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In the News Today:


Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education

Page summary:
Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All, sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential.
First published., 28 March 2022

Ambitious reform for children and young people with SEND

Green paper will consult on a stronger national system for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), boosting parent confidence.
First published.
12:15am, 29 March 2022

SGA AGM Annual May 2022

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Parent Governors Invited to Join County Council Education Select Committee

Surrey County Council’s Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Select Committee, in accordance with regulation, is seeking a parent governor to join its membership.

The Committee is responsible for scrutinising Council services including education, children’s social care, safeguarding, SEND support, adult learning and apprenticeships, arts, libraries and heritage.

The successfully elected applicant will join thirteen County Councillors and three other co-optees, including one other parent governor representative, on the Committee for up to four years. The Council will reimburse travel expenses incurred by parent governor representatives.

“This exciting leadership role presents an opportunity for a parent governor to help drive improvements in the county’s education system by holding the Council and its Cabinet to account while representing the needs and views of all Surrey parents in a non-political manner.

At Surrey County Council, we are committed to improving and increasing equality, diversity and inclusion; and I encourage applications from parent governors from all backgrounds.” - Councillor Liz Bowes, Chairman of the Select Committee

If you would like any further information about the role or the work of the Committee, please contact Benjamin Awkal at Surrey County Council (benjamin.awkal@surreycc.gov.uk; 07816 091463).

If you would like to apply, please do so by sending a brief personal statement outlining your suitability for the role to Benjamin Awkal at benjamin.awkal@surreycc.gov.uk by Monday, 28th February 2022, after which an election will be held to determine who will be appointed to the position.


To stand for election to the vacancy, you must be a parent governor at a school which is maintained by Surrey County Council and be the parent of a child who is educated at a school maintained by Surrey County Council or who is educated by the Council otherwise than at a school.

Parent governors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

You are unable to stand for election to the vacancy if you are:
- a member of a local authority;
- an employee (including teacher) of a school maintained by Surrey County Council;
- an employee of Surrey County Council; or
- a parent governor representative on another local authority education overview and scrutiny committee.

Foreword from Liz Mills

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Dear colleagues,

I hope that you’re all settling well into the new school term.

In this edition of the weekly Schools Bulletin, I’d like to talk to you about how the Government is supporting Surrey’s plans for services aimed at children with additional needs through a ‘Safety Valve’ agreement. However, I thought I’d share my thoughts on this with you in a slightly different way this week, by recording a short video blog (or vlog).

I hope you find the video helpful in explaining in greater depth the safety valve agreement, the DfE green and white paper, and some of the capital investment programmes we’ve got underway. We will be in touch with you soon about some opportunities for us to get together to discuss these developments later this term.

Best wishes


Amanda Spielman at the Annual Apprenticeship Conference

Good afternoon everyone, it’s great to be here to speak to you, especially as we’re in Birmingham, a city that has had such a big impact in shaping some of the most significant British industries we have today, and a place where so many apprentices have been trained over the years.

Like many of you, I want to spend today looking forward, but equally we can’t ignore how significant the past two years have been for education. And for me, one of the many things COVID-19 has taught us is how important our industries and services are. We used our collective skill base to respond quickly to the pandemic. We adapted at pace to create life-saving equipment and medicine, whilst also re-routing the way we work to mitigate the challenges that lockdowns presented us with. And now, it is our innovation and industry that is leading the economic recovery.

This is why showcasing apprenticeships at conferences like this is so important. Apprentices play a critical role in having a skilled workforce delivering for Britain now and in the future.

First published. 21 March 2022 ...Read More

School and college performance measures

Guidance and tools to help you understand and analyse your school or college’s performance.
Change made:
Added information on changes to school and college accountability measures: 2020 to 2022 to the collection. 12 April 2022

School suspensions and permanent exclusions

Guidance on the suspension and permanent exclusion of pupils from local-authority-maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units. Change made:
Removed guidance on changes to the school suspension and permanent exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as it has been withdrawn.
12 April 2022

Action required; do you want to continue receiving this Schools Bulletin?

Action required. The Schools Bulletin will have a new home imminently, in the Surrey Education Services hub. If you wish to continue receiving the bulletin, this is what you have to do:...Read More

Childminder agencies (CMAs)

Information about childminder agencies (CMAs). First published.3 March 2022

Review of post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below

We’re seeking views on proposals to reform post-16 qualifications at level 1, level 2 and entry level. 2 March 2022

The Resilience and Sustainability of your school

Please find the word document with an important invitation for you from Jane Winterbone Assistant Director Education SCC...Read more...

