Issue 06

Wednesday 11 October 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. School Building Compliance

  2. Important Information from the London Ambulance Service

  3. Using Excel to Create your SEND Provision Map

  4. Schools Enagagment Event Reminder

  5. LGBT+ Training/CPL at Whitefield School

  6. Barnet Youth Assembly

  7. Digital Exclusion Amongst Vulnerable Young People

  8. Free Entry to Barnet's Annual Poetry Competition

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
School Building Compliance

For Information

Following the recent tragic events at Grenfell Towers, the need to ensure that our school buildings are compliant with building regulations is of the utmost importance. We need to ensure that each school site is and continues to be compliant with statutory regulations for the building including its plant and equipment. We have designed a spreadsheet that you can use to record this information. Headteachers may wish to ask their caretakers/site manager or head of premises committee to complete the spreadsheet.

To this end the London Borough of Barnet, through the Building Services Team, is continuing to undertake the urgent audit of community school sites; VA, Free schools and Academies may also find the spreadsheet we will be sending out to schools a useful tool to enable the ongoing monitoring of their school's building compliance.

Within the next week, Headteachers will be sent a letter (with the spreadsheet attached) outlining the school’s responsibility with regard to statutory compliance, together with a schedule to complete and return to the Building Services Team.  Please give this letter your urgent attention. If you have any queries, please contact Estates.compliance@barnet.gov.uk who will be happy to help.

Helen Nicolaou
Technical Support Officer-Buildings

 
Important Information from the London Ambulance Service

For Information

In the enclosures section, you will find useful and practical advice for schools from the London Ambulance Service regarding making a 999 call. Please ensure that appropriate staff, including the Senior leadership Team, read this information and keep it in a visible place for advice in emergency situations.

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

 
Using Excel to Create your SEND Provision Map

For Information

 Date 
 Friday 3 Novemeber 
 Time 
 9am to 12 noon
 Facilitators 
 Steve Marshall and 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 session when we will explore how best to use excel to create your school provision map. Course participants will need to bring a laptop with Excel installed.

This course is for SENCOs/Inclusion Managers/Senco Administrators, and the booking deadline is Tuesday 31 October.
 
To book a training place please book here.

Joann Moore
Advisory Teacher for Inclusion

Steve Marshall
BPSI Adviser

 
Schools Enagagment Event Reminder

For Information

We would like to invite you to attend a School’s Engagement Event on Wednesday 18 October 2017 at Hendon Town hall from 5.30pm for registration and refreshments. The session will start at 5.45pm (There are no parking restrictions around the Town Hall after 5.30pm).

Please RSVP by Wednesday 11 October 2017 to enable us to arrange catering as a light buffet will be provided.

The event has been designed to share our Youth Voice opportunities and wider engagement events which are available to your pupils (ages 11-18, up to 25 for young people with disabilities) and creating a working relationship between all schools and the Voice of the Child team at Barnet Council to support you in delivering youth participation opportunities within your school, for example School council. The session will also be a great chance to enable you to share best practice with other schools.

The event is for any member of staff, we ask that every school provides a minimum of one representative especially aimed at Head Teachers/ Deputy Heads, in addition to student Voice leads, school council co-ordinators, PHSE staff or anyone with an interest in youth voice or participation of your students within the wider community there is no maximum number of staff you can send.

The aim for the event is that it can deliver a one-stop-shop of all the forums and opportunities which are available to your pupils and how these can be linked to OFSTED’s criteria for ‘Raising Aspirations’ and the national curriculum, for example Citizenship and PSHE.

I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you on Wednesday 18 October. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any question or queries.

Kerry Hodges
Voluntary & Community Sector Partnership Lead

 
LGBT+ Training/CPL at Whitefield School

For Information

Training will run at Whitefield School during 2017/18, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm on the dates outlined in the attachment in teh enclosure section. The training is targeted at all staff who work in a school setting including NQTs, support staff, pastoral support, teachers and senior leaders, with the aim of addressing and preventing homo/bi/transphobic bullying. There is no obligation to attend all the sessions, and schools might want to target specific staff for certain sessions. Schools can send along as many staff as they like, but the total limit for each session will be 20 staff.

The training will be facilitated by the inclusion team from Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre, a London-based non-profit organisation.

If you require any further information or wish to book a place please contact Mr Humayun (Deputy Headteacher) at Whitefield School (mhu@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk). There will be a nominal charge of £10 to cover copying and refreshments.

Mumin Humayun
Whitefield School

 
Barnet Youth Assembly

For Information

Barnet are recruiting for Youth Assembly Members. For more information, please see the attachment in the enclosures section.

Abigail Lewis
Governance Officer

 
Digital Exclusion Amongst Vulnerable Young People

For Information

The Pavilion has joined forces with Carnegie UK Trust in a project that challenges perceptions that younger generations are ‘Digital Natives’ who have basic digital skills and equal access to learning opportunities. Carnegie UK provided the project with £10k to offer vulnerable students learn how to use digital equipment, plan and create content, engage with a wider audience and upload onto the school website.

For more information, please see the attachment in the enclosure section, and the link below:

https://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/publications/digitalworld/

Kim Price
Deputy Headteacher
The Pavilion

 
Free Entry to Barnet's Annual Poetry Competition

For Information

Now is the time to enter Barnet's Open Poetry Competition. The deadline is 16 November and there is free entry to Barnet junior schools with a minimum of 5 poems, or individual poets may enter for £1 a poem.

Top prize for juniors is £25, with second and third prizes, and publication in the annual illustrated anthology.

For the adults, the top prize is £500, with an entry fee of £5 (£4 for Barnet residents)

Judges are Katherine Gallagher (juniors) and Anne Stewart (general).

Entry forms can be found in the enclosure section, and can be sent to:

BBAC Poetry Competition, c/o The Bull Theatre, 68 High Street, Barnet EN5 5SY.

Pam Edwards
Barnet Borough Arts Council

 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

  • BYA_A5_Leaflet.pdf
    All Schools

    A flyer for the Barnet Youth Assembly. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • Not_Without_Me.pdf
    All Schools

    A report on digital exclusion amongst vulnerable young people. 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