Urgent Information for the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher/Principal – PCR testing for close contacts of COVID-19 cases - 08.06.2021

Due to a significant change in the response for contacts of COVID-19 cases this information for education leaders is being circulated in addition to the weekly email to all education settings.

In response to the transmission of variants of concern, Public Health England (PHE) South East, is advising all close contacts of COVID-19 cases to get a COVID-19 PCR test (ideally 5 days after exposure or day five of isolation) whether or not they have symptoms of coronavirus COVID-19.

The template letters provided by PHE SE Region have been updated to reflect the change and are available in the PHE SE Region Appendices for COVID 19 Resource Pack for Educational Settings v11 8 June 2021 document in the SCC Coronavirus webpages for school leaders - COVID-19 Schools Recovery Phase webpage in the Recovery Plan section.

Jane Dufton
Service Manager – School Relationships and Support
Surrey County Council – Education, Lifelong Learning & Culture


SCC dedicated webpages – Covid-19 Information for School Leaders: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/school-leaders


For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher & Chairs of Governor - Surrey Education Covid 19 Coronavirus

Weekly Update

Dear Colleagues

This is your weekly COVID19 Coronavirus update that includes all the new and updated local information and guidance related to COVID-19 including links to information and guidance newly published on SCC dedicated webpages for School Leaders. DfE and government guidance continues to be published regarding Lockdown 2 and we will continue to update the webpages with any changes to our local response.
The county council has been advised by DfE colleagues that further guidance for schools is expected to be published soon which will include further detail regarding Extra Curricular activities, Face Coverings, Remote Learning, Ofsted and Children’s Social Care.

Following the publication by government of a Winter Package last week end, the county council are working with partners to develop a response. Any updates and further detail will be available in future weekly emails and/or the weekly Schools Bulletin.

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For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher, DSLs & Chairs of Governor - Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020

It has been brought to the attention of the Education Safeguarding Team that the Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020 circulated to schools via the Education Safeguarding Team Update mailing list has not reached everyone...Read More

Surrey County Council Template Safeguarding Child Protection Policy 2020

Diocese of Guildford
Arrangements for School Opening - Spring Term 2021

I am writing to you this evening as I am very aware that many of you will be wrestling with very difficult decisions regarding the opening of your school tomorrow or later this week.

The current situation regarding the guidance that has been issued by the Department of Education and the advice to schools from Local Authorities, Public Health England and the national teaching unions has placed school leaders and governors in an impossible position.

Many of you will be feeling angry, let down, confused and overwhelmed by the constant changes which you are being asked to respond which makes planning for different scenarios almost impossible.

The situation is further excaberated by the inconsistency in messaging and communications which are read by parents, staff and your wider school community which I know has led to many of you working over the Christmas holiday period responding to queries rather than focusing on arrangements and risk assessments for your school.

During this period of uncertainty, chaos and confusion, as a headteacher and governor, your leadership and deep conviction to serve the children and staff in your care matters more than ever.

I know that despite the very challenging circumstances and the risks to your own safety and well-being, that you will be considering actions and decisions which will be right for your school and your school community. There is no right answer or solution to the challenges or situation that an individual school faces; whatever you decide, it will be the right decision based on your own knowledge of the circumstances that you face.

The Diocesan Board of Education is not a union, nor does it have the responsibility of the Local Authority or the DFE, however it does have a special, statutory responsibility for all Church of England schools in our diocese which enables me as Diocesan Director of Education to write and advise you on any matter related to Church schools.

I hope that a global pandemic and national crisis would be one scenario, which although none of us would have envisaged a year ago, would meet these requirements.

The Diocese is a strong advocate for you and your Church school and we continue to work with the three Local Authorities of Surrey, Hampshire and Kingston to ensure that your voice is heard; we meet regularly with the DFE and Regional School Commissioners to express your views and concerns on behalf of each of our 83 Church schools.

