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Capability of staff

Applies to Maintained Schools Background New arrangements for teacher appraisal and new teaching standards came into force 1 September 2012. Approval Governing boards free to delegate to a committee of the governing board or an individual governor. Review frequency Governing board free to determine. Local guidance Model policies and toolkits for both teaching and non-teaching staff can be accessed via SchoolsWeb HR Zone, Managing Performance . DfE guidance Deploying staff Legislation The School…

Careers Fairs and Training

As part of the project both countries hosted a number of careers fairs for students and training events for teachers. Şaban Temuge Vocational and Technical High School - Dec 2017 Career Days with Bayram ÖZREK - Dec 2017 Career Days with a Private Hospital - March 2018 Bucks Skills Show - Oct 2018 Links to videos and information on this careers fairs, including future details can be found below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IV4Xe6Ae06I https://wannabebucks.org/bucks-skills-show/ It is also on…

Central record of recruitment and vetting checks

Applies to Maintained Schools, Academies, Free Schools, Sixth Form College, Pupil Referral Units, Independent Schools, Non Maintained Special Schools. Background It is a statutory requirement (Keeping Children Safe in Education, Paragraph 112) for all schools and academies to keep and maintain a single central record (SCR) of recruitment and vetting checks for their whole workforce (including volunteers, supply staff and teacher trainees on salaried routes). Academies will also need to keep the…

Certificates which contain information

What is a positive check? A positive DBS Check is one which contains criminal information as notified by the DBS. Where a DBS Certificate is issued containing criminal information, an email will be sent from the eDBS system advising you accordingly. Please note that BCC’s Safeguarding in Employment (SiE) Team will not see this certificate. Guidance to information on certificates When a positive check is received You will receive an email from the SiE Team to advise that an applicant’s DBS Discl…

Charging and remissions

Applies to Maintained schools, academies, and free schools. Background Governing boards are required to have a policy on charging for additional educational activities (eg music tuition), and on remissions of charges. Approval Governing board free to delegate to a committee of the governing body, an individual governor or the head teacher (local recommendation is delegation to the Finance Committee). Review frequency - governing board free to determine (recommended annually). Local guidance Cha…

Child protection

Applies to Maintained Schools Academies Free Schools Sixth Form Colleges Pupil Referral Units Independent Schools Non-Maintained Special Schools Further Education Background Governing boards have a responsibility to safeguard children and promote their welfare. Governing boards also have a responsibility to work together with other agencies to ensure adequate arrangements within our schools to identify, assess, and support those children who are suffering harm. Approval Governing board or propr…

Committees

Most governing boards establish committees to assist in carrying out their work and may delegate some governing board functions to these committees. The governing board must determine the membership and proceedings of any committee. The governing board must also regularly review the establishment , terms of reference , constitution and membership . Each committee must have a chair, who is either appointed by the governing board or elected by the committee. The governing board must also appoint…

Common Transfer File (CTF)

All schools, including PRUs, should be using the Common Transfer File or CTF to transfer pupil data electronically whenever a pupil changes schools at any time during the year. This could be at the end of an academic year or phase of education and involve a whole cohort of pupils or it could be mid-phase or mid-year for a single pupil. CTFs provide schools with valuable information about new pupils which can be automatically uploaded into their management information systems (MIS). The law requ…

Computer and e-safety policies

Background Schools should take appropriate steps to help staff, helpers and pupils maintain a safe and responsible level of conduct in their use of online technology. Review Computer Resources Policy including Internet Code of Practice - three yearly review recommended for Schools Financial Value Standard. Local guidance Please refer to the Safeguarding Toolkit for further information . DfE guidance Child internet safety Cyber Safety training courses for individual Governors and whole Governing…

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interests may arise where an individual’s personal or family interests and/or loyalties conflict with those of the governing board. Such conflicts may create problems because they can: Inhibit free discussion; Result in decisions or actions that are not in the interests of the school; and Risk the impression that the Governing board has acted improperly. It is important that governors and staff not only act impartially, but are also seen to act impartially. You have a duty to act i…

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COVID-19 - Admissions

Transfer testing Buckinghamshire Council, Bucks Grammar Schools and the test providers are in discussion with the DfE regarding this year’s transfer test, including special access, and we will provide an update as soon as we can. Admission Appeals The DfE have provided the following guidance regarding admission appeals in their document: Coronavirus COVID-19: school admission appeals The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will impact on the ability of admission authorities (that is, local authorit…

