/cyp/trailblazers/mh-support-teams/
Make £5 Grow - A free enterprise programme delivered in conjunction with staff from Virgin Money
Schools are encouraged to check out the 'Make £5 Grow' enterprise programme delivered in conjunction with staff from Virgin Money. The programme is primarily aimed at young people aged 9 to 11, although Virgin Money have successfully extended the activity to include some secondary schools and special schools. The programme gives pupils the experience of starting a small business using a £5 loan from Virgin Money. Young people gain an insight into how business works and are helped to build skills for the future, such as team working, problem solving, leadership, money management and creativity. The activities arranged and delivered in conjunction with staff from Virgin Money are engaging, educational and great fun, they deliver key elements of the National Curriculum.
Activities are clearly relevant to helping young people to develop the important skills they need to be successful in business and explore the world of work. There is clearly a relevance to helping young people prepare for future careers and therefore, it should be relevant to schools that are working towards the 'Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance'. This initiative may be of particular interest to primary schools that have signed up to be part of the North East LEP's Primary Benchmark initiative (https://www.nelep.co.uk/skills/north-east-ambition/north-east-primary-benchmark
Schools in Newcastle are in the ideal position to benefit from this programme given the locality of one of Virgin Money's main offices, situated in Gosforth.
Join a number of local schools already benefitting from the initiative by signing up to take part in Make £5 Grow through the following web link - https://make-5-grow.co.uk/#
For information, a subject network meeting for primary and secondary RE leads will be taking place at Sacred Heart Sixth Form Centre on Monday 4th February at 4pm.
Please encourage your RE lead to attend even if you are a church school. We will be looking at examples of RE work from EYFS to KS4 and members of the different faith groups in Newcastle will be on hand to discuss how they can support RE and SMSC provision through trips and visitors.
Those attending will need to bring either a book or samples of work from at least three year groups. These can be any ability.
Please book a place via Services to Schools.
Headteacher meetings 2018/19
Please note change of date for School Effectiveness sub group meeting to 8 January.
If you have any queries please contact me on Julie.email@example.com
Register an Interest - £2.5 million to boost international exchanges for disadvantaged pupils in schools
£2.5 million to boost international exchanges for disadvantaged pupils in schools
Funding will ensure more disadvantaged pupils can experience other cultures
Thousands more young people will have the chance to take part in international exchanges and visits thanks to a new £2.5 million programme, the Education Secretary announced on 19 January.
Schools in England will be able to apply for grants to take pupils aged 11 and above to visit partner schools around the world, giving them the chance to experience different cultures, improve language skills and build independence, character and resilience.
The programme, which will be principally focused on supporting children from disadvantaged backgrounds, will be run in partnership with the British Council – whose own research has found that only 39% of secondary schools run international exchanges. For independent schools, the figure is 77%.
Funding will be targeted at schools with above-average numbers of pupil-premium students. Over the course of the programme, it is estimated that trips could be funded for 2,900 pupils. Young people will be encouraged to stay with host families abroad where possible, maximising their opportunity to practise language skills and be fully immersed in another culture.
To make the scheme as easy as possible for schools to take part in, there will be a simple application process, grants to cover the administrative cost of organising trips, and seminars to help schools without much experience of international visits find partner institutions abroad – in Europe or further afield.
Schools can register their interest on the British Council website.