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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…

Champions

Side by Side Champions are expert leaders and practitioners from across all Buckinghamshire Schools. They are selected from Deployment Schools to work closely with schools identified as requiring Intervention or Prevention support, referred to as Support Schools. SSPCs - Side by Side Pupil Champions - school staff with a proven expertise and track record in particular subject or area SSLCs ­-Side by Side Leadership Champions – school leaders with proven expertise in delivering whole school impr…

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…

Closing the Gap Conference

Addressing the needs of vulnerable groups This was a half day conference to explore in further detail the local and national issue of closing attainment gaps for specific groups of pupils. **We have recorded the presentations for you - these are available below through Microsoft Stream and require a microsoft login.** The agenda included: Disproportionality - Oliver Foxell, Operations Manager, Youth Offending Service View the presentation video here Odd One Out - Carol-Anne McCollum, Executive…

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…

Computing courses for primary teachers

Did you know . . . The first teacher from your school who completes a course in Computing will get a bursary of £220 that goes to the school that employs you as a teacher. Here is how . . . Register today at: teachcomputing.org Apply to attend one of the many remote courses that are available. (See below) Complete all the sessions and gap tasks on the course. (Usually about 5 hrs work split into 1-hour sessions over a couple of weeks) Complete the questionnaire sent to you 6 weeks after the cou…

Computing courses for secondary teachers

Did you know . . . You can complete a course in Computing and get a bursary of up to £920 that goes to your School? Here is how . . . Register today at: teachcomputing.org Enrol on the Computer Science Accelerator (CSA): teachcomputing.org/cs-accelerator Take a short diagnostic test Decide which pathway suits your skills best Sign up for at least 1 online course and 1 Remote course. (10 hours of training). All the training is fully funded (FREE!) and you can do more than 10 hours if you wish. I…

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 Therapy and Complex Care

Update from the Children and Young People’s Therapy and Complex Care service teams Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust As schools begin to open up to more children this half term we wanted to update you on the integrated therapy service. New guidance was issued 3 June regarding the restoration of community health services for children and young people as part of the second phase NHS response. This informs the services we are able to provide to your school. The majority of speech and language t…

COVID-19 - Admissions

Government Guidance Coronavirus COVID-19: school admission appeals Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions Admission Appeals Buckinghamshire Council have provided guidance on Appeals Arrangements 2020 - Adjustments due to Coronavirus on the schoolsweb. This guidance includes and Admission Authority Guide 2020 and a Flow Chart document. The DfE have provided the following guidance regarding admission appeals in their document: Coronavirus COVID-19: school adm…

COVID-19 - Resources

Laptops, tables and 4G wireless routers Full opening of Schools guidance states the following: Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers have been made available to local authorities and academy trusts to support vulnerable and disadvantaged children (specifically, care leavers, children and young people with a social worker, and disadvantaged year 10 pupils). Local authorities and academy trusts will continue to own and use these devices (including for catch up purposes) following pupils return…

COVID-19 Attendance / Exclusions

All coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.​UK: Guidance for educational settings Attendance expectations From the start of the autumn term 2020 pupil attendance will be mandatory and the usual rules on attendance will apply, including: parents’ duty to ensure that their child of compulsory school age attends regularly at the school where the child is a registered pupil. Schools’ responsibilities to record attendance and follow up absence. The ability…

COVID-19 Education updates

1st July Free School Meals - Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores, have been added to the list of supermarkets you can order eGift cards for; Learning, curriculum and assessment - The Education Endowment Fund have published A COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools 25 June updates about summer holidays in the wider opening for schools , the summer food fund within free school meals , finance and safeguarding . 23 June Update about Therapy and Complex Care in the SEN ar…

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 furlough and financial support

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended to 31 March 2021. From 1 November 2020 you can claim 80% of an employee's usual salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. All employers with a UK bank account and UK PAYE schemes can claim the grant. You do not need to have previously claimed for an employee before the 30 October 2020 to claim for periods from 1 November 2020. Employers can furlough employees for any amount of time and any work pattern, while still b…