For some time now, we have been pushing for all teachers and school staff to be prioritised for early vaccination so that you can continue to operate your school, safe in the knowledge that you, your colleagues and your families are not at risk from the virus and can keep your schools open.

Working with our Local Authority partners we will continue to seek assurances from the DFE and PHE on when school staff will be included in immunisation programmes, in order that you can focus your energy on teaching the children in your care.

So, as we begin the new term and the new year, my message to you is simple; remember that you are not alone.

The Diocese and all of us in the Education team stand with you as you face the daily demands and challenges in front of you.

Our hope is based in our Christian faith which is underpinned by a commitment and confidence in you as a Church school leader; that despite everything that is asked of you in the days ahead, you can place your trust in God knowing that he will never leave you:

"And I will be with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28 verse 20.

We will be praying for you in the days and weeks ahead as you make difficult decisions and navigate the challenges ahead.

If you need help or support, or just want to speak to someone for a few minutes, do make contact with us by e-mail; my mobile number is 07562 265365 if you need to ring.

Take care and best wishes for the new term,

Alex Tear

Diocesan Director of Education


Welcome Back – A Message for School Leaders from Surrey County Council, SAfE and Phase Councils – 20.04.2021.

Welcome back!

As we reflect on an extraordinary year with increased working hours and a new digital culture of “always being available”; I trust that you have prioritised your wellbeing during the holiday period by socialising with friends and family and taking time to relax and recuperate, in preparation for the term ahead.

The return to school provides us all with the opportunity to fully focus on an education offer that is grounded in the best pedagogical processes. This approach will assure us that all our children and young people receive the high-quality learning and teaching they deserve in all our schools and settings. We fully recognise that the restoration of the best pedagogy may sometimes appear to conflict with COVID protective measures, we shall all need to embrace our creativity in our risk mitigation to facilitate interactive and exciting learning environments where children and young people can thrive and enjoy learning alongside their peers and teachers once more. We invite you to continue discussions with colleagues, other school leaders, SAfE and local authority officers to support you in your decision making.

Many of you will also be planning for transition, whilst we await national guidance school leaders should postpone extensive planning for on-site visits for transition days on 29 & 30 June 2021 (given that it is acknowledged that the Transition Day dates as planned are close to the “not earlier than date ” of 21 June 2021 announced by the government for the national cessation of restrictions on social contact). However, please be aware that, to avoid a significant logistical challenge across the sector, there are no plans to change the Transition Day dates this year.

We therefore recommend that school leaders remain mindful that there may be a requirement to undertake remote visits similar to those recommended last year to ensure compliance with COVID 19 guidance and to support a reduction in transmission within the wider education sector and our communities.

Finally, following the message earlier today from Rachael Wardell - Executive Director of Children, Families and Lifelong Learning, which referenced the numerous anonymous testimonials of sexual harassment and abuse in education settings posted on the website Everyone’s Invited, and the recently announced Ofsted review; we take this opportunity as an education partnership to reaffirm our commitment to ensuring children feel safe, protected, and supported within their education setting. The county council reiterate the offer to all school leaders of access to safeguarding advice and support via the Education Safeguarding Team and the School Relationships Service.

We wish you an enjoyable, safe and successful Summer Term.

On behalf of Surrey County Council, SAfE and Phase Councils,

Liz, Maria, Ben, Cindy, Kate and Mary-Ellen.

COVID-19: Latest updates

The NHS COVID-19 app launched today and will help the national test and trace effort and support those businesses that are required to collect customer data.

The app uses your phone to detect other app users nearby, and the NHS will let you know if you have been near someone who has developed symptoms.- Elmbridge Borough Council.

Download the app now and find out more about what the app does.


Schools with Governor or trustee Vacancies

In this section we offer opportunities for those interested in taking up school Governance and for existing governors and trustees either looking for a change or with the capacity to take on a second school position.

