Issue 08

Wednesday 01 November 2017

 
 
For more information
please contact:
school.circular@barnet.gov.uk
CONTENTS
  1. Consultation on the 2018/19 School Funding Formula

  2. Deferred Entry and Admission of Summer Born Children

  3. Barnet Teacher Views Needed on Recruitment and Retention in London

  4. Assessment and Moderation Update November 2017

  5. Barnet with Cambridge Education Annual Satisfaction Surveys

  6. Safeguarding Breakfast Briefing

  7. Safeguarding and Child Protection training

  8. Secondary Schools Safeguarding - Police Information Sharing Agreement

  9. Employee Pensions

  10. Making the Curriculum Accessible for Children and YP with Complex Needs

  11. CLEAPSS Bulletin

  12. Change to iTrent Go-Live plan for schools taking Capita Payroll

  13. RM Integris Training

  14. Children and Young People's Wellbeing Provision

  15. Young Gardeners Competition Winners

Enclosures
  • Headteachers
  • Professional Development
  • School Meeting Dates
 
Consultation on the 2018/19 School Funding Formula

For Information

As discussed at the Director’s meeting with Headteachers just before half-term, the council is consulting on the options for the school funding formula for next year and has today launched a consultation with schools.  These proposals affect all primary and secondary schools – maintained, Academies and Free schools.  For colleagues that wish to read the text before responding to the survey, the consultation document is included with the enclosures.

Please take the time to read the proposal document and respond to the consultation either by following the link in the Survey Monkey email from Claire Gray, or by using this link

The survey will close on Monday, 20 November 2017.

We thank you in advance for your participation.

Claire Gray
School Funding Manager

 
Deferred Entry and Admission of Summer Born Children

For Information

We are reviewing the decision-making process for considering requests for deferred entry to a Reception class at Barnet community primary schools. The DfE has recently made it clear that it is for the admissions authority to make a decision and not the head teacher. However, we believe that the views of head teachers are important and would like to set up a panel of heads to look at individual cases.  Please see the attached briefing paper for further details. This paper was prepared for presentation to the recent Learning Network meeting but unfortunately there was insufficient time for the item to be discussed. If any head teacher is interested in being part of this new panel, please contact me liz.ferrie@barnet.gov.uk

Liz Ferrie
Admissions Team Manager

 
Barnet Teacher Views Needed on Recruitment and Retention in London

For Information

There is an opportunity for teachers in our borough to offer their experiences and views at a teacher discussion group led by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on 4 December at 4.30pm, hosted at Swiss Cottage School (Camden).
 
This is qualitative research to provide a deeper understanding of the factors influencing teacher retention and mobility across London. It will complement NFER’s current work on the quantitative analysis and factors in London that they are doing for the London school system and the GLA.
 
They are seeking the input of teachers from Barnet as well as Camden, Brent, Haringey, Islington, Westminster, Harrow, Enfield and Tower Hamlets.
 
All the information is in the Enclosures Section, with RSVP details (with a deadline of 15 November).
 
Neil Marlow
Assistant Director – Traded Services and Head of School Improvement


 
Assessment and Moderation Update November 2017

For Information

As you will be aware, DfE has revised some aspects of the assessment process for 2018 and has published new guidance and support materials for KS1 and 2 Writing.

Statutory Guidance

Assessment and Reporting Arrangements  (ARA)

Key stage 1

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-key-stage-1-assessment-and-reporting-arrangements-ara

Key stage 2

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-key-stage-2-assessment-and-reporting-arrangements-ara

Teacher Assessment Guidance KS1 and KS2

Two new documents replace the moderation guidance for schools and LAs issued last year. They  provide more information and clarification about the assessment process, independence in writing and moderation.

Key stage 1

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-guidance-key-stage-1

Key Stage 2

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-guidance-key-stage-2

Writing Exemplification

The exemplification for both KS has been updated and aligned with the revised IAfs

Key stage 1

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-exemplification-ks1-english-writing

Key Stage 2

  • https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2018-teacher-assessment-exemplification-ks2-english-writing

All are available on the Moderation page of the  BPSI Members’ Area website.

