This is an important update on changes to our children’s services, including information on new arrangements for safeguarding children in Surrey and the implementation of a new Child Protection Consultation Line for Schools. Please share the following information and amend your policies and procedures accordingly. If you have any questions or queries then please email: email@example.com
Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA)
Surrey County Council is on a journey toward delivering outstanding children’s services and, as part of this, our approach to safeguarding is changing. Close working with our partners is a key part of the improvements we are seeking to achieve, and we have made changes to our internal structure to better facilitate this.
Our approach is rooted in early engagement with families, tackling the causes of children being in need or at risk. We are committed to children and their families receiving the right help at the right time.
To make this a reality, the MASH model has been replaced with a new set of ‘front door’ arrangements, which are intended to ensure the council has preventative and early help services in place to assist at the earliest possible moment in a child’s life. This is now called the Single Point of Access (SPA).
The Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA) is the umbrella term for this ‘front door’. The SPA is the conduit for access to services at levels 2, 3 and 4 of Effective Family Resilience. It also provides direct information, advice and guidance to residents and people who work with children in Surrey about where and how to find the appropriate support for families.
However, we want to reassure you that there is no change to how you contact us, so please continue to use the same contact details, which are included below and in the information sheet available here.
Child Protection Consultation Line for Schools and Early Years Settings
In response to recent discussions with schools about how we could strengthen support for referrals, we have implemented a new Child Protection Consultation Line for Schools and Early Years Settings.
The aim of the Child Protection Consultation Line is to help direct Schools and Early Years Settings to the most appropriate service that can meet the child and family’s needs, and to ensure that requests for support and safeguarding are getting to the right place, at the right time.
If you are unsure that a child or family warrants a child protection referral and would like to discuss your concerns, please contact the Child Protection Consultation Line before completing the Request for support form. This will enable families to receive the most appropriate support in a timely manner.
The Consultation line staff will give advice only. If they advise a referral, they will record this on the child’s record and the referrer’s call will be forwarded to the Contact Centre. If they advise Early Help support, they will note the same on the child’s record and forward to Early Help Services. The referrer should note on the referral form, that a consultation has taken place with the Consultation Line and that they were advised to make a child protection referral or a request for support referral. This will enable the appropriate support to be given to the child and family in a timely manner.
The Consultation Line will be open to all schools in the County, including Independent Schools and Early Years Settings. There will be an expectation that you continue to consult the Effective Family Resilience Guidance, Surrey Child Protection Procedures and your designated safeguarding lead.
The Consultation Line can be reached by calling the Single Point of Access on 0300 470 9100 and selecting the consultation line option. The Consultation Line is available 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Contact details (Click here for a printable information sheet).
To find the appropriate support for children and their families in Surrey contact Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access (SPA).
The way to contact the SPA has not changed:
• Phone: 0300 470 9100
• Out of hours phone: 01483 517898 to speak to our emergency duty team.
• Email: For concerns for a child or young person email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emails are dealt with during normal office hours
Child Protection Consultation Line for Schools and Early Years Settings
• Phone: 0300 470 9100
- Select the consultation line option
• Availability: Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm
The success of our new model is based on having strong relationships with families and we have to start this relationship in an open and transparent way. We are asking for everyone who seeks support for a family via the SPA to have express consent from the parents (or 'Fraser competent' young person) when submitting that request. There will be some exceptional circumstances where to speak to the parents would likely cause harm to the child and we would not expect consent to be sought.
Learning at Work Week 2019
Book your place now
To celebrate the ‘Campaign for Learning’ annual ‘Learning at Work Week’, the Surrey Children’s Service Academy has organised events 13–16 May 2019.
This year’s ‘Learning at Work Week’ theme is ‘Shaping the Future’. Partners Care Knowledge and Research in Practice will be delivering interactive sessions across the four days (Monday 13 – Thursday 16 May 2019). Not only will it be an opportunity to learn about building resilience and online practice communities, it will also be an opportunity for colleagues to sign up to the resources on offer, networking over a light lunch and meet members of the Surrey Children’s Service Academy.
View full details of the interactive sessions on the Learning at Work Week 2019 flyer.
