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Equality Act Guide for Schools


Disabled Children and the Equality Act 2010: What teachers need to know and what schools need to do. Please see attached for more information.



Recruiting now for the Primary Mastery Specialist role


Dear Colleagues,  

Primary Teaching for Mastery Specialist Recruitment round-NOW OPEN! 

Following the success of the previous seven cohorts of the Mastery Specialist Programme, the NCETM and Maths Hubs are now seeking to recruit an eighth cohort of expert primary school teachers to develop and work as Primary Mastery Specialists.  

Cheshire and Wirral Maths Hubs are seeking to appoint primary teachers/leaders with a passion for Maths who can work with schools in the following areas: Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Wirral, Halton. 

The closing date for applications is 17:00 Friday 20 May 2022. 

Please see attached further information about the role including a background to the programme, benefits for the member of staff and school, funding, and time allocated, who should apply and how to apply. After reading the information if you still have further questions please contact Rachel Hounslow – 

This first year will require 15 days teacher release time which will be fully funded through the Maths Hubs. After this initial training year the amount of teacher release time will be varied but will also be fully funded.  

The exact number of days will be agreed through discussion between the Maths Hub and specialist’s school, and will depend on the nature of the work carried out by the specialist.  

Typically, this could be approximately 15-30 days in any one academic year.  

In 2023/24 and beyond (subject to DfE funding), the Mastery Specialists will:  

• lead Work Groups to develop, embed and sustain teaching for mastery in other schools in their Maths Hub  

• continue to develop, embed and sustain teaching for mastery approaches across their own school  

• continue to collaborate with the Maths Hub’s leadership and other Mastery Specialists  

• attend training to further develop their role as Professional Development Leads  

How to apply  

An application form is now available on the NCETM website. You will need to create an account in order to access this. 

Applicants, in conjunction with their headteacher, should complete and submit the application form no later than 17:00 on 20 May 2022.  

Applicants will receive an automated confirmation that their application has been submitted.  

The Maths Hub will contact applicants once the selection process has been completed. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon and receiving your application.  



English as an Additional Language (EAL) Training


Following feedback from colleagues to identify EAL programmes that would of be particular interest to Halton schools, a training offer for this term has been developed (please see the attached information).

All training will be delivered by specialists in the MEAS (Minority Ethnic Achievement Service) in Wirral Council, in one-hour twilight virtual sessions (Microsoft teams).  The training is free of charge.

To book places on any of the training programmes please email Julie Karmy at  For any queries about the training, please contact Julie at or on 0151 511 7323 / 07715 127939.



DFE attendance guidance


Working together to improve school attaendance see attached for more information.


School attendance Guidance for maintained schools, academies, independent schools and local authorities, see attached for more information.