Corporate Director Briefings Presentation September 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached the presentation from the Corporate Director (DCS) Briefings held on the 15th and 16th September.

CD Briefings Sept 21

 

Regards,

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

 

Letter from Councillor Birchley to all Schools

Sent on behalf of Councillor Patricia Birchley, Chairman of Children’s and Education Select Committee

Signed schools Letter 23.9.21

Dear Colleagues,

Please find attached a letter from Councillor Patricia Birchley.  Please distribute to all members of your governing board.

Kind regards,

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

The Buckinghamshire Challenge – SIGN UP FOR UNIVERSAL OFFER

Dear Headteachers and Chairs of Governors,

Following the letter from Gareth Drawmer which was sent on Friday (attached again above for information) with the full Buckinghamshire Challenge offer for schools, we are now asking all schools to sign up to the Universal Offer and nominate their lead member of staff.

Buckinghamshire Challenge Board Programme FINAL

Please can you complete this quick survey, by end of play on Friday 24th September, to let us know your school’s participation in this year’s Buckinghamshire Challenge and the name and position of your nominated member of staffBuckinghamshire Challenge Universal Offer Sign Up Survey.

We can now confirm the exact timing for all six conferences and workshops for your diaries:

  Conference Workshop
Autumn 1st Oct 2021

2.00-4.00pm

1st Nov 2021

11.00am – 1.00pm

Spring 31st Jan 2022

9.30-11.30am

11th Feb 2022

9.30-11.30am

Summer 20th May 2022

9.30-11.30am

10th June 2022

9.30-11.30am

Key Questions on the Universal Offer

 What is the Universal Offer?

The Universal Offer is a conference and workshop programme for all schools.

 What will my school get out of the Universal Offer?

At the end of the Universal Offer programme all participating schools will have robust strategies for addressing disadvantage. It will align and support schools with DfE expectations on the use and impact of Pupil Premium and national good practice.

 What is our commitment?

These sessions are online, available to all schools and will last two hours each. The nominated member of staff should attend all 6 sessions throughout the academic year, commit to undertaking the required intersessional tasks and disseminate the learning throughout their school. 

 Who should the nominated member of staff be?

Ideally the Pupil Premium/Disadvantaged Lead or a member of the SLT.

 Can other members of our staff team attend?

Yes, the Universal Offer conference programme is open to all staff members and governors who wish to attend.  The workshops, however, will be for the nominate leads only, to ensure that they are of a manageable size to enable contribution and discussion by all attendees.

Many thanks for your support for this exciting project,

The School Improvement Team

DfE Funded Training Offer – Schools Anti Bullying Champions

Sent on behalf of Yvette Thomas, Equality and School Improvement Manager

Dear Colleagues,

Please see attached letter inviting nominations for a lead school for Anti Bullying funded by the DfE  and the proposed timetable. Schools interested in signing up for the programme will need to be nominated by their Liaison Group,  we have 18 places and have decided to offer this opportunity to one school in  each Liaison Group. We look forward to receiving your nominations. Due to the tight timelines imposed on us we must have a response from each LG by October 4th 2021 or places will be offered to those on the reserve list on a first come first served basis. 

DfE Funded Training Offer Letter

Equally Safe Project Timetable for Buckinghamshire Schools

Kind Regards

Yvette Thomas

Equality and School Improvement Manager

Buckinghamshire Challenge Board Programme

Dear Headteacher and Chair of Governors,

Buckinghamshire Challenge Board Programme FINAL

Please find attached above a letter from Gareth Drawmer, Head of Achievement and Learning, outlining the Buckinghamshire Challenge Board offer to schools for academic year 2021/22.  This includes:

  • A Universal Offer – a conference and workshop programme for all schools in Buckinghamshire.
  • A Targeted Offer – focused support for one school per liaison group, to cascade learning.

The programme will be on the agenda for discussion at the liaison groups which start next week.

