• Phonics and Phonics Screening Training

  • Privilege library ticket

  • CIVIC CELEBRATION OF PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT IN BEXLEY SCHOOLS

  • Important Public Heath Message for all schools - Oak Processionary Moth found in Bexley

  • Performing Places in Bexley

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The information provided below relates to our new 2018/2019. This information has been made available to you earlier than usual to enable you to budget/plan ahead.

The School Admissions Team can provide training and tailored support for admission authorities, particularly new Academies that will be taking on unfamiliar responsibilities.

Training and support packages will be designed to meet the needs of the school, and could cover any of the following topics:

  • Responsibilities of admission authorities under the School Admissions Code, School Appeals Code and other regulations

  • Formulation of admission arrangements, how to change existing arrangements and consultation requirements

  • Advice and training for Governors on admissions issues and attendance at meetings if required

  • Reception/Year 7 admissions – responsibilities within the co ordinated admissions process, banding, the ranking of applicants, home to school distance measuring, liaison with the LA, waiting lists

  • Dealing with in year applications and making decisions on admissions.

  • Infant Class Size regulations and permitted exceptions

  • Attendance at parents meetings to explain secondary transfer and selection testing

  • Preparation of appeal statements and presentation to the independent panel
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Privilege library ticket
12 Oct
Bexley Library Service offers a special ticket to support your work with children
Phonics and Phonics Screening Training
09 Oct
Coming up! Training in phonics and phonic screening is available on 1st November. Covering theory and practice to improving outcomes for children. For all teachers involved in teaching phonics and administering the phonics screening check.
CIVIC CELEBRATION OF PUPIL ACHIEVEMENT IN BEXLEY SCHOOLS
21 Sep
For the past couple of years there has been an annual event where pupils who have achieved exceptional personal and academic successes, have been nominated by their respective school to attend a celebratory event hosted by the Mayor of Bexley, where civic recognition has been given to their substantial achievement. We would again like to invite all schools to nominate a pupil or pupils who have done particularly well in the 2017-2018 academic year and consequently deserve civic recognition. Please see attached for more information.
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.
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Training & Events

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15 Nov
Manual handling and musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs)
The course will cover: • Legislative overview • Duties of employers and employees • Reducing the risk of injury • Risk assessment and record keeping
15
15 Nov
NQT Maths in Years 2 & 3
This one day course designed to support newly qualified teachers in the teaching of mathematics in years 2 and 3. Cate Cooke, an experienced Year 2 teacher, moderator for Bexleyand leading mathematics teacher will explore the intricaies of the mathematics curriculum in years 2 and 3 and give them guidance and practical ideas, with how to deliver the curriculum to a wide range of abilities.
15
15 Nov
Working with Parents - PPWP-609 ( 15 November 2018 19:00 - 21:00)
The 2 hour training session includes exploration of the key elements of working in partnership with parents, how to use reflective listening and attending skills and ways to communicate concerns to parents. There will be practical activities to enable practitioners to feel confident in communicating with parents.
17
17 Nov
Paediatric First Aid - KSPFA-604 (10 & 17 November 2018 9:30am - 16:00pm)
Paediatric First Aid training prepares the learner to deal with first aid emergencies involving babies, children and adults. They will also be able to recognise major and minor medical conditions and take appropriate action. The course has been prepared to meet the standard laid out in the Early Years Foundation Stage, making it suitable for those working in any childcare setting.
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19 Nov
Introduction To Safeguarding - Bexley-605 (19 November 2018 18:30 - 21:30pm)
This training includes an exploration of personal attitudes and beliefs, together with information regarding the current legislation, National perspective and the process of making a referral to Children's Social Care. Learning methods will include information and briefing, discussion and case study
20
20 Nov
Reciprocal Reading
Reciprocal reading is a highly researched method used to develop learners’ reading skills, promote higher order thinking, develop listening and talking, and ensure access to the curriculum for all learners. Studies have also demonstrated that learners transfer their learning into other contexts. Reciprocal reading can be developed through any text type and with learners of all ages. Most importantly, reciprocal reading ensures that all learners can access the curriculum which is not always the case with individual reading.