Issue

Wednesday 07 March 2018

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Educational Standards in Barnet 2016/17

  2. Information for Capita Schools - iTrent

  3. Together, we can tackle child abuse - Government campaign

  4. Service User Experience (S.U.E)

  5. Key Stage 1 and 2 Moderation Workshops

  6. Kooth exams stress support

  7. The BEAM Team Parent/Carers Session

  8. Easter Study Tour to Brussels

  9. Apprenticeships with Costain

  10. National Careers Week case study competition

  11. UKYP Voting closing date extended

  12. CLEAPSS Bulletin 161 Spring 2018

  13. Barnet School Awards 2018

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Educational Standards in Barnet 2016/17

For information

As we now have validated results for most measures for all key stages, we have produced a report on educational standards in Barnet in the 2016-17 school year. The report is testimony to the quality of education provision in Barnet schools and the hard work and dedication of school staff - leaders, teachers and support staff. Some of the key points to celebrate are:

  • The percentage of Good and Outstanding schools in Barnet is now 96% and is above National, Inner London and Outer London averages.
  • Primary attendance is up from 95.9% to 96.1% and is now above the national average, with Barnet’s ranking having improved from 98th to 50th (out of 152 LAs).
  • The percentage of pupils who achieved a Good Level of Development (GLD) in the Early Years Foundation Stage was above National, Inner London and Outer London averages in 2017, with Barnet’s national ranking having increased from 87th in 2016 to 39th in 2017.
  • Year 1 Phonics – attainment is in the top 10% nationally.
  • In Key Stage 1 attainment at the expected standard is above the national average in all subjects, whilst being roughly in line with statistical neighbours and London averages.
  • Key Stage 2 attainment in Reading, GPS (Grammar Punctuation and Spelling) and Mathematics is in the top 10% nationally.
  • On the headline measure of the percentage of pupils achieving the expected standard in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined, Barnet is now 16th out of 152 LAs, just one place outside the top 10%.
  • Progress of pupils between Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in all subjects is significantly better than the national average.
  • Attainment in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined by disadvantaged KS2 pupils is in the top 20% of LAs.
  • Attainment in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined by KS2 pupils on SEN Support is strong, as is Progress by KS2 SEN Support pupils and pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans in Reading and Mathematics (Barnet ranks in the top 10% of LAs for all these measures).
  • End of Key Stage 4 GCSE attainment and progress are in the top 5% nationally (Attainment 8 and Progress 8).
  • Barnet ranks in the top 10% of LAs for the attainment and progress of disadvantaged pupils at secondary level and for the gaps between disadvantaged pupils and their non-disadvantaged peers nationally.
  • End of Key Stage 5 A Level attainment is in the top 5% nationally.

The report also identifies a number of areas for development, which we have discussed, shared and agreed at meetings with headteachers:

  • Primary Attendance - Despite the improved ranking from 98th to 50th (out of 152 LAs), Barnet remains below the top 10% of LAs and so it remains a priority.
  • Early Years - Despite the improved ranking from 87th in 2016 to 39th in 2017, as this is still below the top 10% of LAs, it remains a priority.
  • Key Stage 1 Achievement - KS1 relative attainment (ranking) is well below the top 10% of LAs for all KS1 subjects.
  • KS2 Writing – Although attainment is now above the national average and Barnet’s ranking has improved from 100th in 2016 to 37th and there remain inconsistencies nationally with teacher assessment of writing, it is necessary to maintain a focus on this subject in order to continue to raise attainment.
  • Achievement of Disadvantaged Pupils (pupils eligible for free school meals in the last 6 years and looked after children) and other Vulnerable Groups (e.g. Black Caribbean) - This remains a priority for improvement to eliminate differences in the performance of groups of pupils.  KS2 attainment by SEN pupils with Education, Health and Care Plans is above the national average but in the second quartile. Attainment in Reading, Writing and Mathematics combined by disadvantaged KS2 pupils is in the top 20% of LAs but our target is to reach the top 10%. Attainment of All Black pupils in Reading, Writing and Mathematics at KS2 is in line with national, and for All Asian pupils is above the national average but just outside the top quartile.  At secondary level progress by All Black pupils (Progress 8) is above the national average but well short of the top 10%.
  • Looked After Children - Although there is no validated national data available on the performance of looked after children in 2017, results collected from schools indicates the performance of this group of young people remains significantly below that of non-looked after children.
  • Progress and Progression Pathways of low attaining pupils across all key stages - Due to concern about achievement levels for low-attaining pupils in Key Stage 5 in particular, it has been agreed to treat this area as a priority, focussing on improved curriculum pathways post-16 but also looking at the progress of this group of pupils through all key stages.

The full report can be found in the enclosures section.

Ian Harrison
Education and Skills Director

 
Information for Capita Schools - iTrent

For Information

As you are aware from 1 April 2018 we will be transferring all Capita Schools HR and Payroll system to iTrent. Please see the enclosures section for full communication around the next steps of the project, key dates and in particular the arrangements for the April payroll cut off deadlines.

Audrey Marshall
Change Manager
Capita Employee Solutions

 
Together, we can tackle child abuse - Government campaign

For Information

Together, we can tackle child abuse is a Government campaign, led by the Department for Education. It encourages members of the public to help protect children and young people by reporting any concerns of abuse or neglect to their local council.

We all have a role to play in protecting children and young people from child abuse and neglect. But right now, some people do not report their concerns because they’re not certain of the signs, don’t know where to report, or are worried about being wrong. This means that local councils could be missing out on vital information they need to keep children safe from harm.

This campaign aims to tackle the barriers that stop people reporting, educating people about signs to spot and how to report, so that children and young people at risk get the help they need more quickly.
 
To find out more about DfE campaign visit: gov.uk/tacklechildabuse

Information on Child Abuse and how to report it to the local authority please visit here.

Sharon Dodd
Divisional Director, Family Services

 
Service User Experience (S.U.E)

For Information

We have an ambitious plan to ensure that Service Users shape our services of the future.

We are particularly keen on hearing from children, young people and parents/carers who are accessing our early help or children’s social care services.

We want to know if our services have listened to our users in putting together and delivering their plan and whether the support provided has been effective to them.

We are asking all of our partners to be part of this ambition. If you are working with children and families as part of a CAF or children's social care plan please do ask them to have their voice heard.

Partner agencies will be provided with feedback where multi agency feedback is provided. We will also publish how we have used the feedback to inform practice.

You can access the surveys on our BSCP website.

Sharon Dodd
Divisional Director, Family Services

 
Key Stage 1 and 2 Moderation Workshops

For Information

Unfortunately the KS2 moderation workshop on Wednesday afternoon and the two KS1 workshops on Thursday of last week had to be cancelled.

I have tried to rearrange these sessions but room availability at the HUB is limited. The remaining workshops will run as set out below.

Teachers whose sessions were cancelled can either book for the new sessions or join previously scheduled sessions. Please email john.paxton@barnet.gov.uk to book.

 Tuesday March 13  New sessions
 Key Stage 1 

 9.30am to 12pm
 1.15pm to 3.30pm 

 Thursday 22
 March
 Scheduled
 session
 Key Stage 2  1.15pm to 3.30pm
 Friday 23 March  Scheduled
 session
 Key Stage 1  9.30am to 12pm
 Friday 23 March  New session  Key Stage 2  1.15pm to 3.30pm

Teachers should bring anonymised photo-copies of collections of  work (max 5 or 6 pieces of writing per child) - for a low, a middle and a high attainer who might potentially be WTS, EXS and GDS to the moderation workshops. These will be shared across groups, who will discuss and identify evidence against the PCS, supported by moderators.

We used this arrangement at the workshops earlier this term. It enabled teachers to discuss work more freely and frankly and generated more focussed discussion than at book-based workshops.

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser
Moderation Manager
Lead NQT Adviser

 
Kooth exams stress support

For Information

With exam season approaching, our free online counselling service for 11-26 year olds, Kooth, has created a digital advert to advertise the support that they can provide throughout this potentially stressful period.

See the enclosures section for slides that can be displayed in assemblies, PHSE sessions and screens in your establishment.

Please contact Tim Coombe or Jayne Abbott for further information on how Kooth and the Resilient Schools Programme can further support children and young people in your schools.

Jayne Abbott
Resilient Schools Programme Manager
Barnet Public Health

 
The BEAM Team Parent/Carers Session

For Information

The BEAM Team is running two sessions open to Barnet parent/carers of children 0-7 years old with a diagnosis of Autism.

  • Eating and drinking difficulties
  • Understanding Sensory Processing.

Please see the enclosures section for the BEAM Team parent flyer poster.

Sara Mansi
Autism Advisory Teacher/ BEAM Manager

 
Easter Study Tour to Brussels

For Information

TEAM ( The European Atlantic Movement), a small non-political and not for profit educational charity, is arranging a tour to the main European Institutions including:

  • European Parliament,
  • European Commission,
  • Council of the European Union,
  • Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe,
  • UK Permanent Representation to the EU,
  • Council of Europe,
  • US Mission to the EU,
  • CBI Headquarters, and the
  • EEAS

The tour is from 2 to 6 April. The tour is for students, school and university teachers, and those who would benefit professionally.

TEAM’s mission is to promote understanding of issues of national and international import and global citizenship. Please see 3 documents in the Enclosures section giving further information.

Kevin McSharry
Chair of Barnet SACRE

 
Apprenticeships with Costain

For Information

Costain are holding an open evening in Covent Garden on the 27 March for young people to find out about their apprenticeship programmes. Aimed at young people leaving school this year and who are looking to gain entry into an apprenticeship with a large employer offering a range of careers from Civil Engineering to Business Administration.

There will be a chance to network with recruiting managers and there is the possibility of immediate job offers.

There are vacancies all across England but this event will focus mainly on the London opportunities. Please see the enclosures section for more information and the event link here.

Anna-Maria Volpicelli
Executive Assistant
Young People’s Education and Skills - London Councils

 
National Careers Week case study competition

For Information

National Careers Week is very pleased and proud to announce a case study competition in which schools can win prizes worth hundreds of pounds to support their pupils’ careers learning. Prizes are donated by Prospects Educational Resources and Steam Co.

Further details can be found in the enclosures section and on the NCW website here.
 
Anna-Maria Volpicelli
Executive Assistant
Young People’s Education and Skills - London Councils

 
UKYP Voting closing date extended

For Information

Due to the weather the UKYP voting closing date has been extended to Wednesday 7 March at midnight.

Kerry Hodges
Voice of the Child Coordinator
 
CLEAPSS Bulletin 161 Spring 2018

For Information

FAO of Heads of Science - Secondary and Special Secondary CLEAPSS Member Schools.

CLEAPSS Bulletin 161 Spring 2018 will be emailed for the attention of Heads of Science to the school offices by the end of week commencing the 12 March 2018.

Steve Marshall
BPSI Science Adviser

 
Barnet School Awards 2018

For Information

Barnet and Southgate College, in partnership with the London Borough of Barnet, The Barnet Borough Times and sponsored by Middlesex University have launched the Barnet School Awards.
 
The awards have been launched to 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.
 
Nominations:
To access the nomination form and criteria please visit: Here
You can view pictures from the 2017 awards ceremony: Here

Key Dates:
• 30th April 2018 - Nomination period closes
• May 2018 - Invitations sent to nominees
• 4th 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 - NEW FOR 2018

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 - NEW FOR 2018

Special Schools
• Governor’s Award
• Inspirational Student of the Year
• Unsung Hero - Volunteers/Support staff
• Youth Enterprise Award
• Teacher of the Year - NEW FOR 2018

Events Team
events@barnetsouthgate.ac.uk

 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

Kooth digital advert promoting key services around coping with stress that can be displayed in assemblies, PHSE sessions and screens in your establishment. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

Parent flyer posters for 2 sessions open to Barnet parent and carers of children 0-7 years old with a diagnosis of Autism. Please click on the above link for further details.


 

Further information on Costain apprenticeship open evening in Covent Garden. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

Further information on National Careers Week case study competition in which schools can win prizes worth hundreds of pounds. 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