School Types: All Academy Schools - Academy PRUs

Week of: 16 April 2018 - 22 April 2018

NJC Local Government Services Pay Award

Agreement has been reached by the National Joint Council (NJC) for rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019 for non-teaching staff on DCC grades A to T. This is a 2% increase, with the lowest paid receiving up to 9.1%, aligned with National Living Wage increases. Due to the late […]

Brake’s Kids Walk

On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country will put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking. This project aims to inspire and engage children about the dangers they face and help Brake call on grown-ups to make their streets safer. […]

HLTA Preparation for Assessment Summer 2017/18

The three day HLTA Preparation for Assessment will commence on Friday 27 April 2018, with day 2 on Friday 4 May and day 3 on Friday 22 June. The training will take place at The Healthy Living Centre, Exminster. Please visit our website HLTA Community to see full details and to download an application form.

Safeguarding Schools Administration

Schools, are you bewildered by the Single Central Record, befuddled with Safer Recruitment, bemused by legal requirements or just bamboozled by parents? Then this training is for you! This one-day training aims to cover: Single Central Record Safer Recruitment Difficult Conversations including with parents and other agencies who have parental responsibility How to support your […]

Safeguarding – Ofsted Preparation

Ready – are you prepared for inspection, Steady – are you firmly fixed in your procedures, supported by all staff, and balanced, Go…….are you good to go?! This half day event is an opportunity for School Leaders, Governors and those with a significant role in Safeguarding to work together, identify, reflect and plan in order […]

Devon Education Finance Training (DEFT)

This one day workshop is designed for new or inexperienced school administration staff, giving an overview of finance and financial administration in the school environment. There will be opportunities throughout the day to explore best practice delivered through group discussions and practical application, as well as instruction based training. Topics include: Income and receipting, ordering […]

Moving and Handling of Children with Physical Difficulties – Initial and Refresher training – 19 and 21 June 2018

Suitable for any staff working with a child or young person who has Physical / Movement difficulties. Not suitable for staff working with children who have behavioural difficulties. Full day ‘Initial’ Course for those who have not been trained in Moving and Handling previously (refresher recommended annually). Half Day ‘Refresher’ Course for those who have […]

Safer Recruitment and Allegations Management Refresher Workshop

This Safer Recruitment training will help your school fulfil its responsibility to follow safe recruitment and selection practice within the wider context of safeguarding children. This is a short and informative workshop aimed at those who have completed the full day Safer Recruitment and Allegations Management Initial training in the past but now need to […]

South West Safeguarding Conference Prepared, Not Scared: Protecting Children in 2018 – Tuesday 26 June 2018

Threats from online dangers (such as CSE, sexting, cyber-bullying and radicalisation) have grown quicker than society has been able to respond. The Government has pledged to make the UK the safest place to be a child online but research shows children are spending an average of 15 hours per week online, overtaking television as the […]

The Mix Festival 2018 – Wednesday 20 June 2018

The Mix is Devon Music Education Hub’s annual schools’ music festival giving children and young people – and staff who work with them – the chance to be inspired by new musical experiences. This event gives thousands of pupils the opportunity to take part in a range of hands-on workshops, learn new musical skills and […]

Free School Meals Legislation Changes

Dear Administrator and Headteacher’s, I am writing to notify you of some recent changes in Free School Meals legislation which came into force on the 1 April 2018. Please find a letter and FAQs via the link below which will provide further information.

Safer Recruitment and Allegations Management Initial Training

Since 1 January 2010 it is mandatory for at least one member of staff to be trained in Safer Recruitment. This Safer Recruitment training will help your school fulfil its responsibility to follow safe recruitment and selection practice within the wider context of safeguarding children. For organisations that work with children, safeguarding those children is […]

South West Teaching and Learning Conference: Making Professional Development Matter – Monday 2 July 2018

This one day conference will bring together nationally renowned keynote speakers, Philippa Cordingley, David Weston and Dame Alison Peacock to explore the topic of professional development. The speakers with delve into the current research and look at how you can create a school where pupils succeed and teachers thrive. Practical case studies as well as […]

South West Behaviour Conference: Building Bridges, Building Relationships – Friday 23 November 2018

Children need to experience relationships with an adult which enable them to develop feelings of safety and security and develop their own ability to self-regulate. Children with unmet needs may see the world as comfortless and unpredictable and respond by shrinking from it or doing battle with it. This conference will: Focus on ensuring positive […]

Marketing and PR Masterclass: Maximising your School’s Reputation – Thursday 24 May 2018

There has never been greater competition among schools for pupils and teachers. Increasingly schools are realising the importance of boosting their image and reputation to ensure admissions figures are strong and to recruit and retain great staff. Any organisation is vulnerable to a “crisis” – and schools are no different. Whether it is a weak […]

