The Living Streets annual badge design competition gives pupils the chance to design the new WOW badges. Last year, they had over 90,000 entries making it one of the biggest design competitions for children in the UK.
The Virtual school is now able to provide a new service, offering support, guidance, advice and signposting to assist all children and young people with a social worker on a Child in Need or Child Protection plan. This is not for those young people already in care or previously looked after.
As part of the ‘Transition to Work’ workstream of Child-Friendly Gloucestershire, we would really welcome your views about how to improve careers education and careers support for young people in Gloucestershire.
Following changes to the Ofsted School inspection handbook (February 2022), the EOI team has updated the document (version 3) summarising key information regarding types of Ofsted inspection and associated timescales that have been applied from the start of the academic year 2021/22.
The government announcement on Monday 21 February has meant several changes for schools when they start back after half-term. DfE guidance has been updated throughout this week with revised operational guidance and contingency framework last issued on 24 February.
The following update contains information from Gloucestershire County Council around statutory duties in relation to reporting exclusions and information on post permanent exclusion phone calls by Gloucestershire County Council.
As a result of decreasing take-up amongst schools within the County, the LA have taken the decision not to renew its bulk subscription to the Fischer Family Trust (FFT) service for the 2022/23 financial year. As such, schools will not be able to access the service via the LA.
Following his well-received webinar that explored the development of a well sequenced curriculum intent, David Shears will be leading a follow up session that will focus upon implementation and how the curriculum is taught at subject and classroom level.
The BBC’s Production apprenticeship is a chance to turn a passion for telling stories into a career and BBC Radio Gloucestershire is looking for their next apprentice. In September 2022 they will welcome over 200 new apprentices into the BBC, will any come from your school?
In a new video for head teachers, Gloucestershire schools and pupils talk about how the Daily Mile helps to reduce anxiety and gives a safe space where pupils can talk to teachers, or just benefit from catching up with their friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2G7CaisBmkI.
In partnership with Gloucestershire Parent Carer Forum (GPCF), Gloucestershire County Council and the Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, we have coproduced a newsletter for parents and carers.
We know that this is a hugely challenging time for schools as the pandemic continues to have a significant impact. We want to take this opportunity to remind schools of the free wellbeing support available and help you promote it with your staff.
The Education Outcomes and Intervention team has created a document to summarise key information for schools regarding types of Ofsted inspection and associated timescales that have been applied from the start of the academic year 2021/22. It aims to collate information and guidance that Ofsted has published taking account of the on-going impact of COVID-19.
The NHS in Gloucestershire is launching a new mental health support finder, which signposts children, young people, parents & professionals to appropriate mental health services, including CAMHS, Tic+, Young Minds Matter and Young Gloucestershire, amongst other local services. The new mental health support finder launches on 7 February to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week.
Climate change response is more pressing than ever and schools can make a huge difference by getting involved. It needn’t involve hours of planning or impact on all the other priorities. Check out the Thinktravel blog “Sustrans Big Walk & Wheel and More”.
Further to the government announcements around the return to plan A next week, local implications are currently being considered. We recommend that schools maintain their current control measures until we receive further direction.
The Alcohol Education Trust has been highlighting the prevalence and under reporting of drink spiking recently. UK Parliament is currently conducting a survey asking those who have had their drink spiked or witnessed drink spiking to provide information about their experience to build a clearer picture of where, when and how drink spiking is taking place.
The NATRE Strictly RE Conference is taking place as a virtual event, with a programme of twilight sessions in the run up to the main event taking place on Saturday 29th January and Sunday 30th January.
As case rates remain very high we anticipate that schools will frequently reach the threshold for reporting outbreaks of Covid-19 this term. We recommend schools continue to report these to the DfE Helpline.
Nominations are now open for students (11-18) to stand as candidate in the upcoming Youth Parliament Elections to represent their peers across the county. Deadline for nominations is Monday 31 January. A workshop for prospective candidates will be held on 22 January.