Please book your place as soon as possible, by clicking on your preferred Session link and following the Eventbrite booking instructions.
For further information or any queries please email: email@example.com
Before and After school provision
Using an external provider advice for school leaders
Important information for schools setting up out of school provision, ensuring that the provider is compliant with Ofsted registration requirements.
When schools are setting up out of school provision (before and after school clubs and holiday schemes) and considering the use of an external provider to deliver school leaders must ensure that the provider is compliant with Ofsted registration requirements.
The Early Years and the Childcare Register has a voluntary and compulsory register for providers.
Providers can register on one or both register but this will depend on the age of the children who attend the provision. Most childcare providers looking after children under the age of 8 must register with Ofsted although in some circumstances there are exemptions from registration.
The exemptions are:
The provider looks after each child for under 2 hours a day, even if the provision is open longer than 2 hours. However if the provider is providing before and after school care for less than 2 hours per day they can chose to register on the voluntary part of the childcare register.
The provider operates a school providing education or care for children aged 2 and over, as long as at least one of those children is a pupil at the school.
The provider is a tutor, coaching or club that provides no more than 2 of the following activities: school study support or homework support, sports, performing arts, arts and crafts, religious, cultural or language studies. In these circumstance the provider cannot look after children under the age of 5 for longer than 4 hours a day. The activity provided must be specific coaching or teaching to help children improve their skills in this area rather than providing childcare for parents.
Surrey County Council strongly recommends that schools undertake due diligence activity to ensure that providers are compliant with regulations and that providers undertake voluntary registration where it is applicable/allowed, this requirement ensures providers adhere to standards and external scrutiny.
There is further information available via the below website:
Full information regarding how and when to register with Ofsted as a childcare provider can be found here:
For further information please contact the Early Education and Childcare Team via the email addresses below:
North West: firstname.lastname@example.org
North East: email@example.com
South West: firstname.lastname@example.org
South East: email@example.com
To: Headteachers of all Surrey schools.
You may recall that the Admissions team wrote to you by email on 13 March 2019 asking for your views on two options for the proposed School Term and Holiday Dates for 2020/2021. Thank you to everyone who responded.
After consideration of the responses and the various arguments put forward by schools to the consultation, it has been agreed to confirm Option 2 as the term dates for 2020/21 for Surrey’s community and voluntary controlled schools.
Please see full term dates for 2020/21.
These dates add up to 195 days, within which those schools must arrange their five INSET days.
The two options that we consulted schools on were very similar, with the only differences being the September 2020 start date and the July 2021 finish date, as follows:
Start date of Wed 02 Sept 2020 [end of summer term 2020 is Wed 22 Jul 2020]
End date of Thurs 22 Jul 2021
Autumn term: 38 days, then 35 days; summer term: 29 days, then 34 days.
Start date of Tues 01 Sept 2020
End date of Wed 21 Jul 2021
Autumn term: 39 days, then 35 days; summer term: 29 days, then 33 days.
Option 1 allowed for a full six weeks of summer holiday in 2020 and had a day inbetween the August bank holiday (Monday 31 August) and the start of term. However, option 2 allowed more easily for two INSET days at the start of September, which we know some schools like to have, as that would enable a Thursday start for pupils. It also had an earlier finish in July.
The responses from schools were overwhelmingly in favour of Option 2, with most schools that preferred that option stating that they planned to have two INSET days in early September. Other reasons for preferring option 2 were linked to an earlier finish in July, which some schools felt would benefit pupil attendance, as well as commonality with the majority of neighbouring local authorities.
Prior to our consultation with schools, colleagues on the Teachers’ Joint Council (TJC) were consulted. The TJC did not express either a strong preference for, or an objection to, either option.
We would like to remind all community and voluntary controlled schools that they must now confirm their term dates for 2020/21 in line with the dates attached. Section 32 of the Education Act 2002 states that: “...the local authority shall determine the dates when the school terms and holidays are to begin and end”.
We would also like to commend the attached dates to all academies and foundation, trust and voluntary aided schools, since it is in the best interests of staff, children and parents if there can be as much uniformity with term dates as possible.
