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19 Sep
Vulnerable Group Leaders’ Network
These meetings will be held in schools and will provide an opportunity for leaders to share best practice and see strategies first hand. In addition: • The meetings are structured to provide some informal and formal networking opportunities • Promote and facilitate a positive culture for practitioner-led professional development • Provide a forum for practitioners to identify and consolidate good practice • Enable you to keep up to date on developments in both locally and nationally
24 Sep
EYFS to Year One Transition – Writing
This training will centre on best practice in EYFS and how this can be transferred and maintained in Year 1 ensuring high levels of attainment in writing. Colleagues will generate creative ways of linking ideas to texts including creative writing ‘hooks’. In addition, different teaching and learning approaches will be modelled and it will be illustrated how these can support engagement in writing. There will be lots of practical ideas to take back to school and an action plan will be formulated on steps to move writing forward within schools. A key focus will be on creativity in writing and how we engage our learners.
25 Sep
Secondary NQT Training - 2019/20
At Bexley we are passionate about helping and supporting our NQTs at this crucial stage of their career. We therefore offer a focused programme of professional development for our NQTs. By offering high-quality support, using the expertise within Bexley to share everything we know about being an effective teacher, we can help make your NQT induction a positive start to your teaching career. Across London, training by Appropriate Bodies for secondary NQTs is very limited we are one of a few ABs that offer a comprehensive training schedule for NQTs. The NFER in their recent annual report (25 Feb 2019) cited that ‘the secondary system is facing a substantial teacher supply challenge over the next decade, which requires urgent action.’ They also found that ‘…retention rates of early-career teachers (between two and five years into their careers) have dropped significantly between 2012 and 2018.’ As a local authority, we need to provide support in order to recruit and retain a skilled workforce in order to improve the life chances of our children in Bexley schools and beyond. This training programme provides high quality professional development and learning opportunities that will enable teachers new to the profession to meet the Teachers’ Standards and become a truly effective and successful teacher. The programme runs over four terms and includes facilitated sessions led by experienced practitioners and advisors. Teachers will regularly have the opportunity to observe and learn from excellent teachers throughout the year. NQTs will benefit from experienced facilitators to gain strategies for immediate use to demonstrate impact within their own classrooms. Examples of sessions provided are: • Autism • Behaviour for Learning • Exploring Data and Progress against Progress 8 • Challenge & Differentiation • Being a Form Tutor • Behaviour for Learning • Transgender Awareness
26 Sep
Embedding EAL Practice in School
Teachers’ Standards, Part 2, states that teachers should: 2 – Promote good progress and outcomes by pupils 5 – Adapt teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils 6 – Make accurate and productive use of assessment The course aims to: • Raise awareness of the issues affecting EAL learners and barriers to progress • Encourage inclusion: Culture and identity • Increase understanding of the use of language across the curriculum • Support planning for learning and for language development of beginner and advanced learners • Demonstrate methods of assessing pupils learning English as an additional language
26 Sep
Serco: SENCo Qualification Face-to-Face Training Programme - The National Award for SEND Co-ordination
Serco is an approved and experienced training provider for the National Award for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Coordination, a National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) training programme, designed to support the professional development of SENCOs. The programme, designed in partnership with the University of Wolverhampton, is delivered by experienced SENCOs and Educational Psychologists; is flexible, taking into account your prior learning as well as personal circumstances and is designed to reduce the impact of time out of school. NOTE: This programme can also be delivered fully online and each module starts with a WebEx (online conferencing) session - contact if you would prefer the online training - (Online Training Cost: £1140=VAT) Key elements of the programme: • three masters level modules, each of which is worth 20 credits; • tutor support – following an initial needs analysis, your tutor will assist you in preparing your own learning programme and supports you throughout the programme; • three sessions with your tutor and learning group; • online support – discussion groups, networking and seminars; • five visits – to other workplaces to gain first-hand experience of provision in other settings; • mentor support – from within your school or an experienced SENCO; • peer support – from within your own cohort, arranged by the tutor; • professional development portfolio – to record evidence of learning and experience. The three modules are: • Module One: Orientation and Perspectives on SEN and Inclusive Practice (20 credits) • Module Two: Evidence Based Practice and Inclusion (20 credits) • Module Three: Whole School Development: Enabling Inclusion (20 credits) Each of these is assessed at the end with a 3,000-word assignment. The award remains mandatory for all SENCOs appointed since 2009, to be gained within 3 years of taking up the SENCO post.
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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
YADT Behavioural Support Service December Leaflet
06 Dec
Welcome to the YADT Behavioural Support Service. Being a young person in today’s world is challenging and here at YADT, we understand that some young people need a little extra support to help them get a positive start in life or overcome obstacles along the way. We aim to help young people with the issues that affect them. These can be a number of issues such as anger management, anxiety, improving confidence, enhancing communication and dealing with stress. The Behavioural Support Service can be delivered as group workshops or one-to-one behaviour support.
The SMSC Booklet and Resources
15 Mar
Spiritual Moral Social Cultural Development From EYFS to KS4 The SMSC booklet, together with online materials, provides a fundamental resource that inspires and stimulates leaders and teaching staff from Early Years Foundation settings through to primary and secondary schools. Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development – the Bexley Handbook Edition 2 Further resources to accompany the SMSC booklet: Helpful websites for supporting classroom teaching Helpful websites for supporting Prevent Helpful websites for supporting SMSC Helpful websites for supporting British values Helpful websites for Citizenship Helpful websites for engaging stakeholders and partnership working Curricular schemes for schools, including websites Case studies from Bexley Schools Click here to download copies of presentations given by speakers and stand holders at the Bexley SMSC conference on 20 January 2017. Please email if you would like to subscribe or have any questions concerning these resources.
Bexley Assessment Working Party Exemplification Portfolios - Mathematics and English Writing
30 Aug
Exemplification of working at the expected standard in Mathematics and English Writing These documents contains work that exemplifies statements in the national curriculum. They have been produced to help teachers in moderating pupils’ work and making judgements on whether expected standards have been achieved. The portfolios are intended to be used to support internal moderation. Feedback and comments are welcome and will be shared in updates. Contributions to these portfolios are also welcome. The portfolios will be used in future subject training and network meetings. To find out how you can obtain the full set of mathematics and English writing portfolios, please email Click here to download the 2015 version of the Exemplar Portfolio for Writing – Year 2 Click here to download the 2015 version of the Exemplar Portfolio for Mathematics - Year 3
School Website Audit
18 Nov
Every maintained school must publish specific information on its website to comply with The School Information (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012. If you are an academy or free school, you need to check your funding agreement to find out what you should publish on your website. The attached document can be used to audit your school website's compliance with the legislation.
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