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Important Public Heath Message for all schools - Oak Processionary Moth found in Bexley
27 Jun
This is the first year Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) caterpillars have been discovered in the Borough. When in great number the caterpillars can cause damage to oak trees, however it is the potential impact on people’s health that is of greatest concern. The moth is a non-native insect first found in London 12 years ago, its caterpillars live and feed on oak leaves, but they can also be found on the ground around infected oak trees. Caterpillars seen on trees other than oak are unlikely to be OPM. While the adult moths are harmless, the hairs of their caterpillars contain a strong irritant. Contact with these hairs can cause severe irritation, with skin rashes and less commonly sore throats, breathing difficulties and eye problems. Both people and animals can be affected by touching the caterpillars, their nests, or windblown hairs that make contact with the skin. The greatest risk period is between May and July, but the hairs from the caterpillar can be present on old nests. Please consult your pharmacist, GP, NHS Direct or vet respectively if you or your animal are exposed and suffer an allergic reaction to the hairs of this caterpillar. Under guidance from the Forestry Commission the Council has been undertaking a program to identify and treat locations where the insects are found. In recent weeks it has become apparent that the distribution of the insect is wide spread, migrating into the area from Bromley and Greenwich Borough’s. A significant number of nests have been removed from Danson Park and Lesnes Abbey Woods recently, nests of OPM caterpillars are also being found in smaller numbers across some of the Borough’s other parks and Open spaces, however they could be present on any oak tree. The Council is employing specialists to remove any nests found in high use areas on its parks and highways. Further information is available on the Council’s website, and a link to the Forestry Commission’sweb-site. www.bexley.gov.uk/opm . I advise schools/nurseries andyouth clubs with Oak trees in or adjacent to their grounds to be aware. Nests of caterpillars at or near ground level should be easy to notice, those higher up in the canopy can be more difficult. If in doubt you should contact your main tree contractor or the Forestry Commission (FC) and all sightings of OPM nests or caterpillars need to be reported to the FC. Please note: These pests need to be removed by specialists and many smaller tree firms are not trained or equipped to deal with this pest. The Arboricultural Association’s website www.trees.org.uk has an approved list of contractors. At present the Council’s Tree Section does have some spare capacity for inspecting oak trees for OPM. This service is chargeable. Contact: Trees@Bexley.gov.uk Email Subject : OPM inspections
Performing Places in Bexley
05 Jun
Broadway, Bexleyheath is set to be the focus of some extraordinary happenings when a special project comes to town this summer. London Borough of Bexley has partnered with The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama to produce the ‘Performing Places’ programme in Bexleyheath. Performing Places uses drama to create an exciting and emotional story aimed at encouraging those that live in or visit a place to see it in its best light and to understand each other better. Bexleyheath Broadway has been chosen as the location as it is a thriving town centre and a bustling transport hub, especially for young people after school. The project will aim to bring young and old together to experience the Broadway in new ways and to jointly rediscover and celebrate it as a place in the community. Schools and local community organisations close to the town centre will be able to take part in workshops as part of the project. A big part of the fun will be the opportunity for local people to discover the story as it unfolds in the Broadway, during the last week of June. The project has been made possible thanks to full funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government's (formerly the Department for Communities and Local Government) in 2017. This funding will go towards a series of projects that will benefit local communities. Performing Places is a concept developed by Professor Sally Mackey from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and has already been delivered successfully in several places including Oldham and Camden. The project will take place over two years, with the second year of the project likely to act as a sequel and grand finale to the first year’s activities. Keep an eye on this page for project updates and follow #performingplacesbexley
NQT 2018-19
30 Apr
The aim of the Bexley NQT Induction Service is to give our NQTs the best opportunity to successfully complete their induction period. The London Borough of Bexley will act as the Appropriate Body for Induction of Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs). The Appropriate Body, along with the headteacher/principal is jointly responsible for the supervision and professional development of the NQT during induction and has the main quality assurance role.
Governor Services Newsletter Summer Term 2018
17 Apr
For all School Governors please see attached your new style newsletter for the Summer Term 2018 which will keep you all updated with current issues. Don't forget you can view and book training sessions for this term by logging in to BSN. If you are having any problems using BSN please contact the Governor Services Team.
