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Issue 64 - 27 March 2015
Spring Term 2015
Have a
wonderful
half term!
Dear Colleagues,
As promised last Friday, here is the information about changes to the management of the Learning
Service that will start from April 1st.
School Improvement: I am pleased to inform you that Dani Wade has been appointed as Group Manager for School Improvement. Dani
will take over the role from Barbara Breed, who has been a great colleague since joining the team in September. Barbara will continue
to work with the school improvement service as assigned adviser for a number of schools.
SEN: Ian McFee was appointed to the role of Group Manager SEN earlier this year and will now take on the role from Sandra Bingham.
Sandra will continue to work with the Learning Service on specific projects. I am very grateful to Sandra for her leadership of the SEND
reforms in Southend.
Integrated Locality Services: Some of you will be aware that Integrated Locality Services and specifically Early Help, are under review.
Cathy Braun was appointed as Interim Group Manager from December and will be continuing in this role until the review is completed
and decisions taken about next steps.
Governor Services and Music Education Hub: Alison Gellett will be taking on responsibility for Governor Services and the Music Hub,
and will continue to explore options for future delivery.
I am very sad that we will be saying farewell to Phil Warner today. Phil has been a great colleague with wisdom and clarity and I’m sure
you will all join me in wishing him all the best as he leaves us to begin a new chapter in Gozo.
Earlier this week, Headteachers representing each Southend Challenge cluster met with Robin Bevan and Mike Skelly to discuss how
grammar schools can work with primary schools to boost pupil premium intake. The discussion was around preparation, aspiration,
application and preference. Further discussion is planned to take place in the summer term - if you wish to be involved, please contact
Dani Wade.
This week I was delighted to attend our Spring Term Ofsted Celebratory Tea which was attended by nearly 100 staff from St Thomas
More High School, Alleyn Court Preparatory School, Friars Primary School and Nursery, Southend High School for Boys and the Southend
Adult Community College. It was wonderful to celebrate with such dedicated colleagues who have all achieved a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’
outcome in their Ofsted or ISI inspection. Well done to all of you and please see page 6 for photos!
As mentioned last week, please click here to see the new ’full time prospectus for school leavers and apprentices 2015-16’ from
Southend Adult Community College. The next open event for anyone wishing to find our more is Wednesday 22nd April, 14:00 - 16:30.
This week I’m delighted to include your feedback from the SEN and Leadership Conferences. I’m so pleased that you have found them so
beneficial. Your comments included: 'Inspiration and enjoyment - Renewed energy - alternative perspectives on leadership' and 'Totally
inspirational. Really practical, strategies relevant to supporting development of children's talk.' See page 5 for more feedback.
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter break and I look forward to seeing you in the Summer Term!
Kind regards,
JANE THEADOM
Head of Learning - Department for People
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Events 
Calendar - Events & Deadlines
13th Apr
School Holidays 
Enough Abuse Presentation
09:30 - 12:30, Thorpe Hall School - see page 3
6 Week Calendar - March and April 2015
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SLN - Latest News & Documents
News and Documents posted to the SLN between
19th - 26th March 2015
Action
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27th Apr
SEN: Place 2Be - Introductory Meeting
14:00, Tickfield Centre - see page 3
Deadlines 
Submission Deadline - More information on page 3
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Below are all the documents and news items posted to the Southend
Learning Network between 19th - 26th March 2015. If the item has an
‘action required by’ date, that is included in the column titled ‘Action’.
Please make sure you are checking the SLN regularly so as not to miss out
on the latest news and documents from the Local Authority.
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Service
Title
21 Apr 27 Mar
Learning & Improvement (4-19)
Using RAISEonline Summary Report data to Challenge and Support School
Leadership Teams (for Governors)
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18 Jun 27 Mar
Southend School Governors Association (SSGA)
SSGA Mini Conference: 18 June - Booking Page Now Live
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27 Mar
Public Health (Including School Nursing)
Public Health Nursing Referral Form (Mar 2015)
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27 Mar
Public Health (Including School Nursing)
Public Health Update - New Arrangements for the Nursing Service (Mar 2015)
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Finance Service
Pupil Premium final allocations 2014/15 - additional payments to be made
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27 Mar
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
SEN Conference 2015 Feedback!
