Education Newsletter Issue 4 - March 2020

Message from the Assistant Director (Learning and Skills)

First of all a huge thank you for keeping us informed and engaging over the daily COVID-19 information exchanges. These are uncertain times and I appreciate the efforts everyone is making to keep things as normal as possible. The Enews certainly indicates plenty of activity in the Education world. I would like to draw attention to our final 2019 education outcomes. They indicate much to celebrate, but some challenges too, which I can honestly say we are working together to improve. The Ofsted outcomes for those inspected so far remain positive as we inch our way towards the National average for good and outstanding judgements. Following on from Niki Clemo’s recent Email we look forward to a stable period in terms of Education leadership and staffing which should enable us to build on our ambitions and the volume of work in progress through the Learning Partnership. Our response to the recent SEND inspection revisit awaits approval from the DFE, but the new governance and working arrangements are going well. There will be a stakeholder event early next term to gather feedback and share our progress. Another plus.  Please be assured of continued support from the Education team. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Cross Phase meeting.

Best wishes,

Jo Moxon

Assistant Director (Learning and Skills)

Sustrans Big Pedal

Sustrans Big Pedal is back for 2020

We are delighted to have Dame Sarah Storey, British Paralympian and Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, as our Big Pedal 2020 ambassador. Is your organisation interested in promoting the UK’s biggest cycling, walking and scooting to school challenge?

Find out more about the Big Pedal promoter programme

Click on the link to watch the YouTube video


What you need to know

A coronavirus is a type of virus. As a group, coronaviruses are common across the world. Typical symptoms of coronavirus include fever and a cough that may progress to a severe pneumonia causing shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people, and those with long-term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.

Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new strain of coronavirus first identified in Wuhan City, China.  Based on current evidence, novel coronavirus (COVID-19)  presents with flu-like symptoms including a fever, a cough, or difficulty breathing. The current evidence is that most cases appear to be mild.

Information for the public and professionals on the coronavirus is being updated on a daily basis and we'll keep you updated as necessary.

To help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus (COVID-19), please practice good respiratory and hand hygiene by making sure you Catch it, Bin it, Kill it.

Get more information about the virus

Access the question and answer blog from Public Health England

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the regional PHE Health Protection Team on 0113 3860 300

News from the Learning Partnership

New Website

The new Learning Partnership website has now been launched.  Please follow the link

Save the Date!

The next Cross Phase Meeting  will take place on Wednesday 25 March, 9 – 11am in the Legends’ Lounge Hull Kingston Rovers.

Planning for Great Attendance - Fresh Thinking

Legends Lounge, Hull KR Stadium

Wednesday 1 April 2020, 11:00 - 16:00 (lunch included)

The Hull Learning Partnership and the Every Day Counts project by Hull City Council are providing a free workshop to all schools in Hull and East Riding. This workshop is designed to give you the opportunity to learn about the latest research and thinking on attendance and apply this to your own school context. You will be guided systematically through the process of putting together a strategic attendance plan and leave with a clear list of next steps.  As well as having access to fresh ideas on improving attendance, you will also have the opportunity to hear speakers from different sectors of education talk about how they have improved their attendance, as well as a speaker from the health sector who will focus on how to best manage illness (the single biggest cause of absence).

In order to maximise the benefit from attending this workshop, you are strongly encouraged to attend in pairs – your strategic attendance lead and one other (who may be operational lead, a member of your pastoral team or other staff member as you feel appropriate). By working in pairs you will have the opportunity to discuss the issues raised between you, which will provide the best springboard for ensuring that your attendance plans are tailored to your own school.

To avoid disappointment book now by either visiting The Hull Learning Partnership website

or email

School holidays and term dates

2020 to 2024

In conjunction with regional Local Authorities, the academic term dates have been set 2020 to 2024.  Consultation was undertaken with the local authority maintained schools.  Please follow the link to the Council's website for the full list of school holidays:  school-holidays-and-term-dates

REMINDER that the early May Bank Holiday for this year has been moved to commemorate VE Day; this is now Friday 8th May 2020.

Hull City Council in partnership with The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust

Free training workshops for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Hull City Council, working in partnership with The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust will be facilitating free training workshops to support Designated Safeguarding Leads to provide the tools and information to build digital resilience, educate and safeguard young people against problematic gambling and gaming. The workshops are being delivered in response to increasing numbers of young people becoming involved in harmful and problematic online gaming and gambling behaviours.

