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  • Wellbeing for Education Return - Virtual Training for all Schools

    The Educational Psychology Service in collaboration with Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning and The Advisory Teaching Service are offering Virtual Training for all schools as part of the DfE’s Wellbeing for Education Return Programme.

    • 16.11.2020
  • FREE Fire Safety Education Materials

    The SkillZONE team have produced fire safety education materials for use in the classroom.



    • 16.11.2020
  • STREET introduces new online referral form

    STREET Gloucestershire, which supports young people aged 13-19 years who have been affected by domestic abuse or teenage relationship abuse, is launching a new online referral form.  Referrals can now be made using an online form on the Gloucestershire Domestic Abuse Support Services (GDASS) website. This replaces the current paper form creating a single service pathway into the service and making it easier and more efficient for those completing it. You can access the new referral form here

    • 16.11.2020
  • Allegations Management – change to process

    With immediate effect please can Allegation Management referrals be submitted using the attached word document referral form.

    • 12.11.2020
  • Out of hours Covid reporting

    If you are unable to report a Covid case(s) as the DfE and PHE helplines are out of hours, or are busy, then the local Health Protection team inbox is manned 7 days a week between 8-6pm

    • 12.11.2020
  • COVID-19 reporting and information

    Please ensure that any partial or full closures due to confirmed COVID cases are also reported on the closure system, identifying the number of confirmed cases, year group/bubble affected and if possible, the dates on which a return to school is expected. The closure system automatically informs local media and this will help ensure that a consistent message is communicated. This will also help to reduce calls from the media, as they will be directed to the website in the first instance.  We recommend adding any letters sent to parents, regarding the closure, to your website so that the media can take comments from them for any news articles.

    • 12.11.2020
  • Social Distancing in Communal Staff Areas

    During the week commencing 4th November, 25 school staff have tested positive for COVID and 125 staff are now self-isolating due to close contact.

    It is important that staff are able to support one another through this difficult time. Working in shared areas during PPA, and taking rest breaks together, is an important part of their support network.  The potential for the spread of coronavirus, however, is higher in these areas and staff should aim to keep to the 2m social distance wherever possible.

    • 12.11.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (2.11.20 - 6.11.20)

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

    • 11.11.2020
  • Safeguarding – 16 days of Action

    Each year Gloucestershire participates in the International 16 days of action against gender-based violence; starting on the 25th November (International day for the elimination of violence against women) and ending on 10th December (Human rights day).

    For 2020, Gloucestershire will be raising awareness of domestic abuse amongst young people and child to parent violence.

    • 10.11.2020
  • Gloucestershire Music Online Ensemble Sessions

    Gloucestershire Music are thrilled to announce the launch of their Online Ensemble Sessions. There are a variety of sessions covering all ranges of abilities and are open to any children in Gloucestershire who play a musical instrument. We are also running separate adult groups.


    • 10.11.2020
  • Self-claim funding in January 2021 for children who have been previously in Care

    Children who have been looked after by an English or Welsh local authority immediately before being adopted, or who left local authority care on a special guardianship order or child arrangements order (previously known as a residence order) have been allocated £2345 in funding if in Years Reception to Y11.


    • 10.11.2020
  • Community Social Work Team

    As all children return to educational settings in the context of COVID-19, we are anticipating an increase in demand from practitioners in the community who have safeguarding concerns about a child. We want to make it simpler for practitioners to get the right support, at the right time, from the right service.

    • 30.10.2020
  • Safeguarding – E-Learning Courses

    Access to the GSCE e-learning courses for those schools/settings that do not buy into Traded Services for Safeguarding in Education from 31st October 2020 will cease to be provided free of charge.

    • 29.10.2020
  • – new virtual training platform

    We are very proud to announce the launch of Gloucestershire County Council’s new virtual training and communities’ platform;

    • 27.10.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (19.10.20 - 23.10.20)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education (dated from 19.10.20) are attached.

