I can’t believe I’m writing the last bulletin before half term already!
Just a couple of quick updates this week. Firstly, as I have mentioned in previous bulletins, the SEND 2020 programme is now underway to improve outcomes for our children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
One of the workstreams within the programme is ‘reshaping the local offer’, which is focusing on commissioning and the local services Surrey currently offers. Part of this is developing more local education provision for children and young people with SEND. This will include supporting more children to be educated in mainstream settings, developing specialist and new special school provision and establishing new special schools through free school bids.
The free school programme is expected to run through to 2020 and the current government has committed to establishing 500 new free schools. The council is currently working with partners who have expressed an interest in bidding for special free schools and expect to submit one bid in March 2016 and at least one further bid in September 2016. We are also keen to discuss more opportunities for the future.
If you would like further information on the types of provision being proposed and to find out how to get involved in a workshop we will be holding please read the full article.
Secondly, many of you have been asking if there will be a new pay settlement for school staff on Surrey Pay and Reward in 2016-17 and if there will be any increase in pay from 1 April 2016.
There is a review of the pay and reward strategy currently underway in Surrey County Council. The first phase of this review will be implemented from 1 July 2016 but this first phase of the review does NOT apply to staff on Surrey Pay and Reward employed in schools. Schools staff will be included in a second phase of the review which will be developed during 2016-17 and implemented from April 2017.
As a result of this work, the council will publish a joint statement with trades unions covering proposals for pay review 2016-17 for staff in schools and for the first phase of the pay and reward strategy review for non-school staff. We expect to make an announcement about this later this month, around 22 February, which is aligned with the start of formal consultation on the pay and reward strategy review for non- school staff.
We will make sure you have the details of the pay review as soon as this is available. In the meantime should you have any queries, please do speak to your HR lead or Babcock HR consultant in the first instance.
Finally, you may have seen in the news that teacher shortages in England are growing and the Government has missed recruitment targets.
While the overall number of teachers has kept pace with rising pupil numbers, teacher shortages are growing, particularly in more deprived areas and at secondary level, according to the National Audit Office report. To add to that, analysis from the Trade Unions Congress also shows teachers are more likely to work unpaid overtime than staff in any other industry, with some working almost 13 extra hours per week.
The findings come after teachers gave a huge response to the Department for Education’s workload challenge, which resulted in the Government announcing teachers would no longer be subjected to major changes in Ofsted inspections or government policy during the academic year.
So with that in mind and as we approach the half term, I’d just like to thank you all for your continued hard work and wish you a pleasant and relaxing break next week.
Head of School Commissioning and Admissions
Bidding for special free schools
The SEND 2020 programme is developing more local education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
The SEND 2020 programme is working across education, health and care to improve outcomes for children and young people in Surrey. As part of this programme, we are developing more local education provision for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This will include supporting more children to be educated in mainstream settings, developing specialist centres, developing new special school provision and establishing new special schools through free school bids.
The free school programme is expected to run through to 2020 and the current Government has committed to establishing 500 new free schools. Bidding opportunities are typically in March and September of each year. We are currently working with partners who have expressed an interest and expect to submit one bid in March 2016. At least one further bid is expected in September 2016 and we are keen to discuss further opportunities for the future.
Our current analysis indicates the priority needs are for one Communication and Interaction Needs (COIN) and two Complex Social and Communication Needs (CSCN) special schools.
The bid expected in March 2016 is for COIN provision and is being led by The Howard Multi-Academy Trust with Limpsfield Grange Special School.
A further bid is under discussion, potentially for September 2016, with Pond Meadow and other special schools for CSCN provision and other initial expressions of interest are being explored.
We would like to invite you to a workshop to find out more about the national programme, forecast needs and developments in Surrey and future opportunities for potential bids. The workshop will be held from 2pm to 4pm on 26 April 2016 at Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SJ.
The workshop will include presentations from Julie Stockdale, Head of School Commissioning and Admissions, Beverley Clarke, Head of Additional and Special Educational Needs and Frank Offer, Head of Commissioning for Young People and SEND 2020 lead for developing Surrey's SEND local offer. There will be the opportunity for questions and discussions.
