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  • Attendance Networks

    The focus will be for schools and academies in Gloucestershire to receive local and national updates from Gloucestershire County Council in relation to supporting attendance. In addition, to provide an opportunity to share and develop effective practice to support improvements in attendance.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Safer Working Practice and Allegations Management

    New training course available from June 2018 through the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board that will provide information on safer working practices and Allegations Management.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Gloucestershire SACRE Primary RE Conference Thursday 24 May 2018


    Following on from last year’s successful launch of the new Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE, the 2018 conference will be packed with practical and inspiring ideas for implementing the syllabus.

    • 20.04.2018
  • Restorative Practice Project - volunteers

    Gloucestershire County Council has been working in partnership with schools to reduce exclusions, increase attendance and improve behaviour through Restorative Practice. Following a successful pilot, we are looking for volunteers to be part of this exciting new Restorative Practice project, working with schools, teachers and children to resolve conflict and improve the school experience.

    • 18.04.2018
  • Music Education offers

    Make Music Gloucestershire have offers for schools plus opportunities for students.

    • 17.04.2018
  • ‘Induction for newly qualified teachers (England)’ - statutory guidance: April 2018

    With effect from 31 March 2018, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) will cease to function. From 1 April 2018, the Teacher Services Division of the NCTL, which includes the Teacher Qualifications Unit and the Teacher Misconduct Unit will form the Teaching Regulation Agency.

    • 17.04.2018
  • Registration of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) for Summer Term 2018

    If you have appointed an NQT who has joined your school this term, please complete and return a NQT registration form by 3rd May 2018 to: NQTs@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

    • 17.04.2018
  • New Form for the De-registration from a school’s admission register for purposes of Elective Home Education (EHE) and associated GSCB notification

    Schools must notify the local authority when the name of a pupil of statutory school age is to be deleted from the admission register under any of the fifteen grounds set out in the Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 as soon as the ground for deletion is met and at the same time the name is removed.

    • 17.04.2018
  • KS1 Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    The arrangements for this year’s KS1 teacher assessment cluster moderation meetings are as follows:

    • 17.04.2018
  • KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment Cluster Moderation Meetings

    The arrangements for this year’s KS2 writing teacher assessment cluster moderation meetings are detailed below. 

    • 17.04.2018
  • 2018 P Scale Moderation

    The local authority is facilitating P scale clinics in six special schools aimed at for teachers and teaching assistants who have assessed pupils as working below the pre-key stage standards at the end of KS1 and KS2.  The purpose of the clinics is to support practitioners reach accurate end of key stage teacher assessment judgements.


    • 17.04.2018
  • Library Service Events - May 2018

    Need help with buying new books and how to record them? Free events.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama (ARTPAD) Event - 24 April 2018

    The School of Liberal and Performing Arts at the University of Gloucestershire are lead partners of a

    three‐year European project: ARTPAD (Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama).

    The project explores the use of drama and play for supporting teachers and practitioners working with children and young people to promote engagement with learning and we are holding an event

    on Tuesday 24th April, 15:30 - 18:30 at University of Gloucestershire, Oxtalls Campus, Gloucester.


    • 16.04.2018
  • Royal Forestry Society offering assemblies

    Royal Forestry Society ‘Teaching Trees’ project is offering assemblies to schools to provide an overview of the importance of good woodland management and what we can all do to support woodlands now. Teaching Trees also offers outdoor learning sessions at £2 per child.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Closing the Gap Conference - 27 June 2018

    Date: Wednesday 27th June 2018

    Time: 09:15-15:30, registration from 08:15

    Cost: £155 per delegate

    Venue: The Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. GL7 6JS

    Key note speakers: Jean Goss (CBE), sponsored by Oxford University Press; Brian Foster; Chair of ACERT; and Andrew Moffat (MBE), Parkfield Community in Birmingham.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Early Years Business Support

    We are delighted to announce the launch of the new Early Years Business Support team.   We have developed a generic business support email which can be used by all Gloucestershire Early Years Providers requiring business support.

