Issue 11

Wednesday 22 November 2017

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

  2. Reminder: Assessment and Moderation Update November 2017

  3. Prevent Schools Update

  4. London Borough of Barnet Guidelines for Literacy Difficulties

  5. Software solutions to assist schools with safeguarding and On-line monitoring

  6. Designated Teachers Meeting

  7. Gangs/Knives/Keeping Safe Workshop at Whitefield School

  8. Winter Readiness Pack

  9. Barnet SACRE

  10. Barnet Mencap Workshop - Time to Talk

  11. Safe Drive Stay Alive! - Promoting Safer Driving

  12. A Message from the Future - Competition

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
School Funding Adjustments

For Information

Updated school funding allocations have been published and can be downloaded from www.barnet.gov.uk/school-funding

The main changes are:

  • 2017/18 Academic year PE grant allocation as advised by the ESFA
  • NCTL funding (2 schools affected)

Please refer to the News page to view the details of all other changes.

The November monthly payments to Academies have been based on the latest funding allocations; please refer to the Payments sheet for details.

If you have any queries please contact the School Funding Team at schoolfunding@barnet.gov.uk

Claire Gray
School Funding Manager

 
Reminder: Assessment and Moderation Update November 2017

For Information

Briefings for SLT, Y2 and Y6 teachers

Briefings about this year’s arrangements,  changes to the assessment and moderation process and the implications for teaching.

All sessions take place in the Conference room at BEST Hub. Schools only need attend one session in each Key Stage

Key Stage 1

Monday 27 November

EITHER  9.30am to 12pm
OR 1.15pm to 3.45pm

Key Stage 2

EITHER Friday 8 December  9.30am to 12pm
OR Monday 11 December 9.30am to 12pm

Please complete the relevant forms in the enclosures section and return to john.paxton@barnet.gov.uk 

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser
Moderation Manager
Lead NQT Adviser

 
Prevent Schools Update

For Information

Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) have collaborated with specialists from the PSHE Association and Girlguiding to take terrorism safety advice into the UK’s classrooms and youth organisations for the first time.

Security experts from CTP have commissioned the creation of an animated core film designed to teach young people how to react if caught up in an a gun or knife terror attack. The film aimed at 11 to 16 year olds will also show them what to do if they see suspicious behaviour or a suspicious item.

All materials needed to deliver these sessions can be downloaded from the link below:

http://www.npcc.police.uk/CounterTerrorism/actforyouth.aspx

Perryn Jasper
Prevent Education Officer
0208 359 7371
07856 002 586

 
London Borough of Barnet Guidelines for Literacy Difficulties

For Information

Please be aware that the London Borough of Barnet Guidelines for Literacy Difficulties can now be found via the Local Offer. This document is informed by current research and debate into reading, writing and spelling (literacy) difficulties. It aims to summarise thinking and develop a shared understanding of what constitutes best practice for supporting children and young people with literacy difficulties. It is hoped that it will inform the basis of support for professionals, parents / carers and young people working and living in Barnet.

This document was developed by the Barnet Educational Psychology Team in conjunction with the Barnet Advisory Teacher for Literacy Difficulties.

Alexis Beaver
Educational Psychologist

 
Software solutions to assist schools with safeguarding and On-line monitoring

For Information

Link2ICT provides a broad and expanding range of services, solutions and expertise to the education community. To ensure schools to get the most from their investment in technology, Link2ICT supports safeguarding objectives. Currently supporting over 1200 schools across an increasing number of authorities they offer a seamless suite of services, now available to Barnet schools, which include:

  • Content Monitoring Software – Simple provision for detection and protection
  • A Digital Monitoring Service – Continuous proactive monitoring of online activity
  • A Safeguarding Management Portal – Managing and recording safeguarding concerns

Take a look at the following to see how Link2ICT is already helping Barnet Schools to effectively monitor, manage and record safeguarding concerns: Woodcroft Primary, Barnet - Case Study

Flyers Attached in the enclosure section.

Kim Garrood
Schools Services Manager

 
Designated Teachers Meeting

For Information

Please can we remind you of the Designated Teachers meeting on Thursday 30 November at Best Hub (Lanacre Ave, NW9 5FN) from 9am to 12.30pm. This is a really important meeting as we will be considering the new responsibilities for adopted and permanently placed children.

Please contact the Virtual School on Barnet.virtualschool@barnet.gov.uk or 0208 359 4534 to book a place

Jane Munroe
Head teacher
Barnet Virtual School

 
Gangs/Knives/Keeping Safe Workshop at Whitefield School

For Information

Whitefield School have booked Paul Hannaford (http://www.paulhannaford.com) to come in on Monday 4 December to deliver a series of assemblies throughout the day for Year 8 to 6th form (hour long assemblies).

The focus is in keeping safe, gangs, knife crime. The assemblies will be hard hitting, but colleagues from other schools are more than welcome to drop in during the day to see the assemblies.

The final session of the day (2pm to 3pm) with be a workshop for students we have identified as being at risk.

