1 Big Database Bathnes provides families with information, resources and activity listings for events happening across Bath and North East Somerset to support families. We provide details of support groups, parenting courses, re-employment training and family activities, aswell as baby and toddler groups, all Ofsted registered childcare providers and afterschool/holiday clubs.
Our aim is to ensure that every family feels supported and enabled to find the information they need to promote their emotional and social wellbeing. The site includes details of support services within B&NES Local Authority and how to get in touch.
Family Information Online is a publicly available Facebook page, again sharing details of the above mentioned topics, aswell as topical news items and informative articles.
Feedback from families has highlighted how valuable this resource is, particularly in respect of people not realising how much support was readily available to them within their local area, or feeling like they had to trawl through various different sites to find information whereas ours is all in one place. Please share this information with the families of the pupils in your care; we have postcards and A4 posters available to promote this service, so please do let us know if we can send you some more.
P&C Communications Team
SACRE News September 2017
FAO the RE Leader: Opportunities for RE -
Bath & North East Somerset Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) is again providing some opportunities for RE leaders to participate in RE development and training during the current academic year:
1. Apply for the Religious Education Quality Mark (REQM) with SACRE support
Hundreds of primary, secondary and special schools throughout the country have now been awarded the REQM, but we have none so far in Bath and North-East Somerset!
If you know your learners have great experiences in RE, the RE Quality Mark will give you national recognition for the work you do.
All documents, including the application form, school evidence form and learner questionnaires can be downloaded from the How to apply page on the REQM website: http://www.reqm.org/
To help your school get the Award, SACRE is offering TWO schools part payment of the fee (£240 towards the £475 fee), PLUS a visit from the Associate Adviser to help prepare for the moderators’ visit.
If you are interested in applying for the SACRE REQM grant, please contact me at: email@example.com
Alternatively, schools within our area may qualify for a grant award from the Foundation of St Matthias. Eligible schools will receive a grant of £275 towards the £475 assessment fee. The remaining £200 will be payable by the school. The St Matthias grants are being administered by the REQM, so please contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 020 7250 8166 for further details.
2. RE visits & visitor grants for primary schools
WHO can apply: non-academy Primary schools
WHEN: apply right away by email to me at: email@example.com Grants are to be spent before 3rd March 2018 on costs of making visits to places of interest for religious education, or on costs of representatives of religions and beliefs who visit your school. Schools receiving the grant are expected to produce a short report on the visits (with a couple of photos if possible) for the SACRE website: http://www.banes-sacre.com
Lists of some possible visits / visitors can be found on the new agreed syllabus website at: http://www.awarenessmysteryvalue.org/2016/g03-resources-visitors-and-local-places-of-worship/
SACRE grant: £205 for up to four schools - payment on receipt of report.
3. World Religions Seminar: Effective Use of Artefacts in the Islam and Buddhism SACRE Resource Collections
SACRE is offering up to nine free places on the World Religions Seminar, together with grants of £100 for each place taken by a community school. The seminar will take place on 22nd November 2017, 1.30 – 3.30 pm at Saltford Primary School, Keynsham. This year we are delighted to have John Harvey presenting information about Buddhism and Rashad Azami about Islam. To pre-book a place, with no obligation, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, do remember National Inter Faith Week, which takes places this year from Sunday 12 to Sunday 19 November. The Inter Faith Network has information about the Week at www.interfaithweek.org with lots of ideas for celebrating the Week to be found at www.interfaithweek.org/resources/school-activities
Associate Adviser and Clerk to Bath & North East Somerset SACRE
STA Assessment Update: 19th September 2017
Information: teacher assessment frameworks for 2017 to 2018
You may have seen last week's announcement about the government's responses to the primary assessment consultations.
Alongside the responses, we also published key stage 1 and key stage 2 teacher assessment frameworks and key stage 1 and key stage 2 pre-key stage standards for use in 2017 to 2018.
In response to a strong call from teachers, headteachers and other stakeholders to address issues with the English writing frameworks, we have introduced revised frameworks in this subject only for use from 2017 to 2018.
We have made the following changes to English writing:
A more flexible approach - teachers can now use their discretion to ensure that, on occasion, a particular weakness does not prevent an accurate judgement of a pupil's attainment overall being made. The overall standard of attainment, as set by the 'pupil can' statements, is the same.
'Pupil can' statements - these have a slightly greater emphasis on composition, while statements relating to the more 'technical' aspects of writing (grammar, punctuation and spelling) have been made less prescriptive. All changes have been made in line with the attainment targets of the relevant programmes of study. We have also updated the guidance section within the frameworks, which clarifies the level of evidence required to support teachers' judgements. We will publish further guidance on teacher assessment and updated English writing exemplification material later this term.
The 'pupil can' statements for English reading, mathematics and science remain unchanged for this academic year. We plan to publish these revised frameworks for use from the 2018 to 2019 academic year.
If you have any queries about the new teacher assessment frameworks you should contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013 or email email@example.com..
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