Weekly Newsletter: Issue 214 – Friday 15th March 2019
In the newsletter this week: a message from The Learning Service, NQT Induction Service update, Southend Schools Workload and Wellbeing, SEN Bulletin, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for March & April 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 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".
The 1757 Voices Schools Charter *Launch Event*
The Southend Youth Council is delighted to announce that on Monday 25th March, we will be holding a Launch Event following the success and completion of our ‘1757 Voices’ Mental Health and Emotional Well-being Charter.
At the Southend Youth Council we have been working on introducing our Charter (a copy of which can be found on this link) with an aim to promote having healthier, more Mental Health-friendly schools where pupil well-being is highly valued.
It is our pleasure to invite you to attend our launch event, which will be held in the Chamber at The Hive, Victoria Avenue from 5pm -6pm.
At the event, we’ll give more background to what we’ve achieved and expand upon the importance and value of better Mental Health support for young people. We will be joined by guest speakers and we will have a taster ‘relaxation & well-being’ session to give everyone an experience of the different kinds of Mental Health support. There will also be an opportunity for local schools and organisations to sign up to our Charter and to meet the team behind the project.
*Due to venue restrictions we would appreciate if everyone attending could book via the Eventbrite link below:
Please let us know if you are able to attend or have any questions and we look forward to seeing you there.
Marco Mann - Southend Youth Mayor, Amy Burdett - Southend Deputy Youth Mayor and the Mental Health Campaign Committee
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 email@example.com 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.
Cross Borough Moderation Meetings for Yr 2 and Yr 6 Teachers
Please find attached an invitation for your Year 2 and Year 6 teachers to attend the cross-borough moderation meetings taking place early next term in Southend and Thurrock.
The meetings will provide teachers with a unique opportunity to work together to discuss and validate their teacher assessment judgements with colleagues from their own and another Local Authority.
All meetings will be twilight sessions (4.30pm - 6.00 pm), led by Alison Picknell, Moderation Lead for both LAs.
The sessions are free to attend.
To book, please email Alison directly on APicknell@thurrock.gov.uk.