Next year’s Make Your Mark consultation (the UKs biggest youth consultation) will take place in February, concurrent with the next Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) Elections and we’d like to make both stand out events for all young people in Gloucestershire. But we need your help.
The military children’s charity, Little Troopers has new free resources launching this term as part of their Little Troopers at School programme. The resources are specifically for secondary schools to help support children age 11-18 with a parent serving in the British Armed Forces.
Please find attached a template Warn and Inform letter which you may want to use and adapt if you have a positive Covid-19 case in your setting. This has been requested by some schools but there is no requirement to use it. It is intended for the purpose of providing reassurance to parents.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can lead to educational problems for pupils in later life. But, Gloucestershire County Council’s trauma informed approach to dealing with ACEs can help to support pupils with additional needs.
The Department for Education (DfE) continues to request the daily return of the Educational Setting Status Form by 2pm. This data is used nationally and locally to enable services to be available to support people with COVID and for the local authority to put in place measures to help prevent the spread of COVID through schools.
The Education Creditors (vendor) look up facility has been enhanced with greater functionality and standardisation with GCC. The vendor list will now show the last four digits of the vendors bank account which will help you identify the correct vendor when there are several similar options.
A reminder that if you have appointed an Early Career Teacher (ECT) or have an existing Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) join your school this term, the local authority is able to provide your Appropriate Body service. This includes all of the administrative requirements, alongside in-school support for your ECF induction processes and bespoke visits where needed.
Pupil premium guidance has been updated and includes a new template (attached) that schools MUST use and publish on their websites by 31st December 2021. Example statements for primary, secondary and special schools will be published shortly.
To help remind families of the importance of their support at this critical time, the attached letter from Professor Sarah Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health and Chris Spencer, Director of Children’s Services has been drafted for schools to share with parent/carers.
Where schools engage a worker, i.e. not paid through payroll, they always need to consider employment status. Since April 2017 where a worker is engaged through an intermediary e.g. personal service company, schools need to consider whether the worker is within scope of the off payroll working rules or IR35. The Council has always recommended that schools use the HMRC CEST ( check employment status for tax) to do this.
Ahead of our response to the Department for Education consultation, we wanted to provide an opportunity for schools to review and contribute to the local authority response. During the session we will review the purpose of the consultation and the long-term aim of moving to a hard national Funding Formula. We will also share our proposed response to the questions raised in the consultation, providing an opportunity for comments and feedback from schools to be included before submission.
An introductory session to Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in reception for teachers who are new to teaching EYFS. This includes newly qualified teachers, teachers who have been teaching later year groups, and those who are returning to EYFS.
Thank you to all those who provided their views on this proposal in the summer. The Council has now published a statutory notice of its intention to close The Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Alternative Provision School (CTAPS) and enlarge The Stroud and Cotswold Alternative Provision School (SCAPS), creating a single Pupil Referral Unit.
The following update contains information from Gloucestershire County Council around changes to Department for Education (DfE) exclusion terminology from September 2021 and reminder of statutory duties in relation to reporting exclusions.
Internal Audit’s activity within schools is prioritised based on risk and as such a sample of schools were audited during 2020/21. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic a remote auditing approach was taken. Individual reports were issued to each school and a number of recommendations were made. As these findings could apply to other schools, the information is being shared with all schools.
Peer-on peer abuse can take various forms and include serious bullying, relationship abuse, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation, harmful sexual behaviour, and/or gender based violence. As part of the on-going work being undertaken by the Peer-on-Peer Working Party with representation from GAPH, GASH, GASSH and FE, the group has produced an information leaflet for staff.
GCC catering charges for UIFSM (Universal Free School Meals) have always been calculated using the same data and methodology that the ESFA use to allocate the grant to schools. This year the GCC catering charge was calculated using the same methodology as previous years, however due to potential discrepancies in some schools data on the January census the ESFA have, this year, made an adjustment to how the UIFSM income was calculated.
The Spring Bank Holiday in 2022 will be moved to Thursday 2 June and an additional Bank Holiday on Friday 3 June will see a four-day weekend to celebrate Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The government has laid regulations to reduce the minimum number of sessions schools are required to meet in the academic year 2021 to 2022.
Trafficking and Modern Slavery are forms of child abuse and are a serious violation of human rights. This abuse can happen anywhere and the number of victims identified in the UK has grown each year since 2015.
The Department of Education (DfE) has updated the guidance on choosing a phonics teaching programme and added the new list of validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes.’ The guidance includes details of a ‘supportive package of measures, designed to support schools in providing great reading provision and developing pupils’ proficiency in, and love of, reading’.
The NCETM (National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics) has published the first unit for each year group (Y1-Y6) of its Curriculum Prioritisation in Primary Maths materials, a term-by-term framework to support planning and teaching in 2021/22. ‘This resource provides coherent sequencing for the primary maths curriculum. It draws together the DfE guidance on curriculum prioritisation, with high quality professional development and classroom resources provided by the NCETM Primary Mastery PD materials.’