Help to protect children in Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes with NSPCC school’s programme

Speak out. Stay safe (SOSS) is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5 to 11 years old and is available to all primary schools across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.

It helps children, in an age-appropriate way, to understand:

  • abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
  • that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
  • where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service

Through virtual assemblies and face-to-face workshops, children can learn about the different types of abuse in a child-friendly way, so they can get help if or when they need it. NSPCC staff and volunteers help them identify a trusted adult they can talk to if they’re ever worried about themselves or a friend.

With the help of Childline’s mascot Buddy, SOSS covers topics like bullying, neglect and sexual abuse – without using any scary words or adult language.

Last year, the NSPCC delivered SOSS online programmes to 51,356 children in 216 schools in the East of England and now we are looking for volunteers to train for our face-to-face assemblies.

Over the past year our counsellors at Childline delivered over 15,500 counselling sessions where children had spoken about abuse. 15% of those sessions were with children disclosing abuse for the first time. With the help of our SOSS programme many children may speak out sooner.

Hear more about the journey of a SOSS volunteer here – ‘Children are a source of inspiration, joy, and sometimes sadness’ – Buckinghamshire NSPCC volunteer | InYourArea Community

If you are someone with experience of delivering programmes in an educational or safeguarding setting, who is motivated by targets, with strong planning and organisational abilities, good communication and excellent people skills – we would love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in becoming a Speak Out Stay Safe volunteer please apply here NSPCC Volunteering | Job description email volunteerrecruitment@nspcc.org.uk or contact Schools Coordinator for Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Laura franklin;

Laura Franklin

Schools Coordinator (Buckinghamshire & MK)

NSPCC Schools Service

Community Trade union Representative

laura.franklin@nspcc.org.uk

 

For other information please visit –

Volunteer Opportunity of the Week: NSPCC’s Speak Out Stay Safe Programme – Community Action: MK (communityactionmk.org)

 

 

Opportunity – Admissions Appeals Representatives

Dear Colleagues

 

The School Admissions and Transport Team are currently looking for colleagues to represent admission authorities (schools) at school admission appeals lodged by parents refused a place at a preferred school.

 

The role would be suited to colleagues who have time available during the working week.  Appeals follow an intensive timescale between April and September but also occur throughout the year.  Current colleagues undertaking this role are generally retired and include former Headteachers, local authority officers and governors.

 

A job summary is attached which contains full details of the role and other helpful information but if any colleague would like to chat about the role then please do call either myself, William Green, on 01296 382272 or Debbie Munday, Admissions and Transport Manager on 01296 2217.

Admission Appeals Representative role description – January 2023

 

William Green

Team Leader

Admissions and Transport Team

Children’s Services

Buckinghamshire Council

(LTT/WG)

 

Contact Us www.buckscc.gov.uk/contactadmissions

IMPORTANT: Schools and Cyber Security

Dear Colleagues,

On Friday 6th January the BBC reported on a series of cyber attacks by a hacking group called Vice Society. It has resulted in children’s SEN information, child passport scans, staff pay scales and contracts being leaked online. It is worth a read, and shows the vulnerability of schools’ cyber security is being exploited, putting sensitive personal data at risk. Please see the article here: Schools hit by cyber attack and documents leaked – BBC News and contact the SIS team if you have any immediate concerns sis@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

The latest statistics published by the Department for Education in July 2022 found that in the 12 months prior, 41 per cent of primary schools and 70 per cent of secondary schools had identified attacks or breaches. The South East Organised Crime Unit https://serocu.police.uk/cyber/ would like to help to reduce those numbers.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your school against cyber attacks, the South East Organised Crime Unit offer FREE training sessions, both at leadership and whole staff levels. Please contact cyberprotect@serocu.police.uk to discuss this further.

Kind regards,

Gareth

Gareth Drawmer

Head of Service

Achievement & Learning

 

Important Updates for Information

Dear Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals,

For your information, please find attached copies of two emails that were sent to headteachers this morning.

  1. Industrial Action by the NEU, plus Industrial Action Information and Guidance attachment
  2. Brazel and Government Consultation

Important Update – Brazel and Government Consultation

Industrial Action by the NEU

Industrial Action Information and Guidance final (1)

Yours sincerely,

Natasha

Natasha How

Corporate Director Briefing Slides

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to those that were able to attend the latest Corporate Director Briefings.  I have attached the powerpoint presentation and the recording.

https://youtu.be/2YCVKyxK7vk

CDB Presentation Jan 23

The next dates are Tuesday 25th April 7pm and Thursday 27th April 9.30am.

