Issue 17

Wednesday 10 January 2018

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

  2. Spring 2018 Early Years Data Request

  3. New for 2018 from the Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

  4. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Guidance Consultation

  5. SENCo Group Meeting

  6. Specialist Inclusion Services Parent Drop-Ins

  7. Autism Education Trust - Early Years Training Programme

  8. Schools' Budget Setting Workshop

  9. Health Conference - Change of Venue

  10. SACRE - Holocaust Pack 2018

  11. BBC to Help Students Identify 'Fake News'

  12. Barnet Children & Young People's Wellbeing Provision

  13. Surveys on School Nursing

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Update on School Funding

For Information

The attached report, ‘Annual Report on School Funding in Barnet for 2018-19’, will be considered by the Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee at its meeting on 16 January.

The key points are as follows:

  • In response to the consultation on the transitional school funding formula for 2018-19, 88% of respondents supported option 2, the National Funding Formula with additional protection – the phased introduction of the NFF between 2018-19 and 2020-21
  • In the consultation we indicated that this option, even with the additional protection, could mean most schools losing up to 0.5% funding per pupil, but we said that this modelling was based on October 2016 census data and the provisional DSG allocations and assumed growth funding would need to be at the same level as in 2017-18
  • The DfE announced allocations of the Dedicated Schools Grant funding to local authorities in December 2017.  The revised allocation for the Schools Block, now based on October 2017 school census data, and a review of the school growth funding required for 2018-19, means it is now possible to protect pupil-level funding so that no school will receive less money per pupil in 2018-19 than they did in 2017-18. So this is an improvement for most schools, which would otherwise experience a reduction in per pupil funding
  • This level of protection can be achieved by setting a Minimum Funding Guarantee of 0% (meaning MFG funding per pupil for all schools will be at least at the level it was in 2017-18). To ensure this is affordable, it is proposed to set a cap on gains at +0.24% per pupil for any schools gaining from the phased introduction of the National Funding Formula.  The MFG and cap on gains are subject to approval by the Schools Forum at its next meeting on 1 February
  • The council has to submit details of the proposed school funding formula, MFG and cap to the DfE on 19 January 2018 and we are asking the council’s Children, Education, Libraries and Safeguarding Committee at its meeting next week (16 January) to approve the submission on the basis of option 2 from the consultation with schools on the Barnet School Funding Formula for 2018-19 – the National Funding Formula with additional protection and with the provision for a Minimum Funding Guarantee of 0% and a cap on gains of +0.24% per pupil
  • Appendix A of the report shows the indicative funding allocations for individual schools and the variance in funding compared with 2017-18 for each school. Please note that, although we expect the final figures to be similar to these indicative ones, they are still provisional figures.  Final allocations will be issued, as usual, during the February half-term.

Ian Harrison
Education and Skills Director 
  

 
Spring 2018 Early Years Data Request

For Information

As part of the Spring 2018 census, we are asking you to provide your Early Years census data earlier than previously for E1, E2, N1, N2 and Reception pupils.

Please complete the template attached and send it to us in CSV or Excel format via USO-FX (username Cgray21.302). Please state that your headteacher has approved this data return.

The deadline for this return is Thursday 25 January. If you do not meet this deadline we will not be able to calculate your Early Years funding correctly and any balance due to the school may be delayed.

Please ensure that the following fields are completed accurately:

  • Hours at Setting = the total hours attended by each child per week
  • Funded Hours = the total universal hours claimed by each child per week (maximum 15)
  • Extended Hours = the total additional hours claimed by each child per week (maximum 15). This field should only contain data if a child has a valid 30 hour entitlement code
  • Eligibility Code = the eligibility code for those pupils entitled to receive the 30 hour (working parent) offer

In future we will be requesting this data from you at the beginning of every term.

2 year old funding will continue to be claimed directly through the Family Services team, email: EarlyYears@barnet.gov.uk

If you have any further queries please contact Jenny Keable on 020 8359 7917 or email: schoolfunding@barnet.gov.uk

Jenny Keable
School Resource and Support Officer

 
New for 2018 from the Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

For Information

  • Website
  • New Continuum of help and support (Thresholds) and Resolution Policy (Escalation policy)
  • Safeguarding Guide

A key theme that emerged from our Improvement Planning process was the need for the partnership to have a more informative website providing access to multiagency training, safeguarding tools, guides and the latest safeguarding policies and procedures.

The website is live on https://thebarnetscp.org.uk/bscp

The website contains information about a variety of the aspects of our work including training and guidance/ advice. It has sections giving information about how to ensure the safety of children and young people. It is a tool designed to raise awareness and highlight how we can all work together. Please remember that "safeguarding children is everyone's business".

I hope you find the website and its contents useful and any feedback is most welcome.

Partners also requested a review of the thresholds document. Working with colleagues from across the partnership we have revised our thresholds and have a new Barnet Continuum of Help and Support and Resolution Policy.
 
Our primary aim is that there should be ‘no wrong door’ for seeking additional support for children.

We have also worked with partners to create a new online Safeguarding Guide.

The guide is split into two main sections:

  1. Information on the path a child might take through services and how professionals can support this, with a particular focus on safeguarding and education, as well as multi-agency guidance on working with children and families.
  2. A reference guide on how to access resources available to support children and young people and families in Barnet. Containing contact details of key staff.

The guide is only available in a protected area – the members area - as it contains contact details of key staff. If you are a professional working with children with safeguarding needs please do register via the website to become a member of the Safeguarding Partnership.

