Issue 05

Wednesday 04 October 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. School Admission Arrangements for 2019/20

  2. Provision of Term Date Details (Capita Payroll Clients Only)

  3. Gender Pay Gap Reporting

  4. Autism Team Training

  5. Down Syndrome Training

  6. School Travel Plan STARS Awards

  7. Healthy Schools London Awards - Free Support and Resources

  8. Measuring Wellbeing in Schools

  9. Parentzone Digital Parenting Magazine

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
School Admission Arrangements for 2019/20

For Information

FAO Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all Barnet Admission Authority Schools and Academies

Admission authority schools must determine their admission arrangements annually.  The deadline for the determination of arrangements for the 2019/20 academic year is 28 February 2018.  Any changes to admission arrangements require a formal public consultation.  If no changes are made to admission arrangements, they must be still be consulted on at least once every seven years.  The minimum consultation period is 6 weeks and must take place between 1 October 2017 and 31 January 2018.  Full details of the requirements of the School Admissions Code, including a timetable, can be found in the enclosures section.  

Any queries regarding the enclosure should be made to Liz Ferrie, Admissions Team Manager, by email to liz.ferrie@barnet.gov.uk

Liz Ferrie
Admissions Team Manager
 
Provision of Term Date Details (Capita Payroll Clients Only)

For Information

In order to assist with the calculation of sick pay and leave entitlements, and to ensure that the correct data is transferred across to the new iTrent payroll system, we need your term date details.

If your school’s term dates differ from the published Barnet dates (https://www.barnet.gov.uk/citizen-home/schools-and-education/schools-and-colleges/barnet-school-term-and-holiday-dates.html), could you please provide details of your term dates to the Capita HR Solutions payroll team. 

Can you please submit details as soon as practically possible via ASK HR for the attention of Vicki Lindsley marked: School Term Dates.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Deborah Shaw
School Business Partner
Human Resources

 
Gender Pay Gap Reporting

For Information

From 2017, any organisation that has 250 or more employees must publish and report specific figures and data every year about their gender pay gap.

For the purposes of Gender Pay Gap reporting all schools are considered to be separate employers.  Thefore the requirement to report will only impact on the largest schools or Academies employing over 250 staff.  The data is taken on a ‘snapshot’ day – which for the public sector is 31 March 2017.

If you are an employer that is required to report you can obtain further information from your HR provider or via   https://www.gov.uk/guidance/gender-pay-gap-reporting-overview or  http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=5768.

Deborah Shaw
Schools Business Partner
Human Resources

 
Autism Team Training

For Information

Barnet Autism Advisory Team will be delivering a range of autism training sessions including:

The Autism Education Trust (AET) Good Autism Practice

AET Leading ‎Good Autism Practice

AET Complex Needs and Participation


Just click on the individual course link to book your place.

Participants will all receive access to the excellent Autism Education Trust Tools for Teachers.

The Barnet Advisory Team are also offering the Autism Education Trust Making Sense of Autism course free to Barnet maintained schools. This is a 90 minute introduction to Autism, for whole schools.  ‎Participating schools are requested to complete the AET Autism Standards Assessment.

Luci Rose
Team Leader & Lead Advisory Teacher ASC

 
Down Syndrome Training

For Information

The Introduction to Down syndrome is a half day training session to be held on 16 of October. We were full last year so please book in advance.

The course provides a summary of the needs of pupils with Down syndrome and key issues in their education. Please attend if you are new to Down syndrome and want a good introduction to the needs of pupils and how to meet those needs in the early years and school context. We will summarise the specific learning approach of pupils who have Down syndrome and focus on teaching methods that are appropriate for their specific needs. We will cover practical ideas and present a good background by the end of the morning.

The training is suitable for Heads of Inclusion, SENCOs, class teachers, TAs and LSAs. Parents are also welcome to attend.

To apply for this course please use this link:

http://cpd10g.cyberdrome.co.uk/pls/cpd1718/gen_cpd_pubview?p_cr_id=171820053&p_style_id=121

Sarah Geiger
Senior Educational Psychologist

 
School Travel Plan STARS Awards

For Information

An amazing and all-time record 105 schools from across Barnet have been awarded with 2017 STARS (Sustainable Travel; Active, Responsible, Safe) awards by Transport for London to recognise wide range of activities completed as part of their School Travel Plan, which encourages walking, cycling and public transport use and aims to reduce car use for travel to and from schools. By updating their online School Travel Plan, via the TFL STARS website, and writing stories with uploaded evidence, the schools have demonstrated their commitment  to safer and more sustainable travel for the school community.

At London-wide STARS seminars in November, the following awards will be presented to the School Travel Plan Champions and Junior and Youth Travel Ambassadors:

Bronze STARS = 23 schools
Silver STARS = 19 schools
Gold STARS = 63 schools

Special congratulations to the following schools that achieved or retained Gold STARS in 2017:

