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Health & Safety Advisory Service for Schools
The Health & Safety Team offer a comprehensive health and safety information, advice, training and monitoring service to assist educational establishments to discharge their health and safety responsibilities.

There are two packages available to your establishment depending on whether you need our advisors to act as your health and safety competent person to provide health and safety advice or your school just want access to all of the systems, documents and subscriptions (CLEAPSS etc.). A discount is available on every other service we provide so long as you have one of the packages available.

Package one is available to any establishments but Package two is only available to non-maintained establishments. This is because B&NES remain the employer in a maintained setting and cannot opt out of the health and safety relationship.

These Packages are specifically designed to be cost effective and give a choice to establishments where one can be made. Advisors are seeking to facilitate a healthy consultant client relationship to be the supplier of choice of these services now and in future.

Our Health and Safety Advisers are professional qualified Chartered Members of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH). Their professional competency is continually monitored through the IOSH continued professional development programme.
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Crowded Places guidance for Educational Establishments
18 Apr
We have been forwarded the following links from the South West Counter Terrorism Intelligence Unit. They will be of interest to schools reviewing their emergency procedures. Crowded Places guidance for Educational Establishments www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-for-educational-professionals Guidance for dealing with bomb threats available on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/government/publications/bomb-threats-guidance
STA Assessment Update: 17th April 2018
17 Apr
Key stage 1 Information: delivery of key stage 1 test materials this week We're delivering key stage 1 (KS1) English reading and mathematics test materials to schools this week, as well as modified test orders. You must not open KS1 test materials until Tuesday 1 May. They must be kept secure until Friday 1 June. As the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test remains optional in 2018 (and for future years), we will not send schools hard-copy standard versions. If you haven't received your test materials by Friday 20 April, or if they arrive unsealed or damaged, please contact the national curriculum assessments helpline on 0300 303 3013. Schools will be able to download additional KS1 test materials from Tuesday 1 May from the 'Test materials' section of NCA tools. This includes the KS1 English grammar, punctuation and spelling test and modified large print versions, but excludes braille versions. Schools requiring additional braille materials should contact the modified test agency on 0300 303 3019. Headteachers should read our guidance about checking their delivery and keeping materials secure. It also includes guidance for schools being used as polling stations in local elections on Thursday 3 May. Key stage 2 Action: be aware of changes to the order of the tests In autumn last year, we announced that the key stage 2 (KS2) English reading test would be administered on Tuesday of test week, not Monday as in previous years. This was in response to views expressed about the order of the tests from headteachers and teachers during the 2017 primary assessment consultation. Please ensure that all school staff involved in the administration of the KS2 tests are aware of this change to avoid test packs being opened incorrectly, which can lead to investigations of maladministration. See the 2018 KS2 test dates below. Monday 14 May: English grammar, punctuation and spelling Paper 1 & spelling Paper 2: questions Tuesday 15 May: English reading English reading Wednesday 16 May: Mathematics Paper 1 & arithmetic Paper 2: reasoning Thursday 17 May: Mathematics Paper 3: reasoning Information: notification of schools selected for science sampling tests We will notify schools selected to participate in the 2018 science sampling tests, by email, on Monday 23 April. As in previous years, a representative sample of pupils will take part, drawn from the national population of pupils at the end of KS2. Selected schools have a statutory responsibility to participate. The tests will be administered in the selected schools between Monday 4 June and Friday 15 June. They provide a picture of national performance at the end of the KS2 programme of study for science. Visit the KS2 science sampling guidance page on GOV.UK for more information. Reminder: deadline approaching to complete additional time applications Please remember to submit any applications for additional time in the 'Access arrangements' section of NCA tools, by the deadline, Monday 23 April. You should read the application questions in section 3 of the KS2 access arrangements guidance before starting an application. We've also produced a short video demonstrating how to apply. Applications should be made by a teacher who has a good knowledge of the relevant pupil's needs and abilities. Applications can't be amended or deleted after submission. Primary assessment Information: reception baseline assessment and updated accountability arrangements announced In response to the 2017 primary assessment consultation, the government announced plans to introduce a statutory reception baseline assessment in autumn 2020. On Wednesday 11 April, we announced that our preferred supplier to design and deliver the reception baseline assessment would be the National Foundation for Educational Research. We published guidance for schools about what the assessment will cover, the development process and how we will measure progress. We also published revised accountability arrangements for infant, first, middle and junior schools. Information: pupils' participation in the tests Headteachers have a statutory duty to ensure that all pupils in their school who are eligible and can sit the tests do so. Headteachers make the final decision about whether it is appropriate for a pupil to take the tests. In all instances, their decision regarding participation is final. Information: 'Ramadan: Exams and Tests, 2018' published by ASCL This year, Ramadan is due to begin on the evening of Tuesday 15 May. The Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) has produced an information paper Ramadan: Exams and Tests, 2018. Schools may find the paper useful to inform discussions with pupils and parents about how they will observe Ramadan.
Early Years Matters News Round Up 9th April 2018
09 Apr
Early Years Matters News Round Up 9th April 2018
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19 Apr
EYFS - Risk and Challenge in Early Years environments: What's it like for a child here?
Thursday 19th April 2018 - 6.30pm - 8.30pm - Radstock Children Centre Nursery Please bring: -Camera -A Loose part that offers challenge -Suitable outdoor footwear and clothing -Your own mug for a hot drink
24 Apr
EYFS - QUEST Launch for Childminders
Tuesday 24th April 2018 - 7pm - 8pm - Southdown Methodist Hall, Southdown, Bath - (WESLEY ROOM) Quest is a self-evaluation framework that offers flexibility to meet the needs of your individual setting. Are you looking for a self-evaluation tool that is linked to Ofsted’s Inspection Framework? Do you want a flexible approach to self-evaluation? Would you like the opportunity for reflective dialogue with an Early Years Mentor? If you answered yes to any of these questions QUEST is for you! This session will provide you with an introduction to how this new tool can support you to further develop your practice and includes a copy of the Framework.
24 Apr
Pupil Premium
This session covers; • the definition of “disadvantaged pupils” and the funding that they attract • statutory responsibilities and role of the governing board in relation to the Pupil Premium funding • how the government reports on the performance of disadvantaged pupils and the expectations on schools for reporting • what data is available and how this can be used by governors to ask effective and strategic questions on the impact of pupil premium spending • what a school can do to ensure it is using the funding effectively and what role governors can play