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Buckinghamshire agreed syllabus 2016 - 2021 Challenging RE - version 3 (the agreed syllabus) is now available to download. Bucks Agreed Syllabus for RE 2016-21 (Pdf version) Bucks Agreed Syllabus for RE 2016-21 (Word version) Our core vision We seek to ensure that all pupils in our schools develop spiritually, academically, emotionally and morally. This helps them understand themselves and others and cope with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities of living in…

SACRE information and guidance

Example policies Collective Worship Template - Church of England Policy 2012 Collective Worship Template - Maintained Schools 2012 General information Our Core Vision and Values SACRE constitution Etiquette for visiting places of worship Bucks Agreed Syllabus for RE 2016-21 Pdf version Bucks Agreed Syllabus for RE 2016-21 Word version Ramadan: Exams and Tests, 2019 - Information for schools and colleges

SACRE meeting February 2020

Minutes of the SACRE meeting held on Tuesday, 4 th February 2020 at Chesham Bois School Present: Ann Beaton Anne Andrews David Watson Elaine Lever Frankie Fisher Gerald Knight Karen Crussell Margaret Dean Marjorie Johnston Mary Saywood Steve Terry Sue Bowden Tim Harper Zahid Jawed Ralph Bagge (part) Apologies: David Liddle Georgina Emmanuel Anita Cramer In attendance Katherine Wells Bill Moore Sarah Payne…

SACRE meeting June 2020

Minutes of the SACRE meeting held on Virtual meeting held 10 th June 2020 Present: David Liddle David Watson Frankie Fisher Tim Harper Zahid Jawed Elaine Lever Anita Cramer Karen Crussell Anne Andrew Gerald Knight Ann Beaton Marjorie Johnstone Sue Bowen Ralph Bagge Apologies: Steve Terry Mary Saywood In attendance Katherine Wells Bill Moore Minutes of February 2020 meeting agreed Matters Arising Members…

SACRE meeting October 2019

Booker Park School, Stoke Leys Close, Aylesbury, 4pm to 6pm. Welcome, apologies and period of silence Val McFarlane welcomed everyone to the meeting and welcomed Anita Cramer, the Cabinet Member for Education and Skills. Presentation by Booker Park Presentation by Bethan Lang – Deputy Head at Booker Park, with responsibility for curriculum and assessment Booker Park is a special school for children with complex difficulties. The SLT have undertaken a large review of the cur…

SACRE meetings

Procedure for claiming expenses for mileage relating to SACRE meetings Meeting minutes and agendas 2020/21 November 2020 meeting minutes February 2021 meeting minutes March 2021 meeting minutes June 2021 meeting minutes 2019/20 June 2020 Meeting minutes February 2020 meeting minutes October 2019 meeting minutes 2018/19 June 2019 meeting minutes February 2019 meeting minutes October 2018 meeting minutes 2017/18 July 2018 meeting minutes Febru…

SACRE newsletters

We hope you enjoy these editions of SACRED, the newsletter for SACRE. Our intention is to provide current and stimulating material to help with forward planning and delivery of quality RE. We produce 2 issues a year covering a variety of topics and highlighting events from the Multi faith calendar. In each edition of SACRED we will be featuring something of local interest in RE Sacre Newsletter - Issue 12 Summer 2021 Sacre Newsletter - Issue 11 Summer 2020 Sacre Newsletter – Issu…

Safeguarding Conference March 2021

On the 25th March 2021 the School Improvement Team hosted a Safeguarding Conference for Head Teachers in Buckinghamshire. The conference was opened by Yvette Thomas, Equalities and School Improvement Manager. Safeguarding from Online Harms - Alison Watts, Prevent Education Officer Watch the recording here Download the presentation here Impact of Covid on Children - Tim Jones, Principal Educational Psychologist Watch the recording here Download the presentatio…

Safeguarding for governors

The statutory guidance, Keeping children safe in education , places requirements on all governing boards. Boards must ensure their schools have effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place that take into account local risks, any statutory guidance issued by the Secretary of State, any LA guidance, and locally agreed on inter-agency procedures. Governor safeguarding audit It is suggested that this optional safeguarding audit for nominated governors is completed in partnership wi…

Safeguarding Toolkit

This toolkit provides guidance around different areas of safeguarding. Download the Buckinghamshire Council Framework CP Policy There is also advice for governors, who have a statutory duty to keep children safe: The statutory guidance, Keeping children safe in education requires that Governing bodies must ensure their schools have effective safeguarding policies and procedures in place.

