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/

NGA Annual Membership 2021-22

Dear Colleagues,

Maintained Schools

Buckinghamshire Council are delighted to be able to offer the Standard NGA annual membership, for Buckinghamshire maintained schools for 2021-22, Free of Charge. The package for 2021-2022 covers the Standard membership and Learning Link for all Governors and Clerks in maintained schools.  This has been purchased for all Buckinghamshire maintained schools and those schools do not need to register.

Bucks NGA Membership 2021-22

Maintained schools that wish to upgrade to the Gold package are required to register on the BESST web page  (Bursar log in required) and will be charged £159.

Please register for your upgrades by Thursday 30th September 2021.

Academies

Buckinghamshire Council are also pleased to offer membership at the discounted rate of £94 for the Standard package to all Bucks Academies.  The NGA do recommend that academies take the Gold package, which is also discounted at £253.   If you wish to purchase Learning Link the cost is £69 per school.

To confirm purchase of your annual membership and the package required please visit the BESST web page  (Bursar log in required).

All packages should be purchased by Thursday 30th September 2021.

Full details of membership and support from the NGA are here https://www.nga.org.uk/Home.aspx  Any queries should be sent to BESST@buckinghamshire.gov.uk

Regards,

Hazel David

School Improvement Team

Children’s Services

BESST – Buckinghamshire Education School Support & Training

Dear Chair of Governors and Governor Clerks,

Please find attached above a newsletter introducing BESST – Buckinghamshire Education School Support & Training, a new traded school improvement and governor support service from Buckinghamshire Council.  BESST services are starting small and will be focused this term on governor support & training, the area where our research with headteachers, chairs of governors and clerks has told us the need is greatest.  More information about BESST is available to view on our new webpages.

A comprehensive governor training programme will be running throughout this academic year and will be starting with two sessions week commencing 20th September:

  • Governor Priorities – Autumn Term Agendas, a one-hour session with Paul Randall and Anne Sheddick from the BASG, on Wednesday 22nd September.
  • Prevent Duty – Guidance for Governors, a one hour training session with Alison Watts, Prevent Education Officer at Buckinghamshire Council on Thursday 23rd September.

The whole autumn term training schedule, including the above two sessions, is available to book online.

We will also be running a New Governors Welcome Package, in both the autumn and spring term, to support newly appointed governors get up to speed as quickly as possible.  Please book online for the autumn cohort, before the 29th of September.

Buckinghamshire Council will be renewing the NGA membership for maintained schools for this academic year.  Academies and free schools can purchase NGA membership at a discounted rate and maintained schools can upgrade to gold membership through the BESST webpages.  Please see the details and links in the newsletter for more information.

We hope that your governing boards will find this new service of use and we look forward to welcoming you onto BESST training throughout the year.

BESST newsletter Autumn 1 for governors

Kind regards

The School Improvement Team.

Ofsted News – Issue 104 – August 2021

 

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Issue 104 | August 2021

Sections

 

COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. We are updating it regularly. If you need to see what we’ve added since you last checked it, you can select ‘see all updates‘ on the page.

All Ofsted
Ofsted pen portraits of Her Majesty’s Inspectors (HMI) – Updated pen portraits for HMI in the South East and South West regions.
Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings – A new section has been added to the policy about Ofsted’s review of sexual abuse in schools and colleges and there are further references throughout the guidance outlining expectations of providers. There are also updates throughout to align with the Department of Education’s updated guidance ‘Keeping children safe in education’.
Gathering additional evidence to secure an incomplete inspection – The policy has been updated to give further clarification on the steps that will be taken if we decide that a further visit is necessary to gather additional evidence to complete an inspection.

Schools
School inspection handbook – Updates to the school inspection handbook. See ‘Summary of changes’ for details.
Ofsted’s plans: 2021 – Updated the ‘Non-association independent schools’ section to clarify that the inspection cycle will be extended by four terms.
State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information – Published management information as at 31 July 2021. Date of proposed addition to future management information releases (the names of current multi-academy trusts and/or academy sponsors) changed from 12 August 2021 to 13 September 2021.

Children’s social care
Ofsted’s response to The Case for Change – Ofsted’s National Director for Social Care, Yvette Stanley, writes to Josh MacAlister, Chair of The Case for Change, about Ofsted’s response to the review.
Children’s homes providing short breaks – An analysis of children’s homes that provide short breaks, usually for disabled children.
Inspecting local authority children’s services (ILACS) from 2018 – Updates to ILACS framework. See ‘Summary of framework changes’ for details.
Introduction to children’s homes – Revised guidance on applying to manage more than one children’s home.
Apply to be connected with a children’s social care service (SC2) – Clarified that responsible individuals only have to use this service when a new provider is applying to register with Ofsted. This is not a change in policy or law.
Inspection outcomes of children’s homes – Data published to cover the period 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.
Data on COVID-19 visits: social care providers – New transparency data uploaded for the period 1 September 2020 to 31 July 2021.

Further education and skills
Further education and skills inspection handbook – Updates to paragraphs 275 to 279 in the further education and skills inspection handbook. See ‘Summary of changes’ for details.