The core responsibilities of Governance are
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

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Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam highlights the importance of continuing to follow the guidance, even after receiving a COVID-19 vaccination.

The 30th January 2021 marks the first anniversary of the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and next Sunday will be one year on from the first case of COVID-19 detected in the UK. It has been a terrible year as the virus has spread across the world causing misery, hardship, death and severely disrupting all of our lives.

The silver lining has been the incredible work of scientists and healthcare professionals across the world. If you had told me 12 months ago, that the UK would have discovered, in dexamethasone, the first treatment proven to reduce COVID-19 deaths, and vaccinated over 5 million people by this point, I would have been astonished. But that is the place in which we find ourselves. Hardship, but also hope.

Many people have played an important role in getting vaccines in arms, including the teams of researchers behind the development of the vaccines, the volunteers who took part in clinical trials, the Vaccines Taskforce who ensured we had supply of vaccine and the NHS staff and volunteers who are now working hard to administer them to people quickly and safely.

Their work has been incredible and we should rightly celebrate this.

Vaccines do offer the way out of the pandemic and a return to life as we knew it – having a pint before watching your local football team, multigenerational family gatherings and big weddings. These really will return! But to make that happen as quickly as possible we need to bring the number of cases down as soon as we can whilst we vaccinate our most vulnerable. To do that there are some important scientific points I want to highlight:

No vaccine has ever been 100% effective so no-one will have 100% protection from the virus. The way to reduce everyone’s risk is to break the chains of transmission and really push down the number of cases.

Vaccines work by tricking your body into thinking it has to fight the virus. It trains you for this fight by making antibodies and stimulating T-cells; then you are ready if you do come across the real thing. However, like any training, getting up to ‘match fitness’ takes time. Your body’s response, the immune response, is only fully trained up around 2 or 3 weeks after you have each of your 2 jabs. If you are older it’s better to allow at least 3 weeks. You can still get COVID in this time.

Even better and longer lasting protection then comes from the second dose so it is really important that everyone gets the second jab.

Really importantly we do not yet know the impact of the vaccine on transmission of the virus. So even after you have had both doses of the vaccine you may still give COVID to someone else and the chains of transmission will then continue. If you change your behaviour you could still be spreading the virus, keeping the number of cases high and putting others at risk who also need their vaccine but are further down the queue.

We still have a very high number of hospitalisations and deaths. A quarter of hospital admissions for COVID-19 are in people under the age of 55. Despite the speed of the rollout, these are people who will not have the vaccine for a while yet.

Some people are questioning the UK policy of trying to give as many at-risk people as possible the first dose of vaccine in the shortest possible time, inevitably extending the interval before the second dose is given. But what none of these (who ask reasonable questions) will tell me is: who on the at-risk list should suffer slower access to their first dose so that someone else who’s already had one dose (and therefore most of the protection) can get a second? Everyone on the JCVI priority list is at risk from this nasty virus, and vaccines just can’t be produced at an unlimited rate.

It has been a very difficult year for us all and everyone, including me, is desperate to return to seeing the people we love. The vaccine has brought considerable hope and we are in the final furlough of the pandemic but for now, vaccinated or not, we still have to follow the guidance for a bit longer




Current government lockdown Guidance and regulations
5th Jan 2021

The following links are advice on the current lockdown for all.

National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?utm_source=66664b8c-6ee0-4c42-ae67-5f2e5d703736&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Publication of Remote Education information
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/providing-remote-education-information-to-parents-template

Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision




Draft School Admissions Code

Briefing for schools on the proposed changes

Introduction
1. On 26 June, the DfE issued a consultation on a revised version of the School Admissions Code - https://consult.education.gov.uk/home-to-school-transport-and-admissions-team/changes-to-the-school-admissions-code. The consultation will run for 16 weeks until 16 October 2020.
Summary of Code changes for schools 01/09/2020.docx


Thousands more young people to benefit from Opportunity Areas

Fifth year of Opportunity Area announced, backed by £18 million to build back better for children and young people in disadvantaged regions

Thousands more young people in some of the most disadvantaged regions of England will benefit from a fifth year of investment in the flagship Opportunity Areas programme as part of the government’s commitment to levelling up.

