• It's the Final Countdown!

  • Teaching Assistant Project with Education Support Partnership

  • Top Australian Universities (Week 5 of our Overseas Recruitment Campaign)

  • Private Fostering Professional Awareness

  • Save the Date: Havering Safeguarding Week 2019

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It's the Final Countdown!
18 Jul
There’s only 1 week of term left, and as the academic year draws to a close, we wanted to take the opportunity to wish all of our school colleagues a happy and restful summer break. Although most teachers and senior leaders will no doubt want to relax and unwind over summer, we wanted to let you know that we are available at any time through the holidays, should an unexpected requirement arise. Our overseas team will also be working hard through the summer break, sourcing strong candidates for our overseas tour which commences in October, so if you do have any last minute resignations or illness, we’ll have a candidate pool ready and waiting to help. Similarly, if you’re interested in finding our more about our overseas tour now that things at school have quietened down, we’re available anytime to discuss the tour, offer a free consultation or help you complete a school brochure. We hope that you have a fantastic break, but if anything does come up through the summer, our consultants will be available to provide whatever support you need.
Top Australian Universities (Week 5 of our Overseas Recruitment Campaign)
12 Jul
As part of Supply Desk’s ongoing mission to source high-quality international candidates for Havering schools, our overseas tour makes stops at three prestigious Australian Universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Monash University. Our relationships with these universities allow us to recruit outstanding graduates right at the start of their careers and gives our Havering schools the best chance to develop them into excellent practitioners. Find out more about our partnered Universities below… University of Sydney The renowned University of Sydney is consistently ranked in the world’s top 50 Universities and has been a symbol of academic excellence for over 160 years. The University of Sydney is also ranked no.1 in Australia and 5th in the world for graduate employability, as well as being 12th in the world for Education courses. These impressive statistics mean that the University of Sydney produces some of the most talented teachers in Australia, many of which are interviewed and placed in the UK by Supply Desk! University of Queensland The University of Queensland is another institution which consistently ranks in the world’s top 50 Universities, and is a founding member of the Group of Eight – a collaboration between eight of Australia’s most prestigious universities which focuses on academic research. The University of Queensland also has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other staff body in the country, and as such, attracts the majority of Queensland's highest academic achievers. Monash University Named for Sir John Monash, the famed civil engineer and First World War General, Monash University is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities. This prestigious University is also ranked as the best in Australia for Education, producing a host of highly qualified and talented new teachers. Our partnership with Monash University allows us to recruit extremely high-quality NQTs who are looking to start their teaching careers in the UK.
Teaching Assistant Project with Education Support Partnership
12 Jul
As you know Havering has been working with the Education Support Partnership, the UK’s only wellbeing and mental health charity, to develop a range of support services for our schools. Through this partnership, we are proposing to undertake a small-scale research project with Teaching Assistants – often a well-motivated group of staff with high workloads, working in challenging circumstances supporting students and teachers. The study would start in September 2019 and would run for 6 months until Easter 2020, and the time commitment for the schools to take part would not be onerous. We would like to invite up to 16 primary or special schools to participate, with four teaching assistants taking part from each school. In order to be able to measure the impact of the proposed resilience training, two teaching assistants from each school would receive the training and two would not, and then at the end of the project, we would offer resilience training to those who did not receive it as part of the project. Thus, the teaching assistants would only need to be released from school duties for a limited period. As part of the project, currently being planned with UCL/Institute of Education who would also evaluate the study, teaching assistants would need to complete questionnaires and speak to researchers etc. Further information and an expression of interest form, can be found here. The deadline has been extended to allow more schools to sign up. We hope that you will be able to participate in this exciting project.
Private Fostering Professional Awareness
11 Jul
