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Additional vetting checks

Prohibition orders (PO) In addition to obtaining the DBS certificate, anyone who is appointed to carry out teaching work will require an additional check to ensure they are not prohibited from teaching – the prohibition order. A prohibition order means that the person concerned is not allowed to undertake unsupervised teaching work in schools or other settings. LA maintained schools: Prohibition Order Checks for TAs are not required. LA maintained schools: Prohibition Order Checks for HLTAs are…

Admission policies

Voluntary aided, foundation and academy schools The governing bodies of voluntary aided, foundation schools and academies are their own admission authorities and therefore responsible for consulting on any changes to their admission arrangements. Consultation Each year admission authorities must consult any changes that they are proposing You must consult at least once every 7 years if no changes have been made to the arrangements. Consultation must be a minimum of 6 weeks and must take place b…

Admissions

Admission information for Buckinghamshire schools and for schools in other counties with pupils taking the secondary transfer test. Secondary Open Events for 2020 Entry Secondary Open Events for 2020 Entry Contact Admissions (login required) Primary Open Events for 2020 entry Update School Directory

Admissions arrangements (statutory)

Applies to: MS, Acad, FS Background: The School Admissions Code applies to all schools. The Local Authority sets admission arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled schools, Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academies determine their own arrangements. Approval: Full governing board or a committee of the governing board where the school is an admissions authority. Review frequency: Arrangements to be determined annually. Any changes must be consulted on and where no changes are made, con…

Analyse School Performance (ASP)

ASP is a web-based interactive tool developed by Ofsted and the Department for Education (DfE). It allows schools to review their performance data to support self-evaluation . It is also the main source of data for School Improvement Advisers and OfSTED Inspectors. The system is accessed through the DfE Secure Access system : DfE Secure Access system Please note that the Local Authority is unable to set up new accounts or reset passwords for users – this is managed directly by DfE. Schools need…

Annual reports

SACREs have a duty to publish an annual report. This report has to be sent to the Secretary of State for Education as well as to key partners, including schools, teacher training institutions, libraries and councillors. The main purpose of the annual report is to hold the LA to account, by informing the Secretary of State and key partners what advice SACRE gave the LA during the year and how that was responded to; this includes advice on RE and Collective Worship in those schools for which the…

Anti-bullying

These pages have information and advice for schools, including resources. The clear message for all children and young people should be: If you see bullying, pause before reacting, talk to a trusted adult and reach out to the person under attack For more information on the anti-bullying work in Buckinghamshire visit the Safeguarding Board website DfE guidance Preventing and tackling bullying - Advice for headteachers, staff and governing bodies Approaches to preventing and tackling bullying: ca…

AnyComms Plus

AnyComms Plus secure transfer If your organisation handles personal information about individuals, you have a number of legal obligations to protect that information under the Data Protection Act 1998. The seventh data protection principle states: “Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.” One important obligation is to protect the data…

AnyComms Plus v16 upgrade

On 6/7th August 2019 the AnyComms Plus system was upgraded. The below covers some of the key changes users need to be aware of. For all users, including school, early years setting and Local Authority users To improve security on the site, users are encouraged to change their password regularly. As a minimum, users will now need to change their passwords every 180 days . For most users, this will mean that you will be asked to reset your password the first time you log into the upgraded system.…

Appeals process

Please read below the guidance about the appeal process which will include the following: Timeline for appeals Grammar school appeals Section 8: Secondary Admission Appeal Process (2019) Admissions Appeals Guide 2019 Process for parents to appeal Parents can only appeal for a school once they have been refused it. Parent need to complete an online form to request an appeal pack Parents must complete the form within 20 school days. If an appeal request is received later than that date the appeal…

Appendix 1 - Filtering rules

New legislation came into force on 29th May 2013 that allows for certain old and minor cautions and convictions to no longer be subject to disclosure under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) (ROA). Prior to this, if a role was ‘exempt’ from the ROA, an employer was entitled to know about an applicant’s (or existing employee’s) full criminal record history. This meant that all convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings held on the Police Natio…

Appendix 2 - rehabilitation period principles

The rehabilitation period (the length of time before a caution or conviction becomes spent) is determined by the type of disposal administered or the length or the sentence imposed. Rehabilitation periods that run beyond the end of a sentence are made up of the total sentence length plus an additional period that runs from the end of the sentence, called the ‘buffer period’. Other rehabilitation periods start from the date of conviction or the date the penalty was imposed. The buffer periods ar…

Appendix 3 - legislative drivers

The following provides a brief outline of the different pieces of legislation which underpin DBS checks. Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (as amended in England and Wales) Under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings can become spent after a specified period of time – the rehabilitation period. Rehabilitation periods vary depending on the sentence or order imposed by the court, not the actual offence. Once a conviction or caution become…

Applicants who have lived abroad

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) is part of the safer recruitment policy operated by Buckinghamshire County Council. As a DBS Check only includes offences committed within the UK, if an applicant has lived abroad for 6 months or longer in the last 5 years a CGC is also required. What is a CGC? A CGC is a police check from the country(ies) where an individual lived preceding the DBS check. Your vetting will not be complete until a CGC has been obtained and is in addition to the DBS…

Application for free school meals - schools not signed up

Introduction All mainstream schools in Buckinghamshire have an obligation to provide Free School Meals to eligible children that attend full time. Parents apply directly to the school if they consider their child(ren) eligible to receive Free School Meals. Eligibility is judged against the benefits that the applying parent/carer is entitled to. If you have not signed up for the new The Eligibility Checking Service but would like further details then please contact Kate Sewell on 01296 382125 or…

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship training Apprenticeships are available for bringing in new talent, and to train existing staff. Training funding can be drawn down from the BCC Apprenticeship Levy Account. Guide for schools Information about the apprenticeship process is available below. Apprenticeships - BCC guide for schools Apprenticeships are work-based programmes designed by employers that are linked directly to job roles. They give an employee: the chance to receive structured high-quality training in the…

Asbestos Awareness Training

The Asbestos Awareness Training course covers: hazards and risks associated with asbestos containing materials places in buildings where it may be found and the different forms it may take how asbestos in buildings may be safely controlled and managed familiarise delegates with the current county council policy on asbestos give delegates a working knowledge of the procedures and apply them in their establishments Suitable for – managers, Headteachers, Health and Safety Co-ordinators who manage…

ASD

Assessment Data Statutory Collections

For 2019 collections schools are asked to send end of Key Stage results, including the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile (EYFSP) and the Phonics Screening Check, to the School Management Support Team (SMST) by the following dates: EYFSP Monday 17 th June + Phonics Screening Check Monday 17 th June * Key Stage 1 Wednesday 19 th June + Key Stage 2 (Teacher Assessments) Wednesday 19 th June + * Schools need to return their phonics check results files by this date, but the LA will accept amendme…

Attendance codes

Attendance Codes - changes to DfE guidance DfE released new guidance for Schools and Academies regarding Admissions and Attendance registers in advance of the 2013/14 academic year. The document that was released in the 2013/14 academic year called ‘School attendance, statutory guidance and departmental advice’ replaced the ‘Keeping Pupil Registers’ document and there are a few changes school colleagues should be aware of. Term-time holidays Previously Headteachers could authorise parents to ta…

Attendance policies

Background The Government expects: Schools and Local Authorities to: promote good attendance and reduce absence, including persistent absence; ensure every pupil has access to full-time education to which they are entitled; act early to address patterns of absence. Parents to perform their legal duty by ensuring their children of compulsory school age who are registered at school attend regularly. All pupils to be punctual to lessons. Amendments for the Education (Pupil Registration) (England)…

Award Winners

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Awards

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