Since 2016, the programme has invested £90 million on improving school standards, attendance, teaching quality and recruitment, careers training and advice, literacy and maths skills, alongside tackling barriers to learning that exist beyond the school gates.

An additional £18 million will now be invested in 12 Opportunity Areas across the country, which include Blackpool, Derby and Oldham. Each area will be ‘twinned’ with previous areas who have faced similar challenges so they can benefit from their expertise and collaborate more closely on the issues facing children and young people
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Schools and colleges to benefit from boost in expert mental health support

17 million in mental health funding for schools and colleges to help them recover from the challenges of the pandemic.

From:
Department for Education
Published
10 May 2021

• More than £17 million announced to improve mental health and wellbeing support in schools and colleges, part of Government’s commitment to build back better for every young person
• New funding to train thousands of senior mental health leads, for school and college staff and to provide helpful resources
• Builds on Government’s commitment to making mental health and wellbeing a central part of education recovery work

Thousands of children and young people will benefit from better support and expert advice in school and college thanks to a new multi-million package of mental health support designed to help them recover from the challenges of the pandemic. As part of Mental Health Awareness week, the Government has today (Monday 10 May) announced more than £17 million to build on mental health support already available in education settings, as it continues to prioritise wellbeing alongside academic recovery.

Up to 7,800 schools and colleges in England will be offered funding worth £9.5 million to train a senior mental health lead from their staff in the next academic year, part of the Government’s commitment to offering this training to all state schools and colleges by 2025.

Funding also includes a new £7 million Wellbeing for Education Recovery programme, which provides free expert training, support and resources for staff dealing with children and young people experiencing additional pressures from the last year – including trauma, anxiety, or grief. The programme builds on the success of the Department for Education’s Wellbeing for Education Return, used by more than 90% of councils since its launch last summer.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said:
“I know how difficult the pandemic has been for many children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing, and the next few months will be crucial in supporting their recovery. Getting back into the classroom was a vital step in this process but success in school and college goes beyond an excellent education – as parents we want our children to feel settled, calm and happy while they learn.

“That’s why we’re providing new funding to make experts available for support, advice and early intervention or specialist help, so every young person knows who and where to turn to as we build back better after the pandemic.” The Department for Education will also fund an adapted ‘Link’ programme which is designed to improve partnerships between health and education leaders in local areas, raise awareness of mental health concerns and improve referrals to specialist help when needed.

The next Mental Health in Education Action Group, to take place on Monday 24 May, will continue to build on this support for all education settings, staff, parents, children and young people. Led by Ministers, and including Youth Mental Health Ambassador Dr Alex George, the work aims to better align the education and mental health sectors, including charities, to address concerns among leaders and staff about how best to support their pupils and students post-pandemic.

Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:
“The past year has been incredibly difficult for so many children and young people whose resilience in the face of so much change has been heroic . Staff have been working so hard to support their pupils so I’m thrilled to be able to reassure them that we’re increasing funding, specialist support and training materials for expert care – building on the success of Wellbeing for Education Return and ensuring that the help is there for the children who need it.” Minister for Mental Health, Nadine Dorries, said:

“Our children and young people have faced unique challenges over the course of this very difficult and unsettling pandemic, and while they have shown great resilience, I recognise the need for additional support. “It is essential that children and young people can access the support they need and this extra funding further cements our commitment to their wellbeing, equipping them with the tools to look after their mental health.”

To support staff mental health, the Department for Education will also launch an Education Staff Wellbeing Charter this week, with a cross-sector commitment to protect and promote the wellbeing of all staff working in schools and colleges. The Department has also appointed Timewise – the national flexible working training provider – to train staff to implement flexible working where possible, and eight flexible working ambassador schools have been appointed to champion best practice and work with other schools locally.

