Issue 02

Wednesday 13 September 2017

For more information
please contact:
  1. Apprenticeships in Schools

  2. Financial Deadlines for Maintained Schools

  3. Safeguarding Breakfast Briefing

  4. National Education Union

  5. Change of Capita HR and Payroll Platform from ResourceLink to iTrent

  6. Early Years Training

  7. Unified Reward

  8. Welcome Event for New Sencos and Sencos New to Barnet

  9. Specific Literacy Difficulties, Supporting Teaching Assistants to Bridge the Gap

  10. SEND Parent/Carer Drop-In Sessions

  11. Tri-Borough Primary Science Conference - Wednesday 18 October 2017

  12. CONNECT Newsletter and Events

  13. Defibrillators in Schools

  14. Don't be Idle: Free Artwork to Help Improve Air Quality Outside Your School

  15. Improving treatment and management of asthma in children and young people

  16. Data Protection Audit Training

  17. Summer Music Event

  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
Apprenticeships in Schools

For Information

Have you considered taking on an apprentice in your school?

5 reasons to take on an apprentice in your school:

  • To develop the skills you need in your school
  • To make hiring simpler and cheaper
  • To grow your team whilst keeping staff costs down
  • To give your team new energy and enthusiasm - apprentices are often valuable and loyal employees
  • To bring in new resources to free up existing staff to do what they do best; apprentices can undertake a wide range of roles in schools, including finance, administration, business manager, teaching assistant, early years, sports, libraries.

Click here to see apprenticeship standards that are already available, including: Activity Leadership, Business Administration, Education and Training, Facilities Management and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools. Other apprenticeship standards that are being developed include: Teaching Assistant (expected in October); School Business Manager; Teacher; and Outdoor Sports.

Some Barnet schools are already experiencing the benefits that an apprentice can bring.

Community Schools

There is an Apprenticeship Levy allowance of £15,000, which means that employers do not have to pay the levy on the first £3 million of their annual pay bill. This means most voluntary-aided schools and Academies do not have to pay the levy (with larger schools just paying the levy on the salary bill in excess of £3m). 

Because staff in Community Schools are employed by the council, Community Schools do not benefit from the allowance. There is a single allowance of £15,000 for the council for all its employees.  So community schools are liable for the levy (0.5% on the whole school pay bill) and in many local authorities they are having to pay it.

This year the council is covering Apprenticeship Levy contributions for Community Schools, at a cost of over £400,000.  It will consider whether to continue with this in 2018-19 taking account of its financial position, the financial pressures facing schools and the progress being made by community schools in supporting the apprenticeship programme.  So it is important that as many community schools as possible participate.  Without having to pay the levy, you can benefit from appointing an apprentice and getting the training costs covered. 

For more information, please see the attachments in the enclosures section.
Community schools can contact Julie Cairns ( for an initial conversation about your apprenticeship plans. Support available includes guidance, recruitment, training costs and peer support for your apprentices.

Julie Cairns
HR Executive - Apprenticeships
Customer and Support Group (CSG)

Financial Deadlines for Maintained Schools

For Information

This a reminder for schools to assist in planning their work and assisting us by meeting key deadlines –

Budget Forecasts as at 30 September 2017

To be approved by the Headteacher and sent in by Friday 13 October 2017

Accounts Reconciliation

Schools are reminded that their local accounts must be reconciled to the statutory accounts of the authority on a monthly basis and any discrepancy investigated and resolved.

Bank statements need to be sent with your Bank Reconciliation for Month 6 September return to corroborate the figures. These are due in by 25 September.

Schools Financial Value Standard

Assessments should be considered and approved by governors in the autumn term. Please plan your preparation and governors’ meeting accordingly. Approved returns should be sent in when completed but must be sent in no later than 31 January 2018.

All returns to be sent to Schools Accountancy.

If you have queries on any aspect please contact Schools Accountancy ( or 8359 7132)

Nick Adams
Schools Finance Services Manager

Safeguarding Breakfast Briefing

For Information

FAO - Secondary DSLs

Child sexual exploitation (CSE), gang and serious youth violence, is an emerging and growing challenge that all professionals and organisations are facing throughout the UK.

