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  • RM Securenet Replacement

    You may be aware the Securenet software used by schools to securely transfer files to and from the County Council is reaching the end of it’s life in August.  As such the County Council are currently assessing a number of potential options for replacing the system. 

    • 27.03.2017
  • Attendance Network for Primary Schools

    The Attendance Network is taking place at The Pavilion, Hatherley Lane, Cheltenham, GL51 6PN on Wednesday 3rd May 2017 @ 09:00 – 12:15.  Refreshments are available from 08:45.


    • 27.03.2017
  • Suspicious Automated Telephone Messages

    Reports have been received of individuals receiving automated telephone calls informing them that their children are absent from school and to call a premium rate 0845 number. 

    • 27.03.2017
  • Secondary School Forecasts 2017/18 – 2023/24

    The pupil number forecast 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 on Securenet.


    • 22.03.2017
  • Admission Arrangements for September 2018

    Following the consultation that took place from 1st November to 8th January the admission arrangements have been determined for mainstream Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools in Gloucestershire for the 2018/19 academic year.

    • 21.03.2017
  • Managing asbestos in schools: updated guidance and data collection

    New guidance on the management of asbestos in schools is available on GOV.UK.

    • 21.03.2017
    • 21.03.2017
  • Service Move

    The Advisory Teaching Service and Educational Psychology Service are moving to new premises week commencing 27th March.  Their new address is 4-6 Commercial Road, Gloucester, GL1 2EA.  All phone numbers remain the same.

    • 21.03.2017
  • Free Facts4Life Mental Health & SRE Resources Training for Glos Primary Schools (already Facts4Life trained)

    Facts4Life is launching new materials for teachers to address mental health issues with students and, in addition, a framework for the delivery of Sex and Relationships Education from Reception through to Year 6. These materials, available on-line, are underpinned by the key ideas of Facts4Life, including the connections between mental and physical health. They build on and extend the core materials of the KS1 & KS2 resource published in 2016. 

    • 21.03.2017
  • Exclusions statutory guidance: invitation to respond to a consultation

    The DfE has launched a consultation on revisions to the 2012 statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils, to make the rules that apply to exclusions and the process of review clearer.

    • 16.03.2017
  • 2017 KS2 Writing Teacher Assessment

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has updated its guidance for teacher assessment of KS2 writing. In response to feedback from schools and LAs about last year’s assessment and moderation arrangements, STA has produced a video to address some common misconceptions.

    • 14.03.2017
  • Polling Station Charges 2017

    In the event of your establishment being used for any local elections this year, please see the attachment for information on charges.

    • 13.03.2017
  • Cheque Book Schools CFR Return 2016/17

    The Cheque Book Schools CFR Return 2016/17 template is now available to download.

    • 13.03.2017
  • Gloucestershire School Forum – Elections

    The main Schools Forum elections which were due to take place this year in March have been postponed until 2018.  This is due to the uncertainty around the future role of School Forums, and school funding, as a result of the National Funding Formula proposals. It was felt that a significant change in membership of the Forum would not be helpful at this time. 

    • 09.03.2017
  • Introducing our new online portal – mydocuments

    Whether accessing banking services or online shopping, technology has fundamentally transformed the way we interact and access information, both at work and in the home. At Gloucestershire County Council, we recognise the opportunity to further enhance our services and provide schools and their staff with a secure method to view payslips and other documents through our mydocuments portal.

    • 03.03.2017
  • Scam Awareness

    Please be aware that we have been notified of a school receiving a phone call from a woman claiming to represent the Gloucestershire Road Safety campaign.

    • 03.03.2017
  • Message from Tim Browne, Head of Education - Ofsted Inspection

    The long awaited and much anticipated Ofsted inspection has arrived. As you may be aware from past briefings the inspectors will be with us for the next four weeks.

    • 02.03.2017
  • Evaluating the e-Bug website

    e-Bug are evaluating their teachers' website to see what improvements are needed to make it the best website for their audience’s needs

    • 01.03.2017
  • Faith Schools Project

    The deadline for schools to register their interest  to take part in our DfE-funded faith schools project has been extended to Monday 22nd May 2017.

    • 01.03.2017
  • English, Mathematics and Science Subject Leader Newsletters

    The Spring 2017 newsletters for English, Mathematics and Science focus on current national and local priorities in order  to support  middle leadership development and accountability.

    • 01.03.2017
  • Achieving Resilience Through Play and Drama - an information and consultation event - 27 March

    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.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Support after a suspected or attempted suicide

    Samaritans can offer specialist support for school leadership teams after a suspected or attempted suicide in the school community through their Step by Step service. Guidance is also available to help schools plan for such an event.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Primary and secondary Network Meeting 2 – Agendas

    The English, mathematics and science primary and secondary subject leader meeting agendas provide headteachers with the details of the networks facilitated by the Education Performance and Inclusion team.



    • 28.02.2017
  • School Farm Visit Initiative - 10 March 2017

    The NFU is rolling out a School Farm Visit Initiative in order to encourage young people back onto farms. They are also hosting a skills workshop day at Hartpury College aimed at 11-13 year olds.

