Securing the Best Start to Life

Early Years Lead Practitioner - specialist support role

Please find information below on a new round of specialist Early Years role recruitment 

The Warwickshire Early Years Hub (WEYH) are now recruiting for Early Years Lead Practitioners (EYLP).

This is a specialist EY support role for anyone in a non-teacher position. The application criteria include 5 years experience in an EY role, including at least 2 years at Supervisory or Managerial level. 

Further details on what the role involves and types of deployment can be found in the WEYH Early Years Lead Practitioner Role Guidance 

The application window closes on Friday 10th November

For any specific questions and/or an application form please contact the WEYH Coordinator Michelle Hutton on Hutton.m2@welearn365.com .

EY Specialist Leader of Education

Please find information below on a new round of specialist Early Years role recruitment

The Warwickshire Early Years Hub (WEYH) are now recruiting for Early Years - Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE).

This is a specialist EY support role for those who hold QTS, have at least 5 years experience in the Early Years and have held a leadership role for 2 years or more.  

The application window closes on Friday 10th November. 

Further details on what the role entails and types of deployment can be found in the SLE Handbook attached

For any specific questions and/or an application form please contact the WEYH Coordinator Michelle Hutton on Hutton.m2@welearn365.com.

New Early years child development training

The Department for Education has launched a new online Early years child development training course.

The flexible training:

  • has been developed in consultation with early years experts.
  • has been tested with early years practitioners and experts, and refined based on feedback.
  • provides a greater understanding of child development.
  • gives practical advice for supporting children in early years settings.
  • reinforces understanding through videos, learning check questions and end of module tests.
  • allows users to pause and restart the training at any time.
  • offers the chance to download certificates of achievement for each module.

New module 6 now available 

This module covers:

  • nurturing mathematical development from birth.
  • number including verbal counting, object counting, numerals and subitising.
  • patterns and relationships.
  • spatial reasoning, including shape, space and measures.

Early years child development training : Home page (education.gov.uk)

Ofsteds new early years blog

Have you signed up to hear about Ofsteds new early years blog?  

You’ll find out more about  developments in the early years sector here. They will use the blog to raise awareness and promote a better understanding of    education and care in children’s early years.  

Click here to access: Ofsted: early years (blog.gov.uk)

Prevent duty guidance updates

You may be aware that the Prevent duty guidance ( Prevent duty guidance: Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales (publishing.service.gov.uk) has been updated to reflect recommendations of the Independent Review of Prevent (Independent Review of Prevent - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) to help schools and early year providers to prepare before it comes into effect on 31st December.

What's new?

Whilst there are no new legal requirements, the changes provide greater clarity, practical advice and signposting to best practice - this includes the ideological causes of terrorism, managing risk, information sharing and updated terminology - and Ofsted inspectors will be using the guidance to better support inspection of Prevent duty.  
The DfE has also produced new risk assessment templates (Prevent duty: risk assessment templates - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) for all education phases and refreshed guidance for DSLs and those with safeguarding responsibilities (The Prevent duty: safeguarding learners vulnerable to radicalisation - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Where can I find further information?

Read the updated guidance found here: Prevent duty guidance (Prevent duty guidance: Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales (publishing.service.gov.uk)

Read the DFE  briefing note and additional guidance Government publications prevent-duty-guidance (Prevent duty guidance: England and Wales (2023) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Access Free Prevent Training, led by  Contact Geoff Thomas Warwickshire Prevent Co-ordinator geoffthomas@warwickshire.gov.uk  

The booking form for this can be found here: Prevent training book here

Access Further information for Prevent guidance and training via Safe in Warwickshire page found here: Radicalisation – Safe in Warwickshire

Join us at our DSL network on 7th December 6.30pm -7.30pm where we will be looking at this updated Guidance together with Geoff Thomas, Warwickshire Prevent Coordinator.

Celebrate safely

With Halloween, Diwali, Bonfire Night and half term approaching, please remember to remind children and their families about how to celebrate safely.

    Supporting Inclusion for SEND and Vulnerable Groups

    SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss Warwickshire’s Supported Internships Fair – 30th November 2023

    Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about Supported Internships in Warwickshire and the benefits for young people! 

    Warwickshire County Council is hosting a special twilight event on Thursday 30 November 2023 for education professionals, local businesses, young people, and their families, to share new guidance and information available to support young people across the county into supported internships. 

    Supported Internships are work-based study programmes for young people, aged 16 to 24, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and want to move into employment, but need some extra support. 

    As well as giving young people the opportunity to develop the transferrable skills and knowledge needed for a paid job, Supported Internships can also help with improving confidence, self-esteem, and a social life. You can see a fantastic example of the positive impact of a supported internship by watching the case-study of Rhiannon and Matthew, two Warwickshire young people who are now enjoying full-time employment at The Heart of England Forest. Read more on this story here, too. 

    Who should attend the Supported Internships Fair 

    • Headteachers/principals, SENCos and career leads from education settings in Warwickshire 
    • Young people aged 16-25 years with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 
    • Parents and carers of young people aged 16-25 years with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  
    • Local businesses that are interested in hosting supported internships 

    Purpose of the event 

    The Supported Internships Fair will offer a unique opportunity to: 

    • Learn about the new guidance developed by Warwickshire County Council to improve information available for young people, their parents and carers and businesses and colleges about supported internships, the benefits and what is involved 
    • Hear real stories of successful supported internships from previous interns and business hosts 
    • Find out where to access information about supported internships on Warwickshire’s Local Offer pages 
    • Gain valuable information and network with partner agencies including local colleges, the Department for Work and Pensions, Warwickshire Skills Hub, Prospects, Equip and more. 

