Issue 04

Wednesday 27 September 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Changes to the Teacher Assessment of Writing: KS1 and KS2

  2. SENDIASS Annual Conference

  3. Winter Readiness Pack for Schools

  4. Schools Forum Vacancies

  5. CONNECT (formerly NLSIN) Annual Conference

  6. Embedding the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Cycle in your school setting

  7. Creating an Enabling Environment Training

  8. Support Following the Grenfell Tower Fire

  9. Safer Recruitment at Whitefield School

  10. All Schools - London Borough of Ealing Training Offer

  11. Early Career Teacher Conference - 14 October

  12. Health Protection in Schools and Other Childcare Facilities

  13. Barnet Public Health - Kooth

  14. ADHD Awareness Month Event

  15. Schools in Mind

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Changes to the Teacher Assessment of Writing: KS1 and KS2

For Information

FAO Primary Headteachers, Year 2 & Year 6 teachers, Assessment coordinators


As you will be aware, last Thursday the government announced changes to the assessment of writing at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2 and has published new Assessment Frameworks. There are no changes to the teacher assessment of Reading or Maths at either Key Stage, although there is revised guidance and clarification about the level of evidence required to support teachers’ judgements. These changes are set out in the introductions to the new AFs.

DfE has  advised that new  guidance and exemplification materials will be published in due course. The changes to the assessment of writing mean that 2017 exemplification and other guidance are now obsolete; teachers should disregard these materials.

I have produced a basic comparison of the 2017 and 2018  frameworks for children working at and below the test standard for both key stages, and a chart showing progression from WTS to GDS across strands (Barnet’s construction, not STA), which teachers may find useful. These are available in the enclosures section.

The new frameworks  and revisions to Barnet-produced  support materials will be available in the Members’ Area of the BPSI website on the Assessment and Moderation pages shortly.

I will be running briefings for SLT, Y2 and Y6 teachers later this term. Dates will be confirmed as soon as I have more information from the DfE.

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser

 
SENDIASS Annual Conference

For Information

SENDIASS Annual Conference on Tuesday 31 October 2017 from 9am to 2.40pm for parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

AM Session

Comer Homes Business and Innovation Centre,
Building 3, North London Business Park,
Brunswick Park Road, London, N11 1GN

Lunch and PM Session

Ariana Banqueting Hall,
North London Business Park, Brunswick Park Road, N11 1GN

For booking information please see the enclosure section.

Shadé Adesanya
SENDIASS Support Officer

 
Winter Readiness Pack for Schools

For Information

Please see the enclosure section for the winter readiness pack for schools.

Natalia Clifford
Consultant in Public Health

 
Schools Forum Vacancies

For Information

The Barnet Schools Forum urgently needs new members to fill vacancies.

Please see list of vacancies of representation needed for the schools Forum. We are seeking to recruit to the following roles:
  • 1 Headteacher  -  Primary VA/ Foundation school
  • 1 Governor       -  Primary VA/ Foundation school
  • 1 Headteacher  -  Primary Community school
  • 1 Governor       -  Secondary Community/ VA School
  • 2 Governors/headteachers     -  Secondary Academy / Free schools
If you are interested in any of these roles or if you have any queries please contact the School Funding Team at schoolfunding@barnet.gov.uk

Tamara Kulatunga
Deputy School Funding Manager


 
CONNECT (formerly NLSIN) Annual Conference

For Information

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 in the enclosure section for more details and how to apply - closing date Wednesday 4 October 2017

Des Georgiou
CONNECT Administrative Manager & Modern Language Assistant (MLA) Programme

 
Embedding the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Cycle in your school setting

For Information

Report Writing: What do we need to write and how can we be efficient?

 Date 
 Thursday 5 October 2017 
 Time  9am to 12pm and 1pm to 3.30pm 
 Presenter 
 Samantha Rothwell and Joann Moore (HIST Inclusion Advisory Teachers) 
 Audience  SENCos/Inclusion Managers (primary, secondary and special schools)
 Venue
 Best Hub, Lanacre Avenue, Grahame Park, London NW9 5FN 
 Cost per delegate 
 Subscribers to HIST package can utilise HIST hours:
  •  1 hour for full day
  •  ½ hour for half day

Non-HIST :                                    

  • £75 per delegate for half day
  • £150 per delegate for the full day


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.

Embedding the Assess, Plan, do and Review cycle in your school setting


9am to 12pm

This training will include:

  • An overview of the 2014 SEND legislation and some of its key features (e.g.: person centred planning, co-production, aspirations and outcomes)
  • The Graduated Approach: understanding roles and responsibilities
  • How to embed the Assess, Plan, Do and Review cycle within your school setting
  • Evidencing the Assess, Plan, Do and Review cycle through SEN Support Plans
  • The importance of effective assessment, tracking and monitoring
  • Considering the use of Ordinarily Available within the four part cycle


Report Writing: What do we need to write and how can we be efficient?

1pm to 3.30pm

This training will include:

  • What to consider when writing your SEND Policy and SEND Information Report
  • How to report to Governors
  • Creating an SEND Development Plan – how to identify your priorities
  • The dos and don’ts when writing referrals

The booking deadline is Monday 2 October 2017.

To book a training place please use this link: book here

Samantha Rothwell and Joann Moore
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST


 
Creating an Enabling Environment Training

For Information

 Date 
 Thursday 12 October 
 Time
 1pm to 3.30pm
 Facilitators 
 Joann Moore
 Venue  Best Hub, Lanacre Avenue, Grahame Park, London NW9 5FN 
 Cost per delegate 
 £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. Schools will be invoiced after the course.

This will be a practical afternoon when we will explore ideas around:

  • how to create an enabling environment that encourages SEND children to achieve
  • looking at strategies to support children across the primary range and develop a toolkit of ideas for you to take away.