If you would like to attend the workshop, please email Lindsey Ellis to book your place. If you are unavailable to attend the workshop but would like to seek further information or explore opportunities, please do contact Frank Offer by email or call 0208 541 9507.
The best practice forum, organised by Active Surrey, is aimed at:
- PE subject leads (Key Stage 1 and 2)
- confederation/partnership managers.
Following headteacher keynotes from Gold School Games Mark School, delegates will have the opportunity to attend a variety of networking sessions including curriculum planning, gifted and talented children and assessing. Sessions will be led by PE professionals who demonstrate best practice in key areas, taken from their own school environment.
The best practice forum will take please on Wednesday 16 March 2016 at Leatherhead Leisure Centre. It will run from 12-4pm. This session is free for PE and School Sport (PESS) member schools and £60 for non-members.
For booking forms or further information on how to become a PESS member school visit the Active Surrey website.
A limited number of spaces are still available on the ‘Introduction to FFT Aspire’ sessions running in Guildford on 15 and 16 March 2016.
Surrey’s performance and knowledge management team will be running these sessions for colleagues with no or limited experience of Aspire, covering:
- how to access Aspire and its reports
- the self-evaluation, target-setting and student explorer dashboards
- how to use the information in Aspire effectively.
Bespoke sessions for infant, primary/junior and secondary schools will be running as follows:
Infant - Tuesday 15 March, 10am – 12pm
Secondary - Tuesday 15 March, 1pm – 3pm
Primary/Junior - Wednesday 16 March, 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm (two sessions available)
Sessions will be held at St Saviour's, Guildford and will cost £50 + VAT per delegate.
For more information or to book a place, please contact the PKM team.
Free environmental education for Surrey state primary schools now available.
Wastebuster is a non-profit environmental education programme, provided free to Surrey state primary schools by Surrey County Council. Wastebuster helps schools reduce waste, fundraise through recycling, explore waste in the curriculum and work towards Eco-Schools awards. Watch the Wastebuster promotional video for more information.
Eco-Schools have teamed up with The Pod to bring you a brand new national waste campaign taking place from 12-18 March 2012. Waste Week focuses on the waste associated with food eaten in school and was created to support the Eco-Schools waste topic. It is centred around the Pod’s great new waste activity; 'Lunchtime Crunchtime'.
Waste Week is a brilliant opportunity to encourage the whole school to learn about food waste, and think about how they can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill by re-using, recycling and composting.
Wastebuster’s spring term craft activities (focused on plastic bottle recycling) are an excellent way to engage children on the topic of reuse and recycling. There is also a Top Ten activities guide to help you navigate Wastebuster’s abundance of free resources.
If you have a key contact, such as an eco-coordinator, school council leader or science coordinator who would benefit from receiving Wastebuster’s information directly, please email Juliet with their contact details.
Follow Wastebuster on social media to help keep up-to-date with the latest resources, campaigns and school eco-news stories: Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.
Please note: you may need to use your school’s Wastebuster login to access some of the content above. For a login reminder please email wastebuster.
Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) is a term which has been rapidly rising in public awareness, not least through TV shows such as ‘Born Naughty’ and organisations such as the National Autistic Society.
What is PDA?
Perhaps the best way of thinking about PDA is as a way of describing a range of anxiety driven behaviours where the child or young person seeks to talk their way out of or avoid everyday seemingly reasonable requests, to an extent that this demand avoidant behaviour can become debilitating for the young person.
Surrey County Council has become aware that families have been receiving conflicting messages about diagnosis and support available for PDA. For this reason, the council organised a discussion group with Consultant Child Psychologist Phil Christie, from the Elizabeth Newsome Centre, a facility for the families of children with developmental communication disorders. A variety of different services and organisations were represented.
Coming out of the first meeting was a joint position statement which provides clarity about the recognition of PDA in Surrey:
“PDA does not appear as a separate diagnostic condition in nationally and internationally recognised diagnostic manuals such as DSM-V or ICD-10. For this reason, NHS professionals in Surrey do not make this separate diagnosis. However, we do recognise that this profile of behaviours exists within the autism spectrum and that often the children and young people respond better to a more flexible and non-confrontational set of personalised strategies.”