COVID-19 Governors

July 2020 The Department for Education (DfE) have released important news and communications relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England during coronavirus (COVID-19). School governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) update Paul Randall, the Chair of the Buckinghamshire Association of School Governance (BASG) has written a letter to all Chairs of Governors . Frequently asked questions The below FAQ have been kindly provided by the Buckinghamshire Association of School Go…

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 In collaboration with ASCL and NAHT unions the LGA…

COVID-19 Implications for Outdoor Learning

Guidance for planning and managing outdoor learning, offsite visits and learning outside the classroom during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This guidance 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. Outdoor Learning and Off-Site Visits during the Pandemic Learning outdoors has many educat…

COVID-19 Learning, curriculum and assessment

Full opening of Schools guidance includes: Section 3 - Curriculum, behaviour and pastoral support Section 4 - Assessment and accountability What is the expectation on curriculum for academic year 2020/21 Full opening of Schools guidance includes: Section 3 - Curriculum, behaviour and pastoral support Section 4 - Assessment and accountability Ofqual Guide to AS and A level results 2020 Guide to AS and A level results for England, 2020 Ofqual’s guide to the 2020 AS and A level results in England…

COVID-19 Newly Qualified Teachers

Government guidance COVID-19: induction for newly qualified teachers NQT induction statutory guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): Initial Teacher Training (ITT) - GOV.UK NQT support and inductions from September 2020 Information to help schools and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) prepare for NQT induction from September 2020 FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE), academic year 2020 to 2021 Early career framework reforms Teachers’ Standards Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) Absences related to co…

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 Public Health - safer working in education

Government guidance Guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children's social care settings Government guidance on full opening of schools and full opening of special schools and other specialist settings : Specifically: Section 1: Public health advice to minimise coronavirus (COVID-19) risks Annex A: Health and safety risk assessment Governrment guidance on the protective measures for holiday and after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavir…

COVID-19 Safeguarding

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing COVID-19: information about pupil wellbeing and support Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Following the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance (KCSIE) is statutory safeguarding guidance that schools should continue to have regard to. Annex for the Model Child Protec…

COVID-19 School Meals

In the full opening of schools guidance , the government state that it expect that kitchens will be fully open from the start of the autumn term and normal legal requirements will apply about provision of food to all pupils who want it. This includes those: eligible for benefits-related free school meals universal infant free school meals School kitchens can continue to operate, but must comply with the guidance for food businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) .

COVID-19 School Provision

Government guidance Guidance for full opening - schools – GOV.UK Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Education and childcare settings: new national restrictions from 5 November 2020 Guidance for critical workers who can access schools or educational settings Buckinghamshire Council guidance Full Opening - Septemb…

COVID-19 SEND

Government guidance Guidance for full opening: schools Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Second lockdown: Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020 Updates for a second lockdown – school attendance and visits Clinically extremely vulnerable children and staff Children More evidence has emerged that shows there is a very low risk of children becoming very unwell from coronavirus (COVID-19), even for children with exist…

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

See School transport during coronavirus .

COVID-19 Well-being support for pupils

Providing additional emotion al and pastoral support for pupils when they return to school The government have just released new guidance called Pastoral care in the curriculum as some pupils will require additional emotional and pastoral support when they return to school, so making time for pastoral care is a priority. A new post, “ How a tailored programme can help schools reopen ” has just been published on the Gov.uk teaching blog. Embark Federation led a Reconnection to Recovery and Resil…

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 Government Guidance relating to September 2020 opening Guidance for full opening - schools – GOV.UK Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance on the wider opening of schools Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June - A planni…

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

These pages contain resources and information for each key stage, along with information on PHSE and Swimming. Click here for PHSE Information Public Health in Schools information including resources and training information The Equalities pages contain information and classroom resources to help schools tackle sensitive topics such as racism, radicalisation, bullying, gender and sexual orientation. Click here for information around the curriculum during Covid

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 KS1 & 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 KS5

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. Bikeability funding for spring term 2020 We are unable to open the funding window for training to take place during the 2020 Spring term due to limited funding. Schools will be notified when we hear about future funding for 2021 to 2022 from the Department for Transport. Applications Schools must use an approved Provider from the Buckinghamshire Council approved List . Schools will be notified if their application has been su…

Cyclescheme

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

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