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SSE Conference: Change Across the Education SectorNew
Spaces are going fast for the FREE upcoming SSE Conference!
Guidance for Somerset Schools and Colleges in Managing Critical Incidents 2018 to 2019New
To access the full guidance document please click the below document.
Somerset Governors 175 Safeguarding Audit
The Somerset Governors 175 Safeguarding Audit has been unlocked and is now ready for completion. We apologise for the glitches that there have been and the impact this may have caused you all and thank you for your patience , We are hopeful Virtual College have been able to rid the bugs that were in the system, They assure us today this has been successful. 
Nationwide pupil online survey - KS2-4
LGfL DigiSafe  and NSPCC are launching a nationwide  pupil online safety survey for Safer Internet Day 2018 (6th February).  
Spelling Detectives
FAO: Teaching Assistants (TA) and SENCO or Class Teacher to attend together, unless SENCO/Class Teacher has already attended. All schools from Somerset can attend this training
Individualised Literacy Intervention Training
FAO: Teaching Assistants and SENCOs
The Great Furniture Giveaway!
Why? Some of our offices at County Hall need to be emptied for essential repairs.

What? So we need to dispose of a lot of redundant office furniture and sundries.

Where? County Hall (A Block), The Crescent, Taunton, TA1 4DY

How? Come along to view, reserve the items you want and collect within two weeks – all free of charge!
GCSE Computing and the NEA
GCSE Computing and the NEA.  Information for teachers of Computing and SLT in Secondary Schools
Data Protection and the New GDPR Directive - The Changes for Schools
In May 2018 new regulations will come into force relating to Data Protection. These regulations will have a large effect on the duties that schools have to do to remain inside of the law.
EYFS Profile Moderation Training for 2017/18
FAO Finance and Business Manager
EYFS Profile Moderation Training for 2018
FAO EYFS Teacher
SIMS Vendor List January 2018
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
The Governors Safeguarding 175 Audit
We have been informed by the Virtual College that The Governors Safeguarding 175 Audit  will remain currently unavailable until at least January 4th 2018 when it is hoped to go live enabling full access. We apologise for the inconvenience it may have caused
Property Christmas Holiday Advice
Property Christmas Holiday Advice
Farmington Scholarships 2018/2019
Applications for the 2018/19 Farmington Scholarships are now open. These are Scholarships available to teachers of Religious Education and associated subjects in UK secondary, primary, and special needs schools. Head teachers who wish to undertake research into either religious education or values education are also eligible to apply.
Somerset SACRE Barbara Agutter Award 2018
Details of the SACRE Barbara Agutter Award 2018
Trauma Training
All sessions will take place at Long Sutton Golf Club, Long Sutton TA10 9JU
Each strand has a session on these dates: 23rd January 2018, 12th March 2018, 16th April 2018.
Social Media Concern
Information about a recent Social Network incident and the sharing of a distributed Child abuse video
Potential product defect with Buccolam (buccal midazolam) prefilled plastic syringes
The potential product defect information and link to more information.
*REMINDER* SSE Conference - BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW!
Support Services for Education are pleased to invite school leaders to their inaugural conference - Change across the Education Sector - on Friday 23 February 2018. The all-day event is FREE to attend and will include a complimentary lunch and refreshments.
FFT Course - Getting the most out of FFT Aspire and the new RAISE replacement ASP
A 2 hour presentation by FFT about FFT Aspire and the new RAISE ASP replacement by consultants from FFT
SIMS Vendor List November 2017
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
Annual Governors Safeguarding Audit
Links on how to view last years governors annual safeguarding audit and a blank template for this years audit.
eLIM December online Newsletter
Decembers copy of eLIM Online Newsletter
Governors safeguarding audit 175 update
Governors safeguarding audit 175 update from virtual college
Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Moderation Offer 2017
Offer Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Moderation offer 2017
SSE Conference - BOOK YOUR PLACES NOW!
Support Services for Education are pleased to invite school leaders to their inaugural conference - Change across the Education Sector - on Friday 23 February 2018.

The all-day event is FREE to attend and will include a complimentary lunch and refreshments.
Upcoming Portage Workshop
Details of upcoming Portage Workshop
First, Infant and Primary Schools UIFSM options How do Somerset's schools support a sustainable Universal Infant Free School Meal market?
First, Infant and Primary Schools are being asked to choose their preferences from a number of options as agreed at the recent SAPHTO delegates meeting. Please can you rank in order so that we can gain an understanding of schools’ preferences and share this feedback with providers.
Schools Data Protection Officer - eLIM
Under new Data Protection legislation, it may become law that schools will need to nominate a Data Protection Officer (DPO).
A refresher re CSE and child exploitation
Hi all as you are all aware OPERATION Fenestra regarding CSE in Somerset has been released as a serious case review
Please can you ensure all your staff in your provisions are aware of this and have opportunity to read it.
Voice of the Child Survey
Survey to collect information about how schools gather the Voice of the Child
IMPORTANT REMINDER School Funding Consultation Deadline Fri 17 Nov 17
Reminder for Headteachers and school finance colleagues that 17th November 2017 is the last day to send your response to CYPFinance@somerset.gov.uk for the School Funding consultation.

