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  • Have your say – 2018/19 Traded Services Customer Satisfaction Survey

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School Complaints Procedures
18 Jan
The DfE has published new guidance on the handling of complaints which includes two non-statutory model documents which colleagues may wish to consider and discuss with their governing bodies. The additional documents are a model complaints procedure and a model policy for managing serial and unreasonable complaints The new guidance can be found here.
Planning and Organisation: Education inspection framework 2019: inspecting the substance of education
17 Jan
Dear early education and childcare provider Ofsted launched its consultation on the 2019 education inspection framework on 16 January 2019. Click here to view the consultation. The draft education inspection framework for 2019 sets out how Ofsted proposes to inspect schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings. There are two draft handbooks: The draft ‘Early years handbook’ applies to providers registered on the Early Years Register. The draft ‘Schools handbook’ applies to early years provision run and managed directly by the school’s governing body (2 – 5 years). Ofsted’s proposals: put the curriculum at the heart of the new framework; put more emphasis on the quality of education and care as a whole. It will ensure that Ofsted consider children’s experiences and how their learning is being developed; reduce the focus on data, particularly internal progress data. Ofsted hope this will help reduce unnecessary workload for childcare providers. The consultation closes at 11:45pm on 5 April 2019
Have your say – 2018/19 Traded Services Customer Satisfaction Survey
14 Jan
I’m pleased to announce that the annual traded services customer satisfaction survey is now live on the Portal www.hes.org.uk. This is the opportunity for school leaders to give us some feedback on traded support services that have been purchased during 2018/19. The online questionnaire is located under the ‘To do list’ located on your landing page when you log on to the Portal. The survey will be available between Monday 14th January and Friday 28th February 2019. Your feedback goes a long way to drive improvements in our service delivery and customer service as we strive to offer schools and settings the best in everything we do. Knowing that we are doing this matters to us. So please have your say by undertaking the survey. We look forward to hearing from you. Remember, what you say matters. Shola Omogbehin Head of Education Traded Services
Mental health training and support available to schools
17 Dec
Providers of mental health training and support from across the Council, NHS and voluntary sector have joined forces to create a resource outlining what they collectively offer to schools and other education settings in Havering. The resource has been updated for the Spring term 2019 and is note available here or by going to www.havering.gov.uk/fsh > Professionals Gateway > Training > Mental health training and support for Havering schools. It outlines training available to senior leaders, teachers and TAs, as well as sessions and support that can be delivered direct to young people and parents. Updates for the Spring term include: Free places for Primary School staff (one place per school) on the Youth Mental Health First Aid two-day training course. Inclusion of bereavement and generic counselling services available from Havering and Brentwood Bereavement Service. Parent workshops from You and Me Counselling No account or login details are required to access the resource, so it is accessible to all staff. If you have any questions regarding the training and support listed in the resource, please use the training provider contact details provided within it. If you have any general feedback on the resource, or if there are other organisations your school works with that you think should be included in it, please contact Claire Alp (Claire.Alp@havering.gov.uk or 01708 431365)
School Closures advise due to Adverse Weather
17 Dec
Many schools face difficulties as a result of adverse weather particularly during periods of very low temperatures and heavy snow. The Local Authority (LA) acknowledges the difficult judgement that sometimes has to be made as to whether to temporarily close the school for safety reasons. We have updated the guidance which re-iterates that schools are advised to ensure their websites are updated regularly to indicate whether they will be open or not, and parents are advised to look at the schools website. Schools are also advised to use their own social media to share the message. In addition, if any schools close due to adverse weather in Havering and they wish to share with Time FM, they can contact the team on 01708 741 075 or 01708 767 591 or email onair@time1075.net using the password "Rudolph", this will help Time to verify the announcement, as they have received hoax calls in the past. Many thanks, Trevor
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22 Jan
Hsis Early Years Baby Room Project
This third session looks at play, laughter and the environment and how important it is for the key person to be in tune with babies and to recognise the effect that early experiences have on babies’ holistic development. We will take a look at play resources and how sensory play supports early brain development.
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22 Jan
Hsis NQT - KS1 Safeguarding and Child Protection
This session covers the statutory annual safeguarding and child protection elements, and includes local context and current issues. It will give advice to those new to teaching as to their responsibilities in passing information to the Designated Safeguarding Lead in their school
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22 Jan
Informal Chairs' & Vice Chairs' Meeting
An informal session to allow Chairs & Vice Chairs of governing bodies to discuss current expectations and clear topical issues being faced by their governing bodies. It is hoped that there will be a sharing of ideas, concerns and examples of good practice. Agenda items suggested by governors are welcome. Please email HGSAdmin@havering.gov.uk with any items.
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23 Jan
Hsis Safeguarding - Termly Update for Designated Safeguarding Lead (Spring 2019)
This session will enable those within the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead to appropriately fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities and the opportunity to obtain professional development and support.
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23 Jan
How to Support Pupils Learning EAL: TA course
There will be opportunities to: • consider how a second language is acquired and begin to assess pupils (session 1); • consider some practical strategies for supporting pupils (session 2); and • be able to put what you have learnt into practice (session 3).