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For Action 25 01 2012
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Schools Financial User Group - Wednesday 22nd February 2012 (View Document)


The National College for School Leadership are offering Chairs of Governors and Finance Governors places,

FREE OF CHARGE, on a local one day workshop which considers the practical issues of implementing the Schools Financial Value Standard in order to ensure secure financial management.  Please could you bring this to the attention of your chair/finance governors. (View Document)

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


SIMS Autumn release delay (View Document) 

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.

NHS 111, the brand new non-emergency telephone

NHS 111, the brand new non-emergency telephone number for accessing local health services, has launched in Blackburn with Darwen as part of a Lancashire-wide pilot.


The free service, which is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day, can be accessed by calling the easy to remember, three-digit number -111- and offers help and advice for minor injuries and illness, when it’s not an emergency. For emergencies, 999 continues to be the number to call. See attached letter for more information. (View 111 Schools Letter)


We will need your help to make sure everyone knows about the service.


The 111 telephone service will be widely promoted through local press and broadcast media and leaflets will be sent to every household in Blackburn with Darwen. Within the next few weeks, we will send you posters, leaflets and wallet-sized cards to ensure you have plenty of information to give out to staff, parents and pupils.


In the meantime, please could you include the short article attached in your next newsletter? (View Schools Newsletter)  You will also find attached some frequently asked questions.  (View what is NHS 111 document)


 Downloadable posters and leaflets will be available on the new website at www.northwest111.nhs.ukand you can signpost members of the public there for information. Alternatively, please signpost people to the NHS Choices website, where they can search for information about NHS 111. This website includes a translate button so that people can read the information in different languages.


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)

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