An Introduction to Financial Management for Academies
This one day course has been specifically designed to provide senior managers with an invaluable, comprehensive introduction to financial management.
KS1 and KS2 training
For 2017-18 School Improvement are running full day training courses for teachers New to Year 2 and Year 6.
These courses give teachers the opportunity to develop their understanding of the end of Key Stage assessments and advance their expertise in making end teacher assessment judgments for reading, writing and mathematics in 2018.
Somerset Early Years Conference 22nd November 2017 PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
The annual Somerset Early Years Conference is taking place on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at Taunton racecourse.
IMPORTANT: Virtual College Governors Safeguarding Audit 2017
The Audit has had to be locked by VC and we advise you only access the audit to look at last year’s audit  or to export last year’s report
SAVE THE DATE! Support Services for Education Conference
Support Services for Education are pleased to invite school decision makers to their inaugural conference: Change Across The Education Sector.
Schools Inclusive Communication - STC: Universal Module PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
This newly revised Universal Module will be a 5 hour course but will be split into two sessions of
2.5 hours. There is a practical task which participants are asked to complete between the two
sessions. Completing a practical task between sessions is integral to each module.
Somerset Hearing Support Team Newsletter
Somerset Hearing Support Team Newsletter - Autumn 2017
Work Experience Opportunities with Support Services for Education
Work Experience Opportunities with Support Services for Education
November Online Safety Newletter
eLIMs Onilne Newsletter for educational settings
You’re Invited! Female Fitness Weekender @ Kilve Court
You’re Invited! Female Fitness Weekender @ Kilve Court
Recruitment for EYFSB Moderators
We are again in a position to recruit additional EYFSP Moderators to work with the Somerset LA Moderation Team in 2017/18. The enclosed advertisement gives details of the EYFSP Moderator role and an indication of the level of skills, knowledge and understanding required for this post.
Supporting Pupils at School with Medical Conditions
These sessions will focus on children requiring Epipen’s or Midazolam and those who have shunts due to hydrocephalus. A maximum of two of these three subjects will be covered in each session dependent on demand.
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) update
British Gas Billing Issues & New Payment of Invoices Process
British Gas billing issues, resolution, and request for changes to the process of paying invoices.
SIMS Vendor List October 2017
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ ME - School Funding Consultation 2018.19
A consultation on proposed changes for School Funding 2018.19 - deadline for response Friday 17 November 2017
Thurlbear Phone Issues
Thurlbear Primary School reporting issues with their telephony.
SIMS Somerset Tracking and Analysis Packages
SIMS Support Services are launching Assessment Tracking and Analysis packages for schools in the Primary sector - see our flyers for details.
Ransomware Attack
New Ransomware attack
Updated multi agency guidance on children who go missing
Updated multi agency guidance on children who go missing
Annual Governors Safeguarding Audit
After some glitches at Virtual College I am pleased to inform you that the Annual Governors Safeguarding Audit 17 is live .The Audit is open until January 3rd 2018

