Schoolsnet Bulletin Board

  • The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) delivery of face coverings to secondary settings to support contingency stock

    The expectation is that most staff, pupils, and students will already have access to face coverings from their wider use in society. However, it is recommended that all settings have a small contingency stock of face coverings available if an individual is struggling to access a face covering, or has damaged/forgotten their own.

    • 03.03.2021
  • Key communications from the DfE (22.02.21-26.02.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached.

    • 03.03.2021
    • 03.03.2021
  • The Music Inclusion Conference 2021

    The Music Inclusion Conference is a free online event. All of the content is available on-demand.

    • 03.03.2021
  • Further guidance for 8th March full return

    Following the government announcement on Monday, a set of FAQs have been developed around the full return on 8th March. These will be regularly updated as further guidance is received.

    • 26.02.2021
  • 2021/22 School Budgets

    The 2021/22 Primary, Secondary and Special Schools Budgets are now available to view on Schoolsnet.



    • 26.02.2021
  • Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) – Deadline extended

    An extension to the deadline has been given and the deadline for SFVS return is now 31st May 2021.  Schools submitting their SFVS after 31st March 2021 should continue to use their CFR data from Financial year 19/20.


    • 25.02.2021
  • High Needs Funding Consultation

    The Education Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has launched a consultation to seeking views on proposed initial changes to the High Needs National Funding Formula (NFF) as part of a longer term review of the NFF. The local authority is preparing a response and as part of this will run a webinar for school leaders and other interested parties to contribute to it.

    • 24.02.2021
  • COVID-19 educational setting webinars

    The South West Health Protection Team will be running COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend on Thursdays. They currently have sessions scheduled up to the 25 March 2021.

    • 24.02.2021
  • Government Guidance from 8 March 2021

    Following the government announcements on Monday, further advice will be issued by the end of the week to reflect FAQs on the newly issued guidance here.

    • 24.02.2021
  • Education during Covid: making it work for everyone in Gloucestershire

    The Education Outcomes and Intervention team has gathered together video clips, resources and links on a variety of approaches Gloucestershire schools are using to support children and young people during the Covid pandemic and beyond. This includes ‘How to…’ guides and tips for making the best use of digital resources.

    • 23.02.2021
  • Teachers' pay grant/ teachers’ pension employer contribution grant

    Please see below guidance from the Education Skills Funding Agency regarding the teacher pay and pension grant. For schools with a maintained nursery provision or a sixth form, please note that there is still a separate provision that you need to access.

    • 22.02.2021
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum, Elections 2021 – Results of the Nominations

    The deadline for nominations has now closed (5:00pm on Friday 12 February 2021). The attached document sets out where individuals have been elected unopposed, and where an election is now required.

    • 15.02.2021
  • Key communications from the DfE (08.02.21 - 12.02.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 8.2.21).

    • 15.02.2021
  • Covid-19 Testing FAQs update

    The attached FAQs have been amended following a recent update in government guidance around the testing of staff who have recently had Covid-19.

    • 12.02.2021
  • Non-adherence to Covid-19 regulations

    Schools are being made aware of circumstances where families are breaching Covid-19 regulations.

    • 10.02.2021
  • Caterlink Refund

    Caterlink will be providing schools with a refund at the end of the financial year, where service has been reduced.


    • 10.02.2021
  • Gloucestershire Education Virtual Conference 2021: Rebuilding Learning (reminder)

    The 2021 education conference was launched on Monday 8th February.  This year’s conference comprises a series of pre-recorded sessions from a range of local and national key note speakers (programme) hosted on GCC’s new virtual training platform –

    • 10.02.2021
  • Let's Count! National Census 2021

    The 2021 National Census takes place on 21 March 2021.

    • 10.02.2021
  • CAMHS Practitioner Advice Line

    Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) offers a CAMHS Practitioner Advice Line where they can support all professionals working with children. Practitioners can call the CAMHS Practitioner Advice Line on 01452 894272 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays


    • 09.02.2021
  • Wellbeing for Education Return - Virtual Q&A Session, 23 February 2021

    In November and December, the Educational Psychology Service in collaboration with GHLL and the Advisory Teaching Service ran virtual training for all settings, as part of the DfE’s Wellbeing for Education Return (WER) Programme. On 23 February, 3:00 -4:00pm there will be a live Q&A session regarding WER, to support implementation for all settings.

    • 09.02.2021
  • Tuberculosis (TB) Flowchart

    Following the sad death of a young person with a diagnosis of TB in Gloucestershire, the Child Death Overview Panel have created the attached flowchart. 

    • 09.02.2021
  • Key communications from the DfE (01.02.21 - 05.02.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 01.02.21)

    • 09.02.2021
  • Pupil Premium 2021/22 (based on October Census going forward)

    The Department for Education has confirmed that the pupil allocations will be based on the October census beyond the financial year 2021/22.

    • 04.02.2021
  • Music – grant funding

    There is a small amount of grant funding left in the Music Hub which has to be spent before 31st March 2021.

    Schools may apply for up to £1000 of funding.

    The funding is not permitted to be spent on music curriculum costs, but is aimed at out of school provision such as breakfast, lunch and afterschool club activities.

    • 04.02.2021
    • 03.02.2021
  • Gloucestershire Education Virtual Conference 2021: Rebuilding Learning

    The full programme for Gloucestershire’s education conference is available here

    • 02.02.2021
  • Five ways to support staff mental health while teaching from home

    GCC’s Occupational Health team have produced the attached flyer about how staff can look after their mental wellbeing while working or teaching from home.

    • 02.02.2021
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (25.01.21 - 29.01.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 25.01.21).

