Issue 27

Wednesday 28 March 2018

For more information
please contact:
  1. Barnet Prevent Update

  2. Stepping Stones

  3. Barnet Resilient Schools - Apply Now

  4. Live Unlimited

  5. Community Barnet Youth Hustings

  6. Armistice 100

  7. Together in Barnet

  8. UNICEF Child Rights Programme

  9. Barnet Mencap Family Fun Day

  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
Barnet Prevent Update

For Information

Are  you interested in the BBC’s new initiative to provide help and support to students around the topic of “fake news”. Helping them to sort fact from fiction and work out what is real news?
The BBC have announced a collection of free online resources as part of BBC School Report’s annual News Day!
The resources include online videos and lessons plans and an interactive ‘choose-your-own-adventure’ style game “BBC iReporter ”  produced with Academy Award-winning animation studios Aardman Animation. The game, which can be played on mobile, tablet and desktop, aims to help young people learn to a range of journalism skills and experience for themselves some of the decisions journalists face - like checking facts and sources, selecting social media reaction and identify fake, false and inaccurate information. It gives the player first-hand experience of working in a newsroom facing the fast-paced pressures behind creating a captivating story, whilst maintaining impeccable accuracy, impact and speed and navigating the various pitfalls thrown up by potential fake news elements.
The game has been created with the help and input of BBC School Reporters who have helped shape the storyline and look and feel of the game throughout the design and build stages. You can play via

You’ll also find films and lesson plans to use in your classroom which help to explain what fake news is and why it is a problem, look at sources and the issues around trust and tips on how to spot fake, false and inaccurate information. These resources are available here.

For any further Prevent Training, policy and procedure development please contact me on or telephone 020 8359 7371.

Perryn Jasper
Barnet Prevent Education Officer

Stepping Stones

For Information

As part of the Mayor’s Young Londoners Fund, I’m pleased to announce that the Greater London Authority is inviting eligible schools to apply for up to £50,000 grant funding to run our primary to secondary transition programme, Stepping Stones

A limited number of grants are now available to new schools who want to start running the programme themselves.  Funded delivery will take place over two consecutive academic years, beginning in the summer term of 2017/18. Successful schools will make use of resources and key learning points from the Stepping Stones Toolkit, using the funding period as a foundation to continue running the programme in future years.  Applications must be submitted by midday on Friday 18 May.  For full details visit:   Please contact with any questions and share this opportunity with other interested parties. We would be very grateful if you could forward onto schools, VSH’s and SENCO networks.
Early Years

Today the Mayor has published Early Years in London: A baseline and consultation. We want to work with partners across the capital to help:

  • Improve the quality of early years provision for all children, particularly the most disadvantaged
  • Improve access so all families can find and pay for childcare that meets their needs

This report details the Mayor’s plans and publishes data on whether the quality and accessibility of early years provision is improving in London. We want to know your views. Have we chosen the right indicators to measure this?  We want to hear about the key challenges you face, examples of what works, and what plans you have for the future.  You can submit your response to the consultation questions here. The deadline for responses is Friday 28 May 2018.  You can read our Early Years in London report and find out more about our early years education work at This gives information on how to apply for the London Families Fund and the link to our new Healthy Early Years beta website.  Please contact if you have any queries about our work on early years.
Sarah Wilkins
Senior Programme Manager
Education and Youth Team
Greater London Authority

Barnet Resilient Schools - Apply Now

For Information

Resilience is seen when people (staff, pupils, parent/carers) have a greater ability to “bounce back” when faced with difficulties and achieve positive outcomes.

The Resilient Schools Program aims to:

  • Help staff, pupils and parents to recognise their own mental wellbeing needs and be confident to access information to support themselves and others
  • De-stigmatise mental health in schools through evidence based interventions and training
  • Intervene early to prevent escalation of mental health problems

The Resilient Schools programme is open to all schools in the East Central Locality for 2018/19 and we welcome applications until Friday 27 April. For further information please contact, or after 1 April. Tel: 020 83596026
Please note that from 1 April 2018 my email will be
Jayne Abbott
Resilient Schools Programme Manager
Barnet Public Health

Live Unlimited

For Information

In February Barnet Council launched a brand new charity called Live Unlimited. The charity’s purpose is to provide Barnet’s 326 looked after children and 216 care leavers with the opportunities and inspiration to follow their dreams. We are the first local authority in London to set up such a charity.

Live Unlimited’s vision is that all children who spend time in our care and care leavers have equal chances to lead happy and fulfilling lives.

The charity will complement the extensive support the council provides to every looked after child, and will fund the sort of additional activities which families might provide for their children outside of school hours. You can read more about the goals and purpose of the charity by visiting the website

Our pilot scheme is the Imagination Trust, a small individual grants scheme of between £25 and £250 helping our looked after children and care leavers to explore their passions and interests. The grant could be used to contribute towards something like the cost of a course, pay for football/ballet/music classes, a piece of equipment or a trip to the theatre.