Within the higher education sector, Universities Minister Michelle Donelan and incoming President of Universities UK Professor Steve West will jointly chair a new roundtable on suicide prevention in June. Through this they will develop and support the adoption of the Suicide Safer Universities framework and promote good practice in the sector, helping to make sure students are well supported during their time at university.

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said:
“Students and university staff have faced disruption and uncertainty over the past year, and supporting their mental health and wellbeing remains a top priority.

“The Suicide Prevention roundtable with UUK is an important step in our commitment to supporting higher education providers to care for their students experiencing mental health issues, and I am proud to be a part of it. I strongly urge anyone who is struggling with mental health issues to seek help from their local NHS trust, which now provides dedicated, 24-hour support lines, including suicide prevention support.”



Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

Published
14 May 2021

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel has published its Annual Report for 2020. The independent expert panel reviews serious child safeguarding cases – when a child dies or suffers serious harm, and abuse or neglect is known or suspected. New figures show the panel received 482 serious incident notifications which occurred in 2020, with 206 of these incidents involving children who tragically died.

In this exceptional year, local safeguarding partners have shown resilience, creativity and adaptability to maintain support for vulnerable children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the analysis shows that all agencies need to address the stubborn challenges, such as weak information sharing and risk assessment, that have too often, over decades, persistently beset child protection practice.

Examples include initial risk assessments not being updated in response to new information about parental mental health concerns and alcohol and substance misuse, or information of previous convictions for sexual offences not being shared due to a lack of understanding about GDPR and data protection regulations.

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel Chair, Annie Hudson said:
During 2020 professionals working to safeguard vulnerable children showed extraordinary ability and resourcefulness in the way that they adapted and innovated in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The national Panel focusses on the most serious cases of child abuse and neglect; through this specific lens, we have been able to highlight the urgent need for everyone involved in safeguarding children to address some of the stubborn challenges which have bedevilled much child protection practice.

Issues related to effective information sharing, risk assessment and decision making have assumed even greater significance over the past year. It is vital therefore that government departments work together, and with the Panel and local safeguarding partners, to tackle these challenges in what is always very challenging and difficult but potentially lifesaving work.

The report identifies 6 cross-cutting practice themes for safeguarding partners to make a difference in reducing serious harm and preventing child deaths in the context of abuse or neglect. These themes are supported by a bank of case studies that encapsulate key learning from case reviews.

• Understanding what the child’s daily life is like
• Working with families where their engagement is reluctant and sporadic
• Critical thinking and challenge
• Responding to changing risk and need
• Sharing information in a timely and appropriate way
• Organisational leadership and culture for good outcomes

In order to help tackle these issues, the panel is prioritising risk assessment and decision making in its 2021 work programme. It is also working with the independent review of children’s social care to ensure any recommendations take account of the patterns and trends from serious incidents to better protect all vulnerable children. Also published today is a report into implementing the multi-agency safeguarding reforms by Sir Alan Wood. The panel will have regard to this report and work to implement any recommendations to improve the safeguarding system.


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Education Secretary addresses Centre for Social Justice

Gavin Williamson speaks about the importance of family in levelling up outcomes and opportunities for young people

Good afternoon,

It is a pleasure to be here at the CSJ, and while it is a pity not to be joined by others, I am just glad to have the opportunity to talk about a subject that is all too often neglected by politicians in Westminster.

As the Cabinet Minister responsible for our public education system, can I start by saying a huge thank you to everyone who has worked so tirelessly throughout the pandemic supporting schools and colleges... Read More


More support for local areas to drive up school standards

£10 million for intensive support in four areas of the country to increase proportion of pupils in Good or Outstanding schools


The government has today (Wednesday 19 May) reinforced its commitment to levelling up education across the country with new, locally targeted initiatives to make sure as many pupils as possible can benefit from being in a great school.