    • 16.04.2018
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum - Outcome Report 15 March 2018

    Please find attached the Gloucestershire Schools Forum Outcome Report from the meeting held on 15 March 2018.


    Outcome Report

    • 16.04.2018
  • New Free School Meals Eligibility

    Children already entitled to free school meals under the old criteria will have their entitlement protected until 31 March 2022 regardless of any changes to their family circumstances. This has been agreed by the DFE.


    • 12.04.2018
  • Ofsted: Developments in Education Inspection

    In January 2018 the latest inspection framework was introduced. The Ofsted: Developments in education inspection blog looks at the way Ofsted inspects education, from early years to schools and the further education and skills sector. It provides updates on developments and features current issues.


    • 12.04.2018
  • Reception Baseline Assessment

    The DfE has announced that the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) will develop the new Reception Baseline Assessment for introduction in the academic year 2020/21. 

    • 12.04.2018
  • KS2 Writing Moderation (Ofqual, March 2018)

    Ofqual has published an observational study of 2017 local authority KS2 writing moderation.

    • 12.04.2018
  • 2018 KS1 and KS2 National Curriculum Tests


    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published information and guidance to support schools with the administration of the 2018 KS1 and KS2 national curriculum tests and phonics screening check (PSC). 

    • 12.04.2018
  • 2018 Local Authority Monitoring Visits


    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published guidance for how local authorities (LAs) conduct monitoring visits to schools for KS1/KS2 national curriculum assessments and the phonics screening check. 

    • 12.04.2018
  • Internet Safety - Parent Zone

    Google and the family internet safety experts at Parent Zone recently launched the Be Internet Legends programme for Key Stage 2 primary school students to help them be safe and confident explorers of the online world.

    • 12.04.2018
  • Disrespect Nobody Campaign

    The third phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 29th March to the beginning of May 2018.


    • 11.04.2018
  • Great Expectations

    Great Expectations is an intervention programme run by Gloucestershire Constabulary aimed at preventing young people from making decisions that may have a negative impact on their future. Sessions are delivered by police officers, PCSO’s, Youth Support Team, ex-offenders and current serving prisoners.

    • 10.04.2018
  • Primary Headteacher and Chair of Governor Briefings March 2018 - Resources


    The resources from the March briefings are now available.

    • 06.04.2018
  • FestABLE - National Festival of Specialist Learning - 2 June 2018

    The UK’s first National Festival of Specialist Learning is being hosted at the National Star, Ullenwood, Cheltenham on Saturday 2nd June. 

    • 06.04.2018
  • DBS Checks for Gloucestershire County Council Staff

    Please note that with changes to the Disclosure and Barring Service over the years, the 2010 blanket letter now no longer applies because not all Gloucestershire County Council posts in schools fall under the definition of a Regulated Activity. 

    • 06.04.2018
  • EYFSP, Phonics screening check and Key Stage 1 Pupil Listings


    An e-mail has been sent to all Infant and Primary schools outlining the data collection process for 2018.

    • 06.04.2018
  • GSCB Newsletter

    The GSCB Newsletter for Education Setting is attached.

    GSCB Newsletter

    • 06.04.2018
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum – Election Result - Primary (Maintained) Governor Representative

    The result of the election for a Primary (Maintained) Governor Representative is:

    Sara Morris, St John’s C of E Primary School (Cheltenham), is duly re-elected to the Forum (new term of office 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2021).

    • 06.04.2018
  • School Term Dates 2019/2020

    Please find below a link to the GCC website showing the determined term dates for 2019/20 Academic Year for Gloucestershire Community and Voluntary Controlled schools. 

    Term Dates

    • 06.04.2018
  • CPD workshop (in conjunction with Wicked Weather Watch)

    When: Thursday 24th May 2018.

    Where: The Pavilion, Sir Thomas Rich’s School, Oakleaze, Gloucester, GL2 0LF.

    Cost: £75.00 per person, with refreshments provided upon arrival and throughout the morning.

    Free Wi-Fi access will be available. You will find it useful to have a laptop/tablet and a memory stick to hand for the session.

