Constitution of governing bodies of maintained schools - statutory guidance August 2017
This revised statutory guidance provides additional material on the Governance Database and details of new power to remove elected governors and staff governors.
SIMS and Statutory DfE Assessment Returns - Primary Schools and Academies
Details of training available for using SIMS to record, submit and report on statutory DfE assessments returns - EYFSP, Key Stage 1 & 2 and Year 1 & 2 phonics.
PECS Level 1 Training Workshop
The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a successful approach that uses pictures to develop communication skills for children with a range of learning and social communication difficulties.
The Children and Adults with Disabilities (CAD) 5-19 Support Team has arranged a two-day PECS Level 1 Training Workshop for teachers and teaching assistants.
The workshop will provide participants with the foundation and essential tools to implement the six phases of the system through demonstrations, videos and role-play.
Makaton - Foundation Workshop for Professionals
Makaton Foundation Workshop for Professionals.
Makaton is a simple form of sign language based on British Sign Language. It is designed to improve communication skills of children with speech and language difficulties and promotes understanding and use of language concepts.
The Foundation Workshop for Professionals provides a detailed introduction to Makaton and combines a practical approach with theory and technical information.
The workshop will be led by Cathy Hamblin, an approved Makaton tutor. It will consist of a series of four sessions leading to a Makaton Foundation Workshop certificate.
Early Years (Admissions) Tax Free Childcare - Are you ready?
Are you ready for Tax-Free Childcare?
Childcare providers across the country are signing up for the government’s new offer: Tax-Free Childcare.
Tax-Free Childcare will help working parents with the cost of childcare, offering up to £2,000 per child per year, or £4,000 if a child is disabled. Parents will be able to open an online account, which they can use to pay for childcare from a registered provider. For every £8 parents pay into these accounts, the government will add £2. Childcare providers must sign up to be able to receive payments from parents through the scheme. Sign up now.
To sign up, childcare providers should visit www.childcare.tax.service.gov.uk and will need:
1) The unique code included in their invitation letter.
2) The bank account details for the account they wish to receive payments into.
3) Their Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) number – or their National Insurance number, if they don’t have a UTR.
Tax-Free Childcare will be rolled out to parents from early 2017 but it is important that you as a provider sign up as soon as possible to be ready for the scheme’s launch. You can find more information on the scheme by visiting the Top things providers need to know on Gov.uk.