Schoolsnet Bulletin Board

  • Working Together 2018 (as amended 9.12.20)

    While technically not a new edition of Working Together, retaining the same date, there are many significant changes in the new guidance.

    • 10.12.2020
  • Weekly COVID-19 Educational Settings Webinars, Thursdays 4-5pm

    The South West Health Protection Team have set up COVID-19 educational setting webinars for any educational setting to attend. The sessions will cover infection prevention principles and then discuss scenarios to illustrate this.

    • 10.12.2020
  • Winter Mini Reading Challenge- Everyone Is A Hero!

    Online Winter Reading challenge offered by the Reading Agency and supported by Gloucestershire libraries, 2nd - 13th January 2021.

    • 08.12.2020
  • Reducing Parental Conflict Programme and practitioner training offer

    Schools are invited to a session on Tuesday 15th December, 1:30 - 3:00 pm to learn about the DWP Reducing Parental Conflict Programme and practitioner training offer. This session will be on Microsoft Teams with Emily Ingle, Regional Integration Lead, who will give you an overview of the RPC programme and the free training offer and a ‘taster’ of the training in module 1.

    • 08.12.2020
  • Section 175/157 Safeguarding Audit

    The Section 175/157 Safeguarding Audit for Schools and Early Years settings is now LIVE.

    • 08.12.2020
  • Revised Covid Reporting Procedures

    We have streamlined the procedures for reporting positive Covid cases. First cases should still be reported to the Department for Education or the South West Health Protection Team helplines but subsequent cases can be reported through Gloucestershire County Council.

     

     

    • 08.12.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (30.11.20 - 4.12.20)

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

    • 08.12.2020
  • Covid-19 message for parents and carers

    Template letters have been prepared for schools to use to communicate with their communities on how they can support them to stay open. These have been signed by Sarah Scott, Director of Public Health.

    • 08.12.2020
  • Previously Looked After Children Newsletter – from The Virtual School

    The Virtual School has produced a newsletter which shares good practice, training and news regarding supporting previously looked after children.

    • 07.12.2020
  • Primary Headteacher Briefings November 2020 - resources now available

    Resources for this term’s headteacher briefings, hosted by the Education Outcomes and Intervention team are now available to view via Schoolsnet.

     

    • 07.12.2020
  • READ Gloucestershire! Engage readers post lockdown

    Sign your school up to the reading for pleasure campaign 'READ Gloucestershire!'  The campaign is delivered by Stroud-based charity Read for Good, in partnership with Gloucestershire Libraries and Information - as shared in the recent English subject leader network meetings.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    • 07.12.2020
  • 2021 Assessment, Monitoring, Moderation and Reporting Arrangements

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has confirmed primary assessment and reporting requirements for the academic year 2020/21.

    • 07.12.2020
  • Extra measures ahead of next summer’s exams

    The government has announced a package of support for students sitting exams and other assessments next summer.

    • 03.12.2020
  • Volunteering Survey

    A message from Gloucestershire VCS Alliance, on behalf of health, care, voluntary and community organisations across Gloucestershire.

    • 03.12.2020
  • Christmas Card &Gifts

    School communities are having to forgo many of their usual ways of celebrating the festive season this year due to the current restrictions and the giving of cards and gifts within schools will become more important than ever for many.

    • 03.12.2020
  • Open Days

    DfE guidance continues to advise against all unnecessary visitors to school sites and we are advising that open days should not take place in a physical form. Virtual tours have proved successful for a many schools and are a good alternative until the national restrictions are relaxed.

     

    • 03.12.2020
  • Fraud Awareness Warning

    Internal Audit has received intelligence that primary schools may be targeted by threat actors applying pressure to make a payment supposedly against a High Court Writ.

    • 03.12.2020
  • Rebuilding learning: reconnection, recovery and resilience

    A series of webinars, led by Professor Barry Carpenter CBE, OBE, PhD (Professor of Mental Health in Education, Oxford Brookes University), to support Gloucestershire schools through the process of long term recovery are now available to view via YouTube.

    • 02.12.2020
  • Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) Primary CPD Programme 2020-21

    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’. 

    • 01.12.2020
  • Registration of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) for Spring Term 2021

    If you have appointed an NQT who will join your school in the Spring Term, please complete and return a NQT registration form by 22nd January 2021 to: NQTs@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

    • 01.12.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (23.11.20 - 27.11.20)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 25.11.20).

     

    • 30.11.2020
  • Remote Learning

    The Oak National Academy continue to update their guidance for schools, including support with planning remote offers, both in mainstream and in specialist/SEND provision, webinars on best practice and case studies from a range of settings.

     

    • 30.11.2020
  • New funding to support schools

    The Department for Education has announced new funding which will be backdated to 1 November and cover the current half term, with detailed guidance due to be published shortly.