Kind regards,

Natasha

Natasha How

 

BESST upcoming courses and Governor Priorities Slides

Dear Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals,

In case you couldn’t join us, attached are the slides from the recent Governor Priorities session and presentation from the NGA for Bucks Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals. We hope those of you who attended found the session informative and useful.

01.10.23 Governor Priorities for Spring Term (BASG) Jan 23

01.10.23 Governor Priorities for Spring Term (NGA) Jan 23

Here is a reminder of the remaining Spring Term training sessions available to all Bucks governors on a pay as you go basis, through BESST. To book a place on any session, please visit the BESST website. We look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

 All sessions are online starting at 6.30pm and cost £25 per person, pay as you go, unless otherwise stated.

  • 24th January – The role of the Governing Board in overseeing SEND
  • 31st January – Allegations – A guide for Governors
  • 2nd February – Appointing an Executive Leader
  • 7th February – Being Strategic, What good governance looks like
  • 21st February – Trauma Informed & Attachment Aware Schools (FREE)
  • 23rd February – Drop in for new governors (FREE)
  • 28th February – Exclusions & Reintegration
  • 2nd March – Safeguarding in schools – An Introduction for Governors (FREE)
  • 9th March – Championing High Quality PSHE – the role of the PSHE Governor
  • 21st March – Preparing for an Ofsted Inspection
  • 23rd March – Setting the Culture, Values and Ethos of your School

Kind Regards

The BESST Team

January Corporate Director Briefings

Dear Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals,

Please see below reminders about briefings for Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals next week. Apologies that the director briefing booking links sent previously had a technical glitch, amended booking links are below.

 Corporate Director Briefings, January 2023 

Led by the Director of Children’s Services, John Macilwraith, these events are an opportunity to hear the latest news from Education, Social Care, SEND and the BASG teams.  They are open to all Headteachers, Chairs of Governors and Clerks. Both agendas are the same, just pick a time most convenient for you. Both meetings will be held on Teams.

Click to book:

Governor Priorities & NGA Presentation for Bucks Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals (Free)

 Join Jackie Sweeting, South East Regional Lead from the NGA, alongside representatives from the Bucks Association of School Governors and Buckinghamshire Council school improvement service to hear about priorities for governors as we head into the new year. Jackie will provide national context and top tips on hot topics, such as supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils, and governor recruitment.

Click to book:

Tuesday 10th January at 6.30pm on Teams

 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Natasha How

 

BESST Newsletter – Jan 23

Dear Chairs of Governors and Governance Professionals,

Happy New Year!

Please find attached the latest newsletter from BESST to share with your governing boards.

BESST Newsletter Jan 23

We look forward to seeing you at BESST briefings and training sessions soon!

BESST

BESST Governor Training | Buckinghamshire (buckscc.gov.uk)

Emergency Contact Information

Sent on behalf of Gareth Drawmer, Head of Achievement and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

Following an incident prior to Christmas where it was necessary for us to use the Schoolsweb Emergency Contacts list, it was apparent that some schools had not updated changes to their Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors contact details.  These telephone numbers and names are vital for swift and effective action to be taken in urgent, unforeseen matters.

In order to update your details you must log in to the Schoolsweb Emergencies page here: https://schoolsweb.buckscc.gov.uk/emergencies/

Select the following option:

If you do not know your log in details contact tradedservices@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

We appreciate your assistance in this matter.

Kind regards,

Gareth

 

Gareth Drawmer

Head of Service

Achievement & Learning

 

 

Buckinghamshire Challenge Event 16th January 2023 – Agenda and times

Good afternoon,

Please find attached the draft agenda for the Buckinghamshire Challenge event on January 16th (note the end time has changed).  We hope that Headteachers, Governors, Deputy Headteachers, Disadvantage Leads, and Project Leads are able to join us to share the stimulating feedback from Marc Rowland and schools involved in projects.

Bucks Challenge Review January 23

This event is the mid-year review of the liaison group projects, where those involved can review the progress made on the whole project so far, to share learning, discuss strategy progress review findings and their application across all Buckinghamshire schools.  We would like this to be an interactive session, working collectively as a group to identify themes for the development of the Buckinghamshire Challenge Handbook for Schools.  Governors are invited to encourage the importance of support to your schools regarding the attainment of disadvantaged pupils.  We plan to invite a representative from the NGA to present an item in addition to those listed on the agenda.

The latest newsletter from Marc Rowland is also attached, for further detail and resources.

Newsletter Autumn 22

To book your places please use the link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/473302128407

Further details will be sent out to everyone in the new year.

Kind regards,

Hazel

Hazel David

School Engagement Officer

Equalities & Improvement Team

Education