The Fostering Team request your support in offering care and protection to children and young people who are Privately Fostered and live within Havering. Colleagues in Education, Health, Housing and Social Care are usually the people who identify when a child may be living in a Private Fostering arrangement. Many do not realise that this is an arrangement which must be reported to the Local Authority’s Children Services Department. Failure to do so is a criminal offence. Private Fostering is an arrangement made between a parent and another adult, who is NOT a close relative, for a child to live with that adult for 28 consecutive days or more. This is very different from the fostering arrangements which Local Authorities arrange for Looked After Children. Children in Private Fostering households need supervision and support, with their carers often needing advice and guidance. It is a regulatory requirement of the Local Authority to monitor these arrangements. Please support the essential awareness of Private Fostering by distributing our ‘60 Second Guide to Private Fostering’ to all professionals, and include in induction packs, briefings and meetings with staff to help ensure that all potential Private Fostering arrangements are notified to Havering’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) as required. Please also display the attached poster where it can be seen clearly again to raise awareness of potential arrangements. If you have any further questions or require supplies of posters or leaflets please do not hesitate to contact me on 01708 434354. Yours sincerely, Carol Balfe Team Manager | Fostering
Save the Date: Havering Safeguarding Week 2019
11 Jul
Safeguarding Adult & Children Board Annual Conference: Monday 11th November 2019 This year the conference will be a fantastic opportunity for professionals and practitioners to get together and share their experiences, as well as explore pressing issues related to safeguarding adults and children at risk of abuse. Places are limited, reserve your place at our annual conference now by clicking here. Look out for the upcoming timetable of events offering a host of briefings, workshops and training on topical safeguarding themes including Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery, Domestic Violence and Mental Health.
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09 Sep
ELSA - Early Years Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Project
ELSA is an evidence-based initiative that was first developed in 2004 in Hampshire by a team of Educational Psychologists. Teaching Assistants are trained in a number of specific areas relating to emotional literacy and wellbeing to support their practice in working both individually and in small groups with vulnerable children in schools. These practitioners are given the title Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) and are allocated casework within their schools as prioritised by school staff. The programme has been extended and amended to support practitioners working within the early years. Funding has been made available to heavily subsidies the introduction of this programme to Early Years Practitioners. The initiative recognizes the hugely important work that Early Years Practitioners do when working with vulnerable children By becoming an ELSA you will receive on-going professional supervision to support their practice and to ensure the impact of their work is accurately measured and evaluated. This is a preventative initiative which aims to build on schools’ current resources. Beneficial outcomes have been found to be an increased staff confidence in managing vulnerable pupils and a significant improvement for behavioural and emotional wellbeing in pupils. Commitment required from pre-schools: • Release ELSA for 5 training days • Release ELSA for half-termly, two hour group supervision sessions led by an EP • Designate time for planning and delivery of ELSA support for children • Provide suitable space for ELSA work • Allocate funds to develop a bank of resources over time • Maintain ELSA role within pre-school/nursery
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09 Sep
SIMS 1 - Introduction to the SIMS Pupil Database
This course will give you the opportunity to: • navigate the menus in SIMS.net • edit pupil’s parent/contact details • edit home address data – move pupil, and enter additional address • edit basic pupil details from data collection sheet .e.g. Free School Meals, ethnic and medical information • enter leaving details • re-admit a pupil • gain background knowledge on the operation of the pupil database including statutory Common Transfer Files (see separate training course on CTF) • receive a summary of Data Protection and Health & Safety issues relating to use of computers/pupil database
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09 Sep
Risk Assessment (September 2019)
This course is designed to enable employees to be able to develop the skills necessary to be able to undertake basic risk assessments. The course includes practical sessions where delegates can gain hands-on experience of the risk assessment process.
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10 Sep
Health & Safety Awareness for Managers (September 2019)
This session will give you the opportunities to: • have an understanding of the Council’s/School’s Health & Safety Management System • know the general health & safety responsibilities of managers; • know how to ascertain what their job’s specific health & safety duties are.
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10 Sep
SIMS FMS 1 - Introduction, Orders, Invoice & Payments
This course will give you an insight into: • The background to the budget structure • Introduction to school financial regulations • Raising, editing and printing orders /pdf orders • Adding suppliers • Processing standard invoices and non-order invoices • Processing credit notes • Processing cheques /BACS payments • Running relevant reports