    • 26.10.2020
  • Advice on shared play resources

    If shared play resources (sand, water, playdough, plasticine etc.) are used, the following measures below should mitigate the risks.

    • 26.10.2020
  • URGENT UPDATE – restriction on public sector exit payments from 4th November

    The government has at very short noticed signed into law regulations to restrict the value of redundancy and pension payments to employees leaving on grounds of redundancy or voluntary severance on or after 4th November 2020. It is essential that these regulations are applied to any employee in these categories with a leaving date on or after 4th November.

    • 21.10.2020
  • Covid-19 Response Checklist

    The following checklist is to be used on receiving notification of a positive case(s) of Covid-19 within a school setting, either amongst staff and/or students.

    • 21.10.2020
  • Impact of the Welsh firebreak on schools

    Further to the implementation of the Welsh firebreak this week, Welsh residents can still travel to work in England if they cannot work from home, including all school staff.



    • 21.10.2020
  • Updated Guidance on Face Coverings in Education

    On Friday 16 October, the Government updated the guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years seven and above in England to align the guidance with the local Covid alert level framework.

    • 21.10.2020
  • Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Covid-19 Support Guide for Schools

    This guide offers an overview of relevant evidence and links to key resources, with the aim of helping teachers and senior leaders support their pupils following the Covid-19 closure of schools to most pupils. It is designed in particular to support and inform decisions about how to use the £650 million 'catch up' funding.

    • 20.10.2020
  • Safeguarding – 'Nobody Understands' labels

    Following serious concern over a number of teenage suicides, you will remember that in recent years the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive and Suicide Prevention Group have sent out stickers for pupils to put in planners. The labels have been updated for 2020 and you will now see that included  are signposts to both Hope House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.  This is linked to 3 recent Rapid Reviews undertaken by the Safeguarding Partnership.

    • 20.10.2020
  • Reminder re parents and educational records

    A reminder to all schools that every parent should be kept apprised of school information and provided with access to educational records related to their child(ren).  This is particularly the case where the school is aware that a parent is not resident at the child’s registered home.

    • 20.10.2020
  • Key Communications from the DfE (dated from 12.10.20)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education (dated from 12.10.20) are attached.

    • 20.10.2020
  • Update to FAQs for Primary Schools - October 2020

    The FAQs for primary schools have been updated from the last issue on 29.9.20.

    • 20.10.2020
  • Changing Rooms

    Changing rooms can be an area of increased risk of transmission because of their size and frequency of use by multiple bubbles.  Where possible the advice is to avoid using shared changing rooms. 




    • 20.10.2020
  • Flu Vaccinations and Children

    Side effects to the flu vaccine should be mild and only last for a day or so.  They may include a slightly raised temperature but this would be different to Covid-19 symptoms. With Covid-19, there would be a high temperature and the child would feel noticeably hot to touch on their chest or back. 

    • 20.10.2020
  • Attendance Returns

    Following DfE changes to educational setting status forms, we will now be able to access the centrally held information on the number of children absent for Covid related reasons.  It will, therefore, no longer be a requirement to send copies of the returns into the education data hub or the X coded template (this was previously needed from schools that do not regularly share their B2B data).


    • 16.10.2020
  • Bonfire Night/Sparkler Safety Assembly Video

    The SkillZONE team have produced a short video for young children about keeping safe on bonfire night.




    • 15.10.2020
  • Exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) for the period from September 2020 to October 2020

    Schools are advised to continue to track their exceptional costs associated with coronavirus COVID-19.



    • 15.10.2020
  • Headteachers’ Standards 2020

    The  DfE has published a new headteachers’ standards document.

    • 15.10.2020
  • Education COVID Communications

    In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic and the need to keep all schools and early years providers up to date on the latest information, advice and guidance (IAG) being issued, Sarah Poultney has taken the role of Education COVID Communications Lead for a temporary period.

