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  • International New Arrival Team

  • Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue for 2019-2020

  • Catering Silver Food For Life Accreditation

  • Developing the Mentally Healthy Classroom

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New role for Head of Localities
16 May
Martin Green, Kirklees Council's Head of Localities Offer for Children and Families, will be leaving his role at the end of July 2019. Martin has accepted the position of Chief Executive with Calderdale and Kirklees Careers Ltd and we wish him every success in his new role. Plans are in place to ensure that his responsibilities are managed within the service and that a smooth handover takes place. Whilst we will miss Martin within the council it is great that his skills and experience will be retained within the district and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role.
International New Arrival Team
13 May
The Education Safeguarding Service is excited to announce the development of an ‘International New Arrival Team.’ The team will consist of five bi-lingual support workers who will support the integration of compulsory school age children into an educational setting. As a result of the changes, applications for the isolated language funding will no longer be available but will be used to part fund the International New Arrivals Team [INAT] and increase the opportunity for all English as an Additional Language (EAL) pupil to be supported within Kirklees. Information of the referral process will follow shortly and we aim to be fully operational by September. More information Attendance.pupilsupport@kirklees.gov.uk 01484221919
Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue for 2019-2020
13 May
DfE has confirmed that the Primary PE and Sport Premium will continue, at the doubled rate of £320 million for 2019-2020. At the Primary PE network in June, Gill Hood will be giving out more detailed information on the PE and Sport Premium, the conditions of the grant, eligible funding, and the required reporting expectations, but in the meantime, the below statements from afPE provides some additional details. afPE’s CEO, Sue Wilkinson MBE said: “afPE is delighted that the DfE has confirmed the future investment for Primary PE and Sport. Whilst we were hopeful that current funding levels would be maintained, it is hugely gratifying to have this confirmed. Head teachers and Governors can now plan for how they will effectively use the grant to make additional and sustainable improvements to the quality of Physical Education and Sport.” “We now have substantial evidence that clearly demonstrates that investing in the school workforce is one of the most effective ways of ensuring all children and young people increase their confidence, competence and academic achievement.” “Physical Education, School Sport and Physical Activity are tools that make a significant contribution to whole school improvement. In addition, we know that the difference this funding has made to the physical and emotional well-being of children and young people is having an impact. This journey has taught us a lot about the destination that we are aiming for. There is no doubt that we must work together to achieve and efficient roadmap that will secure the appropriate outcomes for all pupils.” “We must leave a legacy from this investment that ensures health and well-being of the nation's young people, are a priority as well as improving such values as character and resilience, and secures Physical Education at the heart of school life!” afPE's Chair, Michael Crichton said: “As Chair of the single Subject Association for PE in the UK; The Association for Physical Education (afPE) and with over 40 years of experience in the education sector, I know how valuable to primary schools the Primary PE and Sport Premium has been since its introduction in 2013.” “There has been much upskilling of the workforce hence higher quality and diverse experiences for pupils in PE lessons and enrichment programmes. Pupils have been offered a wider and inclusive range of activities and sports to engage and excite them, thus increasing participation and improving self-esteem, confidence and well-being. Increasing numbers of pupils have been given the opportunity to compete whether it be internally within the school or outside in inter school competitions. Many schools have introduced new activities that have appealed to those who don’t necessarily take part enthusiastically in the more ‘traditional’ activities and pursuits. These are just some examples and I know there are many, many more.” “This additional grant for schools; ring-fenced for the purpose of improving and sustaining PE, sport and physical activity provision for all primary aged pupils in England has already made a lasting impact on many pupils due to schools using the grant effectively and for its intended purpose.” “afPE is delighted that the Government has chosen to maintain the Primary PE and Sport Premium for the next academic year 2019-20; as originally intended, which will result in many more pupils experiencing high quality PE, school sport and physical activity (PESSPA), a lasting legacy, and an increasing amount of schools ensuring that PESSPA is at the heart of school life.” “I do hope that school leaders will recognise and continue to recognise the importance of the Primary PE and Sport Premium. Thus, ensuring that every pupil benefits from this funding which will undoubtedly bring about lasting change, develop healthier, happier and confident individuals and embed a deep understanding of the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle.” More Information gill.hood@kirklees.gov.uk
Catering Silver Food For Life Accreditation
29 Mar
Great news for all of our catering customers! We have just had our assessment from the Soil Association and are delighted to announce that we have retained our "Silver Food For Life food served here" award for another year. This means that you can be sure that the food served in your school is Fresh, Seasonal, Organic, Traceable, Healthy, Free Range and Sustainable. We continue to work on behalf of our customers to ensure that your pupils are at the heart of all we do.
Developing the Mentally Healthy Classroom
22 Mar
As part of a collaboration with other local Teacher Training Partnerships, Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance are hosting a conferences on 20 and 21 May 2019. The 1st day is aimed at NQTs and has been designed to support those teachers in the early stages of their careers to help them understand social, emotional and health (SEMH) concerns and gain effective practical strategies to provide an inclusive classroom. If you have any in your school who you would like to attend. Developing the Mentally Healthy Classroom – support for Trainee Teacher’s Conference Day 1 - Monday 20 May Village Hotel South, Leeds 8.30am – 3.30pm Workshops: Workshop 1 - Improving mental health Workshop 2 - Working with LGBT children, young people and their families Workshop 3 - Mindfulness Workshop 4 - Building our resilience and helping pupils build theirs https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/day-1-developing-the-mentally-healthy-classroom-tickets-55512754142 Cost £70 per delegate. The 2nd day is aimed at school leaders. The day has been designed to support those in leadership roles, HR and staff who support SEMH to implement a whole school strategy to promote mental health and wellbeing. Developing the Mentally Healthy School – support for School Leaders Conference Day 2 - Tuesday 21st May Village Hotel South, Leeds 8.30am – 3.30pm Workshops: Workshop 1 - Developing a Healthy School Workshop 2 - Practical suggestions for staff / self support Workshop 3 - Next steps / further help Workshop 4 - Extra support https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/day-2-developing-a-mentally-healthy-school-tickets-57592013262 Cost is £100 per delegate More information: Cathy Scott Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT 01484 221177
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20 May
Group Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
To identify the elements of the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board procedures.
20 May
The New Local Agreed RE Syllabus
The new syllabus is based on the current curriculum and schools will be able to move onto the revised syllabus without difficulty or additional work. However, we have updated the content and provided new useful sections to help teachers. The very popular and acclaimed 'RE Hub' providing a range of detailed schemes of work has also been extended and enables schools to map out planning or adapt their own resources.
22 May
Fire Safety Training - Marshalls/Wardens
Fire Safety Training - Marshalls/Wardens Course content: Fire Legislation (The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 Common Causes of fire within Buildings Common fire hazards andhazard spotting within premises Housekeeping standards Requirements for persons needing assistance Hot works Fire Risk Assessment (as a Fire Warden Role) E1-E3 forms Fire log book requirements/form filling advice People’s behaviour in fire situations What to do in Case of Fire, Roles and duties Contacting emergency services What different types of portable fire extinguishers are in place what class of fire they can be used on and how they should be used in emergencies Safe Evacuation of Premises Action at Assembly Points.
23 May
EYFS Profile - Meet the Moderator Event
Local policy and legislation updates. An opportunity to deepen understanding of the moderation visit through face-to-face dialogue with the moderator.
23 May
SEND for Governors
An understanding of your responsibilities as governors in relation to SEND An opportunity to ask questions and learn from the experience of others Training provided by an experienced practitioner in the subject Information and handouts