Author Archives: Wendy Craddock

Barnet Practitioners Network

Do you want to be part of a network that allows you to link with other practitioners in your area, to get your events and news out to as many children, young people and practitioners as possible and be kept up to date with developments related to your work?

You can gain all of this by being part of the Barnet Practitioner Network.

As part of the London Borough of Barnet’s role to engage with the community and partners including schools, social care, voluntary and private sectors is to ensure that there is sharing opportunities and responsibilities in relation to the welfare of children and families in the borough.

One important way in which this can be done is through co-ordinating regular meetings with practitioners, to share developments in the sector and give an opportunity for attendees to network.

In addition, members are added to a database which is also used as a method of communicating events, training and news between practitioners.

What happens at the meetings?

  • Networking – coffee and lunch breaks, where refreshments and buffet lunch is provided, allows time to find out how you can link with other services and share experiences with other practitioners
  • Guest speakers from local organisations share their expertise and offer helpful advice
  • Information update on local and national initiatives and work of other services in Barnet
  • Information sharing and debate, as well as quizzes and icebreakers to get people talking Interactive workshops within small groups enable a greater focus on specific issues, Film screenings related to relevant topics

Please  save the dates below for future Barnet Practitioners meetings during  2017 -18.

These will all be held at the Penridge Banqueting Banqueting Suite, 470 Bowes Road, N11 1NL from 9.30am-1.30pm

  • Tuesday 16 January 2018
  • Friday 23 March 2018

As a member you will be contacted nearer each of the dates with the topic and agenda.

Contact: Flo Armstrong, Head of Libraries, Workforce and Community Engagement  or Tony Lewis, Voice of the Child Coordinator to add your name to the Practitioners Mailing List or for general enquires.

  • Tel: 020 8359 4373
  • Email: flo.armstrong@barnet.gov.uk

 

Sex Education Forum – New RSE Poster for Schools

The Sex Education Forum (SEF) has developed a poster which explains what is needed for good quality RSE in a school. The 12 points of the statement on the poster are based on research evidence and are supported by a wide range of partners, including NSPCC, Barnardo’s, The Children’s Society and NCB, and education unions ASCL, NASUWT, NEU, NAHT and UNISON. They are also supported by an increasing number of MPs and Peers.

SEF has produced the poster now because:

  • the evidence base for good quality RSE is well established – we know what constitutes good practice.
  • The start date for statutory RSE is September 2019 but schools can start preparing for that now.
  • The Government has appointed Ian Bauckham to advise on RSE and lead stakeholder engagement, but no date has been fixed for publication of the draft guidance – schools need confidence about what constitutes good practice.

Schools are invited to download and use the statement to make their own commitment to good quality RSE. Whether the school’s RSE is already well established, or needs further improvement, the poster can be displayed, shared with parents, staff and governors and used as a springboard to develop the quality of RSE provision the school is working towards.

Download schools poster displaying ‘Our school is committed to RSE….’

Educators and organisations that support schools with RSE can display their own statement of commitment Download supporter poster displaying ‘We are committed to RSE….’

A4 and A3 versions of both versions of the poster are available to download from the SEF website 

For up to date information about the legislation for statutory RSE, here’s a link to the Sex Education Forum FAQs

New We Are Family Education Resource

We Are Family, an adoption support community, have produced this ‘one stop shop’ for both parents and school professionals to find useful resources related to the needs of adopted and SGO children in schools.

They have pulled together a whole range of documents and resources which they hope will empower parents in talking to their schools and offer a wealth of practical ideas and strategies.  Check it out here…  https://wearefamilyadoption.org.uk/resources/education

To ‘celebrate’ the Education page launch they have asked a member to write a blog about her really positive experience of working with her school to help them understand what is needed to become ‘adoption friendly’.   Read it here… http://wp.me/p44UZE-En

And to contrast, here is another blog from a WAF member “Unattached to School” highlighting just how important educational support is for adoptive parents of school age children. http://wp.me/p44UZE-Eq

 

 

Make A Difference Challenge

Go Givers have an exciting project for KS2 children that will provide a real-life meaningful context for SMSC learning and understanding British values as well as supporting Pupil Voice and Personal Development.

It is a child-led, active citizenship project called the Make a Difference Challenge that supports pupils in identifying, researching and addressing a social or environmental issue that they want to do something about by developing an awareness raising campaign, fundraising or taking direct action.

It presents an opportunity for children to take the lead in making a difference to their communities and helps them to recognise how they can make a positive contribution as active, young citizens.

The project has been subsidised by some funding but there will be a cost of £160 which includes a full day teach training session (which up to 3 teachers per school can attend), resources to deliver the project and a Celebration Event where a delegation of pupils from each school makes a presentation to an invited audience.

The project starts with a teacher training day on Monday 8th Jan and culminates in a Celebration Event on Monday 2nd July at The Foundling Museum.

For more information and to book your place by Friday 1st December, please visit:- http://www.gogivers.org/teachers/make-a-difference/ or contact katya.stokes@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Eat Better, Start Better

Getting children eating well for life means starting early. Whether you run a nursery, work in a children’s centre, look after children as a childminder or if you oversee early years education in a local authority, Action for Children are here to help you deliver great food for under-fives.

Action for Children’s Eat Better, Start Better guidance and supporting material has been developed to help early years providers and practitioners to meet the Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirement for the provision of healthy, balanced and nutritious food and drink.

This new guidance, updated in 2017 reflects the government’s dietary recommendations for children aged 6 months to 5 years and sets out the food and drink guidelines for early years settings in England. Following the advice in this new guidance when providing food and drink will help you to meet the nutritional requirements of young children in your care.

The new guidance and associated menus contains new information relevant to the youngest children along with the up to date standards.

Public Health England has launched their new example menus to help early years professionals plan healthy meals for children in their care. These menus can be found here

Free Financial Education Teacher Training Event

Young Enterprise, as part of their LifeSavers programme, are sharing their values based approach to financial education with primary schools across England. The project champions the need for a practical, holistic approach to financial education, one that involves the whole school and wider community too.

Unfortunately they are coming to the end of their free training offer and in order to reach as many primary schools as possible before their programme comes to a close, they will be running one final FREE LifeSavers training event in Central London on Tuesday 28th November.

The event is open to all state maintained primary schools and will help teachers:

  • Develop pupils’ social and moral thinking around money.
  • Integrate a whole school approach to financial education.
  • Discover the benefits of practical and experiential money learning.
  • Consider a whole community approach to saving and money management.
See attached flyer for further details and how to book a place:  LifeSavers London event -28.11.2017