Safeguarding Training

Buckinghamshire Council offers training via an external provider on a range of topics for school staff, designated safeguarding leads, and governors. We also offer training and support to designated safeguarding leads that enable staff to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. Training Dates Please note that all bookings for courses need to be made through Jackie Kelly: Email: Jackie.kelly@buckinghamshire.gov.uk Tel: 01296 382912

Salary Modeller and Q2 Forecast Workshop

New user Salary Modeller and Q2 forecast Overview Due to Covid restrictions we have adapted this course to be delivered on line via Microsoft Teams. The training is split into two sessions Salary Modeller and Q2 Forecast. Salary Modeller – new user and refresher Aimed at individuals who have had limited or no experience of using the salary modeller tool. This part of the session will cover the basics of how the tool works and how it is used for budget setting and monitoring. T…

School Census

The School Census is a Department for Education (DfE) data collection of school and pupil level data that all schools in England (including academies, Free Schools, UTCs, Special Schools and PRUs) are required to complete three times a year. The submission of the school census returns, including a set of named pupil records, is a statutory requirement on schools under Section 537A of the Education Act 1996. The DfE use the data collected in the School Census to allocate funding to schools so…

School governance

(Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 Background The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) (England) Regulations 2013 came into force on the 1 st of September 2013 and simplify and replace the provisions of three previous sets of regulations. Legislation The School Governance (Roles, Procedures and Allowances) Regulations 2013

School improvement and equalities

Welcome to Buckinghamshire Council School Improvement. Education is a fast-paced and dynamic profession, ever changing and innovating. We recognise that, as leaders, teachers and education professionals, your focus is the children and young people in your care. We understand that : Keeping up to date and ahead of the educational curve can be a challenge The need to fix an unexpected problem or challenge could occur at any time. Teaching and school performance has to be excepti…

School liaison groups

School liaison groups are arranged by area and there are 18 across Buckinghamshire. The membership consists of Headteachers from all schools – Primary, Secondary, Special, Academy, Grammar and PRU. Aylesbury Vale Area Aylesbury Town Bernwode Buckingham and Winslow John Colet Wing Chiltern and South Bucks Area Amersham Beaconsfield Burnham Chalfont Chesham Everham Misbourne Wycombe Area Cressex Marlow Princes Risborough Wyco…

School Management Support

The School Management Support Team supports the coordination and management of the electronic provision of data and information to all: schools academies Local Authority (LA) The team provides a range of contextual and performance information to support the school, early years and LA planning. They also offer performance monitoring and to assist with school self-evaluation.

School management support team additional services

The School Management Support Team is able to provide additional analysis for schools, above and beyond the data and analysis available to all schools and listed on our timetable. We advertised in the Services for Schools brochure that we offer additional services, which include a range of analysis that provided on request and for a small additional charge. We have had a number of queries from schools asking what sort of analysis we can provide so thought it would be useful to make schools awar…

School swimming

Buckinghamshire Council commission the Bucks School Swimming Partnership (BSSP) to provide school swimming information, advice and guidance to Buckinghamshire schools on safe practise in swimming, to keep everyone involved in school swimming safe. Bucks Council produce a Safe Practice in School Swimming Policy and Guidance which sets out policies and provides guidance and advice on safe practice in school swimming, whether at a school pool, hydrotherapy pool, public pool or during school…