Workshop Dates:

Monday 30 March (10:00 – 15:00) – The Marvell College (HCAT Training Room)

Tuesday 5 May (10:00 – 15:00) – Malet Lambert School 

As each workshop is limited to 16 participants, sessions will be booked on a first come first served basis. Please confirm via email to your booking request and which date/s you are able to attend. Where participants have expressed an interest in attending sessions which have already reached capacity they will be added to the waiting list to access future workshop dates. Please note that confirmation of attendance is essential in being able to access these sessions.

Love Staying Safe Campaign

A campaign is being launched by a group of young people aged 12-18 years to provide information to young people in schools and the community to feel and be safer on the streets.

A wide range of young people from across communities have come together to join a group to create, design and launch the campaign to support the delivery of The Young Mayor’s manifesto promised at Young People’s Parliament in July 2019:

‘‘My manifesto was the reason for me being chosen for the role of Young Mayor… I would like to support young people in feeling safe outside and around people, while also supporting them with their social presence. My goal is for teens to feel comfortable when going outside without the fear of being harassed’ (Young Mayor, Gabriela Surdyk)

Love Staying Safe will provide tips and advice to help young people think about their approach to staying safe and make informed choices when walking on the streets.

How well do you know your ABC?!

  • Assess the situation

  • Be aware of the risks

  • Call for help 

Plan your routes, stay in communication with friends and family, let them know arrival times and have money for travel fares.

If you are in immediate danger please call 999.

Hull Young Carers Project

The Hull Young Carers Project was established in its present form in 2018. The Project is funded by Hull City Council and the NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and the core team consists of 3 part time workers and 1 part time project lead.

The aim of the Hull Young Carers Project is to offer tailored support when needed and a variety of wider opportunities for young people with a caring responsibility aged 5-18 years. The offer can include:

  • An assessment to identify need and to agree a suitable support plan

  • One-to-one support

  • Information, advice and guidance

  • Weekly fun social peer support groups and holiday activities

  • A trusted adult / youth worker to advocate on a young carers behalf

  • Opportunity to become involved in the Young Carer led forum to shape future support for young carers in the City

The Hull Young Carers Project works in close partnership with universal and targeted services across the City including schools, colleges and Hull University, NHS, Early Help Services, in particular community based youth services, voluntary organisations and 3rd sector providers. Supportive partnership working and good communication gives us a good knowledge of the wider local offer for young people which young carers can access. It also gives us a platform to collectively raise awareness of the issues faced by young carers and the understanding to identify young carers in their own settings. Referrals for support come from a wide range of partners and young people can also self-present at school or within their local community.

To date Hull Young Carers Project has supported over 200 young people with caring responsibilities. As the project is embedded within the Youth Development Service and an integral part of the broader Early Help offer we have the opportunity to work together to ensure young carers receive the right support they need and deserve.  Although it is too early to assess the overall impact of The Hull Young Carers Project, the following feedback has been provided by parents and young people who have accessed support.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank your staff for everything. You are an invaluable service that deserves some recognition for what you do for the young children who you help feel as important and amazing as others” parent of a young carer

“Carer’s club is a great thing for her because it is a well – deserved treat for everything she puts up with as a young carer. She looks forward to this time on a Tuesday as a way of getting to share her experiences with others who feel the same. After every session Kya is relaxed and happy, which is important in balancing out her stress from a hectic and busy life. Thank for your support.” parent of a young carer

“We get to have a break from what we do at home and then we also get to meet up with our friends that we don’t really see” young carer aged 14 who participates in the weekly young carers’ social session.

“Sometimes if you need help they (the staff) will be there for you… which is good... so like sometimes if you need help with any homework or any studying that you need help with they’ll be there for you… or whether it be like mental health… like if you have a panic attack or just like… you’re stressed… or worried about something they will be there to help you out with that” young carer aged 16 who accessed 121 support.

Website Relaunch

The website has been rebranded and relaunched following co-production with young volunteers and aims to be the trusted source for Young People, Parents and Carers to find advice and support. The sessions with young people identified exactly they wanted from a website and now features 3 separate audience sections as well as full service guides to help young people, families and professionals.

The Youth Development training programme is now hosted in this site which includes an excellent provision to help create a whole organisation approach as we head towards achieving the THRIVE model.

The site includes advice for self-help, how to find support as well as a range of resources for professionals to use and is password protected.  Please use the password HAYF2019! If you would like to view this resource section

Volunteer group campaigns for 2020

HeadStart Hull has a large group of around 60 young volunteers aged 11-21, who actively drive all of the awareness campaigns and inform the key messages, and have delivered powerful campaigns such as the ‘You Are Not Alone’ suicide awareness campaign.

