Education Planning Group: Schools update... 21 May

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In today's update:


Letter to parents/carers from Colin Cox, Director of Public Health

Headteachers have expressed concerns that some parents are no longer following the COVID-19 guidance and are unwilling to respond to requests from school in relation to covid.

To assist schools, Director of Public Health Colin Cox has written a letter to parents asking for their continued support in tackling the virus. Please circulate to your parents as appropriate.

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Adapting the Curriculum - Toolkit

The council's Learning Improvement Service has developed a toolkit to support planning into the new academic year.

The key messages in the toolkit are:

  • You can’t cover everything that has been missed – start from where children are and teach key knowledge in depth – use formative assessment skilfully to determine where gaps in learning are.
  • Remember that assessment, especially formative, can be carried out through a variety of ordinary activities, including marking, dialogic feedback, guided group work, quizzes, and open-ended questioning.
  • Identify, within subjects, the key ‘building block’ knowledge that is essential for children to progress to the next stage of the curriculum. Focus on how securely these have been learnt and what you will need to do make sure they are well embedded. Prioritise making the best use of the time you have, before considering additional time.
  • Support all adults to deliver strong, quality-first teaching in all subjects. This includes on-going assessment, planning and prioritisation (both pedagogy and content).
  • Review the effectiveness of intervention work – is it focused appropriately both in terms of intent and implementation?
  • Assessment of children’s social and emotional needs is important, as well as where they are academically. If the majority of children feel safe and secure, you will have more time to support those who need more help.

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Summer School Learning Resources

The Oak National Academy has recently released a guidance document to support schools intending to offer a summer learning provision for pupils. The document can be found via this link –

Further resources and guidance to support the planning and delivery of summer schools can be found via the following links –


Early Help update

Early Help quality assurance

An Early Help data cleanse is currently being undertaken throughout May and June with the Early Help team contacting Early Help coordinators to confirm Early Help details and offer an opportunity for coordinators to discuss the Early Help, answering any queries or questions about the support in place.

It is expected that agencies should have their own Early Help Management oversight systems in place as well. If you would like a list of Early Help Assessments coordinated by your school,

please contact early.help@cumbria.gov.uk requesting a list.

To support with Early Help Quality Assurance, please ensure to use the Early Help Online forms when registering, changing coordination and closing an Early Help Assessment as soon as it has been agreed.

Early Help Consultancy

 Early Help Officers provide Early Help consultancy to support any agency undertaking Early Help work and can be contacted:

  • Dedicated Early Help consultation advice and guidance telephone number - 03003 033 896
  • Email: help@cumbria.gov.uk

How to Support Children and Families with Early Help Training

 NEW…Early Help for Children and Families (eLearning) - An eLearning course that looks at the function of an Early Help Assessment. Please click here to access this eLearning course.

All Early Help -  forms, guidance, information and training can be found on the CSCP website

Early Help Page: https://cumbriasafeguardingchildren.co.uk/earlyhelp.asp


Long Covid Survey from TUC

The TUC has launched an online survey for workers who are experiencing or have experienced Long Covid.

They want to better understand their experiences at work and what additional workplace support they need.

Long Covid is an issue of concern for the union movement as ONS data reveals that 1 in 5 people who’ve tested positive for Covid-19 have had symptoms that have lasted for 5 weeks or longer and that 1 in 10 have had symptoms for 12 weeks or longer. With over 4 million people having tested positive for Covid-19, those experiencing Long Covid could be as high at 800,000.

They are asking schools to help promote the survey to staff so they can collect a robust evidence base and are able design solutions to the issues that workers affected by Long Covid face.

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EYFS update

Early Years Nursery Provider Survey - IMPORTANT

We are writing to ask you to tell us about your experiences since the majority of children returned to your nursery provision, we would value your opinions on a number of topics, including: child development - emerging needs, CPD, childcare sufficiency and the Early Years workforce.

It is our aim that we will collate the results and share them with you at a later date.

We would be grateful if you could complete this survey by the end of the day Thursday 20th May 2021 using the link below:

>>>Early Years Provider Survey<<<

Latest Early Years Briefing Papers

Look out for the Early Years briefing paper issue 4 Effective Interaction in the Early Years.  This was sent out to the Portal on Monday for schools to access. The briefing paper has a link to a webinar recording on Effective Interaction in the Early Years.

The Early Years briefing paper issue 5 will be available on the Portal today so please do look out for it. The briefing paper explains the differences between the Birth to 5 and Development Matters non statutory documents. We hope you find these briefing papers and webinars informative.

Here is the link for all of the briefing papers and webinars- Briefing papers and webinars

Please use the password to access this area of the website.

Key documents for the EYFS reforms are available on the CCC website here:

Pen Green Research Base have made their recordings of training on the Reformed EYFS.

They would be very grateful if you would provide feedback on the recorded training via the survey monkey on the website to inform their future training offer.

Home learning

This week our focus is on the rhyme "1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive''.  Please share with parents to support home learning around the development of speech, language and communication.

Chat Play Share – 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive

For a range of fun activity ideas, please share What Can I Do This Week? Remember that the activities contained in this communication are for the week starting next Monday.

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