Who can apply

If you are a care leaver or looked after child up to the age of 25 and currently in the care of the London Borough of Barnet, you are eligible. For those who are under 18, applications should be made by a member of your care team* on your behalf or for those who are 18 – 25 years, applications can be made direct with the support of a member of your care team.

*Care Team members: Foster Parent, Guardian, Carer, Social Worker, Social Team Manager, Virtual School Case Worker, Advocate, Independent visitor or Personal Advisor

For further information and how to apply please visit

Sue Cocker
Barnet Council

Community Barnet Youth Hustings

For Information

On Tuesday 24 April 2018, from 4pm to 5pm, Community Barnet will be hosting a digital youth hustings event, which will give local youngsters a chance to ask Barnet councillors their biggest questions ahead of the Local Election on May 3.
It's a great opportunity for local students to understand the policies of the main political parties, create an opportunity for children and young people to question representatives of local politicians, give young people a platform to raise local issues directly to political decision makers and motivate first time voters to get to the ballot box.
If you would like to be part of the audience, connect to the live link, submit questions if you can't attend the event or volunteer, please contact James Hughes on 07809 342 942 or email

Andrew Gurr
Marketing and Communications Officer
CommUNITY Barnet

Armistice 100

For Information

The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (AJEX) Armistice 100 is a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of world war 1.

AJEX, whose HQ is in Barnet, wishes to involve schools in the London Borough of Barnet in the 2018 commemorations by:

  1. Offering poppy seeds which schools could plant in a small plot within the school grounds, and which would bloom in November, as a continuous reminder of remembrance and an opportunity for teachers and students to reflect on duty and sacrifice.
  2. Inviting 2 students from each senior school in the borough, and teachers, to accompany AJEX on Wednesday 27 June to the national memorial arboretum (NMA) in Staffordshire and visit the armed forces memorial, the shot at dawn memorial etc and participate in a remembrance service and a seminar. Two local schools also participate.The NMA is the remembrance centre of this country and offers an educational experience. AJEX provides a coach at no charge, which leaves Stanmore at 7.40am returning about 6pm
  3. Asking students to research any one name on any war memorial within the borough. AJEX will award book prizes for the best entries. It is hoped that such prizes could be awarded at a civil reception.

For further information please contact Ron Shelley MBE, AJEX Vice President by e-mail to, ref. RCS or telephone 020 8202 2323 using the same reference Tuesday to Thursday.

Ron Shelley
Vice President, AJEX

Together in Barnet

For Information

Together in Barnet is a charity that partners with different organisations, to provide Winter shelter for homeless people. Churches and Synagogues throughout Barnet open their doors once a week to provide a meal and place for up to 17 people to sleep during the coldest months. Our guests are referred from Homeless Action Barnet (HAB), a day centre that helps homeless people find housing and move on with their life.

Next winter’s shelter will run from the 8 October 2018 to 5 May 2019. Different organisations will provide the venue, food, and volunteers. Together in Barnet supports these organisation to run the shelter through running training, providing bedding, coordinating the rota, facilitating meetings, liaising with HAB, and being there to help as much as possible.

We are looking for new organisations to partner with. We are open to working with different types of organisations, including schools/colleges. Although for safeguarding reasons children under 18 years old are not allowed to volunteer at the shelters. students at participating schools/colleges could be involved by making cakes/meals for the shelter at their setting. We would be happy to work with possible new venues to think through important considerations like security or access issues.

Are you part of an organisation that could get involved? Please contact us. This is a wonderful way of helping your community.

Bethany Jennings
TiB Shelter coordinator

UNICEF Child Rights Programme

For Information

Calling young people aged 11 to 18 years old. We NEED you!

We are in an exciting stage of the UNICEF Child Rights programme and now need to develop a practical three-year action plan, that children, young people and partner schools and services will co-produce. This umbrella plan will serve to guide and monitor the programme’s progress. We need young voices to help shape this plan.

We invite young people to attend our MAP (Moulding the Action Plan) event on

  • Tuesday 10 April 2018
    12 noon to 5pm
    Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London NW4 2HP
    Lunch and activities included

On the day we will:

  • Examine the Foundational badge areas and pull out the priorities
  • explore ideas on the objectives and signs of impact needed for the action plan to ensure Barnet Council, Schools and Partner agencies can embed the rights of children across the services
  • discuss what good progress will look like for year 1, 2, 3 and beyond.

If you are/or know a young person that would like to attend or would like to bring a group please contact: Victoria Nzeribe, Child’s Rights Lead via email or call 020 8359 4934.

Victoria Nzeribe
Child’s Rights Lead
Family Services

Barnet Mencap Family Fun Day

For Information

Barnet Mencap are holding a family fun day on Saturday 7 April 2018, from 12 noon onwards
At Mill Hill Rugby Club, 75 Page Street, NW7 2EE. The event is free entry.

There is no need to book, but for more information, contact or telephone the office on 020 8349 3842.

Samantha Bishop
Manager, Community Services (Adults & Children)




  • BMFamilyFunDay.pdf
    All Schools

    A flyer for teh Barnet Mencap family fun day. 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