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  • Internet Safety for Summer Holidays

    As the summer break is fast approaching Gloucestershire Constabulary has helpfully put together some key guidance for parents and professionals.

    • 09.07.2021
  • Curriculum Prioritisation in Primary Maths

    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.’

    • 09.07.2021
  • Guidance for schools and summer schools

    Following government announcements this week and a move to Stage 4 of the Roadmap, the operational guidance for schools has been updated here. Step 4 changes currently apply from 19th July, subject to review on 12th July.

    • 08.07.2021
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (28.06.21 - 02.07.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 28.6.21).

    • 07.07.2021
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 PUBLISHED

    Keeping Children Safe in Education 2021 was published this week. As part of Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership’s on-going commitment to Gloucestershire Schools through traded services, we are pleased to announce there will be short webinar to go through the changes and what action you now need to take.

    • 07.07.2021
  • Summer Wellbeing Support from Occupational Health

    Occupational Health services and the free Employee Assistance Programme are available to use over the summer holidays.

     

    • 06.07.2021
  • Alternative Provision Assessment Survey

    Please see below a message from Phil Haslett, Head of Education Strategy and Development.

    • 06.07.2021
  • Revealing Reality

    Gloucestershire Healthy Living and Learning (GHLL) would like to highlight the work that the Personal, Social and Health Education  (PSHE) Association in conjunction with colleagues at the research agency are working on ‘Revealing Reality’. They are seeking Year 11/12/13 students to respond to an anonymous online survey about their attitudes and experiences surrounding image sharing (the sharing of nude or nearly nude pictures or videos), to help explore the impact of this practice on young people).

    • 06.07.2021
  • Books Beyond Words

    Books Beyond Words are award-winning wordless picture stories, covering themes such as physical and mental health, life skills, relationships, abuse, trauma, grief and bereavement. They also provide the Open Book webinar series this carefully curated series of six free webinars covers a range of challenges that schools are currently facing.

     

    • 05.07.2021
  • Child Sexual Exploitation & Missing Update

    There is now an updated CSE Screening Tool which incorporates both Criminal and Sexual Exploitation. Please can head teachers share this information with all staff so they know what to do should they have concerns.

    • 05.07.2021
  • Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF) and Children’s Activity Booking System (CABS)

    GCC has a database that will track and monitor the attendance of all children and young people at out of school provision and targeted commissioned provision over all holiday periods

    • 05.07.2021
  • Free School Meal support this summer from Gloucestershire County Council

    This summer, Gloucestershire County Council is running two schemes for children eligible for Free School Meals.

    • 02.07.2021
  • Ofsted Inspection – updated handbooks

    Ofsted has recently updated handbooks for all sectors. The school and early years handbooks and summaries of the changes made can be found at these links:

    School inspection handbook

    Early years inspection handbook

    • 30.06.2021
  • Gloucestershire Largest Virtual School Sports Event - 13 July 2021

    As the Gloucestershire Virtual School Games Day approaches, we want 50,000 children active and taking part in Gloucestershire's biggest ever virtual physical activity event. There are loads of fun activities lined up such as live Bhangra, desk drumming, the Daily Mile, yoga, inclusive fitness, 1500m Olympic record attempts and much, much more.

     

    • 30.06.2021
  • Covid Response Checklist - latest version

    The latest version of the Covid-19 Response Checklist is attached.

    • 30.06.2021
  • School Emergency Closures Site

    A reminder for schools to post details of Covid-19 cases on the School Emergency closure site. This information will allow support services such as catering and transport to keep up to date with any changes.

    • 30.06.2021
  • Elective Home Education

    We would like to ensure that the messages to Headteachers about Elective Home Education align with the messages that have recently been communicated to school staff who attended the Attendance Network Meetings. It is important that the processes around Elective Home Education are clear as numbers are increasing.  Please read on for essential information.

     

     

    • 30.06.2021
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (21.06.21 - 25.06.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 21.06.21).

