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Public Health Team
The Public Health Team are dedicated health professionals whose aim is to inspire change that will enable Bexley residents to improve their health and wellbeing.
Public Health is everybody’s business. Whether we know it or not, we all have a role in our own and other people’s health and wellbeing. Bexley’s Public Health team are dedicated professionals whose...

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Disadvantaged Learners Conference
19 Sep
Reaching their full potential Our conference is for leaders in education who are committed to creating the best possible futures for our young people and want to know how to raise and maintain high standards of education in ways which are generative and supportive. 28 February 2020 9.15 - 4.00 Civic Offices, 2 Watling Street, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 7AT
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
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Training & Events

22 Feb
First Aid for Mental Health - Level Two - (686-KS-PFA) - 22 February 2020, 0930 - 16.00
This 6 hour qualification provides learners with knowledge to recognise a range of mental health conditions, how to start a supportive conversation and when and how to signpost a person to seek appropriate professional help. Learners will know how to recognise and manage stress and understand the impact of substance abuse. They will learn about the first aid action plan for mental health, be able to put it in place and know how to implement a positive mental health culture in the workplace. Learners will not diagnose or treat mental health conditions as this can only be carried out by healthcare professionals but will gain the knowledge to identify when a person may have a condition and know where they can go to get help.
22 Feb
Paediatric First Aid - CHT4U-PFA-719 (22 & 29 February 2020, 09:30 - 16:00)
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.
22 Feb
Safeguarding Update Workshop - 714-Bexley - 22 February 2020, 09.30 - 12.30
This training includes information regarding recent changes in legislation and guidance, the workshop will explore the implications of these changes for you and your setting. National and local updates, E-safety & current trends, referral processes, Local Authority's procedures, the Prevent Duty and how to demonstrate British Values in everyday routines & practice. Learning methods will include information briefing, group discussions, activities, quizzes and case studies. If you don't have the latest SHIELD document, please download and print off the attached document and bring this to your training session.
25 Feb
Preparing and Conducting Statutory Assessment at KS1 and KS2
Every year, the Standards and Testing Agency update their guidelines regarding statutory tests at key stage one and two and head teachers or executive head teachers have to sign the Head Teacher’s Declaration Form to confirm that either the statutory assessments have been administered according to the published guidance or that any issues have been reported to the STA. Emma Blackman, Teaching and Learning Adviser, will run through all the relevant documentation including the latest maladministration report and explore the latest guidance and changes that have been made. The delegates will be made fully aware of their statutory obligations as well as what the STA and LA look for when conducting monitoring visits. The delegates will be given a copy of the powerpoint so that they can cover the statutory obligation with their staff. Emma will also share a framework for a security plan.
25 Feb
Reading and Writing at Greater Depth at Key Stage 2
This workshop aims to look at examples of greater depth work and unpick the key characteristics of what makes these ‘greater depth’ including: • pulling apart the teacher assessment framework e.g. examples of greater depth writing, looking at the detailed 3 mark SATs questions for reading • strategies to take back to school to ensure that this is happening across the phase/ in other classrooms e.g. exemplar folders, generating non-negotiables for year groups • supporting language rich learning within the classroom to ensure that this is transferred to comprehension and writing standards • providing opportunities for discussing
26 Feb
Leadership Information Update for Senior Leaders
This update intends to keep senior leaders at all levels up to speed with the latest national, local and international updates. This session will cover all key messages from the big educational organisations as well as new information around system and thought leadership.