Our aim is to continually develop and improve the tools, guides, policies and procedures responding to the needs of partners. Therefore if you have any suggestions please do contact the Safeguarding Partnership Business Unit via BarnetSCB@barnet.gov.uk
 
Andrew Fraser
Independent Chair

 
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Guidance Consultation

For Information

The DfE are seeking views on Proposed changes to KCSIE. The consultation for the Keeping Children Safe in Education guidance was published on 14 December and will close on 22 February 2018. The intention is for revised guidance to commence in September 2018.

This is the statutory guidance that sets out what schools and colleges should do and the legal duties which they must comply with to keep children safe. This includes information on preventing radicalisation and on keeping students safe online.

Perryn Jasper
Prevent Education Officer

 
SENCo Group Meeting

For Information

A reminder that the New to SENCo Group is meeting at Moss Hall Nursery School this half term.

 Date 
 Wednesday 17 January 
 Time  3.45pm to 5pm
 Venue 
 Moss Hall Nursery School
Nether Street N3 1NR

This is a group that supports all new to Barnet SENCOs and those new to being a SENCO. Please do come along to meet other SENCOs. Any agenda items can be sent to Joann in advance. All Welcome.

Joann Moore
Pre-school Teaching Team

 
Specialist Inclusion Services Parent Drop-Ins

For Information

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.events@barnet.gov.uk.

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.

Rosie Rebeiro
Advisory Teacher for SLCN (HIST)

 
Autism Education Trust - Early Years Training Programme

For Information

This is a national, face-to-face training programme for all professionals working in various early years settings for children up to 5 years, including the early years autism standards and the early years autism competency framework.

This is part of the Autism Education Trust’s DfE supported programme to ensure that all children and young people with autism receive an education which enables them to engage in society as active citizens and that their families and the professionals who work with them are informed, supported and equipped to enable this to be achieved.

The training uses a range of teaching tools including video, case studies, problem solving scenarios, presentations and practical resources and activities.

There are three modules of training available:

  • Module 1. Making sense of autism – for all early years practitioners
  • Module 2. Good autism practice – for practitioners working directly with children with autism. (2 days 13/20 March 18 - flyer attached in the enclosures section)
  • Module 3. Leading good autism practice – for leaders and managers (1 day 28 February 18 - Flyer attached in the enclosures section)

Sue Bills
Pre-school Teaching Team
Oakleigh School and Early Years Centre

 
Schools' Budget Setting Workshop

For Information

The Schools Finance Support Service is pleased to be providing two Budget Setting Workshops for Head teachers and School Business Managers/Bursars. These are half day sessions aimed at enabling schools to work effectively outside of the school environment to prepare a draft budget for 2018-19.

Please complete and return the attached flyer you will find in the enclosures to schools.support@barnet.gov.uk.

Julie Vazquez
Schools Finance Support Service Manager


 
Health Conference - Change of Venue

For Information

Parent/carers of CYP with SEND have the opportunity to meet local health professionals and talk about what is important to them on the 1st February 2018. This is part of a health training event organised by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Barnet Parent Carer Forum.

Please note that the venue has changed and the event will now be held at Stephens House and Gardens in Finchley. The session is free but booking required:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/barnet-health-conference-exploring-your-local-health-services-tickets-41383500163
 
Zoë Garbett
Children’s Senior Joint Commissioner

 
SACRE - Holocaust Pack 2018

For Information

Please see the enclosures section for the Holocaust pack for 2018.

Anna Sallnow
Barnet SACRE

 
BBC to Help Students Identify 'Fake News'

For Information

The BBC is helping young people identify real news – giving them the tools to filter our fake and false information.

The new service is open to all secondary schools and sixth forms across the UK and is targeted at 11 to 18 year olds. A series of events, roadshows and online resources will be rolled out from March 2018.

Schools will get access to information and resources to use in the classroom, as well as invites to exclusive events hosted by BBC staff, and even the possibility of school visits.

If you are member of staff at a UK secondary school, sixth form, or youth group working with 11 to 18 year olds and would like to get involved and be kept informed of the project simply fill out the form accessed here.

Perryn Jasper
Prevent Education Officer
Education and Skills   

 
Barnet Children & Young People's Wellbeing Provision

For Information

We work with young people who are experiencing low to moderate mental health difficulties related to anxiety and low mood.  We also work with parents who have younger children who are struggling with anxiety.

If you would like to find out more about us, we are giving a short presentation about our provision at the next Barnet Practitioners Forum which is taking place at The Penridge Banqueting Suite, 470-474 Bowes Road, London, N11 1NL on Tuesday January 16 2018, 9.30am to 12.30pm (lunch from 12.30pm to 1.30pm).

Barnet Practitioners Forum - Information, workshops, networking - welcome to anyone from the voluntary, statutory, independent sector working with children and young people in Barnet.

Caroline Quinlan
CYP Wellbeing Supervisor & Development Lead


 
Surveys on School Nursing

For Information

Surveys are all online – please do fill in the appropriate ones and encourage students, parents, staff members and stakeholders.

The more feedback we get, the more responsive our 0-19 Hubs and Health Services will be in future.
Each survey is anonymous, unintrusive and will take at most 10 minutes to complete.

Your time in completing the survey is really appreciated and please forward to anyone else you feel would like to contribute.

Any queries you have please contact me on 020 8359 3725.

Tom Sear
Strategy and Insight Officer


 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

 

 

 

  • Holocaust_Pack_2018.pdf
    All Schools

     The Holocaust pack for 2018. 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