School travel planning

All schools should promote and encourage active, safe and sustainable travel for the school journey. Footsteps Footsteps is a practical pedestrian training scheme for young children Go for Gold Go for Gold is an incentive-based scheme developed to encourage children and their parents to use sustainable travel modes for the school journey. Junior Road Safety Officers Junior Road Safety Officers are children from your school who promote road safety and su…

Schools Finance Systems Support Team

Welcome to the Schools Finance Systems Support Team site; your resource for all information relating to FMS, PFM, and PS Financials Support & Training. The Schools Finance Systems Support Team is committed to providing support services to Schools covering the following areas: telephone support, remote assistance, a comprehensive training schedule, consultancy visits and Bursar support service. Our experienced team have worked in schools and understand the environment. We do not have a 1st, 2…

Schools Library Service

Buckinghamshire Schools Library Service offers a comprehensive, flexible resource and advisory service to all phases of education, from nursery to post-16. Our service is available to schools and educational settings both within Buckinghamshire and neighbouring counties. Offering excellent value for money for utilising wide ranges of fantastic books of all genres. Our dedicated staff have many years’ experience of working within education and will offer professional, friendly advice and p…

Schools Linking Network

The Schools Linking Network supports schools and communities to develop a positive, cohesive ethos by helping children, young people and adults to explore identity, celebrate diversity, champion equality and promote community. On these pages, you will find resources and presentations that you can download. For further information please visit The School Linking Network website. CPD1 Training Please join us for CPD1 training on 23rd September 2 - 4pm @ Missenden Abbey Thi…

Schools MIS Team

Welcome to the Schools MIS Team page; your resource for all information relating to MIS Support and Training. The Schools MIS Support Team is committed to providing support services to Schools covering the following areas: telephone support, remote assistance, a comprehensive training schedule, consultancy visits and Admin support service. Your MIS isn't just for the office, it is also a tool to drive improvement across your school, to help you analyse how you’re closing the gap with your pu…

Schools Technical Support Team

Welcome to the Schools Technical Support Team The Schools Technical Support Team is committed to providing day to day support services to both Maintained and Academy schools to make effective use of ICT across their Curriculum and Admin networks. Our customers value our full service, experience and expertise; our ethos of providing an all inclusive service, irrespective of the size of the school, is highly regarded by our customers and is a testament to their continued business. As a c…

Science courses for teachers

Courses for primary and secondary science teachers and leaders If you are interested in up coming courses, please contact Mandy Quinton, SLP Hub Lead at the SLP Quintona780@stclementdanes.herts.sch.uk or Paula Moore moorep378@stclementdanes.herts.sch.uk

Screening, searching and confiscation

Background DfE advice is intended to explain schools’ powers of screening and searching pupils so that school staff have the confidence to use them. In particular, it explains the use of the power to search pupils without consent. It also explains the powers schools have to seize and then confiscate items found during a search. It includes statutory guidance which schools must have regard to. DfE guidance Searching, screening and confiscation at school

Secondments

Current situation We know that it is a difficult recruitment market at present. Teachers are being offered roles, accepting them and then withdrawing, sometimes at the 11 th hour. The number of maternity non-returners is high. Around 20% of NQTs are leaving the profession after 1 year. Some schools are finding it hard to recruit support staff. Recruitment and temporary agencies are getting more aggressive in encouraging teachers to sign up with them and we have seen some unscrupulous b…

Security features of a DBS certificate

As part of a safer recruitment decision-making process, where appropriate, an original DBS certificate must be seen. Copies of digital photographs are not acceptable and must be rejected. A DBS certificate contains the DBS logo on the front face and contains a number of security features which can be used to verify whether it has been counterfeited or altered. When examining a DBS certificate, make sure to check: the certificate has printing on both sides the paper size is 209…

Selection

Selection is the process by which you decide which candidate should be appointed to your role. Before you start to shortlist or assess candidates, review the required skills to see if any are more critical and should get a higher weighting in shortlisting/assessment, for example if recruiting for a Teacher, is a clear understanding of safeguarding more important than experience of coordinating parent evenings? Shortlisting Two or three people should review all the applications you’v…

