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Weekly Newsletter: Issue 242 – Friday 6th December 2019
06 Dec
In the newsletter this week: a message from The Learning Service, NQT Induction Update, Designated Safeguarding Lead in Schools Training 2020, Music on Sea Instrument Hire, Festive Travel Challenge, SEND Bulletin, Finance Focus, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for December & January and the latest news from the Department for Education, Ofsted and the Southend Learning Network.
Porl-E Schools Competition
02 Dec
The local NHS needs your help to promote a competition to get local children thinking about how they can stay well this winter. It’s never too early to get children thinking about how they can stay well and prevent illnesses. As we approach winter, illnesses are more likely to spread and cause infection – particularly among younger people, such as school children. Nationally, as well as locally, the winter months can be challenging for the NHS, especially for urgent care services. This is why it’s important to spread awareness messages amongst parents of young children (and young children themselves), to help prepare for this period. It is also an opportunity to embed prevention messages to help raise awareness of the benefits of preventative health and self-care generally. The Porl-E Schools Competition is open to pre-schools and primary schools (KS1 and KS2) across south east Essex (Southend and Castle Point and Rochford). Closing date for the competition is Sunday 15th December 2019. Link for website for more info: https://southendccg.nhs.uk/your-health-services/self-care/porl-e-competition.
Festive Travel Challenge
02 Dec
As a leading advocate of sustainable travel, we would like your help to promote ForwardMotion’s upcoming ‘Festive Travel Challenge’. To take part, students need only replace one car journey with one journey by bus or train in December. The journey may be the usual journey to School or College, but it could also be trip to the shops to buy presents, when visiting relatives, or going to friends’ parties over the festive period. Everyone who takes part will be entered into a raffle and could win £250 to spend on a bike or cycling equipment. Provided you’re happy to help, we ask that you work through the following steps: 1. Click this link and sign up to download posters and leaflets from our website 2. Send out an email later this week asking your students to take part in our Festive Travel Challenge and to fill in this short survey 3. Display the posters highlighting the Festive Travel Challenge and distribute the leaflets 4. Send out an email in early January asking people to fill in another short survey so that we can gauge how many people took part, and enter them into the prize draw We’re also promoting the challenge in local media. And you and your students may see an advert promoting the Festive Travel Challenge on the back of buses in the South Essex region. The Festive Travel Challenge is the latest initiative from ForwardMotion, a programme designed to encourage more people to travel by bus, train, foot or bike. In 2019, over 2000 students have participated in ForwardMotion activities. Further information is available on the website: http://forwardmotionsouthessex.co.uk Thank you in advance for your help and support. Please contact me if you have any questions. Kind regards, Kelsey Hibberd Communications and Behaviour Change Team kelseyhibberd@southend.gov.uk