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Showcase Event 3 February 2020
15 Jan
As valued customers of Kirklees Business Solutions, Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors are invited to a showcase event to give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from the services on offer and learn more about how we can help you meet your business needs for the coming year. We are also delighted to introduce the new Governor Module which will allow Governors and School Business Managers to access their own governing body information so please book onto a workshop to learn more about this exciting development. There will also be workshops to showcase the development of “The Store” which is the new and more intuitive way to buy services through Kirklees Business Solutions. We will show you how to purchase services and help you understand how to use the new Annual order process. In the IT suite will be a number of representatives from Kirklees Business Solutions to support you with any questions on how to use the platform or to help you make purchases. Please book onto this event and workshops in Kirklees Business Solutions Governor Workshops: These workshops will include an introduction to the new Governor module, with an overview of all the new features. The benefits of going paperless and resources available. 14:30 - 15:00 Workshop 1 15:30 - 16:00 Workshop 2 16:00 – 16:30 Workshop 3 17:00 – 17:30 Workshop 4 Store Workshops: These workshops will show you how to make purchases through the Store and cover the Annual order process. A quick overview of running financial reports. 15:00 - 15:30 Workshop 1 16:30 - 17:00 Workshop 2 We look forward to meeting with you Kirklees Business Solutions Team
Free Training Courses run by the Base
08 Jan
The Base are excited to launch a new training series for anyone who works with young people under the age of 21. These are great refresher courses, great to top up knowledge and for CPD. All of the posters with the session aims are attached and below. Please do share with colleagues. All training is free. • Please book via the Eventbrite links below. • Venue: Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, The Basement, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP. 31st January 2020: How to have a safe night out: Alcohol Training 3rd February 2020: The Drugs Box (a-z of drugs) 7th February 2020: Cannabis Awareness 10th February 2020: White Powders and Party drugs To learn more see the Change Grow Live website
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019
07 Jan
I’d like to draw your attention to Part 5 of the statutory guidance for schools and colleges, available onGOV.UK which was introduced for the first time in September 2018. It covers managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and colleges. We know that many schools and colleges get their safeguarding information from their local authority and work closely with them when cases arise. • Nothing is more important than safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare. • Children can sexually abuse other children and it doesn’t only happen in secondary schools; it can take place in primary schools too. • Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment exists in many forms, from calling someone sexualised names, flicking bra straps, lifting up skirts, grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia to sexual assault and rape. • Sexual violence and sexual harassment can happen online and offline (and in many cases there will be an element of both). • Schools and colleges need to know how to identify it, manage reports and support all parties involved. • It is essential that all victims are reassured that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. A victim should never be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment. Nor should a victim ever be made to feel ashamed for making a report. • Sexual violence and sexual harassment are not acceptable, should never be tolerated and should never be seen as an inevitable part of growing up. • Everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play in protecting them. Detailed advice to support schools and colleges understand, prevent and respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment and how and when to refer cases is available here.
Online Safety Awareness – Unico App
07 Jan
Unico Live is a live streaming app with unicorn imagery which is likely to appeal to children. It allows users to broadcast live video of themselves over the internet. There have been reports of the app being used inappropriately by adults to encourage children to engage in sexualised activity. Other live streaming apps are also available and have similar risks. Schools are recommended to raise staff awareness of the risks of Unico and other live streaming apps, and to share this information with parents via school websites and newsletters. Further information about the Unico Live app and the risks can be found on the Safer Schools blog
New Governor Portal Coming in 2020
18 Dec
In the New Year, as part of Kirklees Council’s wider move to more accessible online services the Governor Clerking Service will be utilising a new web based system to provide administrative support to schools and their governing bodies. This online governor portal forms part of the new Kirklees Business Solutions platform that Headteachers and School Business Managers will be familiar with. As well as buying services from the council and accessing training via this site school governance will now also be managed here. A showcase event will be held on Monday, 3 February 2020 to launch the governor portal and give schools the chance to familiarise themselves with the system and learn about some of the benefits. Benefits include; Ease of access - schools will now have access to their governance information, including board composition, governor terms of office and meeting dates. As the portal is web based it will also be accessible from all devices. Documents store - all governor documents will be stored on the portal and accessible at anytime from anywhere further streamlining the process for those schools that opt for a paperless service. Meetings calendar – future dates of your governing body meetings will be available in one single accessible calendar and the portal will even send out email reminders prior to meetings. More details about the showcase will be published closer to the time but plan to have a representative from your school there to learn about all this and more.