We all know work experience is an important part of a student’s development into the world of employment. The Health and Safety Executive has revised its guidance for work experience, with employers having primary responsibility for health and safety and managing significant risks. The HSE guidance is now available.
Schools retain the duty of care for the students they place throughout the delivery of their work experience programme. Organisers need to check the employer has risk management arrangements in place and make judgements about the suitability of the employer and indeed the student for that employer. All of these considerations and many more, like the student learning objectives and aspirations, feed into making the work experience as rewarding as it can be.
The strategic risk management team is now able to offer health and safety work experience employer checks, where you are considering a placement with an employer in occupational areas carrying a risk rating of medium or high.
The maximum fee for this check will be £36. The fee covers placements within Surrey’s local authority area. It may be possible to undertake checks out of area and these will be priced accordingly.
This offer is available to all Surrey maintained schools and academies, which purchase the services of the strategic risk management team from Surrey County Council.
For further information, please email Martin Robinson.
This is the second update for designated safeguarding leads from the education safeguarding team, Ian and Natalie. There will be an issue every term to share new guidance, advice, practice and resources to support your role in your school. You can download the PDF below:
Education safeguarding update - issue 2
Please get in touch if you have any questions about safeguarding in your school.
Download the following for more information on the relevant sections:
Engaging all parents
Half day workshops on engaging parents in their child's education are now available.
When parents are involved in their children's education children do better on a range of measures. Yet many schools struggle to engage parents, particularly those they most want to reach. It is known that we can’t do the best possible for a young person without support provided by parents - so what more can you as schools do to ensure that parents share responsibility for their children's progress and wellbeing?
This workshop will explore the barriers that prevent parental participation and suggest strategies for overcoming them. It will also discuss how school staff can be encouraged and supported in their efforts to engage parents. Clear, imaginative and powerful new ideas are needed to bring about genuine and sustainable change so that teachers and parents can work together in an effective partnership.
The session will be an interactive opportunity for participants to share ideas and learn from each other. New ideas for engaging parents will be discussed and delegates will hopefully leave with an action plan for building parent participation at their school.
This course will cost £120 which will include refreshments throughout the day. Places are limited so it is advised to book early. To book a place on this session please visit Eventbrite.
For more information or if you have any queries please contact Parent Councils by email or call 01225460640.
Specialised first aid course
Specialised first aid course for PE/sports coaching staff and Duke of Edinburgh leaders 2016 are now available.
Following the very successful initial course that ran last year for specialised first aid training for PE/sports coaching staff and Duke of Edinburgh leaders, the course is being repeated in October.
The course will cover :
- airway management
- dealing with the unconscious casualty
- concussion/serious head injuries
- spinal injuries/spinal immobilization
- soft tissue injuries (strains and sprains)
- dealing with potential fractures/dislocations
- cuts, bruises and abrasions
- recognising and treating shock
- environmental issues: dehydration, cramp, fainting, hyper/hypothermia
- when to call for help
- treatment of burns.
There is quite a lot to cover in one day so participants will need to already have a good understanding of first aid.
The course will be held at NASUWT Milestone House, Portsmouth Road, Send, GU23 7JZ on Wednesday 5 October 2016. It will run from 9.30am - 3pm.
The cost of training is £100 and will include refreshments and a sandwich lunch. If you are a Surrey maintained school, you can pay by journal.
If you would like to attend this course please complete the booking form attached with your cheque for £100 and return to:
Christine Nannozi Room 305, Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN.
Surrey Squash and Racketball Association (SSRA) would like to offer junior and primary schools in Surrey the opportunity to have free squash taster sessions.
The taster sessions will be held in your school hall during P.E. or games lessons.
Coach, Peter Crossman, is an England squash level three coach and has been coaching for over 13 years.
Peter has an inflatable squash court that he will bring to your school and he will set up three ‘stations’. One station is the inflatable court, the second station is for hand/eye co ordination and the third station is for racket skills.
With the Surrey Youth Games coming up in June and the various training sessions starting in April/May, this is the perfect time to introduce a new and exciting sport to your pupils.
