Weekly Newsletter: Issue 217 – Friday 5th April 2019
In the newsletter this week: a message from The Learning Service, SEN Bulletin, Schools Workload and Wellbeing, 1757 Voices Charter - Sign Up Now!, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for April & May and the latest news from the Department for Education, Ofsted and the Southend Learning Network.
Interactive HR List Version 1.36 (March 19) - 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".
Southend LA Services for Schools Brochure 2019/20 - Now Available!
Attached is a copy of the Southend LA Services for Schools Brochure for 2019/20 for Maintained, Academies, MATs, Independents and Schools outside of Southend.
As an LA, we are working hard to ensure that we can continue to provide a range of high quality and effective services to all schools including academies and multi academy trusts. We will be happy to work in partnership with any school or group of schools on the journey through academisation, in order to ensure that your services remain excellent, value for money and help you to improve for children and young people.
Due to the nature of our services, we need to ensure that the staffing of our services is sufficient for the needs of all schools. It is very helpful if you can complete your purchases (where possible) on here, the Southend Learning Network as soon as possible in order that we can not only plan overall staffing levels for 2019/20 but also finalise the plans for which individual members of a team will be delivering your service.
We are asking that in order to maximise the chance of us being able to deliver your requirements from the 1st April 2019, you notify us of your annual purchasing decisions by Friday 8th March 2019.
If you have a particular reason why this deadline is likely to be unachievable then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or
01702 215938 as soon as possible to avoid missing out on service provision.
Please note, however, that provision of all services is subject to availability.
The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition wants to hear from your pupils!
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international school’s writing competition. We hope schools will participate in this unique opportunity for aspiring young writers to share their story and develop key skills.
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC), managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, is fortunate to have Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron, as represented by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who launched the QCEC in Ghana this autumn in addition to hosting the 2018 QCEC Award Ceremony, meeting the inspiring young winners and runners-up at Buckingham Palace.
The theme for this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ which calls upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth. It asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens.
The QCEC can be a valuable tool to introduce young people to the Commonwealth, while helping to develop English skills, develop confidence and explore creative writing/writing for fun. It can be adapted to many areas of the school curriculum, including English, Citizenship, Geography and History; and is an ideal opportunity to unite themes across the curriculum. Every young person who submits their work receives a Certificate of Participation and each entry is read by a judge based in another Commonwealth country.
Each year more and more young people from across the Commonwealth participate and benefit from the opportunity, with almost 12,000 entries from 46 Commonwealth countries received in 2018. However, less than 400 entries were received from the UK in 2018. This opportunity helps to uplift youth voices to a global platform, allowing them to engage with current affairs, express hopes for the future and experiences of the present. The Society is working to increase access to this programme to a wider range of young people, especially boys and state school pupils, therefore we seek your assistance in raising awareness of the QCEC in your constituency by circulating information about the QCEC among your network, encouraging them to incorporate the Competition into their classes and activities. By helping to increase and diversify participation in UK schools, young writers will be empowered to share their ideas for a better future to a global audience and have their achievement recognised.
More information on The QCEC is available on the Royal Commonwealth Society’s website or alternatively please contact Coral Fleming, who manages the Competition (email@example.com).
Please also find attached a flyer and further briefing paper.
Sparkle Competition 2019
Make Southend Sparkle is encouraging people to make their property frontage sparkle by taking part in a great competition. Entry is FREE!
For schools there is a Cleanest and Litter Free School Grounds category.
To enter please complete the application form.
Entries must be received by 24th June 2019.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01702 212251