What comes next …

Priority Area

The Schools’ White Paper in March 2022 announced Norwich as one of 24 Priority Areas with additional funding for Norwich over the next three years. In addition, Norfolk was announced as one of 55 Education Investment Areas. A summary of the Schools’ White Paper can be found here: https://educationhub.blog.gov.uk/

A new Partnership Board will be established in July 2022 to have oversight of this new programme. We are delighted that Tim Coulson has agreed to Chair this new Board which will continue to involve Headteachers representatives from schools in Norwich. Further details of what the Priority Area means for Norwich and how to be involved in these conversations will be shared with schools in Autumn Term 2022.

Where does this work continue?

Elements of the programme are planned to continue beyond 2022, led by local leaders, or embedded into wider strategies of other organisations.

Priority 1 – Communication

Communication Champions

  • Networks will continue to run half termly and will expand their reach across Norfolk – see more info here. Meeting dates can be found here
  • Communication Hubs will continue to meet termly to coordinate activities and lead their networks, supported by NCC Early Years Advisers.
  • Fully funded Communication Champions training is offered across Norfolk for 2022/23 by the NCC Early Years Service for EYFS settings and Parent & Toddler Group Leaders. Training dates and full details will be shared via the Early Years Service e-newsletter, subscribe to this online here.
  • Communication Champions online resources and training will continue to be widely available for use – training is online here.

Early Years Transition & Virtual Tours

  • Transition support resources will continue to sit on multiple online platforms and will be promoted to parents and carers via NCC and schools/settings – resources are here.
  • Virtual Tours have been ‘future proofed’ to cover future staffing changes for schools and settings to use them in future years – Find the Virtual Tours here.
  • 50 Things To Do Before You’re 5 in Norfolk will continue to be updated by Norfolk County Council. All schools and settings across Norwich and Breckland have received additional resources to continue to use with children and parents. Professionals can contact NCC to request more 50 Things resources: 50things@norfolk.gov.uk

Priority 2 – Attainment

Evidence-Based Practice

  • Impact from Evidence-Based Practice fund projects will continue to be shared within schools and to inform future strategies – More details here.
  • Norwich Research School will continue to encourage collaborative approaches to developing evidence based practice and strong implementation. Find out more about #NorRel – Norwich Research Leads Network by contacting: research@ndhs.org.uk
  • ​Information about all projects (inc. the Covid-19 response work) will be shared on the OA online learning hub.
  • Secondary schools will continue to have a senior role with the responsibilities of the NOA School Lead and will encourage staff to collaborate.
  • Implementation Leads will continue to support their school’s approach to evidence based practice and strong implementation and will be encouraged to share their learning with other schools.​

Attainment Support & Projects

  • ​Additional tutoring continues via the National Tutoring Programme.​
  • ​The majority of reading projects will continue within schools using the resources funded by NOA and shared ideas with other schools – see case studies here.
  • The What A Difference A Day Makes Year 11 intervention programme has been adopted by the UEA who delivered the project virtually for 2020-21 and have planned the offer into the continued work of the Outreach department as part of the Make It Count Programme.

Teaching Assistant Apprenticeships

  • TA Apprentices will continue to participate in regular network meetings throughout their apprenticeship (18 months) with access to resources via a shared Padlet. It is hoped that intel gleaned from the network ‘focus group’ will enable the development of additional TA apprenticeships (e.g. SEND specific and/or HLTA qualifications) – See details here.
  • ​Learning from the pilot recruitment approach has fed into NCC strategies and a countywide TA talent pool ​has now been created.

