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  • Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) Relationship and Sexual Education Resource for Primary School settings

    GHLL are delighted to launch their new Relationship and Sexual Education (RSE) Resource for primary school settings.

    • 22.06.2017
  • Private Fostering Awareness

    Please note the attached Private Fostering information regarding your legal duty to notify the local authority about a private fostering arrangement.

    • 19.06.2017
  • Primary and Secondary English, Mathematics and Science Subject Leader Meeting Agendas for June/July 2017

    The network meetings enable subject leaders to contribute successful practice; have updates on national and local curriculum developments; further develop their leadership skills.  

    • 14.06.2017
  • Free Stonewall Education Champions Training

    Free Stonewall Equality & Diversity Training for Primary Schools is available on 11th July 2017, 9.30 - 4.00pm and for Secondary Schools on12th July 2017, 9.30 - 4.00pm at 2&6 Therapy Rooms, Gloucester.

     

    • 14.06.2017
  • Forest Schools Leaders Award Course - Level 3

    For those who want to inspire children to learn and develop with the magic of nature, this course will enable participants to set up and run a Forest School, enabling them to make the most of school grounds or local woodland. The training is taking place on 24th – 28th July, training and assessment 12th to 16th February at a cost of £700.00. 

    • 14.06.2017
  • Music Education - Secondary and Special

    For Songwriting, iPad music programmes, CPD, music internship and the latest news and opportunities, please go to Make Music Gloucestershire, the County’s music education hub.

    • 14.06.2017
  • Music Education - Primary and Special

    For whole class instrumental and iPad tuition, primary music networking and the latest news and opportunities go to Make Music Gloucestershire, the County’s music education hub.

     

    • 14.06.2017
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum – Notification of a new member - Secondary (Academy) Governor Representative

    Following an election which took place on 12 June 2017, Sue Padfield, All Saints’ Academy is elected to the Forum as a Secondary (Academy) Governor representative (term of office 22 June 2017 – 31 March 2019).   

    • 14.06.2017
  • Pre-School Immunisation Campaign

    Gloucestershire County Council in partnership with the NHS, are running a campaign to educate parents and carers of the risks and encourage them to ensure their child is properly vaccinated and your help to raise uptake of pre school immunisation is required.

    • 14.06.2017
  • Freedom of Information Request - School Budgets

    In response to a recent Freedom of Information Request that appears to have been sent to all schools with the County, the Information Management Service has attached some advice and guidance for schools to use when dealing with this request.

    • 14.06.2017
  • 30 Hours Free Childcare Parental Survey - please encourage parents to complete

    Gloucestershire County Council has launched an online survey for parents to understand possible demand for the increased free childcare entitlement of 30 hours for 3 & 4 year olds from September 2017.

    • 13.06.2017
  • Summer 2017 Primary and Secondary English, Mathematics and Science Newsletters

    The newsletters for primary and secondary subject leaders support senior and middle leaders in keeping up to date with national and local priorities as well as providing subject specific teaching and learning information.

    • 09.06.2017
  • 'No Pens Day Wednesday' - 4th October 2017

    'No Pens Day Wednesday' encourages schools and settings to put down their pens and to run a day of speaking and listening activities. Of course, schools can run such a day on any day of their choice.

    • 09.06.2017
  • New - Children in Care e-learning training

    For schools who have a Gloucestershire child in care in their school there is now an opportunity to have free e-training from Gloucestershire Virtual School. This e-learning will allow you to train at your own convenience.

    • 08.06.2017
  • Traded Services - Academies

    Please note that Academies can now buy traded services for the next academic year (1st September 2017 - 31st August 2018).   

     

     

    • 05.06.2017
  • Road Safety Week – 20-26 November 2017

    Educators can now register for UK Road Safety Week 2017 (20-26 November) at Road Safety Week

    • 05.06.2017
  • Fraudulent Letter Warning

    Fraudsters have contacted a number of schools by post with a letter which claims to be from Gamma. The letter informs the recipient that Gamma has changed its bank details and requests that they amend their records with the new details. The letter is an attempt by impersonation fraudsters to elicit funds, so please do not provide any information or amend your records with the bank details they’ve given as indicated in the letter.

    • 05.06.2017
  • Your Health and Wellbeing

    Find out what's new and upcoming that's available to you.