     

    • 29.06.2021
  • Human Rights and Safeguarding Research

    Dr Alison Struthers of Warwick University and Dr Ruth Brittle of Nottingham Trent University are hoping to gather data from teachers, including Designated Safeguarding Leads, on human rights and safeguarding, and have produced two short surveys to do this. 

    • 29.06.2021
  • Alternative Provision Project Update

    Working in partnership with schools, the Alternative Provision project aims to reduce the number of children and young people being permanently excluded. It aims to transform the way in which alternative provision is provided, to make sure vulnerable children and young people receive timely support of the highest quality.

    • 29.06.2021
  • Governor Training - Health & Safety in Schools

    Health and safety in a school is about taking a sensible and proportionate approach to ensure a healthy and safe place for the school workforce, visitors and pupils.

    • 29.06.2021
  • Covid-19 Local Support Grant - Extended to 30 September 2021

    The Covid-19 Local support grant has now been extended; applications are now open until September 30th at 5pm. The grant can help with the cost of food, household bills and other household essentials.

    • 28.06.2021
  • Letter to parents/carers and updated GCC COVID guidance for summer term 2021

    In response to rising infection rates across the county and the increasing pressure schools are experiencing around holding events in the summer term,  the attached letter has been drafted to parents/carers to support schools’ decision making. The letter has been prepared for schools to share with their communities and has been signed by Sarah Scott, Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Public Health and Chris Spencer, Director of Children’s Services.

    • 25.06.2021
  • Gloucestershire Schools Forum Outcome Report (17 June 2021)

    The Schools Forum Outcome report from the meeting held on 17 June 2021 is available here.

    • 25.06.2021
  • Targeted language programme to support children’s language development

    NELI is a school-based programme for children in Reception (4-5 years) which has been found to improve children’s language and early literacy skills. This programme is funded by the Department for Education.

    • 24.06.2021
  • Nobody Understands - updated labels

    Following serious concern over a number of teenage suicides, you will remember that in recent years the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Executive and Suicide Prevention Group have sent out stickers for pupils to put in planners. The labels have been updated for 2021 and you will now see that included  are signposts to both Hope House, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.  This is linked to three recent Rapid Reviews undertaken by the Safeguarding Partnership.

    • 23.06.2021
  • Safeguarding – Free Webinar - South West Cyber Protect Briefing

    The South West Regional Cyber Crime Unit (SWRCCU) in collaboration with the South West Cyber Resilience Centre (SWCRC) are inviting educational establishments from the South West region (Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire) to join them on 13th July 2021 at 10am for this free cyber briefing on the threat of ransomware to the education sector.

    • 23.06.2021
  • Safeguarding – E-Learning Course on Unconscious Bias

    The Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership is pleased to be able to offer a short 30 minute e-learning course on Unconscious Bias.

    • 23.06.2021
  • Safeguarding – Record Transfer Protocol

    This South West Child protection Record Transfer Protocol has been agreed by all those attendees of the South West Education Group and adopted by the Gloucestershire Education and Early Years Sub Group of the partnership.

    • 23.06.2021
  • Previously Looked After Children Newsletter (Summer 2021) – from The Virtual School

    The Virtual School has produced a newsletter which shares good practice, training and news regarding supporting previously looked after children.

    • 23.06.2021
  • SEND Banded Funding

    Please find attached the latest version of the SEND banded funding descriptors. 

    • 22.06.2021
  • Team Around the Locality Cluster support “nothing but positive”

    A senior leader at a Gloucestershire school has praised the Team Around the Locality Cluster (TALC) intervention and encouraged other schools in the county to use the support.

    • 22.06.2021
  • Guidance until the end of the summer term

    Following the government announcement on Monday, there is no change to operational guidance for schools. All control measures should remain in place until the end of term and regular LFD testing should continue.

    • 18.06.2021
  • KS1: administering the phonics screening check (PSC) to Y2 pupils (2021)

    The Standards and Testing Agency (STA) has confirmed that it will be statutory for schools to administer a past version of the PSC to Y2 pupils during the second half of the 2021 autumn term.  