Summary of responses
We received 144 responses from schools, as follows:
Option 1 preference: 38 schools (26 %)
Option 2 preference: 103 schools (72 %)
Did not prefer either option: 3 schools (2 %)
A breakdown by phase is as follows:
Option 1 preference: 3 schools
Option 2 preference: 19 schools
Did not prefer either option: 1 school
Option 1 preference: 33 schools
Option 2 preference: 78 schools
Did not prefer either option: 2 schools
Option 1 preference: 2 schools
Option 2 preference: 6 schools
Did not prefer either option: 0 schools
A breakdown by admission authority is as follows:
Community and voluntary controlled schools
Option 1 preference: 15 schools
Option 2 preference: 38 schools
Did not prefer either option: 0 schools
Own admission authority schools
Option 1 preference: 23 schools
Option 2 preference: 65 schools
Did not prefer either option: 3 schools
If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, pleasae contact: Janet Carless, Operations Manager for Admissions and Transport.
Telephone number: 01483 519373
Teachers’ pay grant funding for 2019/20
A message from the Children, Schools and Families Finance Team
The Education and Skills Funding Agency have published the teachers’ pay grant allocations for schools for the financial year.
On 25 April, the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) published the teachers’ pay grant (TPG) allocations for individual schools for the financial year 2019/20. ESFA has asked that the information below is drawn to the attention of individual maintained schools (and special academies).
The allocations can be found on gov uk using the links below
The supporting information document on gov.uk sets out the data used in the grant calculations.
ESFA has also updated the 2018/2019 financial year allocations for new schools, and for those that have added an additional year group between October 2017 and October 2018 (Please note that this only applies to schools which have opened in the last seven years).
Further information on the methodology for the TPG is available:
The rates per pupil for primary schools for 2019/20 have been updated to take account of the double counting of 4 year olds that was identified and communicated by the ESFA last autumn. All other rates are as published in October 2018. The October 2018 census has been used for 5 to 16 year olds in mainstream schools, the January 2019 census for 2 to 4 year olds in schools, and the pupil numbers as set out in the 2018 to 2019 academic year allocations for post-16 students. The LA must pass on the published allocations to individual mainstream schools, and will aim to include those allocations in schools’ April 2019 budget tabulations. Mainstream academies will be paid directly by the ESFA.
For special schools (including special academies) and pupil referral units, ESFA will fund Surrey using the place numbers in the published section 251 budget data for 2018/2019, and the published high needs place numbers for academies for 2018 to 2019. The basis of allocation to these schools may be varied locally . Surrey will consult special schools, special academies and pupil referral units shortly on the basis of allocation.
Get close up on compost with Busta and Pong
Summer’s nearly here and it’s time to get composting at school with Wastebuster.
Close up on compost assembly with Busta and Pong
Have your pupils been getting busy in your school garden to get ready for the growing season? It’s a great time to get them thinking about how being wastebusters can also help to support wildlife. How many of them have a compost heap or bin at home?
Watch the wastebuster short film, Busta and Pong investigate composting, to find out all about composting, how organic matter likes damp, heat and dark and that only uncooked food should go into a normal household composter. Remind pupils that composting food is not only a great way to stop food waste from going in the rubbish bin, but it can also become a home and a source of food for our wildlife.
A composter can be a home to a multitude of creatures including earthworms, ants, beetles, earwigs, flatworms, flies, millipedes, slugs, snails, spiders, woodlice and many more. Frogs, toads, newts, slow worms may even make a composter their temporary home.
Free compost bins are available for all schools in Surrey. To apply for one, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Surrey school free compost bin offer’. More details can be found on the Surrey Environment Partnership website.
Has your school got a compost bin?
Task your eco-team with starting a school compost bin. If your school already has one, perhaps they could do a creature report and update the whole school on what wildlife is living in the compost. They could also start a campaign to encourage break time food waste like apple cores, orange peel and banana skins to be collected for the school compost bin.
Look out for the new plastic challenge – coming soon!
The new plastic challenge, for this year, will be will be launched very soon and will have prizes for both schools and households in Surrey. It will be a great way to get your whole school and parents involved and inspiring everyone to recycle more and recycle right.
