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Headteacher Wellbeing

A message from Margot Brown: 
"Dear Colleagues
I am delighted to share with you our updated information about support available for headteacher wellbeing in Warwickshire.  
I would like to remind you that we will fund up to three sessions for Warwickshire headteachers with one of our accredited 'Listening Ear' school professional coaches.  This is entirely confidential between the Listening Ear and the headteacher seeking coaching support.  Details of all our coaches are included in the attached leaflet so that you can read about their experiences and approaches and choose the person right for you.  We are delighted to welcome two new Listening Ear coaches to this service, Ian Lowe and Louise Norris, both of whom have extensive coaching experience.
In this latest update I am also pleased to launch our Directory of Peer Coaches.  These are experienced Warwickshire leaders who have undertaken coaching training and are available to work with senior leaders in schools who would welcome peer support.  This approach differs from the Listening Ears offer in that headteachers/senior leaders will make their own arrangements re number of sessions and costs directly with the Peer Coaches.  Again, there is full confidentiality.
The attached leaflet also includes a variety of other sources of support which could help in different ways and for differing needs.
I hope that you will keep this information close to hand so it's there should you need it.
For any enquiries contact margotbrown@warwickshire.gov.uk "

Don't miss the opportunity to benefit from additional funding to develop mental health initiatives in your setting

The bidding window for applications to the Mental Health Curriculum in Education Settings Grant will close at 5pm on Monday 17 January 2022. There may not be a second opportunity to benefit from this one-off grant so don't miss out!

The Mental Health Curriculum in Education Settings Grant has been made available by Warwickshire County Council for maintained nurseries, schools, academies and colleges in the county to support children and young people through the curriculum to build their resilience and improve their overall sense of positive wellbeing.  

There is still time if you haven’t applied yet, with the closing date for applications Monday 17 January 2022.  As this is one-off funding there is no guarantee of a second round - this will only happen if all of the funding is not allocated in the first round of bidding, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to benefit from additional resource to support your pupils’ mental wellbeing.  

Maintained nurseries, primary and secondary schools, special schools, academies and colleges within Warwickshire are eligible to apply for any amount between £500 and £2,000 per project and should set out how the funding will be used to provide one of the following:  

  • Training and teaching resources (for example lesson plans, assemblies etc) 
  • Physical resources (for example models of the brain, yoga mats, wellbeing rooms etc) 
  • Staff time to be able to develop the resources and timetable 

    Settings can expect to receive the grant payment by the end of March 2022 and all funding must be spent within 12 months of being awarded. During this time, successful applicants will be required to provide at least two progress updates demonstrating how the funding has been used and its impact. 

    Applications must be submitted no later than 5pm on Monday 17 January 2022.  

    For more information about the fund including eligibility criteria and an application form visit: schools.warwickshire.gov.uk/mental-health-curriculum-in-education-settings-grant-funding

    Alternatively, for any queries please email mentalwellbeingfunds@warwickshire.gov.uk 

    Happy New Year from Team Teach Warwickshire

    We are pleased to be making good progress in catching schools up with postponed training. We continue to take bookings for refreshers and Level 1, 6 hour initial training. 

    In the next few weeks those schools who are due to refresh in academic year 22/23 will be receiving reminders of the date and booking details. 

    After over 20 years of extremely loyal service not only to Warwickshire LA and schools but also to Team Teach Warwickshire Julia Jessup has retired as of 7th January 2022. She will be greatly missed and leaves a legacy of dedicated support and expertise to the staff, children and young people in Warwickshire schools. 

    Please be reassured that all bookings that have been made via Julia are going ahead as agreed. 

    Donna Ward, who is an experienced Team Teach tutor within Warwickshire, has taken over the Team Teach Coordinator role. She can be contacted via email at 


    Vanessa Gilbert continues as the Strategic Lead for Team Teach Warwickshire and is contactable on the above email address as well at gilbert.v@welearn365.com 

    Deadline approaches for Reception and Junior School Places

    Reception Admission Application

    The 15 January deadline for school applications for children due to start school in Reception or move to a Junior School in September 2022 is fast approaching. This applies to children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 for Reception, and any children currently in Year 2 at an infant school who want to move to a junior school.

