Issue 18

Wednesday 17 January 2018

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Schools Financial Value Standard 2017/18 - Reminder

  2. SEN top-up funding - Response required by 31 January 2018

  3. Timetable for moderation events

  4. Provision Mapping and Preparing for Ofsted

  5. SENCo Support Group for School Settings who have 2 Year Old Provision - Reminder

  6. Secondary SENCo Challenge Workshop

  7. Surveys on School Nursing

  8. Young Carers Awareness Day

  9. Barnet School Awards 2018

  10. Recyling Workshops for Schools

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Schools Financial Value Standard 2017/18 - Reminder

For Action

As you are aware each maintained school’s completed and approved SFVS assessment should be submitted to Schools Accountancy by the end of January.

Please ensure you use the correct form for 2017/18 and that it is fully completed for all 25 questions with commentary and evidence and an action plan as necessary. For some schools, internal audit have found that the assessment form answer is NOT supported by adequate evidence.

Should you have completed the standard form but not had it approved by the finance committee or governing body, please have this approved by the chair of governors and submit this with a statement of when it will be formally reviewed and approved, which must be before the end of the spring term.

Please submit an electronic copy wherever possible. A scanned version of the signed copy is required.

Action required

Submission to the LA (Schools Accountancy) no later than 31 January 2018.

Nick Adams
Schools Finance Services Manager

 
SEN top-up funding - Response required by 31 January 2018

For Action
                 
Spring Term SEN top up data sheets have now been sent to SENCos and business managers or headteachers, listing each child’s SEN details.  These need to be carefully checked and returned by 31 January 2018. It is vital that the relevant colleagues at all schools review this data so please contact me as soon as possible if you have not received the return.  Your top up funding relies on information provided. Please be aware that this return is the final one before the end of the current financial year and it is therefore important that the data is reviewed to ensure correct funding.  Funding in respect of plans issued after the return date will be  paid in the 2018/19 Financial Year. We have sent the information to headteachers in cases where we do not have a contact for the SENCo or business manager.

Please review and amend the data in the top up data tab and refer to the Guidance Details tab for further information, paying particular attention to new starters and leavers to ensure all movements are captured correctly. The return must include all pupils of all ages with an EHCP or statement including out of borough children even though they are not funded by Barnet. For these please record the correct LA code in the Funding LA column.  Nil returns are required to avoid incorrect funding.

The return must be submitted securely, i.e. via USO-FX, Encrypt and Send, and/or password protection. Mostly reports have been sent to schools via the LGFL secure USO-FX accounts. The files are also password protected, please keep this protection in place when returning the file.  The file can be returned to me via my USO-FX account (Donna Calcraft) or alternatively the protected sheet can be sent to donna.calcraft@barnet.gov.uk. Please contact me for the file password if you have not received it already.
 
Please contact me immediately if you have any queries, so that there is no delay in submission and your school’s top-up funding can be updated.

Donna Calcraft
Finance Manager

 
Timetable for moderation events

For information

Please find in the enclosure section the timetable for The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile 2018. The full moderation plan will be sent to schools in the following week. 

To book onto the agreement training send an email to Alison Craigwell: alison.craigwell@barnet.gov.uk

Alison Craigwell
Training Officer, Early Years Standards Team

 
Provision Mapping and Preparing for Ofsted

For Information

 Date
 Thursday 8 February 2018 
 Time 
 9.15am to 12pm
 Facilitators 
 Joann Moore,  Inclusion Advisory Teacher, HIST 
 Venue  Best Hub, Lanacre Avenue, Grahame Park, London NW9 5FN 
 Cost per delegate

Subscribers to HIST package can utilise HIST hours: ½ hour for half day

Non-HIST and Non-BPSI schools: £75 per delegate for half 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 is a repeat of the course run in the Summer Term 2017.

What does Provision Mapping really look like? Getting Ready for Ofsted – a toolkit of ideas to support SENCos

This will be a fast paced morning where we will explore ideas around:

  • Provision Maps – Who are they for? What is the point?  How do we make them SMART?
  • Getting ready for Ofsted and how to demonstrate your good practice in SEND.

This course is for SENCos/Inclusion Managers. The booking deadline is Tuesday 6 February 2018.

To book a training place please click here.

To view all HIST courses, click here.

Joann Moore
Inclusion Advisory Teacher HIST

 
SENCo Support Group for School Settings who have 2 Year Old Provision - Reminder

For Information

There will be a SENCo support group meeting at Broadfields Primary School.

 Date
 Tuesday 23 January
 Time
 3.45pm
 Venue 
 Broadfields Primary School, Edgware, HA8 8JP

This will be an opportunity to discuss the challenges and celebrate the successes of 2 year olds with SEND in nursery.

All welcome.

