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  • Primary Computing SLNM

    Make sure to reserve your place on our upcoming Primary Computing Subject Leader training dates on 09/03/23 and 06/06/23. If you haven’t yet purchased the package, ensure you do while there are still places left.

    • 19.01.2023
  • Exclusions update

    The following update contains a reminder from Gloucestershire County Council that the DfE has changed the duties around reporting suspensions to the Local Authority.

    • 19.01.2023
  • In the Net – June 2023 - Reminder of Booking Deadline 10.02.2023

    Please see below for information regarding the interactive drama aimed at Year 4s called ‘In the Net’. 

    • 19.01.2023
  • Visitor DBS checks

    A reminder to ensure that school office staff use appropriate additional checks where necessary.

    • 19.01.2023
  • Have your say on reducing transport emissions

    Gloucestershire County Council is seeking to hear from all schools; staff, students and parents on their views to prioritise transport measures to reduce carbon emissions.  A public engagement survey is open Friday 13th January – Tuesday 28th January 2023.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Looking for Ways to Commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2023?

    Join the Jewish Museum London’s Learning Team this Holocaust Memorial Day for their free live streamed broadcast for secondary schools on Thursday 26th January 2023 at 11-11.30AM.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Gloucestershire secondary RE conference 2023

    Our annual conference is at Puckrup Hall this year, on Thursday 22nd June 2023.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Gloucestershire Primary RE conference 2023

    Our annual conference is at Puckrup Hall this year, on Friday 26th May 2023.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Closing the Gap Conference 2023

    Back by popular demand, the annual closing the gap conference will take place on 26 April 2023, at the Delta Marriott Cheltenham Chase Hotel, with a host of acclaimed speakers.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum – Elections 2023

    The Schools Forum biennial elections are now taking place. For a list of which seats are up for election, and details of the election arrangements, please see the attached document.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Primary Music Subject Leader Network meetings

    If you haven’t already, ensure you book onto our exciting upcoming Primary Music sessions for 08/03/23 and 07/06/23, held in the Colwell Arts centre.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Let’s Connect for Children’s Mental Health Week

    Children’s Mental Health week runs from

    6 - 10 February 2023 and this year’s theme is

    Let’s Connect.

    To help connect colleagues across the county who are working with children and young people, the Integrated Care Board (ICB) is hosting a ‘Children & Young People’s Mental Health Marketplace’.

    • 18.01.2023
  • Bear us in Mind Training

    Bear Us In Mind was set up by a small but dedicated team of individuals who are committed to the support and wellbeing of children. It has been compiled for those displaced by the war in Ukraine but can be easily adapted for any child impacted by separation, loss, or bereavement.

    • 11.01.2023
  • CYPMH Newsletter December 22

    At NHS Gloucestershire, the Children & Young People's Mental Health team work with colleagues across the system to ensure mental health and wellbeing support is available for our younger generation, should they need it. As well as this, we work on exciting transformation projects to help improve services or experiences of accessing support, look at different ways care can be delivered and most importantly, listen to the voice of our children and young people to ensure what's available meets their needs. 

    • 11.01.2023
  • Virtual School Newsletter – Spring 23

    Welcome to the Spring 23 edition of the Virtual School Newsletter.   This is an amalgamation of the  CWSW and PCIC newsletters and promotes all areas of our work across the service.

    • 11.01.2023
  • Attendance Network Meetings for Schools and Academies

    We look forward to welcoming you to the second Attendance Network Meeting for this academic year taking place at The Pavilion in Cheltenham.  We would ideally like to meet the attendance officer and the member of SLT with responsibility for attendance in your school.

    • 04.01.2023
  • Winter Bugs and Strep A Summary For The New Term

    Summary of key information relating to Strep A and winter bugs more broadly to assist schools and Early Years settings for the new term:

    • Webinar Thursday 5th Jan at 4pm on managing Group A Strep
    • Simple messages to share with parents from our local NHS partners on managing winter bugs in children
    • Guidance from UKHSA on how schools and EY settings should respond to cases and outbreaks of Strep A (including Scarlet Fever and iGAS)
    • Guidance from UKHSA on how schools and EY settings should respond to cases and outbreaks of winter bugs (respiratory and diarrhoea & vomiting)
    • Helpful posters
    • UKHSA contact details and helpline.
    • 03.01.2023
  • End of KS1 and KS2 Teacher Assessment and Moderation CPD (January/February/March 2023)

    End of KS1 and KS2 Assessment and Moderation CPD enables Y2/Y6 teachers to undertake end of KS1/KS2 statutory assessments.