This course is for SENCOs/Inclusion Managers/Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
 
The booking deadline is Monday 9 October. To book a training place please book here

Joann Moore
Advisory Teacher for Inclusion

 
Support Following the Grenfell Tower Fire

For Information

The CAMHS service provider in Kensington and Chelsea are offering support for any children or young people in our area who may have been affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. Please see the letter in the enclosures section for more details.

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

 
Safer Recruitment at Whitefield School

For Information

See the enclosure section for further information on safer recruitment training being held at Whitefield school.

Colette Brohan
PA to Headteacher
Whitefield School

 
All Schools - London Borough of Ealing Training Offer

For Information

School Business Managers’ One Day Conference - In Stormy financial times supporting SBM’s to meet future challenges.

Thursday 23 November 2017 8.30am to 4pm
Twickenham Stadium

Please see flyer in the enclosure section for booking information.

Steve Marshall
BPSI Adviser


 
Early Career Teacher Conference - 14 October

For Information

Early Career Teacher Conference

  • Saturday, 14 October, from 10.30am to 4pm
  • Held at Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ

On Saturday 14 October in London, the Chartered College of Teaching is proud to be hosting an event for those in the early years of their teaching career. At this event we will be exploring some of the key principles of teaching practice and the challenges teachers face today. We will be hearing from a variety of speakers, sharing their knowledge gathered throughout their career.
 
All are welcome to attend this Early Career Teacher conference although student and trainee teachers, Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs) and those with less than three years' teaching experience may find this conference programme of most relevance.  Reduced delegate fees are available for NQTs and Chartered College members. Student Teachers registered with the Chartered College are also eligible to join us at this event free of charge.
 
Join the hundreds of teachers who have already booked their place and please share these details among colleagues who may find this event of interest.
 
We have a fantastic programme of speaker sessions which includes:

  • Teaching without Limits - Dame Alison Peacock, Chartered College of Teaching
  • Promoting positive behaviour in the classroom - Dr Tim O’Brien, UCL Institute of Education
  • Engaging with research - Nick Rose, Teach First
  • Those That Can…Teach - Amjad Ali, Aureus School
  • Workload: securing a work-life balance for you and your colleagues - Mary Bousted, National Education Union

Laura McInerney, Editor – Schools Week will also chair a panel discussion, Surviving and thriving in your first few years, with teachers at different stages of their practice, sharing their experience and answering questions from those new to the profession.
 
Lunch and refreshments will be provided and there will be chance to network with colleagues and visit our exhibitors which include Association for Language Learning, Bloomsbury, Crown House, Education Support Partnership, The English Association, The Geographical Association, NATRE and SAGE. Don't miss out - book your place today!

For more information, and to book your place, please click here

Katie Crabb
Head of Member Communications and Events
Chartered College of Teaching

 
Health Protection in Schools and Other Childcare Facilities

For Information

Public Health England have published a practical guide for staff on managing cases of infectious diseases in schools and other childcare settings.

Click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-protection-in-schools-and-other-childcare-facilities

Natalia Clifford
Consultant in Public Health
London Borough of Barnet

 
Barnet Public Health - Kooth

For Information

Introducing our free on-line counselling service live in Barnet. To book your pupil launch for  please contact t.coombe@xenzone.com

Kooth is a safe and confidential way for young people in Barnet aged 11 to 26 to receive mental health and emotional well-being support, free at the point of need.

Young people can access counselling 365 days a year, from 12noon to 10pm weekdays and 6pm to 10pm weekends, providing a much needed out of hours service. This can either be as a drop in chat with any of our counsellors or a booked session with a named worker who they will have on a regular basis depending on their level of need.

The rest of the site is accessible 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, which includes access to:

  • Self-help articles written by young people
  • Complete daily journals  
  • Peer-to-peer support from the Kooth community through emotional health message forums as well as live forums that run three times per week 7.30 to 9pm

Please note, all content on Kooth is pre-moderated so no content will go live without being checked by our staff team first. Our live forums have two members of staff on at all times, a host and moderator for the safeguarding of our users.

All counsellors on Kooth are either BACP or UKCP accredited counsellors, therapists and support workers. They work with young people to provide guided, outcome-focused help for each individual. We take safeguarding and clinical governance extremely seriously. The safety and well-being of our users is of our upmost priority.

For further information please contact:

  • t.coombe@xenzone.com   - Xenzone Integration Officer
  • Jayne.abbott@harrow.gov.uk  - Resilience Programme Manager, Barnet Public Health  

Jayne Abbott
CYP Mental Health & Resilience Programme Manager
Barnet Public Health

 
ADHD Awareness Month Event

For Information

October is ADHD Awareness Month and on 10 October ADDISS we will be hosting an event in Barnet at the RAF Museum for parents, teachers, healthcare professionals and anyone who has an interest in ADHD.  Please see the enclosure section for further information.

Janet Matthewson
CEO, The Young Barnet Foundation

 
Schools in Mind

For Information

You're Never Too Young to Talk About Mental Health

We are pleased to let you know that the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families has released more free resources as part of our You're never too young to talk mental health campaign. The campaign aims to provide school staff and parents with simple advice on how to start conversations with children and young people about mental health issues.

For more information please see the link below:

http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/youre-never-too-young-to-talk-mental-health/

Jaime Smith
Programme Director of Mental Health and Wellbeing in Schools

 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

 

  • Connect_Conference.pdf
    All Schools

    A flyer for teh CONNECT conference. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • Emotional_Support_Post_Grenfell.pdf
    All Schools

    Information on emotional support for any children who may have been affected by the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower.  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)
      2016-17 Meeting Dates.pdf