20-24 May - Walk to School Week
30 May - Water a Flower Day
5 June - World Environment Day
8 June - World Oceans Day
15 June - Global Wind Day
Stay in touch
Follow Wastebuster on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for updates on our latest resources, campaigns and school eco-news.
Recommend a colleague
Email your school name and a colleague’s contact details to email@example.com, and they will receive our e-newsletter and login details.
You may need to use your school’s Wastebuster login to access some of the linked content. For a login reminder, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to have your say on proposed changes to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS), is 26 May, 2019.
Proposed changes are:
- To focus more resources on community and business safety, helping to prevent emergencies occurring in the first place.
- Change how some stations are crewed. Including: Banstead, Camberley, Egham, Fordbridge, Guildford, Haslemere, Painshill, Walton and Woking. There are no plans to close any stations.
- Recover costs from some non-emergencies to re-invest in the service.
Your views are important, so make sure you share them by 26 May 2019 online at: www.surrey-fire.gov.uk/psp
Alternatively you can call 03456 009009 or text 07860 053465 to request a printed copy of the questionnaire.
Surrey Music Hub deliver support and training opportunities for all music teachers in Surrey.
We are very pleased to announce our next set of workshops and training sessions which are taking place through the Summer Term. There are training opportunities for specialist and non-specialist teachers from both primary and secondary phases.
The highlight of this programme will be the School’s Professional Development Day held on Tuesday 2 July. This day features a choice of 6 workshops for teachers to take part in through afternoon and twilight sessions. Teachers are very welcome to attend for just a single workshop or take part in up to three high quality training sessions:
- Using topic songs across the curriculum: Al Start: Go Kid Music
- Online Materials For KS 2-5: Lewis Edney, Royal Alexandra and Albert School
- Become a singing school: Charlotte Law: Sing Up
- Promoting instrumental and vocal learning across your school: Ally Daubnay
- Kodàly In The Klassroom 2 – Len Tyler
- Teaching Music with iPads - An Introduction: Transformance Music
To book your place, click on the link; 2 July: Surrey Music Hub School’s Professional Development Day
Other events for your attention:
7 May: Boomwhackers & Bamboo Tamboo (Ollie Tunmer)
20 May: Vocal Health and Confidence for Teachers
To see the full programme please visit: https://surreymusichub.com/schools/training-and-development/workshops/
The Physical and Sensory Support (PSS) team are pleased to offer the following course specifically for staff supporting children and young people with deafblindness / multi-sensory impairment (MSI - dual impairments of vision and hearing).
This course is provided at no cost to professionals working with children and young people with MSI who are supported by PSS.
Course title: MSI training
Date: 26-27 June 2019
Venue: Quadrant Court, Woking
Audience: The course is designed for practitioners working with young people with deafblindness / multisensory impairment in inclusive settings and would be relevant to class teachers, teaching assistants, health (school nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists) and social care professionals.
Content: The course focuses specifically on this low incidence, high need cohort of learners, exploring the causes of deafblindness, the role of the senses, the impact of MSI on learning and communication, the development of a sense of self and working in partnership with parents and other professionals.
Aim: To improve the provision for deafblind learners in inclusive settings and support their access to learning appropriate to their needs.
To apply for a place on the course please email: email@example.com
If you would like to discuss the course or have any questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m so pleased to be able to let you know that the The Lost Words for Surrey Schools campaign successfully raised £5600, generously donated by 102 supporters!
This means that every primary, infant, special and secondary school, as well as pupil referral units (and a number of Surrey libraries) can all be given a copy of ‘The Lost Words’ book by Jackie Morris and Robert Macfarlane, as well as a copy of the associated teaching notes written by Eva John (and freely available here should you wish to have a look)*.
At a time when children are losing the language of nature from their vocabulary ‘The Lost Words’ uses acrostic poems and stunning illustrations to celebrate 20 nature words, such as conker, kingfisher and bluebell, which are becoming so infrequently used by children, that the most recent edition of a well known children’s dictionary removed them, to make space for more well used words such as chatroom and blog.
I hope that having a copy of this beautiful book in your school will help with inspiring children about the wonder of nature!
There have been many other successful Lost Words campaigns around the UK and it’s great to see that Surrey has now been added to The Lost Words map!