The funding and support for academy trusts is central to a transformative reform package set out by the Education Secretary Gavin Williamson during a recent speech to the Confederation of School Trusts.

The announcement is one of a range of new policies set out by the Prime Minister today which focus on better access to high-quality education, improved infrastructure in our town centres, and more public sector jobs outside of London – all of which are at the heart of levelling up.

Ten million pounds will be invested to support four areas - Plymouth, Ashfield & Mansfield, South Sefton & North Liverpool, and North Durham & City – where a low proportion of pupils go to Good or Outstanding schools and there is high potential for rapid improvement.

The investment will help local schools join strong trusts and drive up standards with the support of experienced school and trust leaders.

Up to half of the £10 million funding for the four areas receiving intensive support will be channelled through the Trust Capacity Fund, which opens for applications today from trusts looking to support more schools in those areas and across the country.

The Department is also providing £800,000 in setup funding towards a pilot of five new Catholic multi-academy trusts and two new Church of England trusts to provide more church schools the opportunity to join strong trusts across the country.

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said:
I am determined to focus this government’s resources on the areas of the country where the number of pupils in Good or Outstanding schools is lower than average, as we build back better and recover from the impact of the pandemic.

An education at a great school is the best way to make sure pupils are supported to catch up on any academic learning or development they may have missed, and fulfil their potential. The best way to create more great schools is to give all schools the support of a strong multi-academy trust to help them improve.

I am encouraging all school trusts today to consider applying for funding to expand and support more schools, particularly in those areas of the country where there are still too few opportunities for children to attend a great school.

Chief Executive of Plymouth City Council, Tracey Lee, said:
I am delighted that Plymouth is one of the first few areas to have been selected to take part in this significant national initiative.

I am sure all education providers in the city share the excitement that Plymouth is recognised by the Government as an area that has good foundations with a place-based collaboration and is most likely to achieve success as a trailblazer of this national initiative.

There are many challenges in improving the educational achievements for all children and young people in Plymouth, and we do not underestimate these. This initiative will support us in facing these head on and achieving our vision that all children and young people in the city are able to aspire and achieve and have a bright future. An additional Catholic ‘turnaround trust’ is also being set up as a joint pilot with the Catholic Education Service and Catholic Dioceses in the North West. It will work with Catholic schools within the Dioceses of Liverpool and Shrewsbury that require swift support from a strong trust – providing an additional boost to efforts to secure rapid improvement in the South Sefton & North Liverpool area.

Director of the Catholic Education Service, Paul Barber, said:
As the second largest provider of schools in the country and one of the government’s longstanding partners in the delivery of education, we warmly welcome this announcement.

Catholic academies and multi-academy trusts play an important part in our education landscape and it is essential that they are allowed to flourish in a manner that respects their Catholic ethos. We strongly believe these pilot programmes will give Catholic schools the confidence to join a suitable Catholic Academy Trust and witness the benefits of working within a family of schools.

Chief Education Officer at the Church of England, Nigel Genders, said:
This pilot together with the Government’s financial commitment will enable Church of England dioceses to use their broad experience to further enrich the academy sector by growing distinctive diocesan MATs that will sustain and improve the experience of hundreds of thousands of children in Church of England schools, supporting our aim of serving the whole community, and allowing young people to flourish and live well in an ever changing educational landscape.



Looking after your mental wellbeing

The government has advised that those shielding can now spend time outdoors if they wish to do so. Despite these measures, however, continued social isolation, reduction in physical activity, and changes in routine can all contribute to increased stress. Many people, including those without existing mental health needs, may feel anxious. Reasons for increased anxiety may include potential effects on support with daily living, ongoing care arrangements with health providers, support with medication and changes in daily routines. It is important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and that you get further support if you need it.