Kirklees World Book Day Quiz 2020 - There's still time to enter a team!
27 Nov
Kirklees' World Book Day Quiz has become a much-anticipated annual event in the school calendar. It's a chance for your pupils to take part in a celebration of reading and compete against their peers in a fun, fast-paced quiz challenge. Who will be next year’s champions? The quiz will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020, 1.30 - 3.45pm at the Huddersfield Town Hall. The quiz consists of questions taken from our book list of 20 books, there will be 6 questions within each round (6 rounds). Your team should be made up of four pupils from Years 5, 6 or 7 (same or mixed year groups). The Kirklees World Book Day Quiz is a perfect transition initiative for those secondary schools/academies working in partnership with their feeder schools. From 2020 we will also be accepting entries from schools who wish to enter mixed Year 6/7 teams. As the event falls on World Book Day itself we would like to invite the children and adults to attend the event in fancy dress as one of their favourite book characters (optional). There will be a prize for best costume for both pupil and staff. In order to share the excitement of this event, we intend to take photographs during the afternoon which may be featured on Kirklees websites and its social media platforms. Our consent form will be sent out along with the confirmation pack early next year. Please ensure that pupils attending have signed parent/carer permissions for this event. Attached is the entry form and booklist. The cost is £30 per team (Max 2 teams) and sets of quiz books (one copy of each title) are available to purchase from booksplus at a charge of £145.00 per set. Completed forms to be returned to booksplus: Email: books.plus@kirklees.gov.uk By post: booksplus, Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8DB. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email or telephone - 01484 225083 (option 2)
School Journey annual insurance is now available to be purchased!!
25 Nov
Available now to purchase via Risk and Insurance Management link via Business Solutions, this insurance covers every off site activity legitimately associated with a particular school trip. Any queries please contact the insurance team 01484 221000
The Wellbeing Conference 28 January 2020
15 Nov
Keynote Speakers, Wellbeing Experts and much more... On the 28 January 2020, Kirklees People Services (HR, Employee Healthcare and Learning and Organisational Development) will be coming together with PACT HR to deliver the region’s premier Wellbeing Conference. Through industry-renowned key-note speakers and thought-provoking, engaging, and enlightening break-out workshops, we will explore the theme of wellbeing in the workplace. This will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge, discuss and explore personal and professional wellbeing strategies and network with fellow delegates. What to expect? Inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speakers. Breakout sessions offering an in-depth and interactive look at wellbeing in the workplace. Networking and Q&A opportunities. Exercises and interactive sessions to take back to your workplace. Book now to ensure you have a place on the workshops
Fire Safety contact details
16 Oct
All Fire related issues should be reported on Fire Safety Emergency numbers: Office 01484 221561 Out of hours 07850 783922
Energy Heroes! Free Maths Education Resource
24 Sep
Energy Heroes! Is a free Year 5 maths resource project is linked with the national curriculum to bring energy usage, data handling and sustainable behaviour into maths and science. It is designed to help with improving Y5 children’s data handling skills within the context of energy and climate change. This is achieved through a series of 6 lessons plans directly linked to the aims of the maths and science 2014 National Curricul The project consists of the following elements: A twilight teacher training session/ webinar for a teacher and business manager/caretaker to run through all aspects of the resources. An ‘Energy Heroes!’ whole school assembly to kick off the excitement for every pupil! An 'Energy Heroes!' kick-off lesson to begin the learning for the year 5 students. A free Energy Audit undertaken with some keen eco-detectives to find the 5 actions to help your school save energy. Teaching resources for 5 further lessons (placed within the maths 2014 curriculum.) Home challenges for the children to embed their behaviour changes at home and teach their families to do the same, reducing energy costs. A community event pack to allow the students to share their learning. Resources to build your own school’s energy display board to help you reduce energy consumption by 10%. A follow-up visit to see your display board and help celebrate your success! The aim is for children to really understand energy, where it comes from, how we use it and ultimately how to save it. If you’d like to part of this free resource, please let energy heroes know so they can book you a place for the autumn term. Email tami@energyheroes.org.uk Our website: www.energyheroes.org.uk
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Training & Events

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21 Jan
Money Manager - Introduction to School Finances
Delegates will be provided with an understanding on how to setup and use Money Manager to record income and expenditure in a school setting. The coding structure will be explained and how this relates to both the Local Authority SAP system and the Governments Consistent Financial Reporting Structure for Schools. This is a practical course where the delegate will learn how to enter bank and petty cash payments and receipts, learn how to reconcile to the Bank Statement and create memorised reports that are used to complete the LA SEA return at month end. During the course central payments made by the authority (SAP) will be discussed together with Budget Monitoring Reports. There is a separate follow on ½ day course (Balancing to SAP) to show how to reconcile to SAP in order to produce Budget Monitoring Reports.