Once you have received the book it would be wonderful to be able to let the campaign supporters on social media know how it is being used by schools. Please do send any photos/ news that you are willing to share, about how The Lost Words is inspiring children in your school, either by email: email@example.com on Facebook @LostWordsForSurrey or Twitter @LostWordsSurrey #TheLostWords
There is more information about the campaign here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/lost-words-for-surrey and I hope to get a gallery of photos up and running on the website: www.lostwordsforsurrey.co.uk very soon.
Should you be interested, there is a Lost Words for Schools padlet here with lots of ideas showing how other schools have been using the book.
I hope to start hand delivering and posting out copies of the book before the half term break, however please do bear with me as it may take a while to get to you all!
The Lost Words for Surrey Schools Campaign was launched on BBC Surrey radio, they would love to come into a school to deliver a book and record a piece for their radio show (also videoing it for social media). If your school is in the Guildford area and might be interested in taking part in this, please do email me at the above email address.
With best wishes,
Jo Elphick – volunteer organiser Lost Words for Surrey
*Please note that this does not include the Surrey Heath borough, as these schools have already recieved copies of the book thanks to The Natural Surrey Heath Partnership who donated copies. There are also several schools in the Haslemere area who have already had copies of the book donated by The Haslemere Bookshop.
Moving & Handling of Children & Young People
The Strategic Risk Management Team organises induction and hoisting sessions for primary and secondary schools staff, supporting children with physical disabilities within Surrey schools. All delegates will need to have completed the induction session before attending the hoisting session.
The aim is to raise awareness of safer moving & handling techniques, the process of risk assessment in Surrey schools and which children require risk assessments. It will also highlight employee and employer responsibilities in relation to handling tasks in our schools in line with the current legislation.
The induction course is a 2 ½ hours session running from 10:00am – 12:30pm. This will be followed by a 1 ½ hour hoisting session from 1:00pm - 2:30pm.
The induction session will cost £35 per person for Surrey schools and academies in the buyback scheme and the Hoisting session will cost £15 per person. For academies/independents that do not buy back our services, please see costs on the booking form.
Induction session 10:00am – 12:30pm
Thursday 9 May 2019
Wednesday 12 June 2019
Thursday 4 July 2019
Hoisting sessions 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Thursday 9 May 2019
Wednesday 12 June 2019
Thursday 4 July 2019
Please see the booking form for individual course costs
By the end of the session participants will:-
1. Understand the principles of safe handling in relation to the anatomy and physiology of the spine.
2. Be aware of safe methods to assist children both with and without equipment as necessary.
3. Have a basic understanding of the principles of Risk Assessment and be able to identify which children require Risk Assessments.
4. Be aware of the legislation relevant to Handling Tasks in Surrey Schools.
5. Have an understanding of Hoists and slings and the experience of being hoisted and hoisting a colleague.
The emphasis is for staff to demonstrate safe handling techniques and recognise their legal responsibilities.
Part of the day is practical.
- Fitness: It is important that you are physically able to participate in this course. Should you have any medical condition which prevents this, including pregnancy or recent injury, please make this known to the trainer on the day OR to booking administration in advance.
- Clothing: Due to the practical nature of the course please arrive in comfortable clothing (preferably trousers).
- Footwear: Trainers or equivalent flat, supportive, closed toed shoes with heel support.should be worn.
- Jewellery: All Jewellery (except a plain wedding band) should be removed during the session.
NB. If participants arrive in unsuitable clothing (e.g. skirts or dresses) or wearing unsuitable footwear (e.g. flip-flops, sandals, open toed footwear, high heels or shoes with no heel support) they will not be able to participate.
The courses run approx. twice a month term time only at: Ashford Centre, Stanwell Road, Ashford TW15 3DU.
Please note that no lunch or refreshments will be provided.
Should you require further details please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For booking information please email: email@example.com
Fire Risk Assessment Training 2019
A message from Strategic Risk Management (SRM)
You need to have a fire risk assessment in place in your school. Read about the 2019 training courses.
You will be aware from previous bulletins that you do need to have a fire risk assessment in place in your school to comply with the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, which became law in October 2006.
