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BESS training opportunities

19 Nov
Phonics Excellence - Delivering Systematic Synthetic Phonics (Leaders, Teachers, HLTAs and Teaching Assistants)
The OfSTED Framework for September 2019 says: • in primary schools, inspectors will pay particular attention to the extent to which school leaders create experts in the teaching of reading. • they will consider how well staff know their school’s chosen systematic synthetic phonics programme, and use assessment and coaching to ensure that children are provided with the support they need to succeed. This training will support the teaching of systematic synthetic phonics, looking at expectations year group to year group ensuring that there is progression for learners. Additionally, the course will cover strategies for the identification of children who are struggling and approaches to rapid intervention to ensure that extensive gaps are not created. An exemplar session and progression of a phonics unit will be provided.
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.
28 Nov
Radicalisation and Prevent Training
Paragraph 152 of the current Ofsted Handbook ‘…The effectiveness of Leaders’ and Governors’ work to raise awareness and keep pupils safe from the dangers of abuse, sexual exploitation, radicalisation and extremism and what the staff do when they suspect that pupils are vulnerable to these issues.’ Since 2015, there has been a duty for schools to work in this area as part of the government’s CONTEST Strategy. Keeping Children Safe in Education (2018) states: ‘…Staff should use their judgement in identifying children who might be at risk of radicalisation and act proportionately which may include the designated safeguarding lead (or deputy) making a referral to the Channel programme.’ This workshop will look at the processes and practicalities of working in the area of Channel and Prevent and look to share good practice from within Bexley and from London and the rest of the country.
02 Dec
Creating a Substance of Education Curriculum Bulk Buy - All Three Sessions
Across three one-day sessions, senior and middle leaders will be provided with the opportunity to explore the components that create curriculums with purpose and deliver on OfSTED’s three evaluative statements: intent, implementation and impact. Sessions will be highly interactive and provide leaders with opportunity to learn, reflect, action plan and network. All three days will have an emphasis upon generating meaningful, innovative and exciting curriculums, underpinned by effective action plans, which deliver at the heart of what your children, young people and school communities need. Session 1: Creating a ‘Substance of Education Curriculum: Intent Session 2: Creating a ‘Substance of Education Curriculum: Implementation Session 3: Creating a ‘Substance of Education Curriculum: Impact

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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
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