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26 Mar
Department for People Senior Management Team
Presentations from the Leadership Conference
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Finance Service
REMINDER - SFVS Deadline 31st March 2015
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25 Mar
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) Support
NQT Induction Newsletter 2
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25 Mar
Performance Data: Analysis
Annual Data Collection for Years 3,4,5
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Finance Service
Dates for your Diary Summer and Autumn Terms 2015
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23 Mar
Finance Service
Example Schedule for External Bank School Journals
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23 Mar
Finance Service
Finance Bulletin 14/12
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23 Mar
Finance Service
Monitoring Reports Required from Schools 2015-16
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23 Mar
Finance Service
National Insurance Rates 2015/16
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23 Mar
Public Health (Including School Nursing)
NHS England launches innovative NHS Digital Badges for children and young people
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23 Mar
Early Years Service
Summer Term 2015 Schools Non - Sharing (Mar 15)
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20 Mar
Southend Learning Network
Jane Theadom's Weekly Newsletter: Issue 63 - 20 March 2015
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Performance Data: Analysis
Primary School Data Collection - Letter from Dani Wade
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17 Apr 19 Mar
Performance Data: Analysis
Primary School Data Collection - Template
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Place 2Be Meeting - 27th April
You are invited to attend an introductory meeting to meet
colleagues from an organisation called Place2Be.
CPD Programme - Summer Term 2015
Monday 27th April
14:00, Tickfield Centre
The interim summer term CPD programme for schools is now
available and training can be booked through the Southend
Learning Network. The programme has been designed to
provide schools with professional development that reflects
current need.
Place 2Be is a charity that supports mainstream schools to
improve children and young people’s mental health and
emotional wellbeing. Place2Be currently work with about 240
schools in 22 areas across the UK and over 90,000 pupils offering
counselling, therapeutic and emotional support. They also offer
training and capacity building as well as a Talented Teacher
Programme for newly qualified teachers.
The programme has been developed to support schools respond
to National requirements; Ofsted, Department for Education
and The Children and Families Act 2014 and local need identified
from the Corporate Vision, Annual Education Plan and the
Ofsted East of England regional report.
Please click here to download an information pack or visit
www.place2be.org.uk for more information. If you would like to
attend this meeting please let Sandra Bingham know on
[email protected]
New courses continue to be developed and I would urge that
the Southend Learning Network continue to be used to keep up
to date on professional development opportunities.
If you have any queries or need further information about the
summer term CPD Programme please contact the Workforce
Strategy Team on [email protected] or call
01702 215487 and we will be able to assist you.
The New NQT Induction Newsletter
2nd Issue - Summer Term 2015 
The NQT Induction Newsletter provides schools with a termly
update on the NQT Induction process, and advises of any changes
that may affect them. The NQT Induction Newsletter is also a
go-to-guide for the most common issues and questions
surrounding induction, such as the necessary paperwork for
registration and assessment and access to certificates.
Guidance on Baseline Assessment
For the attention of Headteachers, Senior leaders and Early
Years practitioners.
Click here to download the NQT Induction Newsletter - Issue 2
Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
Robert Malliff or Philippa Milne on 01702 534735.
Please click here to see guidance on choosing the correct
Baseline for your school. Please spend some time looking at the
document in preparation for the meeting on 14th April, when
hopefully a decision will be made on which Baseline Southend
schools will adopt.
Enough Abuse - Presentation
All enquiries should be sent to Margaret Murray on
[email protected]
Thorpe Hall School invites Heads and teachers from all Southend
schools to attend a presentation by Marilyn Hawes from the
Charity ‘Enough Abuse’. Marilyn’s presentation is very powerful
and a valuable contribution to helping adults keep children safe.
Monday 13th April
09:30 - 12:30, Thorpe Hall School
The presentation is free and if you would like to find more about
her and her work at www.enoughabuseuk.com. If you would
like to attend please contact Andrew Hampton on
[email protected]
COMING SOON
The Tickfield Café
Opening 13th April
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Please click here to see the original letter regarding Early Years
Baseline from Margaret Murray.
PUBLIC HEALTH
UPDATE - No: 4
@phsouthend
Public Health School Nursing Service
From 1st April 2015, the system for supporting the health of
school age children and young people is changing. Please click
here to read the letter to schools regarding this.
The school nursing service will be changing provider organisation,
and the staff and records will be transferring from South East
Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT) to Southend-on-Sea Borough
Council Public Health Directorate. The service delivery will not
change. Please click here to download the new Referral Form
(Mar 2015).
For any questions or issues contact Jane Carroll, Professional Lead
School Nursing/Modern Matron Public Health School Nursing
Service, on 01702 214868.
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Governor
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DfE News
Focus
Number of pupils regularly missing school falls to lowest level
No: 20
26 Mar
New school attendance statistics show the number of persistent absentees is down
by nearly 200,000 since 2010.
New action plan to tackle mental health stigma in schools 25 Mar
Schools across the country are to receive new advice to improve teaching about
mental health and tackle stigma in schools.
SSGA and the LA working together for “Excellence in Southend Governance”
Pupil Premium Awards 2015 winners congratulated 25 Mar
Academy wins £250,000 for work to raise the attainment of its disadvantaged pupils.
