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Race and Religion

Working with schools we want to challenge misconceptions, stereotypes and negative attitudes in society and to promote integration within and between all our communities. Respect, equality and diversity are key features in a well-planned PSHE education programme. A safe and respectful classroom can give pupils the opportunity to reflect on how each individual's behaviour, attitudes and biases affect others and teach them how to recognise and challenge prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.…

Race and Religion

Working with schools we want to challenge misconceptions, stereotypes and negative attitudes in society and to promote integration within and between all our communities. Respect, equality and diversity are key features in a well-planned PSHE education programme. A safe and respectful classroom can give pupils the opportunity to reflect on how each individual's behaviour, attitudes and biases affect others and teach them how to recognise and challenge prejudice, stereotypes and discrimination.…

Ramadan guidance

Ramadan affects Muslim pupils, families and staff and schools should, to the best of their ability, consider their arrangements to accommodate the needs of those fasting. Eid-ul-Fitr and time off school Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the two most important festivals in Islam. It marks the end of a month of fasting and most parents will want to celebrate with their families and communities. Pupils are entitled to one day’s authorised absence from school when Eid-ul-Fitr falls on a school day (register co…

Recommended Reading

Key principles of effective prevention education - produced by the PSHE Association on behalf of CEOP. This report outlines 11 key principles that support effective prevention education with regards to online safety. Evidence review on good practice in prevention education Produced in partnership with Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), this report outlines 11 key principles of effective practice in prevention education. These principles will help PSHE education professional…

Records management in schools

The Information Management Toolkit for Schools , published by the Information and Records Management Society (IRMS), has been created to assist schools to manage their information in line with the current legislative frameworks. Information Management Toolkit for Schools The toolkit has been revised since the previous version (May 2012) and a number of additions and amendments have been made. Please note that this new version refers to both “ Records Management ” and “ Information Management ”…

Records management policy

Background Each public authority (including individual schools) should have a records management policy. Local guidance Records Management in Schools (SchoolsWeb) DfE guidance Pupil reports and records

Recruitment

The recruitment team assists schools in attracting and selecting the most skilled, talented and motivated candidates for permanent, fixed term vacancies and agency roles. We offer a range of services which can be tailored to your needs. We know the current market for teaching and leadership vacancies is difficult, but our advertising service helps get your vacancies seen, we have around 4 million visitors per year to our recruitment webpages. We publish your vacancy on the BC website, intranet…

Recruitment advice

Can you avoid recruiting? There are a number of things to consider before deciding if you need to recruit which may help you to avoid having to recruit or enable you to do it in a more planned way. All roles Plan ahead – do you have a succession plan for the school? This should identify training and development opportunities for staff and could also help to identify acting up arrangements for both planned absences and unplanned ones. This may help with retention if Teachers can see a planned ca…

Recruitment and retention toolkit

We are pleased to confirm that the web based Recruitment and Retention Toolkit for schools has been reviewed. The toolkit contains a range of guidance and links to help you attract, select and retain the most talented applicants. Please also refer to the Safer Recruitment toolkit for safeguarding guidance when recruiting. Safer Recruitment Toolkit Please get in touch with us if you need any support with recruitment and retention. You can contact us by email advertising@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or…

Recruitment, Governors

Recruitment and New Governors The local authority provides support to governing boards in recruiting governors with the right range of skills to meet their school’s needs, and who reflect the diversity of the community their school serves. Listed below are some of the ways we may be able to help you. Governor Recruitment and Retention strategy (Sept 2015) Governor application form Becoming a governor poster Governor Volunteers The local authority can sometimes put governing boards in touch with…

Register of business

Applies to Maintained Schools Background Members of staff and school governors are forbidden from being involved in decision making relating to the purchases by the school of goods and services from themselves, their relatives or any organisation in which they or those close to them have significant interest. The school is required to maintain a register of such interests. This form provides a standard way for governors (including Head Teachers) and staff to declare such interests. Approval Gov…

Register of pupil admission

Applies to Maintained Schools Academies Free Schools Pupil Referral Units Independent Schools Non-Maintained Special Schools Background Governing boards are responsible for ensuring that admissions (and attendance) registers are maintained, but the register itself can be kept by appropriate school staff. A pupil is placed on the admission register on the first day he/she is expected to attend. Approval The governing board is free to delegate to a committee of the governing board, an individual…

Resilience

Promoting Resilience in schools Resilience can be described as the ability to bounce back and cope with stress and adversity. Evidence more strongly supports universal interventions or programmes that take a whole-school approach to promoting resilience than targeting children with perceived mental health needs or concerns. In order to promote emotional wellbeing and mental, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Public Health Team has provided limited funding to enable delivery of emotional resilien…

Resources

The PHSE Association have just released some new free resources for schools (no membership required) A fantastic resource for ages 15 to 18 year old students, has been produced by the Metropolitan Police to support discussions within school/colleges and youth provisions relating to Hate Crime and Prevent. They are based on a video made by Humza Arshad, the actor & comedian behind Humza Productions on YouTube. His productions include "Diary of a Badman" and "Badman". There are 5 sessions in tota…

Resources

The National Education Union have released an Anti-racism Charter designed to help you explore ideas around race equality and plan how to tackle racism with children, young people and staff. Show Racism the Red Card - have released new online resources and films, including an online course for anyone working with young people: Promoting equality and tackling racism in schools Equaliteach run workshops for children and young people and training for educators to tackle race and racism Integrity C…

Resources

Drop in Sessions To support you with your work on School Linking, as well as the training, we have created some drop in sessions that you can come along to throughout the year. The aim of these sessions is for us to be available for anyone who may have a question or issue that they would like to raise. Please pop these dates into your calendar and use them when needed. All sessions are 4pm – 5pm . If you cannot make it at 4pm but would like to attend then do let us know so that we remain on the…

Resources

Emotional wellbeing E-Learning Extensive Emotional wellbeing e-learning is available to all professionals that work with children and young people minded.org.uk Informational Resource for Bucks Schools - Promoting Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing The resource is an aide for primary and secondary schools to take a comprehensive approach to promoting good mental health and emotional wellbeing as well as supporting those who suffer from or are at risk of developing mental health problems. Thi…

Resources and Reports

Below are a number of resources and reports including Blogs and webinars around closing the gap. Pupil Premium Reports: Achievement Unlocked in North Yorkshire : Bruce, Rowland (2018) Tackling Educational Disadvantage in Oldham and Derby : Salmon, Bell, Rowland (2019) Maximising the impact of the Pupil Premium in East Sussex Primary Schools : Rowland (2020) EEF Pupil Premium guidance Useful reports and resources: 'Tackling Educational Inequalities with Social Psychology: Identities, Contexts, a…

Retention

To help you reduce the amount of recruitment you need to carry out, you should consider carrying out retention activities. Having a low turnover of staff can make your workplace attractive to applicants and means you can spend more time on core business rather than recruiting. It can also help to keep the cost of temporary staff down. It will also be helpful if you carry out exit interviews with leavers to understand their reasons for leaving, this will help you to identify any patterns and als…

Role of the chair

"...the most effective chairs of governors galvanise the rest of the governing board into action, delegating responsibilities to make the most of the expertise that exists, and reforming the ways in which governors conduct their business so that the needs of the school are more efficiently met." ' Making it Better: Improving School Governance', Ofsted In maintained schools, the role of the governing board is to conduct the school with a view to promoting high standards of educational achievemen…

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