Jane Morris and Chris Kelly, CSE Lead, have linked in with Nsang Christa Esemi-Cruz (REACH team) and Shannon Farthing (Police, Schools and youth engagement) to warmly welcome you to a breakfast briefing on Tuesday 26 September from 8am to 9.30am at The BEST Hub.

The briefing will explore:

  • The emerging challenge and problem profile of CSE and Gangs within Barnet, and both the local and national strategic planning to address this challenge
  • What networks of support currently exist for professionals and organisations in Barnet and what free multi agency staff training is on offer to professionals working with children and young people within whom CSE and gangs are a identified problem?
  • The pathways of referral and escalation to social care and the Police
  • Question and Answer Session and Next Steps.

Chris Kelly can be contacted on for any consultations, advice and assistance, and is happy to visit schools.

Neil Marlow
Assistant Director – Traded Services and Head of School Improvement

National Education Union

For Information

Please note that, from 1 September 2017, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) amalgamated to form the National Education Union.  The NEU is the legal successor to both unions.  There is a transition period until 1 January 2019, during which there is no material difference to the current position for representation of members, as the NUT will operate as the NUT section of the NEU and the ATL will operate as the ATL section of the NEU.  Arrangements for bargaining machinery therefore need not change during the transition period.  From 1 January 2019 we will operate as a single entity so we will discuss with you, during the transition period, any necessary steps to take effect from 1 January 2019.

Keith Nason
Barnet NUT Section

Change of Capita HR and Payroll Platform from ResourceLink to iTrent

For Information
All ResourceLink users should have received an email last week relating to improvements Capita HR Solutions will be making over the Autumn term to the way HR and Payroll services are provided. We are delighted to announce that we will be introducing a new HR and Payroll platform, iTrent, provided by MidlandHR (MHR). MHR have significant expertise in the education sector and have developed a system that is designed to meet the requirements of schools, academies and multi academy trusts.

Schools will be kept up to date over the coming months and provided with regular newsletter updates and further information on the training and guidance available to be provided shortly. Further information will also be available on a dedicated microsite; where we will be keeping information on the iTrent transfer including progress updates, regularly updated FAQ’s, and Userguides as they become available.

If you have any questions in relation to the iTrent transfer, then please contact the HR and Payroll teams or email
Deborah Shaw
Schools Business Partner
Human Resources

Early Years Training

For Information

The Early Years Standards team in partnership with  PAC-UK, Adoption UK & The Department for Education  will be delivering "working together to support adoptive families in schools" training on Monday 20 November.  For more information, please see the flyer attached in the enclosures section. 

To register your schools’ interest in attending, please email

Alison Craigwell
Training Officer, Early Years Standards Team

Unified Reward

For Information

The Capita payroll team were recently asked by some schools to process a number of cash, ad hoc and enhanced overtime hourly rate payments to support staff undertaking additional work/duties. Ad-hoc, discretionary payments, honoraria payments and responsibility payments were removed under the terms of UR and are no longer payable. Therefore payroll cannot process any requests for payments that breach the UR agreement. I trust that you will appreciate this position for us all to adhere to and work within the UR agreement. If you have any queries on this approach or need any advice or guidance please contact your HR provider.

Under the terms of the Unified Reward agreement, support staff must be paid according to the role they are undertaking and that must be within one of the agreed job family roles and grades or where there is no appropriate match then within   a separately evaluated unique role and grade.

If the additional duties are unique then the Headteacher should submit a role profile to their HR provider for job evaluation.

Thank you in advance for you cooperation.

Deborah Shaw
Schools Business Partner
Human Resources

Welcome Event for New Sencos and Sencos New to Barnet

For Information
 Tuesday 26 September 
 Joann Moore/ Samantha Rothwell 
 Audience  SENCos/Inclusion Managers (primary, secondary and special schools) New to post or New to Barnet 
 Venue  Woodridge Primary School, Southover, North Finchley, N127HE

This is am opportunity to get together in an informal way and meet colleagues who are new to being a SENCO or new to Barnet. In the session we will cover who is who in Barnet and make informal links with each other. Moving forward the group meets each half term and the agenda is set in response to the group’s needs.