    • 30.11.2020
  • Impact on schools from Tier 2 regulations

    From December 2 Gloucestershire will move to Tier 2 restrictions for Covid-19. Revised guidance can be found here.

    • 30.11.2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium

    The Department for Education has updated guidance on  what schools must publish online, to include the use of the COVID-19 catch-up premium. 

     

    • 26.11.2020
  • Breaches of Covid Regulations

    Schools are being made aware of circumstances where families are breaching Covid regulations particularly with regard to the requirement for their children to self isolate. It may be possible for schools to offer advice to parents to influence their behaviour but schools are not responsible for what happens off the school site.

     

    • 26.11.2020
  • Schools COVID-19 Inspection Checklist

    The end of lockdown is approaching and new guidance is anticipated in the next few days for schools depending on the designated tier for Gloucestershire.  This may be a good time to review the existing risk assessment and COVID-secure procedures within your school, to ensure that they comply with any new guidance and to reinforce good procedures with staff and students.

    • 26.11.2020
  • Free School Meals over the Christmas break

    Schools that use the Caterlink contract are being offered hampers for entitled children over the Christmas break and are not expected to seek a voucher alternative. Only those schools/families that have an entitlement and are NOT covered by the Caterlink will be offered/issued with vouchers (issued by a 3rd party).

    • 26.11.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (16.11.20 - 20.11.20 updated)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 18.11.20).

    • 25.11.2020
  • COVID-19: Working at school during pregnancy (28 weeks)

    Pregnant staff (at all stages) are in the clinically vulnerable category and are generally advised to attend work unless advised otherwise by an individual letter from the NHS or a specialist doctor which states they must not attend work.

    • 25.11.2020
  • Section 175/157 Safeguarding

    The Section 175/157 Safeguarding Audit for Schools and Early Years settings is due to be launched at the beginning of December 2020. It is a requirement that each setting must submit an audit response by the deadline.

    • 24.11.2020
  • Whole School Child Protection Training

    The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive has launched virtual “Whole School Child Protection training” and are taking bookings now.

    • 24.11.2020
  • Stranger Danger - Notifications

    You may be aware that there have been an increased number of a stranger danger reports across the county recently.

     

     

    • 24.11.2020
  • Youth Support Team Holiday Hunger Scheme – December 2020

    The Youth Support Team are hoping to offer a holiday hunger scheme in Gloucester and Cheltenham during the coming holiday (21 Dec – 1 Jan) and would like to speak to the relevant member of staff so they can target the pupils and families who would most benefit from this scheme.

    • 23.11.2020
  • Preparing for Winter – IMPORTANT ACTION REQUIRED

    Now the colder weather is finally here, the following advice will help you to prepare for the weather.

    • 23.11.2020
  • Schools Forum Outcome report – 12 November 2020

    The Schools Forum Outcome report from the meeting held on 12 November 2020 is attached.

    • 23.11.2020
  • End of KS1 and KS2 Teacher Assessment and Moderation CPD

    This year, the LA programme of KS1/KS2 Assessment and Moderation CPD will take place on virtual platforms. The format will comprise: recorded sessions for each of English reading, English writing, mathematics and science; plus ‘live’ Q&A webinars (separate sessions for each subject).

    • 23.11.2020
  • Parent Carer Forum – information to support parents

    Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum is funded by the DfE to support and represent parents of children with additional needs including SEND as per the SEND Code of Practice.

    • 18.11.2020
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (16.11.20 - 20.11.20)

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

    • 18.11.2020
  • Make sure your PEPs are SMART

    Personal Education Plans (PEPs) are an integral part of the overall care plan for each child in care.

    • 17.11.2020
  • Supporting effective information sharing and multi agency working through the registering of My Plans and My Assessments/My Plan +

    Effective Early Help happens when professionals communicate with one another about the support they are providing and concerns they may have. You can do your part to support this by completing Notification forms where there is an Early Help Plan for a child/family and sending this to the Early Help team to support decision making and effective communication to aid holistic, multi agency working.

    • 17.11.2020
  • Make Your Mark 2020 (reminder)

    Make Your Mark is a British Youth Council campaign, endorsed by the UK Parliament and is an opportunity for 11-18 year olds to express opinions and begin their democratic journey by voting on the policies they’d like to introduce or change.

    • 17.11.2020
  • Guidance on Non Attendance - November 2020

    LA advice on how schools should proceed with regard to children not attending at this current time can be seen below. This takes into account the latest guidance from the Department of Health and Social Care along with Public Health England effective from 5th November. This gives advice regarding Education settings and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.  

    • 17.11.2020
  • 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

    Healthprotection@gloucestershire.gov.uk

    • 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

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