Issue 32

Wednesday 16 May 2018

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Information: Handling Malicious Communications

  2. Medium Term Budget Plans

  3. Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership: Information Sharing Protocol

  4. Safeguarding - Building Audit Tool

  5. Barnet CE SEND Conference - 14 June 2018

  6. Autism Twilight Sessions - Barnet Autism Advisory Team

  7. New provider for Barnet Children's Integrated Therapies

  8. West Locality Secondment Opportunity

  9. Introducing the Schools Information Officer

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Information: Handling Malicious Communications

For Information

In March and April a small, but significant, number of schools received emails threatening an imminent attack. These emails were designed to cause disruption to education and, in some cases, were successful in causing schools to close unnecessarily. There have been further such communications with schools recently. Anyone receiving such an email should contact police.

Schools will already have contingency arrangements in place to deal with serious disruption. As we are now in a test season, we encourage you to incorporate this guidance on handling bomb threats into those arrangements. The guidance includes advice about jointly assessing with the police the proportionate action to take in response to the receipt of malicious communications. You may also wish to consider other critical incidents such as in-vacuation or lockdown procedures.

For further advice and guidance with policy and procedure development, staff and governor training, promoting British Values within the national curriculum and all areas covered by the Prevent Duty, please contact:
Perryn Jasper, Prevent Education Officer, perryn.jasper@barnet.gov.uk 020 8359 7371, 07856 002 586

Perryn Jasper
Prevent Education Officer
Education and Skills
 
Medium Term Budget Plans

For Information

Maintained schools are reminded that as per Question 11 of the Schools Financial Value Standard and section 2.8 of the Scheme for Financing Schools that schools must prepare 3 Year Budget Forecasts.

Schools should ensure they have an up to date 3 or 5 Year Budget Plan and that this is submitted to the “Finance” committee or the Governing Body with details of the assumptions used in preparing the plan. Where the plan indicates the school will have a deficit in the future, governors must consider what action is to be taken to prevent the deficit. This should include reviewing all aspects of the budget including staffing and  a plan agreed.

The format must be that of the annual budget plan with all CFR codes extended over 3 or 5 years but this can be prepared in Excel or using HCSS Budget software.

The LA will be requiring a number of schools to submit their Plans for review this term.

Nick Adams,
Schools Finance Manager,
Finance, Customer and Support Group (CSG)
 
Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership: Information Sharing Protocol

For Information and Action

All schools are expected to sign up to the Information Sharing Protocol. The ISP can be found here: https://thebarnetscp.org.uk/bscp/about-the-bscp/about-us. Please sign accordingly and keep as part of your organisation’s records. This will be of particular assistance in filling out the most recent Section 11 Audit tool that was sent to all schools recently as well.

What is an information sharing protocol or agreement?

An information sharing protocol or agreement provides a framework for the secure and confidential obtaining, holding, recording, storing and sharing of information between participating partner agencies or organisations. Organisations that provide public services have a legal responsibility to ensure that personal information is lawful, securely controlled and protective of the rights of individuals.
 
Why do we need to share information?

Sharing information about individuals between public authorities is essential to keeping people safe and ensuring they receive the best services. This sharing must only happen when it is legal and necessary to do so. In addition, adequate safeguards must be in place to protect the security of the information.

Please see the enclosures section for further information. Please ensure that you have signed up and keep a record in the school’s safeguarding folder.

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer
School Improvement Team

 
Safeguarding - Building Audit Tool

For Information and Action

As some of you will be aware, recent Ofsted inspections have had a focus on the safety of school buildings, fixtures and operating procedures. With this in mind, I have designed a ‘Building Audit Tool’ utilising this new knowledge, experience and expertise of our LNI’s, one of whom is an Ofsted Inspector and Alison Dawes, Assistant Director – School Access and Corporate Services.

Please see the enclosures section for the Building Audit Tool. It is not a requirement that schools access and submit this audit, however, as with the Safeguarding Audit Tool, this audit will be a useful aid in establishing potential risk areas, generating action plans, monitoring progress and owning a tool that actively demonstrates your scrutiny of your school building, and it’s systems, to ensure that your environment safeguards all within it.

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer
School Improvement Team


 
Barnet CE SEND Conference - 14 June 2018

For Information

On 14 June 2018, we are hosting our annual SEND (Special Educational Needs & Disability) Conference, at the Arianna Conference Hall - North London Business Park, Barnet.
This is a free conference for Barnet parents, carers and professionals that has been jointly organised by education, health, social care and representatives of the Barnet SEND parent community.

The conference has been developed to ensure the Barnet community has an opportunity to gain greater awareness of SEND developments, structures and services in Barnet from key professionals and senior leaders across education, health and social care. There will also be time to visit stalls and speak to other parents and professionals in the room.

This year we are delighted to welcome our key note speaker Barry Carpenter, CBE, OBE, PhD, who had a career spanning 30 years, bringing his perspective as a father to his child with special educational needs and he will deliver a session on ‘Engaging Learners with Complex Needs; the 21st Century Challenge.’