     The meeting will enable teachers to:

    • understand and follow statutory requirements as set out in the 2023 KS1/KS2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA), including 2023 national curriculum tests; and
    • make robust and accurate evidence based teacher assessment judgements in reading, writing, mathematics and science.

     

    • 03.01.2023
  • Statutory policies – important reminder that signed, up to date policies should be on your websites

    Following reviews of some school websites, we have noted that not all policies are up to date. All schools and academies should ensure that policies on their websites are up to date and not just held within school. 

    • 30.12.2022
  • Request to initiate legal proceedings for non-school attendance 2022-23

    Following the publication of the new guidance Working Together to Improve School Attendance we are launching our Request to Initiate Legal Proceedings 2022-23 template for non-school attendance.

    • 30.12.2022
  • Healing Classrooms

    The IRC’s Healing Classrooms approach offers children a safe and predictable place to learn and cope with the consequences of conflict and displacement.  The Healing Classrooms programme was launched in the UK in May 2022 and offers free teacher training through a series of online training sessions and in-person workshops.

     

    • 19.12.2022
  • The High School Leckhampton Officially Opened

    The High School Leckhampton was officially opened by the Lord-Lieutenant of Gloucestershire Edward Gillespie OBE on Wednesday 30th November 2022.

    • 19.12.2022
  • Local Children Need Local Foster Homes

    Compassion, resilience, and the desire to help children and young people. These are just some of the many skills that education professionals possess that would make you amazing foster carers. We have a national crisis, with over 870 children in care across Gloucestershire alone, and we are urgently recruiting for more foster carers.

    • 19.12.2022
  • In the Net – June 2023

    It is very likely that your school will have had this play before, it’s a very successful way of helping children see the potential dangers of the internet and how to keep themselves safe on-line. Because poor on-line safety forms the basis of so many other forms of abuse, it remains one of the top priorities for the Education and Learning Sub Group of the GSCP.

    • 19.12.2022
  • Thought provoking anti-violence monument to visit Gloucester in new year

    A thought provoking monument which aims to inspire social change will visit Gloucester Cathedral next February as part of the UK National Youth Anti-Violence Tour & Programme

    • 19.12.2022
  • DfE School Energy Efficiency Funding

    The DfE have announced additional funding to schools for energy efficiency measures to be in place by the end of March-2023. The fund is based on £10,000 per school plus £20 per pupil.

    • 14.12.2022
  • Families In Partnership – newsletter for parents and carers from teams in Education, Health and Care

    In partnership with Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum (GPCF), Gloucestershire County Council and the ICB, we coproduce a newsletter for parents and carers every two months.  Interesting and useful content for professionals also.

     

     

    • 14.12.2022
  • WEBINAR - Keeping Children Safe in Education Assurance Declaration (formerly Section 175/157 Safeguarding Audit)

    The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership will be running two webinars to take you through the new Assurance Declaration process and the expectations. You will only need to attend one session.

    • 08.12.2022
  • Advice on Managing Scarlet Fever for schools / parents

    Please see below for advice from the UKHSA on how to manage scarlet fever in your setting.

    • 08.12.2022
  • The Banded Funding initiative is about allocating funds to settings that will allow creativity and flexibility to achieve outcomes at the earliest opportunity.

    The Banded Funding project has been commissioned to design and deliver a universal banded funding system for pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to replace the current Resource Allocation System (RAS) and the existing Special School banding framework. The system aims to support the delivery of tailored, child-focussed support, facilitate more creativity and flexibility and, in turn, equip children/young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to reach their full potential.

    • 06.12.2022
  • Result of the nominations – Election for a Special School (Academy) Headteacher representative

    Following the request for nominations for a Special School (Academy) Headteacher representative (one vacancy), one nomination was received.  The nominee is therefore elected to the Forum unopposed with effect from the commencement of their term of office:  

    • Representing Special School (Academy) Headteachers – Robyn-Lee Gibb, Brook Academy. Term of office 1 January 2023 to 31 March 2025.

    The Gloucestershire Schools Forum membership list can be found on the Forum’s web page

    • 05.12.2022
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum – Outcome Report – 10 November 2022

    Please view the Schools Forum Outcome Report from the meeting held on 10 November 2022.

    • 05.12.2022
  • DSL Visits to the MASH 2023

    Please see below for available dates if you would like to book a place to visit the Gloucestershire MASH, Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester.  

    • 05.12.2022
  • EAP open to all school staff FREE at point of use until March 2023

    We want to make sure that schools are making the most of the free health and wellbeing support currently available for all school staff. Over the next few months, Tim Miles from our Occupational Health team will be contacting you to make sure you know what we are offering and have everything you need to share details with staff.

