The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has published statutory guidance for schools and local authorities (LAs) regarding the administration and process of external moderation at the end of KS1 and KS2.
As part of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board’s on-going commitment to Gloucestershire Schools through traded services, we are pleased to announce new dates for the drop in sessions for the Single Central Record.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.