Weekly Newsletter: Issue 229 – Friday 19th July 2019
In the newsletter this week: a message from Brin Martin, Director of Learning, Pupil Exclusion and Independent Review Panel Training for Headteachers & Governors, Hares About Town! SEN Bulletin, Southend NQT Getting it Right from the Start Programme, NQT Welcome Event, Safeguarding in Southend - “Changes to Governance”, Southend Children's JSNA Schools Survey 2019, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for July 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 HR on HRAdvisory@southend.gov.uk 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 Children's JSNA Schools Survey 2019
As part of the planning for the new Southend Children’s Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is contacting schools to find out what information you think is most important when planning services for children. The purpose of the Children’s JSNA is to describe the characteristics of Southend’s children, and the factors which influence their development, the opportunities that they have, their health and wellbeing, and keeping them safe. It covers children aged 0-18, 0-25 for those with special educational needs and disabilities. The JSNA is used to determine need when planning and commissioning services.
This short survey will help us identify what information schools think needs to be included in this Children’s JSNA. We will use any responses to identify important topics. To access the survey please click on the link below.
The closing date for the survey is 26 July 2019.
If you have any questions about this survey please email Lucy Bissell or Justine Shipp firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
SFVS Letter - Maintained Chairs of Governors
FAO: Maintained School Chair of Governors
Please find attached a letter issued by the Joe Chesterton, Strategic Director (Finance and Resources) in relation to the School Financial Value Standard.
Please note that we do have a training session available via the SLN here: www.southendlearningnetwork.co.uk/Event/94086
To book please contact your school office.
Designated Teacher Training Conference 2019
On 27th June 2019, Southend Virtual School held their annual Designated Teacher Training Conference at Southend Pier Royal Pavilion. The theme of the day: ‘Self-Care and Wellbeing’, with key conversations surrounding how teachers may best look after themselves, in order to be effective in their support of vulnerable young people.
Mike Armiger, an experienced practitioner and Foster Carer, spoke on mental health and the ways in society currently deals with these topics, along with an in-depth look at our biological emotional responses to trauma. Sheila Mulvenny, an experienced Virtual School Headteacher, led a thought provoking presentation on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impacts on physical health and life expectancy. This was followed by group sessions, using virtual reality headsets to give a 360 degree perspective of traumatic childhood experiences, which our Looked After Children often face.
A networking lunch in the sunshine and bracing winds of Southend Pier was followed by a question and answer session with the Virtual School staff. The conference concluded with the gift of a ‘self-care bag’ to attendees, filled with tools and treats, in recognition of the brilliant work that the Designated Teachers of Southend, do.