    • 01.02.2021
  • Risk Assessment Template for Primary Testing Programmes

    The attached risk assessment template for lateral flow testing in primary schools can be used as an appendix to the school full risk assessment. The template is editable and can be adapted to individual circumstances.

    • 01.02.2021
  • Community testing for Gloucester City

    Just over two weeks ago, Gloucestershire County Council opened a new walk to neighbourhood testing facility in Barton and Tredworth, Gloucester.

    • 01.02.2021
  • Mind's survey into mental health and secondary schools

    Mind want to hear from staff working in mainstream secondary schools in England as part of Educating Mental Health: Mind’s inquiry into mental health in schools.

    • 01.02.2021
  • Gloucestershire County Council seeks sponsors for a new 3FE primary school in Bishops Cleeve

    Gloucestershire County Council has identified the need to establish a new 3FE primary school in Bishops Cleeve, Cheltenham. A competition to seek approved sponsors for the new school started on Monday 1st February 2021 and will run until Friday 26th March 2021.

    • 01.02.2021
  • Education PPE Opportunity

    Schools and other education and childcare settings are currently responsible for sourcing their own PPE. With thanks to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), we have been fortunate to be offered free PPE for Covid-19 related use to support Gloucestershire County Council until March 2021.

    Please note – this offer is not for special schools as you have recently been contacted regarding ordering PPE for your settings separately.

    • 28.01.2021
  • Testing FAQ updates

    Further to the recent amendments to the guidance on mass testing, we have made some additions to the FAQs for secondary and special schools, which are attached. We have also produced a set of FAQs on the home testing programme for primary schools.

    Primary Testing FAQs 27.01.21

    Mass Testing FAQs for Schools 25.01.21

    • 27.01.2021
  • 2021/22 Pupil Premium Calculation change

    Pupil Premium Calculation change for 21/22 - Oct 2020 Census being used.

    • 27.01.2021
  • Provision of Free School Meals During February Half Term

    As you will be aware during October Half Term and the December Holidays, Gloucestershire County Council provided vouchers to families who usually receive Free School Meals.

    As part of the Council’s commitment to ensure No Child Goes Hungry the scheme will run again through the February Half Term.

    • 27.01.2021
  • Update on Free Resources for Religious Education in Gloucestershire

    Free resources for Gloucestershire primary RE teachers.

    A newsletter from Glos SACRE, listing some outstanding free resources available to download is available below.

    • 27.01.2021
  • 2020/21 Final Accounts Closedown Timetable

    The final accounts closedown timetable and notes for financial year 2020/21 are now available to download on the schoolnet finance pages.  


    • 27.01.2021
  • 2021/22 Three Years Governors Budget Plan

    With effect from 2021/22 each maintained school must submit a Governors’ Budget Plan (GBP) to the LA showing its intentions for expenditure for the next three years and the assumptions underpinning each year’s budget plan.

    • 27.01.2021
  • Cancellation of 2021 EYFSP submission

    The Department for Education confirmed it will not be mandatory to complete the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) assessment in 2021. There will be no requirement to submit data to the local authority or to confirm whether they have completed the EYFSP to the Department for Education.

    • 27.01.2021
  • Schools Forum Outcome report – 14 January 2021

    The Schools Forum Outcome Report from the meeting held on 14 January 2021 can be found here 

    To find out who the schools’ representatives are on Gloucestershire Schools Forum please see the Schools Forum Membership List

    • 27.01.2021
  • Key Communications from the Department for Education (18.01.21-22.01.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education can be found below:



    • 27.01.2021
  • Gloucestershire Education Virtual Conference 2021: Rebuilding Learning

    The full programme for Gloucestershire’s education conference is now available here.  This year’s conference comprises a series of pre-recorded sessions from a range of local and national key note speakers.  Leaders and governors can access the sessions from 8th February 2021.

    • 27.01.2021
  • Siblings of Close Contacts

    If a child is a close contact of a positive case in your school, it is a legal requirement that they be asked to self-isolate and stay at home.  This means they must not leave the house, except to go in the garden and they are not allowed to meet anyone from another household.  No other members of the household are required to isolate unless they, or the child, develops symptoms.  If the child doesn't have symptoms, other siblings can still go to school. 

    There is high anxiety in many school communities, however, about the current rate of infection, particularly for those who have had high instances of Covid cases. Parents may want to consider keeping siblings at home in this instance, as a way of helping to reduce the risk of spread of the virus within the school community. Whilst this is not official guidance, the LA are supportive of schools and parents in these instances.


    • 27.01.2021
  • Data Sharing Agreement (reminder)

    The attached letter asking all schools to sign up to a new Data Sharing Agreement was sent out at the end of September, so that we can continue to share vital data and information in a secure way.

    • 22.01.2021
  • Contacting Children’s Services – Social Care, Early Help and Targeted Support Services

    The attached briefing note provides advice and guidance for local schools in relation to Children’s Services and provides updated contact details for Children’s Social Care, Early Help and Targeted Support Services.

    • 22.01.2021
  • Caterlink and Edenred voucher scheme

    We would like to reassure schools that existing service and hamper provision from Caterlink is not currently affected by the introduction of the Edenred voucher scheme. Please contact Caterlink direct re the ongoing ordering of hampers.



    • 22.01.2021
  • EHCP Lockdown Update

    Please see here for the most recent SEND guidance issued on 18th January 2021. Having interpreted the guidance we have set out key headlines on this and how we are asking you to work with us to deliver provision as set out in the plan as there have been no current changes to legal requirement to deliver to the plan.  We have been informed this will be kept under review and will advise should this position change and legal dispensations are applied.

    • 21.01.2021
  • Testing update

    The government announced yesterday that serial testing of close contacts within secondary and special school settings should temporarily pause. 

    • 21.01.2021

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