Blackburn with Darwen
Information for Schools
Communities Together: Sharing Good Practice Launch Event
All headteachers should have now received their invitation to the above event, which is being held on Tuesday 29th May at Pleckgate High School (both via email and post).
The event is to be a celebration of achievement in recognition of the valuable work that goes on across all of our schools, in working to improve community cohesion. This work is part of on ongoing programme around community cohesion in education, as led by the Taskforce Steering Group for Education, Skills and Training which is co-chaired by Robin Campbell and Kevin McMahon.
During the event we will have a number of activities led by our pupils and some of the activities detailed in the compendium will be brought to life.
Our keynote speaker is the Reverend Canon Arun John, who has recently come to Blackburn with Darwen from Bradford where he was the Chair of the Bradford Interfaith Forum. Previously he has worked in South Africa and worked with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and Bishop Desmond Tutu.
The event will take place from 2.30pm until 4.15pm on Tuesday 29th May 2012 and we are inviting one member of teaching staff from each school along with one governor, and two pupils.
If you would like to attend, please email email@example.com ensuring you state the name of each attendee and whether they are staff, governor or a pupil.
Guidance notes for May Census
The guidance notes on completing and submitting the May Census tomorrow are available on http://www.westfield.lancsngfl.ac.uk/school-census-may-2012
These notes have also been sent out in the post however due to delays in distribution some Blackburn schools may not receive printed copies before the 17th of May.
If your school has not received a copy of the notes in the mail please refer them to the guidance information on the Westfield website.
I apologise for this delay in getting the notes to your school.
Life Learning Platform Information Event (mainly for primary schools – though secondary colleagues are welcome to attend)
12 noon and 4:00 pm on May 30. Attending the meeting will enable schools to make an informed decision about if/when they move over to the new platform and sign up for training.
For more information and to book a place, please click on this link: (View Link)
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URGENT - Bursary Funding - Bursary Funding available towards SSA Training - short deadline!
The DFE have announced £500,000 of bursary funding towards SSA training. The bursary is for up to £2,000 per candidate as 50% funding towards degree level training. Candidates have to be L3 or HLTA, work in an eligible school in England, work with pupils with learning difficulties or disabilities and have the support of the Head teacher. There is a tight turnaround for applying for the funding in that applications open 30th April and close 17th May, candidates have to indentify the course they wish to do and complete an online application form. All the information can be seen by following the link.
The Westfield Centre is now part of a new education service under One Connect Limited
Please see the attached letter regarding the 2012-13 SLA for schools who pay for their support from the Westfield Centre. (View Document)
Executive Summary of a Serious Case Review
On 26 January 2012 North Somerset Safeguarding Board published an Overview Report and an Executive Summary of a Serious Case Review (SCR) conducted after the arrest of a teacher suspected of abusing children in his care. Many of you will be familiar with the case which received significant media coverage.
When publishing the SCR Overview Report and Executive Summary the LSCB Chair recommended that the SCR was read by every head teacher, every chair of governors and safeguarding boards across the country because of the issues it raises and the recommendations it makes.
The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, Tim Loughton MP, has asked, exceptionally in this case, for the SCR to be brought to the attention of all LSCBs to consider the implications for schools in their areas. The links to both the Overview Report and Executive Summary are provided below.
All schools and nursery providers are asked to note the attached letter from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) regarding measles. (View Document)
Also attached is an information leaflet from the HPA giving advice on how to recognise and deal with any outbreaks of measles among children. (View Document)
While the letter identifies an outbreak of measles that has occurred in the Liverpool area, local schools and nursery providers are requested to ask your staff to be extra vigilant at this time.
This is a reminder to all schools of their duties under the Equality Act 2010, following on from the presentations at both the Primary and Secondary Headteacher Forums - specifically around Equality Impact Assessments (EIA) and Equality Objectives.
A reminder of the agreed approach is that schools will:
- Prioritise those policies that must be EIA'd prior to 6th April 2012 and complete an EIA.
- Conduct EIAs on the remaining policies at their next review.
- Begin work on Equality Objectives so that they are ready for Governing Bodies to review and adopt in FGB meetings in the spring term (deadline for publication of objectives 6th April 2012).
In support of this, Children's Services' Policy, Planning and Performance team will:
- Deliver training to Governors via the training schedule.
- Offer support to schools as requested around completion or scrutiny of EIAs. During the forums the possibility of schools meeting up to complete an EIA on a fairly standard policy as a workshop style event was discussed. Should any schools wish to pursue this please contact us.
- Ensure that any policies or procedures issued from the Local Authority are accompanied by a completed EIA, which schools can scrutinise and adopt with the policy - whilst ensuring it is amended if applicable to reflect the individual school.
If you have any queries, then please do not hesitate to contact either Beth Speak on (01254) 666421 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRAFT School holiday pattern 2013/2014
Please see the draft holiday pattern for 2013/2014 (View Document) and (Excel Spreadsheet) along with the report (View Document) which will appear in this term’s standard reports booklet. I am seeking your comments on the proposed dates which once again have been recommended by the LGA and have been adopted by Lancashire County Council.
Please could you provide any comments by Friday 6 April? These will be considered alongside those made by elected members and teacher union colleagues. If you would like to discuss the dates or anything contained in the report please contact me on 666507 or Catherine Caton on 666456.
Information Regarding Privacy Notices for pupils in schools
The DfE has updated its suggested text and guidance for schools on the use of Privacy Notices. A link to the web site is below:
The local authority also issues its own privacy notice about how it will store and use data:
A copy of the suggested text to be used by schools is attached (View Document)