    • 28.02.2017
  • Closing the Gap in Phonics Event - 28 April 2017

    A one day event focusing on raising the achievement of disadvantaged pupils in Phonics is taking place on Friday 28th April 2017, 9.15am-3.30pm, at The Pavilion in Cheltenham at a cost of £75.

    • 28.02.2017
  • 2017/18 Schools Budgets

    The 2017/18 Primary, Secondary and Special Schools Budgets are now available to view.



    • 28.02.2017
  • Chedworth Roman Villa newsletter

    A seasonal round up of what is going on for schools.

    • 28.02.2017
  • 2018/19 School Term Dates

    Please see attached the approved 2018/19 term dates.

    • 24.02.2017
  • End of Key Stage P-Scale Moderation Clinics 2017

    As in previous years we are offering clinics in six special schools around the county aimed at teachers and teaching assistants who have pupils working below the expected standard in Years 2 and 6.

    • 22.02.2017
  • Assessment and Moderation: Year 2 and Year 6 teacher CPD events

    Following the success of the sessions run in January, two further sessions of our Assessment CPD programme for 2016/17 for both KS1 and KS2 are being held on 10th March 2017 at the Pavilion, Cheltenham at a cost of £60.00.

    • 22.02.2017
  • Inclusion Conference - 25 April 2017

    A one day conference focusing on helping vulnerable pupils, especially those that may be at risk of exclusion, is taking place on 25th April 2017, 09:00 – 15:30, at Forest Green Rovers, Nailsworth at a cost of £155.00.

    • 22.02.2017
  • Statutory formal assessment of newly qualified teachers (NQTs) for Spring Term 2017

    For the majority of NQTs, completed NQT assessment paperwork should be returned to the LA by 27th March 2017

    • 21.02.2017
    • 21.02.2017
  • Single Central Record - Drop In

    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.


    • 21.02.2017
  • New Child Car Seat Regulations

    Vital information to help parents make the right choices when carrying children in cars is being delivered by the Road Safety Partnership ahead of new regulations being introduced on 1st March 2017. 

    • 17.02.2017
  • We are listening to Children in Care

    A survey called ‘Your Life, Your Care’ will be live from Monday 27th February until Friday 24th March, for all children in care to let us know their thoughts and feelings about their lives.

    • 15.02.2017
  • FOI Request

    A number of schools have been in contact today after receiving an FOI request. Steve Taylor, Information Officer in the Information Management Service has contacted the Information Commissioner and produced this guidance to assist schools in answering the request. 

    • 09.02.2017
  • Shaping the Future of Education in Gloucestershire 7th February 2017 - Speakers' Presentations

    The presentations from the conference held on 7th February 2017 are attached.

    • 08.02.2017
  • MYLOL App

    We have received information from the police regarding a popular on line App called MYLOL. Schools are reminded to be vigilant and to refer any concerns to their Designated Safeguarding Lead.

    • 08.02.2017
  • STA presentation - changes to national curriculum assessments 2017

    We are pleased to confirm that STA will lead two briefings for schools on the changes to national curriculum assessments for 2017.  The event will take place on Monday 6th March, 1pm - 2pm or 3pm - 4pm at The Pavilion, Cheltenham.

    • 08.02.2017
  • New Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE: launch conferences 2017

    The new Gloucestershire Agreed Syllabus for RE is being launched by Gloucestershire Standing Advisory Council on RE (SACRE) in the summer of 2017.  There will be two opportunities for primary head teachers and subject leaders to attend a day conference in different parts of the county, on Thursday 18 May and Monday 12 June 2017.

    • 07.02.2017
  • Free Music Support, Training and Funding for Primary Schools

    Make Music Gloucestershire Hub report 2015/16, Songwriting Charity workshops, free primary support and advice, training and funding for your school.

    • 07.02.2017
  • Free Music Support, Training & Funding for Secondary Schools

    Make Music Gloucestershire Hub report 2015/16, Songwriting Charity workshops, FREE secondary support and advice, training and funding for your school.

    • 07.02.2017
  • Early Years Team Newsletter Spring 2017

    The Early Years Newsletter for Spring 2017 is now available.

    • 07.02.2017
  • Primary Headteacher and Chair of Governor Briefings - March 2017

    A maximum of two places per school are available, allocated on a first come, first served basis.  There is no charge for the event.

    • 06.02.2017
  • Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Moderation Arrangements 2017

    Local Authority Profile Moderation Visit

    Schools were notified at the end of January by email if they have been selected for a moderation visit during May.

    • 06.02.2017
  • Awareness Sessions for Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support

    Awareness sessions are available on 7th March @ 2pm - 4pm and 27th April @ 10am -12pm

    • 06.02.2017
  • Disrespect Nobody Campaign

    The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat.  The first TV advert will run in the evening of Thursday 2 February in the Hollyoaks advertising break. 

    • 06.02.2017
  • GCHQ CyberFirst Girls Competion

    GCHQ national competition for school girls aged 13 - 15yrs: unique opportunity to take part in a fun but challenging competition

    • 06.02.2017
  • No Nonsense Grammar Conference - reminder

    22nd February 2017 @ 09:30 - 15:30 at the Holiday Inn, Crest Way, Barnwood, Gloucester, GL4 3RX

    A one day conference for Primary Teachers and Literacy Coordinators which will focus on the teaching and learning of grammar.

    • 06.02.2017

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