    • 17.06.2021
  • NSPCC Speak out, Stay safe online programme

    With the summer break fast approaching, the NSPCC are doing a final push on getting their Speak out, Stay safe online programme out to Primary Schools. It’s such a good time for pupils to receive these messages before transitions and those important summer holidays.

    • 17.06.2021
  • Letter from Marcus Rashford on Holiday Activities and Food Programme

    Marcus Rashford MBE and Henry Dimbleby MBE are working with the Food Foundation to help promote the Government’s new Holiday Activities and Food programme.

    A letter can be found here from Marcus Rashford MBE and Henry Dimbleby MBE who are asking Headteachers to send it on to parents and carers, and particularly those of children who qualify for free school meals.

    • 16.06.2021
  • Schools Safety Videos: staying safe on the railway

    Wales and Western Community Safety Managers have collaborated with Picturascope to create two new safety videos demonstrating the dangers of the railway. Content includes, level/foot crossing safety awareness, station safety and the dangers of electrification.

    • 15.06.2021
  • Year 11 Attendance Reporting

    Guidance issued from the Department for Education (DfE)  makes it clear that there is an expectation for Year 11 students to receive tuition until the last Friday in June.  DfE has been very clear that there should be no use of the S code this year by schools as there is no need for study leave.  

    • 15.06.2021
  • Confirming summer school arrangements

    Those schools intending to run a summer school this year will need to complete the online confirmation form by Wednesday 30 June to take part in the summer school programme. If you did not complete the initial sign-up form, you can still join the programme by completing the confirmation form.

    • 15.06.2021
  • Mangotsfield English Hub Phonics Specialists

    The Mangotsfield English Hub is looking to expand its team of Phonics Specialists. These teachers work with the Hub for an agreed number of days across the year to support other schools in developing their teaching of early reading and phonics. Closing date Friday 25th June 2021 at midday.

    • 14.06.2021
  • School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers

    This guidance has been updated to support teachers to prepare annual reports for parents following the cancellation of this year’s summer exam series and primary assessments, and partial school closures, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. School reports on pupil performance: guide for HTs (DfE/STA, updated 10 June)

    • 14.06.2021
  • CyberSprinters – a new teaching resource for primary schools and clubs

    Introducing CyberSprinters, a new online game to help primary schools, clubs and youth groups teach children about cyber security from an early age. It is a free interactive game, developed by the National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ, aimed at 7 to 11-year-olds, and is available from today.

    • 03.06.2021
  • Covid-19 Testing Flowcharts

    The attached flowcharts are designed to support decision making on choosing the appropriate tests for staff, students and their families. Please share with parents/carers as appropriate.

    • 02.06.2021
  • Support for students that are affected by self-harm

    Gloucestershire Self-Harm Helpline is open every day of the year between 5pm and 10pm and provide emotional support, information, coping strategies and signposting via telephone, text and webchat.

    • 02.06.2021
  • Key Communications from DfE for Schools (24.05.21 - 28.05.21)

    Details and links to the key communications from the Department for Education are attached (updated from 24.5.21).

    • 01.06.2021
  • Covid-19 Control Measures and Variants of Concern

    Further to the easing of restrictions on 17 May, it is important that control measures are maintained in schools such as bubbles & one way systems.

    • 28.05.2021
  • ‘Mastering Number’: supporting pupils to develop good number sense

    The NCETM and Maths Hubs have announced a year-long programme for primary schools (from September 2021).  The Mastering Number project is aimed at pupils in YR-Y2 and will focus on strengthening their understanding of number and fluency with number facts.

    • 26.05.2021
  • Secondary School Forecasts 2021/22 – 2027/28

    Pupil number forecasts are now available to download; it is a likely indication of pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision.

    • 25.05.2021
  • Primary School Forecasts 2021/22 – 2024/25

    Pupil number forecasts are now available to download; it is a likely indication of pupil numbers over future years to enable you to plan provision. The forecast is available via Perspective Lite.

    • 25.05.2021
  • Ofsted Research Review: mathematics

    Ofsted has published the third in its series of reviews into curriculum subjects, with a focus on mathematics.

    • 25.05.2021

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