Early Help Strategy update on System Connectivity work.
Dear heads and colleagues
As part of the Early Help strategy and in response to feedback from heads, we are reviewing the previous work on linking Safeguarding Software with Azeus. We are scoping out the feasibility of creating an interface between the two systems. We would be keen for heads and DSLs to be involved in any stakeholder event and if you are interested please
contact Ben Wolf at: Ben.Wolf@newham.gov.uk.
Similarly we are undertaking a short diagnostic report of ChildView and its capabilities for early help reporting and we are asking if any children’s centre staff and/or heads would kindly volunteer to be interviewed by Wai on our behalf then this would be appreciated. Wai can be contacted via: 'Wai Chan' email@example.com or Jason.Eustice@newham.gov.uk
The plan is to take a report to the Early Help Engagement and Advisory Board in January to agree next steps.
For any issues related to the early help strategy, please contact Nasima Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org
England China Exchange 2018/19 Shanghai exchange - see a maths mastery lessons in action
The London North East Maths Hub is delighted to offer you a FREE place to observe master teachers in action as part of the exciting Shanghai Teacher Exchange Programme.
The showcase will provide you with a unique opportunity to observe Mastery teaching techniques, with the opportunity to observe two lessons, taught by master teachers at St Francis De Sales R C Junior School.
The London North East Maths Hub has been working closely with the NCETM and schools to raise awareness and interest in a teach for mastery approach. The national project is gaining momentum and many schools are making
changes to the teaching of maths.
A large part of this involves CPD for teachers and engaging in professional development opportunities.
St Francis de Sales R C Junior School is hosting this event and it is an ideal opportunity to find out more about the approach.
Participants will be able to select from two showcase dates: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 and Wednesday 23rd January 2019. On both days you will be able to observe the following:
Key Stage 1 - addition and subtraction
Key Stage 2 - multiplication and division
Time 9.00 - 9.15 arrival and refreshments.
9.15 - 12.00 Showcase event
For bookings and further information please contact email@example.com
Please book soon to avoid disappointment as places will fill quickly.
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Urgent Reminder - Data Collection – Children Not in Receipt of Full Time Education
Thank you to the 48 primary and 8 secondary schools that have responded to the data collection request made by Huw Jones on 26 November to enable the Council to meet its statutory obligation to ensure that all children and young people in Newham receive a suitable education. If you have not already completed the return, please can I urge you to send a nil return or to provide details of all children on a reduced timetable before the end of term. The template can be found here This information is required to support the ILACS inspection expected early in the new year. More information about the context of this request is detailed below.
Local authorities have duties in relation to children missing education which require monitoring of all children receiving alternative education which includes the total number of hours they are receiving (alternative provision plus mainstream), as well as any child on a reduced timetable. DfE and Ofsted expectation is that all pupils receive full-time education (25 hours or equivalent of education a week), unless medical or mental health evidence is provided to identify that this
would be detrimental to the child’s health and wellbeing or the child is on a short term, time bound integration programme with a clear plan to re-engage to full time education. All children with a reduced timetable should have a plan identifying:
· Clearly defined objectives and expected outcomes
· Be for a specified and limited period of time
· Be kept under regular review
· Risk assessment addressing any potential safeguarding, welfare, offending or harmful behaviour concerns
· Not be implemented without the signed parental agreement and the consent of any key children’s service open to the
The original decision to establish a formal data collection for children on reduced timetables arose during preparations for the OfSTED inspection of children’s services. The guidance notes for the inspection contain an annex which summarises the range of data that OfSTED expects to see, and paragraph 2.05 states that there should be:
“A report on children, for whom the local authority is responsible, who are of school age and who are not in receipt of full-time school education at the time of inspection. This report should include for each child:
· child unique ID or UPN and the date of birth
· type of educational provision that they are receiving, including home tuition
· number of hours provision per week (in particular, whether they are
· receiving more or less than 25 hours per week)
· type of exclusion (if the child has been excluded)
· date when alternative provision commenced.”
The LA has therefore decided to request information each month on all children in Newham schools that are accessing alternative provision and/or receiving less than 25 hours education per week.
The LA trialled the original template with three schools (2 primary and 1 secondary) who indicated that it would be straightforward and not time-consuming to collect the data required.
To date we have received 58 responses (including nil returns) with schools indicating typically only a few pupils with reduced timetables. The template has caused a few technical problems (which we believe is due to differing versions of Office software) and will be amended for the next return in January. The LA did not want completion of the template to be an onerous task and has minimised the amount of information requested. The LA is adding additional data to the template (for example, to see if these children are known to social services) to reduce the workload for schools.
Update on Every Child programme consultation
The Mayor’s aspiration is that every child and young person in Newham should experience the richness of our cultural offer. Each young person should have the opportunity to discover and develop their individual talents, to achieve excellence and to have fun doing so. Music education - in school and beyond – remains part of this vision.
Today we are launching a consultation on a proposal:
*to cease the Every Child Programme and its funding in its current form from the school year starting September 2019.
*to retain up to 50% of the current budget to develop and deliver an enhanced added value enrichment provision in schools for children and young people, including a commitment to music, cultural and sporting activities based on the Mayor’s vision for young people.
These proposals reflect research evidence and feedback we have received including from schools.
The savings resulting from these proposals will enable the Council to prioritise those programmes where we consider there is the strongest evidence of benefits to residents, such as the Eat for Free programme.
We encourage all our stakeholders, including yourselves to take part in this formal consultation; and to contribute to a longer term engagement process to design the proposed new provision.
We will also be engaging with children and young people through various methodologies and we would welcome your input on securing feedback from children and young people.
Newham Connect Newsletter Issue 82 Friday 14th December 2018
Newham connect Newsletter Issue 82 Friday 14th December 2018