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21 Jan
Understanding and Working with Children on the Autism Spectrum in the Mainstream Primary Classroom
Comprehensive autism training and insight for primary school staff who are working with children with autism or complex communication and interaction needs in a mainstream setting. This half day course will develop staff understanding of the autism spectrum and how children with autism may experience the world. We will explore a range of resources and strategies that can be used to support children with autism and provide practical strategies for working with pupils in your classroom. Suitable for all staff that support children in school. It may be of particular relevance to SENDCos, class teachers and teaching assistants working with a child with autism. Tutors: Kirklees Specialist Provision - Complex Communication and Interaction Needs Primary Outreach Team
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22 Jan
Full Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training (Huddersfield)
This session is designed for those who have not previously done any training for the EVC role. The session is a full day and will look at preparing you to assess trip forms on Evolve to ensure they are fit for purpose (both meeting best practice and legal requirements). It will also go through the Evolve system so you can set it up and manage it as required for you school and staff. The course will specifically look at the purpose of visits and how they are delivered, planning considerations, risk assessments, legal considerations, educational visits policies, monitoring, first aid, choosing a provider, emergency procedures, and a summary of key roles. Throughout the day there will be a number of activities including giving you a chance to use Evolve in a number of scenarios. If you have access to a laptop or device please bring it along to allow you to access Evolve during the session.
28
28 Jan
Full Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training (Dewsbury)
This session is designed for those who have not previously done any training for the EVC role. The session is a full day and will look at preparing you to assess trip forms on Evolve to ensure they are fit for purpose (both meeting best practice and legal requirements). It will also go through the Evolve system so you can set it up and manage it as required for you school and staff. The course will specifically look at the purpose of visits and how they are delivered, planning considerations, risk assessments, legal considerations, educational visits policies, monitoring, first aid, choosing a provider, emergency procedures, and a summary of key roles. Throughout the day there will be a number of activities including giving you a chance to use Evolve in a number of scenarios. If you have access to a laptop or device please bring it along to allow you to access Evolve during the session.
28
28 Jan
Integris Getting Started
Delegates will get an opportunity to:- Add and edit student records Explore student search and queries Use Speed Edit to amend multiple student records Create CTF files for leavers Import CTF files for new starters Generate standard reports Record attendance data
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29 Jan
SEND for new SENCos
The course includes training on the SEN Code of Practice; the graduated approach; provision maps; IEPs/ANPs; My Support Plans; funding; Ofsted; Education, Health and Care Plans; managing paperwork; referrals; signposting and much more.
30
30 Jan
Strategic Leaders of Learning (SECONDARY)
A network pack with discussion points and materials to cascade to relevant colleagues in school. A range of inputs will be provided that reflect both national and local priorities, as highlighted above. Sessions will be provided by the Secondary Team of consultants, LA advisers and representatives from other LA teams and by school colleagues. High priority is given to embed reflection time, and an opportunity to network with colleagues , sharing good practice in a supportive environment
30
30 Jan
Being a More Effective School Governor
This course will provide you with: Up to date information for experienced school governors wishing to refresh their knowledge Introduction to the DfE Competency Framework for Governors An opportunity to network with other experienced governors
03
03 Feb
Kirklees Business Solutions Showcase Event
As valued customers of Kirklees Business Solutions, Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors are invited to a showcase event to give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from the services on offer and learn more about how we can help you meet your business needs for the coming year. We are also delighted to introduce the new Governor Module which will allow Governors and School Business Managers to access their own governing body information so please book onto a workshop to learn more about this exciting development. There will also be workshops to showcase the development of “The Store” which is the new and more intuitive way to buy services through Kirklees Business Solutions. We will show you how to purchase services and help you understand how to use the new Annual order process. In the IT suite will be a number of representatives from Kirklees Business Solutions to support you with any questions on how to use the platform or to help you make purchases. Please book on the event below and select any appropriate workshops
03
03 Feb
Religious Education Network (SECONDARY)
Includes: Guidance and resources on RE syllabus and GCSE to support teachers. News and information about the wider RE context and the resources and opportunities available. The opportunity to share good practice and resources with colleagues from other Schools. The chance to work with colleagues on shared planning and resources, especially for the new GCSE specifications.