COVID-19 - Resources

Laptops for care leavers and children with social workers Eligiblility to receive digital devices and internet access Laptops and tablets will be provided for disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them. Eligible people are: care leavers children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker disadvantaged year 10 pupils Internet access will be provided through 4G hotspot devices for any of the following people who do not currently have it: car…

COVID-19 Attendance / Exclusions

All coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK: Guidance for educational settings The Government’s attendance expectations The government guidance Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been updated (19 th April) to include a section on attendance expectations for each of the different groups attending school and on encouraging attendance. Do schools need to complete our usual attendance processe…

COVID-19 Changes to Buckinghamshire Council Services

School Library Service No disruption to service delivery. SMST (Buyback FFT FSM) No disruption to service delivery. School Improvement The 2019/20 national curriculum assessments will not take place due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Guidance published on March 19 2020 should be used from 2020/21 onwards. Standards and testing agency Education Visits The government advises against any domestic trips (residential and non-residential) or overseas trips for children under 18 organised by…

COVID-19 Changes to support services

Changes to Buckinghamshire Council services Buckinghamshire Council’s Commercial Team have provided the following update with regards to Commercial Services: We hope to continue to deliver support services to you with limited disruption. Where services may have changed, or we need to reschedule training courses or events we will inform you as soon as possible. Please see below for the current status of BC commercial services Details of changes to our services for schools during the coronavirus…

COVID-19 Cleaning materials

Obtaining cleaning materials You will already recognise that there are national shortages and the local authority is unable to directly influence this. No doubt school leaders are already liaising with peers to pool resources wherever this is possible. What Buckinghamshire Council has negotiated is that schools are able to order with Lyreco for cleaning, hygiene and PPE supplies. Naturally, all suppliers are subject to demand on stock. However, this is a supplier that our Finance and Procuremen…

COVID-19 Early Years

Government guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures which contains an extensive FAQ section Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June A planning guide to help providers prepare for opening their setting to all children from the week commencing 1 June 2020. This includes: Preparing premises Implement practical measures to reduce risk Reviewing your staff Agree a protocol Communicate with staff Communicate with parents and carers…

COVID-19 Education updates

18th May Supplier relief notes for procurement in the Finance section ; Required water checks after a Period of Full or Partial Closure in the Property Services section ; A new section covering guidance for the wider opening of schools ; 13th May New guidance for the charity sector and advice about re-opening in the Early Years section ; extension to the furlough scheme in the Furlough and financial support section ; guidance for re-opening kitchens in the Free school meals section ; Guidance o…

COVID-19 Finance

School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) for the period March to July 2020 (Gov.uk) Finance support for education, early years and children’s social care (Gov.uk) Financial support offered to education and early years The government has put in place a number of funding and financial measures to support organisations – both public and private – during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are intended to be temporary, timely and targeted, to support public se…

COVID-19 Free School Meals

Government Guidance The government has published guidance on free school meals: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Free School Meals Guidance This has been updated on 15 th May with information on FSM and the re-opening of schools This guidance explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where the pupil is not attending school. Advice on the Edenred website for school administrators Parent and carer FAQs from Edenred Re-opening kitchens Schools s…

COVID-19 Furlough and Financial Support

Context and Background Information We have had a number of questions from schools relating to furlough and financial support. This document has been produced jointly by HR and Finance The government is regularly updating its information and so it is advisable to regularly check their website. Comprehensive guidance, published on 17 April, with links to other guidance can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care . Updated informa…

COVID-19 Governors

BASG Update – 21st May (also sent in a letter to all Chairs of Governors) Dear Governors, As an Association we thought it would be prudent to touch base with you all again following on from the government’s announcement that schools can begin to reopen to more pupils from the 1 June 2020. BASG are aware from several communications this week that school leaders and governors are working hard to process the vast amount of information that is out there and for them to work through as they consider…

COVID-19 Health & Safety

Government Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings - GOV.UK for information on health and safety, and what to do if someone develops symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) whilst at an educational setting Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings - GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - GOV.UK - Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement p…

