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Ramadan guidance

Ramadan in 2019 is likely to begin in the evening of Sunday 5 May. Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, is likely to begin in the evening of Tuesday 4 June. The final dates for both will depend on the sighting of the new moon and so may vary either side of these two dates. 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…

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

At a glance 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 BCC websi…

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 the BCC Resourcing team if you need any support with recruitment and retention. You can contact us by email advertising@buck…

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

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

CPD Resources Below are the PowerPoint presentations CPD1 Amended Slides - please contact us for this resource CDP1 2018-19 - please contact us for this resource CPD2 Final for Children - please contact us for this resource Implementing P4C Picture Stimulus Lesson Plan idea 2018 CPD2 TLN Bucks CPD 2 18/19 1 CPD2 Questionnaire Final 2 Mindmap of resources 3 CPD2 Planning ideas 4 Class Visit Example Timetable 5 Niki Daly Freedom Park Planning pages from TLN teacher booklet for CPD 2018 Schools li…

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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