Issue 28

Wednesday 18 April 2018

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Proposed Term Dates 2019/20 for maintained schools

  2. Pre-election Rules for Schools

  3. ISS Management Change

  4. Barnet Safeguarding Children's Board - Section 11 Audit

  5. KS1 and KS2 Statutory External Moderation Visits: Briefing for Moderated Schools

  6. Preventing Extremism in Schools and Children's Services

  7. Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2017-20

  8. Courses from the HIST Team - Summer Term

  9. Connect / British Council Modern Language Assistants (MLA) Service

  10. Early Years Family Support Officer Vacancy

  11. CommUNITY Barnet Digital Youth Hustings Event

  12. Barnet CEPN Newsletter

  13. Barnet Mencap E-PAtS

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Proposed Term Dates 2019/20 for maintained schools

For Information

Please see the enclosures section for proposed term dates for maintained schools for the 2019/20 school year, as suggested by the London Inter-Authority Admissions Group (LIAAG). These will be set as Barnet's term dates if schools raise no major objections. If you have any issues with these dates that you would like to raise please email nick.burr@barnet.gov.uk by Friday 27 April. 

We have contacted our neighbouring local authorities to try to get a sense of what they are proposing, to ensure any term dates we propose will line up as much as possible. Brent, Enfield, Haringey and Harrow have dates that match the dates attached. Hertfordshire have also finalised their dates, which are the same as the attached with the exception of the autumn half term, which they have moved by one week. We have had no response from Camden. This would indicate that by accepting these dates our terms and holidays will align with most of our neighbours.

The LIAAG have also suggested dates for the following academic year (2020/21). These are also attached in the enclosure section. We would ask schools to have a look at these dates, as we propose to provisionally accept these, with final consultations taking place closer to the time. Again, please let us know if you think there are any potential issues with these dates.

Ian Harrison
Education and Skills Director

 
Pre-election Rules for Schools

For Information

Many school colleagues will be familiar with what is generally referred to as ‘Purdah’. Purdah, or the ‘pre-election period’, is the period leading up to elections when restrictions are placed on the communications sent out by local authorities and government departments and on the use of public buildings.

Schools are affected too. The key requirement is that schools must ensure that any communications between them and the public (including parents of pupils attending the school) do not appear to lend support to a particular party or candidate.

Schools need to ensure that they cannot be accused of spending public money to influence the outcome of the election and school premises should not be used to display information supporting a candidate or party or a party’s policies. 

Political campaigners and candidates should not be able to use school premises for campaigning purposes, including photo opportunities. The exception to this is where candidates or political parties hire school premises for the purpose of meetings with the public or ‘hustings’. Publicity about such events should make it clear that these are events organised by the political party, not by the school.

Ian Harrison
Education and Skills Director

 
ISS Management Change

For Information

I hope that you, your staff and your pupils had a safe and happy break.

I am writing to you to update you all of a management change at ISS to ensure that you have all updated contacts should you want to speak to us at any time.

Nick Lyon has taken the decision to leave ISS and re-locate back to his family in the North of England.

I have recruited a new Senior Operations Manager and will share all of their details nearer to their start date on the 3rd June 2018. In the interim please feel free to contact either myself or Karin Hafner at any time. Our details are set out for your convenience below:

I will be more involved in the day to day operations of Barnet and so please at any point feel free to contact me. I look forward to working with you all and would like to take the opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.

Dawn Harvey
ISS Regional Operations Director
Education

 
Barnet Safeguarding Children's Board - Section 11 Audit

For Information

It has been agreed with Barnet Safeguarding Children’s Board to allow schools, that have completed the school safeguarding audit tool in this academic year, to be exempt from the current round of S11 audits.  Schools that have not completed this academic year must complete  the S.11 audit tool. 

This ‘Section 11 Audit’ is designed to allow the BSCP to assure itself that agencies placed under a duty to co-operate by this legislation, are fulfilling their responsibilities to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

Organisations, as identified in Working Together, are asked to complete a self- assessment template (see attached). The self -assessment will enable organisations to identify whether they have the necessary safeguarding arrangements in place.

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

 
KS1 and KS2 Statutory External Moderation Visits: Briefing for Moderated Schools

For Information

As you will be aware, schools will be informed on Friday 18 May as to whether they will or will not be externally moderated this year. There will be a briefing for moderated schools on the afternoon of Wednesday 23 May to which headteachers / SLT representative and Y2 and Y6 teachers will be invited when notified of external moderation. We ran a similar meeting last year which was well received, but some schools did say that they would have liked more notice. So, please would you hold this date in your diaries, just in case!

Secondly, there are a few places left for the KS1 moderation workshop on 

  • Wednesday 25 April - 9.15am (for 9.30am start) to 12pm at Watling Park School

Please email john.paxton@barnet.gov.uk to register.

