The statutory requirements for assessment page on GCC Schoolsnet will be updated throughout the academic year. This will provide schools with information, guidance and links to national materials to support KS1/KS2 assessment and moderation in 2017/18.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016) paragraph 65 states that, “all staff members should receive regular safeguarding updates at least annually”. To assist you with this the GSCB will be holding Designated Safeguarding Lead forums for schools as part of Traded Services in each of the localities to provide updates concerning National and local developments along with information on the updates from Keeping Children Safe in Education (2016).
Gloucestershire schools should be beginning to implement the new agreed syllabus for RE, launched in the summer term. All schools who were unable to attend a launch training day should have received their copy via SIAs.
A development opportunity for Key Stage 1 teachers/English leads to work with an Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Research School on improving the teaching of literacy at KS1 using recommendations from EEF’s Improving Literacy in Key Stage One Guidance Report.
The What’s Next booklet provides information and advice on education and training options after turning 16. It includes information of education options available as well as tools to help students to discover their strengths and the type of career which will suit their personality.
Hate Crime never seems to be far from the headlines these days and it is those most vulnerable and already marginalised who tend to be targeted and who suffer the affects. There is a significant lack of awareness around what constitutes a hate crime and incident and what to do about it when it is witnessed or experienced.
NHS England and Public Health England are aware that emails questioning the safety and effectiveness of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine have been circulated to some local authorities and secondary schools.
Ofsted is currently undertaking a review of the curriculum. Sean Harford’s session at the ‘Festival of Education’ in June 2017, provides details of the curriculum review; these slides have been published on ‘slideshare’.
The technique of mouth pipetting of chemicals using syringes has been strictly prohibited in laboratories in all sectors for many years now due to the obvious risk of accidently ingesting the substance.
School Transport Safety Week starts on September 25th. An estimated 30% of coach crashes are due to driver fatigue: this seriously compromises the safety of pupils, teachers and drivers on school trips, especially abroad.
During the holidays the Schools Emergency Response Team received a high number of calls from the Fire Service regarding school alarms being activated, which highlighted the fact that many schools have not updated their emergency contact details for some time. We would be grateful if you could let us have your updated information.
Following a recent Coroners court hearing, the Coroner has asked the South West Ambulance Service Trust (SWAST) guidance on calling 999 for an ambulance be shared with all educational establishments across the South West.
Following the success of last year's CPD programme we will be running a similar programme this year, built around the Teachers' Standards, supporting NQTs in their induction year. This flyer provides further details of the programme. To book a space please use this form.
Gloucester and Forest Alternative Provision are offering all schools access to new outreach services from September 2017. The services are aimed at re-engaging learners and creating professional partnerships with schools to reduce exclusions.
Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board (GSCB) has launched a child neglect toolkit to help all agencies, including schools in Gloucestershire to identify and assess signs of neglect in children and young people at the earliest possible stage.
In 2016-17 Cheltenham Festivals launched ‘Reading Teachers = Reading Pupils’ in Gloucestershire. There are 3 groups of teachers (Cheltenham, Gloucester and Stroud) who meet 5 times a year to discuss 5 different texts provided free for teachers.
Inspired Forest School Training, based at Churchdown Village Junior School, have courses which are accredited by the Open College Network and are an excellent way to train staff in all areas of Forest School learning. They offer Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications – all at very competitive prices.
The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) visited Gloucestershire local authority (LA) in June 2016 (KS2) and June 2017 (KS1) as part of its statutory duty to ensure consistency and accuracy with national standards
In accordance with the School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009, we would like to remind the governing boards of all maintained schools to notify the authority in writing “of any vacancy for the headteacher and any post for a deputy headteacher which it has identified as one to be filled”.
Under the Education (School Teachers’ Appraisal) (England) Regulations 2012, Governing Bodies in maintained schools have a statutory duty to appoint an external adviser for advice and support on the headteacher’s appraisal.
Primary, Special and Alternative Provision Schools - The Final 16/17 Academic Year Universal Infant Free School Meal Grant and the Provisional 17/18 Academic Year Universal Infant Free School Meal Grant will be made in July 2017.