  • Annemount Nursery and Pre-Preparatory  School
  • Ayesha Community Education
  • Blessed Dominic Catholic School
  • Broadfields Primary School
  • Brookland Infant and Nursery School
  • Brookland Junior School
  • Chalgrove Primary School
  • Child's Hill School
  • Christ Church Primary School
  • Colindale Primary School
  • Coppetts Wood Primary School
  • Courtland Primary School
  • Cromer Road Primary School
  • Danegrove Primary School
  • Deansbrook Infant School
  • Dollis Infant School
  • East Barnet School
  • Edgware Primary School
  • Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School
  • Foulds Primary School
  • Frith Manor Primary School
  • Garden Suburb Junior School
  • Goldbeaters Primary School
  • Grasvenor Avenue Infant School
  • Hollickwood Primary School
  • Holly Park Primary School
  • Holy Trinity CofE Primary School
  • Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS)
  • Livingstone Primary School
  • Manorside Primary School
  • Martin Primary School
  • Mathilda Marks-Kennedy Jewish Primary School
  • Millbrook Park Primary School
  • Monkfrith Primary School
  • Moss Hall Infant School
  • Moss Hall Junior School
  • Moss Hall Nursery School
  • Northside Primary School
  • Northway School
  • Oakleigh School
  • Pardes House Primary School
  • Parkfield Primary School
  • Queenswell Infant and Nursery School
  • Queenswell Junior School
  • Rosh Pinah Primary School
  • Sacred Heart  Catholic Primary School
  • St Agnes Catholic  School
  • St Catherine's Catholic School
  • St John's CofE Primary School (N11)
  • St John's CE Primary School (N20)
  • St Joseph's RC Primary School
  • St Mary's CE Primary School (N3)
  • St Paul's CofE Primary School NW7
  • St Theresa's RC School
  • St Vincent's Catholic Primary School
  • Summerside Primary School
  • Sunnyfields Primary School
  • Tudor Primary School
  • Underhill School and Children's Centre
  • Whitefield School
  • Whitings Hill Primary School
  • Woodcroft Primary School
  • Wren Academy

As well as the Bronze, Silver and Gold STARS accreditation that Transport for London awards each year they also award a number of Top School Awards including School of the Region and Schools of Excellence in Cycling, Partnerships, Pupil Led projects, Road Safety, Scootering, Public Transport and Walking. Long serving School Travel Plan Champions are also recognised.

Five Barnet Schools have been shortlisted by Transport for London for 2017 Top STARS awards and will be attending City Hall in December to see if their nomination has been successful:

  • St John’s Primary School (N11)
  • Whitefield School
  • Wren Academy
  • Millbrook Park Primary School
  • Oakleigh School and Acorn Assessment Centre

To find out more about STARS and to see the activities schools  across Barnet have been doing, visit the website:

https://stars.tfl.gov.uk/

To get assistance with updating and implementing your School Travel Plan and applying for STARS accreditation please contact the Safe and Sustainable Travel Team  via  schooltravelplans@barnet.gov.uk   or call 020 8359 7105.

Alison Sharpe
Safe and Sustainable Travel Coordinator

 
Healthy Schools London Awards - Free Support and Resources

For Information

Free Support
 
Health Education Partnership are commissioned by Barnet Public Health Team to provide free support to primary and secondary schools to assist them in achieving the Healthy Schools London awards.
 
The number of awards achieved by schools in Barnet is continuing to increase, and currently:
  • 103 Barnet schools have registered with the programme
  • 59 schools have achieved a Bronze award
  • 31 schools have achieved a Silver award
  • 13 schools have achieved a Gold award
Thank you to all those schools taking part! We would like to congratulate the following schools who have all achieved an award since July 2017:
  • Colindale Primary School - Healthy Schools Bronze
  • Hollickwood Primary School - Healthy Schools Bronze
  • Independent Jewish Day School - Healthy Schools Bronze
  • Goldbeaters Primary School - Healthy Schools Silver
  • St Mary’s N3 CofE Primary School - Healthy Schools Bronze Renewal and Gold
  • St Vincent’s Primary School - Healthy Schools Bronze Renewal and Gold
  • Hendon School - Healthy Schools Gold

If your school is yet to achieve an award and you would like to take part please contact Anna Brennan-Craddock (Barnet Healthy Schools Coordinator).

Free Resources
 
You may also be interested in these recently published free resources & opportunities to support health and wellbeing in schools:

  1. Talk about alcohol teacher workbook
  2. Financial Education Conference
  3. DfE Preventing Bullying Guidance
  4. World Mental Health Day Resources #HelloYellow
  5. PSHE resources for secondary schools from Public Health England

To access these resources and more please visit the Barnet Healthy Schools newsfeed - http://www.healtheducationpartnership.com/wp/index.php/category/borough-programmes/barnet-hsl/  
 
Ava Habibzadeh
Harrow Health

 
Measuring Wellbeing in Schools

For Information

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, the Anna Freud Centre are pleased to be able to offer 130 schools across England access to free support to measure pupil wellbeing.
 
Barnet Public Health and partners are currently delivering wave 1 of the Resilient Schools Programme and currently have 6 schools that they are working with to pilot the approach.  If you would like to know more about improving mental health and wellbeing within your school this could be an opportunity to prepare and get the heads up before the Barnet roll out in 2 years time.
 
There will be:

  • Support in administering a consent process for participating pupils
  • Access to a secure, online survey – the Wellbeing Measurement Framework
  • Analysis of survey responses from your school, benchmarked with schools from other areas from the research team at University College London, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the University of Manchester.

The survey data gathered will inform wider research to understand young people’s wellbeing so those working with them can improve the support that is provided
 
Expressions of interest should be submitted by Friday 13 October 2017.
 
For further information and filling in expressions of interest please visit:
 
http://www.annafreud.org/what-we-do/schools-in-mind/research-in-schools/measuring-wellbeing-in-schools-project/
 
Chimeme Egbutah
public Health Strategist

 
Parentzone Digital Parenting Magazine

For Information

Parentzone produce  a magazine called Digital Parenting. It is an excellent resource for parents to become familiar with issues e-safety. Schools can order quantities of 50+ magazines for free to distribute to their parent/carer community.

https://parentzone.org.uk/Digital-Parenting-Magazine-order-here  

Dr Jane Reichardt
Educational Psychologist

 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

   
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