Issue 23

Wednesday 28 February 2018

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Update on Children Services Improvement

  2. Pupil Removal - Required Evidence

  3. The Safer Travel for all Bus

  4. Christ College's GDPR Training - An introduction to GDPR

  5. Modern Language Assistants - Supporting Language Teaching in Schools

  6. Barnet Teaching Assistant Training Day - March 2018

  7. Barnet Mencap - Training for parents of children with additional needs

  8. NHS Careers Event

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Update on Children Services Improvement

For Information

I am pleased to be able to share with you the headlines from Ofsted’s findings during its second Monitoring Visit of Cambridge Education in partnership with Barnet.

In summary, we are “continuing to progress and consolidate recent improvements”, with senior leaders and managers “appropriately focused to improve and embed good quality social work practice”.

The second Monitoring Visit, which took place on 30 and 31 January 2018, focused on four main areas of our work:

  • The effectiveness of the MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub), including the application of thresholds
  • The quality and effectiveness of strategy discussions and Section 47 enquiries leading to initial child protection conferences
  • The quality and timeliness of assessments leading to child protection and child-in-need work and plans
  • The quality and timeliness of management oversight and decision making of case work

The inspectors observed real improvement in MASH: the application of thresholds is more consistent, information is shared more effectively and decision-making is more timely. They found staff to be increasingly confident in their roles, and improved systems and processes are enabling them to work more effectively.

They also found that the DAT (Duty and Assessment) teams are beginning to improve practice for children in need of help and protection, with an overall improvement in early identification of risk and implementation of action to protect children. They do point out, and we agree, that this is not yet consistent enough across DAT and that we also need to improve quality and consistency in longer-term planning in this area.

Our Child Protection (Section 47) Enquiries were found to be timely and properly risk-assessed; decision-making is appropriate; strategy discussions are timely but the attendance of health professionals is still inconsistent. Social workers therefore need to follow up with health partners outside of strategy meetings to obtain relevant advice and information.

Our recent investment in extra resource in both MASH and DAT has made a positive difference through improved operational capacity and managerial oversight.

Quality Assurance, which we have been using as part of our improvement plan to drive quality across the service, is becoming embedded in our culture and is helping us to continue identifying and focussing on areas where we need to make further improvements.

Staff morale is improving, with staff reporting their commitment to the improvement plan and their satisfaction with the ‘relevant and helpful’ training we are providing.

There is evidence of a stronger child-centred culture around the service.

The inspectors report that they found we have implemented all the recommendations from their first Monitoring Visit, and this has improved both practice and monitoring of progress. There is still inadequate work and we are focused on driving improvements across the whole service. We accept the inspectors’ identification of the areas identified as too inconsistent:

  • The standard of case recording
  • The quality of assessments
  • Engagement by parents requiring specialist assessments
  • Quality in child-protection planning; weak children-in-need planning
  • Supervision and oversight

We have already begun to address these issues.

I would like to recognise the hard work and commitment of Family Services staff and our partners – in particular Essex County Council - in what we have achieved together so far. I also recognise the fact that we need to continue to focus on where we must do better while maintaining quality in the areas where we are making progress.

The full letter is attached in the enclosures section. The next Monitoring Visit is on 25 and 26 April and will focus on vulnerable adolescents.

Chris Munday
Strategic Director- Children & Young People

 
Pupil Removal - Required Evidence

For information

Headteachers are advised that the pupil removal, non-statutory guidance, issued by the DfE in September 2017 is specifically for the disapplication of pupils for GCSE statistical purposes. It is not designed to impact on-off-roll procedures, which are unchanged.

This guidance is best suited for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all secondary schools and FE colleges with 14 to16 provision.

Representations have been made by a number of attendance leads to the DfE to remove the unintended ambiguity.

Please see the enclosures section for more information. Further enquiries can be addressed to Trevor Orr on 8359 7716 or at trevor.orr@barnet.gov.uk

Trevor Orr
Education Welfare Team Manager

 
The Safer Travel for all Bus

For information

Edgware Independent Travel training is run in conjunction with TFL, Metroline and the Metropolitan Police are offering your school the opportunity to access this excellent free resource which will enhance your students' road safety, travel awareness and set them on the path to independent travel.