    • 14.10.2020
  • news

    Kooth: free online training sessions for school staff

    Kooth can provide free online training sessions for staff teams who plan to roll out Kooth to their students.

    • 14.10.2020
  • Testing FAQs

    The following presentation has been produced by the Department for Education to address frequently asked questions on testing for schools.


    • 13.10.2020
  • Contacting Children’s Services

    COVID-19 is requiring Children’s Services to balance the duty to safeguard children with appropriate measures to minimise the spread of the virus as informed by national guidance.

    • 13.10.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (updated from 5.10.20)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 5.10.20)


    • 13.10.2020
  • Model Pay Policy 2020 - 2021

    The Model Pay Policy is now available on Schoolsnet. The policy has been updated in line with the School Teachers Pay and Conditions Document 2020 -2021.

    • 13.10.2020
  • Flexi-schooling

    Flexi-schooling denotes a child’s attendance will be divided between time at school and time at home. When parents/carers request this arrangement, they are asking for a pattern of provision that involves attendance at school together with times when educational provision will be provided at home.

    • 13.10.2020
  • Is it just a cold?

    Schools are able to use any of the scrolling images/videos (re COVID-19) that are on the GCC twitter feed for digital signage (in school/on website).


    • 08.10.2020
  • Ofsted Visits - findings

    Ofsted resumed visits to schools from the beginning of September. Findings from these visits have been recently published.

    • 08.10.2020
  • Critical workers

    The list of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak was updated by the Department for Education on 28.9.20.

    • 08.10.2020
  • Remote education webinars for primary and secondary school leaders

    The Department for Education delivered webinars for school leaders last week.

    The webinars were not uploaded to the DfE YouTube Channel immediately but are now available.

    • 08.10.2020
  • Ofsted Inspections

    Ofsted plan to carry out more than 1,000 visits to schools during this term, to check on how pupils are being supported in their return to full-time education following the disruption caused by Covid-19.

    The visits are not inspections and will not result in a graded judgement. However, Ofsted has said previously that these new visits can be converted into an inspection if it has major concerns about safeguarding or leadership.

    • 07.10.2020
  • Consultation for the Gloucestershire Relevant Area for School Admission Arrangements

    We are seeking views on changing the relevant area for Gloucestershire. (i.e. the minimum area to be consulted when all schools and academies undertake consultations on proposed admission arrangements).

    • 06.10.2020
  • NSPCC – Speak Out, Stay Safe Programme

    The NSPCC have newly-launched online assemblies and resources, so that Gloucestershire’s primary schools can still access the NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe programme during the covid-19 pandemic. We’d love all Gloucestershire settings with primary-age pupils to take part, so that children can still receive the important safeguarding messages even while the NSPCC are not able to visit in person.

    • 06.10.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (updated from 29/09/20)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 29.9.20)

    • 05.10.2020
  • Looking beyond the non-attendance – a missing and child exploitation perspective

    From a missing and child exploitation perspective, truanting, absence, or non attendance are all a cause for concern.  


    • 05.10.2020
  • Get your pupils moving more with the free Daily Mile ‘Destinations’ resource

    Travel the Great Wall of China, soak up the spray at Niagara Falls, stand in awe as the sun rises over the pyramids of Giza and visit Chile’s Easter Island!

    'Daily Mile Destinations’ can help you along your journey this year, keeping your pupils fit, focused and flourishing – the journey is in your hands.

    • 02.10.2020
  • Wellbeing for Education Return Training

    The Educational Psychology Service is preparing the rollout of training for all Gloucestershire schools as part of the DfE’s Wellbeing for Education Return training package.

    • 02.10.2020
  • Close contact and requirement to self isolate

    Secondary schools are aiming to maintain social distancing between teachers and pupils so they can be considered separate to the year group bubble, but if this was breached any teachers that had close contact would also need to self isolate.

    • 02.10.2020

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