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  • School term calendar 2021-2022

  • Funding for autism in secondary schools

  • DfE-funded grant

  • North West Computing Festival

  • Union Information Event 14th October

  • 10 minute reading challenge

  • NWLP- Maths and English through Geography training

  • Town Hall open day

  • ECT and NQT Autumn Conference 5th November 2021

  • Story Time Resources






School term calendar 2021-2022


Dear Colleagues

Following updates from the DfE with regards to the additional bank holiday in June 2022, we can now confirm that the 2021-22 school term calendar in Halton will be reduced from 190 to 189 contact days (195 to 194 teacher days). We have updated our website to reflect this and to provide a message to parents/carers.

All schools are permitted to identify the extra holiday day themselves and we would ask that you do so at the earliest opportunity, and write to your parents/carers to advise (if you have not already done so), in order to give parents/carers as much notice as possible of the additional holiday. You will also need to update your school’s own website to reflect the position for your school.




Funding for autism in secondary schools


The attached flyer gives information about a fund set up by Sheila Coates Foundation to support autistic young people in mainstream education in the North West region of England. The fund specifically targets issues highlighted in recent reports and offers awards of £1,000 and £5,000. This is the third round of COVID-specific funding.

More information at  The fund is open for applications from schools and colleges from 27th September, with a deadline of 15th October 2021. If you have any queries please contact





DfE-funded grant


Headteachers are reminded that they are eligible to apply for the DfE-funded grant for training for a Mental Health Lead. The DfE have now published the list of approved providers and all information about the grant can be found here . Although the DfE have said that this will be a 3-year rollout, they have only guaranteed funding for the first year so schools who have capacity to undertake this training this year are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible.

If schools are already involved in this project or want support in order to become involved, please can they let HBSS know via emailing

Please also remember that MHFA training for all staff can be arranged through HBSS and information can be found here .




North West Computing Festival


Do you teach Computer Science or are interested in learning more about teaching it, technology in question or where you can access support? The National Centre for Computing Education in the North West is hosting a jam packed, cross-phase, virtual computing festival from the 18th-21st October. Completely free to attend and open to all educators! Book one, five or all the courses at and enrich, enhance and extend the computing experience of you and your students. #nwcfest  see attached video




Union Information Event 14th October


FAO: Early Career Teachers, Legacy NQTs and Recently Qualified Teachers.

Generate Teaching Hub is hosting an information event for new and trainee teachers on 14th October 2021, from 4-5pm. The meeting will be online and there is no cost.

Please reserve a place here:  Book Here

This meeting is ideal for any teacher in their first two years of their career post QTS or those who are on their initial teacher training year. The NEU – National Education Union and NASUWT – National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers regional leads will make presentations about their offer to new teachers sharing information on services, support and training available.

The briefing is open to attendees from our Hub area (Halton, Warrington and Wigan) and the whole of the North West Region.

Attendees will be able to ask questions and be given options for communicating with unions directly from the event.

Please note, Generate Teaching Hub is facilitating this event to ensure more new teachers have access to choice of support; we recognise each teacher will assess what additional resources they need, as part of union membership.

To attend you must reserve a free place via the online booking system here




10 minute reading challenge


Please see attached Take 10 Reading Challenge




NWLP- Maths and English through Geography training


Dear Colleagues,

The North West Learning Partnership would like to offer all Primary Schools the chance to attend the following Geography training session:

Maths and English through Geography

How geography can provide meaningful context for, support engagement in and provide opportunities for real world application of literacy and numeracy skills and knowledge. Adopting a mindset that is looking to broaden rather than narrow the curriculum.

Target audience: Teachers and Leaders at all levels

Facilitator: Jon Cannell – Geographical association

To take place on: Thursday 7th October 2021 9.30-3.30pm

Venue: Mercure St Helens Hotel, Linkway West, St Helens, WA10 1NG

Cost: £150.00, Full day session with light lunch, refreshments and all course materials.

*NWLP members receive 25% off all bookings

If you would like to book a place, please contact:

Paula Foster-

Sarah Makin-

Once booked Paula Foster will confirm and provide further details.




Town Hall open day


Please see attached Town Hall open day School invitation.




ECT and NQT Autumn Conference 5th November 2021


Dear Colleagues

I am pleased to share with you the ECT/NQT/RQT Autumn term conference programme and booking arrangements. This will be a great opportunity to work with quality assured practitioners on aspects of teacher repertoire so important at this early stage of a teachers career. It will also be a valuable opportunity to network and meet other ECTs, NQTs and RQTs from across Halton and Warrington. I look forward to welcoming your colleagues to conference on 5th November.





Story Time Resources


The storytime resources can be found on Talk Halton’s Communication Hub using this link 

please see attachements below

Storytime newborn – 9 months

Storytime 9 – 18 months

Storytime toddler

Storytime Preschool

Please support access across Halton by sharing with your families.

Thank you on behalf of Halton’s Reading Strategy Group.