To book a place please contact: Joann or Sam on: /

Joann Moore and Samantha Rothwell
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST

Specific Literacy Difficulties, Supporting Teaching Assistants to Bridge the Gap

For Information
 Thursday 9 November 2017
 9.15am to 12.15pm
 Liz Severn
 Training Room 2, Best Hub, Lanacre Avenue, Grahame Park, London NW9 5FN 
 Cost per delegate   HIST members use HIST hours (0.5) or £75 per delegate

A cancellation notice period of 48 hrs is required or the full fee will be charged. There is a maximum of 25 places. If the course is oversubscribed we will operate a waiting list.

This training takes the form of a workshop, which is designed to provide Teaching Assistants with a wide range of practical ideas, to bridge the literacy gap. The focus is on ways to support during whole class lessons, rather than group work or one to one situations.

It will also provide a basic knowledge of what a specific literacy difficulty is, and the impact it has on literacy development.

The booking deadline is Thursday 2 November 2017.

To book a place please email:
For more information please contact Liz Severn:
Email –
T    +44 (0)20 8359 4722
M   +44 (0)7921278467

Liz Severn
Advisory Teacher for Specific Literacy Difficulties

SEND Parent/Carer Drop-In Sessions

For Information

Parent/Carer Drop-In Sessions are free sessions. They are available for parents/carers of Barnet children and young people (0-25), to share any concerns or issues, with a relevant professional. It is a stand-alone session, so this means that there is no follow-up.  The aim of this session is to provide parents/carers with an opportunity to discuss concerns, and collectively think through how to move forward with the situation.

To access these sessions parents/carers must book a place, utilising booking form in the attached flyer in the enclosures section.

Please share this information with your parent/carer community and distribute the attached flyer and booking form via email and display in your setting. The sessions can only be accessed through a ‘first come first served’ booking system. In order to achieve fair access to the sessions, it is important that this flyer is circulated to your parent community as soon as possible.

Rosie Rebeiro
Advisory Teacher for SLCN (HIST)

Tri-Borough Primary Science Conference - Wednesday 18 October 2017

For Information

Through the National Stem Centre a new partnership has been established to support development of STEM subjects in Primary.

This Conference is the first event of the new school year. Please see attached flyer in the enclosure section.

Steve Marshall
BPSI Adviser - Science

CONNECT Newsletter and Events

For Information

CONNECT Annual Conference: Developing Pupil Voice through Global Learning and School Linking Activities, Haringey PDC

Wednesday 11 October 2017, 9.30am to 3.30pm

Conference Aims:

  • To explore how global learning can enable pupil voice, improve critical thinking, leadership and communication skills
  • To explore how active global citizenship can support pupils to gain a range of participatory skills, as well as develop knowledge and values
  • To raise awareness of some principles and models of active pupil participation
  • To identify opportunities for pupil participation through the curriculum and other areas of school life
  • To outline the range of opportunities there are for schools (funded and otherwise) to develop global links and partnerships
  • To hear from schools who are involved in global partnerships / global learning activities that are developing pupil voice
  • To explore how schools can gain accreditation for this work through the International School Award / Rights Respecting Schools Award

Please see flyer attached for more details and how to apply - closing date 29 September.


The latest Newsletter (Issue 02 2017) can be found and downloaded from our web address: in the Newsletters tab.  This web space is now the general information page for all schools and educational establishments etc.  Member schools can access further information by clicking on the member schools login section.
You can also access through  as before.  

Please do have a look at the new PRIMARY MFL offer and training sessions planned for the Spring term.

