We would like to understand if the current SENCO Cluster meetings are meeting expectations and have produced a short survey to help us learn what is working well in the current Clusters, and what could be improved.
A reminder for Local Authority schools about the financial risks associated to overpayment of salaries, caused by late submission of leaver’s forms and other changes to Payroll. This update provides a reminder of the process and timings to mitigate the financial risks.
The local authority is facilitating moderation networks to support schools with making accurate end of key stage teacher assessment (TA) judgements. The meetings will take place in six special schools (June 2019) and are intended for teachers who have assessed pupils as working below the standard of national curriculum assessments at the end of KS1 and KS2. Places can be booked using the schools’ online ordering website, GCC Plus.
As set out in the 2019 KS1 (Section 9.6) and KS2 (Section 8.6) Assessment and Reporting Arrangements (ARA), the local authority (LA) will notify schools on, or after, Friday 17 May 2019 if they have been selected for external moderation. The LA will facilitate ‘Meet the Moderator’ network meetings for identified schools on Tuesday 4 June 2019.
The new TIC+ Parent Support Advice Line was launched on Monday 15th April 2019. The service is for parents and carers living in Gloucestershire who are worried about the mental health and emotional wellbeing of their child (age 0-25).
This event will be held at the Adult Education Centre, Commercial Road, Gloucester and runs from 10am-1pm. Booking is available from the Schools Online booking system – GCCPlus. Please see flyer for more details. Spaces limited to 1 per school.
Your pupil number forecast is now available to download; it is a likely indication of your pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision. The forecast is available via Perspective Lite.
We would like to invite you to a Wellbeing event on Tuesday 11th June at Elmbridge Primary School, Elmbridge Rd, Gloucester GL2 0PE from 1.15pm – 4.30pm that will focus on the importance of a whole school approach to physical activity in supporting physical, social and emotional wellbeing and the links to the new Ofsted framework.
The Department for Education (DfE) has published the response to the public consultation on the impact of the increase in employer contribution rate of the Teachers’ Pension Scheme (TPS) from 16.4% to 23.6%.
Over 40 schools and colleges in the county were approached and asked to submit entries into a competition to help raise awareness of antibiotic resistance amongst sixteen – twenty four year olds. Antibiotic resistance doesn’t just affect us here in Gloucestershire - if nothing changes, by 2050, 90,000 people in the UK will have died from antibiotic resistance. People develop antibiotic resistance from taking too many antibiotics, often when they are not needed. For example did you know that the common cold and flu are viruses and cannot be treated with antibiotics?
The EEF has released details of the next round of recruitment for new Research Schools. Full details can be found here - note the deadline for applications is 4 May. This is an exciting opportunity to establish a Research School in the county.
We live in an aging population where the need for young people to have knowledge and awareness of Dementia is vital. Not only to challenge stigma and help people live with the condition, but to help them understand the importance of healthy lifestyles in the prevention of Dementia in later life. The emphasis this year is on prevention.
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has provided updated information about the national voluntary pilot of the MTC (June2019), including release of the ‘MTC administration guidance’ and ‘MTC system guidance’. The guidance is for schools that are participating in the June 2019 pilot. The MTC assessment framework was published in November 2018.
Chemical treatments for head lice are no longer routinely prescribed by GP surgeries in Gloucestershire and community pharmacies are no longer permitted to supply the lotions without charge. The wet combing method is first line treatment for head lice (using a fine-toothed detector comb)
Unfortunately we’ve had a number of apologies for next week’s Secondary Senior Leaders’ Meeting due to teaching commitments and school events. The decision has therefore been made to postpone the event planned for Wednesday 27th March 2019 until the summer term. A new date will be notified to you as soon as possible. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.