COVID-19 Health services

Temporary changes to NHS children and young people’s community services Temporary changes to Children and young people’s services provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Parent's guide to health emergencies NHS England have produced a guide for parents to advise them about what to do if their child is ill. NHS parents guide Association for Young People’s Health Coronavirus health advice for young people from the Association for Young People’s Health The Council for Disabled Children Th…

COVID-19 HR guidance for schools and staff

Government and other Guidance All coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK: Guidance for educational settings Guidance for the public Guidance for employers and businesses Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers, end-point assessment organisations and external quality assurance providers ACAS Frequently asked questions The situation surroundin…

COVID-19 Implications for Outdoor Learning

This information has been written by the OEAP (Outdoor Education Advisor’s Panel) and provides guidance for planning and managing outdoor learning, off-site visits and learning outside the classroom during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It must be read within the context of current government guidance, which is likely to change as the situation develops. Although the guidance is focused on schools, it is also intended to be applicable to other establishments such as children’s homes. For…

COVID-19 Learning, curriculum and assessment

What is the expectation on curriculum from 1 st July? In Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 , the government state: The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets the standards that schools and childcare settings must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. Early years settings should use reasonable endeavours to deliver the learning and development requirements as far as possible in the current cir…

COVID-19 Local Area Plan

Frequently asked questions If I cannot open during the school closure period. Where can I send our pupils? In the event of an exceptional closure any parent with a child that is entitled to continue attending a setting (i.e. those with key worker parents, children with an EHCP and vulnerable children) that does not have a place can contact the following for support: Pre-school/Early years (0-5) brokerage@buckinghamshire.gov.uk School age children admissionskeyworker@buckinghamshire.gov.uk Pleas…

COVID-19 Newly Qualified Teachers

Government Guidance COVID-19: induction for newly qualified teachers 1 st April. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Initial Teacher Training (ITT) - GOV.UK 7th April New Qualified Teachers Absences related to coronavirus We want to reduce disruption caused by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on NQT induction. We have laid regulatory changes that, subject to parliamentary agreement, will mitigate this. Whilst the length of the induction period should ordinarily be 3 full terms and any absences t…

COVID-19 Property Services

Required Water Checks for Returning Authority-Maintained Schools in Buckinghamshire after a Period of Full or Partial Closure Within the Council’s school estate there are 2 types of water supply system; either: a) directly-fed supply from the mains, or b) delivered via water storage tanks within the system. As part of the process of ‘re-opening’ schools there must be mitigation against any risk of Legionella and schools are reminded of their responsibilities for continuing to carry out their re…

COVID-19 Safeguarding

COVID-19: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers (Gov.uk) COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing (Gov.uk) COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing (Gov.uk) How to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak (Gov.uk) Safeguarding online Safeguarding online : online safety in and away from schools Following the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance Keeping Children Safe i…

COVID-19 Safeguarding online

It is important to consider online safety for both pupils attending school, and those working from home. The government has provided the following advice: Online safety in schools and colleges It will be more important than ever that schools and colleges provide a safe environment, including online. Schools and colleges should continue to ensure that appropriate filters and monitoring systems (read guidance on what “appropriate” looks like ) are in place to protect children when they are online…

COVID-19 School Provision

Current school closure situation in Buckinghamshire Government Guidance Updated guidance on school provision and actions for education and childcare setting published 11 th May Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on: year groups in first phase of wider opening the latest science managing risk and rate of trans…

COVID-19 SEND

Government Guidance New DfE guidance on changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus was published on the 30 th April Legislation : The Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (Gov.uk) Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening Guidance for special schools, s…

COVID-19 Support for Families

The government has published Emergency funding to support most vulnerable in society during pandemic . The funding was announced on 2nd May to support survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and modern slavery as well as ensuring vulnerable children and young people continue to get the help they need.    Finance, Jobs and Benefits advice and guidance The Bucks Family Information Service has links to resouces with information to help families with financial advice, emergency food and essent…

COVID-19 Transition Support

Research suggests that a large proportion of children and young people can find the transition between schools, and between year groups within the same school, an unsettling and stressful experience. It is likely that many pupils will experience similar feelings when they return to settings following the closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic – especially those who are vulnerable, or who have special educational needs and disabilities. The Educational Psychology Team have produced an information…