Many of you have already sent representatives to the courses that were held over previous years. The evaluation forms from these courses have been very positive and people have found them both worthwhile and informative.
The Fire Risk Assessment Courses for 2019 are listed below. For smaller premises, on one floor, the delegates would be required to attend the first day of the course and for more complex premises that have more than one floor or students with special needs it would be necessary for delegates to attend on both days.
Thameside Centre, Wyatt Road, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 2AY from 9am – 4pm.
One day delegates - Tuesday 25 June 2019
The November course will be held at Thameside Centre, Wyatt Road, Staines-upon-Thames TW18 2AY from 9am - 4pm.
One day delegates - Tuesday 19 November 2019
Two day delegates - Tuesday 19 & Wednesday 20 November 2019
Following the course our Fire Safety Advisor will give you advice on your school’s Fire Risk Assessment.
The one day course is £130 (small premises, one floor) and the two day course £220 (complex premises, or students with Special Needs – more than one floor) for Surrey maintained schools, which includes lunch and refreshments. For non Surrey schools and academies not in the buyback scheme, the cost is £170 for the one day course and £280 for the two-day course.
If you would like to attend one of the Fire Risk Assessment courses, please contact Christine Nannozi to check availability before you complete the attached booking form and send to Surrey County Council, County Hall, Room 305, Penrhyn Road, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2DJ.
My Reward bulletin - May
Check out this month's My Reward Bulletin, for pay day updates, and details of where to collect your Love2shop discount card.
Check out this month's My Reward Bulletin, for pay day updates, and details of where to collect your Love2shop discount card.
There are also lots of new offers, in My Staff Shop, including Home and Garden offers, deals for days away, and popular cinema discounts.
From the HR Policy & Reward Team
Transitions events encouraging active travel to secondary school
Book your event with Living Streets; creating healthy habits, tackling congestion and improving air quality.
Book in your transition event with Living Streets; creating healthy habits, tackling congestion and improving air quality outside your school gates. (It’s also a great initiative to enter in your school travel plan on Modeshift Stars!)
Living Streets have redesigned their offer for secondary schools, focusing on new students transitioning to secondary school. There are six funded places available in Surrey on a first-come, first-served basis, as part of the DfT’s ‘Walk To’ project.
‘Next Steps’ encourages new students to appraise their journey into school, encouraging active travel and healthy habits for the future. In the summer term, Jonny Ray, Living Streets’ Surrey Project Coordinator will engage with new students transitioning to secondary school, through an assembly or stall at your school’s transitions event. Each student will be provided with a brochure, which includes activities designed to make them think about their travel choices into their new school – with an emphasis towards encouraging active travel. They’ll also receive a ‘checklist’ on a fridge magnet, to prompt discussion and journey planning with parents or carers during the summer break.
In the Autumn term, Jonny will return to your school to follow up with the new Year 7’s, sustaining momentum by introducing the ‘Next Steps’ walking challenge. There will be a short assembly, reinforcing the benefits of active travel. Each student will also receive a z-card of fun and interactive challenges.
The impact of the intervention is measured by hands-up surveys of year 7 pupils, before and after delivery of the package.
To register your interest in taking part, please email Jonny Ray at Living Streets: firstname.lastname@example.org
Breck's Last Game - update
A collective message from Surrey, Essex, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Police
Please read this collective message in response to the communication sent by the PHSE Association.
Please see below the collective message from Surrey, Essex, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire Police in response to the communication sent by the PHSE Association at the end of last term.
Stakeholder message from Police
Many of you will be aware of correspondence that has been sent out by the national PSHE Association on Thursday, April 4 to its members about Breck’s Last Game. It is unclear how far and wide it has been circulated but we know it has been sent to schools in Leicestershire, Surrey, Essex and Northamptonshire and the below has also been posted on its website.
In summary, the notice is advising schools not to use Breck’s Last Game and outlines it concerns around using “upsetting or shocking films”.
Understandably, you will be looking for some clarification as to our position in the light of this communication.
PSHE association were among a wide range of people consulted on both the film and the content of the resource pack and many of their concerns and feedback on the lesson plans led to amends and helped shaped the final product. However, it isn’t a product or project that they ‘endorse’.
