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  • 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
  • Brake - poster competition and survey

    Brake has launched their brand new poster competion which aims to inspire and engage 4-11 year olds in road safety, getting them to think about the importance of the need for drivers to slow down so children can walk and cycle to school safely.  


    • 13.04.2017
  • Newly Qualified Teachers - registration

    If you have appointed an NQT who has joined your school this term, please complete and return the NQT registration form, which is available via the NQT Induction Tutors section under NQT induction, by 12th May 2017 and send to


    • 13.04.2017
  • Managed Transitions from APS: Formal Launch

    Over the past 8 months, the LA, GASH and APS have together created and trialled a new, county-wide exit strategy for children leaving the APS (who are not designated SEN or CiC) as a collective response to the issues raised by GASH at the start of the academic year. We are now in a position to formally launch this exit strategy for both primary and secondary across the county; this new process is therefore in place as of this term.



    • 12.04.2017
  • Your Health and Wellbeing

    Health and wellbeing staff survey – are you getting the support you need?

    Put some spring into your step and step into spring!  In this short article on health and wellbeing find out what's new to help you and take part in our short survey before 14th May 2017.

    • 11.04.2017
  • Primary School Forecasts 2017/18 - 2020/21

    Here is your pupil number forecast, it is a likely indication of your pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision. This pupil number forecast will be used in assessing basic need, through the school capacity return, to ensure sufficiency of school places throughout the county. It will also be used in any Section 106 agreement negotiations affecting your school. The forecast is available on Securenet.

    • 11.04.2017
  • Governors Budget Plan 2017/18

    The Governors Budget Plan 2017/18 template is now available to download.


    • 11.04.2017
  • Off-payroll working - Changes to tax legislation (IR35)

    The government has introduced amendments to existing legislation regarding off-payroll working in the public sector - also known as Intermediaries legislation (IR35) which came into effect from 6th April 2017. All public sector bodies including schools and academies have a responsibility to ensure the people working for them are engaged appropriately, you will therefore need to put into place the appropriate steps to ensure compliance with the legislation.

    • 07.04.2017
  • Primary assessment in England: open consultation (March 2017)

    The DfE and STA have launched a public consultation exercise  about the future of the primary assessment system in England.

    • 07.04.2017
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum – Announcement of Elections


    Following receipt of nominations (which closed Friday 31st March at 5pm) information which sets out where individuals have been elected unopposed, where an election is now required, and which seats remains vacant is attached.

    • 04.04.2017
  • EYFSP, Phonics screening check & Key Stage 1 Pupil Listings

    A list of pupils, for whom we are expecting EYFS, phonics screening check and Key Stage 1 assessment results, will be available from 24th April and should be downloaded from the General Transfer community on SecureNet for checking / amending,  General Transfer Community SecureNet.


    • 04.04.2017
  • Free Transport Discount Package

    Thinktravel Smartgo is part of Gloucestershire County Council’s Thinktravel programme that aims to promote healthier lifestyles, encourage low-carbon travel & improve our environment.

    • 03.04.2017
  • 2017 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests: information for parents/carers

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published an information leaflet and videos about the 2017 national curriculum tests. This information is for parents/carers with a child in Y2 or Y6.

    • 03.04.2017
  • KS1/KS2 tests and phonics screening check (PSC) security advice

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has provided information for headteachers about keeping 2017 KS1/KS2 tests and 2017 PSC materials secure.  There is additional advice on how to demonstrate correct test administration and avoid allegations of maladministration during the 2017 KS2 tests.

    • 03.04.2017
  • 2017 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests: test administration guidance (TAG)

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has provided guidance for headteachers on administering the 2017 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests. This includes information about planning for the tests, receiving test materials and administering the tests.

    • 03.04.2017
  • TV Licensing

    This is a reminder that schools and colleges must be covered by a valid TV Licence if anyone

    • watches or record live TV programmes on any channel, or
    • downloads or watches any BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand.
    • 28.03.2017
  • The Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) Community

    SEAL develops students’ skills of self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social abilities through a structured curriculum (all materials provided) and whole-school reinforcement. These skills have been robustly linked to pupil achievement and attainment and represent fundamental ‘gateway’ skills to learning.

    • 28.03.2017
  • Secondary Senior Leaders Meeting - 27 April 2017

    The next Secondary Senior Leaders’ Meeting will be held on Thursday 27th April, 2017, 1.45pm-3.45pm, at Maidenhill School, Stonehouse GL10 2HA.

    • 28.03.2017
  • Restorative Practice in Gloucestershire - update

    The Restorative Practice Development project is piloting the use of restorative practices in Moat Primary School, Tewkesbury School, in Child Protection conferences and other settings across Gloucestershire.

    • 28.03.2017
  • School Meal Price Increase

    In accordance with the County Catering Contract, the price of a paid school meal will increase to £2.28 from Monday April 24th 2017.

    • 28.03.2017
  • Closing the Gap Newsletter

    The spring edition of the Closing the Gap newsletter is now available.  This is intended to provide useful updates for those leading on Closing the Gap in your school.


    • 27.03.2017
    • 27.03.2017
  • Closing the Gap Conference 2017

    The conference is taking place on Tuesday 27th June @ 09:15 – 15:30 at The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, GL7 6JS.  The cost is £155 per delegate and the key note speaker is Marc Rowland, Director of Policy and Research at the National Education Trust.



    • 27.03.2017
  • RM Securenet Replacement

    You may be aware the Securenet software used by schools to securely transfer files to and from the County Council is reaching the end of it’s life in August.  As such the County Council are currently assessing a number of potential options for replacing the system. 

