Issue 14

Wednesday 13 December 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. School Census Returns - Funding Implication

  2. Ofsted London Schools Webinar 9 January

  3. Family Services Structure Chart

  4. School Complaints Policies

  5. Finance Training for Heads, SBM's and Governors 16 Jan 2018

  6. Maximising the Impact of your Inclusion Team

  7. Barnet Council's General Budget Consultation 2018/19

  8. 2018 UK Youth Parliament Elections

  9. Thousands more GP appointments available in Barnet

  10. Kooth Online Counselling Service

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
School Census Returns - Funding Implication

For Information

The use of the census for funding

The census is a key source of data used to calculate schools’ funding. It is essential that all schools complete the census accurately and in a timely manner to ensure they are funded correctly. Failure to do so could result in a school missing out on funding to which it is entitled, or receiving more funding than it is due and having to repay any overpayment. Costs incurred by the LA due to submission by the school of incorrect data could be passed on.

Your funding for the 2018/19 financial year will be based on this census. It is therefore vital that your pupil information is complete and accurate.

  • The Pupil Premium continues to be based on the Spring Term census
  • The take up of the Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) is essential for the purposes of the Universal Infant Free School Meals Grant (Schools with infant pupils only)
  • Top Up Funding. The Department for Education is to use the top-up funding indicator in the new high needs national funding formula that will be introduced from 2018-19; this indicator should be used for pupils in ARPs as well as those in mainstream classes.  As such, it is very important that all schools complete census returns correctly.

New Item for Spring Term Census

The following Data items have a direct impact on the funding received.

  • 2-Year-Old Basis for Funding

New Data Items – Early Years

  • 30 Hour Code Indicator (Schools with Nursery Pupils only)
  • Extended Childcare Hours (Schools with Nursery Pupils only)
  • Disability Access Funding (Schools with Nursery Pupils only)

School Funding Team

 
Ofsted London Schools Webinar 9 January

For Information

On the Tuesday 9 January 2018 at 4.30pm Mike Sheridan (Ofsted Regional Director for London) will be hosting an interactive webinar for teachers in London schools. This will be the chance to hear about topics including the curriculum, short inspections and safeguarding. Mike will also cover particular London challenges such as gangs, youth violence and knife crime. They are very keen for teachers in Barnet schools to be involved.

Please see further information in the Enclosures Section including the registration required.

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

 
Family Services Structure Chart

For Information

A key strand of our Children’s Services Improvement plan is effective communication between children’s social care and partners. We understand from schools that you would like it to be easier to contact social care colleagues so we have updated our structure chart with the contacts for team managers (see enclosures section).

Chris Munday
Strategic Director of Children and Young People

 
School Complaints Policies

For Information

With regards to School Complaints Procedures/Policies, all schools should refer to the National Guidance suggested by the DfE. If a schools policy still states that the local authority has a role in appeals, please remove and amend the policy.

For reference please see the link below:

www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-complaints-procedures


Vicky Marwood
Information Officer

 
Finance Training for Heads, SBM's and Governors 16 Jan 2018

For Information

The Schools Finance Support Service [SFS] is pleased to be providing a training opportunity for Heads and SBM’s on the Financial Management of the School. This is a half day training session aimed at equipping relevant school staff; Head teachers, SBMs, Finance Officers with the knowledge required to successfully manage the schools budget. Finance governors are also welcome.

Course Programme – Tues 16 Jan 2018

  • Introduction
  • Schools Financial Value Standard
  • Fraud & Corruption
  • Internal Financial Controls
  • Contract Standing Orders
  • Sources of financial support and advice

Please complete and return the flyer you will find in the enclosures to kim.garrood@barnet.gov.uk.

Kim Garrood
Schools Services Manager
Customer and Support Group

 
Maximising the Impact of your Inclusion Team

For Information

 Date   Tuesday 9 January 2018 
 Time
 9am to 12pm (with the option of an afternoon consultation) 
 Presenter   Joann Moore and Samantha Rothwell (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 and Non-BPSI schools:
  • £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.

This training will include:

  • Thinking about the structure of your Inclusion team;
  • Consider ways to deploy your team and resources effectively;
  • Introducing the key principles of current research;
  • Consider practical, strategies and strategic ideas for when you are setting up interventions and support;
  • Planning for next steps.

There is the option to stay for an afternoon consultation with one of the Inclusion Advisory Teachers. If you would like to do this, please indicate when booking.

