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  • 2018 EYFS, Phonics Screening Check and KS1 assessment returns to LA

    All EYFS and Key Stage 1 assessments should be returned to the LA from 4th June 2018 but no later than 22nd June 2018.

    • 29.05.2018
  • Free Twilight: Effective use and evaluation of the pupil premium


    A free taster twilight on 9th July 2018, 4pm-5.30pm, at Kingsholm Rugby Stadium in Gloucester is being run by the Education Endowment Foundation Research Network.

    • 25.05.2018
  • Child Safety Week 4 - 10 June

    Gloucestershire County Council is supporting Child Safety Week 4 - 10 June by promoting safety messages and advice.

    • 22.05.2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education

    The government has issued a revised Keeping Children Safe in Education that will come into force on 3rd September 2018.  Schools and Colleges must continue to have regard to Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 until this point.


    • 22.05.2018
  • Threats Posed to Schools by Malicious Cyber Actors Apophis Squad

    You may be aware of recent bomb hoax emails being sent to a large number of schools in the UK. These emails are suspected to have been sent by an online group calling themselves Apophis Squad.  It is suspected that this group is also linked to other cyber activity, including Ransomware and DDOS attacks.

    • 22.05.2018
  • Free Facts4Life Primary Training and Resources – Focus on Mental Health

    Dates:   Monday, 11th June 2018 (13:00-16.00) OR Wednesday, 20th June 2018 (13.00-16.00) 


    Venue: The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6PN

    • 22.05.2018
  • Personal Guidance Fund and Careers Leaders training

    Personal Guidance Fund 2018

    Following the launch of our Implementation Plan last month, which outlines how The Careers & Enterprise Company will deliver our areas of the government’s Careers Strategy, we wanted to share with you that we have launched our Personal Guidance Fund.

    • 16.05.2018
  • Part-time Timetables

    Schools and academies are required to notify the Local Authority if a registered pupil is not receiving a full-time education. The importance of this has been underlined through recent school inspections in Gloucestershire.

    • 14.05.2018
  • Health & Wellbeing Update

    Mental Health Awareness week is 14th – 20th May and this year’s theme is stress.

    • 08.05.2018
  • Emergency Planning Exercise on Flu Pandemic – 8th June 2018

    Gloucestershire Local Health Resilience Partnership (LHRP) will test the Pandemic Influenza plans on Friday 8th June.  The event will be held at Hallmark Hotel, between 9am and 4pm. Parking and Lunch are provided. 

    • 08.05.2018
  • 2018 KS1 and KS2 Assessment


    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) media and training site complements its webpage on GOV.UK.

    • 02.05.2018
  • FREE Refresher Phonics Training

    Phonics training for teachers and teaching assistants will be taking place across the county during the summer term.




    • 01.05.2018
  • Click 2018

    ‘Click’ has been developed by the creative team behind the hugely successful applied theatre plays ‘Chelsea’s Choice’, ‘In the Net’, Crashing’, Going to Extremes’ and ‘CountyLines’.  

    • 01.05.2018
  • Time to Read Survey (Primary)

    All schools should have received Time to Read packs from The BookTrust. The BookTrust is dependent on feedback from teachers.

    • 01.05.2018
  • Vision 2050 debate for young people - 23 May 2018

    You may have already heard about the Gloucestershire 2050 Vision project and the work that is taking place to develop a plan that sets out a great future for our county.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Early Years Business Support Newsletter

    The Early Years Business Support Newsletter is now available for download from the website.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education

    In response to the updated Government legislation ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board will be running two briefing sessions for education professionals.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Crowded Place and Bomb Threat Guidance for Educational Settings

    Jo Johnson-Taylor, has been appointed as the Counter Terrorism Security Advisor Supervisor for Avon and Somerset and Gloucestershire.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools

    GHLL are pleased to let you know that Stonewall are launching their new resource – Celebrating bi inclusion in secondary schools.

    • 30.04.2018
  • 2018 KS1 and KS2 Local Authority External Moderation

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published statutory guidance for schools and local authorities (LAs) regarding the administration and process of external moderation at the end of KS1 and KS2.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Fairer Funding campaign and survey

    The purpose of the survey is to ensure that headteachers have a real voice in influencing the Educational Select Committee’s (ESC) inquiry into school funding.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Single Central Record – Drop In (June 2018)

    As part of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board’s on-going commitment to Gloucestershire Schools through traded services, we are pleased to announce new dates for the drop in sessions for the Single Central Record.


    • 30.04.2018
  • Support Staff Pay Award 2018 - 2020

    The pay increases are agreed nationally by the Local Government Association in negotiation with the Trades Unions. We have just received confirmation of a two year pay deal for Green Book employees.

    • 30.04.2018
  • Attendance Networks

    The focus will be for schools and academies in Gloucestershire to receive local and national updates from Gloucestershire County Council in relation to supporting attendance. In addition, to provide an opportunity to share and develop effective practice to support improvements in attendance.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Safer Working Practice and Allegations Management

    New training course available from June 2018 through the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board that will provide information on safer working practices and Allegations Management.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Gloucestershire SACRE Primary RE Conference Thursday 24 May 2018


    Following on from last year’s successful launch of the new Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE, the 2018 conference will be packed with practical and inspiring ideas for implementing the syllabus.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Restorative Practice Project - volunteers

    Gloucestershire County Council has been working in partnership with schools to reduce exclusions, increase attendance and improve behaviour through Restorative Practice. Following a successful pilot, we are looking for volunteers to be part of this exciting new Restorative Practice project, working with schools, teachers and children to resolve conflict and improve the school experience.