Joann Moore
Inclusion Advisory Teacher HIST

 
Secondary SENCo Challenge Workshop

For Information

 Date 
 Tuesday 6 February 2018
 Time  2pm
 Presenter 
 Samantha Rothwell
 Audience  SENCos/Inclusion Managers (secondary schools and special schools)
 Venue  JCOSS School, Castlewood Road, New Barnet, EN4 9GE

This is an opportunity to get together in an informal way and meet colleagues who are working in a secondary setting.

In this session we will be joined by Tim Coombe (Integration and Participation Worker) who will be talking about Kooth, an online counselling and well-being service for children and young people.

To book a place please contact Samantha Rothwell on Samantha.rothwell@barnet.gov.uk

Samantha Rothwell
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST

 
Surveys on School Nursing

For Information

As part of the introduction of 0-19 Early Help Hubs, Health Visiting, School Nursing and Family Nurse Partnership services nearing the end of their current contract, we are asking for your help in completing a surveys and encouraging others to do so. 

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

 
Young Carers Awareness Day

For Information

Young Carers Awareness Day will be held on Thursday, 25 January 2018.

A Young Carer is someone under 18 who cares for a relative due to an illness, disability, mental health condition or drug/alcohol addiction. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The responsibilities can have a significant impact on their school attendance and attainment and wellbeing at school.

Between 13% of primary school age and 27% secondary age miss school or experience educational difficulties (Dearden and Becker, 2004).

Please help to raise awareness of Young Carers in the London Borough of Barnet. Download free materials to use in your own Young Carers Awareness Day 2018 events and activities at: https://carers.org/young-carers-awareness-day-2018.

You could do a display on your school noticeboard (please find primary school posters and secondary schools posters in the enclosures section). Organise your own activity, such as cake sales, or create your own posters. If you are running an event / activity or have any queries about Young Carers Awareness Day please contact Becky Prangley (Senior Young Carers Support & Outreach Officer) at Barnet Carers Centre.

Email: Rebecca.prangley@barnetcarers.org

Support for young carers

Details on support for Young Carers provided by Barnet Carers Centre can be found at www.barnetcarers.org. Barnet Young Carers Team can also support schools with the Young Carers in Schools Programme. Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative in England and Wales that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. Please go to www.youngcarersinschools.com to get involved.

Rebecca Prangley
Senior Young Carers Support & Outreach Officer

 
Barnet School Awards 2018

For Information

Barnet and Southgate College launched the Barnet School Awards to elevate and celebrate the amazing and unique achievements of students and staff in Barnet schools, highlighting the great work happening in our local schools and the community. Sponsored by Middlesex University.
 
Nomination period now open.

To access the nomination form and criteria please visit:
www.barnetsouthgate.ac.uk/barnet-school-awards

You can view pictures from the 2017 awards ceremony here.
 
Key Dates

  • 30 April 2018 - Nomination period closes
  • May 2018 - Invitations sent to nominees
  • 4 July 2018 - Final awards ceremony

Award Categories

Primary Schools

  • British Values Project of the Year – School
  • Governor’s Award
  • Inspirational Student of the Year
  • Unsung Hero – Volunteers/Support staff
  • Teacher of the Year

Secondary Schools

  • British Values Project of the Year – School
  • Governor’s Award
  • Inspirational Student of the Year
  • Unsung Hero – Volunteers/Support staff
  • Youth Enterprise Award
  • Teacher of the Year

Special Schools

  • Governor’s Award
  • Inspirational Student of the Year
  • Unsung Hero – Volunteers/Support staff
  • Youth Enterprise Award
  • Teacher of the Year

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch at events@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk

Events Team
Barnet and Southgate College 

 
Recyling Workshops for Schools

For Information

A programme of reducing, reusing and recycling workshops is being offered to a primary school in Barnet for free. The programme will give a school the opportunity to have a number of visits from ecoACTIVE who will deliver a range of cross curricular workshops.

The school will be given the chance to learn about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling different kinds of waste through creative, hands on and informative workshops. A staff INSET, 2 whole school assemblies and a parent event will also allow the wider school community to be involved in the project.

The project is ideal for a KS2 group such as a school council or a green team.

EcoACTIVE are an innovative environmental education charity who embrace the concept of ‘Think Global, Act Local’ by helping school and community groups understand critical global issues and the small actions they can take to make a difference. They have been commissioned to carry out this work by the North London Waste Authority of whom are responsible for helping dispose of the waste produced within the borough of Barnet. 

If you are interested in your school receiving this free programme of workshops do get in touch with ecoACTIVE.  There is only one space available so get in touch as soon as possible.

Call ecoACTIVE on 020 8510 0113 or email jessicadolan@ecoactive.org.uk

Verity Jones
Technical Officer
Waste Intelligence Team

 
 

   
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