The booking deadline is Friday 5 January 

To book a training place please click on the following link: BOOK here

Joann Moore & Samantha Rothwell
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST

 
Barnet Council's General Budget Consultation 2018/19

For Information

We would like to hear views from Barnet residents and local community groups on our overall budget for 2018/19. In particular, we are giving residents the opportunity to comment on:

  • the overall budget for 2018/19
  • potential savings and/or income generation proposals that have been identified for 2018/19
  • the proposal to apply a three per cent social care precept to Council Tax in 2018/19 which will generate up to £4.9million to continue to help ease the increasing pressures on adult social care and care for the elderly and vulnerable adults
  • options for meeting the remaining £6.7 million budget gap for 2018/19, including Council Tax.

Meeting the challenge

The council faces an estimated budget gap of £40.7 million which we need to close by 2020. This is a result of reduced funding from Government, as well as increasing pressure and demand for our services due to a growing and ageing population. We have a mix of proposals to make savings or generate income to bridge this gap over the next two years, as well as using some reserves on top of proposals as a short term measure. This still leaves a budget gap of £6.7million to close by 2020.

Have your say

We are keen to give everyone – Barnet residents, residents who live outside the borough and who use our services, businesses, and local community groups – the opportunity to have their say on our proposals. We also want to give you an opportunity to suggest alternative ways that the council could meet the challenges ahead.

To tell us your views on the proposed budget, visit our Engage Barnet website which will host the consultation from 6 December 2017 until 14 January 2018.

Your views will help inform the decision on our budget for 2018/19, which will go back to Policy and Resources Committee on 13 February and Full Council on 6 March 2018 for final approval.

This consultation is in addition to service specific consultations which have already happened or will happen in the next few months which offer you the opportunity to comment in detail on proposals. You can find more information about all our consultations at www.engage.barnet.gov.uk.

If you have any questions regarding the consultation, or you would like to request an alternative format of the consultation please contact the Consultation and Research Team on:

Email: budgetconsultation@barnet.gov.uk
Telephone:  020 8359 7016

Mike Donaldson
Communications and Campaigns Lead: Regeneration and Growth

 
2018 UK Youth Parliament Elections

For Information

We are pleased to launch our 2018 UK Youth Parliament elections. Each year over 7000 children and young people across our borough vote for 4 of their peers to represent them with Barnet and nationally across the Youth Parliament network. We will now commence sending out to our schools Youth Voice network 2018 launch letters for teachers, plus posters that can be placed around the school. All key dates and ‘what to do’ info will be in the packs. Our key 2018 Youth Parliament dates are below. Please look out in your reception areas before the festive break for the packs which will be in A4 white envelopes.

This year , as ever, our Youth Parliament members have contributed to the local and national youth voice agenda – lobbying for improved services for all children and young people. Furthermore, they have continued to co-produce with the local authority and partners new services, policies and strategic  plans.

If you have any questions or queries please contact us at haveyoursay@barnet.gov.uk.

We look forward to your school, college or organisation’s continued support of youth voice activity across our borough.

 Wednesday 17 January 
Candidates Information Evening – Hendon Town Hall (arrival from 5.30pm for 6pm start. Finish at 8pm) 
 Friday 2 February
 Candidate Registration Deadline – please visit www.barnet.gov.uk/uk-youth-parliament to register to stand as a candidate.
 Monday 5 February  Distribution of elections poster/ voter cards to schools, colleges and organisations. All deliveries will be despatched to reception areas and addressed to your nominated youth voice leaders, teachers, representatives. Let us know if there is someone specific we should send to.
 Wednesday 7 February
 UKYP Candidates debate Evening – venue and time tbc
 Monday 19 February
 Voting Opens online at www.barnetukyp.co.uk
 Monday 5 March  Voting Closes at 11:59pm
 Monday 12 March  Results Evening at North London Business Park
 Thursday 22 March  Introduction Meeting


Tony Lewis
Voice of the Child Coordinator

 
Thousands more GP appointments available in Barnet

For Information

Extra evening and weekend GP appointments are now available for patients registered with a Barnet GP. The additional appointments mean Barnet patients will now have access to GP services seven days a week, with the extra appointments available from 6.30pm to 8pm weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends. To book an evening or weekend GP appointment you should speak to your GP surgery or call the evening and weekend service directly 020 3948 6809 (phone line operational at evenings and weekends only).

More information is available here.

James McCollum
Communications & Engagement
Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group

 
Kooth Online Counselling Service

For Information

Kooth is a free online counselling service that has been commissioned for all young people from 11 to 25 years old in the Borough of Barnet. Please display the attached flyer so that your pupils are able to access support during the Christmas period.

Should you wish to book a free assembly in the New Year or find out more about Kooth please contact Jayne.abbott@harrow.gov.

Jayne Abbott
Harrow Health

 
 

   
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