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The Key
25 Sep
The Key for School Leaders / Governors / CPD Tool Kit Now available to purchase Contract start date 1st December 2019 - 31st November 2020 Authoritative knowledge for school leaders who are making a difference.
Disadvantaged Learners Conference
19 Sep
Save the date Friday 28 February 2020 Disadvantaged Learners Conference: Reaching their full potential
Click here for the BESS 2019-20 Brochure
13 May
Bexley Education Support Service Brochure 19-20 We are delighted to present our new support offer for 2019-20, and as you browse through the brochure, I trust many of you will recognise that this is an offer that has been built with you, reflecting what you have indicated is needed and drawing in partner expertise to ensure that you can access high quality support locally. We continue to operate within a national educational landscape which reflects that society faces significant challenges and a pace of change that is unprecedented. My team want to stand alongside you to meet our shared ambition that all children will thrive now and in the future. The partnership approach that you requested has shaped the journey whilst developing the offer. We asked Heads and MAT leaders what you needed and where you felt there were gaps in what was available. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the head teachers and multi-academy trust leaders who have given their time to support this work. You told us that recruitment remains a challenge and the offer anticipates the early career framework for teachers as well as providing on-going opportunities for developing all teachers and leaders, drawing on the Bexley Teaching School Alliance expertise. We are delighted to work with nationally renowned leaders and organisations, with elements of the offer representing cutting edge research, ideas and thought leadership. There are some potential solutions to local challenges; we are pleased to be able to offer the SENCo accreditation locally as well as work that responds to both current inspection themes and recognises the implications of the draft framework. Perhaps most importantly, I would like to draw your attention to our values as these demonstrate how Bexley Education Support Service seeks to complement the development of an exceptional local education system. Our intention is to be a niche provider of school improvement support because of our approach to partnership working. I am confident that you will see over the following pages an enhanced core offer to schools; and if you are a Bexley school, I look forward to outlining in the summer term how the offer connects to our new school improvement model. Yours faithfully, Lauren Ovenden Head of Strategic Education Partnership and School and College Improvement
Privilege library ticket
12 Oct
Bexley Library Service offers a special ticket to support your work with children
SWAC Activities
18 Mar
Schools Waste Action Club - Core Activities
The Council, your energy bills and BIU
23 Nov
Earlier this year, the Council engaged energy consultant British Independent Utilities (BIU) to audit gas and electricity bills going back 6 years. The outcome for most schools who are supplied via the Laser energy supply framework is a correction to the amount of VAT applied to your bill, usually resulting in a lower bill going forward. Beyond this, many schools also benefitted from a retrospective credit for the amount of Climate Change Levy (CCL) incorrectly applied to their bills, with a corresponding reduction to the cost of energy on future bills. Of course, nothing is free and the Council needs to recoup the cost of employing BIU’s services. We have already paid one tranche of fees totalling several £1000. However, we would like your support in paying the remaining sum. For most schools, this will be a modest sum (around £250 or less). For some schools however, consuming larger volumes of energy, the fee may be higher. This is a one-time only cost; your bills will continue to reflect lower CCL charges and VAT duty. We will begin issuing invoices shortly and trust that you will support us with your payment in due course. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact Mike Sexton on 020 3045 5127
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Training & Events

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06 Dec
Head Teacher Forum
This forum provides our most senior educational leaders with an opportunity to keep up to speed with the latest local and national updates, network with other systems leaders and join in with topical and professional challenge on the issues that matter. Critically, we want to hear your views, thoughts and suggestions; the things that will make a very real difference to the children and young people in our shared care. It is also a key mechanism for engagement and feedback on the work of the Strategic Education Partnership.
07
07 Dec
September 2019 Education Inspection Framework - 692-Bexley - 07 December 2019, 09.00-13.00
This course will: - Identify changes in the new framework and the impact this has on provision and practice. - Explore ways to develop provision and practice accordingly.
07
07 Dec
Paediatric First Aid - CHT4U-PFA-658 (7 & 14 December 2019 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.
09
09 Dec
Moderator Training - Key Stage Two
This course aims to train teachers and leaders in moderation skills in order to extend perception and refine judgements to develop their professional skills. This piece of training will support confidence and increase effectiveness within the classroom and the school as a whole as well as prepare schools for external and internal moderation processes. Spaces are limited and accessed by direct agreement with the moderation manager via Lorraine.Bruce@bexley.gov.uk. Attendees will also have access to official moderator communication so that they have a full understanding of the external STA moderation process.
09
09 Dec
Moderator Training as CPD (Without Responsibility for Visiting Schools) Key Stage Two
This course aims to train teachers and leaders in moderation skills in order to extend perception and refine judgements to develop their professional skills. This piece of training will support confidence and increase effectiveness within the classroom and the school as a whole as well as prepare schools for external and internal moderation processes. Spaces are limited and accessed by direct agreement with the moderation manager via Lorraine.Bruce@bexley.gov.uk. Attendees will also have access to official moderator communication so that they have a full understanding of the external STA moderation process.
10
10 Dec
Moderator Training - Key Stage One
This course aims to train teachers and leaders in moderation skills in order to extend perception and refine judgements to develop their professional skills. This piece of training will support confidence and increase effectiveness within the classroom and the school as a whole as well as prepare schools for external and internal moderation processes. Spaces are limited and accessed by direct agreement with the moderation manager via Lorraine.Bruce@bexley.gov.uk. Attendees will also have access to official moderator communication so that they have a full understanding of the external STA moderation process.