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  • Briefing Session for Schools on Asylum Seekers and Refugees
  • North West Learning Partnership
  • Young Addaction newsletter
  • Farmington Scholarships
  • Halton and Warrington Religious Education Network Meeting
  • Primary Religious Education
  • Dippy is coming to Rochdale



Briefing Session for Schools on Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Applies to-All schools

Dear Head

You will be aware that Halton is now participating in the Government’s dispersal programmes for asylum seekers and resettled refugees.  In Halton we have been involved with the supported refugee resettlement programmes since 2017, and since November last year we have started to see dispersed asylum seekers in our Borough.

Whilst communities may see these groups as one they are in fact quite different in terms of processes, support, entitlements and our statutory responsibilities. A briefing session has been arranged to help raise awareness of these different groups of vulnerable people now living in Halton and to highlight what help is available for them and for colleagues who are working with them.

The session will take place as follows:-

Date    :           Thursday, 14th November 2019

Time    :           14:00 – 15:30

Venue :           Karalius Suite, Halton Stadium, Widnes

If you wish to book a place for either yourselves or a colleague – please respond to this email.   We would suggest a couple of people from each school – but we appreciate that may not be possible due to other commitments – however we would stress the importance of having at least one person in attendance.  If you are unable to send anyone – let me know…. and we may be able to faciliate a separate arrangement.

Any questions – please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Shélah Semoff



North West Learning Partnership


Applies to-All Primary Schools

Dear Colleagues

The North West Learning Partnership – Maths training will be running  in November 2019 aimed at ALL primary schools across the NW region:

“Hook Me In” – How to Write Effective hooks/anchor tasks to Engage and Challenge the Learners 

These sessions will explore with year group teachers how to write effective ‘hooks’ (anchor tasks) to engage and challenge the learners.

There will be opportunities to look at how hooks are linked to previous assessments as well as time to write and collate learning hooks.  All materials from the day will be collated and distributed. 

Year 1- Wednesday 13 November, 9 – 3.30 pm

Year 2- Thursday 14 November, 9 – 3.30 pm

Year 3- Friday15 November, 9 – 3.30pm

Year 4- Wednesday 20 November, 9 – 3.30pm

Year 5-Thursday 21 November, 9 – 3- 30 pm

Year 6- Thursday 21st November, 9 – 3.30 pm

All sessions will take place at: Nutgrove Primary School Govett Road, St Helens, WA9 5NH

Target audience: Teachers new to year group, established teachers in all year groups wanting new ideas and Maths SLs to disseminate across school. 

 Cost: £150* for the full day to include: all course materials, Light refreshments and tea/coffee. 

* NWLP members receive 25% off the cost of the session. 

Places will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Book now to avoid disappointment. 

To book a place please contact:




Young Addaction newsletter


Applies to-All schools

Please find attached the Young Addaction service newsletter for Sept/Oct which provides service updates, shares resources and promotes good practice.




Farmington Scholarships
Applies to –  Headteachers, Head of Religious Education, Religious Education Coordinators and teachers of Religious Education


Applications for the 2020/21 Farmington Scholarships are now open. These are Scholarships available to teachers of religious education and associated subjects in UK secondary, primary, and special needs schools. Head teachers who wish to undertake research into either religious education or values education are also eligible to apply. click here to view leaflet

Scholarships cover the cost of tuition, essential local travel and, by negotiation with the school, the salary of a replacement teacher up to point 6 of the main pay scale. Scholarships last for a maximum of 30 days and can either be taken at a local university (we have links with 12 throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or can be home-based with a local tutor.  Further information and an application form can be found on our website




Halton and Warrington Religious Education Network Meeting


Applies to – Headteachers, Heads of Religious Education, Religious Education coordinators and teachers of religious education


There are more places available for the next RE network meeting. This will be on 19th November from 1330 – 1530 at St Werburgh’s Development centre. Full details are on the attached agenda.

We will cover topics specific to the teaching, learning and assessing of RE as well as those directly supporting RE teachers, especially RE Leads and coordinators. With the new EIF in place this will continue to be a key agenda item, ensuring RE is a recognised strength in all our schools and that, by coming together termly, we can learn from eachother.

Please note, this meeting is for ALL teachers and leaders of RE in our schools, not just those using the Lancashire Agreed Syllabus as adopted by Halton and Warrington SACREs. I do hope a colleague from your school will be able to attend and bring with them resources and information as detailed on the agenda.

Places will need to be registered in advance at






Primary Religious Education


Applies to –  Primary Headteachers and RE Coordinators.


NATRE has obtained funding to support the delivery of high quality RE in primary schools. Please follow the link below to find out more and register for support





Dippy is coming to Rochdale


Applies to – All schools


As you may be aware, Dippy the Diplodocus ( dinosaur to the uninitiated), is coming to Rochdale on 10th February 2020 and will be staying through to 28th June. This is part of the Natural History Museum’s national Dippy on Tour, giving children and adults across the UK the opportunity to see Dippy closer to home. see attached leaflet

We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to host Dippy in Rochdale and other than one cathedral we are the only non-museum hosting venue of the whole tour. Dippy will be staying with us in Number One Riverside, which is the council and CCG HQ and central library. It’s a great building  and in a perfect location for public transport.