    • 28.11.2022
  • GET FISHING Green and Blue social prescribing network in Gloucestershire

    Reel Education is a whole school enrichment activity based on the national curriculum that aims to encourage children across the country to value Britain’s rivers, lakes and seas. It also aims to get children and their families to consider getting involved in the sport of Angling. 

    • 21.11.2022
  • CAMHS Neurodiversity Team Referral Pathway Changes

    The referral route into the CAMHS Neurodiversity Team (previously known as the CAMHS Neuro Clinic) within Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust has changed. The Team assess children and young people over the age of 11 for Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

    • 21.11.2022
  • Free book to welcome children to the UK

    Nice to Meet You is a book from the Sanctuary Foundation welcoming children from Ukraine to life in the UK and is intended to be a treasured momento at an important time in their lives. It includes messages from Ukrainian and British celebrities.

    Schools can pre-order the free books online here while stocks last (they come in batches of 20).

    • 15.11.2022
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education – Safeguarding Assurance Declaration (previously known as Section 175/157 Audit)

    It’s that time of year, when you would normally be completing the Safeguarding Section 175/157 Safeguarding Audit.  Please don’t worry you haven’t missed it! 

    • 15.11.2022
  • Requesting your support for the 2022-23 National Oral Health Survey for Year 6 Children

    Oral health is an important aspect of a child’s overall health status and school readiness.  Children who have toothache or who need treatment may have pain, infections and difficulties with eating, sleeping and socialising.  The most common reason for junior school children in England to have a general anaesthetic is for tooth extractions due to dental decay.

    • 10.11.2022
  • Infection Control Updates from UKHSA - November 2022

    Please see below for recent updates including:

    • Winter vomiting bug cases rising
    • UKHSA South West website containing links to all the resources Education and Childcare Settings need to manage infections this winter.
    • Next UKHSA webinar – save the date!
    • 08.11.2022
  • DfE English Hub support

    The Mangotsfield English Hub is offering a range of support for the coming term. Please see the attachment below for details of their upcoming events.

    • 03.11.2022
  • Important Information About The Children’s Advocacy Service

    The children’s advocacy service provides independent social care advocacy to children in care, disabled children, complaints, and child protection in Gloucestershire. With effect from 1 December 2022, the service will be provided by Reconstruct.

     

    • 03.11.2022
  • Let's Talk

    Let’s Talk is a free NHS service available to provide evidence-based therapies to help with stress, anxiety, depression and related conditions.

    Let’s Talk is for all adults aged 18 and above, and you do not need a GP referral. Simply visit www.letstalkglos.nhs.uk or call 0800 073 2200 to see how the service can help you.

    • 02.11.2022
  • Autism Survey for Schools, Supporting the Development of the new local Autism Strategy

    Gloucestershire is developing a new Autism Strategy. It is recognised that education settings are an important element of supporting autistic children and young people in our county and so we would like to gather feedback to inform the development of the Strategy.

    • 02.11.2022
  • Requesting your support for the 2022-23 National Oral Health Survey for Year 6 Children

    Oral health is an important aspect of a child’s overall health status and school readiness.  Children who have toothache or who need treatment may have pain, infections and difficulties with eating, sleeping and socialising.  The most common reason for junior school children in England to have a general anaesthetic is for tooth extractions due to dental decay.

    Your local community dental service has been commissioned to support the National Dental Epidemiology Programme.  This involves an oral health survey of small sample of Year 6 children from primary schools which are randomly selected to take part. 

    • 02.11.2022
  • DfE Information re Pupil Attendance in Schools

    Further to previous bulletins please can we remind schools about sharing your attendance data through WONDE.  Here are the latest statistics on national data shared by the DfE as part of this developing process.

    Pupil attendance in schools, Week 41 2022 – Explore education statistics – GOV.UK (explore-education-statistics.service.gov.uk)

    • 02.11.2022
  • Religious education: Gloucestershire agreed syllabus extended to 2024

    Agreed syllabus review

    The current agreed syllabus runs from 2017-2024. However, this has been extended to 2024.

    • 01.11.2022
  • Attendance Network Meeting Resources

    Thank you to those who attended the Attendance Network Meetings, it was good to see so many of you.  As promised the resources can be accessed below, please use them for CPD purposes in school.

    • 31.10.2022
  • Gloucestershire County Youth Choir – Representation From All Secondary Schools in 2022/23

    To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Gloucestershire County Youth Choir we’d like you to help us reach our target of making this a truly county-wide ensemble by having representatives from every Secondary School in the County.  Please nominate asap.

    • 19.10.2022
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum - Result of nominations for a Primary School (Maintained) Headteacher Representative

    Result of the nominations – Election for a Primary School (Maintained) Headteacher representative.

    • 19.10.2022

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