Another busy week draws to a close. I’d like to start by saying congratulations to our oldest and longest serving Monarch (for royalists amongst us).
Primary places were offered this week with 82.4% of Surrey pupils being offered their first preference. This is down slightly on last year’s 83.1%, but once again demand for places has increased. We are very grateful to all the schools who have helped us to meet the increasing demand this year. See Surrey News for more information on September 2016 allocations.
In the world of special educational needs and disability (SEND) we are progressing with our preparation for the possibility of a local area inspection in early May. We will be approaching some schools to request their attendance at our inspection focus groups, but inspectors can still request to come and visit any school in Surrey, so I would be really grateful if you could be as accommodating as possible. If you are part of a focus group or meeting with inspectors, we will provide you with a full inspection briefing pack as early as we can so you know exactly what to expect. In the meantime please read the article inspection preparation and I will keep you updated on any developments in future bulletins.
I also met with Ofsted earlier in the week to review outcomes for pupils in our schools, which was a well received message around strong universal outcomes. We acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our school staff and Governors for this achievement. Some challenges were of course put back to us with regard to narrowing the attainment gap for disadvantaged pupils and I gave reassurances that it remains a high priority focus for us as an local authority too.
Finally, good luck to any members of staff running the London marathon this weekend.
Head of School Commissioning and Acting Assistant Director for Schools and Learning.
Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have announced that their new round of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) local area inspections will begin in May 2016. Eight local areas will be inspected from May to July 2016, one of which will be in the south-east region.
Below is some useful information for inspection preparation. Only some schools will be visited and if you are chosen we will make sure you have a full briefing pack. However, the below may be useful just to give you an overview of the SEND story and the key lines of enquiry the inspectors will be focusing on.
1. Things to keep in mind during the inspection
- The joint Ofsted and CQC inspection is an excellent opportunity to test whether we are on track with our development plan.
- We need to demonstrate that we understand SEND needs in our area and are clear about our strengths and weaknesses in meeting those needs.
- We need to demonstrate what we are doing to improve outcomes for children and young people (our development plan).
- We are working with our partners as one team (health, education, social care) to support children and young people with SEND.
2. Challenges we’re facing
- Funding is reducing significantly.
- There are more responsibilities and pressures as a result of legislative changes (Children and Families Act 2014).
- Growing levels of need – for example there is a 50% increase in cases of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) since 2009.
3. What are we doing to meet the challenges and improve services?
Our development plan, launched in March 2016, identifies the important issues and the steps required to develop new SEND services to improve educational and employment opportunities.
4. What will the inspection focus on?
The Ofsted and CQC inspectors will focus on the following key lines of enquiry:
- How effectively we identify the needs of children and young people.
- How effectively we meet their needs.
- How effectively our local offer improves outcomes and preparation for adulthood of our children and young people with SEND.
5. What does good implementation look like?
As we improve SEND services through implementing our development plan, it is important that:
- focusing on those with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) is not at the expense of others who need support but are not on a plan
- early intervention and support can prevent the need for an EHCP later
- our local offer is accessible and well understood
- we know whether our provision is improving outcomes for children and young people
- we must agree aspirational, yet realistic, targets for young people and monitor their progress towards achieving them
- setting goals or targets must involve children and young people and their parents and carers.
6. Next steps
We will be sending further updates and briefings in the coming weeks. If you have any queries please contact us:
LinkedIn: follow the SEND 2020 page.
The school admissions team has released the school term and holiday dates for 2017/2018.
Please download the PDFs for the full list of dates:
Consultation report on school term and holiday dates
School term and holiday dates 2017/2018
Physical and Sensory Support Service
Surrey’s Physical and Sensory Support service is reviewing and refreshing its vision and would like your feedback on how the service is working for you and your pupils.
As part of Surrey’s SEND 2020 programme, Surrey’s Physical and Sensory Support Service is reviewing and refreshing its vision, making sure it responds to all national and local drivers as well as listening clearly to the voice of stakeholders.
To help with this, the service would value your feedback on how it's working for you. You can give your feedback by:
- completing the online survey
- attending one of the three consultation events.
Details for the events are in the process of being finalised, and will be publicised shortly. Please email any thoughts about what PSS does well and what it can do better to Pamela Todd.
Please do share this with anyone you feel may wish to contribute.
In June and July the results of the consultation will be drawn up, alongside existing information from service evaluations and last academic year's Hearing impairment review. A response will then be shared with all residents and stakeholders in September 2016.
Although it is not a requirement to have trained fire marshalls, a number of schools have requested this training. Our Fire Safety Advisor, Martin Robinson, will be running two fire marshall training courses.
The first training course will take place on Wednesday 15 June 2015 from 9.30am - 12.30pm. It will be held at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN.
The second course will be on Friday 14 October 2015 from 1pm - 4pm. It will be held at Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsoworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.
The course will cover:
- the role of a fire marshall
- action on discovering a fire
- fire safety legislation
- the chemistry of fire
- common causes of fire
- fire safety precautions
- fire drills and evacuation
- knowing the limitations of the uses of fire extinguisher.
The course will give a good understanding of how to prevent a fire from occurring and a clear knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a fire marshall. It will also equip you with the knowledge of what to do in the event of a fire.
The training will cost £75.
If you would like to attend the fire marshall training course please complete the attached booking form and return to Christine Nannozi, Room 305, Surrey County Council, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2DN with your cheque. If you are a Surrey maintained school, you can pay by Journal.
There was fantastic news for PE and school sport in the March budget. The treasury statement outlined that the dedicated PE and school sport premium funding will be doubled from £160m to £320m a year from September 2017.