Des Georgiou
CONNECT Administrative Manager

Defibrillators in Schools

For Information

Automated External Defibrillators (AED’s) is an important element of first-aid and a piece of potentially life-saving equipment. Although there is no requirement for schools to have them, we would encourage schools to consider acquiring a defibrillator in case  of an emergency. An AED is a machine used to give an electric shock when a person is in cardiac arrest, i.e. when the heart stops beating normally. Cardiac arrest can affect people of any age and without warning - if it happens, swift action with CPR and prompt defibrillation can help save a person’s life. The DfE has published guidance for schools regarding AED’s in schools:

Vicky Marwood
Information Officer
Don't be Idle: Free Artwork to Help Improve Air Quality Outside Your School

For Information

In June, to celebrate National Clean Air Day, we joined Re’s Safe Sustainable Travel and Scientific Services teams at St John’s C of E School in N11 to launch the Taking Care of Neighbourhoods campaign. The campaign encourages all residents and visitors to take small actions in their day-to-day lives and help improve air quality and keep Barnet’s neighbourhoods moving, clean and green.  

As I’m sure you’re aware, walking, cycling or scooting to school has many benefits, including: reducing congestion; improving road safety and improving the health and wellbeing of pupils. Through the Taking Care of Neighbourhoods campaign we are also reminding drivers not to leave their cars idling outside the school gates.

To help spread the message we have designed some bright and colourful images to encourage parents and pupils to think about improving air quality when travelling to and from school. We are happy for you to use these images in any way which can help get the message out to parents – why not put the image on your website or in your school e-newsletter?

If you’d like to receive the free images, please contact:

Sarah Simmons - or 020 8359 3355
Connie Kaphouris - or 020 8359 7105

Sarah Simmons
Communications and Campaigns Lead - Environment
Improving treatment and management of asthma in children and young people

For Information

An organisational pledge for schools: Improving the treatment and management of asthma in children and young people

The organisational pledges form part of a wider #AskAboutAsthma campaign being run from 11 to 22 September. This is a campaign to raise awareness of simple measures that should be taken to manage all CYP with asthma. It aims to ensure that existing asthma standards and ambitions are met across London and that no more children die from preventable asthma attacks.

The online London asthma toolkit is available to support healthcare professionals, commissioners, schools, parents, carers, children and young people in London implement the asthma standards for children and young people. It has a specific section devoted to schools. The toolkit provides practical resources for all those involved in caring for children and young people with asthma and can be accessed anywhere, at any time.
Schools play a major role in ensuring a safe environment for children and young people with asthma. Having asthma has implications for a child’s schooling and learning. It impacts on care given within schools and early year’s settings, and appropriate asthma care is necessary for the child’s immediate safety, long-term well-being, and optimal academic performance.

Schools should make sure their staff:

  • ASK who the school asthma lead is
  • ASK if they have an up-to-date school policy and register of children with asthma
  • ASK if they have a management plan for each child and a named contact lead within the school
  • ASK if they have an emergency supply of inhalers on site
  • ASK if their staff have been trained and know what to do in an emergency

Lauren Neill
Health Improvement Officer

Data Protection Audit Training

For Information

Please see the enclosure section for information on data protection audit training being held a Whitefield School.

This session will enable delegates to conduct a review of their data protection practices to ensure compliance with the law. We will also cover the legal position on conducting an audit and the proposed reform in the law in this area under the new General Data Protection Regulation which will apply from May 2018.    

Colette Brohan
PA to Headteacher
Whitefield School
Summer Music Event

For Information

The Friends of The Virtual School are holding a really exciting live music event at NLBP on Friday 15 September from 4.30pm to 9pm. For just £5 per person, entry includes a welcome glass of wine or a soft drink plus nibbles. With live music from special guests Heads Up, plus musical entertainment and fun games throughout the evening, and a chance to win great prizes in the raffle.

All money raised will go towards supporting Children Looked After and Care Leavers from Barnet to engage in Educational opportunities.

To get your tickets, please contact

Karen Walsh-Saunders
Deputy Headteacher, Access and Inclusion Manager
Barnet Virtual School


  • Data_Training_Whitefield.pdf
    All Schools

    A flyer for the data training being held at Whitefield School. Please click on the above link for further details.

Professional Development

Please click the relevant links below for all of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Flyers.

All CPD Flyers organised by Programme Strand

CPD Flyers organised by Issue Date

Early Years Training & Development Guides

Barnet Partnership for School Improvement (BPSI)

School Meeting Dates
  • School Meeting Dates
    All Schools 

    Use the following link to open the School Meeting Dates document (PDF)
    2017-18 Meeting Dates.pdf