Issue 13

Wednesday 06 December 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Updated School Funding Allocations

  2. Latest Attendance Information for Barnet Primary Schools

  3. Resilient Schools Programme

  4. Amended December Pre run pay reports - Capita

  5. Capita Payroll - iTrent change to Go Live Date

  6. Upcoming Central Speech Language and Communication Courses from HIST

  7. Free CREST Awards

  8. Surveys on School Nursing

  9. CDC/SEF Joint Sex Ed Conference

  10. Laptop Charging Trolleys

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Updated School Funding Allocations

For Information

Updated school funding allocations have been published and can be downloaded from www.barnet.gov.uk/school-funding

The main changes are:

  • Revised High Needs top-up allocations based on actual autumn pupil numbers
  • Latest PPLAC allocations from the Virtual School team
  • Adjustments for Early Years Autumn term actuals.

Please refer to the News page to view the details of all other changes.

The December monthly payments to Academies and quarterly payments to all schools have been based on the latest funding allocations; please refer to the Payments sheet for details.

If you have any queries please contact the School Funding Team at schoolfunding@barnet.gov.uk

Claire Gray
School Funding Manager

 
Latest Attendance Information for Barnet Primary Schools

For Information

The latest attendance data (Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017) indicates that Barnet primary schools have improved attendance overall from 95.9% to 96.1% (which is now above the national average).  We are pleased to announce that our local authority ranking has improved from 98th overall to 50th, which is a good achievement.  Thank you for your hard work in tackling this issue.  We know that many schools have made attendance a focus and have robust action plans in place to tackle poor attendance.

In order to consolidate this good practice and improve even further, we will be holding an attendance conference on 25 January 2018 at the BESTHub.  This conference will focus on sharing good practice, the effective use of attendance data and problem solving to overcome barriers.  Booking details are available via the BPSI website.

Please look out for some school level attendance data which will be sent to you via email within the next two weeks.

Katie Dawbarn
Learning Network Inspector

 
Resilient Schools Programme

For Information

FAO Secondary Headteachers
 
Wave 1 of the Resilient Schools Programme is going well and the five schools involved in the Pilot, including Whitefield as the Secondary School, are benefitting from the training and additional resources that are being made available.

Wave 2 will be rolled out in April 2018 and there will be a similar application process to Wave 1 with a limited number of schools invited to then join the Programme. We are looking for a secondary school to be a Control School in Wave 1. This will mean getting staff, pupils and parents to complete a survey about their own resilience in January and then repeating this in June. By being a Control School in Wave 1 the school will automatically join the Programme in April when Wave 2 begins. The surveys completed by the school will be used as the baseline surveys and a final survey carried out once the Resilience Programme has been completed (in order to evaluate the impact of the Programme). If you would be willing to be the Secondary Control School in Wave 1 and thus join the Programme in Wave 2 please contact me at jayne.abbott@harrow.gov.uk

Jayne Abbott
Resilient Schools Programme Manager

 
Amended December Pre run pay reports - Capita

For Information

Please find a message relating to the December pre run reports, within the enclosures section of the circular.

Deborah Shaw
Schools Business Partner

 
Capita Payroll - iTrent change to Go Live Date

For Information

Following the iTrent announcement on 7 September Capita HR Solutions received feedback from schools on our proposed transfer schedule and instigated a review of the transfer plan. After further consideration, a decision has been made to revise the iTrent Go Live date for all schools to 1 April 2018.

A key area of feedback from our customers was concern around changing the payroll system before the end of the tax year. This new date allows us to complete the end of year within one system before migrating to iTrent for the start of the new tax year.

In addition, we will realise other benefits as a result of the postponement including;

  • A smoother transition for schools; this will give us the opportunity to introduce you to the system more thoroughly and provide full training materials prior to Go Live
  • A more robust system; As with any new system we expect small changes and tweaks to be necessary following introduction. We will now have the opportunity to spend extra time performing additional rigorous and detailed testing to identify any system glitches before the system is handed over to our customers

For us this change means maintaining data in 2 systems across 3 sites during February and March 2018 in order to complete parallel running and fulfil end of year reporting requirements. To enable us to do this we will need to initiate some extra measures including earlier cut-off dates to support the work. You should have received a newsletter providing more detail on the cut-off changes and reminders will be issued nearer the time.

Whilst we accept that no date will suit our entire customer base we believe that changing our approach based on your feedback on this occasion provides the best possible solution. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to reiterate our commitment to supporting you throughout this change. The articles in our recent newsletter outline the key dates for the project and other important information you need to know.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the change to the Go Live date, or did not receive our newsletter issued on Monday 4 December please contact our dedicated project team by emailing Project.Algebra@capita.co.uk or speak to your HR Advisor.

Audrey Marshall
Change Manager

 
Upcoming Central Speech Language and Communication Courses from HIST

For Information

See the table below for central speech language and communication courses being offered by the HIST team in the Spring Term.