Self evaluation framework

A key question for all governing boards is whether they make the best possible contribution to the effectiveness of their school for the benefit of all pupils. This framework supports governing boards in recognising their strengths and where they have made a difference, as well as identifying areas for development . It will also help governors and school staff to check that governors are receiving the reports and information they need to carry out their strategic role. Structure The…

SEN Annual reviews

The main principle underpinning all of the annual reviews is to ensure that the child or young person is at the centre of the process and can engage with the process in a meaningful way. Routine delay of annual reviews is not lawful. Annual review meetings We recommend that, where possible, virtual platforms are used to hold annual review meetings, when settings return in September 2020. Should you have any specific questions around how annual reviews could work, please do liaise…

SENCo Support Network meetings

SENCo Support Network meetings aim to facilitate peer to peer support through a ‘solutions focused’ approach encouraging SENCo’s to discuss specific cases to obtain ideas from colleagues and other professionals in the room in order to move things forward for the child or young person. Meetings run half termly and are facilitated by an Educational Psychologist and Specialist Teacher. At present these sessions are running virtually and a Microsoft Teams invite will be sent directly to the SENC…

SEND and Inclusion Strategy

Download the SEND Inclusion Strategy 2021-2023 as a PDF Working in partnership Buckinghamshire Council Family and Carers Together (FACT) Bucks NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust SEND IAS Service Schools and education settings Pace (representing voluntary and community sector organisations) 1: Introduction In Buckinghamshire we are ambitious to continuously improve the sup…

SEND Improvement Plan

Download the SEND Improvement Plan 2021-2023 as a PDF Working in partnership: Buckinghamshire Council Family and Carers Together (FACT) Bucks NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust SEND IAS Service Schools and education settings Pace (representing voluntary and community sector organisations) 1: Introduction The Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Improvement Pl…

SEND self-evaluation framework

Introduction Buckinghamshire’s Self Evaluation (SEF) provides an overview of the work that is being delivered across the Local Area including key areas of strength and areas of development. It is broken down into four main themes: Strategic development and partnership Identification of children and young people with SEND Assessments and meeting the needs of children and young people with SEND Improving outcomes for children and young people with SEND Throughout the do…

SEND Support

About SEND support and the Graduated Approach SEN Support is the category of support for children/young people with SEN but without EHC Plans. It focuses the system on the result of the support provided to that individual child/young person, rather than how children/young people access support according to the category they fit into. It places emphasis on a Graduated Approach (assess, plan, do and review). Assess – the child/young person’s difficulties must be assessed so that the r…

Serious Incident Actions

Summon emergency services if appropriate Provide first aid / prevent further injury Account for all party members including staff Delegate a responsible adult to take care of uninjured members of the party Instruct no-one to talk to media and secure inappropriate use of mobile phones, email and social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter etc) Activate the emergency procedures by calling 01183 589332 ( +441183 589332 if calling from abroad) (This is the Bucks Fire and Rescue…

Service to Bucks awards

Buckinghamshire Council rewards and recognises length of service not just continuous service. 10 years' service is £100 15 years' service is £150 25 years' service is a gift to the value of £300 plus a reception and buffet lunch hosted by the Chairman of the Council 10 and 15 year awards - the 10 and 15 year awards are financial monetary awards and are paid alongside your salary. 25 year award - the 25 year award is a gift to the value of £300 and is funded from the schools…

Sex education policy

Applies to Maintained Schools Academies Free Schools Background The governing board of a maintained school should make, and keep up to date, a separate written statement of its policy with regard to the provision of sex education, and make copies of the statement available for inspection (at all reasonable times) by parents of registered pupils at the school and provide a copy of the statement free of charge to any such parent who asks for one. Approval Governing boar…

Sexual health

An overview Sexual Health is a broad term, and encompasses a whole range of topic areas. For more information on all of these, including up to date info on Services in your local area, visit the Sexual Health Bucks website . Relationship & Sex Education (RSE): Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020 will be compulsory from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools…

