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Target setting all Key Stages

Schools and Academies will be aware that target setting is no longer a statutory requirement for schools and Local Authorities. However the Schools White Paper states that the DfE " support the idea that good schools set themselves targets, identify the strengths and weaknesses that might either help or hinder them to achieve those targets, and come up with a plan for succeeding ". Schools may also wish to note that Ofsted's latest inspection handbook states that when arriving at judgements abo…

Tax codes

BR A BR tax code means tax is deductible on all earnings at Basic Rate, which is currently 20%. This code is most commonly used for a second employment or pension but, may also be used if you completed the below before your first pay day: have started a new job haven’t received a form P45 haven’t completed a new starter checklist (replaced the “P46” form some time ago) For information about the new starter checklist see paragraph below, ‘Amending your tax code’. Amending your tax code IIf you a…

Teachers’ pay

Applies to Maintained Schools Background Revised arrangements for the appointment of headteachers and calculating leadership group pay came into force with effect from September 2014. Approval Governing board Review frequency Annually and to be kept up to date to take into account any legal changes, or changes in the staffing structure, which have an impact on discretionary pay decisions. Local guidance SchoolsWeb HR Zone, Pay and Teachers Pay

Technician training

Two CPD courses for technicians facilitated by Simon Quinnell, (ASE Chair Elect and CA lead for PGCE at York Uni) Here are the REMOTE courses that you are invited to attend. Cost £50 each Technicians Maintaining your Prep-room Nov, 18 th Nov: all at 11.00 – 12.00 Click here to book If you have any questions on the above, please contact Mandy Quinton, SLP Hub Lead or Paula Moore

Terms of reference

Background The Governing board must determine the constitution, membership and terms of reference of any committee they decide to establish and review them annually. View the legislation (via

The Board

The Academy is led by a board of headteachers and other strategic partners. Members of the BASL board are elected at the annual conference, with all Buckinghamshire headteachers eligible to stand for election. Terms of reference Who is currently on the BASL Board? The BASL Board comprises Headteachers from Buckinghamshire maintained schools and academies and representatives from our strategic partners Buckinghamshire County Council. ​All members of the BASL Board are on hand to support leaders…

The Family Support Service

The Family Support Service provides a wide range of support to children, young people and families in Buckinghamshire. This includes information, advice and guidance through the Family Information Service, open access sessions and health services for early years children and parents/carers at a network of 16 Family Centres which also offer a range of support for parents with children aged up to 19 years (or up to 25 years for young people with special educational needs and disabilities). You ca…

The right people

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…

Toolkits and policies

Recruitment of ex-offenders BCC Example Policy for the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders October 17 Safer recruitment toolkit The safer recruitment toolkit is based on statutory guidance. It has been developed to support headteachers through all safeguarding aspects of the recruitment process. Please note that this document is currently being revised to include updated legislation. Safer recruitment toolkit Safer recruitment training Since 1st January 2010, it has been a statutory requirement that at…

Training and Events

In order to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic many of our courses in Autumn will be online. Courses and meetings in the spring and summer terms do have venues at the moment. BASL Conference Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the conference has had to be cancelled for this year.

Training and Workshops

Overview The Schools Funding & Accountancy Support Team offer training days and workshops to provide support to your school. Our current courses cover the Autumn & Spring terms, please see our Training schedule . Due to challenges presented by Covid-19 we are assessing how we will continue to deliver our finance workshops and training to schools. We want to continue to support our schools in the best way possible. In May we held our first on line finance surgeries which proved popular and we re…

Training opportunities

Emotional Wellbeing in Schools Skills Conference 2018 The Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2018, Promoting Mental Health & PSHE to Enable Academic Achievement for Children & Young People in Bucks on 27 November 2018 is now available to book via Eventbrite . Book via Eventbrite For further information please see the attached flyer or visit our website . Building suicide-safer schools and colleges workshop Following the dissemination of the Bucks Suicide Prevention and Postvention Guide for schools…

Training schedule

Course dates and venues 2020-21 3 Year Salary Modeller (Budget setting) Workshop January 2021 Venue: On line via Microsoft Teams Date & Time: TBC Q2 Forecast Workshop Venue: On line via Microsoft Teams Date & Time: Tuesday 6th October 2020 11-12am Wednesday 7th October 2020 2-3pm Book via Eventbrite 3 Year Salary Modeller - New User & Q2 Forecast Venue: On line via Microsoft Teams Date & Time: Monday 5th October 2020 11-12pm- salary modeller new user Tuesday 6th October 2020 11-12pm- Q2 forecas…


The vast majority of children look forward to moving on in learning and in life, but for some children, transitions can be challenging. When transitions work well, children are assisted to develop confidence and acquire skills needed to manage future changes in their lives. Support from parents and staff at school can help transitions to be more successful. Schools and the school improvement team have together looked at the transitions process and have produced a standardised procedure and form…

Transnational Meeting Notes

January 2017 October 2017 February 2018 September 2018 December 2018 March 2019 April 2019

Trauma webinars

Louise Bomber is a Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher and Therapist. These three webinars are packed with practical strategies to reduce the trauma experienced by young people (and ourselves) during the current crisis and beyond. Stage 1: Our Trauma Reduction Strategy This webinar looks at what exactly trauma is and what we can do for ourselves and our pupils at this time to ensure we emerge well in our bodies and minds Stage 2: Re-Entry to School Stage 2 looks at how we transition back to schoo…

Types of DBS check

There are four different types of DBS check and each type of check provides a different level of information. Information Basic Standard Enhanced Enhanced for Regulated Activity Unspent convictions Yes Yes Yes Yes Spent Convictions* No Yes Yes Yes Cautions, Reprimands or Warnings* No Yes Yes Yes Other relevant ‘soft’ information held by police forces No No Yes Yes Inclusion on Children’s Barred list No No No Yes Inclusion on Adults’ Barred list No No No Yes Information in different types of DBS…

Types of governor

All Governing boards should have re-constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations or 2012 Federations Regulations, by 1 September 2015. Governing boards of maintained schools must have no fewer than seven Governors. The term of office for all types of Governor is four years but the Governing board can decide a shorter term of office for one or more categories of Governor. Parent Governors Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to stand for election as P…

Types of school

Whereas once schools operated as autonomous entities, there are now partnerships, collaborations, hard federations, soft federations, academies, sponsors and multi-academy trusts (MATs). Local Authority (LA) Maintained Schools The LA (for example, Buckinghamshire County Council) allocates a budget to the school after holding back a percentage for school services (such as Special Education Needs provision, school admissions) and is held accountable to the Secretary of State for the school’s perf…

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