Alongside the recent messages coming from the DfE and Ofsted relating to the issue of “Forgotten Children” or “Off-rolling” in schools and the increasing level of scrutiny recommended in these areas, you will also be aware that in 2017/18 there was an increase in the number of children and young people being electively home educated in Gloucestershire.
Gloucestershire County Council is inviting comments on its draft Gloucestershire School Places Strategy (SPS) 2018- 2023, which sets out the latest context and background for the Council’s strategic planning of school places and the issues that impact on places and demand across the Local Authority area.
You may be aware that we are currently trialling a banding process for post 16 students in FE colleges and we already have a banding system in place for our special schools and it therefore makes sense to explore the feasibility of moving towards a banding system for all pupils who receive additional resources from the High Needs Funding Block.
Every school maintained by the Local Authority should have a whistleblowing procedure. Whistleblowing procedures protect staff members who report colleagues they believe are doing something wrong or illegal, or who are neglecting their duties.
Gloucestershire County Council with partners in health and education are launching an exciting competition to engage young people in sixth-form schools and colleges across Gloucestershire to design a campaign which raises awareness of the risks associated with antimicrobial resistance (where antibiotics are no longer effective).
This year was the 10th Anniversary of the Junior Memory Championship and the launch of the Asian Junior Memory Championship in Singapore. The purpose of the Junior Memory Championship is to equip children with valuable and effective memory skills helping them achieve their very best results in SATs and other end-of-year tests.
You will remember that in 2010 the Director of Education, Learning and Libraries, then Jo Grills, signed a blanket letter advising that all Gloucestershire County Council staff out in schools held a valid CRB check (as it was in 2010). Please note that with changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service over the years, the 2010 blanket letter now no longer applies.
Would you/colleagues and your pupils like to become explorers for the day, witnessing some of the Arctic’s key physical (natural) and human features in the process? Do you wish to know more about the area at the ‘top’ of our planet and understand why it is like it is?
Gloucestershire County Council and Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group are currently commissioning for a provider of support to young carers and young adult carers. We are looking for young carers to be involved in an evaluation panel on Tuesday 23rd October.
School budgets are under strain across Gloucestershire and beyond. The prospects for 2019/20 are particularly challenging not least because, in common with other local authorities, we are struggling to contain spending on High Needs. A consultation paper setting out some options for next year will be published next week.
In 2017, due to product obsolescence, RM SecureNet was discontinued.
After completing product assessments (with input from schools) and the required procurement process, the Local Authority (LA) contracted with Angel Solutions for a replacement system, which was implemented in August 2017.
The School Emergency Closure website and process is changing soon. During the last week in September you were sent an email by Deborah.firstname.lastname@example.org asking you to confirm some important details as we need to send you secure login information. If you have not yet responded to the email, please can you do so as quickly as possible as this will enable the roll out of the new simpler School Emergency Closure site and allow a test day to be arranged for schools to practice.
The Joint Waste Team is inviting all primary school pupils in Gloucestershire to take part in an exciting new competition to create their very own Christmas recipe showing how to use up all those seasonal leftovers.
Following the successful pilot project for KS1 literacy last year, we are pleased to offer subject leaders and senior leaders opportunities to work with an Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) Research School on two projects in 2018-19:
A number of schools have changed email address from the standard "@gloucs.sch.uk". As you will appreciate it is important that the LA has an up-to-date list of the Head Teacher, Chair of Governor and Admin email addresses.
Following funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust have opened a new education centre at Greystones Farm in Bourton-on-the-Water. This recently renovated centre features a dedicated education room, an education garden, working dairy farm and replica Iron Age roundhouse.