Weekly Newsletter: Issue 180 – Friday 20th April 2018
In the newsletter this week: a message from The Learning Service, as well as Notice to all schools that have purchased the Courier Service, SEN Commissioned Services, Term Dates 2019/20, Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards Evening, Social Care Career Information Sessions for Students, Southend Libraries: looking for Summer Reading Challenge Volunteers, Informal Cross-Borough Moderation Meetings for KS1&2, events and document deadlines for April & May, the latest news from the Southend Learning Network, Ofsted and Department for Education.
Interactive HR List Version 1.29 (Mar 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need any support on using SLN or the interactive list then please contact the Services for Schools team on email@example.com. 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".
FREE Clerks' Conference - 28th June 2018, Colchester
Please see attached flyer for more information on this free conference, coordinated by Essex Clerks Association.
The Paths Children Take - Royal Opera House Bridge Annual Conference in Southend - Wednesday 27th June
The Paths Children Take: Securing excellent cultural learning journeys for all
Wednesday 27th June, 10:00 - 16:30
South Essex College, Southend Campus
Every child should benefit from creative and cultural learning that allows them to progress, to extend and deepen their understanding of the arts and culture.
Yet progression in the arts and culture can be ill-defined or not prioritised. Young people can fall through gaps in provision and between phases of their education. And while the value of the creative industries to the economy is increasingly understood, the pipeline of future artists and audiences may be fractured.
Our Annual Conference 2018, hosted by South Essex College and working with Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, will address these challenges and examine how we can create an ecology of creative learning that gives every child the chance to flourish.
The day will be hosted by Kenneth Tharp, freelance arts professional and former Chief Executive of the Place.
There will be main stage contributions from teacher, trainer and author Debra Kidd, creative producer and arts adviser Elizabeth Lynch and education journalist Laura McInerney.
At the centre of the day we are hosting Commissions of Enquiry. These extended workshops will be facilitated by a range of experts and will tackle big questions around ensuring progression before feeding into the final plenary. Subjects will include:
approaches to progression across multiple agencies and sectors;
creative progression across the early years;
progression in speaking and listening and well-being with reference to both the role of drama and dance,
progression from full time education to the creative and cultural industries,
the role of drawing in learning,
the role of the artist in teacher education
To book please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-paths-children-take-tickets-44673320103?aff=pmlink
Hoax email to schools - please read
A number of Southend schools received an email entitled Subject: FW: "Student Report (STAFF ONLY)" recently that stated:
“Hello, a male student will be sent into your campus as you start the day, he…”
This was sent at the end of the school Holiday period. We believe the email to be a hoax, following several copycat emails made nationally in recent weeks. We have informed the police on this occasion.
As always, please assess the relative risks of such communication on a case by case basis. It may also be prudent, without raising undue concern, to review your policy for school emergency procedures.
Brin martin, Director of Learning