South West SEND Conference: Valuing and Enabling Every Child – Thursday 7 June 2018

This annual event for leaders of SEND working in all phases of education provides an invaluable opportunity to update knowledge and improve provision in schools to enhance educational outcomes for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The day will provide an opportunity to share best practice with colleagues and to hear […]

South West School Administration Conference: Improving efficiency through great school administration – Wednesday 25 April 2018

This one day administration conference brings together expert keynote speakers to update you on current issues, to challenge thinking and to motivate and inspire you. The conference will be packed with information about GDPR, safeguarding, school finance, data and assessment, pupil absence, dealing with difficult parents and taking control of your wellbeing and workload. A […]

Termly Safeguarding Forums – For Headteachers and Senior Designated Safeguarding Officers – Autumn Term

Safeguarding forums offer an opportunity for professionals who have a senior role in child protection to refresh their safeguarding knowledge and understanding, receive updates and share best practice with colleagues in a similar role from a wide range of settings. Forums aim to provide a safe environment in which to review current practices and seek […]

Termly Safeguarding Forums – For Headteachers and Senior Designated Safeguarding Officers – Summer Term

Safeguarding forums offer an opportunity for professionals who have a senior role in child protection to refresh their safeguarding knowledge and understanding, receive updates and share best practice with colleagues in a similar role from a wide range of settings. Forums aim to provide a safe environment in which to review current practices and seek […]

Child Protection Refresher Training Group 3 and above – Summer 2018

Refresher courses are for those delegates who have already undertaken the ‘Safeguarding Children Training Level 3 – Initial Training Course’. Group 3 and above are required to attend an inter-agency safeguarding update or refresher: schools every 2 years; early years and others every 3 years. This course will help you:  Refresh basic knowledge and understanding […]

Child Protection Refresher Training Group 3 and above – Autumn 2018

Refresher courses are for those delegates who have already undertaken the ‘Safeguarding Children Training Level 3 – Initial Training Course’. Group 3 and above are required to attend an inter-agency safeguarding update or refresher: schools every 2 years; early years and others every 3 years. This one day refresher course will help you: Refresh basic […]

Leadership Masterclass with Andy Buck: Making the Biggest Impact on Pupil Outcomes – Tuesday 22 May 2018

Every school leader wants to do the very best for the pupils they support. But in the midst of a busy day or meeting, decision-making can sometimes become rushed. Without meaning to, a leader’s intuition or emotions can have an unhelpful influence. This masterclass will explore how school leaders tend to make decisions and how […]

South West Primary Science Masterclass: Engaging and Exciting Learning – Tuesday 3 July 2018

This masterclass will provide you with new and engaging ways to broaden and deepen science teaching and learning through interactive sessions, offering free resources and take-away strategies. Keynote speaker Louise Stubberfield started her career in science research. After a 20 year career in teaching, including headship, Louise looked for new opportunities to share her passion […]

Educational Psychology Literacy Conference: Improving Outcomes for Pupils with Literacy Difficulties – Monday 18 June 2018

This conference will provide an invaluable opportunity to update knowledge and improve provision in schools to meet the needs of children and young people with literacy difficulties. Keynote speaker, Jonathan Solity, a leading researcher and practitioner in the field of reading and spelling will discuss his latest research findings as well as sharing with us […]

Safeguarding Child Protection Level 3 Initial training (two-day course) – Summer

This is a two-day, multi-agency course for Group 3 delegates with safeguarding responsibilities (named/designated staff) and/or those working regularly with children and young people who have a duty to learn more about child protection, the course will help you: Understand the need for child protection and have knowledge of the relevant procedures and referral process […]

Safeguarding Child Protection Level 3 Initial training (two-day course) – Autumn

This is a two-day, multi-agency course for Group 3 delegates with safeguarding responsibilities (named/designated staff) and/or those working regularly with children and young people who have a duty to learn more about child protection, the course will help you: Understand the need for child protection and have knowledge of the relevant procedures and referral process […]

Meningococcal ACWY vaccination Year 13

Public Health England are asking for schools’ help in encouraging all Year 13 pupils to check if they have received the MenACWY vaccine to protect against meningococcal disease.  This is a rare disease but can be life-threatening and cause meningitis and septicaemia.  Current Year 13 students will have been offered the vaccine in year 10 or […]

A chance to try out mental health education programmes and £1000 for your school

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is looking for primary and secondary schools to partake in our 2018-2020 Education for well being research programme to implement and evaluate a range of mental health interventions for school pupils in years 4, 5, 7, 8 and 9. Please view link below.

Bercow 10 years on

In response to concerns about the support for children with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) and major changes in the education and health systems, I CAN, the children’s communication charity, and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) have undertaken an independent review of provision for children with SLCN in England. Since […]

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