At the first meeting of 2020, the volunteers discussed and agreed on the context and subjects of this year’s awareness campaigns.

In March, the group will launch a book of poems written by the volunteers to commemorate the 2-year anniversary of the ‘You Are Not Alone’ suicide campaign.

Following the book launch, the April - June campaign will focus on living in poverty and will be part of a larger UK campaign, and the summer campaign that follows will raise awareness on living with anxiety.

Young People led campaign

“Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”

The latest campaign to be delivered by our young volunteers focuses Body Image. To raise awareness of the issues that body image can have on young people the group designed and released a new top tip postcard titled “Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful”. The card features positive tips to help young people deal with any body image issues or worries they may have and features illustrations by our young volunteer Kaitlyn Robson.  

You can see the new postcard as well as the other brilliant young people led campaigns here.

COMING SOON: You Are Not Alone

Poems by Young Volunteers

In 2018, our young volunteers delivered a powerful suicide awareness campaign called You Are Not Alone. To commemorate the 2-year anniversary of this event, we are releasing a beautiful illustrated book of poems written by the group. 'You Are Not Alone'  will feature a collection of poems that talk about the emotional issues young people deal with The poems were written as part of the emotional experience of organising the event in 2018. This commemorative book will be given to all young people who complete our services and a limited stock will be available in various outlets in Hull. This will be launched with an event on March 27, so please keep an eye out for updates that we will send regarding the venue and where you can get a copy.  

For more information on the You Are Not Alone campaign, visit our videos page here.

"Protect the Environment" - The Marvell College

Youth Achievement and Arts Award

Young people from The Marvell College Year 7‘s supported learners are completing their Youth Achievement and Arts Award at the youth centre January to March. Carrying on from the previous cohort of learners who completed a mural depicting the effects of climate change to the oceans, they also chose to look at the topic. In the planning stage they discussed the negatives and positives of climate change and working with Youth Worker Margaret Montgomery and local artist Sarah Daniels they planned how they were going to show the effects. The Youth Achievement Award group covered the negative effects and the Arts Award group the positive effects, both groups worked independently within their sessions planning and designing from what they had learned. Their drawings were taken to the libraries Make Space Unit and made into stencils ready to use. Over the weeks they worked hard painting the base, using a range of spray paints and other colours setting the background scenery, the stencils were painted on aiming for a 3d effect, both groups brought their pieces together in February to form the final art work. Although the mural is not completed, our young people could not wait for it to be shown. The work has been celebrated already appearing on the colleges twitter page. The young people who produced the Mural are planning to attend the March Hull Young People’s Parliament and take along their work. The theme is “Protect the Environment”. Carrying on they will continue over the coming weeks producing a storyboard documenting every stage of the hard work.

Key Stage Outcomes 2019

Summary Ofsted Inspection Outcomes

February 2020

The following table provides summary school inspection data (percentages) at three levels – city, region and England. The city’s percentages are ‘RAG rated’ against the latest England outcomes.

If you require more information please contact Jon Ashbridge, email or telephone 616038

Subject Leaders Network Evenings

Subject Leaders Networking Evenings will now take place on a termly basis from 4-6pm. All meetings will be at one school with all registering their attendance to the PA/admin support at that school so that refreshments and rooms can be provided as required. Subject Leaders can then decide between themselves at the meeting who will take the lead. The dates of meetings for the rest of this academic year have been listed below:

Wednesday 25 March 2020 4 – 6pm

Archbishop Sentamu Academy, 1 Bilton Grove, Hull HU9 5YB

Please confirm attendance to Jenny Rose:

Tuesday 30 June 2020 4 – 6pm

Sirius Academy West, 296 Anlaby Park Rd S, Hull HU4 7JB

Please confirm attendance to Diane Dale:

UK Government - confirmation of portfolios

Further information about the roles and remits of new ministers has become available:

  • Gavin Williamson will continue to be the Education Secretary with responsibility for Department for Education

  • Nick Gibb will continue as Minister of State for School Standards

  • Michelle Donelan takes on a new portfolio and has been appointed as Minister of State for Universities

  • Vicky Ford has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families

  • Gillian Keegan has been appointed as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills

  • Baroness Berridge has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the School System

  • Baroness Barran retains her DCMS role as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Civil Society, which includes youth and social action

  • Victoria Atkins retains her role as Parliamentary Under Secretary for Safeguarding and Vulnerability at the Home Office.

Future Schools eNews

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Please email or with any feedback, ideas or suggestions for future editions.  Thank you for taking time to read this edition of eNews.

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