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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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wheelie exciting news about our new recycling service
04 Nov
As of next week, Bexley residents will be receiving their new wheeled bins for recycling. As part of our new service roll out the SWAC team (Schools Waste Action Club) have a brand new fun and interactive assembly to deliver to all schools. As part of the new assembly your pupils get to become eco super heroes as we explain what goes in the new bins in a fun way for children to understand and then help the grown-ups at home! To book us in for an assembly and make sure you don’t miss your slot, email us now We look forward to seeing you!
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

20 Nov
Practical Gymnastics in PE and Correct Use of Apparatus KS1 and KS2
This course is for those people who are working in schools setting who want to build confidence and improve their knowledge when delivering a PE lesson. There will also be a demonstration in how to set up gymnastics equipment correctly and safely. The training will cover progression across both KS1 and KS2. The course will be delivered by Catherine Fitzpatrick who is a Primary PE Specialist and is currently teaching in Bexley schools.
20 Nov
Promoting Mental Health & Well-being
This training session will explore some of the issues and measures to address children's mental health and give you the opportunity to share with colleagues the work already being undertaken in your school. Mental Health First Aid training as a CPD opportunity for secondary school teachers was introduced in June 2017 with a pledge by the government that the scheme would be rolled out to all schools, including primary schools by 2020. Undoubtedly schools will have different approaches to addressing their concerns but there is already widespread acknowledgement that children need to be taught how to build their own mental resilience, and how to recognise when their peers are struggling with mental health issues.
26 Nov
Attendance Workshop - Secondary
This workshop will look at the proposals set out in the new Ofsted Handbook for monitoring attendance. Schools should be: ‘analysing absence and persistent absence rates for all pupils, and for different groups in relation to national averages for all pupils; this includes the extent to which low attenders are improving their attendance over time and whether attendance is consistently low.’ It will also help schools to look at the Analyse School Performance and IDSR to understand the recent progress made with attendance. The workshop will enable schools to present their attendance data in a clear form to Ofsted and Governors.
27 Nov
Women Without Limits: Leadership Essentials for New and Aspiring Senior Women Leaders
Are you a woman who dares to lead? Are you willing to walk the 'hard yards' but lead your people well? Are you willing to be vulnerable in taking the right risks for children and young people even if you walk alone? Do you believe in 'if not you, then who'? Does that all sound massively exciting and a little bit frightening? Then this is the course for you! This women-only leadership cohort will explore what it means to be a great female leader. You’ll learn about and challenge thinking around what outstanding leadership is, the role of personality style and the art of creating incredible people and inspiring cultures. Participants will have the opportunity to learn key coaching skills and tools for honest and, sometimes, difficult conversations as well as exploring some of the challenges women in leadership face in terms of balancing well-being, home responsibilities and career. This is a place to network with other similar inspirational women leaders. Participants have the option of purchasing an MBTI® personality report for £100 which will complement session two. Participants interested in this course should come prepared to share openly and honestly about their vision, leadership strengths, next steps and real-life experiences with this highly trusting and confidential group.
27 Nov
Governors as investigating officers
Finding an independent investigator is not only difficult it can also be expensive for schools at a time when budgets are under pressure. The course will consider occasions when a governor may be required to undertake an investigation. Being able to investigate and record findings concisely and with impartiality is essential and you will be provided with guidance so that an investigation can be undertaken in a professional manner identifying the key strands of the investigation and how each part contributes to the final outcome.
28 Nov
Active English
The course is both theory and practical and will demonstrate how teaching aspects of sentence, punctuation, text, handwriting, spelling and word work can all be done through move and learn techniques. As part of the course, teachers will gain access to a FREE trial of the online resource "Teach Active-English" which provides teachers with plans/resources on how to deliver the English curriculum through physical activity. RESOURCES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE COURSE AND NEED TO BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY.