Issue 26

Wednesday 21 March 2018

For more information
please contact:
  1. Deferred Entry to Primary School

  2. School Complaints Policies

  3. Mayor of Barnet to open Hands-On Careers Event

  4. Signs of Safety Multi Agency Briefing Workshop

  5. Maximising the Impact of your Inclusion Team - Training

  6. UNICEF Child rights programme event

  7. Barnet School Awards 2018

  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
Deferred Entry to Primary School

For Information

Following the volunteering of head teachers to be part of a panel to consider requests from parents to allow their children to defer entry to primary school, the recently formed Deferred Entry Panel has met to consider the first fourteen cases. All community primary schools are part of this new process but voluntary aided schools, foundation schools, free schools and academies may also wish to consider participating. Panel members will update colleagues at the next learning network meetings.

Liz Ferrie
Admissions Team Manager

School Complaints Policies

For Information

With regards to School Complaints Procedures/Policies, all schools should refer to the National Guidance suggested by the DfE. If a school's policy still states that the local authority has a role in appeals, please remove and amend the policy.

For reference please see the link below:

Vicky Marwood
Information Officer
Mayor of Barnet to open Hands-On Careers Event

For information

 Tuesday 27 March
 Time  9.45am
 The Pavilion Study Centre
 58B Chandos Avenue, Whetstone, N20 9DX

The Mayor of Barnet is opening a careers event for pupils and parents, at the Pavilion Study Centre on Tuesday 27 March at 9.45am.

Students from 11-16 will have the opportunity to get hands-on experience and advice about different practical career options ranging from; jewellery, floristry and construction to sport, make up, street dance and animal care. They will be able to meet local business people who have volunteered their time and find out about what it takes to do that career.

Students from other Barnet Schools will be attending.

Parents have been invited, not only to see what’s happening, but to have an opportunity to get their own careers advice and guidance from a member of the Barnet Careers Advisory Team. The Pavilion Study Centre offers education to any young people from Barnet who are out of mainstream education. This could be due to mental or physical health, emotional, or behavioural reasons.

Lesley Graham
Head of Careers / Woodland Project Manager

Signs of Safety Multi Agency Briefing Workshop

For Information

 Date:  26 March 2018
 Time:  10am to 1pm
 Venue:  Room 209, Comer Business & Innovation, Centre, Building 3, NLBP
 Liz Shaw Signs of Safety Practice Implementation Lead

Barnet Family Services vision is focused on making Barnet an even better place to live for all families through our Family Friendly Barnet: Resilient Families, Resilient Children approach. We are making sure that practitioners have the right “tool kit” to improve outcomes for children. This will be delivered via a clear practice framework using a variety of evidence based interventions that will build on family strengths enhancing resilience. The Signs of Safety (SoS) approach has been chosen as an important part of our resilience based practice “tool kit”.

This workshop is for those non-case holding staff who are not carrying out social work assessments of families and therefore do not need the 2 day practitioner training. This will include sessional and as and when staff as well as for example teachers, health visitors and staff from across the partnership who need to have a basic understanding of Signs of Safety methodology.

The workshop will focus on the following

  • what is Signs of Safety
  • brief overview of the model
  • trying out some of the Signs of Safety methodology
  • thinking about what Signs of Safety might mean in your organization
  • understanding Barnet Family Services SoS Implementation Journey

Who should attend:
This event is aimed at staff in the partnership who do not require the 2 day Signs of Safety Practitioners Course. This will include non-case holding/non-social work staff who have contact with children and families, as well as sessional and as and when staff. Staff from health (eg HVs), education (SEN and Designated Staff) and voluntary sectors should attend.

To book:
London Borough of Barnet staff and all other practitioners should send the relevant completed application form to Children’s Workforce Development Team, Building 2, North London Business Park, Oakleigh Road South, London, N11 1NP.
Tel: 020 8359 6389/2928 Email:

Liz Shaw
Practice Development Worker and Signs of Safety Practice Implementation Lead

Maximising the Impact of your Inclusion Team - Training

For Information

 Date Thursday 26 April 2018
 Time 9.30am to 12.15pm


Joann Moore and Samantha Rothwell (HIST Inclusion Advisory Teachers)
 Audience SENCos/Inclusion Managers (primary, secondary and special schools)
 Venue Trent CE Primary School, Church Way, Barnet, Herts, EN4 9JH
 Cost per
Subscribers to HIST package can utilise HIST hours:  ½ hour for half day

Non-HIST: £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 training will include:

  • Thinking about the structure of your Inclusion team;
  • Consider ways to deploy your team and resources effectively;
  • Introducing the key principles of the MITA approach;
  • Maximising the impact of your Teaching Assistants in your setting, practical strategies and ideas (MITA);
  • Planning for next steps.

The booking deadline is Friday 20 April.

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

Joann Moore & Samantha Rothwell
Inclusion Advisory Teachers HIST

UNICEF Child rights programme event

For Information

UNICEF UK Child Friendly Cities & Communities Initiative:

“A child friendly city or community is a local system of good governance committed to fulfilling children’s rights. It is a city or community where the voices, needs, priorities and rights of children are an integral part of public policies, programmes and decisions.” -UNICEF UK

The programme aims to bring together the council, local children, young people, families and partners including the voluntary community sector, police, education and health services to review and change the way we work with children and young people.

The framework created through badge areas will help focus attention on key outcome areas, supporting better collaboration and coordination across all agencies.

The CFCC programme works to promote and embed a child rights-based approach (CRBA) across services in the borough.
“A child rights-based approach is a framework that can be used by planners, decision-makers and frontline professionals in both statutory and voluntary agencies. It can be used when designing, delivering, monitoring and evaluating local services and strategies for children. The approach brings together the vision of childhood set out by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and the core tenets of a human rights-based approach." -UNICEF UK

Please see the enclosures section for an invite to attend our MAP (Moulding the Action Plan) event.

Victoria Nzeribe
Child’s Rights Lead - Family Services
Barnet School Awards 2018

For information

Nomination Period now open!

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.
To access the nomination form and criteria please visit:

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


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

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Events Team


  • UNICEF_CFC_Map_event
    All Schools

    UNICEF invite to attend a MAP (Moulding the Action Plan) event. 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