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SI Weekly Update

10 June 2024:



Archbishop’s Appeal 2024: Grant now open

Grant applications for the Archbishop’s Appeal are now open. Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support innovative projects taking place in Southwark parishes, schools, commissions, and other Catholic entities working alongside the Archdiocese, which seek to enhance one or more of the key missionary areas: Youth and Evangelisation or Social Outreach. More information on this link.


How to apply? Grant Opens: 1 May 2024 to 1 July 2024. Grant Decisions: August 2024. Grant Guidelines and Eligibility: archbishop-s-appeal-grant-guidelines-and-eligibility.pdf (

To apply: to the Archbishop’s Appeal Grant, please complete the application online:


REMINDER: Phonics Screening Check

Phonics screening check week begins on Monday 10 June.

If a pupil is absent during the check week, you can administer the check to them until Friday 21 June.

Headteachers should complete and submit the phonics screening check headteacher’s declaration form (HDF) on the PAG by Monday 1 July.


REMINDER: Information required for the 2024 to 2025 RBA required by Friday 14 June

Primary headteachers will need to provide important information about your school and nominate a Reception Baseline Assessment lead to oversee the day-to-day running of the assessment. Headteachers should complete this form by Friday 14 June.

REMINDER: carry out EYFS profile assessments by end of June
Schools must complete the early years foundation stage (EYFS) profile assessment between April and June of the academic year in which children turn 5, which is usually the reception year. For more information, please refer to the Department for Education’s (DfE) EYFS profile handbook and EYFS framework.


FREE Early Excellence resources
If developing new ideas for outdoor learning is a focus then do explore the Ideas and Inspiration page on the Early Excellence website where you will discover a selection of free tools to inspire you and your team to get outside


Mud, Glorious Mud! Exploring Muddy Play

Matthew Sayer joins us for this week’s episode of the podcast as we explore the wonderful possibilities of muddy play. We discuss how to get the most out of your mud kitchen area, which resources should be available and how to manage the space effectively.

Mud, Glorious Mud! Exploring Muddy Play with Matthew Sayer - Early Excellence Podcast (

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