Hopefully if one of your students enjoys the taster sessions, they may join a club and be ready to represent their borough at the games in June!
Why might schools and pupils be interested in squash?
- Squash is a great sport!
- Establish an after school club (either in school or at a local club).
- The sport isn't weather dependent.
- There are plenty of clubs and leisure centres in Surrey to join.
- You only need two players.
- Equipment is inexpensive (P.E. kit, indoor trainers and a racket).
- Surrey clubs offer lots of tournaments for juniors.
- SSRA clubs have structured junior coaching programmes.
- The current world ladies number one is England's Laura Massaro.
- Make new friends while having fun!
Please contact Lisa Pinggera for more information and to book your free squash session.
Nationally, the Government is conducting area based reviews of post-16 education and training institutions – whilst schools and sixth forms are not included, you have the opportunity to submit views on the opportunities available for young people in Surrey. Nationally the reviews are focused in particular on creating more financially stable and efficient colleges but also on improving collaboration across different types of institution.
The policy document can be found on the Gov.UK website.
Reviews are designed to deliver:
- Institutions which are financially viable, sustainable, resilient and efficient, and deliver maximum value for public investment.
- An offer that meets each area’s educational and economic needs.
- Providers with strong reputations and greater specialisation.
- Sufficient access to high quality and relevant education and training for all.
- Provision which reflects changes in government funding priorities and future demand.
The area review for Surrey will hold its first meeting in March 2016 and will result in recommended options by August 2016. A local steering group has been established to oversee and steer the review’s work, including analysis and consideration of options for change.
The steering group is composed of the following colleges:
- Brooklands College
- East Surrey College
- Esher College
- Godalming College
- Guildford College
- North East Surrey College
- Reigate College
- Strode’s College
- The College of Richard Collyer
- Woking College
They will be joined by representatives from the local authority and the local enterprise partnership, the further education commissioner, the sixth form colleges commissioner and the funding agencies. The regional schools commissioner will work jointly with the local authority to ensure that the schools’ perspective is reflected in the discussions.
This is an important opportunity to shape further education provision for learners and employers in Surrey and to ensure clear, high quality professional and technical routes to employment, alongside robust academic routes, and better responsiveness to local employer needs delivered by strong, high status, and where relevant specialist, institutions.
We are particularly interested in how young people progress through the system from one provider to another, the effectiveness of those progression routes, and how they align with local economic need.
While the focus of area reviews is on college-based provision, the challenges facing the post-16 sector apply across the board and we need all providers to engage proactively with the review.
Your views are therefore invaluable, particularly in relation to the following questions, together with any supporting data or information you wish to share with the review team:
- What are the strengths of post-16 provision in your area? How can those strengths be capitalised on further?
- What are the weaknesses of post-16 provision and how should they be addressed?
- Are progression routes to both academic and the full range of vocational provision post-16 clear to your students? If not, how could they be improved?
- Is there sufficient breadth and quality in the post-16 offer to young people in your local area?
- Do you have collaborative links to local colleges? How could these be improved, for the benefit of young people?
- Any ideas for the improvement of provision in your local area eg consolidation or further specialisation?
- Do you believe that local school sixth form provision is sustainable in your area?
- Any other comments you wish to make on the review?
Please send these to the area review, with the title “Surrey area review” by Friday 26 February 2016.
Please could you copy your response to Frank Offer who is the Surrey County Council representative on the Surrey Area Review Steering Group.
Detailed guidance on the area reviews is also available.
Children’s fantasy and adventure author Debi Evans has offered to visit Key Stage 2 pupils for a free presentation to inspire creative writing and encourage children to read books.
Debi Evans is Co-Author of 'The Secret Society of Dragon Protectors' and author of 'The Secret Adventures of Rolo'.
Inspirational school visits are offered for Key Stage 2 children to promote reading and encourage creative writing. Children enjoy the experience of meeting a real author in school as it encourages them to read and enhances individual writing skills.
Debi’s presentation introduces the books and what inspired her to become an author. Afterwards questions are invited from pupils to discuss ideas about writing their own stories.
For more information please visit the Debi Evans website or contact her by email.