Weekly Newsletter: Issue 191 – Friday 13th July 2018
In the newsletter this week: a message from Brin Martin Director of Learning, Registering Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) with the Appropriate Body (AB), Governor Awards 2018 - Congratulations to our Winners!, Data Protection Notice, Child Sexual Exploitation - Would You Know the Signs?, ParkLives Southend, NQT Induction Service Update: Date for the Diary, Academy Finance Packages - now available to purchase, Ofsted Celebration, Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for July & August and the latest news from the Department for Education and the Southend Learning Network.
Interactive HR List Version 1.31 (June 18) - now password protected
HR services are continually looking for ways to develop SLN further to assist our customer schools. As part of our HR service schools have access to a range of model policies, in order to protect these documents the HR Interactive List will be password protected from 3 February 2017. If you are a customer school please contact Hollie Kane on firstname.lastname@example.org to request the password.
Please find attached the latest update of 'Interactive List of all HR documents' (including Payroll).
By clicking on any of the document names you are taken directly to that document whether you are in SLN or not! Please ensure you are always using the most up to date list as we will be publishing revised versions on SLN every term to ensure that the list is always complete and up to date.
If you have any questions on any of the HR documents then please contact Liz Farrell email@example.com. If you need any support on using SLN or the interactive list then please contact the Services for Schools team on firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to receiving your feedback on your experiences of using the interactive list.
This document is always searchable by using the tag "interactivehr".
WellbeingMatters Meeting - 4th September
Our next WellbeingMatters mental health peer support group meeting will take place next 4th September 2018 from 6pm to 8pm, at Twenty One, Pier Approach, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea. The meeting is open to anyone over the age of 18 in paid employment within the Southend area, who would like support with their mental wellbeing or would like to have a better understanding for those who support someone.
If you or someone you know would like to come along, please feel reassured that you will be in the company of likeminded people with similar experiences to you. We bring people together, to speak freely about mental illness to raise awareness, break down stigmas and barriers. Plus to reassure you that everything you are feeling and experiencing isn’t just happening to you. We provide a safe, secure, friendly and non-judgmental environment allowing you to talk freely, share your experiences or just listen. We signpost to mental health related services and activities. If you are unsure about attending on your own consider bringing along someone who supports you, be it a friend, relative, colleague, neighbour. There is no need to book. Refreshments will be provided.
Mental wellbeing in the workplace is essential. For a lot of people, talking about mental wellbeing is still a big challenge and is widely considered the hardest part of having ill mental health. Employees still feel uncomfortable talking about mental health in general. Even more so when it’s your manager or work colleagues and you are concerned it will be counter-productive. Without the right support in place, employees can become at risk of their mental health affecting their ability to work, and employers risk losing valuable, experienced staff.
This why WellbeingMatters is so important for employers to inform employees that such a mental health peer support group exists. There is no other mental health peer support group in Southend specifically targeted at those in the Southend business community. WellbeingMatters was founded by Michelle Passfield and is an independently run community group with a board of trustees who are professionals with lived experience of mental illness and supporting others affected by mental health issues.
To find out more about the group, please see the attachment and follow us on Facebook (@WellbeingSoS), on Twitter (@Wellbeing_SoS), on LinkedIn (WellbeingMatters) or by emailing Michelle.email@example.com.
NQT Welcome Event - 26th September 2018
We are delighted to invite all NQTs and Induction Mentors to attend the annual NQT Welcome Event Tea, coffee and cakes will be served on arrival on Wednesday 26th September 2018.
For more information, please see the attached flyer.
Free Financial Resources to Secondary Schools
The Commentator reports that the MoneySavingExpert.com founder has teamed up with leading financial education charity Young Money to send over half a million textbooks to UK schools. It is understood that Lewis is personally funding the initiative to the tune of £200,000.As part of the initiative, Young Money will be producing a dynamic new curriculum mapped textbook providing free financial education resources to all state English secondary schools in 2018 – 2019.
The textbook will include guidance on issues such as saving and spending, borrowing, good and bad debt, risks and rewards, insurance, investments and future planning around student loans, tax and National Insurance.
Around 500,000 hard copies of the Textbook and Teacher Guide will be issued free of charge to all English secondary state schools in the 18/19 Autumn term. A downloadable version will also be made available on the Young Money website.
More information on the links below.