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Joint Working with CAMHS and Adult College
08 Nov
Havering Adult College was established in 1955 and has been offering high-quality education and training to adults in and around the borough. In various centres across the London Borough of Havering, we offer part-time learning in the community. At Havering Adult College we offer many opportunities and courses which are planned to fit around and compliment your lifestyle. Family Learning is community learning that is free to all parents, carers and grandparents living and working in Havering and is offered to promote parental engagement, develop relationships and communication, and to understand and support the needs of their children. Our aim is to work with parents and families to identify their needs in order to support their children, which can be for behavioural issues, school attainment, know how to keep children and families safe or to improve communication and relationships between family members. We are excited to be working with the CAMHS team to offer a range of courses to support families with their understanding of mental health and emotional wellbeing. Our courses raise awareness of some of the conditions children are showing signs of – autistic spectrum disorder (Autism or ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety, trauma and more. We are also working to provide much-needed support to parents in tackling behavioural issues that can be linked to these conditions. Through our Raising Confident Children and Challenging Behaviour programmes, we work to empower and build confidence in parents to identify changes in behaviour and develop strategies to tackle them. These courses can be as short as a one-day workshop to a 15-week accredited course. Through this partnership, we aim to provide additional support and information to all families who have been in contact with CAMHS service. For more information, please contact us on 01708 434955 or email Family Learning – Havering Adult College Bower Park Centre, 472 Havering Road, Romford RM1 4HR
Free Plastic-free Periods Talks for Schools
06 Nov
City To Sea has recently received funding to deliver the 'Rethink Periods' Schools Programme. This includes offering free non-biased training to 600 school representatives across England. With period products being one of the top items found on beaches, City to Sea offer an alternative to people with periods. A choice of healthy, plastic-free products for them to choose from. For more information, see the postcard attached. If anyone would like to book one of the places, please get in touch with Thanks and here’s to clearing our beaches and giving people with periods a choice!
Franklin Scholars and Havering
04 Nov
Dear colleagues, Havering Education Services (HES) has been working closely with Franklin Scholars to develop the following range of peer tutoring and mentoring programmes for our Primary and Secondary schools; The Buddies and Bundles Programme With a well-established track record in secondary education, Franklin Scholars would like to serve primary schools through Buddies and Bundles, using fictional stories and questioning to develop socio-emotional skills and improve literacy across a 10-week intervention. Older students (Year 5 or 6) are coupled with a younger one in their school (Year 3). They complete paired reading activities with their Buddy (one Year 5 or 6 supporting one Year 3), and games designed to improved emotional intelligence in their Bundles (two Year 5s or 6s supporting two Year 3s), overseen by a trained member of school staff. Franklin Scholars will provide training for this staff member at the beginning of the programme, as well as online resources and evaluation at the end. Our resources have been designed in collaboration with the education sector and linguistic specialists, along with detailed illustrations for each story. Franklin Scholars are looking for primary schools to join their 1-term pilot beginning in January 2020, and are asking schools to pay £900 each, which includes their in-person training, custom-designed resources, online tutorials, and impact evaluation. The Beacon Box The Beacon Box is a teacher-led version of their Beacon Programme. They will provide more than 10 hours of evidence-based mentor training to a designated member of school staff, equipped with their toolkit and package of support, who in turn will recruit and train a cohort of older student mentors - the Franklin Scholars. The Scholars then provide a year-long programme of support to vulnerable younger ones in their school, through weekly sessions combining one-to-one academic support, one-to-one open mentoring, and group activities. Franklin Scholars are looking for secondary schools to join their 6-month pilot beginning in January 2020. Through grant funding, they're able to offer 8 schools the Beacon Box for £200, and all following schools for £990. Year Two programmes (from 2020/21 and beyond) will cost c.£700 per school, meaning those who join for our pilot will pay less than £1,700 for Year One and Year Two together. It is worth noting that as of September 2020, all new schools will be asked to pay £1,700 for Year One. Franklin Scholars hope they're able to continue to serve the young people in Havering. If you are interested in either of the programmes, please contact; Georgia Brown Franklin Scholars m: 07854 745 686 p: 0203 740 1192 @franklinscholar |
Mental Health Safeguarding Week Event
01 Nov
Havering’s ‘Children and Young People Mental Health Transformation Group’ is holding an event for school staff during Safeguarding Week that aims to bring its mental health training and support resource to life. This interactive speed-dating style session will enable staff to hear a brief overview of each training course/ intervention direct from the provider and ask questions about their offer, before moving on to the next. Printed copies of the resource will be provided on the day. The event is 3.00pm-4.30pm on Thursday 14th November at the Town Hall, Romford. Places can be booked via Eventbrite at
Asthma Care in Schools
01 Nov
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) have issued the attached letter, guiding schools on good practice to support children with asthma. On average, 10% of children have asthma. In Havering, the percentage of children known to have asthma in each school ranges from 1% to 11%, and the audit carried out last year by school nurses shows that only 9% of children known to have asthma have provided a care plan to their school. This can be for a number of reasons, including GPs not routinely providing asthma care plans or children/ parents not passing these on to their school. The audit also found that 45% of schools have an emergency asthma kit and policy. The second attached letter explains schools' responsibilities for providing this and we strongly encourage schools that don't have an emergency kit to purchase one. We're working with GPs and staff at Queens hospital to improve practice around asthma care, and will be providing additional support to schools in the coming year. In the meantime, please read the attached letters and take action where needed in your school. If you have any queries or would like further information, please contact me on 01708 431365 or Kind regards, Claire
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Training & Events

13 Nov
Hsis Safeguarding - Accredited Safer Recruitment Training
You will be able to: Apply safeguarding procedures to all school recruitment
13 Nov
Safer Recruitment Training
Session 1 looks at how safer recruitment fits with the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, the scale of abuse, a model of offender behaviour, some aspects of the characteristics of abusers and of how child sex abusers typically operate within organisations, and relate that to recruitment. Session 2 illustrates the importance of planning a recruitment exercise, sending the right messages to potential applicants, following a consistent and thorough process to obtain relevant information about each applicant, and short-listing candidates for interview. Session 3 considers the importance of making the right decisions and using structured interviews to help do that, as well as pre-employment checks on the candidate selected for appointment. Session 4 examines the need for ongoing awareness and vigilance and considers how organisations can develop and maintain a safe environment
13 Nov
Hsis Early Years - Safeguarding Refresher for the DSL
You will gain a deeper understanding of: • The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and key areas of responsibility • Any recent changes in legislation and guidance affecting this role • The implications of these changes for your setting • Current issues in safeguarding
13 Nov
Havering School Buyers Network Meeting – Autumn Term 2019
The bi-annual Havering School Buyers Network has been going on for the best part of six years. The forum’s aim is to promote collaboration and best practice in the way local schools purchase goods and services and deal with supplier to achieve value for money and efficient utilisation of resources.
13 Nov
Handling Complaints
Complaints being considered in schools seem to be increasing in number and complexity. In this session, the DfE guidance will be considered and there will be a chance to discuss a model policy. The role of governors in the handling of complaints will be outlined as well as when governors should not get involved! Governors will be given the chance to consider some scenarios and to discuss how they would approach each situation.