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser
Moderation Manager
Lead NQT Adviser

 
Preventing Extremism in Schools and Children's Services

For Information

If you are concerned about extremism in a school or organisation that works with children, or if you think a child might be at risk of extremism, contact our helpline.

For all advice concerning Prevent; policies, procedures, awareness resources in the classroom and training for staff, please contact: Perryn Jasper, Prevent Education Officer, perryn.jasper@barnet.gov.uk or 020 8359 7371

Perryn Jasper
Prevent Education Officer
Education and Skills

 
Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2017-20

For Information

The London Borough of Barnet has launched its Violence Against Women’s and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2017-20 on 8 March 2018 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Please see the attachment in the enclosure's section.

One of partnership objectives of the strategy is ‘Prevention of violence against women and girls’ with a great focus on prevention work in schools.

We have an organisation called Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKWRO) that can deliver workshops on healthy relationships in primary schools and on harmful practices in secondary schools.
 
Within primary schools the workshops cover different types of relationships, healthy and unhealthy relationships, they explore the notion of power, discuss secrets, personal space, safe and unsafe closeness/touching, the NSPCC Pants Rule, our rights, and support available.
Within secondary schools the workshops cover the definitions of the harmful practices( FGM, Forced Marriage and “Honour” based violence), the different types of abuse that fall within these, why the harmful practices happen, case studies, films, legislation, best practice including do’s and don’ts, and support available to protect themselves and others who may be at risk.
The sessions can run over 50 minutes/ 1 hour (the length of a class period), but they can repeat this throughout the day to reach as many classes and students within the schools.

IKWRO may be able to reach 700 secondary students and 300 primary students and we would like to take this opportunity to run these workshops in our Borough.

All secondary and primary schools that can organise for the delivery of the workshops, please contact Radlamah Canakiah VAWG Strategy Manager:

Radlamah Canakiah
Violence Against Women and Girls(VAWG) Strategy Manager
The Barnet Group

 
Courses from the HIST Team - Summer Term

For Information

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

Date Title Audience Time Cost Booking
Tues 24 April 2018 SLCN Training Session for TAs – ’Small Groups’ focus on Verbal Reasoning, Social Skills, Lego Therapy Primary and Secondary 1pmto 3.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
Book Here
Friday 27 April 2018 Talk Boost KS1- Targeted SLCN intervention Rec/KS1 9amto 3.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: 1 HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £150 per delegate
  • EYPP can be used
Book Here
Thurs 17 May & Thurs 14 June Elklan EYs Communication Counts Part 1 and Part 2 Early Years 9am to12.30pm
  • Free for primary schools
  • PVIs/Out of Borough £150 per delegate.
  • EYPP can be used
For more information see the flyer/booking form in enclosures and email form to: SEND.events@barnet.gov.uk
(attendees must attend Part 1 & Part 2)
Weds 20 June SLCN Universal Training Primary 8.45am to 12.30pm
  • Free to Barnet primary schools
  • Out of Borough £75 per delegate
For more information see the flyer/booking form in enclosures and email form to: SEND.events@barnet.gov.uk
Thursday 5 July 2018 SLCN Training Session for TAs – 'Asking questions so children can answer’. A focus on Blank Levels of Language/Colourful Semantics Primary and Secondary 1pmto 3.30pm
  • Subscribers to HIST: half HIST hour per delegate
  • Non HIST schools and organisations: £75 per delegate
Book Here

For information on all courses being offered by the HIST Team, please click on this link and scroll down to SEND & Inclusion Programme for further details and booking forms.

Rosie Rebeiro
Advisory Teacher for SLCN (HIST)

 
Connect / British Council Modern Language Assistants (MLA) Service

For Information

What is the MLA service?

The provision of authentic modern language support assistants to work with your existing language teachers at low cost and with little administrative overhead.

How does it work?

Connect facilitates a local sharing arrangement so that British Council Modern Language Assistants can be shared across schools, work below the standard 12-hour contract per school and are also provided with local specialised training.  This gives great experience for the teachers, and great value for the schools.  Connect manages all aspects of their placement including payroll / HR processes etc. and supports both schools and MLAs throughout the contract period (8 months – October to May).

How much does it cost?

£30 per hour for Connect members (Level 1 & 2) / £31 per hour non-members.

Why should we get involved?

In a recent survey regarding the benefits of hosting a language assistant, Heads of Modern Languages reported improved exam results, higher standards in underperforming students, and greater levels of motivation in talented students.

Closing date: Friday 26 April 2018 – please see attachments for further information and application form

Des Georgiou
CONNECT (formerly NLSIN)  Administrative Manager & Modern Language Assistant (MLA) Programme Facilitator
CONNECT – The Network for Global Learning in Education

 
Early Years Family Support Officer Vacancy

For Information

 Early Years Family Support Officer 
 Part time, two days (Thursday and Friday) 
 Fixed term, until January 2019, with a possible 2 month extension 
 Salary from £26,805 to £30,324 

An exciting development opportunity has arisen and we are seeking a short term secondment to our South Locality Children’s Centre.

