Issue 19

Wednesday 24 January 2018

For more information
please contact:
  1. SchoolSafe Procedure - Posters for School Offices

  2. Searching, Screening and Confiscation at School

  3. Safe Internet Day 6 February 2018

  4. Moderation Workshops

  5. Secondary SENCo Challenge Workshop

  6. SCERTS Training with Scot Greathead - Orion Primary School

  7. CONNECT funded cross-borough European Erasmus+ Project

  8. Barnet Virtual School annual conference

  9. UKYP elections information

  10. Time to talk workshop - Barnet Mencap

  11. Sign2Sing event

  12. Paula Hales retirement

  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
SchoolSafe Procedure - Posters for School Offices

For Information

SchoolSafe is a system that enables schools to share information regarding student safety in the school’s vicinity. The procedure is designed so that information can be shared as quickly and as accurately as possible.

I would like to stress that if schools need to report a safeguarding incident they must inform the police before they contact the SchoolSafe team.

Included in the enclosures section are posters outlining the SchoolSafe procedure, for primary and secondary schools. Could you please print these off and hang them somewhere in your school office, to be referred to if there is a safeguarding incident at your school.

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

Searching, Screening and Confiscation at School

For Information

Updated DfE guidance January 2018

The government's 'Searching, screening and confiscation at school' guidance, has been updated. The latest document includes a new section, 'Statutory guidance for dealing with electronic devices'. Other than this section, the previous guidance still remains the same.

A summary of the new section is below:

Staff may lawfully search electronic devices, without consent or parental permission, if there is a suspicion that the pupil has a device prohibited by school rules (must be clear in the school’s behaviour policy and communicated to students and parents regularly), or the staff member has good reason to suspect the device may be used to:

  • cause harm,
  • disrupt teaching,
  • break school rules,
  • commit an offence,
  • cause personal injury, or
  • damage property.

Any data, files or images that are believed to be illegal must be passed to the police as soon as practicable, including pornographic images of children, without deleting them.

Any data, files or images that are not believed to be unlawful, may be deleted or kept as evidence of a breach of the school's behaviour policy. The school's policies should reflect this new guidance.

Searching, screening and confiscation at school (DfE, January 2018)

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

Safe Internet Day 6 February 2018

For Information

For Safer Internet Day 2018, the UK Safer Internet Centre has created educational resources aimed at schools, youth groups and other settings. The resources are tailored for: 3-7 year olds; 7-11 year olds; and 11-14 year olds and are accompanied by a short film.

Online safety resources: UK Safer Internet Centre blog 

Further information:

Dr Jane Reichardt
Educational Psychologist

Moderation Workshops

For Information

A reminder that moderation workshops have been arranged at BEST Hub as follows:

 Monday 29 January 
 1.30pm to 3.30pm 
 KS2 / Y6 
 BEST Hub 
 Friday 2 February
 9.30am to 12pm  KS1 / Y2

Please email to confirm attendance.

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser

Secondary SENCo Challenge Workshop

For Information

 Tuesday 6 February 2018 
 Time  2pm
 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
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST

SCERTS Training with Scot Greathead - Orion Primary School

For Information

Autism Advisory Team – SCERTS Training with Scot Greathead at the Orion Primary School

The Autism Advisory Team is hosting 2 training opportunities to develop the SCERTS framework in your school:

  • Using the SCERTS framework as an evidence based approach to support the development of social communication and emotional regulation skills. This is a 2 day course for delegates new to the SCERTS framework.
  • Embedding the SCERTS Framework: a whole school / service approach to supporting Autistic children and their families. This is a 1 day course for delegates who have had previously had SCERTS training.

Please see the enclosures section for more information.

Kathleen Tripp
Lead Autism Advisory Teacher

CONNECT funded cross-borough European Erasmus+ Project

For Information

There is an opportunity to take part in a Connect funded cross-borough European Erasmus+ Project.

The project theme: How can schools (primary & secondary) support vulnerable groups at risk of NEET or early school leaving.

 Thursday 1 February
 Time  4pm to 5.30pm
 Location  Best Hub, Lanacre Ave, London NW9 5FN 

Please see flyer in the enclosures section for further information or contact Anne Roots, CONNECT – The Network for Global Learning in Education

Des Georgiou
CONNECT (formerly NLSIN)  Administrative Manager & Modern Language Assistant (MLA) Programme Facilitator

Barnet Virtual School annual conference

For Information

Barnet Virtual School would like to invite you to our Annual Conference on March 9 2018 which may be the last time we will be able to offer it free of charge due to premises.

Lisa Cherry will provide a keynote address in the morning and there will be a series of appropriate workshops in the afternoon. The conference will focus on:

  • Attachment awareness
  • The impact of trauma
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Working with vulnerability in the classroom.

