Saturday 21st July 2018
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Contact Point
ContactPoint is the new name for the national database of basic information about every child and young person in England that will be launched next year. The purpose of the database is to make it easier for professionals to find out who else is working with a particular child or young person and whether an assessment (using the Common Assessment Framework or CAF) has been completed. It is a key part of the Every Child Matters programme to improve outcomes for children.
To view the current DfES Fact Sheet on ContactPoint, please see:

For further information, please see:
In Northumberland ContactPoint will go live in October 2008. Between now and then a significant amount of planning and implementation work will be required to ensure a smooth and successful implementation. By September 2007 a Work Force Analysis (WFA) is required to estimate the number of professionals who will require access to ContactPoint and some basic details about them.

Don Speight is the Implementation Manager for ContactPoint in Northumberland. To progress the work on the WFA he will be contacting all schools in the next week to ensure that the estimated number of staff who will access ContactPoint in each school is accurate.

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C.E.O.P. works with other stakeholders in protecting children and young people from paedophiles and sex offenders – in particular those who use the internet and other new technologies in the sexual exploitation of children. This training will provide you with up to date information on the potential risks young people may encounter whilst using the internet.

The training uses three themes to focus on key messages

How to have fun online

How to stay in control on line

How to report online

Please take the opportunity to skill yourself up on the main sites young people access e.g. BEBO, and MY SPACE, the use of MSN and potential dangers online for children and young people as well as the benefits. Completing this training will then enable you to access training resources for use in your school/ workplace with young people.


Due to the size of each workshop, places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. If you use NCC Outlook then please use the voting button above to request a place, an automatic confirmation will be sent by return. No further joining instructions will be sent unless you require a map to the venue – please request this when you email Diane.

For those colleagues not on NCC outlook system, please email Diane Wilson in Children’s Services Staff Development Unit on

Due to the large numbers attending, telephone requests cannot be accepted due to current staff shortages.

If you book a place, then can’t attend please contact Diane Wilson so that your place can be reallocated.
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2007 – 2008 The Year of Leadership in Northumberland Conference flyer
Following the Director’s meetings that have been held from the week commencing Monday 4th June 2007, please find attached a copy of the Year of Leadership flyer that has been circulated at these meetings.Click on image to enlarge - click for full size image

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Circular Letters to Schools
Please Note: From 4 June circular letters to schools or phases of schools will only be published in the Courier section of this website and will no longer be emailed individually to schools.
Action Research Bursary
Applications are invited from schools in any phase to investigate how an intervention raises standards. In 2007-08, the Local Authority’s support for schools will have a focus on leadership. We are therefore especially interested in those submissions that seek to understand the many aspects of leadership, including pupil leadership.

More details of what is on offer are outlined in circular letter G69-07 which is accessible from the 1 June edition of the Electronic Courier section of this website. Each bursary is worth £1000 and there are up to 50 available. Application forms are available on our website

The Local Authority sees action research as a vital tool to help raise standards. By fostering a climate of informed professionalism, we observe that action research encourages ownership of learning at all levels of the education system from pupil-to-pupil interaction to strategic management. Working in partnership with schools and applying action research methodology to its own activity, the authority seeks to help schools build up an evidence base of effective learning.
Wansbeck Enterprise Education Network Bulletin
Further to the WEEN launch event on 26th March, feedback from the event has now been collated and is available on Wansbeck Online:

This includes:
a copy of the Wansbeck WEEN launch special
a copy of the WEEN event feedback report
Hard copies are available from Sarah Farndale at MDA Public Relations:
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Wansbeck Online
Young Sports Leaders take a healthy and early lead in Northumberland Middle Schools
There is an increasing emphasis being placed on the need for our young people to establish and develop healthy lifestyles, increase physical activity levels, improve participation rates and develop positive attitudes towards health and well being.
Pupils in healthy schools need to be provided with a broad range of opportunities that encourage them to engage in positive and enjoyable physical activities.
NB To improve health, the current National recommendations in England are that:
Children and young people should aim to participate in physical activity (P.A.) of at least moderate intensity for one hour every day
To assist some of our middle schools in addressing these needs Northumberland Healthy Schools and several of our School Sport partnerships have been rolling out a highly popular and well received Young leaders training programme.