Mumin Humayun
Whitefield School – Deputy Headteacher and DSL

 
Winter Readiness Pack

For Information

Please see the enclosure section for the new winter readiness guidance from Public Health England.

Nick Burr
Communications Officer

 
Barnet SACRE

For Information

FAO Headteachers and RE Subject Leaders/Heads of Department

Barnet’s Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is currently consulting about any changes to the Barnet Agreed Syllabus for RE. As you are aware a SACRE is part of local government & its main function is to advise the local authority on matters related to RE & collective worship in schools. One of its statutory responsibilities is to advise the local authority on matters related to the agreed syllabus for Religious Education & collective worship and consider whether changes need to be made to the agreed syllabus.

The Barnet SACRE has set up a survey on Survey Monkey and would like your views on the following six questions:

  1. Do you follow the current Barnet syllabus? If not what syllabus are you following?
  2. Do you think that the current Barnet RE curriculum is effective in creating an atmosphere of respect & understanding in the study of religion?
  3. In what ways do you think it could be improved?
  4. Please include any other comments or suggestions about the Barnet RE syllabus
  5. Do you think that the current KS3 & 4 syllabus meets the new criteria for GCSE?
  6. What advice would you like on attainment & progress?

Please follow the below link and respond to these questions by the end of November:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/23JN6JG

Thank you for your feedback

Neil Marlow (LA Representative on SACRE)
Anna Sallnow (LA RE Consultant)

 
Barnet Mencap Workshop - Time to Talk

For Information

Please find attached the flyer for our upcoming group for parents of children with additional needs.
 
Tuesday 5 December – Time to Talk: Sharing our experiences and learning from each other – Workshop leader: Jenny Melling, Barnet Mencap (Barnet Mencap’s office, 10am to 12pm). Please see the flyer in teh enclosure section for more information.
 
If you would like to book a place for this session, please reply to this email at projectsupport@barnetmencap.org.uk or call Barnet Mencap on 020 8349 3842.
 
James Wheatley
Communications Coordinator
Barnet Mencap

 
Safe Drive Stay Alive! - Promoting Safer Driving

For Information

Around 1000 students from across Barnet, last week have attended the Safe Drive, Stay Alive (SDSA) event, we heard from representatives from the London Fire Brigade, Metropolitan Police and Ambulance Service along with 2 speakers directly affected by road traffic incidents who bravely shared their emotional stories of losing loved and recalling personal stories.

The is funded by Transport for London (TfL), and led by Re’s safe and sustainable travel team, working on behalf of the Barnet Council conveying a very uncompromising message to young drivers about the consequences of driving dangerously and recklessly. 

Between 2012 and 2014, young drivers aged between 16 - 25, were involved in around 22 per cent of all road collisions in Barnet. These collisions resulted in 45 people being killed or seriously injured. With these statistics in mind, Safe Drive, Stay Alive draws attention to the five sources of road danger that are likely to get young drivers into trouble.

On Tuesday 14 November the Mayor of Barnet attended the morning presentation after which he expressed his support for the message being driven; also sharing personal experiences related to the keys messages being delivered throughout the event

Mark Dally, Capita’s partnership director for Barnet, said: “Safe Drive Stay Alive is an important initiative that we are proud to be supporting in Barnet. By highlighting the main causes of road accidents in an innovative and emotive way, this year’s campaign will have a positive impact on both pupils and staff.’’

All involved deserve a very big thank you for their hard work in delivering the event, sharing personal experiences with the audience and ensuring the key messages being delivered were heard.

Let’s make sure we keep this message going and do our part to be safer on the roads!

Key dates
  • Monday 13 November 2017
  • Tuesday 14 November 2017
  • Wednesday 15 November 2017
Louis Bynoe
Road Safety Support Officer

 
A Message from the Future - Competition

For Information

How is global warming going to change your world over the next 30 years?

That’s the question that renewable energy provider, Good Energy, is asking the UK’s school children to answer in an exciting nationwide competition, titled ‘A Message From the Future’.

The challenge is simple. 10 to 16 year olds and their teachers are being asked to imagine they’ve been transported 30 years in the future. The world around them isn’t as they left it, due to climate change. Working together as a class, their task is to explain to their 2017 selves what impact climate change has had on their local area, in whatever format they like. 

“Climate change is happening, and fast.” said Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy. “We want to encourage children – our future holders – to think about how climate change may affect their local area within their own lifetimes and what they might do about it. This is a great opportunity for children and teachers to work together on something which could make a real difference.”

And the prize for the winning class? A school trip to The Eden Project, including coach, a guided tour, lunch, a goody bag and an interactive renewable energy workshop from Juliet herself. 

Creativity is very much encouraged. The entry can be in the form of a short video, a story, a photograph or artwork. As long as it is uploaded to Good Energy’s website before the deadline: midnight on Friday 22 December. 

Once applications have closed, it’s over to the public to vote for their winner which will be announced in the New Year.

Further details on the competition, including full terms and conditions, can be found here.

https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/a-message-from-the-future/

Imogen Suter
Communications Executive, Good Energy
E: imogen.suter@goodenergy.co.uk
T: 01249 478382

 
 

   
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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