    • 30.05.2017
  • 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Phonics Screening check and KS1 Assessment returns

    All EYFS and Key Stage 1 assessments should be returned via Securenet from 5th June 2017 but no later than 23rd June 2017.

    Phonics screening check assessments should be returned via Securenet from 12th June 2017 but no later than 23rd June 2017. 

    • 30.05.2017
  • Attendance Network for Secondary Schools

    The Attendance Network is taking place on Wednesday 14th June, 09:00 – 12:15 at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Glos. GL51 6PN.  Refreshments available from 8:45am.

    • 24.05.2017
  • Statutory formal assessment of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) for Summer Term 2017

    For the majority of NQTs, completed NQT assessment paperwork should be returned to the LA by 28th June 2017.  Please return the assessments from the Headteacher’s mailbox to: NQTs@gloucestershire.gov.uk

    • 24.05.2017
  • Post Manchester Terror Incident - advice for teachers and parents

    At present there is no official PREVENT messaging from national policing regarding the incident in Manchester. However, we are aware that as many of the victims were children, some schools, parents and youngsters will be worried about their safety. We also acknowledge that some teachers may not find the subject an easy one to talk about.

    • 24.05.2017
  • 2017-18 Primary and Secondary English, Mathematics and Science Subject Leader Network Meeting Packages

    Each subject package of three meetings is only £230.00 per delegate which includes the venue and catering costs. Please purchase individual subject packages through Business Support Services.

     

    • 22.05.2017
  • Primary and Secondary Leaders of Learning Newsletters

    The summer editions of the Leaders of Learning Newsletters are now available. 

    • 22.05.2017
  • Disclosure and Barry Checks (DBS)

    DBS checks remain an important part of Safer recruitment.

    • 22.05.2017
  • NSPCC - 'Share Aware' campaign

    On Tuesday 16 May 2017, the NSPCC, in partnership with O2, launched the new burst of their Share Aware campaign, supporting parents to help keep their children safe online.  Share Aware gives straightforward, step by step advice to help teach children how to make the right decisions online, even when their parents aren’t there. 

    • 22.05.2017
  • KS1 and KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment: Headteacher Briefings materials

    The slides and additional materials from the briefings for headteachers that took place in May can be downloaded from GCC Schoolsnet.

    • 18.05.2017
  • Getting in Touch Through Play Training - 13 July 2017

    As part of an on-going program to make successful transitions for children in care, the Gloucestershire Virtual School are pleased to be able to offer free training for members of your staff in 'Getting in Touch Through Play'.  The training is taking place on Thursday 13th July 2017 at The Pavillion, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN, 9:00am – 4:00pm.

     

    • 18.05.2017
  • Teaching Trees Project for Primary Schools

    The Royal Forestry Society's successful Teaching Trees project for primary schools has added Gloucestershire to the list of counties it now operates in.

    Teaching Trees offers schools two-hour sessions in local woods with a range of creative, hands-on and seasonal activities which closely link the care and management of woods to the national curriculum.

    • 17.05.2017
  • 2017 Standards and Testing Agency (STA) KS1 and KS2 National Moderator Training

    The STA has given local authorities permission to share training materials, including examples of pupils’ writing that were provided during the 2017 STA KS1 and KS2 national moderator training. 

    • 16.05.2017
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum - Election for a Secondary (Academy) School Governor Representative

    Following receipt of nominations, for a Secondary (Academy) School Governor Representative (one seat), two nominations have been received:   

    • Alex Norman, Thomas Keble School
    • Sue Padfield, All Saints’ Academy
    • 16.05.2017
  • Facts4Life – supporting young people to take responsibility for their health

    Facts4Life is pleased to announce FREE training and FREE resources for primary teachers in Term 5: on Thursday 25th May 2017 (13.00-16.00) at The Pavilion, Cheltenham.

    • 12.05.2017
  • NSPCC - Speak Out. Stay Safe. Programme

    Through our Schools Service we aim to empower and help children and provide you and all teachers across the UK, with the tools to do that.  Because we know that through working together, the NSPCC and the whole school community can have a tremendous impact in preventing abuse and keeping children and young people safe.  One element of our schools services is out Speak Out. Stay Safe Programme.This programme is available  to all schools free of charge.