Briefings for SLT, Y2 and Y6 teachers


I have arranged briefings about this year’s arrangements,  changes to the assessment and moderation process and the implications for teaching as below.   All sessions take place in the Conference room at BEST Hub

Key Stage 1

  • Monday 27 November 
  • EITHER  9.30am to 12pm OR 1.15pm to 3.45pm

Key stage 2

  • EITHER Friday 8 December  9.30am to 12pm
  • OR Monday 11 December 9.30am to 12pm

Please complete the relevant forms in the enclosures section and return to john.paxton@barnet.gov.uk

Associate Moderators for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 

Invitation for expressions of interest

We would like to offer Y2 or Y6 teachers with the relevant skills and experience the opportunity to be trained as associate moderators. Associate moderators will work alongside experienced local authority moderators to support moderation workshops and also in their partnerships to help teachers to audit work samples, to standardise their assessments, to make accurate interim assessments of what children demonstrate they can do and to identify areas for improvement.

Please complete the application form in enclosures section and return to john.paxton@barnet.gov.uk by 5pm on Wednesday 22 November

John Paxton
Narrowing the Gap Adviser

 
Barnet with Cambridge Education Annual Satisfaction Surveys

For Information and Action

On 13 October I sent out a number of e-mails that contained links to separate surveys. Your responses will provide us with feedback on each of these services that we provide.

Thank you to all the schools that have completed the surveys that were relevant to their school.  If you have not completed these surveys yet please do so as they will close on 5 November.

Thanks for your support.

Richard Griggs
Traded Services Operations Director

 
Safeguarding Breakfast Briefing

For Information

Breakfast Briefing 23 November 2017 – 8am to 9.30am – Whitefield School, Claremont Road, NW2 1TR

REACH and GANGS – further training for secondary schools.

Lead trainer: Nsang Cristia Esimi-Cruz  (REACH Manager)

Nsang has kindly agreed to deliver further training to secondary school DSLs on gangs.  The intended learning outcomes for this session are:

  • Understand the Barnet context
  • To be able to recognise some signs and symptoms of GSYV
  • To be able to assess the level of school intervention and identify outside agency involvemen
  • To develop the skills to make an effective referral

Please will you confirm your attendance with Whitefield School (020 8455 4114 or e-mail Mumin Humayun  mhu@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk).

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

 
Safeguarding and Child Protection training

For Information

The Barnet Workforce Development Team cover a range of safeguarding training which can be accessed here .

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

 
Secondary Schools Safeguarding - Police Information Sharing Agreement

For Information

This is a final reminder regarding signing up to the Police Information Sharing Agreement.

Officers from the Schools Office at Colindale Police Station undertake searches on their crime reporting and Merlin systems on a daily basis.

The purpose of these searches is to identify secondary school students who are:

  • Victims of crime
  • Suspects in a crime
  • Involved in anti-social behaviour  
  • Missing
  • Involved in Child Protection cases

The information contained in these reports can be extremely sensitive and for this reason the reports can only be sent over a secure email network.

The vast majority of Barnet secondary schools have signed an Information Sharing Agreement with the Metropolitan Police (Barnet Borough Police) which facilitates the exchange of information between schools and the Police.

Can any secondary schools who have signed up to the ISA, but do not currently have a secure email address, please obtain one.

This is a requirement for information being passed from the Barnet Schools Office to our secondary schools.

This agreement is only effective for one year.  If you have not signed up for this year please make contact with Shannon Farthing or your Safer Schools’ Officer on 020 8733 5857.

Schools who are looking for a way to securely communicate with the police may wish to try using the following:

https://www.cjsm.net/

Jane Morris
School Safeguarding and Exclusions Officer

 
Employee Pensions

For Information

Barnet's pension scheme information is now available on Hartlink Online, which provides real-time access to your pension and enables you to;

  • amend personal details
  • view payslips and P60s
  • access a range of communication materials
  • access links to relevant websites helping you to better understand your benefit entitlement.

The Hartlink Online website can be accessed by clicking www.hartlinkonline.co.uk/barnet
Please note you will need to register to access your pension detail on Hartlink Online.

You can also contact the pensions team in Darlington with the following details;

  • Email; barnetpensions@capita.co.uk
  • Telephone; 01325 746010

Complaints

We strive to provide the best possible service, but sometimes things can go wrong.
Please see our new guide for a step by step guide to our complaints process in the enclosures section.

Audrey Marshall
Change Manager

 
Making the Curriculum Accessible for Children and YP with Complex Needs

For Information

This course looks at how we can adapt the curriculum and the class room setting to meet the needs of our children and young people with Complex Needs including autism, Down syndrome and those with language difficulties. We will have a full day to focus on curriculum adaptations and planning and will focus on appropriate methods and strategies. We will have a half day follow up in January to share activities and pool all resources. Please attend if you want to focus on how to make the curriculum accessible for children and young people with complex needs. The course is suitable across key stages

To apply for this please see the attached flyer here

Sarah Geiger
Senior Educational Psychologist

 
CLEAPSS Bulletin

For Information

FAO Heads of Science whose school has bought into CLEAPSS 2017/2018.

