|Children's Services - Update for Schools|
Please note that we are also working closely with Family Services and other partners on various aspects of the Improvement Plan and need volunteers from schools to help with various reviews, as follows:
Schools should contact Jane Morris, School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer, at email@example.com if you have a member of staff who wishes to volunteer to support one of these reviews.
|SEN Secondary Transfer|
You will have received consultations for Year 6 children with a draft EHCP (and in rare cases a statement of special educational needs) for your school for September 2018.
In this year, the secondary consultations have coincided with the transfer of statements to EHCPs. In the majority of cases there is an added statutory deadline and therefore added urgency around these consultations.
If possible, we ask that in all cases the paperwork is used as the basis of a decision to offer a place for September 2018. If there is a reason to contact the parent, please contact the caseworker before doing so and discuss the case with them. This is one action which really helps to contribute to the smooth running of the process.
There are some children who are not in this round of consultations for a variety of reasons however we have tried to keep these to a minimum. In respect of these children we will be consulting at a later date.
I realise that, as with every year, we are relying on the goodwill of you all to process the large number of consultations within a very short timeframe. For this we are very grateful.
Secondary School Leavers
Caseworkers will be in contact with you over the next few weeks to identify the young people who are leaving or staying at secondary school.
We have compiled a spreadsheet which helps this process and caseworkers will go over this with you.
In terms of those who are definitely leaving, it would be good to bring forward their annual review so that it takes place before 15 February, 2018.
In terms of caseworker attendance at annual reviews, it is unlikely that attendance will be possible because caseworkers are trying to transfer the remaining statements to EHCPs and we have sought to prioritise for attendance alternative years. Please bear in mind that the outcomes for these young people reflect their chosen career path.
Head of SEN Assessment and Placements
|Single Central Record - Pre-Employment Checks|
|Pay Dates - Capita|
Please find details of pay dates, including the December pay, within the enclosures section of the circular.
Schools Business Partner
The SENCO Conference will be held at BEST Hub on Wednesday 22 November. Please see the agenda in the enclosure section.
Advisory Teacher Inclusion
|Specialist Inclusion Services Parent Drop-Ins|
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 return the forms to SEND.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Advisory Teacher for SLCN (HIST)
|CONNECT Staff Development Programme - Erasmus+ Funding & MFL|
CONNECT - The Network for Global Learning in Education (formerly NLSIN) are running an Erasmus+ European Funded Programme - Key Action 1 & 2 Overview & Application Process and a Modern Foreign Language Learning in a Global Context session at Haringey PDC on Thursday 7 December and hope you will be able to attend.
Please see flyer attached in the enclosure section for more details and how to apply.
CONNECT (formerly NLSIN) Administrative Manager & Modern Language Assistant (MLA) Programme
|Barnet Teaching Fair|
I am pleased to inform you that on Monday 17 January 2018 we will be having another Barnet Teaching Fair. This year it will hosted by London Academy Primary School. The Fair will run from 5pm until 7.30pm. We have had great turnout for the last two years and hope to attract even more visitors this year.
The fair is for prospective NQTs, looking for appointment from September 2018, and those looking to train to teach. I am leading on the NQT side of the fair and Amanda Phillips (from London Academy) will be leading on those looking to train to teach.
Visitors will be able to visit stalls and also attend a talks.
Schools can book a table so that they can promote their school and meet NQTs face to face. If schools really like an NQT they are free to invite them into their school for a visit. In addition, each visitor will receive a pack which will include details of all schools signed up to the event. So, you can come along on the day or just have your details added to the information. I guess it depends on how desperate you are for staff in September.
All schools that come along are free to bring along materials to promote their school and attract future teachers.
We are asking every school who would like to attend or be part of the fair to pay a nominal amount £25 towards the cost of the fair.
If you would like your school to be involved please can you send an email to Helen.Morrison@Barnet.gov.uk with the information below by Friday 10 November:
I would will be attending on the day and would like my school’s details promoted to prospective NQTs (please highlight if true)
I won’t be attending on the day but would like my school’s details promoted to prospective NQTs (please highlight if true)
Learning Network Inspector
|SACRE Autumn Term Newsletter|
Please see the enclosure section for the Autumn Term SACRE Newsletter.
|Teenage Markets in Barnet|
All of these are offered at no cost to your school or to your students. Thanks to the successful fund-raising phase the cost to stall holders will be zero (apart from the produce they are selling) for the first year at least. We raised £56,000 within six months and we truly believe that this is an amazing opportunity for our young people, so we would be thrilled to have your involvement and support.
|Destination East Finchley|
The Migration Museum are offering a free CPD day at the museum, on Monday 27 November, from 10am to 3pm at the Migration Museum Workshop space, 26 Lambeth High Street,SE1 7AG.
Teachers will have the opportunity to view the current exhibitions and will look at practical ways that the themes of Migration and diversity can be linked to the curriculum. Schools will also be provided with free resources in order to start their own small projects based on Destination East Finchley.
For further information about the project please see Facebook: Destination N2 or Twitter @DestinationN2
Please contact Julie Taylor at Martin Primary School if you would like to attend the training day - email@example.com
Martin Primary School
Please click the relevant links below for all of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Flyers.
|School Meeting Dates||