The government has now provided guidance for summer holiday activity providers which we detail below. As some young people may be applying to work over the summer holidays we’d like to remind parents that employers need to have a special dispensation during COVID-19 to employ all children aged 13 – 16 years until they complete Year 11. They need to apply to Wiltshire Council for this. As always please do contact us if you need to ask for information or support by emailing email@example.com
Please see the attached letter for information on:
Letter from Education secretary on 2021 exams
Summer holiday activity providers
Child Employment Permits – information for parents (see attached)
Wiltshire libraries children’s events (see attached)
Early Years Foundation Stage early adopters
Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms – update
EEF Schools Support Guide for Covid – planning for how to spend catch up funding and pupil premium
Ed-Tech Festival: The New Normal: Delivering education in an evolving EdTech world
LA daily register – to be passed to the completer of the LA’s daily register
Director, Education and Skills
COVID-19 Update for Early Years 2 July 2020
Dear Setting Owner/ Manager
The government has now provided a response to the EYFS consultation which we detail below and guidance for summer holiday activity providers. As always please do contact us if you need to ask for information or support by emailing
firstname.lastname@example.org for any funding enquires please contact
Please see the attached letter for information on:
Early Years Foundation Stage Reforms – Update
Book sharing (see attached)
Healthy Start Vouchers (see attached)
Support for charitable organisations
Director, Education and Skills
OD Training Courses July 2020
We are Wiltshire Council’s Organisational Development (OD) Delivery team’s external training arm & we deliver a wide range of training courses for individuals, organisations, schools and early years settings.
Excellent value for money
Quality, engaging training
Bespoke training programmes available specifically for your school or setting
Our first aid trainers are approved and certified by Qualifications Network, a leading First Aid national awarding body, and audited regularly by internal and external Qualified Assessors and all of our first aid courses include AED training as standard.
We can support your school with:
Pupil First Aid training courses, adapted & flexible to your own schools’ requirements to comply with new DfE guidance
Paediatric First Aid for your staff
Safeguarding when working with children
Unconscious Bias and Equality & Diversity courses
Wellbeing courses & many more
In light of the current Covid-19 pandemic we are delivering most of our courses remotely enabling you to still upskill your staff during this difficult time. Essential face to face training is also taking place where required. Please get in touch with email@example.com to find out more information or book directly onto one our current available courses below:
Understanding Autism - 7th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T118218 , 20th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T118219
Stress Awareness – 8th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T117317
Unconscious Bias – 9th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T118038, 21st July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T118042
Equality & Diversity - 15th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T118041
Managing wellbeing of staff – 29th July http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/T117513
All courses delivered remotely 3.30pm – 5.30pm
Feedback from previous courses:
“Thank you for the Equality and Diversity workshop yesterday, it was really informative and enjoyable to have the opportunity to discuss the topic openly with other individuals. The presentation was really beneficial and is definitely something everyone should be doing!” - Equality and Diversity
“Very informative and enjoyable - loved the interactive learning. I left feeling empowered”- Safeguarding
“Positively charged my confidence to support people with this condition” - Autism / Dementia
For any queries regarding access to Right Choice to book the training, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and the team will be happy to help.
Don't Drop Music!
Dear School Colleagues,
This week we have launched a 'campaign' to make sure people know that music is (and will still be) possible for children and young people in Wiltshire.
#DontDropMusic (you don’t have apostrophes in hashtags!)
The campaign aims to be upbeat, positive and optimistic whilst recognising the huge challenges everyone is facing. We’ve taken care to try to get the balance right for our Associates and schools who we recognise are under phenomenal pressure.
#DontDropMusic has messages for, and needs support from, three stakeholder groups: Associates, Schools, Parents / Carers.
The campaign includes the following:
A short film primarily aimed at parents / carers / pupils - promoting the (continued) availability of music through Associates and featuring 18 of them in action.
PDF ‘leaflets’ for Associates, Schools and Parents / Carers, each including a “What you can do” section and calls to action - details are here
The film and key messages will be promoted through our Twitter and Facebook channels (click the links to view our pages and hit the 'Follow' button!)
Our Cluster Coordinators are echoing these messages through their meetings and interactions with Schools and Associates
Templates and 'copy & paste' messages for Associates to use in their communications - details are here
If needed, we can connect Associates working in the same schools with one another (or vice versa) to explore joint working - contact us if you need to.
The success of #DontDropMusic will, as many of you have pointed out to us, rely on a collective effort and stakeholders' use of the materials over the coming weeks / months. With social media, we are advised that this should be little and often.
We urge all school colleagues to look through the resources here, follow us on social media and engage with the campaign. One of the biggest things we’re asking is that you follow, retweet, share, repost, mention on social media using the hashtag #DontDropMusic
Wiltshire Music Connect
Induction Tutor Training
Induction Tutor Training for 2020 / 21
In order to support next year’s NQTs in Wiltshire, we will be running a series of online training events to ensure that primary and secondary Induction Tutors and schools are aware of their responsibilities for NQTs in the coming academic year and prepared for their arrival.
The training, that would usually be face-to-face is now going to take place online (7th, 8th and 9th July) and can be watched live or after the event at a time that suits you. Once you are registered, you will be emailed a link to attend the session a day or so before the event. We recommend that anyone who is going to be an Induction Tutor next year registers for all three courses. Further information and booking details can be found via the NQT resource page on RightChoice or by following the links below.
Session 1 – will look at the roles and responsibilities of Induction Tutors when supporting an NQT. The first part will take you through the statutory guidance, the Handbook and the support that Wiltshire will provide throughout the course of this year as well as how to conduct professional and formal review meetings and providing ongoing regular support for your NQT.
Session 2 – will focus on best practice around assessment of the NQT’s progress towards passing their induction year. This will include an explanation of the grades that can be awarded; the six key questions that need to be answered with evidence to show that the NQTs are on track to meet the Teachers’ Standards and provide hints and tips on writing effective end of term assessments.
Session 3 – will look at how to spot NQTs who are struggling with one or more of the Teachers’ Standards and how to get them back on track. This session will also review what to do if practice does not improve, how to write an Action Plan in order to provide more formal support and also the Appropriate Body’s role in supporting Tutors and NQTs in this instance.
Every year we also host a face-to-face gathering of secondary school Induction Tutors and Mentors. As this is not possible this year, we have decided to provide a shortened online version of this event. Again, you can either join this event live or once registered, you will be sent the link to access the session at your own convenience.
Secondary NQT Induction Virtual Conference - this session will be an opportunity to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on Secondary NQT Induction next year and hear how settings are going to be catering for their new NQT intake in the coming academic year.
If you have any further queries regarding NQT Induction, please do not hesitate to contact ourselves via the NQT Induction email: email@example.com. For any queries regarding registering for the training events, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and the RightChoice team will be able to help you organise your bookings.
We look forward to welcoming you to the sessions in July.
Pip Hunt and Charlotte Gilbert
NQT Induction Team