To enable Active Surrey and partners to continue to provide targeted support to schools, we would be grateful if you could complete a short audit to help identify your needs, including teachers training requirements for 2016-17.
Over 150 schools completed the audit last year and said they found it very useful as an internal exercise to track and demonstrate the impact of the primary premium funding.
The audit will enable Active Surrey to:
- assess the delivery and impact of the Primary PE and sport premium
- identify any gaps or demands for future provision and support, including teacher training needs
- contribute valuable information to national Government partners to encourage continued PE and sport premium funding
- inform the development of services and a sustainable strategy for PE and school sport in Surrey.
The audit needs to be completed by a headteacher, with input from the PE subject lead. It will take approximately 20-25 minutes. Please can you complete this no later than Wednesday 18 May 2016.
To complete the audit please fill out the short survey.
For more information or to access a PDF copy of the audit, please contact Wendy Newton.
The Healthy Children’s Centre Programme (HCCP) supports children’s centre staff and health professionals to work together to provide high quality services to support young children and their families’ health and wellbeing.
Achieving Healthy Children’s Centre status recognises a children’s centre’s ability to support a wide range of health topics through collaborative working between a range of professionals.
Children’s centres working within the programme audit their provision according to the Healthy Children’s Centre health standards. This helps to identify gaps in provision and good practice.
We have just completed a very successful pilot of the programme which involved Woking, Dovers Green, Loseley Fields and Riverview Children’s Centres. All these centres have now achieved their Healthy Children Centre status and have been presented with their award.
To find out more about the programme Children Centre Managers are invited to attend one of the following information days:
The Healthy Children Centre information days are:
Date: Monday 16th May
Time: 12:00 - 1.30pm
Venue: Hurst Green Children's Centre, Wolfs Wood, Hurst Green, Surrey, RH8 0HJ, UK
Date: Monday 23rd May
Venue: Quadrant Court, 35 Guildford Road, Woking, GU22 7QQ
For more information please contact Kate Crockatt.
This year, the Golden Boot Challenge, which encourages schools to use sustainable travel, runs between Monday 6 June - Friday 1 July 2016.
The baseline day is 20 May and the idea of that day is to record the usual way that children travel to school; these figures will then be compared with how children travel during the challenge.
The challenge is a well-established event across Surrey and last year 250 schools participated. It gives pupils a great opportunity to try out ‘green’ travel and to become more aware of the travel choices available to them. Classes will compete against each other to win the coveted golden boot trophy!
Please look out for more information, which will follow in this bulletin and by letter.
For any enquires please contact Luke Forshaw.
Surrey County Council is giving away a limited number of free compost bins to schools during 2016. One compost bin will be assigned per school, and due to limited stock, the bins will be available on a first come first served basis.
To apply for a bin email Affiliates with the email subject: Surrey school free compost bin offer. Please include your school address in the email and a contact name.
Compost bin details:
- Height: 1000mm
- Diameter: 800mm
- Volume: 330 litres
- Colour: Black
If you have any queries relating to the compost bin offer please email Recycle for Surrey. Please note the application email address is for placing an order only.
Composting teaching resources are also available on the Wastebuster website.
Do any of your students love baking and fancy putting their skills to the test? Can they make the most mouth-watering shortbread; are they potty about pies or simply bonkers about bread?
CBBC is looking for junior bakers aged between 9 -12 years across the country to take part in the new Junior Bake Off!
To take part in this, all applications need to be sent in before midnight on Sunday 1st May 2016. The Junior Bake Off will be held in the period between 1 July 2016 - 1 September 2016.
To download an application form for your student please visit the BBC wesbite.
If you have any questions, please email CBBC.
The latest newsletter from the Surrey Safeguarding Children Board.
The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) has now published its spring 2016 newsletter.
If you would like to be added to the distribution list please email Caroline Holmes.
Visit the SSCB website, where you can find the latest guidance for professionals, previous newsletters and current serious case review reports and statements from the independent chair.
The highly successful ‘TaMHS (targeted mental health in schools) approach’ addresses and promotes positive mental health in Surrey and enables schools to access free assistance in order to help meet the needs of local communities.
Maintained and academy schools in Surrey can access:
- Three hour training sessions for a whole staff group – focusing on core mental health awareness (can be delivered as 2 x 1½ hour sessions).
- One and a half hour whole staff session focusing on attachment (a basis for emotional and cognitive development which can shape the ability to form stable and supportive relationships throughout life).
- Quadrant based TaMHS Network meetings – (autumn and spring terms). The next round of meetings take place in November 2016 and focus on domestic abuse and the effects upon families, children and young people.
- Telephone support – through the advisory line.
- The CAMHS website.
- The CAMHS newsletter (accessed via the ‘newsletter’ tab).
Overarchingly the TaMHS Approach leads to the development of closer relationships between schools and their primary mental health worker.
For more information please see the attached flyer.
To acces core mental health and attachement training or the network meetings please contact Susan Skinner, TaMHS Administrative Support Officer, or Sarah Lyles, TaMHS Project Delivery Lead.
Surrey County Council has a statutory requirement to ensure that all students in Year 11 have had an offer of education or training post 16, normally referred to as the September guarantee.
In recent years we have achieved this through the annual 'What Next' forms and school support to get these completed. Increasingly, feedback from schools was that this was becoming an onerous exercise and repeating something that schools had already done.
Acting on this feedback we will approach schools for the information they have on what their Year 11 students intend to do post Year 11 in a format that does not require duplication.
Schools will be approached over the next two weeks requesting this information either by email or direct through the Youth Support Service education leads.
As ever we are extremely grateful to schools for their support with this important piece of work.
For any queries or additional information please contact Mike Williams.