Side by Side

Side by Side is the Buckinghamshire model for a local school improvement system. It builds on the established, strong relationships across Buckinghamshire and enables all schools across the county, regardless of type, size or status, to work collaboratively to support county wide school improvement. It recognises that it is this wider system that will deliver improvements and as such harnesses and utilises the experience, strengths and knowledge within our schools, with school leaders and pract…

Side by Side conferences

Rationale for Side by Side Conferences Analysis of Side by Side showed that schools across the county are facing common challenges and issues. Building and sharing expertise in these key areas will be crucial to successfully increasing the number and percentage of good and outstanding schools in Buckinghamshire. In prevention schools, the focus of Side by Side support is on collaborative initiatives in key areas, with the aim of producing evidence based action plans for schools to impleme…

Side by Side Offer

Allocation of schools to strands Early during the Autumn Term , all schools across Buckinghamshire are allocated to one of three strands; Enhancement, Prevention or Intervention , this is based on robust intelligence and is a collaborative process between the Side by Side Partnership Team and School Leaders. All schools receive a letter detailing their proposed strand and the support offer for their school. For proposed prevention and intervention schools, this will be discussed with scho…

Single Central Record

It is a statutory requirement (Keeping Children Safe in Education, Paragraph 143) for all schools and academies to keep and maintain: a single central record (SCR) of recruitment vetting checks for their whole workforce (including volunteers, supply staff and teacher trainees on salaried routes) Academies will also need to keep the same information for all members of the proprietor body. Single Central Record guidance (Sept 2020) Model Single Central Record (March 2021)

Single Central Record - guidance for schools

The SCR is a key element of safer recruitment. During an Ofsted Inspection, the inspector will ask to view the record. The DfE Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges, ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education, requires all schools to produce and maintain a Single Central Record of Recruitment and Vetting Checks (SCR). This requirement has been in place since 2007. The following guidance has been produced to assist Headteachers, Governing Bodies, and staff in schools who have responsibility fo…

Smoking

An overview Although the numbers of people smoking is at its lowest level since records began, approximately 1 in 5 adults continue to smoke in England and approximately 96,000 people die each year as a direct result of smoking. Most smokers want to quit but find it difficult due to the heavily addictive nature of nicotine. The majority of adult smokers start smoking as children making it a childhood decision that becomes an adult addiction. Smokers who start before the age of 16 are twic…

Special educational needs and disability (SEND) governor

The 1996 Education Act (Section 312(2)) says that a child has a special educational need if she or he has significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age, or a disability which makes it difficult to take advantage of normal school facilities. It has been estimated that, nationally, some 20% of all children will have special educational needs at some time in their school life. Special educational needs can be catered for in many different ways. Depen…

Specialist teachers

Specialist teachers promote the successful inclusion and progress of children and young people with SEND to achieve their personal best, working in partnership with schools, parents and other agencies. They offers assistance to schools in meeting the needs of pupils who are experiencing a greater difficulty than their peers in accessing the Early Years and National Curriculum. These difficulties may be of a long or short term nature and could involve learning, sensory, language or physical d…

Specialist teaching

Introduction During the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic the Integrated SEND Service, Specialist Teachers will continue to support schools, settings, pupils and their families in order to achieve the best outcomes possible. It is important to note that SEN legislation requirements have remained unchanged during this time, unlike the first lockdown. Children and young people with EHC Plans are expected to be in school unless parents request and it is agreed that they are not, and in…

Staff training

Our Supporting Pupils in School with Medical Conditions training course outlines schools statutory and non-statutory duties with supporting pupils in school with their medical conditions. About the course The course is designed to help schools understand: the importance of record keeping, storage and administration of medicine for school support staff This training is suitable for any employee who has responsibility for managing and administering medicines in school. It…

Standing orders

Background Standing Orders describe the non-statutory procedures and decisions that each Governing board has agreed. It is recommended that these are reviewed annually. Two model versions are available; the shorter version omits guidance and examples. Local guidance Governing Board Constitution and Instrument of Government Latest Templates Two model versions are available, the shorter version omits guidance and examples. Possible Additional Items 2016 Standing Orders…

