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Local studies and archive
Helping to encourarge an interest in local history and archives with access to a wealth of historical material
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Visits to schools to promote the full range of services provided by the Local Studies and Archive Centre, along with class visits to the Centre, which are free, on any aspect of local history.

The main aim of this outreach service is to encourage an interest in local history and archives and to present the wealth of historical material held within the Centre to both children and teachers. Archive staff can present a varied approach to teachers, students and pupils seeking primary source material for local studies projects, or as a teaching resource for the study of history in the National Curriculum.
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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 Aug
Paediatric First Aid - CHT4UPFA-602 (11 & 25 August 2018 9:30 - 16:30)
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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29 Aug
Introduction to the English Curriculum: Teaching secondary mathematics
This course will be delivered by an experienced secondary teacher and mathematics / science adviser Sam Webber. Sam will cover the expectations, pedagogy and assessment of the secondary mathematics curriculum, including working mathematically. Sam will also share with you where you can access free resources and more information to support your teaching of mathematics.
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08 Sep
Paediatric First Aid - CHT4U-PFA-575 (8 September & 15 September 2018)
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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10 Sep
Introduction To Safeguarding - Bexley-598 (10 September 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
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12 Sep
FMS 6 - New Users
Staff who are responsible for processing day to day financial transactions Be able to use accounts payable Be able to complete bank reconciliations Be able to use petty Cash Finance knowledge would be an advantage
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12 Sep
Early Years Funding Briefing
This briefing will enable providers to have a clear understanding of all aspects of Early Years funding: Eligibility How parents apply Start dates How to claim your funding Your Funding Agreement We will end the briefing with a demonstration of the Early Years Portal