The Early Years Family Support Officer is an exciting and demanding role in which you would be responsible for:

  • Delivery of family support and early intervention and prevention service in the South Locality
  • To help children and families to become more resilient, intervening at an early stage thereby reducing the need for higher level support later on and the long term demand for services
  • To fulfil the role of Lead Professional for the Early Years Episodes and Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and ensure all recording and reviews are undertaken in a timely manner
  • To build supportive and empowering relationships with vulnerable parents and families and to deliver a non-judgmental service within an agreed timescale
  • To provide home visits, and outreach support to parents, in agreed community venues – at all times adhering to the guidelines laid down in the outreach/lone worker policy and assessing risk in all situations
  • To work in partnership with Early Years Outreach Team and other supportive agencies to achieve the best outcomes for children and families in Barnet area. 

The successful candidate will need to be available to take up the opportunity as soon as possible (with your manager’s approval) until January 2019 and possibility of extension until end of March 2019. Please ensure that you liaise with your Manager in order to gain their support for your release if successful, prior to applying for this opportunity.

As part of your initial expression of interest, you are required to send at least one A4 side submission about what skills and experience you feel you have relevant to the essential criteria on the person specification which is attached.

All completed expressions of interest should be directed to Ewa Janowska-Clifton ewa.janowska@barnet.gov.uk or Janie Robertson Janie.robertson@barnet.gov.uk by Tuesday 24 April 2018.  Interviews will held on Monday 30 April 2018.

Ewa Janowska-Clifton
Family Support and Outreach Manager

 
CommUNITY Barnet Digital Youth Hustings Event

For Information

On Tuesday 24 April 2018 from 4pm to 5pm we will be hosting a digital youth hustings event, which will give local youngsters a chance to ask local political party representatives their biggest questions ahead of the Local Election on 3 May.

It's a great opportunity for young people to get to know 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.

Party representatives who will be present at the Hustings include Liberal Democrat candidate Sachin Patel, Labour candidate Rachel Megan Parker and Conservatives candidate Roberto Weeden-Sanz.

If you would like to be part of the audience or volunteer, please contact James Hughes on 07809 342 942 or email james.hughes@communitybarnet.org.uk.

All you need to do on the day is access Community Barnet's Facebook page and the video will be live at 4pm. It's as simple as that. If you have a question for the party representatives just post your questions in the comments section.

Alternatively you can email your questions to info@communitybarnet.org.uk or Whatsapp/text us on 07826 511 723.

Click here to fill out a short form to submit questions to the party representatives.

If you do write posts on social media please use the hashtag #CBYouthHustings and include our handle, @CommunityBarnet, for Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Andrew Gurr
Marketing and Communications Officer

 
Barnet CEPN Newsletter

For Information

Please see attached in the enclosure's section our newsletter for April which highlights some of the work we have been doing in the Barnet CEPN during March including talks to parents of primary aged children about minor illness, running a careers fair for year 10 students highlighting the wide variety of careers available in the NHS and the MCLG workshops facilitated by Sarah Perrin about how to ensure carers get the right support.

Sharon Ralph
Communications Lead
Barnet CEPN

 
Barnet Mencap E-PAtS

For Information

Barnet Mencap are recruiting families for the Early Positive Approaches to Support(E-PAtS) parenting programme. They are looking for families with children between 18 months and 5 years who have a learning disability or developmental delay. They are holding a drop- in information session on the 24 April, 12.30pm to 1.30pm at the Barnet Mencap office.

Interested families can contact valerie.lam@barnetmencap.org.uk or call 020 8349 3842.

Please see the flyers in the enclosures section for more information about the event and about the E-PAtS programme

Jayne Abbott
Resilient Schools Programme Manager (Tuesday – Friday)
Barnet Public Health

 
 

   
Headteachers
  • Preliminary_dates 2020/21
    Proposed_term_dates_2019/20

    All Schools

    Proposed term dates for the 2019/120 school year, as suggested by the London Inter-Authority Admissions Group (LIAAG). The LIAAG have also suggested dates for the following academic year (2020/21) which can be found on the links above. Please click on the above links for further details.

 

  • VAWG_Strategy_2017_20
    All Schools

    The London Borough of Barnet has launched its Violence Against Women’s and Girls (VAWG) Strategy 2017-20 on 8 March 2018 on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Please click on the above link for further details.

 

 

 

  • Barnet_CEPN_April_Newsletter
    All Schools
    A Newsletter for April which highlights some of the work we have been doing in the Barnet CEPN during March including talks to parents of primary aged children about minor illness, running a careers fair for year 10 students highlighting the wide variety of careers available in the NHS and the MCLG workshops facilitated by Sarah Perrin. Please click on the above link for further details

 

  • EPAtS_advert
    EPAtS_Information_Session

    All Schools

    Barnet Mencap are recruiting families for the Early Positive Approaches to Support(E-PAtS) parenting programme. 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