Enrolment open for L2 and L3 TA courses (City & Guilds)
There's still time for staff and volunteers to enrol on our Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 3 Certificate in Support Work in Schools and L3 Certificate in Cover Supervision courses. This year, we are also offering the Level 2 Award in Support Work in Schools, which can serve as an introduction to the TA/LSA role for those not currently working in a school setting or as a qualification that can be undertaken by staff working outside the classroom (e.g. Midday Assistants, office or caretaking staff).
If you, your staff or any parents/carers are interested in any of the courses that we offer, please contact our admin team on 01708 554016 for more information.
Measles and Summer Travel/ Festivals
Dear Secondary School and College headteachers and welfare leads,
Young people are encouraged to make sure they have had both doses of the MMR vaccine before going on holiday to Europe where there are large outbreaks of measles. Cases of measles also continue to rise across England in unvaccinated young people.
The vaccine protects against measles, mumps and rubella, all of which can be very serious diseases and are highly infectious. Measles is a viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious complications and can be fatal in very rare cases, so getting protected by taking up the offer of the vaccination is crucial.
While vaccine uptake levels in the UK in young children are currently very high, coverage levels dipped to a low of 80% in 2003. Consequently there are significant numbers of unprotected teenagers and young adults who could catch measles both in England, particularly in environments of close mixing such as summer festivals, and when they travel abroad for the summer holidays.
The vaccine is available free to anyone who did not receive both doses as a child. If young people are unsure whether they've had 2 doses of MMR they can call their GP practice to check and catch up if needed.
Posters are attached that can be circulated electronically or downloaded and printed to display around your school/ college.
Hydration advice to prevent recent increase in A&E attendances
Queens Hospital is reporting high attendances at A&E of children with dehydration.
Please could you encourage children to follow the advice below, and circulate it to parents:
During the hot weather, it's important to ensure children stay hydrated.
To help prevent dehydration, heat exhaustion or heat stroke children and adults should:
- drink plenty of cold drinks, especially when exercising
- take cool baths or showers
- wear light-coloured, loose clothing
- sprinkle water over skin or clothes
- avoid the sun between 11am and 3pm
- avoid excess alcohol
- avoid extreme exercise
Please keep an eye on children, the elderly and people with long-term health conditions (like diabetes or heart problems) because they're more at risk of heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
For more information on prevention and symptoms, and advice on when to seek medical help, see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dehydration/
Havering Safeguarding Children Board Training Programme 2018-19
Havering LSCB's safeguarding training programme offers a wide variety of courses throughout the year to meet yours or your staff needs. This is to help safeguard and promote the welfare of children effectively. The opportunities available reflect different levels of responsibility, we offer training from Level 1 basic awareness to Level 3 advanced.
Professionals across all settings and organisations who primarily work with children, young people and families can attend our LSCB courses free of charge. Our Training Programme provides courses, briefings, workshops and events with a focus on multi-agency training which complements training already available within your own setting.
Serious Case Reviews highlight repeatedly the importance of working together and communicating effectively across agencies, multi-agency training gives you the added benefit and opportunity to learn about the roles and responsibilities of colleagues in other agencies and to consider how we can better work together to keep children safe.
Our training programme for April 2018- March 2019 can be found on our website www.havering.gov.uk/lscbtraining. We encourage you to read in full before booking on to any of our courses. Places are given on a first come first serve basis.
Supplydesk working in partnership with HES Brokerage Service
Supply Desk Ltd are proud to announce their recent partnership with Havering Education Service to support the recruitment of high calibre Teaching and Support Staff across Havering and the surrounding boroughs. Supply Desk has been operating since 2002, when we launched the first agency management recruitment services within education.
Supply Desk has worked with thousands of mainstream and special schools across England and Wales over the last 16 years, providing bespoke staffing solutions to individual schools, school groups, clusters and multi-academy trusts. During this time, we have developed unique approaches to working in partnership with schools which is predicated on providing high quality staff to raise standards in education whilst maintaining cost-effective solutions for our clients.
Supply Desk are proud of our history as innovators in education and our vision to be recognised as such is reflected in the many ways we help schools to find the right staff. We respond with top quality candidates at the right time, matched to the right schools, suitable for each individual requirement. With an extensive branch network covering England and Wales, Supply Desk specialises solely in the education sector and is proud of a growing reputation for being the quality provider of education staff, helping schools meet their objectives.
Our core recruitment services focus on providing cost-effective staffing solutions:
· Staffing solutions for long-term and permanent recruitment
· Short-term and emergency cover
· SEN specialists for both mainstream and special schools
· Overseas trained teachers (predominately from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland)
· Tuition and Intervention specialists, including tutors for 1:1 and small group tuition
· A vast range of support staff, including teaching assistants, SEND staff, cover supervisors,
· Tutors, behaviour specialists, SIMs trained staff, and more.
Our website http://www.supplydesk.co.uk has more information about our services and a resources section for both schools and teachers. Our latest piece for schools on ‘How to Manage School Staffing Gaps’ is attached, offering advice on how to use outstanding vacancies to your advantage.