LA advice on how schools should proceed with regard to children not attending at this current time can be seen here. This takes into account the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care along with Public Health England and gives advice regarding Education settings and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.
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.
Join us for Gloucestershire’s first youth-led music conference – bringing together music educators, industry professionals and young people with a stake in the future of music in Gloucestershire to look at how we can make music inclusive to ALL.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC) will be continuing to support schools during this challenging period of the current lockdown. This will ensure we can continue to support and meet the needs of children and young people and that they continue to have access to education.
Anyone who is pregnant or has a child under 4 and is in receipt of benefits can now get free vitamins as part of the Healthy Start voucher scheme in Gloucestershire. You will also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you aren’t in receipt of benefits.
We can confirm that primary schools and maintained nursery schools should expect to receive a delivery of home testing kits between the 18 and 22 January for testing of staff. Further support and guidance on how to use the tests will follow shortly from the DfE. You do not need to start any testing before the week commencing 25 January.
Schools should be receiving invitations to participate in a pilot to investigate the potential of automating the flow of attendance data directly from school management information systems to the Department for Education.
Schools have been requested to submit the educational settings status report to the DfE by 2pm each day and instructions can be found here. If your setting is closed, you’ll still need to complete the form every day so that the DfE is aware of the closure.
Following the success of previous years’ CPD programme we are running a similar programme this year, built around the Teachers’ Standards, supporting NQTs in their induction year. The initial events will run ‘virtually’.