 Date   Title 
 Audience 
 Time   Cost 
 Booking 
Thursday 11 Jan 2018 
Early Talk Boost – targeted intervention for 3 and 4 year olds
Nursery and Reception  9am to 3.30pm
  • Free for Barnet primary schools and PVIs
  • Out of Borough £150 per delegate.

EYPP can be used.

For more information see the enclosure section and book here:

SEND.events@barnet.gov.uk
Tuesday 23 January 2018 SLC TA training SLC Lead /TAs  12.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: Half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
 Book here
Wednesday 31 January 2018
Supporting Bilingual Learners Early Years, KS1, KS2 9am to 12.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: Half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
 Book here
Wednesday 21 February 2018 (Part 1) and 28 February 2018 (Part 2)
Word Aware KS1, KS2, KS3  
9am to 12.30pm 
  • Subscribers to HIST: Half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
 Book here
Thursday
8 March 2018
SLC Link Group Meeting Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3 1pm to 3.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: Half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
 Book here

Rosie Rebeiro
Advisory Teacher for SLCN (HIST)

 
Free CREST Awards

For Information

The Mayor’s London Scientist is a new initiative to inspire more young Londoners to consider a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

City Hall is working with British Science Association (BSA) to offer the initiative through their CREST Awards . This is a nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work.

Throughout 2018, students will be encouraged to do a real-life science project, investigating topics important to them and their city. All participating students will receive a special Mayor's London Scientist certificate.

Funding is available for schools with high numbers of students currently underrepresented in STEM. Eligible schools will be sent voucher codes to  to enable free access to CREST Awards.

The Mayor is making CREST Awards free for up to 5,000 London students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM. This is available for Awards at SuperStar (KS2), Discovery and Bronze level (KS3).

Any school that meets one or more of the following criteria can apply for funding:

  • Schools with 75 per cent+ black and minority ethnic pupils
  • Schools with 30 per cent+ Pupil Premium
  • Special Educational Needs schools
  • Alternative Providers and Pupil Referral Units

Note: Fee-charging schools and those that have already taken part in CREST awards in the last three years will not be eligible.

The code will be sent out to eligible schools during the week commencing 11 December. If schools think they are eligible but do not receive a code they should contact educationprogramme@london.gov.uk.

Naomi Hiscock, Director, Primary Science Education Consultancy
Steve Marshall, BPSI Science Adviser

 
Surveys on School Nursing

For Information

As part of the introduction of 0-19 Early Help Hubs, Health Visiting, School Nursing and Family Nurse Partnership services nearing the end of their current contract, we are asking for your help in completing a surveys and encouraging others to do so. 

Surveys are all online - please do fill in the appropriate ones and encourage students, parents, staff members and stakeholders.

The more feedback we get, the more responsive our 0-19 Hubs and Health Services will be in future.
Each survey is anonymous, unintrusive and will take at most 10 minutes to complete.

Your time in completing the survey is really appreciated and please forward to anyone else you feel would like to contribute.

Any queries you have please contact me on 020 8359 3725.

Tom Sear
Strategy and Insight Officer

 
CDC/SEF Joint Sex Ed Conference

For Information

The Council for Disabled Children and the Sex Education Forum are delighted to present their inaugural conference:  Statutory SRE – getting it right for disabled children and those with SEN.
 
We are hosting the event in central London on 16 January 2018 and will include input from senior policy makers, professionals, parents, and children and young people themselves. It will mix debate about the future direction of policy with practical advice on how to implement high quality SRE in your setting or area.
 
Our exceptional line-up of speakers includes CDC and SEF colleagues, practitioners, third sector organisations and senior representatives from the Department for Education. The morning session will be followed by four interactive workshops on the issues affecting you and the children and young people you work with.
 
You can book your tickets here. We are expecting a high demand for the limited number of tickets available for this event.
 
Please book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
 
Who should attend:

  • SRE and PSHE leads from special and mainstream schools 
  • Sexual health services
  • Special Educational Needs Coordinators
  • Teaching assistants/pastoral staff
  • Public health and safeguarding managers
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations

This conference is for all professionals working across health, education, and social care, we also welcome parents and young people.
 
For further information please see the enclosure section or email tshorrock@ncb.org.uk. We expect it to be an exciting and informative day. We look forward to seeing you there!
 
Tristan Shorrock
Project Assistant

 
Laptop Charging Trolleys

For Information
 
Fairway School and Children's Centre have 3 Laptop trolleys they no longer need and would like to offer them to any school that would be interested in purchasing them for a very small price (£50 each) for pickup from school.
 
They are in full working order and no longer required. They can charge up to 30 netbooks, Chromebooks or similar; or 20 normal sized laptops.

Please contact the school directly for more information on this.

Contact - Bina Doshi
Email - office@fairway.barnet.sch.uk
Telephone - 0208 359 5380
 
Fiona O'Toole, School Office
Fairway School

 
 

   
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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)
    2017-18 Meeting Dates.pdf