Starting work without a check

An individual should not begin working until the DBS Certificate has been received. In exceptional circumstances, an individual may begin work on completion and submission of a risk assessment form completed and authorised by the headteacher. The DBS check must be in process with the DBS before a risk assessment and barred list check can be used. The barred list check Carry out the barred list on the Teacher Services website Step 1 Ask the applicant for their consent to the ba…

Statutory assessment and moderation

Local authorities have a statutory duty to moderate the teacher assessment judgements each year for a minimum sample of 25% of schools in key stages 1 and 2. For Key stage 1 this requires the moderation of judgments in reading, writing, and maths, at key stage 2 moderation takes place for writing judgements only. Local authorities also have a statutory duty to monitor the administration of key stage 2 (KS2) national curriculum tests and the phonics screening check. The management of th…

Stay Safe - Internet Safety for SEN

We are excited to announce that our Internet Safety Erasmus project, BAO (Be Aware online) has been selected as one of the best national educative projects for 2021 by the French Government. Background With technology and activity online is moving so fast, there are many different risks associated with the digital age, and it is becoming more apparent that it is young people that are the most vulnerable and most targeted. For many young people with Special Educational Needs or Disab…

Succession planning

Schools need great staff who have pride in being a part of an organisation. Succession planning is important for three reasons: 1. It ensures effective staffing throughout the school Plans help schools cope with anticipated and unexpected changes in key personnel. This reduces the impact and stress of these changes. 2. It makes recruitment easier Candidates will be more attracted to schools that highlight: career development opportunities training CPD Case studi…

Sufficiency for SEND

Buckinghamshire SEND Sufficiency Consultation The Buckinghamshire SEND Sufficiency Consultation is now live. The closing date for you to submit your feedback is 18 July 2021 . Take part in the consultation I ask that you take the time to read the information carefully, and make comment, particularly on the proposals that we have put forward. The consultation is open for six weeks, and following this time, we will analyse all of the responses and use this information to form the SEND…

Supporting Bereavement during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Introduction The global COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for all individuals, substantially changing our everyday lives. Unfortunately an inevitable and terrible consequence of the coronavirus outbreak is that there will be many more individuals, families, schools and communities dealing with bereavements. This guidance, curated by Buckinghamshire Council’s educational psychology team, is intended to advise how best to manage bereavement and grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. I…

Supporting Disadvantaged Children

"The workshop this afternoon was in my opinion excellent, very worthwhile attending, thank you to everyone." "The presentations of both speakers has inspired me to look closer at the subject of unconscious bias in my own world, society and schools, I will certainly be raising this issue around the governing body table." Friday 11 th December 2020 saw the first workshop in this project focusing on developing and sustaining a culture that is actively supportive of disadvantaged children and…

Supporting pupils with medical conditions

Overview The Health and Safety Team are able to offer guidance and training for supporting pupils with medical conditions at your school. See our information about: staff training for pupils with medical conditions emergency asthma kits and inhalers anaphylaxis kits and Adrenaline Auto Injectors (AAI’s) DfE guidance Statutory guidance was issued by the Department for Education in 2014. This relates to the support that pupils with medical conditions should receive a…

Survey Results

We surveyed Students, teachers, head teachers, parents and employers to find out their views on current careers guidance: Results Results analysis At the end of the project we repeated the survey to see if the lesson plans had an impact on students and teachers. Overall with the students and staff that had taken part in the project there was a positive increase of knowledge and skills around choosing the right career path, however it was clear that for those…

Swimming

Buckinghamshire Council commission the Bucks School Swimming Partnership (BSSP) to provide school swimming information, advice and guidance to Buckinghamshire schools on safe practise in swimming, to keep everyone involved in school swimming safe. Bucks Council produce a Safe Practice in School Swimming Policy and Guidance which sets out policies and provides guidance and advice on safe practice in school swimming, whether at a school pool, hydrotherapy pool, public pool or during school…

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