About the Award :
The award is a programme of leadership training for young people, aged between 9 and 13 yrs, that promotes them working with younger children and teaching Sports leadership skills through a range of active games and positive physical activities. It’s ultimate aim is to develop students potential leadership qualities and abilities so that they can assist their school in:
• Increasing levels and numbers of pupils involved in purposeful P.A.
• Reducing any possible negative behaviour at lunchtimes e.g. Bullying ,racism etc
• Improving levels of cooperation ,responsibility ,ownership etc (Citizenship ,G and T strands)

The Northumberland Healthy Schools programme has been able to fund and deliver training, starter equipment bags and young leader’s uniforms to ten Northumberland Middle schools who successfully applied for the project.
(Bothal MS Ashington ;Corbridge MS, Blyth Delaval MS ,Hexham MS; Belford St Marys MS; Seaton Hirst C of E MS ; Seahouses MS ;South Tyne dale MS;Thomas Percy RC MS ; Whytrig MS)
These schools have now completed their training and with over 100 young leaders in place we look forward to hearing and sharing their success stories.
In fact we are already starting to hear and receive great impact feedback (ref below quote) on how they are inspiring, leading and motivating younger children in their schools.

“The Young Sports Leaders Award has been a resounding success at Seahouses Middle School! The young leaders are assisting in running 8 lunchtime clubs after Easter for our year 5 and 6s. These clubs include tennis, cricket, rounders and athletics. The leaders were very positive about their training with many of them saying that they had surprised themselves by actually being able to lead a group of children. It was great to see some of the less confident pupils growing in stature as a result of the award. A number of their parents commented on how good they thought it had been for their child.”
Julie Harris Headteacher Seahouses Middle School

What next?
As these young leaders are beginning to build and extend their talents ,skills ,knowledge and confidence we are asking their schools to complete and return a success story proforma - so that we can and celebrate and share their good practice with others via the Northumberland PE and School Sport website
Schools and leaders who successfully see the project through from March – July will be invited to participate in an end of year celebration event at Kirkley Hall ,Ponteland where they will be presented with certificates and participate in a variety of problem solving challenge activities . More to follow on this event in May.
Future developments :
Thanks to the popularity and early impact seen to date , the Healthy Schools programme are keen to work with our school sport partnerships in identifying a further 10 schools that may benefit from a repeat of the initiative in from Autumn 07 – June 08 .
To find out more about the young leaders programme in Northumberland contact :
Andy Brown Physical Education and School Sport Consultant NCC at
your school Sport Partnership Manager /School Sport Coordinator.

For National information on Sports Leaders UK go to ;

Peter Beardsley kicks off Junior Athlete Education(JAE) Programme for Talented students at Ashington Sports College
Staff and 24 talented students at Ashington Community High School Sports College were delighted when Peter Beardsley agreed to attend the pilot launch of their first Junior Athlete Education workshop earlier this term. The Schools`” Talented in PE coordinator” - Lisa Wrigglesworth ,who organised the workshop(s) – has worked closely with fellow colleagues within the Sports College, feeder Middle Schools ,Ashington School Sport Partnership and School Improvement Service on.
• Improving consistency and clarity of Talent ID (criteria , selection and policy –within school Family and School Sport Partnership)
• Improving support given to talented students by Involving and informing parents and pupils of G & T policy ,available support (mentoring) and talent development opportunities

Gary Douglas (Acting Director of Sport at Ashington Sports College) felt that :
"The Junior Athlete Education event was an excellent day covering many key aspects of being and becoming an elite performer. Staff and student feedback was very postive and many students commented on how helpful the information given to them will be in planning managing their sporting commitments and lifestyles . The presence of Peter Beardsley served only to enhance the day and he kindly gave up his time to share his vast experiences of being an elite sportsman and join in with some of the workshop sessions.
All in all this was a very productive time spent together for the most talented sports students in Ashington High School, and an excellent stepping stone in the PE Department's commitment to supporting and developing exceptional sports performers".

