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Target setting all Key Stages

Schools and Academies will be aware that target setting is no longer a statutory requirement for schools and Local Authorities. However the Schools White Paper states that the DfE " support the idea that good schools set themselves targets, identify the strengths and weaknesses that might either help or hinder them to achieve those targets, and come up with a plan for succeeding ". Schools may also wish to note that Ofsted's latest inspection handbook states that when arriving at judgements…

Teachers’ pay

Applies to Maintained Schools Background Revised arrangements for the appointment of headteachers and calculating leadership group pay came into force with effect from September 2014. Approval Governing board Review frequency Annually and to be kept up to date to take into account any legal changes, or changes in the staffing structure, which have an impact on discretionary pay decisions. Local guidance SchoolsWeb HR Zone, Pay and Teachers Pay

Teaching Workshop

Description Led by Marc Rowland the focus was ‘Using evidence to address educational disadvantage’ and how to plan, implement and evaluate an evidence based strategy for addressing educational disadvantage. This was an interactive workshop with key points of discussion at several intervals. Attendees were asked to bring their draft/ current Pupil Premium strategy for discussion. It was a practical session to inform thinking for the year ahead. Resources Teaching Workshop Presenta…

Teaching, teacher development, intervention & wider approaches

Thank you to those that were able to attend the workshop on Monday 31 st January, Ensuring our Disadvantaged Pupils are Included. Below are the recording and Marc Rowland’s presentation. https://youtu.be/Vc1uNXCja74 Session 3 From mitigation to success, Improving outcomes for disadvantaged learners - Marc Rowland

Technician training

For information on future courses please contact Mandy Quinton, SLP Hub Lead Quintona780@stclementdanes.herts.sch.uk or Paula Moore moorep378@stclementdanes.herts.sch.uk

Termly SEND Leadership Briefing - Aylesbury

The Aylesbury area team will be holding termly SEND Network Sessions. The sessions will comprise of information sharing and training followed by a Q&A forum. This briefing is to provide iSEND updates and disseminate new information for example: New/updated paperwork Updates on staffing Updates on case law Question and answers regarding current issues pertinent to the role of SENDCo External professionals to share information such as School Nursing Teams, Family Resilienc…

Termly SEND Leadership Briefing - Chiltern and South Bucks

This briefing is to provide iSEND updates and disseminate new information for example: New/updated paperwork Updates on staffing Updates on case law Question and answers regarding current issues pertinent to the role of SENDCo External professionals to share information such as School Nursing Teams, Family Resilience, expert speakers Upcoming dates Tuesday 31 October 2023, 1:30pm to 2:30pm Tuesday 20 February 2024, 1:30pm to 2:30pm Tuesday 14 May 2024, 1:30pm…

Termly SEND Leadership Briefing - Wycombe

The Wycombe area team will be holding termly SEND Network Sessions. The sessions will comprise of information sharing and training followed by a Q&A forum. This briefing is to provide iSEND updates and disseminate new information for example: New/updated paperwork Updates on staffing Updates on case law Question and answers regarding current issues pertinent to the role of SENDCo External professionals to share information such as School Nursing Teams, Family Resilience,…

Terms of reference

Background The Governing board must determine the constitution, membership and terms of reference of any committee they decide to establish and review them annually. View the legislation (via legislation.gov)

The BASL Board

The Academy is led by a board of headteachers and other strategic partners. Members of the BASL board are elected at the annual conference, with all Buckinghamshire headteachers eligible to stand for election. Terms of Reference can be seen here Who is currently on the BASL Board? The BASL Board comprises Headteachers from Buckinghamshire maintained schools and academies and representatives from our strategic partners Buckinghamshire Council. ​All members of the BASL Board are on hand…

The Aylesbury team

The Buckinghamshire iSEND team consists of teams of professionals including Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, Education, Health and Care Coordinators (EHCCos), SEND Inclusion Advisors and other specialised professionals. These individuals work collaboratively to assess, plan, implement and review, personalized support for children and young people with SEND. The primary role of the iSEND Service is to ensure that children and young people with SEND, at a SEN Support level or th…

The Buckinghamshire Challenge Handbook

Addressing Disadvantage in Buckinghamshire The Buckinghamshire Challenge has been a collaborative three-year programme, led by Marc Rowland of Unity Research School and governed by The Buckinghamshire Challenge Board, to collectively upskill schools in the latest research and understanding and to support schools to undertake the cultural changes that will make the biggest differences to all pupils, but especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. We hope that you are inspired by…

The Countywide Team

The iSEND Countywide Team consists of Specialist Teachers from the Sensory and Physical Teams (Vision Impairment, Hearing Support, Multi sensory Impairment, Physical Disabilities) and the ICT Facilitator. General enquiries For general queries please contact: General enquiries: sts@buckinghamshire.gov.uk Specialist teachers More about specialist teachers, what we offer and how to make a referral Senior Specialist Teacher Lead - Hearing Support and Multi Sensory Impairment (coun…