Please see the enclosres section for the flyer which has further details (e.g. agenda for the day) and booking form. Attendees must complete the booking form and return back to send.events@barnet.gov.uk to secure a place. Lunch is provided.
Please circulate this email, flyer and booking form with your organisation, parent community and any other relevant distribution groups. We look forward to seeing you there.

Philip Stock
Head of Specialist Inclusion Services & Principal EP
Education and Skills

 
Autism Twilight Sessions - Barnet Autism Advisory Team

For Information

You Say We Do

In the Autumn Term the Autism Advisory Team will roll out ½ termly Autism Twilight Sessions.  After school for 90 minutes. (4:00 – 5:30)

Audience:  All staff working with autistic children/young people

Cost: £75 per school annual subscription – unlimited delegates but must register for each session.

Where: In Barnet schools

We would like your ideas for the content of these sessions. This will enable us to plan sessions that are applicable to your school’s needs.  
Ideas that have been suggested thus far are;

  • Attention Autism
  • Resource Making
  • Zones of Regulation
  • Colourful Semantics
  • Emotional Regulation strategies
  • Sensory Circuits

What you need to do: Please email us your ideas for these twilight training sessions to autism.team@barnet.gov.uk. We would like suggestions from any school staff that work with Autistic children/young people on the spectrum. Also, please let us know if you would be able to host a session.

Kathleen Tripp
Lead Autism Advisory Teacher

Autism Advisory Team 

 
New provider for Barnet Children's Integrated Therapies

For Information

London Borough of Barnet and Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group have secured a new Provider who will deliver a Children’s Integrated Therapies Service, Occupational Therapy (OT), Physiotherapy (PT) and Speech and Language Therapy (SLT),

From 1 September 2018, North East London Foundation Trust (NELFT) will provide Integrated Children’s Therapy services (OT, PT and SLT), resulting in one provider delivering all three services.

The contract has been awarded following a competitive tendering process. It was carried out jointly by NHS Barnet CCG and the London Borough of Barnet.

The priority of both organisations was to secure the best possible service for Barnet children, young people and their families. NELFT has been appointed following a comprehensive procurement which saw each bid evaluated against a range of criteria which focused heavily on the quality of service which will be provided, value for money and how the provider will engage and involve children, young people and their families in their health care.

Bids were evaluated by a multi-disciplinary panel of staff from the CCG and LBB, as well as a parent/carer, young person and headteacher.

NELFT deliver services across London, Essex and Kent and their successful bid will see an integration of the services and provide services to children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) up to 25 years old where appropriate.

The service will provide an outcomes-based approach to delivering integrated therapy services for children and young people which has been developed in line with both national policy and legislation. The provider will lead pathway development to ensure a smooth journey for children and young people.

In selecting a new provider, both organisations have worked with our local community to deliver a truly joined-up, seamless accessible service that will deliver value for money and meet people’s needs. This is designed to improve the overall  health of children, young people and their families in Barnet.

All of the organisations involved will work closely together in the run up to early September to make sure that the service transfers smoothly without disruption for our children and young people.

For any further information please feel free to contact Anita Harris Children’s Joint Commissioner
Email: anita.harris3@nhs.net
Telephone: 020 368 81804

Anita Harris
Children’s Joint Commissioning Manager
Barnet Clinical Commissioning Group and Barnet Council

 
West Locality Secondment Opportunity

For Information

The Early Years Family Support Team are looking for an Early Years Family Support Officer to join their team. The role will be to provide specialist direct family support work with families within an early years locality. The role is responsible for effective delivery of targeted and case-based support, intervention for individual families working alongside outreach officers, providing appropriate referrals and ensuring robust evidence of impact and outcomes.

Please see the enclosures section for further information or contact Jacqueline on Jacqueline.lewis@barnet.gov.uk

Jacqueline Lewis
Early Years Family Support and Outreach Manager
Wingfield and Stonegrove Children’s Centre

 
Introducing the Schools Information Officer

For Information

As some of you may be aware, in January 2018 I was appointed Schools Information officer for Barnet. I am based within the Education and Skills, Business Support and Communications Team, part of Cambridge Education.

The main purpose of my job is building and developing successful relationships with schools, staff and partnership organisations, and becoming a 'port of call' for schools to seek information and advice.

In addition to this I help facilitate and clerk the In Year Fair Access Panel, Pupil Placement Panel, LNI meetings and help keep you all up to date with current events, financial deadlines, safeguarding updates, up-coming training and educational information and news via the weekly School Circular.

I have had the pleasure of visiting a handful of schools via the IYFA Panel this year, meeting some wonderful school staff and Headteachers and look forward to meeting many more.

Should you require any information to help now or in the future, please feel free to contact me on: Bhavna.naker@barnet.gov.uk or 020 8359 7636.

Bhavna Naker
Schools Information Officer
Business Support and Communications Team

 
 

   
Headteachers
  • Barnet_Safeguarding_Partnership
    All Schools

    Further information on the Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership, information sharing protocol. [Please click on the above link for further details.

 

  • 2018_Buildings_safeguarding_audit_tool
    All Schools

    A Buildings Audit tool created following a recent Ofsted inspections which focused on the safety of school buildings. Please click on the above link for further details - standard phrase for all electronic documents].

 

 

   
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