Early years and childcare
Early years inspection handbook – Updates to the early years inspection handbook. See ‘Summary of changes’ for details.
Ofsted EIF inspections and the early years foundation stage (EYFS) – Added information about how we prioritise early years inspections.
Reported coronavirus (COVID-19) notifications by registered early years and childcare settings – Added data for weeks beginning 12, 19 and 26 July and 2 August.
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 31 July 2021.
Joiners and leavers in the childcare sector – Published data on joiners and leavers in the childcare sector in July 2021.

 

Child Protection Framework Policy – September 2021

Dear Chair and Headteacher,

There is a new CP Framework Policy on Schools Web (September 2021).

buckinghamshire-council-framework-cp-policy-sept-2021

FAO DSL/Headteacher – Continium of Need Document; replacing theThreshold Document

Good afternoon everyone 

 As you will be aware, the Threshold Document has been due to be updated and we have been advised by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership that the attached document (Continuum of Need) has been developed and will replace the Threshold document as from 23rd March 2021. 

A3 – COFN incorporating the Threshold guidance – February 2021 – 5[21758]

 As with the Threshold document, the Continuum of Need document is to be used by professionals when gathering information/decision with regards to safeguarding/child protection concerns in your own settings.  You will be able to find further information on the BSCP website

https://www.buckssafeguarding.org.uk/childrenpartnership

 Kind regards

 Julia Goodes

Safeguarding Officer

Education Safeguarding Advisory Service

Children and Family Services

Buckinghamshire Council

 

Ofsted News issue 90 – May 2020

Welcome to the latest edition of OfstedNews

OfstedNews
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Issue 90 | May 2020

Sections
• Schools
• Children’s social care
• Further education and skills
• Early years and childcare

COVID-19 updates
Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update – This sets out our guidance and information relating to coronavirus for schools, early years, children’s social care and further education and skills providers. We are updating it regularly. If you need to see what we’ve added since you last checked it, you can select ‘history’ on the page and this lists all the updates.

Schools
Non-association independent schools inspections and outcomes: management information – Added management information as at 31 March 2020 and updated the release schedule following the suspension of routine inspections.
Unregistered schools: management information – Published management information from 1 January 2016 to 31 March 2020.
Ofsted Parent View: management information – Published management information as at 6 April 2020.

Children’s social care
Registering emergency children’s homes as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic: fast-track applications – Guide for local authorities and existing registered providers on fast-tracking their application to register children’s homes services.
Children’s social care health declaration form – Added a temporary social care health self-declaration form for use during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ofsted’s children’s social care blog: Foster Care Fortnight 2020 – extraordinary times need extraordinary people – Yvette Stanley, our National Director for Regulation and Social Care, blogs about the invaluable work of foster carers.
Register as a children’s social care provider or manager – Updated with three things: clarification around the registration process during the COVID-19 pandemic; information on how to register care and accommodation provided to a child as a result of a court order; and amendments to take account of our new online service.
Register as a provider of children’s services – Updated with two things: clarification around the registration process during the COVID-19 pandemic; and amendments to take account of our new online service.
Becoming and running a children’s social care service – This new page lists all our guidance in one place so that you can find out how to register as a children’s social care service in England, as well as what you need to update us about and how to do so.
Pay your children’s social care service invoice – Guidance amended to add that children’s social care services can now use this online service to pay invoices for renewing your annual registration and making changes to your service.
New social care forms – You should now access the following 3 forms through GOV.UK (links below) instead of through Ofsted Online (our former site that will soon be closing):

SC1 – apply to register a children’s social care service
SC2 – register if you’re connected with a children’s social care service
SC3 – report changes to your children’s social care service

These new forms are more user-friendly and better for accessing on mobile devices. There is no change to the regulations or guidance about what you need to tell us or what information we require from you. Please make sure that you replace any bookmarks you have to the old Ofsted Online site. If you need to use one of the 3 new forms, you can feed back on how you’ve found it at the end.

Further education and skills
No updates this month other than information in our COVID-19 rolling update relating to further education and skills.

Early years and childcare
Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare – Updated consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare as at 30 April 2020.

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The Ofsted Inspection Framework with Lee Selby HMI. 23rd March 2020

Dear Chairs of Governors and Clerks,

You may remember that last year, our regional HMI, Lee Selby, came to speak to colleagues regarding the implementation of the new Ofsted framework. This meeting was very well received by Head Teachers across the county.

Although Lee has significant pressures on his time, he has offered to return to Bucks next month to share thoughts on the new inspection framework and to take feedback from colleagues.

In order to maximise his time, we have agreed that he will run two hour long sessions 9am to 10am and 10.30am to 11.30am on the 23rd March at the Gateway in Aylesbury.

Please follow the links below to book your place:

9am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ofsted-inspection-framework-with-lee-selby-hmi-tickets-94125553063?utm_term=eventname_text

10.30am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ofsted-inspection-framework-with-lee-selby-hmi-tickets-94128698471?utm_term=eventname_text

Any problems registering contact Hazel David hdavid@buckscc.gov.uk