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Bexley Education Support Service (BESS)
Providing schools with advice, support and training in a wide range of curriculum, management and leadership areas for school improvement
We are a team of experienced School Improvement Advisers who can provide you with advice, support and training in a wide range of curriculum, management and leadership areas for school improvement. Ou...

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Governors’ Conference: A Celebration of Governance in Bexley
10 Oct
Bexley Governor Services are pleased to invite you to the annual Governors Conference: A Celebration of Governance in Bexley. A morning of discussion on the evolution of Governance over the last decade. With workshops designed to provoke thought and equip governors with the tools needed to hold their Headteacher to account. We will have officers from the School Effectiveness Team running the workshops. Please see attached flyer for more information and click here to save you place at this years annual conference..
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
Appendix A - Schedule of Payroll Tasks
28 Apr
Schedule of Payroll Tasks - Non Academy
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Training & Events

16 Oct
Primary Heads HR Briefing
The session will cover: 1. Update on STPCD and pay policy 2. Support pay update 3. Brexit 4. New contracts and processes (further items will be added here as they become known) 5. Wellbeing - a school case study
16 Oct
Understanding the Key Stage One Assessment Frameworks: Preparing for Moderation
Are your teachers confident with the assessment framework for key stage one? Do they understand the differences between the pre-skills standards and working towards; working towards and working at the expected; working at and greater depth? 25% of schools are moderated every year. It is important that year two teachers fully understand what the statements mean and how to develop the concepts. The lead key stage one moderation team will take the year two teachers through the frameworks and share examples of good practice that they have gathered from 2018/2019 moderation. The teachers will have a clear understanding of the assessment statements. This is also an opportunity for year 2 teachers to network with year two teachers from other schools/trusts.
16 Oct
Secondary Headteachers HR Briefing
The session will cover: 1. Wellbeing - a school case study 2. Update on STPCD and pay policy 3. Support pay update 4. Brexit 5. New contracts and processes (further items will be added here as they become known)
16 Oct
HR Briefing for Office Staff
Agenda: to be announced nearer the date of this course
16 Oct
NQT Induction Coordinator/Tutor Training
In Bexley, we believe that every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential and the success of schools is reliant on high standards of teaching, so we must ensure that our NQTs are given the best chances of becoming effective and successful teachers. Your support as an NQT tutor is essential in ensuring that our NQTs become the very best that they can be. As induction coordinator/tutor, you are responsible for providing the in-school support, monitoring and assessment, as well as effective coaching and mentoring throughout the induction year. One key element of the NQT Induction process is that it should be a fair and transparent process. There should be no surprises at any stage during the induction programme. This course will help existing and new mentors to fully understand and grapple with some of these challenges.
17 Oct
BSN workshop - Bexley Council employees only
• Implementation of the new Customer Relation Module (CRM) – top tips for use • Updated V6 Ready Reckoner • Marketing Plan for communications - Tools including proforma, towers and photo opportunities • Early bird discount • T’s & C’s –update and GDPR element