Please see the enclosures section for further information.

If you would like to discuss this project further or would like to book a session, please contact able2travel@met.police.uk

Michelle Davies
PCSO 6042ST
Transport Youth Engagement officer
 
Christ College's GDPR Training - An introduction to GDPR

For Information

Schools' may be interested in the introduction to GDPR Training being run by Christ's College Finchley. Please see the enclosures section for more information.

Bhavna Naker
Schools Information Officer

 
Modern Language Assistants - Supporting Language Teaching in Schools

For Information

The provision of CONNECT Modern Language Assistants service (October to May) is arranged in liaison with the British Council. This service supports the standard British Council MLA contract (a minimum of 12 hours a week) however it also facilitates a local sharing arrangement for schools wanting an assistant for less than 12 hours a week.

If you are interested in having an MLA support the language teaching in schools, please see the enclosures section for more information or contact des.georgiou@barnet.gov.uk. Closing date for applications is Monday 19 March 2018.

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

 
Barnet Teaching Assistant Training Day - March 2018

For Information

 Date  Wednesday 21st March 2018
 Time   9.00am to 3pm
 Presenter  HIST Team
 Audience  Teaching Assistants, Learning Mentors (primary, secondary and special)
 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
                                                       
 Non-HIST and Non-BPSI school: £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 80 places. If the course is oversubscribed we will operate a waiting list.  

This practical training day will include:

  • thinking about roles and responsibilities;
  • practical tips and strategies for delivering support in your setting;
  • a toolkit of ideas to help you develop your skills and expertise;
  • a range of workshops to support you with developing interventions within your setting: Colourful Semantics, Lego Therapy, Sensory Circuits, Emotion Coaching and more.

The booking deadline is Friday 16 March 2018.  

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

Samantha Rothwell
Inclusion Advisory Teacher HIST

 
Barnet Mencap - Training for parents of children with additional needs

For information

Please see the enclosures section to find flyers for our upcoming groups for parents of children with additional needs.

 Date  Time
 Session
 Venue
 Workshop leader
 Thursday 8 March
 10am to 12pm   Time to Talk about ADHD 
 Barnet Mencap’s office 
 Andrea Bilbow OBE
 ADDISS
 Friday 16 March  10am to 12pm 
 SEN Support and when to request an EHC Plan  Barnet Mencap’s office  Joanna Zarkadoulos,
 SENDIASS
 Tuesday 27 March 
10am to 12pm  EHC Plans – How they work  Barnet Mencap’s office  Joanna Zarkadoulos
 SENDIASS

If you would like to book a place for any of these sessions, please contact projectsupport@barnetmencap.org.uk or call Barnet Mencap on 020 8349 3842, stating which workshop(s) you’d like to attend.
 
James Wheatley
Communications Coordinator
Barnet Mencap

 
NHS Careers Event

For information

Barnet’s Community Education Provider Network and NHS Health Education are running an evening NHS Careers Event on 27 Match 2018.

This event is aimed at Year 10 Barnet students and their parents, guardians, carers and career teachers/ teachers, but is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about a wide variety of career destinations within the NHS.

Please see the enclosures section for the events flyer and to help encourage students and staff to come along and get lots of information on careers within the NHS.

For further information about this event please contact Mandy Claret on barnet.cepn@nhs.net.

Mandy Claret
Barnet Community Education Provider Network


 
 

   
Headteachers
  • Letter_Ofsted_Monitoring_Visit_2
    All Schools

    Full letter of the second Ofsted Monitoring Visit of Cambridge Education in partnership with Barnet. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • DFE_Guidance_Pupil_Evidence
    All Secondary Schools

    Non statutory DFE guidance on pupil removal and evidence required. This guidance is best for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies in all secondary schools and FE colleges with 14 to16 provision. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • Safer_travel_for_all_info
    All Schools

    Information on the Edgware Independent Travel training run in conjunction with TFL, Metroline and the Metropolitan Police. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • GDPR_Invitation_Christ_College
    All Schools

    An invitation to attend the GDPR Training being held at Christ's College Finchley in March 2018. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

 

 

An NHS evening careers event flyer on 27th March aimed at Year 10 students. Providing lot of information on the many different careers options within the NHS. 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)
      School Meeting Dates.pdf