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About the Virtual school

The Virtual School is a small, joint agency, countywide team of specialist staff from education and social care set up in 2001 to improve the educational achievement and experience of Buckinghamshire’s children in care. Since September 2021, following the child in need review, the government made a commitment to extend this duty to all children with a social worker (for more information see: new duty for children with a social worker). Our roles: Leadership: Emma Owen - Virtual Scho…

Accessibility Statement

Buckinghamshire Council is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of technology or ability. The following accessibility statement is written for the Traded services extranet. This extranet should allow any user to: Change colours, contrast levels and size of text. Modify the line height or spacing of text. Zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the page. Navigate most of the extranet using just a keyboard. N…

Additional presenting needs

These additional presenting needs could occur as a result of some of the previous speech and language difficulties. Strategies to support difficulty with reading Difficulty learning phonics where there is a speech sound disorder. The child's inventory of sounds may be small, vowels may be distorted together with many other features. There may be difficulty marrying letters and speech sounds together. When decoding or sounding out, the child cannot blend and hear the words they are p…

Additional vetting checks

Teaching regulation agency checks 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: Prohibited from teaching for TAs are not required. LA maintained schools: For HLTAs are requi…

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 cha…

Admissions Policies

View information surrounding our Admissions Policies on the Buckinghamshire Council Corporate Website. Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy Schools The governing bodies of Voluntary Aided, Foundation, and Academy Schools are their own admissions authorities and therefore are responsible for consulting to their admission arrangements. Consultations Each year admission authorities must consult any changes that they are proposing. You must consult at least once every 7 years if no c…

Advice Service

The Virtual School has launched a new advice service which goes live on 4th April 2022. There are two elements to this service. There is a new dedicated inbox for schools to contact with queries, concerns or burning issues related children with social workers in their settings. Virtual School staff will respond with advice and guidance either by email or a telephone call. adviceline.thevirtualschool@buckinghamshire.gov.uk Where there are more complex cases there will be a tria…

Advice Sessions

As part of our Tiered Approach to allow schools to receive advice, support, and strategies from the Specialist Teachers at every stage of SEND Support the Aylesbury Area Specialist Teachers are offering regular Advice Sessions. Each session provides half an hour, face-to-face or remote support for an individual school or setting. Prior to a session, we will ask you to complete a proforma outlining your needs which allows us to best prepare for the meeting. Feel free to discuss an individual…

Amersham Liaison Group

Consistent adoption of changes to PSHE/RSE Description : Share resources and commonly used schemes across all key stages Develop a thorough and consistent policy across all local schools Working groups to tackle more sensitive aspects of new requirements. Outcomes : Consistent shared policy Deeper understanding of what is taught at all Key Stages across liaison group schools to prevent repetition or gaps. Smooth progression of statutory requirements from EYFS to…

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. Sch…

Anaphylaxis kit

Overview It's good practice for schools to store an emergency anaphylaxis kit which includes: 1 or more Adrenaline Auto Injectors (AAI's) and instructions on how to use them a checklist of injectors (identified by their batch number and expiry date with monthly checks recorded) a note of the arrangements for replacing the injectors a list of pupils to whom the AAI can be administered This should be kept alongside an emergency asthma inhaler kit (containing a salbutamol i…

Annual Review Actions checklist

Download as Word document This version may not be accessible 1. Welcome, introductions and purpose Record attendees, non-attendance and reports submitted on the Record of Annual Review forms. Ensure that everyone has access to all of the papers. Chair 5 minutes 2. The child or young person's voice Highlight achievements and successes Identify aspirations All 10 minutes…

Annual Reviews

The Annual Review of an Education Health and Care plan (EHCP) is not only a meeting but a process by which the outcomes set out in the EHC Plan and the effectiveness of provision are reviewed alongside all other sections of the EHCP. EHCPs must be reviewed and the process completed by the local authority (LA) as a minimum within every 12 months. For pre-schoolers with EHCPs, this review must be within 6 months. Please send the completed Record of Annual Review document, alongside all othe…

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 Don't face it alone Coordinated by the Diana Award, sign up here to receive lots of resources to support children and young peopl…

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…

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 s…

Applicants who have lived abroad

Obtaining a Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) is part of the safer recruitment policy operated by Buckinghamshire 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…

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 382…

Application for Free School Meals - Signed up Schools

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. Signing up for the Eligibility Checking Service means that parents do not usually have to submit paper evidence to support their claims to different…

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship training Apprenticeships are available for bringing in new talent, and to train existing staff. Training funding can be drawn down from the BC Apprenticeship Levy Account. Guide for schools Information about the apprenticeship process is available below. Apprenticeships - BC 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 h…