The Right People

Governor Recruitment When recruiting new governors, it is vital to ensure that prospective governors have the skills to contribute to effective governance and the success of the school as well as to promote community cohesion and equality. Furthermore, governing boards should aim to ensure that school governors reflect the diversity of their communities and are sensitive to the needs of the various communities their school may serve. All state-funded educational institutions in England th…

The Wycombe team

The Buckinghamshire iSEND team consists of teams of professionals including Educational Psychologists, Specialist Teachers, Education, Health and Care Coordinators (EHCCos), SEND Inclusion Advisors and other specialised professionals. These individuals work collaboratively to assess, plan, implement and review, personalized support for children and young people with SEND. The primary role of the iSEND Service is to ensure that children and young people with SEND, at a SEN Support level or th…

Therapies

Bucks Children and Young People’s Integrated Therapies Service The Integrated Therapy Service in Buckinghamshire is provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Our service offers Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. We see children and young people from birth to age 19 who live in Buckinghamshire or have a Buckinghamshire GP. We offer information, training, advice, assessment and ongoing therapy as appropriate. Our services are delivered in a range…

Tiered approach

The Integrated SEND Service is aimed at supporting settings when their own resources have been utilised, but where difficulties remain so that they can successfully include children and young people who have SEND. This includes those who may or may not have or require an education, health and care plan (EHCP). The tiered approach encompasses work around the most vulnerable children and young people, based on their individual needs. When considering involvement through the tiered approach,…

Toolkits and policies

Recruitment of ex-offenders All employers must treat Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check applicants who have a criminal record fairly and should not discriminate because of a conviction or other information revealed. Sample policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders DOCX, 70.5KB Safer recruitment training Keeping Children Safe in Education 2023 states that: The School Staffing (England) Regulations 200956 and the Education (Pupil Referral Units) (Application of Enactment…

Top tips for SENDCos

Working with families is a key part of the SENDCo role and positive engagement to collaboratively understand and support their child’s needs is imperative to successful outcomes. The top tips have been put together by SENDCo’s for SENDCo’s (and other school staff) to remind you of key points which engender positive working relationships with families at the earliest stage, keeping the child at the centre. Be prepared for discussions with families Before you meet with parents, try to…

Training and Events

On these pages you will find courses for your staff and Governors. Many of our courses remain online. Assessments In order to support schools in making assessments, Buckinghamshire LA are offering a number of assessment events so that teachers can feel confident in identifying gaps in learning and that the judgements they are making are in line with other schools in the Local Authority. For more information and details on dates and how to book go to the Statutory Assessment and Mode…

Transition planning in key stage 2 and key stage 4 for children with social workers

This course will explore some of the specific challenges faced by vulnerable children and young people at key transitions points in their education. It will look at how best to support this process in the primary and secondary phase. Outcome: Gain an understanding of the specific challenges faced by vulnerable children and young people at times of transition. Identify what additional support vulnerable children and young people are likely to need to manage the transition from primar…

Transitions Forms for September 2022

This page contains the transition forms developed to support schools to transfer information about pupils starting in year 3 or year 7 in September 2022. Please complete the forms by 27 May 2022. Each form contains detailed notes to assist the school with completion. Frequently asked questions Video Guide If you need any help then please contact Debbie Munday at debbie.munday@buckinghamshire.gov.uk in the first instance. Year 6 to Year 7 Buckinghamshire Transition Form Y…

Trauma webinars

Louise Bomber is a Strategic Attachment Lead Teacher and Therapist. These three webinars are packed with practical strategies to reduce the trauma experienced by young people (and ourselves) during the current crisis and beyond. Stage 1: Our Trauma Reduction Strategy This webinar looks at what exactly trauma is and what we can do for ourselves and our pupils at this time to ensure we emerge well in our bodies and minds Stage 2: Re-Entry to School Stage 2 looks at how we tra…

Types of DBS check

There are four different types of DBS check and each type of check provides a different level of information. Information Basic Standard Enhanced Enhanced for Regulated Activity Unspent convictions Yes Yes Yes Yes Spent Convictions* No Yes Yes Yes Cautions, Reprimands or Warnings* No Yes Yes Yes Other relevant ‘soft’ information held by police forces…

Types of Governor

All Governing boards should have re-constituted under the 2012 Constitution Regulations or 2012 Federations Regulations, by 1 September 2015. Governing boards of maintained schools must have no fewer than seven Governors. The term of office for all types of Governor is four years but the Governing board can decide a shorter term of office for one or more categories of Governor. Parent Governors Parents, including carers, of registered pupils at the school are eligible to st…

Types of School

Types of School State schools receive their funding either through their Local Authority (maintained schools), or direct from the government (academies). There are a number of different types of state schools, and also a number of different ways in which schools can collaborate together. Local Authority (LA) Maintained Schools receive their funding through the local authority (e.g. Buckinghamshire Council) after a percentage has been taken by the LA for school services (such as Special…

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