Follow the advice that works for you in the guidance on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during COVID-19. At times like these, it can be easy to fall into unhealthy patterns of behaviour which in turn can make you feel worse. Constantly watching the news can make you feel more worried. If you think it is affecting you, try to limit the time you spend watching, reading or listening to media coverage of the outbreak. It may help to only check the news at set times or limit this to a couple of times a day. Try to focus on the things you can control, such as where you get information from and actions you can take to help you feel prepared. The Every Mind Matters page on anxiety and NHS mental wellbeing audio guides provide further information on how to manage anxiety.

If you’re still struggling after several weeks and it’s affecting your daily life, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111.

If you are receiving services for your mental health, learning disability or autism and are worried about the impact of isolation, contact your key worker, care coordinator or provider to review your care plan. If you have additional needs, contact your key worker or care coordinator to develop a safety or crisis plan.

Staying mentally and physically active

There are simple things you can do that may help you to stay mentally and physically active during this time such as:
• you can find free 10 minute workouts from PHE or other exercise videos to try at home on the NHS Fitness Studio
• spend time doing things you enjoy such as reading, cooking, other indoor hobbies or listening to favourite radio programmes or watching TV
• try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, drink enough water, exercise regularly, and try to avoid smoking, alcohol and drugs




Early-career payments for teachers

Mathematics, physics, chemistry and languages teachers can check whether they can apply for the early-career payments pilot. The amount teachers get depends on where they teach in England. 21 May 2021

Children's Social Care Innovation Programme: insights and evaluation

Evaluation and summary reports for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (CSCIP) grouped by theme. Added ‘Firstline project evaluation – round 2’ report. 20 May 2021

Get school-to-school support from system leaders

Get help and support from system leaders to improve your school.
Added information about the recommendations of the advisory group for a reformed NLG programme to the ‘National leaders of governance’ section. 20 May 2021


Find a free level 3 qualification

Details of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults and the colleges and training providers who are currently able to offer free places. 10 May 2021

Education staff wellbeing charter

An explanation of the education staff wellbeing charter and the benefits of using it. 10 May 2021

Free courses for jobs

Details of the free courses and qualifications for adults (19+) available through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee including eligibility criteria and how to apply. 10 May 2021

Education, health and care plans: England 2021

Data on the number of children and young people with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan in England. 13 May 2021

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.12 May 2021

Changes to the School Admissions Code

We’re seeking views on a revised version of the School Admissions Code to support vulnerable children. 13 May 2021

Every school with Reception class offered early language training

Every school in England with a Reception class to be offered expert training in early language and communication 13 May 2021



Agreement between an employer and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Employer agreement with the ESFA to pay training providers to carry out apprenticeship training.19 May 2021



Statistics: special educational needs (SEN)

Statistics on pupils with SEN, including information on educational attainment, destinations, absence, exclusions, and characteristics. 13 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings

How settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
13 May 2021

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, including information on face coverings, attendance, pupils travelling to the UK from abroad, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, music, dance and drama, pupil wellbeing and state-funded school inspection. We have also added further guidance on domestic residential educational visits and a section on transitional, taster and open days.
10 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing for staff in primary schools and nurseries

Information on rapid asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing for staff in primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools.
18 January 2021

The Church School Governance Training Programme (CSGTP)

Good Afternoon,

I would like to introduce you to an online Governor Training Programme specifically aimed at Church Schools and with significant discounts available for groups of governors from the same Diocese. We would be very grateful if you could pass this on to those responsible for governor training within your Diocese.

The Hope Church School Governance Online Training Programme (CSGTP) is aimed at Governors and Trustees (Directors) in both church schools and schools with a distinctively Christian ethos, providing support for Governors and Trustees (Directors) committed to improving provision and outcomes for children and young people... Read More

CPD Registration Form CSGTP Online 2018/19


CSGTP_A4_Leaflet_09/10/19 pdf

Course notes on cpd training pages as per last forward




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Secondary Heads’ Phase Council : Supporting our Headteachers in Surrey

Surrey’s Secondary Headteachers’ Phase Council is an organisation which advocates on behalf of the Headteachers of Surrey’s state-funded secondary schools. Central to this purpose is the provision of support to all secondary heads: to protect and promote their welfare and well-being.

