ALLOW City of Wolverhampton Education Providers' Bulletin: 5 Oct 2021

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Education Providers' Bulletin

Tuesday 5 October 2021

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Bulletin Summary

  1. Message from Linda Brown
  2. Early Years
  3. Information
  4. Leadership and Management
  5. Training and Consultation

Message from Linda Brown - School Improvement Senior Advisor

Dear Colleagues,

It was good to see so many of you at our Early Years update sessions and SIA day last week. The recordings and briefings have been made available to you and we hope they prove useful reference points.

Our autumn conversations are progressing well and the revised proforma has provided an opportunity to summarise activity from last year, the impact of your efforts as well as plans for 2021 / 22; please thank your Chairs of Governors for joining the conversations too. Annual conversations for settings will begin in the next couple of weeks.

The Covid-19 case numbers in young people continue to be concerning and we know you are navigating an ever-changing landscape. Testing is imperative, as is taking extra measures (e.g. mask wearing in communal areas / high traffic areas) where you consider is appropriate.  Please continue to notify the Local Authority when you are informed you have a PCR positive case in school by completing this short online form:  The information will be used only in the case of an outbreak and will enable the public health department offer support and advice if it is needed.

In addition, please continue to complete the daily IDAMS return so the DfE have an accurate understanding of how Covid is affecting attendance in all our schools.

With best wishes,

School Improvement Senior Advisor

Early Years

Early Years Update Session Schools and Nursery Settings  

Slides from the session held on Wednesday 29 September

Childminder update session  

Slides and links from the session held on Thursday 30 September early education update for childminders  


Reminder to complete the daily educational setting status form for schools and colleges

Update on the educational setting status form – DfE guidance below: 

From Friday 1 October, the form will continue with daily reporting. This will be kept under review, and we will move to weekly reporting when the national situation allows. 

Submit the educational settings status form by 2pm, every day. 

Please note this online form is not to be completed by LA nursery schools or nursery classes. This is collected by email by the Research & Assessment team week beginning 11 October.

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Donna Evison
Research & Assessment Manager

Natasha’s Law 1 October

A reminder for all settings that Natasha’s Law (the UK Food Information Amendment) comes into effect on 1 October 2021, and out Food Safety team have made a free online webinar available to all school settings, which can be accessed on their Trade with Confidence website here. All settings, regardless of who caters, must make themselves aware of this change to the legislation, which will impact all settings offering pre-packed for direct sale food.  In the meantime, the FSA website has an overview of the changes.  The FSA website also contains free support, online training and resources: as does The School Bus, who have produced a resource pack.

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Emily Fellows
Team Leader - Housing & Environment

School Waste Containers

As school colleagues will appreciate, our waste collection crews have continued to provide a consistent and valued service throughout the pandemic, including the removal of testing waste at no additional cost. 

Our crews are not allowed to empty overflowing bins, and as set out in our terms and conditions, however we continue to have issues with many schools overfilling their waste containers.  Lids should be closed ready for collection to avoid further issues and revisits, which are chargeable.  We appreciate your support with this matter, in order to keep everyone safe.

Lead contact in the LA:

Waste Team

Leadership and Management

Ofsted PowerPoint shared at SIA day 30 September

At the recent SIA day, Rob Hackfath (HMI and Assistant Regional Director) presented an Ofsted presentation focusing on Ofsted Inspections restarting the Changes to inspection handbook and
 transition arrangements due to the pandemic.  

The slides from the presentation can be found here.

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Louise Mututa
School Improvement Advisor 

Leadership and Management - Governance
LA’s Use of Governor Hub to Communicate 

Following a review of the Governance Service we provide to all schools, it has become apparent that our current communication tools are no longer as effective as they should be.  We have therefore sourced an alternative option to ensure that we continue to provide all schools and governing/trust boards with up-to-date information in accordance with the Local Authority’s statutory requirements in respect of governance.   

As the vast majority of schools already use GovernorHub we are proposing to use this platform to be able to support our Governor training brochure and booking system and the communication of our Governor eBulletin.  You and your Chair of Governors will have received an email with regard to this move to ask for your agreement for the LA to use Governor Hub to communicate with the governors allocated on your membership.  Your response is required by return email before 18 October 2021. 

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Sarah McElduff
School Governance Coordinator 

Training and consultation

Wolverhampton Primary and Secondary Computer Conference 2 December 2021 1pm-4pm 

The Education Excellence team are working with the Central Midlands Computing Hub and the NCCE to bring you a Wolverhampton Primary and Secondary Computer Conference. The conference will be held virtually and there will be separate programmes tailored for Primary and Secondary colleagues.  

The full agenda will be shared as soon as it is confirmed.  

Please note this conference is only open to Wolverhampton schools. 

This conference is open to Computing Subject leaders/teachers in Primary Schools/Academies, Secondary schools/Academies and Special Schools/Academies 

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Louise Mututa
School Improvement Advisor

School Improvement Workshop for Assistant Headteachers and Middle Leaders - Thursday 14 Oct 2021 

The Autumn term Assistant Headteachers and Middle leaders’ day will focus on ensuring that leaders at all levels are aware of their roles as well as the roles of other key stakeholders. 

The agenda for the session can be found here. 

This course is suitable for Assistant Heads and Middle Leaders in Nursery schools, Primaries, Secondaries and Special schools. 

The AHT and Middle leaders half day will be delivered through teams and participants can book on through WVES. Please note this is a morning session only. 

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Louise Mututa
School Improvement Advisor

Health and Safety Training courses for schools Spring Term 2022

Most training courses for schools will take place on Microsoft Teams and not in the Civic Centre or at the GTG Training Academy. 

Before the training courses take place on Microsoft Teams, all attendees will be sent an invite to the training via teams

Microsoft Teams

Manual Handling – 20 January
Fire Marshal – 26 January
Lone Working & Personal Safety – 2 February
Working Safely for School Site Managers – 9 February, full day
COSHH Awareness – 15 February
Provision & Use of Work Equipment (PUWER) – 1 March
Working at Heights – 3 March
Fire Marshal – 8 March
IOSH Managing Safely in Schools – 9 and 16 March, full day
Fire Risk Assessment – 10 March, full day
Risk Assessment – 15 March
Role of the Client (CDM) – 22 March
Control of Legionella – 24 March

Off Site training will be held at the Kingswood and Wildside Centre

Visit Leaders – 8 February, full day

New EVC – 9 February, full day

EVC Update – 10 February

PLT Ltd, Showell Road, Bushbury
Ladder Safety Inspection – 3 February

Oak Meadow Primary School

School Playground Inspection (RoSPA) – 14 March, full day

Letters for the training courses are now accessible on Cloudw and can also be found on Wolverhampton Education Services. 

Places can be reserved on either Cloudw or Wolverhampton Education Services

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Cyndy Morris
Health & Safety Co-ordinator
Tel. Office: 01902 554209

Autumn Training Brochure  

Please see the attached Education Excellence Autumn Training Brochure.

Upcoming City of Wolverhampton Governor Training  

We offer a wide range of training designed specifically for governors, along with delivering bespoke training on many topics. Please share the training opportunities we offer with your Governing Body.  

Click here for Governance training for the Autumn term 2021. 

To view training and to book onto courses, please follow the link to the website : or for more information contact Sarah Mcelduff

Lead person to contact in the LA:

Sarah Mcelduff
School Governance Coordinator

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