Ofsted to inspect delivery of Early Career Framework and National Professional Qualifications

Ofsted has published its framework and handbook for inspecting lead providers of early career framework (ECF) and national professional qualification (NPQ) programmes.
First published. 2 March 2022

Equality, diversity and inclusion statement: early career framework and national professional qualification inspection framework and handbook

How Ofsted’s new early career framework and NPQ inspection framework and handbook will fulfil the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, including the public sector equality duty.
First published.2 March 2022

Childcare providers no longer required to tell Ofsted about confirmed COVID-19 cases

From 21 February, childcare providers do not have to notify Ofsted of any COVID-19 cases at their setting, whether in staff or children. First published.21 February 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services

Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Change made:
Updated ‘COVID-19: guidance for children’s social care services’ to reflect the removal of Plan B restrictions, including updates to temporary regulations, visits and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.20 January 2022

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the removal of Plan B requirements for working from home, face coverings in classrooms, face coverings in communal areas and mandatory NHS COVID Pass certification requirements for events.19 January 2022

Welcome to your SAfE suite of Governance services

Dear Colleagues

I am delighted to share this information with you today, to signpost SAfE’s Governance services for the forthcoming year and outline SAfE’s plans to offer regular communication with our Governance community.

We look forward to working with all Surrey schools, academies and Trusts this year. The Governance team at SAfE is available to support you, in your capacity as a Governor or as a Trustee. Please note down our email address govsupport@schoolsallexcel.com and the SAfE telephone number 01483 749954.

Please read on for further information about the services we are offering and the events that are scheduled for this half term.

Best wishes

Ruth Murton

SAfE Governance Advisor

On behalf of the SAfE team

Geoffrey's Discussion Point

Issues to resolve that we ought to talk about openly - yet for various reasons we don’t.

One drop of inspiration can ripple right across the pool of conventional wisdom

The contents of this Discussion Point are designed to involve you in discussing through the website these and other topics affecting Governance. The intention to inspire some creative thinking and strategic input into matters important to all schools children and communities. The observations here are essentially not my fixed view or position varied observations and challenges to conventional thinking so as to prosper a richer debate and application of strategies for enhanced education,

I have often found that our opportunity to excel occurs when we face a set of problems. So why not use the summer holidays in Britain to broaden the debate and create ideas for moving to ‘building better’

...Read More

Geoffrey Hackett

Current Consultations

Carrying out Childcare Register compliance inspections

This guidance is for Ofsted inspectors carrying out inspections of providers that are only registered on either or both parts of the Childcare Register.

Change made:
Updated to simplify guidance and incorporate feedback from the sector. Clarified that Childcare Register inspections are a compliance check. Updated links to supporting documents. Updated the ‘Outcome of the inspection’ section to make the principles of reaching judgements clearer.
1 April 2022

Schools and early education update: academic year 2021 to 2022

Updates for inspectors and stakeholders with the latest information and guidance about Ofsted’s inspection work in schools and early education settings.

Change made:
Added the March 2022 edition of the school and early education update.
Time updated: 24 March 2022

Glossary of terms: Ofsted statistics

Page summary:
Explanation of terms used in Ofsted’s official and national statistical releases.

Updated the ‘latest releases’ section with the state-funded schools inspections and outcomes as at 31 December 2021 release.
, 31 March 2022

State-funded schools statistics

Official statistics on the inspections and outcomes of maintained schools and academies in England.

Change made:
Added ‘State-funded schools inspections and outcomes as at 3 December 2021’ official statistics.
Time updated: March 2022

Recent Consultations Outcomes

Regulating academic and technical qualifications at level 3

Proposed regulatory approach for alternative academic and alternative technical qualifications at level 3 in England First published. 24 February 2022

Higher education policy statement and reform

We’re seeking views on proposals to improve outcomes, access and value for money of investment in higher education by students and taxpayers. First published.24 February 2022

Lifelong loan entitlement

Seeking views on a lifelong loan entitlement for use on modular or full-time study at higher technical and degree levels, in higher and further education providers. First published. 24 February 2022

School Direct: guidance for schools

How to request and manage school-led initial teacher training (ITT) places for School Direct. Change made: Changed contact details for ‘Applying to become a lead school’ to reflect the decommissioning of the database of trainee teachers and providers (DTTP) in March 2022.