Kind regards,

The School Improvement Team

Buckinghamshire Education and Skills Strategy Review

Education and Skills Strategy Review

 The Education and Skills Strategy was approved in 2018 and was designed to act as a compass for implementing continuous improvement in educational provision in Buckinghamshire until 2022. In light of many changes that have taken place since that time, it would be helpful to review the Strategy with as many of our key stakeholders as possible so as to help us to confirm if the aims and key objectives are still correct and what our priorities should be going forward. As was the case with the development of the original Strategy, we want to collaborate with our early years settings, schools, governors, post 16 providers, and key agencies so as to develop the Strategy that will set the agenda for change and improvement for the next four years before we share this through a public consultation early next year. Therefore, we would like our schools and governing bodies to comment on the existing Strategy using the Strategy Review template on the areas they feel are relevant to them by providing feedback on the following:

Education and Skills Strategy Review Template Autumn 2021

  1. How far we have progressed in achieving our vision, our aims, and key deliverables
  2. Identifying any gaps or priorities that need to be addressed in the Strategy going forward
  3. Providing any other evaluation commentary in relation to the Strategy as a whole

You can refer to the current Strategy by using the following link:

www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/childrens-services-strategies – you will see the Strategy listed on this page.

We would like governing bodies to complete the sections that are relevant to them and to return completed templates to Maria Edmonds, Education Strategy Manager by email at Maria.Edmonds@Buckinghamshire.gov.uk by Wednesday 20 October 2021. The feedback will be used to refresh and revitalise the Strategy, with key findings being shared later this term.

Buckinghamshire Challenge Board Programme

Dear Headteacher and Chair of Governors,

Please find attached above a letter from Gareth Drawmer, Head of Achievement and Learning, outlining the Buckinghamshire Challenge Board offer to schools for academic year 2021/22.  This includes:

  • A Universal Offer – a conference and workshop programme for all schools in Buckinghamshire.
  • A Targeted Offer – focused support for one school per liaison group, to cascade learning.

The programme will be on the agenda for discussion at the liaison groups which start next week.

Buckinghamshire Challenge Board Programme FINAL

Kind regards,

The School Improvement Team

Parent Governor Co-optees on the Bucks Children’s and EducationSelect Committee

Dear all,

Please find attached introductory information for sending to your relevant Governors/Heads and also a copy of the nomination forms for the 3 types of potential co=-optees – for primary, secondary and special school reps.

Request for nominations – primary, secondary and special

Initial information about PGRsInitial information about PGRs

Many thanks

Katie

Katie Dover

Senior Scrutiny Officer

Democratic and Election Services

Deputy Chief Executive Directorate

Buckinghamshire Council

 

Governor Training Programme Autumn 2021

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome back to a new term.  Please find attached details of the Governor Training programme for the Autumn term, further information regarding the sessions, costs and how to book.

BESST – Buckinghamshire Education School Support & Training

Governor Training Autumn 2021

At present, all training remains online using Teams.

Kind regards,

Hazel

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

 

For COVID-19 updates visit: https://schoolsweb.buckscc.gov.uk/covid-19-corona-virus-latest-advice/

Anti Vaccination Protests

SENT FROM: GARETH DRAWMER, HEAD OF ACHIEVEMENT & LEARNING

Dear Colleague,

We have been notified this week of a protest outside of a Buckinghamshire school by anti-vaccination protestors.

Protests such as these are be based on an assumption that Covid vaccinations for school age children will be rolled out through schools, rather than the existing vaccination centres, even though this has not been confirmed. The current situation is that Covid vaccinations have not been approved for under 16s and that confirmation of any vaccination programme is awaited from the government. As secondary schools are aware, there is contingency planning being carried out for delivery of vaccinations, should there be an ask from central government to deliver it, but this has not yet been confirmed.

In terms of the actions which a school can take, if the protesters are on public land, then they have the right of peaceful protest, and there is little which can be done about them as long as they are not causing an obstruction or a breach of the peace, in which case the police should be called. If the protest is on school grounds, then protesters can be asked to leave and their posters and placards removed. We would encourage schools to request protestors to remove any signage and to only remove it themselves as a last resort as this may be a provocative action. Schools have the legal right to exclude people from their school grounds, which are a private, not a public space, – under section 547 Education Act 1996, it is a criminal offence for a person who is on school premises without lawful authority to cause or permit a nuisance or disturbance and the Police can be called to remove them.

Schools should not engage in debate with the protesters or provide counterinformation to that being promulgated by the protesters. This is not a school’s role, but rather the job of the Government on the advice from their scientific advisers. Any contact with protestors should be kept to a minimum and school staff should remain calm, factual and considerate of their own safety during any discussion.

If schools require further support during an incident or wish to log one with us then please contact the School Improvement Team 01296 383030 during normal office hours or email sis@buckinghamshire.gov.uk.

Warm regards,

Gareth

 

Gareth Drawmer

Head of Service

Achievement & Learning