    All applications received by the deadline will receive a school offer on 19 April, which is National Offer Day. Any applications submitted after the 15 January will be much less likely to be offered a place at a preferred school.

    Applications should be made online at: www.warwickshire.gov.uk/admissions where parents and carers can also find useful information on school transport, priority school areas and admissions criteria.

    FREE CPD for Maths GCSE Resit

    Origin Maths Hub are offering teachers from schools and colleges in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire the opportunity to participate in this free Work Group.

    This Work Group is an opportunity for teachers of Post-16 GCSE Mathematics resit to collaborate with others and explore effective ways of teaching key content to GCSE resit students, especially in the context of Covid recovery.

    For more click here

    Free professional development for KS3/4 maths teachers and teaching assistants

    Maths Hub SEND

    Origin Maths Hub are offering primary and secondary schools in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire the opportunity to participate in this free, research and innovation Work Group.

    This Work Group is for primary and secondary (key stages 2 and 3) teachers and teaching assistants of mathematics, and will explore what you can do to help children with SEND to engage, overcome barriers and make progress in mathematics.

    Each of the six sessions, which start on 11 January 2022, will be followed up with individual support and reflection.

    Find out more here.

    FREE Opportunity Cross Curricular Collaborative Teaching in Maths and Science

    Origin Maths Hub are offering secondary schools in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire the opportunity to participate in this free Work Group.

    This is an opportunity to develop a collaborative approach between mathematics and science teachers and departments within your school, to establish supportive and cohesive methods.

    Please find more information here

    Specialist Knowledge for Teaching Mathematics - Primary Teachers Programme

    Origin Maths Hub are offering primary schools in Solihull, Coventry and Warwickshire the opportunity to participate in this free programme.
    This programme is an opportunity for primary teachers to enhance and develop their mathematics subject knowledge and pedagogy.

    For more information please click here.

    National Professional Qualifications - apply now for February start


    Did you know that the newly revised suite of NPQs are now fully funded by the DfE for all state schools?

    Courses available:

    Coventry and Central Warwickshire Teaching School Hub are proud to be working with UCL to deliver these courses – more information is on their website.

    To apply for a course with us please go to: https://register-national-professional-qualifications.education.gov.uk/ and select UCL as your provider.

    Thrive at Work Wellbeing Programme

    Thrive at Work is part of the Mental Health & Productivity Pilot (MHPP), it is a fully funded wellbeing programme that is available to West and East Midlands based schools with more than eight employees.

    The programme is based on academic research and provides a structured wellbeing toolkit to support employee health and wellbeing in your school.

    It is designed to maximise the potential of employees, reduce sickness absence, improve retention, increase resilience and productivity by assisting employers to create a healthier and happier workforce for all.

    Thrive at Work has a dedicated Engagement Team, you can get in touch at thriveatwork@wmca.org.uk for more information or to book a virtual meeting
    where you can find out more.

    Join the first webinar of 2022 on Tuesday 25th January 10:30-11:15am where you can learn more about the Thrive at Work Wellbeing Programme.

    Book your place here

    For more information: https://www.wmca.org.uk/what-we-do/thrive/thrive-at-work/

    Adult learners urged to improve their learning power.

    Those looking to learn a new language, progress their current skills or do something they've always dreamed of, are being urged to look at what's on offer through Warwickshire Adult Community Learning (ACL).

    ACL provides a high-quality range of accessible courses for adults across the county, which range from functional skills in English and Maths to languages, arts, crafts and so much more.  Some of the courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications. 

    Courses are starting in January 2022 in a variety of subjects and enrolments are open now.  

    To find out more, visit https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/2675/adult-learners-urged-to-improve-their-learning-power

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