    • 18.04.2018
  • Music Education offers

    Make Music Gloucestershire have offers for schools plus opportunities for students.

    • 17.04.2018
  • ‘Induction for newly qualified teachers (England)’ - statutory guidance: April 2018

    With effect from 31 March 2018, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will cease to function. From 1 April 2018, the Teacher Services Division of the NCTL, which includes the Teacher Qualifications Unit and the Teacher Misconduct Unit will form the Teaching Regulation Agency.

    • 17.04.2018
  • Registration of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) for Summer Term 2018

    If you have appointed an NQT who has joined your school this term, please complete and return a NQT registration form by 3rd May 2018 to: NQTs@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

    • 17.04.2018
  • New Form for the De-registration from a school’s admission register for purposes of Elective Home Education (EHE) and associated GSCB notification

    Schools must notify the local authority when the name of a pupil of statutory school age is to be deleted from the admission register under any of the fifteen grounds set out in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as soon as the ground for deletion is met and at the same time the name is removed.

    • 17.04.2018
  • KS1 Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    The arrangements for this year’s KS1 teacher assessment cluster moderation meetings are as follows:

    • 17.04.2018
  • KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    The arrangements for this year’s KS2 writing teacher assessment cluster moderation meetings are detailed below. 

    • 17.04.2018
  • 2018 P Scale Moderation

    The local authority is facilitating P scale clinics in six special schools aimed at for teachers and teaching assistants who have assessed pupils as working below the pre-key stage standards at the end of KS1 and KS2.  The purpose of the clinics is to support practitioners reach accurate end of key stage teacher assessment judgements.


    • 17.04.2018
  • Library Service Events - May 2018

    Need help with buying new books and how to record them? Free events.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama (ARTPAD) Event - 24 April 2018

    The School of Liberal and Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire are lead partners of a

    three‐year European project: ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama).

    The project explores the use of drama and play for supporting teachers and practitioners working with children and young people to promote engagement with learning and we are holding an event

    on Tuesday 24th April, 15:30 - 18:30 at University of Gloucestershire, Oxtalls Campus, Gloucester.


    • 16.04.2018
  • Royal Forestry Society offering assemblies

    Royal Forestry Society ‘Teaching Trees’ project is offering assemblies to schools to provide an overview of the importance of good woodland management and what we can all do to support woodlands now. Teaching Trees also offers outdoor learning sessions at £2 per child.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Closing the Gap Conference - 27 June 2018

    Date: Wednesday 27th June 2018

    Time: 09:15-15:30, registration from 08:15

    Cost: £155 per delegate

    Venue: The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. GL7 6JS

    Key note speakers: Jean Goss (CBE), sponsored by Oxford University Press; Brian Foster; Chair of ACERT; and Andrew Moffat (MBE), Parkfield Community in Birmingham.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Early Years Business Support

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Early Years Business Support team.   We have developed a generic business support email which can be used by all Gloucestershire Early Years Providers requiring business support.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum - Outcome Report 15 March 2018

    Please find attached the Gloucestershire Schools Forum Outcome Report from the meeting held on 15 March 2018.


    Outcome Report

    • 16.04.2018
  • New Free School Meals Eligibility

    Children already entitled to free school meals under the old criteria will have their entitlement protected until 31 March 2022 regardless of any changes to their family circumstances. This has been agreed by the DFE.


    • 12.04.2018
  • Ofsted: Developments in Education Inspection

    In January 2018 the latest inspection framework was introduced. The Ofsted: Developments in education inspection blog looks at the way Ofsted inspects education, from early years to schools and the further education and skills sector. It provides updates on developments and features current issues.


    • 12.04.2018
  • Reception Baseline Assessment

    The DfE has announced that the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) will develop the new Reception Baseline Assessment for introduction in the academic year 2020/21. 

    • 12.04.2018
  • KS2 Writing Moderation (Ofqual, March 2018)

    Ofqual has published an observational study of 2017 local authority KS2 writing moderation.

    • 12.04.2018
  • 2018 KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum Tests


    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published information and guidance to support schools with the administration of the 2018 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests and phonics screening check (PSC). 

    • 12.04.2018
  • 2018 Local Authority Monitoring Visits


    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published guidance for how local authorities (LAs) conduct monitoring visits to schools for KS1/KS2 national curriculum assessments and the phonics screening check. 

    • 12.04.2018
  • Internet Safety - Parent Zone

    Google and the family internet safety experts at Parent Zone recently launched the Be Internet Legends programme for Key Stage 2 primary school students to help them be safe and confident explorers of the online world.

    • 12.04.2018
  • Disrespect Nobody Campaign

    The third phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 29th March to the beginning of May 2018.


    • 11.04.2018
  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is an intervention programme run by Gloucestershire Constabulary aimed at preventing young people from making decisions that may have a negative impact on their future. Sessions are delivered by police officers, PCSO’s, Youth Support Team, ex-offenders and current serving prisoners.

    • 10.04.2018

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