    • 11.05.2017
  • Free CPD for primary music teachers

    Musicate is an outreach programme for primary school teachers, devised and produced by Cheltenham Festivals. The project offers bespoke CPD sessions along with the support and input of a conservatoire musician linked to each school.

    • 09.05.2017
  • ‘Fearless from Knife Crime’ project

    The ‘Fearless from Knife Crime’ project has been set up with the  aim of addressing the problem of knife crime in the medium and long term in Gloucestershire by engaging, informing and educating young people about the risks and consequences of knife crime activities whilst promoting local services available to them (including the anonymous reporting service available on fearless.org). 

    • 09.05.2017
  • Your Health and Wellbeing

    There’s still time to share your thoughts on your Health and Wellbeing!

    To understand how well our new Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is working for you, we are currently running a short survey. You can take part whether you have used the service or not! The survey closes on the 14 May so please find a few minutes to let us know what you think.

    • 04.05.2017
  • Single Central Record - Drop In

    As part of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board’s ongoing commitment to Gloucestershire Schools through traded services, we are pleased to announce new dates for the 'drop in sessions' for the Single Central Record

    • 04.05.2017
  • Nicola Morgan Course - Reading, Literacy and the Brain

    Date: Wednesday 12th July 2017

    Venue: Tewkesbury School, Ashchurch Road, GL20 8DF

    Time: 09:30 – 15:30  (Refreshments and lunch included)

    Price:

    LSE Members: £100; 2nd delegate: £80

    Non-Members: £125.00;  2nd delegate: £100

     (10% Early Bird Discount for all bookings received by Friday 26th May)

    • 03.05.2017
  • Update on Open Water Market from April 2017

    The Water Competition or Open Water Market where we have a choice of where we buy water is now operating, similarly to how; we as a business buy gas and electricity. Payment details update – Water Plus remains the same as previously used for Severn Trent, Castle Water have confirmed new details and Water2business will confirm them on the next scheduled invoice.

    • 26.04.2017
  • KS2 Writing teacher assessment - Head Teacher briefings

    The purpose of each briefing will be to discuss and understand fully the implications of the announcement from STA on Friday 10th March about the common misconceptions surrounding teacher assessment (TA) of KS2 writing. As a result, this will ensure greater consistency in 2017 KS2 writing TA across the local authority.

    • 26.04.2017
  • Free Music Support

     

    Please go to the Make Music Gloucestershire website for free music support, whole class, music tech, instrumental tuition, training, and more.

    • 26.04.2017
  • Early Years Training

    Lost Boys??   is training for practitioners working in Reception Classes

    The training is taking place on 9th May 2017 at Nature in Art, cost £75 per delegate, £140 for 2.

    • 26.04.2017
  • KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    All meetings will begin at 4.00pm and conclude by 5.30pm.

    • 25.04.2017
  • KS1 Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    Reading, writing and mathematics will be moderated at the same meetings, so evidence to facilitate this discussion will be needed for all three aspects.  You will therefore only need to sign up for one meeting.

    All meetings will begin at 4.00pm and conclude by 5.30pm and the local authority would encourage Year 3 teachers to accompany their Year 2 colleagues if at all possible.

    • 25.04.2017
  • #KidsJabs - promoting childhood vaccinations

    This week marks the launch of a Public Health campaign to promote the uptake of childhood vaccinations; it coincides with the World Health Organisation Immunisation Awareness Week.

    • 25.04.2017
  • Water Safety for Children and Young People

    Please find attached a poster from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service.

    • 24.04.2017
  • Monitoring visits: KS2 national curriculum tests and phonics screening check (PSC)

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published guidance for local authorities (LAs) arranging monitoring visits in 2017 and to help schools prepare for a possible visit.

    • 24.04.2017
  • Multi-Agency Request for Service Form (MARF)

    A letter from the Chair of the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) regarding the mandatory use of the Gloucestershire multi-agency service request form (MARF) is attached.

    Letter from Independent Chair of the GSCB

    • 21.04.2017
  • Joint Additional Needs Action Plan Engagement

    Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are pleased to share with you our Joint Implementation Strategy and Plan for children and young people with additional needs including special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

    • 21.04.2017
  • Strategic School Improvement Fund

    The DfE has opened the Strategic School Improvement Fund. Teaching schools, LAs and MATs will be able to submit applications to support eligible schools.

    • 20.04.2017

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