Appropriate Body for Early Career Teachers

For ECTs trained by Astra Teaching School Hub and therefore unable to register with them, Buckinghamshire Council will act as an alternative local provider, to facilitate equity of provision across our Schools. Appropriate Body regulations prohibit an Appropriate Body from providing services to ECTs where: The Appropriate Body has awarded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to the ECT The ECT is placed at the lead school of the Appropriate Body In Buckinghamshire, this means that A…

ASD

We support Children and Young People with Educational Health Care Plans identifying the primary need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We can provide support as needed, which may include: Classroom observation to inform inclusive practice Monitoring and recording progress Support with planning differentiation 1:1/social groups Advice on classroom management strategies Advice on managing the learning environment Support to ensure access to the Curriculum Worki…

ASD

We support Children and Young People with Educational Health Care Plans identifying the primary need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We can provide support as needed, which may include: Classroom observation to inform inclusive practice Monitoring and recording progress Support with planning differentiation 1:1/social groups Advice on classroom management strategies Advice on managing the learning environment Support to ensure access to the Curriculum Worki…

Assessment Data Statutory Collections

All schools and academies are required to submit assessment data to the Local Authority (LA) for each eligible pupil for the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, Year 1 Phonics check (including Year 2 Phonics rechecks where required), Key Stage 1 Teacher Assessment and Key Stage 2 Teacher Assessment. As in previous years, we are collecting data directly from schools and submitting it on your behalf to the Standards and Testing Agency (STA). This gives us the opportunity to check and validat…

Asthma inhaler kit

Overview Schools should consider keeping more than one emergency asthma kit, especially if covering more than one site, to ensure that all children within the school environment are close to a kit. They must not be locked away in a cupboard or an office where access is restricted. Where to purchase You can purchase inhaler kits online or via a local pharmacy. Pharmacists will need a request signed by the principal or headteacher (ideally on appropriately headed paper) stating:…

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 Edu…

Autism Toolbox

Our Autism Toolbox brings together advice, local support, services and resources for parents and carers of autistic children. Whether or not you have an autism diagnosis, this toolbox will: support you in a variety of situations you may not have faced before make you feel more comfortable dealing with autistic behaviour help you make sure that your child with autism feels happy, confident and loved The Autism Toolbox for parents and carers

Award Winners

Best Position Paper (Country) Winner - USA Commendation - Libya & Italy Best Media Coverage Preparation Winner - Russia Today Commendation - Fox News Bucks MUN Award Winner - Chad Commendation - The Netherlands Best Foreign Affairs Correspondent Winner - Fox News Commendation - France 24 Outstanding Diplomacy and Advocacy Winner - India Commendation - Belgium Public Speaking Award Winner - Indonesia Commendation…

Awards

Below are some awards that your school could achieve or qualify for: Equalities Award The Award includes Bronze, Silver and Gold levels to allow schools to build upon their commitment to equality over time. The award is run by Equaliteach and the website is accessible and user-friendly with face-to-face support, learning walks and staff training. For more information please contact us. View the Equaliteach Award here Junior E-Safety Ambassadors Duration: 4 hours This course…

Aylesbury

Who we are and how to contact us The Aylesbury Integrated SEND Service Our newsletters Hub Newsletters are emailed to SENCos to share with their settings on a Thursday. Please contact sts@buckinghamshire.gov.uk to have your name added to the email list. Aylesbury escalation protocol As an integrated service we support children/young people, their families and settings to achieve the best possible outcomes for all. If you feel that the service is not supporting the delivery of…

Aylesbury Escalation Protocol

The Integrated SEND Service endeavours to always work with you to support all of our children and young people in Buckinghamshire to achieve the best possible outcomes. We pride ourselves on our service ambition, and strive to achieve excellent service, through working in partnership with all other professionals, and children and families. If you feel that the service is not supporting the delivery of these outcomes in the way that it should, you can escalate your concerns using the followin…

Aylesbury Liaison Group

Developing support and provision for inclusive practice for ASD students in mainstream schools Description : All schools to receive training in ASD and strategies to support these students in mainstream. Schools to work towards achieving recognition in ASD support. Outcomes : Schools to work towards achieving recognition in ASD support.

Aylesbury SEND newsletters

View the latest Aylesbury Hub Newsletters: Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 16 - 19/01/2023 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 15 - 12/01/2023 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 14 - 05/01/2023 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 13 - 08/12/2022 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 12 - 01/12/2022 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 11 - 24/11/2022 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 10 - 17/11/2022 Aylesbury Hub Newsletter issue 9 - 10/11/2022 Hub Newsletters are being emailed to SENCos to s…

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