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.
The next meeting for secondary senior leaders (assistant and deputy headteachers) will take place on Tuesday 27th November, 1.30pm-3.45pm at the National Star College, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, Gloucester, GL53 9QU. Please save the date.
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:
To help schools raise awareness of hate crimes and incidents amongst staff and pupils across Gloucestershire, the charity Victim Support has suggested some ideas of what organisations can do and posters for use during or around National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2018.
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.
The DFE has made further changes to KCSiE. Many schools have reissued part 1 to staff as part of their start-of-term safeguarding update. The 19th September changes are minor and as far as we can see at this stage, do not require the document to be reissued to staff.
The Local Authority has reviewed the EHC needs assessment process and as a result of this, the decision has been taken to no longer hold Team Around the Child (TAC) meetings towards the end of the process.
The Home Office in co-operation with other Government Departments has issued guidance on the Criminal exploitation of children and vulnerable adults for professionals working in education, health, housing, benefits, law enforcement (police) and related partner organisations.