    When and where 

    The drop-in event will take place on Thursday 30 November 2023, from 4pm to 7pm at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ. Light refreshments will be provided. 

    The venue is accessible with wheelchair access, accessible toilets and allocated accessible car parking.  

    Save the date! 

    Save the date in your calendars today - Thursday 30 November, 4pm to 7pm. Email invitations will be sent out after half term so please look out for this and let us know if you plan to attend. 

    If you don’t receive the invitation or would like more information about the event or the supported internships project, please email SENDchange@warwickshire.gov.uk. 

    October's Warwickshire SEND newsletter is here!

    October's SEND Newsletter is here to bring you all the latest news on special educational needs and disabilities in Warwickshire!

    In this month's edition you'll find:

    • Free bite-sized sessions to support parents and carers of autistic children
    • Calling all children and young people to share their experiences of school!
    • Support for parents and carers of babies and pre-school children who are deaf or have a hearing loss
    • Supporting young people with a learning disability to stay happy and healthy
    • SEND conference sets out the priorities for Warwickshire
    • Inclusive Industry Tour leads Jay to employment and security
    To receive the monthly newsletter directly to your inbox you can subscribe to the newsletter here.

    Two Warwickshire students gain full-time employment following successful Supported Internship

    Rhiannon, aged 26, and Matthew, aged 21, have embarked on their journey towards promising careers after completing a life-changing supported internship programme with The Heart of England Forest. Watch the video here to find out more about their journey.
    Supported internships are study programmes specifically tailored for young people, aged 16 to 24, with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). By providing vital work-based learning opportunities, they can help young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) take their first steps towards embarking on a rewarding career. 
    Warwickshire County Council (WCC) works in partnership with local colleges, special schools and young people to select suitable placements and to provide ongoing support for the young person and business host throughout the internship and the early stages of any ongoing careers.
    The Heart of England Forest’s 10-month supported internship programme has been carefully thought out to provide excellent opportunities for the interns to develop valuable hands-on skills alongside gaining relevant qualifications by completing a personalised study programme. Throughout their placement, Rhiannon and Matthew received one-to-one support from a designated member of the Heart of England Forest team and were guided by an expert job coach to help them carry out tasks and develop their employability skills. When their placement ended in June 2022, they both received support to apply for jobs with the charity and are now enjoying the benefits of full-time employment.  
    Thanks to a grant of £105,000 from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), WCC is working with partners to improve opportunities for young people to access community-based supported internships across the county.
    Read more about The Heart of England programme and Supported Internships in Warwickshire here:

    Celebrating Warwickshire’s Family of Schools

    Tudor Grange Teaching School Hub

    We endeavour to keep all of our colleagues and stakeholders informed of Teaching School Hub related news and updates as they relate to the Early Career Framework, Appropriate Body Work, National Professional Qualifications, ITT, and CPD available. 

    We want to make sure that our monthly newsletter reaches as many of our classroom practitioners and leaders as possible.

    If you would like to receive it, or  know someone who you think would enjoy receiving it, please encourage them to sign up here.

    WLS Training event

    Warwickshire Legal Services are holding their annual training for schools on 14th November 2023. This year, the event will take place at Warwick Racecourse and will run from approximately 9:15am – 3:30pm. The training will include: 

    • The role of schools in the admissions process (whether or not they are admission authorities);
    • The circumstances in which admission authorities are permitted to refuse an application;
    • The rights of parents, including the appeals process and what to do when parents disagree with each other;
    • How appeal panels work and what they consider, plus the role that schools need to play in the process;
    • Specific circumstances (e.g. infant class size, challenging behaviour, selective schools etc).

    There is no cost to attend the event and lunch and refreshments will be provided.  To sign up, please compete the sign-up form here.

    Tackling Online Influencers, Incel Culture and Misogyny session

    6th Form Conference - Rethinking Security and Peace - 9th November, Coventry Cathedral

    How can we prevent violent conflict and sustain peace and rebuild trust and restore relationships that serve the need of the whole population?

    How can you as a young person take steps to promote peace and understand the issues that concern you on topics such as the environment, health, inequality and emotional security?

    This conference looks at how by being informed young citizens it is possible to take action and have your voice be heard and how it is possible to build more peaceful societies.

    Find more info here

    De-escalation and Behaviour Management Training

    Child Friendly Warwickshire

    Child friendly Warwickshire newsletter presents Voices of Tomorrow - youth conference.  

    Our special edition newsletter takes you on a journey through our upcoming youth conference. Explore workshop insights, inspiring feedback from last year's attendees and much more. Get ready to be inspired and informed – it's all about young people by the young people.

    Don't miss this exclusive edition: https://us5.campaign-archive.com/?u=a24b439ef7022ae0d86f9ca6e&id=d50debb391 

    Year 4 Reading Celebration

    The Schools Library Service and Warwickshire Libraries are delighted to invite you to sign-up for our eighth annual Year 4 Reading Celebration.

    This is a lovely way to celebrate reading and also encourage pupils to read for pleasure and visit their public libraries. Please click on this link for more information or email: schoolslibraryservice@warwickshire.gov.uk 


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