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  • 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)


    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
  • 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 NQTs@gloucestershire.gov.uk.


    • 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

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