£25 million injection to help ‘life-changing’ children’s services
SSGA Update
Booking now live - SSGA Mini Conference
Thursday 18th June, 18:00 - 21:00, Belfairs School
18:00 for refreshments/networking, 19:00 - 21:00 for speakers
The mini conference will start at 18:00 for refreshments and
networking, then 19:00 for speakers, finishing at 21:00.
25 Mar
Education Secretary announces vulnerable children and young people will benefit
from grants to voluntary organisations.
Online resource to help young people decide on their future 24 Mar
A central list of post-16 courses will provide up-to-date and reliable information for
young people, schools and parents.
Awards announced from £2 million homophobic bullying fund
Guest Speakers: Tim Coulston - Regional Schools Commissioner,
Jill Pullen - IEB Chair & Chief Inspector Lesley Ford - Rayleigh
District Commander
Please discuss with your Governing Body to agree attendance of
your school. To book your place click here or use course code
“SSGA1”.
24 Mar
Funds awarded to projects to train school staff and provide support for pupils
affected by homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.
Carter Review recommendations get underway 24 Mar
Expert group and Teaching Schools Council to take forward work to improve initial
teacher training systems in England.
LA Update
All schools to list childcare options 23 Mar
Saturday 25th April, 09:00 - 16:30, Tickfield Centre
Developing your Skills as Chair on the Governing Body - if you
subscribe at a later date to the 2015/16 annual package, your
charge will be refunded (COGOV15-APR)
Developing your skills as Chair on the governing body
Schools to publish childcare provision alongside school performance tables making it
easier for parents to know what is available.
Science and maths send girls' future wages soaring 22 Mar
New research highlights the benefits of science, technology, engineering and maths
qualifications to girls' future earnings.
Government announces plans to help raise the status of teaching
Tuesday 21 April 2015, Session 1 - 14:00 - 16:00, Tickfield Centre or
20 Mar
New college of teaching and more high-quality training to support a world-class
teaching profession.
Ofsted News
Session 2 - 19:00 - 21:00, Jubilee Room - Civic Centre
More information in the Southend Challenge Update box.
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Online social care registration unavailable 31 March to 15 May
25 Mar
Ofsted is updating its systems for new legislation and its online social care
registration service will be temporarily unavailable.
Stoke-on-Trent council failing to improve the city’s schools 25 Mar
Too many pupils in Stoke-on-Trent are getting an inadequate education, with
standards in the city’s schools not improving rapidly enough.
Speech to Association of School and College Leaders Conference
2015 20 Mar
Transcript of Sean Harford's speech reflecting on Ofsted's work and the future of
education inspection.
Southend Challenge Update - No: 24
Using RAISEonline Summary Report data to Challenge and
Support School Leadership Teams (for Governors)
School Governors are invited to attend a workshop facilitated by
Barbara Breed, Ofsted Inspector and LA Adviser, and Dani Wade,
LA School Improvement Principal Adviser, on using RIASEonline
data to challenge and support school leadership teams.
Using RAISEonline Summary Report data to Challenge
and Support School Leadership Teams (Governors)
Overview of Safeguarding
Thursday 14th May, 19:00 - 21:00, Tickfield Centre
After this session you will be able to: understand what is meant
by safeguarding and the categories of child abuse, recognise the
role of the school and the governing body in safeguarding,
understand the role of the nominated governor and chair of
governors, access guidance and up to date information about
safeguarding
Available to book on the SLN, please note this training If you
subscribe at a later date to the 2015/16 annual package, your
charge will be refunded
Booking your space on the SLN
If you wish to be able to directly book training on the SLN for
yourself and other Governors, then please ask your Head to email
[email protected] to authorise this (for audit
purposes) as any cost incurred will be charged to the school. You
would then be given ‘Enhanced Governor Access’ which would
enable you to book all future training.
Tuesday 21 April 2015
Sources:
Session 1 - 14:00 - 16:00, Tickfield Centre or
Session 2 - 19:00 - 21:00, Jubilee Room - Civic Centre
Information sourced from Ofsted, Department for Education and the Southend
Learning Network websites. All content is correct at the time of publication.
Feedback:
If you have any enquiries, questions or feedback regarding this newsletter or the
Southend Learning Network please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Contacts:
Adam Casey
Lindsey Hamilton
Alison Gellett
Rachel Marshall
Please click here to see the event flyer and use ‘RAISE214’ to
book your space on the SLN.
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SPRING TERM 2015
A FEW HIGHLIGHTS, ACHIEVEMENTS & EVENTS
The Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award Ceremony
February 2015 - Award Winners, Southend Council Chambers
Southend Makes Music 2015
March 2015 - Palace Theatre
Leadership Conference 2015
Delegates looking for the solar eclipse
March 2015 - Greenwoods Hotel
Ofsted Celebrations
Spring 2015
March 2015 - Tickfield Centre
Children's University: Class of 2015
Graduation Ceremony
February 2015 - Shoebury Youth Centre
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