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).
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.
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 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)
In January 2019 we shared a Discussion Document which proposed principles for future support services (specifically focusing on Educational Psychology and Advisory Teaching Services). We have reflected on the feedback and summarised in the attached document.
GHLL are looking for experienced teachers from all phases, who would like to work with GHLL on secondment from their school for one day (Thursday) a week, term time only from September 2019. An earlier start is welcomed, if this could be agreed with your school.
This service was created last year with the purpose of helping schools to manage the challenge of keeping children in school (i.e. those at risk of exclusion of with attendance issues, requesting EHE which was not in the child's best interests etc).
Sustrans Big Pedal challenge takes place from 25 March to 5 April. There are free resources to promote the event and get as many of your pupils, staff and parents cycling, walking and scooting to school.
Gloucestershire SACRE is committed to supporting RE in local schools. We have engaged our adviser, Stephen Pett, and his colleagues at RE Today, to write additional units of work to support the current 2017-2022 RE agreed syllabus.
With many settings moving over to electronic data recording systems, please remind staff of the importance of accurate record keeping, particularly when there is an IT system change. Record keeping in schools must be accurate, timely and accessible.
Understandably, parents and schools are becoming increasingly concerned due to the intense media coverage and the story being further fuelled by ‘YouTubers’. Unfortunately this has led to some individuals adding doctored videos to YouTube and YouTube for Kids which have then been spread across social media as “proof” that the challenge exists.
Following on from the review of secondary school places in the Gloucester city area completed in June 2018, and a subsequent review of the latest forecasts and cohort of secondary Year 7 allocations for September 2019, it is now clear that there will be a need for a new secondary school to meet the growing demand for secondary places across the city and in particular, new housing development coming forward in the near future.
The 'What's Next?' booklet encourages all Gloucestershire students in Years 9-13 to think about their next steps in education and beyond. The helpful guide provides information and advice on what will come next, from choosing GCSE options, to post-16 study, the world of work, and preparing themselves for adulthood.