This does not change anything as far as we are concerned. All four forces remain committed to the project, the rationale for producing the film and its necessity.
The PSHE message does not provide the context for the distribution of the film, nor does it mention the resource pack or our advice that parents are invited to see the film in advance of their children. It does not mention the wrap-around support we recommend children are given when they view the film in their school. The education packs were created with teachers and safeguarding specialists.
We believe children will be safer as a result of watching Breck’s Last Game and early indications from pupils back this up. The project follows on from Kayleigh’s Love Story which resulted in 50 referrals from children when it was shown in schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Breck’s Last Game was launched publicly on Wednesday, 3 April. The response to the public launch of the film has, to date, been overwhelmingly positive with more than three quarters of a million views of the video and lots of people commenting on what a great resource this is, with viewing stats continuing to increase daily.
Breck’s Last Game will be thoroughly evaluated with the feedback from teachers, students and parents. To date we have already had scores of testimonials from teachers, parents and students in support of the project and expressing their appreciation for the resource. We would encourage those of you involved in delivering the film to students to complete the surveys to inform the final evaluation.
We are aware of different schools of thought in relation to showing children films like Kayleigh’s Love Story and Breck’s Last Game to children, but we believe they are a valuable resource and are proven to increase reporting of grooming and as a result help protect young people from harm.
In addition to the above collective message (from the Police), Lorin LaFave (Breck's mother and Founder of The Breck Foundation) and Jane Dufton, Service Manager for School Relationships and Support visited the PHSE Association CEO and Deputy CEO during the school holidays.
The previously planned review of the lesson plan resources following feedback from schools (which is overwhelmingly positive), will also take into account PSHE Association feedback. Following the national launch, the lesson plans will be updated to reiterate the messages given to those colleagues that have attended the Train the Trainer events to ensure:
- A whole school approach is adopted
- School staff are made aware of the project and receive safeguarding briefing to enable vulnerable children to be identified to ensure arrangements are in place to limit any possibility of trauma.
- School Leaders must create a safe environment for all children to learn that meets a child’s emotional, wellbeing and learning needs – this may mean they undertake a different learning activity.
- School safeguarding and pastoral care arrangements are clear to all staff, children & parents. This includes the identification of trusted adults within school and provision of information regarding additional support and safeguarding/wellbeing referrals is available to the school community
- Parental and governor engagement through bespoke briefings and preview of the film
- The lessons are an integral part of the package of resources
- Lessons are delivered using the Golden Rules for PSHE and differentiated where required
If you wish to discuss the project further please contact Jane Dufton – email@example.com
Service Manager – School Relationships and Support
Surrey County Council – Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture.
Each summer, young people from across Surrey join us as Summer Reading Challenge volunteers. It is a really fun way to get involved in the community, gain experience and add something impressive to your CV.
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from mid-July to mid-September and encourages primary school aged children to keep reading over the summer holidays. As a volunteer with us, you will be chatting to children, running activities and giving out rewards. It is a busy time of year and staff love working with volunteers to create a fun and lively atmosphere. This year the theme is Space chase, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.
If you are aged between 14-25, a positive and friendly person who likes children and books and are able to spare 10 hours over the summer, apply at www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraryvolunteers.
Our new structure in Children’s Service has gone live this week and one of the key items that will touch on your work is the introduction of the SPA, Surrey Children’s Single Point of Access.
The SPA is the umbrella term for the front door; offering support, information and advice for residents, families and those who work with Surrey children. This includes a dedicated line for schools and early years settings.
All new requests for support and contact with the SPA will be directed through the contact centre to the Children’s Request for Support team. The team will perform initial triage on all contacts from members of the public and professionals.
We know that the success of our new approach to Family Resilience and Safeguarding will depend on how we support families and the SPA is central to this. We have to start the relationship with families and in an open and transparent way. Therefore, we are asking for everyone who seeks support for a family via the SPA to have express consent from the parents (or Fraser competent young person) when submitting that request.
You can of course ring for advice and guidance at any time and this will not require consent.
Please take a few minutes to read the full article in this bulletin; ‘Important update: Changes to Children’s Services’.