We recognise that leadership in schools, against the backdrop of constant change and with limited resource, can be very demanding, challenging and at times isolating. This can affect us all and at times has a more profound effect on school leaders, given professional context and personal circumstances. We also know that there is a wealth of experience and knowledge amongst colleagues who have all faced similar challenges.

I am therefore delighted to share with you a new support package being offered to Surrey Secondary Headteachers by Secondary Phase Council. The new offer signposts support to any Head who would welcome such an opportunity, on a personal 1:1 and completely confidential basis. The support offered through this service is funded by Phase Council and comes from a colleague (often a former Headteacher) who has offered to act in a supportive capacity.

It is not intended that the package offers long term support rather that is provides welcome pockets of individual support, at times of particular need. Secondary Phase Council is keen to ensure that this offer is seen as a model of support that complements other offers of assistance from Chairs, Governing Bodies/Trusts or professional associations.

Secondary Phase Council is also in the process of undertaking a review of Headteacher Appraisals and we would be pleased to share our findings and recommendations of best practice with Heads and with Governors in due course. We anticipate circulation of the report during the spring term 2020.

If you have any questions relating to the work of Phase Council or the specific initiatives I have highlighted, please do not hesitate to contact Sarah Ayers Executive Officer at sarah.ayers@surreysecondaryheads.org.uk

Ben Bartlett
Chair, Surrey Secondary Headteachers Phase Council
Headteacher, Hinchley Wood School



Dorking Nursery School

Here At Dorking Nursery School, we offer a range of high quality courses for early years' professionals. Our one-day courses are aimed at all practitioners, including teachers and support staff, in Early Years settings. The day includes a buffet lunch, refreshments throughout the day and a tour of Dorking Nursery School.

We also regularly run 2-day Makaton for Beginners and Talk Boost training as well as offering early years practitioners an opportunity to visit our Nursery on our Visitor Mornings.

Since 2018, we have been working in partnership with Early Excellence to offer series of practical and informative workshops.

In June 2017, Dorking Nursery School was designated as a National Support School and our Headteacher, Donna Harwood-Duffy is a National Leader of Education. A range of support, training and CPD for schools and settings can be purchased by contacting us directly.

For our current courses, it may be best to add this as it will update regularly when new courses are offered -
https://www.dorkingnurserychildrenscentre.org.uk/
courses-and-events-early-years-practitioners




Are you an Inclusive school or are you just missing out.

That there are very many hard working and dedi- cated people in Surrey education is not in doubt and the results overall would tend to reflect that these achievements have been gained in a system which has been very stable for the last 14 or more years but systems become dated and time, tech- nology, economy and society has moved on. Read more on page 12

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Interested in Governance?

We are always looking for new governors to swell our ranks and perform some important functions in the Surrey education system currently a new developing Schools -Led System.

Governors are in the main a unique unit in the education army, unlike all the other units of education’s delivery, they are not chasing a career nor relying on a salary, they are not in governance for a pension or promotion or a bigger house they are simply there to ensure a better future for our next generations; by ensuring today’s society get the best value out of the current generation’s investment.

Uncluttered by personal ambition, governors are able to monitor the desired progress in education to ensure each and every one of our children gets the best education possible. They bring their experience, their knowledge and their reputation from every walk of life, into persuing the very best of education for all children from 0-25. So the next generation will be able to build and enjoy a better society they are proud to pass on to all in the future.

While specific governor vacancies are advertised in the schools section if you are interested in general please contact admin at SGA admin@sureygovernnce.org.uk . Alternatively you can contact SGOSS www.moderngovernor.com or a local school or council of your choice.