Please look out for CLEAPSS Bulletin 160 Autumn 2017 which will be emailed out to school offices before the end of the week.

Steve Marshall
BPSI Science Adviser

 
Change to iTrent Go-Live plan for schools taking Capita Payroll

For Information

Following the iTrent announcement on 7th September we have received feedback from schools that a December Go Live and the short payroll deadline would create significant pressure in some instances.

Whilst we are committed to delivering a new improved system within the promised timescales, we feel it is essential to deliver this change at the right time for our customers. After taking a number of factors into consideration we are planning to defer the transfer date to better support our clients and delay the Go Live from 1 December 2017 into early 2018.

In addition to the relieved pressure on schools, we anticipate that we could 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

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. We will now need to undertake some significant re-planning particularly around our training approach, we appreciate your patience and hope to advise you of dates and timescales in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this announcement, please contact our dedicated project team by emailing Project.Algebra@capita.co.uk

You can also stay up to date with the project and our progress on our website; www.capitahrsolutions.co.uk/itrent

Audrey Marshall  
Change Manager

 
RM Integris Training

For Information

We would like to invite you to our RM Integris  event on the 11th December at Manorside Centre. 
 
Venue: Manorside Centre, Squires Lane, Finchley, N3 2AB
Date: 11 December 2017
Time: Morning session 10am to 1pm
                       
Lunch will be provided between 11pm and 2pm.
 
RM Integris Agenda
 
10am and 10.45am

Introductions & new features

Meet the team, followed by an overview of the recent new features (including address verification, automatic log out, register indicators, pupil premium updates, Children Missing in Education).

10.45am to 11am

GDPR

Understand how RM Integris can help.

11am to 11.40am

RM Intelligence
 
11.40am to 12.25pm

Managing and reporting staff data. Find out how to get the most from reporting on staff data, as well as hints and tips on recording absence and cover.

12.25pm to 12.40pm

What’s next?

See what’s on the roadmap for future development.

12.40pm to 1pm

Assessment overview (optional)

Find out how to use the flexible assessment module to create assessment plans, record in markbooks and run analysis.
 
We will also be available to answer any questions or discuss Integris with you. To book a place please email mike.rowland@capita.co.uk with your preferred session. Places are limited so please book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
 
Parking is also limited at Manorside Centre but there is parking available in nearby streets.

Kim Garrood
Schools Services Manager

 
Children and Young People's Wellbeing Provision

For Information

Are there a children or young people in your setting who you feel would benefit from having some low level support to help build their understanding of their emotional health alongside the opportunity to build their skills and strategies in managing anxiety or low mood?

Our team of wellbeing practitioners can offer a programme of ‘Guided Self-Help’ (based on CBT principles) to support children and families. 

If there is a child or young person you feel might benefit but you’re unsure, please ring Caroline Quinlan on 020 8359 2196 or 07984 128 546.  I am happy to discuss. I am also happy to come to you to discuss our provision and how we can support CYPs in your setting.

A child or young person can be referred using a Universal Plus form (for support that doesn’t need a co-ordinated multi-agency plan)

or if the child is on a CAF (or needs a CAF), you can refer using the eCAF.

Caroline Quinlan
CYP Wellbeing Supervisor & Service Lead

 
Young Gardeners Competition Winners

For Information

Young Gardeners Competition held at Sunnyfields Primary and attended by the Mayor of Barnet

Well done to the 12 schools who took part in the Young Gardeners Competition on the 5 October and the fabulous displays they produced. Thanks to Finchley Nurseries and the Hendon Horticultural Society for their sponsership.

Congratulations to the following winners:

  • The winner of the Best Garden was Akiva Primary
  • The winners of the Best Display  were St Marys and Hollickwood
  • The winners of the Rosie Connolly Cup for the most enthusiastic gardeners went to Trent Primary and Sunnyfields.

Debbie Barber
Sunnyfields School Administrator

 
 

   
Headteachers

 

 

  • WeWantYouToHaveYourSay.pdf
    All Primary Schools

    A step by step guide to the CAPITA complaints process. 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)
     2017-18 Meeting Dates.pdf