    • 27.03.2017
  • Attendance Network for Primary Schools

    The Attendance Network is taking place at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 @ 09:00 – 12:15.  Refreshments are available from 08:45.


    • 27.03.2017
  • Suspicious Automated Telephone Messages

    Reports have been received of individuals receiving automated telephone calls informing them that their children are absent from school and to call a premium rate 0845 number. 

    • 27.03.2017
  • Secondary School Forecasts 2017/18 – 2023/24

    The pupil number forecast is a likely indication of your pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision. This pupil number forecast will be used in assessing basic need, through the school capacity return, to ensure sufficiency of school places throughout the county. It will also be used in any Section 106 agreement negotiations affecting your school. The forecast is available on Securenet.


    • 22.03.2017
  • Admission Arrangements for September 2018

    Following the consultation that took place from 1st November to 8th January the admission arrangements have been determined for mainstream Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools in Gloucestershire for the 2018/19 academic year.

    • 21.03.2017
  • Managing asbestos in schools: updated guidance and data collection

    New guidance on the management of asbestos in schools is available on GOV.UK.

    • 21.03.2017
    • 21.03.2017
  • Service Move

    The Advisory Teaching Service and Educational Psychology Service are moving to new premises week commencing 27th March.  Their new address is 4-6 Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EA.  All phone numbers remain the same.

    • 21.03.2017
  • Free Facts4Life Mental Health & SRE Resources Training for Glos Primary Schools (already Facts4Life trained)

    Facts4Life is launching new materials for teachers to address mental health issues with students and, in addition, a framework for the delivery of Sex and Relationships Education from Reception through to Year 6. These materials, available on-line, are underpinned by the key ideas of Facts4Life, including the connections between mental and physical health. They build on and extend the core materials of the KS1 & KS2 resource published in 2016. 

    • 21.03.2017
  • Exclusions statutory guidance: invitation to respond to a consultation

    The DfE has launched a consultation on revisions to the 2012 statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils, to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer.

    • 16.03.2017
  • 2017 KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has updated its guidance for teacher assessment of KS2 writing. In response to feedback from schools and LAs about last year’s assessment and moderation arrangements, STA has produced a video to address some common misconceptions.

    • 14.03.2017
  • Polling Station Charges 2017

    In the event of your establishment being used for any local elections this year, please see the attachment for information on charges.

    • 13.03.2017
  • Cheque Book Schools CFR Return 2016/17

    The Cheque Book Schools CFR Return 2016/17 template is now available to download.

    • 13.03.2017
  • Gloucestershire School Forum – Elections

    The main Schools Forum elections which were due to take place this year in March have been postponed until 2018.  This is due to the uncertainty around the future role of School Forums, and school funding, as a result of the National Funding Formula proposals. It was felt that a significant change in membership of the Forum would not be helpful at this time. 

    • 09.03.2017
  • Introducing our new online portal – mydocuments

    Whether accessing banking services or online shopping, technology has fundamentally transformed the way we interact and access information, both at work and in the home. At Gloucestershire County Council, we recognise the opportunity to further enhance our services and provide schools and their staff with a secure method to view payslips and other documents through our mydocuments portal.

    • 03.03.2017
  • Scam Awareness

    Please be aware that we have been notified of a school receiving a phone call from a woman claiming to represent the Gloucestershire Road Safety campaign.

    • 03.03.2017
  • Message from Tim Browne, Head of Education - Ofsted Inspection

    The long awaited and much anticipated Ofsted inspection has arrived. As you may be aware from past briefings the inspectors will be with us for the next four weeks.

    • 02.03.2017
  • Evaluating the e-Bug website

    e-Bug are evaluating their teachers' website to see what improvements are needed to make it the best website for their audience’s needs

    • 01.03.2017
  • Faith Schools Project

    The deadline for schools to register their interest  to take part in our DfE-funded faith schools project has been extended to Monday 22nd May 2017.

    • 01.03.2017
  • English, Mathematics and Science Subject Leader Newsletters

    The Spring 2017 newsletters for English, Mathematics and Science focus on current national and local priorities in order  to support  middle leadership development and accountability.

    • 01.03.2017
  • Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama - an information and consultation event - 27 March

    The School of Liberal and Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire are lead partners of a three year European project: ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama). The project explores the use of drama and play for supporting teachers and practitioners working with children and young people to promote engagement with learning.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Support after a suspected or attempted suicide

    Samaritans can offer specialist support for school leadership teams after a suspected or attempted suicide in the school community through their Step by Step service. Guidance is also available to help schools plan for such an event.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Primary and secondary Network Meeting 2 – Agendas

    The English, mathematics and science primary and secondary subject leader meeting agendas provide headteachers with the details of the networks facilitated by the Education Performance and Inclusion team.



    • 28.02.2017
  • School Farm Visit Initiative - 10 March 2017

    The NFU is rolling out a School Farm Visit Initiative in order to encourage young people back onto farms. They are also hosting a skills workshop day at Hartpury College aimed at 11-13 year olds.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Closing the Gap in Phonics Event - 28 April 2017

    A one day event focusing on raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils in Phonics is taking place on Friday 28th April 2017, 9.15am-3.30pm, at The Pavilion in Cheltenham at a cost of £75.

    • 28.02.2017
  • 2017/18 Schools Budgets

    The 2017/18 Primary, Secondary and Special Schools Budgets are now available to view.



    • 28.02.2017

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