COVID-19 Transport

Government Guidance All coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK: Guidance for educational settings New guidance published to ensure transport network is safe for those who need to use it - GOV.UK Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 published on 11th May states: Parents and children and young people should be encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, and avoid public transport at peak times.…

COVID-19 Well-being support for pupils

Talking to children about coronavirus The Children’s Commissioner has created a children’s guide to coronavirus which aims to answer children’s questions about coronavirus, tell children how to stay safe and protect other people and how to help them make the best of their time at home. Children’s guide to coronavirus | Children's Commissioner for England The below book, Coronavirus: A Book for Children has also been published by Noisy Crow books, containing child friendly information about the…

COVID-19 Well-being Support for School Staff

Nothing about our current daily lives is normal at the moment. As a result, we’re all probably having good days and bad days – and sometimes even on the same day. But we’ve got you and help is at hand to get you through. Support for School Staff We encourage you to make use of the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP), PAM Assist, which is here to provide you with a completely independent and confidential personal support service. If you work in any BC maintained school, or in an academy which ha…

COVID-19 Wider opening of Schools

Government guidance New guidance added following the government announcement on the wider opening of schools. Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June - A planning guide for primary school leaders to help prepare them to open their schools for more pupils during the coronavirus outbreak. Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June A planning guide to help providers prepare for opening their setting to all children from the week commencing 1 Ju…

CRB checks (now DBS)

Buckinghamshire Council’s DBS Safeguarding in Employment Team is responsible for implementing and applying the latest developments in government legislation and reviewing guidance and providing advice and support in all areas of safer employment practice, including the processing of statutory DBS Checks. DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) checks A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is a critical part of the Safer Recruitment Process. Please use these pages to find out all about DBS ch…

Criminal record checks

Buckinghamshire Council’s DBS Safeguarding in Employment Team is responsible for implementing and applying the latest developments in government legislation and reviewing guidance and providing advice and support in all areas of safer employment practice, including the processing of statutory DBS Checks. DBS (Disclosure and Barring service) checks A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check is a critical part of the Safer Recruitment Process. Please use these pages to find out all about DBS ch…

Critical Incident Response

A critical incident may be defined as “any sudden and unexpected incident or sequence of events which causes trauma within a school community and which overwhelms the normal coping mechanisms of that school.” Critical incidents vary greatly in magnitude from the expected death of a staff member, to sudden and traumatic incidents such as a stabbing on site. The COVID-19 pandemic means that there is an increased risk of critical incidents both within Buckinghamshire schools and the wider communit…

Curriculum and learning

Learning curriculum and assessment guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic

Curriculum KS 1 & 2

There are a range of resources available to Buckinghamshire schools to support aspects of the PSHE curriculum, and sign posts to trusted services for children and families promoting the vital Public Health, Safeguarding and Equalities agendas. Please see links below. As part of good quality PSHE provision it is important that children know where to access help both now and in the future. Please see links below. Public Health in Schools (Schoolsweb) BCC Safeguarding page BCC Equalites webpage Th…

Curriculum KS 3 & 4

There are a range of resources available to Buckinghamshire schools to support aspects of the PSHE curriculum, and sign posts to trusted services for children and families promoting the vital Public Health, Safeguarding and Equalities agendas. Part of providing good quality PHSE is to ensure young people know where to go to access support and enable them to support their own wellbeing and development both now and in the future. Please see links below. Public Health in Schools (Schoolsweb) Safeg…

Curriculum KS 5

Healthy Lifestyles Public Health (Schoolsweb) Relationships The Sex Educational Forum is a well-respected organisation. They offer free resources for schools linked to a range of themes including recognising positive relationships, risky behaviours, advice and guidance on SRE and a particularly useful checklist for SRE in schools. They continue to work with the PSHE Association and Brook. Sex Educational Forum Online safety Think you know/COEP Thinkuknow.co.uk/ Living in the wider world The lin…

Cycle training for schools

Cycle training for children is delivered via Buckinghamshire schools. Applications Schools must use an approved Provider from the Buckinghamshire Council approved List . Schools will be notified if their application has been successful within 15 working days after the closing date. Training can be booked online. Book training Funding Schools need to bid for funding the term their training course is due to take place – e.g. apply for funding in the Summer term for a training course being held in…

Cyclescheme

Cyclescheme is no longer available. A new scheme will be in place by summer 2020.

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