YADT Behavioural Support Service December Leaflet
06 Dec
Welcome to the YADT Behavioural Support Service. Being a young person in today’s world is challenging and here at YADT, we understand that some young people need a little extra support to help them get a positive start in life or overcome obstacles along the way. We aim to help young people with the issues that affect them. These can be a number of issues such as anger management, anxiety, improving confidence, enhancing communication and dealing with stress. The Behavioural Support Service can be delivered as group workshops or one-to-one behaviour support.
The New Tree Surveying and Management Service
20 Jul
The New Tree Surveying and Management Service This service has now been relaunched and is available to any customer who has access to Bexley Services Network on a need basis with no contract. The customer will get a professional service at a competitive price, which will be bespoke to their needs and only paying for the works carried out. The customer will be provided with a copy of the survey and tree map including recommendations and quotations for any works. If the recommended tree works are undertaken using the Bexley arboricultural contractors, the customer will get further tree advice or short consultations free of charge for a year after works are completed. All you need to do is request a quote on the BSN site or contact Andrew Hayashi on Tel: 020 3045 3275 (Ext 3275) Mobile: 07973694351 Email: andrew.hayashi@bexley.gov.uk to speak about your requirements.
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25 Sep
Secondary Headteacher HR Briefing
Pay Policy and outcomes of pay awards – The final agreed document – Looking forward to 2019 for support pay award – what will your school look like and how will it affect your budget Recruitment and retention – The reed contract (to save you money) Safeguarding – what has changed in both documents – Disqualification by association removal Nearing retirement – Getting the right advice Wellbeing – Reducing teachers workload – what can you as Heads realistically achieve? – Wellbeing event One Page Policies – reducing the HR burden into a checklist, and making the procedures fit your needs. DBS – Volunteers Employment Law Update
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25 Sep
Science Subject Leader Briefing
You will receive guidance on the latest research and initiatives for science, including looking at the latest pedagogy and resources. Advisers and colleagues will take you through strategies they have used to improve teaching and learning in the classroom enabling you to improve your own practice and that of your colleagues.
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26 Sep
Primary Heads HR Briefing
The briefings are designed to keep our clients up to date with issues that will impact on the day to day running of HR policy and practice in your schools. They will contain topical and issues that are current and in the news. Pay Policy and outcomes of pay awards – The final agreed document – Looking forward to 2019 for support pay award – what will your school look like and how will it affect your budget Recruitment and retention – The reed contract (to save you money) Safeguarding – what has changed in both documents – Disqualification by association removal Nearing retirement – Getting the right advice Wellbeing – Reducing teachers workload – what can you as Heads realistically achieve? – Wellbeing event One Page Policies – reducing the HR burden into a checklist, and making the procedures fit your needs. DBS – Volunteers Employment Law Update
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26 Sep
PE Subject Leaders Meeting 26th September 2018
The meeting will offer a general update relevant to the PE and Sport Premium funding and news on hot topics. There will also be two practical sessions (Skip 2B Fit and Balance Bikes) and two theory based workshops (The Importance of PE on Whole School Improvement and Health and Wellbeing) and delegates can choose two of the four sessions. There will also be a ‘carousel’ session with a choice of topics, providing the opportunity for discussion and to exchange ideas and best practice with your PE colleagues. There will also be a “marketplace” with external companies showcasing their products. This meeting is open to all PE Leaders in Primary schools in Bexley
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26 Sep
Early Intervention
Children embark upon their educational journey from an increasingly diverse range of starting points. Some children will be totally school-ready and raring to go whilst others will have not yet gained those basic skills of independence. The Early Years team must work quickly to identify needs and the best way of supporting children so that they can learn and progress alongside their peers. An abundance of research evidence suggests children at greater risk of starting school at a disadvantage have the most to gain from early education; and that early education must be high quality to have an impact. Learn about the new statutory guidance for local authorities for early education and childcare, June 2018 and the 2018/19 pilot revised Early Learning Goals.
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27 Sep
Subject Leader Briefing: Mathematics
You will receive guidance on the latest research and initiatives for mathematics, including looking at the latest pedagogy and resources. Advisers, Leading Mathematics Teachers and Mastery Specialist Teachers will take you through strategies and training they have used to improve teaching and learning in the classroom enabling you to improve your own pedagogy and practice and that of your colleagues.