As schools reopen fully, we are delivering the majority of our services as normal, placing particular focus of how we support our schools with their Recovery Curriculum. The following update has been distributed to the headteachers of all our member schools:
School Improvement and Inclusion
All Advisers have been briefed on the requirements of the LBBD Recovery Plan, particularly as it relates to SEND and e-learning. The School Improvement and Inclusion Services have reviewed best practice models for delivery of the curriculum, both in the classroom and via home-learning, should there be a second lockdown or children forced to isolate. There are a number of resources in place and in development to support schools in implementing their plans. These are being shared through our direct support to schools; our CPD and Network programme; regular e-updates to schools from both services; and via the remote learning microsite, which you can find here.
All CPD is being delivered online during the Autumn Term, with many courses being delivered at twilight in shorter, focused sessions. Trainers are working hard to keep sessions interactive, using breakout rooms, polls and facilitated discussions to support engagement in the learning and practice sharing process.
We continue to use the advantages of digital delivery to engage with a wider range of experts than would have been possible with face-to-face training. This includes speakers such as Diane Rochford OBE, chair of the Rochford Review, and Chris Iveson from BRIEF.
Key highlights targeting the Recovery Curriculum over the next two terms include:
- two QFT Programmes, a morning session for class teachers and an afternoon session for middle and senior leaders, delivered by Amjad Ali (Try This Teaching).
- the launch of our subject-specific primary CPD in association with All Saints Teaching School and Aspire Education Alliance details of which can be found here.
- a series of sessions to develop strategies to support emotional wellbeing and engagement in learning, delivered by Georgia Thorp (Coaching with Georgia).
We are currently finalising our offer for the Spring Term and this will be with schools shortly after the October half term.
Curriculum Support and Professional Networks
We are running an extended range of support networks this year to support sharing of best practice during this difficult time. As appropriate, these networks will have a focus on effective working practices to support recovery, as well as home and e-learning in the event of further disruption to classroom-based learning experiences. These include:
- Professional Learning Community for SEND
- Attendance networks
- Early years foundation stage
- English as an additional language
- SENCO networks
- Subject specific networks for Primary and Secondary
- Census data
See https://bdsip.co.uk/networks/ for details
We have seen an increased demand for the Attendance Service this term so have deployed additional capacity to meet need. As well as the usual targeted support for students who have a history of low attendance, our Attendance Advisers are also working closely with schools to support the return to school in general, including working with families who have increased anxiety about the current situation.
Counselling and Employee Assistance Programme
The wellbeing element of the Recovery Plan has seen an increase in demand for counselling services for both students and staff. Consequently, over the summer we recruited a larger pool of both qualified and trainee counsellors to meet schools’ needs.
We have also reached an agreement with the Charity Education Support to make their Employee Assistance Programme available to schools in the borough at a discounted price. Education Support’s EAP is targeted specifically at those working in education (both teaching and non-teaching staff). The service offers face-to-face and online counselling as well as debt advice, wellbeing support and staff benefits. For more details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers, Work Experience and Aim Higher
In order to ensure that students continue to access valuable careers advice to focus them on their goals post-16 and post-19, 1:1 careers interviews are being delivered digitally via Teams/Zoom in all our schools.
Data, MIS, Governor Services, NQT Support
All of these services are being delivered as usual.
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