    Deadline for bookings: Early booking is recommended as places are limited.  Please apply no later than Wednesday 91h May 2018.

    • 21.03.2018
  • Primary School Forecasts 2018/19 – 2021/22

    Your pupil number forecast will be available to download week commencing 26th March, it is a likely indication of your pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision. 

    • 20.03.2018
  • Free Refresher Phonics Training

    Phonics training for teachers and teaching assistants will be taking place across the county during the summer term.

    • 20.03.2018
  • Malicious emails – how to stay safe online

    There have been a number of reports of phishing/scam emails to schools. Please make sure you check your emails carefully paying particular attention to suspicious email addresses and attachments.

    • 20.03.2018
  • Closing the Gap Newsletter - Spring 2018 Edition

    The spring edition of the Closing the Gap newsletter is now available.  This is intended to provide useful updates for those leading on Closing the Gap in your school. 


    • 20.03.2018
  • Secondary School Forecasts 2018/19 – 2024/25

    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. This pupil number forecast will be used in assessing basic need, through the school capacity return, to ensure sufficiency of school places throughout the county. It will also be used in any Section 106 agreement negotiations affecting your school. The forecast is available via Perspective Lite.

    • 20.03.2018
  • Nurture Groups and Nurturing Approaches

    Gloucestershire County Council’s Educational Psychology Service and the Nurture Group Steering Committee are carrying out a survey regarding the use of Nurture Groups and Nurturing Approaches in the Local Authority.


    • 20.03.2018
  • Multi-Agency Referral Forms (MARFs)

    Social Care Front Door have advised that they are noticing two trends regarding MARF.

    • 20.03.2018
  • ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’

    We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. To help protect a child or young person, look out for changes in their Appearance, Behaviour, Communication (ABC).

    • 19.03.2018
  • Attendance Networks

    Primary: For all primary schools and academies

    Tuesday 22 May 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm or Wednesday 6 June 2018, 9:00am-12:00pm

    Secondary: For all secondary schools and academies

    Thursday 14 June 2018. 9:00am-12:00pm

    Special Schools are welcome to attend either session.

    Refreshments and registration available from 8:45am for a 9.00am prompt start.

    • 19.03.2018
  • Assessment and Moderation: Year 2 and Year 6 Teacher CPD Events

    Following the success of the recent KS1 and KS2 Assessment and Moderation CPD events, we are running one further event for each Key Stage. These will be run on 17th April at the National Star College. They are half day sessions at a cost of £60 per delegate.



    • 19.03.2018
  • Your Question Time - years 12 and 13

    Date: Weds 25th April 2018

    Time: 7-9.30pm

    Venue: Oxstalls University Campus .  This is a free event.

    • 19.03.2018
  • news

    To spot the signs of child abuse look for changes in ABC - Appearance, Behaviour and Communication

    Gloucestershire County Council is supporting the ‘Together we can tackle child abuse’ campaign which is led by the Department of Education.

    • 19.03.2018
  • OUP School Improvement Expert Event – 19th April 2018

    Date: 19th April 2018

    Times: 09.15-15.30

    Venue: The Pavilion, Cheltenham GL51 6PN

    Cost: £40 per person to cover administration, venue and refreshment costs which includes lunch.

    • 06.03.2018
  • Could your school be a sponsor for a new school in Cheltenham?

    On Wednesday 13 December 2017, Cabinet gave approval to establish a new 900 place secondary school in Cheltenham. Funding for the school was approved by Council in February 2018.

    Gloucestershire County Council is now seeking proposals from appropriate sponsors to run this new school.

    The county council has published a specification and impact assessment from Wednesday 28 February 2018 for a period of four weeks to allow interested parties to submit bids to run the new school.

    • 06.03.2018
  • Milsted Langdon Financial Planning (MLFP)

    It has been drawn to our attention that some schools are being approached by an organisation called Milsted Langdon Financial Planning (MLFP) offering to attend the school to provide pension-related information/advisory (or other financial) services for teachers and support staff. The advertising material that they use has the Gloucestershire County Council logo on it, which implies that we endorse them as a company, which we do not. 


    • 06.03.2018

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