We would love as many people as possible to attend, especially those schools and colleges who have not experienced our training before.

 Registration  8.45am
 Venue  BEST HUB, Lanacre Ave, London, NW9 5FN 
 Finish time  3.30pm

Please email to book yours and a colleagues place.

This is especially relevant with the new responsibilities for Adopted pupils and those under special guardianship.

Jane Munroe
Head teacher
Barnet Virtual School

UKYP elections information

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.

By now you should have received the ‘I HAVE A VOICE’ posters to be distributed around your school.  Within the next few weeks you will receive ‘I HAVE A VOTE’ posters and booklets – these go in to slightly more detail about Youth Parliament.

Below are the key dates. Please highlight this to all of your pupils and students who are interested in applying.

 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 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       
 Monday 5 March  Voting Closes at 11:59pm      
 Monday 12 March  Results Evening at North London Business Park
 Thursday 22 March  Introduction Meeting

What is the UKYP?

  • It is run by young people for young people, UK Youth Parliament is a national forum which provides opportunities for 11-18 year olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.
  • It is composed of representatives from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
  • Ensures that young people in the UK are given a voice on any issues that affects them, as laid out in Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  • Supported by government and opposition parties, the UKYP runs campaigns to improve the lives of young people.

UK Youth Parliament in Barnet

  • Members of the Youth Parliament (MYP’s) are elected for a one year term of office
  • Barnet has 4 youth parliament members
  • Each member is offered a Leadership Development Programme and support to bring to life their campaign
  • The programme is free of charge with no expenses covered by members
  • Find out more about UKYP at

What does an MYP do?

  • MYP’s across the UK work to give young people a voice – listening to marginalised groups, organising events, making films, meeting MP’s, lobbying for change, organising campaigns and appearing in the media, all to amplify the views of their peers.
  • Represent the Young people of Barnet at regional, national and sometimes international events – Including the House of Commons debate.
  • Work on your very own project that is important to Barnet’s young people and engage with Barnet Youth Board representatives.
  • Work with young people in the borough, attend local festivals and events and engage with local decision makers.

How to vote

  • All schools and colleges will be sent voter cards with a unique voter codes for each student
  • Go online between 20 February & 6 March 2017 to input the unique voter code and cast your vote.
  • All candidate manifestos will be available to view on from mid-February.

UK Youth Parliament elections are a unique opportunity for your school, college or organisation to provide an opportunity for your pupils to participate in democratic processes, raise aspirations and support social activism.

Kerry Hodges
Voice of the Child Coordinator

Time to talk workshop - Barnet Mencap

For Information

We’re running our popular Time to Talk workshop again! If you would like to book a place for this session, please
reply to this email at or call Barnet Mencap on 020 8349 3842.

 Tuesday 6 February 2018
 Time  10am to 12pm
 Workshop leader  Jenny Melling
 Session  Time to Talk: Sharing our experiences and learning from each other


 Barnet Mencap’s office

Please find in the enclosures section the flyer for our upcoming group for parents of children with additional needs.

In addition we’re looking for a family carer of a child with a learning disability, global developmental delay or on the autistic spectrum to become a programme facilitator for a parenting programme – please see enclosures for more information and contact if you are interested in this role.
James Wheatley
Communications Coordinator
Barnet Mencap

Sign2Sing event

For Information

The Deaf health charity SignHealth’s national fundraising campaign Sign2Sing is transforming the lives of children. Sign2Sing is a fun annual event which brings Deaf and hearing children together through sign language. It encourages inclusivity and friendship and teaches the importance of good communication.

Join sign2sing 2018 and fundraise for SignHealth to help ensure Deaf children have an equal and fair chance of a healthy future. It’s a sad fact that Deaf children are twice as likely as hearing children to suffer from mental health problems.

We are keen to get as many schools involved in this event as possible. See enclosures and here for more information and to register.

Julia Dawson
Corporate Fundraising Manager
The Deaf Health Charity

Paula Hales retirement

For Information

We are saying farewell to Paula Hales, Senior NQT Support Officer who is retiring after 28 years of dedicated service.

Paula has worked in various roles in the Inspection and Advisory Service and with the Education and Skills teams and has been a mainstay of the NQT programme. We will miss her amazing organisational skills, her attention to detail and the calm, patient way she responds to all manner of enquiries about the challenges of NQT induction. We wish Paula a happy, long and healthy retirement.

Sushoma Nahar-Syed is the new NQT support Officer. She can be contacted via

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser






  • Sign2sing_Feb_2018.pdf
    All Schools

    Further information on Sign 2 Sing. 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