Headteacher Coaching

  • Headteacher Coaching will continue within some individual schools and learning has been shared with NCC who support Norfolk Headteacher wellbeing via the HeadsUp4HTs wellbeing programme. The programme is run over 6 weeks, each week a group of max. 15 Norfolk Headteachers meet for no more than an hour to chat, led informally by a fully trained facilitator – the conversations will help individuals explore their wellbeing and let off steam. Contact Kirsty Savage for more info: k.savage@educatenorfolk.co.uk

Priority 3 – Inclusion

  • NOA schools will continue to use the Norwich Inclusion Charter as a set of principles for NorwichThe principles of the Charter have been used by NCC to influence the development of the Norfolk IPSEF tool. ​
  • Named Inclusion Champions from schools are keen to continue to meet regularly together as a group of schools to collaborate. ​
  • Schools can access peer support and sharing of practice from the Norfolk Schools Mental Health and Wellbeing network – led by the NCC Inclusion & SEND team: inclusionandsend@norfolk.gov.uk
  • Schools can access ongoing support with positive behaviours and inclusion provision via the Norfolk STEPS Network (training, guidance and network sessions) – sign up by July 2022 with the NOA Team. ​
  • The impact of Inclusive Culture staff training packages will continue to support evidence-based approaches – a list of staff or schools who can offer training and expertise will be shared. ​​
  • Inclusion Grant Fund & Alternative Provision projects will be shared on the OA online learning hub with case studies from the schools involved. 
  • Many EPICs will continue to act as the Inclusion Champion for their school and their work on policies and approaches within their school development plan will continue. 
  • The impact of the Family Support Project delivered by The Benjamin Foundation will be shared widely with schools and NCC to inform future planning. ​

Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs)

  • Trained ELSAs will continue to support pupils within their school – ELSAs will need to access funded professional supervision.
  • Trained ELSAs in secondary schools will be supported by the Norwich ELSA Network led by City Academy Norwich. Primary ELSAs can access network meetings facilitated by EPSS during Autumn Term 2022.
  • Schools can access the NCC PATHS CPD network to access support with social and emotional learning – Led by the NCC Inclusion & SEND team: inclusionandsend@norfolk.gov.uk

​Alternative Provision

​Senior Advisers from the NCC Inclusion & Opportunity Service have full awareness of the development of Alternative Provision and continue to offer support with the quality of provision and aim to feed this learning into countywide plans. ​

Year 6 – 7 Transition Support

  • The English Curriculum Bridging resources for primary and secondary schools will remain online and available for any schools to use in the future. ​
  • The Common Transfer Document has been widely shared and is available online. Further developments of the tool are planned within the Norfolk Learning Board workstrand.​
  • Transition resources for schools and parents will continue to be used but will need updating over time. 

Priority 4 – Careers & Destinations

Careers Facilitators

  • Careers Facilitator network meetings will continue half termly across Norwich for 2022-23 and beyond, facilitated by the Enterprise Coordinator for Norwich, within the Enterprise Adviser Network based at New Anglia LEP.  ​​Contact Madeleine Matthews to find out more about the network: Madeleine.Matthews@newanglia.co.uk ​
  • There are ambitions to continue with  Joint Careers Events across Norwich but full details are still to be confirmed and will be shared via the Careers Facilitator network meetings. ​
  • Resources to support pupils in SEND schools to access work experience and employer encounters (and “virtual visits”) have been shared with the SEND IAG network and are held by NCC for schools to use. ​

​Community Careers Activities

Learning from the Community careers projects (Community Innovation Fund) fed into the Norwich City Council RITA steering group and a jointly funded PLACE+ project which continues in Mile Cross, Wensum & Mancroft Wards. 

Video clips from the #fromNorwich campaign designed to showcase career routes for children and parents/carers are available on the NOA YouTube channel.

​ Resources to support with world of work activities in primary schools have been developed by the activity providers and can be used by other schools.          

Parent Engagement

  • UEA are planning for the continuation of Parent and Carer Ambassadors in Norwich and eventually across Norfolk. This work has been embedded into core projects within neaco and the UEA outreach team and parent and carer activities continue with target schools and colleges. ​
  • As part of the Parent Ambassador project, neaco created a package of resources for schools focused on best practice approaches to Parental Engagement – find these resources online.
  • neaco commissioned a research report into Parental perceptions and engagement with careers.

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