Andy Brown(PE and School Sport consultant with NCC stated that
“Ashington were already well ahead with their G and T work ,particularly with regard to identification of and provision for talented students, however this was very much within the Sports College. Thanks to the recent Northumberland CPD programme ,the vision ,energy and effective collaboration shown by of the PE Departments` G & T PE Coordinator ,School Sport Partnership and feeder middle school staff - there has been more partnership working which has resulted in increased consistency ,progress and improved liaison . They really have taken identification of talented students, provision and student support, through the roll out of the JAE programme, to the next level .Clear progress has been made, impact is growing and further plans for a summer G and T programme are being developed. Their G and T focus group, led by Lisa Wrigglesworth (Talented in PE coord`)and Lyn Watkins (SSCo ) are now considering :
• Possible summer talent camps
• Using Gifted and Talented leaders to organise a Top link festivals
• Providing Gifted & Talented Leaders with extra opportunities to undertake NGB awards and training to enable them to develop and lead the new initiative of Active lunchtimes”
• Training more teachers to become mentors both throughout the school and across the Partnership
About the Junior Athlete Education(JAE) programme :
JAE workshops – who are they for ? :
Secondary Schools and School Sport partnerships who :
• completed and returned a Northumberland G and T in PE Scoping (audit) exercise
• attended key events in Northumberland 3 phase CPD training programme on G & T in PE and a Talent Development
• are now well ahead with their efforts to
1.Increase expertise in identifying talented and potentially talented pupils in PE
2.Develop and improve consistency of their G & T policy ( in place and actively guiding practice))
3.Increase school & teacher expertise in supporting and challenging talented pupils
What are the workshops about ?
The JAE workshops , delivered by local Northumberland G & T tutors James Ellison (Morpeth /Ponteland SSP manager) and Mike Jarvis(Ashington /Blyth Bedlington School Sport Coordinator) are designed to meet the needs of pupils who have demonstrated their talent or potential in Physical Education and School Sport (5 Multi-abilities – Creative ,Cognitive ,Social ,Physical and Personal) .
The programme consists of the following components:
1.Young Athlete Workshops
• lifestyle management
• performance profiling
• performance planning
2.Parents Workshop : Performance parents
3.A Mentoring Programme (planned roll out in 07-08)
• group mentoring
• individual mentoring
The Mentoring training will soon be also available to those schools who take up the JAE programme – for further information on the JAE programme or indeed further planned G and T CPD events in 07 -08 please contact :
1. James Ellison or /Mike Jarvis (Northumberland G and T local tutors)
E-mail : Phone : 077900 11737
2. Andy Brown (Northumberland PESS consultant)
E-mail : Phone : 01670 533551
Or for specific enquiries about success of the programme in Ashington please contact :
Gary Douglas (Acting Director of Sport) or Lisa Wrigglesworth (Talented in PE Coordinator ) at Ashington Sports College
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The Diana Award
The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award is a UK wide Award which recognises and celebrates the qualities of courage, compassion, commitment and selfless duties for others shown by young people aged 12 to 18 demonstrated through their contribution to and impact on their schools, communities and society.

The Award is given to young people whose activities fit into any of these categories:

• Youth participation or volunteering
• Selfless service to others
• Showing outstanding qualities in overcoming adverse circumstances (This should include an element of helping or inspiring others)

The Award can recognise individual pupils by organisations nominating up to six individual young people from one or more of the categories listed above


The Award can recognise groups of pupils by organisations nominating a group of young people as long as the following criteria are met:

• Nominators must provide evidence that every member of the group has contributed fully to the activity for which they have been nominated
• Groups must be no larger than 30 pupils i.e. a class size

If you are interested in pursuing an award for young pupil at your school, nomination forms/further information is available from Savinder Degun on 020 7785 3836 or at
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