School FoI Requests over Half Term
Freedom of Information (FOI) requests received by Schools over the half term holiday
New Privacy Notice Models from the DFE
New model Privacy statements for school in line with Data Protection and GDPR
New DFE guidance for schools on the storage and disposal of chemicals (England only)
Please find attached new guidance published this week by the DFE focusing on the storage and disposal of chemicals in schools.
Smartboards For Sale
Smartboards at £100 each.
SSE Website – Traded Services 2017/18 - Understanding your Invoice
The invoices for the academic year package orders have recently been sent out for the Autumn term. Please click on the link below to access helpful information around understanding your invoice.
Somerset SACRE Questionnaire on RE and Collective Worship FAO Somerset Primary Heads of RE
FAO Somerset Primary Heads of RE
Safeguarding Audit update
Virtual College technical issues
Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS)r Schools
The Schools Financial Value Standard (SFVS) must be completed and submitted to the Local Authority on an annual basis. It has been designed to give assurance that schools have sound financial management in place. This course is designed to guide Governors through the process of completing the SFVS self-assessment.
Introduction to Financial Management for Schools
This one day course has been specifically designed to provide senior managers with an invaluable, comprehensive introduction to financial management..
Accessing Additional Grant Funding - Governors
This course aims to provide school governors and academy trustees with an understanding of how to source and apply for additional grant funding to benefit school projects.
Financial Implications of Converting to an Academy
This half day course has been specifically designed to raise awareness of the financial implications and practicalities of converting to Academy status.
Accessing Additional Grant Funding
This is a half day course providing an understanding of how to source and apply for additional grant funding to benefit school or academy projects.
Sims Support Team Open Day
An opportunity for all Schools, Specials and PRU’s, Maintained or Academies/MATS to see the latest developments available to help with use of SIMS in school especially to manage and progress school improvement. This is a great opportunity for face to face interaction with the SIMS Support Team and Capita Product Managers. The event includes an overview from a trained Ofsted Inspector of current inspection themes, including assessment, alternative provision and safeguarding.
Annual Governors Safeguarding Audit FAO Heads and DSLS
I am pleased to inform you that the Annual Governors Safeguarding Audit 17 is about to go live . The Audit is open until January 3rd 2018
Accessing Additional Grant Funding for Early Years Projects
This course aims to provide an understanding of how to source and apply for additional grant
funding to benefit early years projects. Examples might include applying for a grant to provide new
play equipment or improve your outside space.
Ethnic Minority Achievement and Traveller Education Service Professional Development Day
A day to develop your professional practice relating to EAL and Traveller pupils. We will look at current issues affecting these groups and through a range of interactive workshops will offer strategies and ideas to use and develop back in your educational setting. There will also be an opportunity to browse and purchase a variety of resources in the Marketplace.
Free WW1 Battlefields Tour for Somerset Schools
Free WW1 Battlefields Tour for Somerset Schools
NQT Registration 2017
If an NQT has begun their induction at your school and you have not already done so, it’s important that you register them on the SSE website as soon as possible to begin their induction with Somerset as the Appropriate Body (AB). Assessments are now uploaded online under the individual NQT profile. This is where NQTs, tutors and Headteachers can read and sign off assessment reports. Somerset AB will monitor this and approve that the NQT has completed and passed their induction period
Somerset HSB Guidance
Support and guidance available in relation to responding to an incident of Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB) by a child/young person on your school roll. Includes guidance document for Somerset schools.
Data Protection and the New GDPR Directive - The Changes for Schools
In May 2018 new regulations will come into force relating to Data Protection. These regulations will have a large effect on the duties that schools have to do to remain inside of the law
My Staff Shop
My Staff Shop benefits and offers to SCC School Staff
Green Paper - Internet Safety Strategy
Consultation to look at how we can ensure Britain is the safest place in the world to be online. The Strategy considers the responsibilities of companies to their users, the use of technical solutions to prevent online harms and government’s role in supporting users.
Changes to A block Reception and Cashiers at County Hall
Changes to A block Reception and Cashiers at County Hall
Letter to headteachers - Public Health - Winter Readiness Pack for schools
Letter to headteachers containing a NHS winter readiness pack for managing seasonal illnesses and infections during the winter period.
Changes to Esendex Based Texting Services
Changes to Esendex Based Texting Services
Somerset SACRE Newsletter Autumn 2017
Somerset SACRE Newletter - Autumn 2017
Education Travel Policy Consultation 2017
Consultation on the proposed changes to Education Travel Policy 2017
Elklan Autism
This 2 day non-accredited course gives an understanding of Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) and understanding of speech and language development and communication difficulties. It teaches staff strategies for differentiating class activities enabling children with ASC and pragmatic language difficulties to access the curriculum more effectively and encourages a flexible approach to using the resources available to staff within the school.
Safeguarding Audit update
The Governors Safeguarding Audit is almost ready to be re-opened for 2016/17.
Agenda for Autumn 2017 ADL Meetings
Administrative Development Liaison (ADL) Meetings - Autumn Term Agenda 2017
Change to 'Mathstopia' vendor number
SIMS vendor number for Mathstopia has changed to 30019914
SIMS Vendor List September 2017
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
Change to Contact Details in the Event of a Request for Educational Psychology Support following a Critical Incident
Change to Contact Details in the Event of a Request for Educational Psychology Support following a Critical Incident
Get your Skates on at Dillington's 'Go Crackers' Event
Get your Skates on at Dillington's 'Go Crackers' Event
PREVENT Training
PREVENT training dates
Letter to Heads - flu vaccine nasal spray
The following letter provides advice and guidance to headteachers following concerns on the safety and effectiveness of flu vaccine nasal spray.
How to Report a Property or Grounds Repair
How to Report a Property or Grounds Repair
Data Protection and the GDPR Directive - The changes for Schools
Half day courses for Data Controllers and business mangers in schools in exploring the new Data Protection Laws
Important Office 365 Notification - Office 365 and Exchange Services Affected
Large scale Exchange connectivity and Calendar issues
The mis-use of Twitter in Schools
Advice about safeguarding and personal safety concerns around school Twitter accounts.
Updated Social Networks and Parents booklet
Updated booklet on dealing with Social Network and Parents
New version of Digital Parenting Magazine from Vodafone
Vodafone have just published their next version of their popular Digital Paretning magazine
eLIM Online Newsletter - Sept 2017
This months copy of the Online Safety newsletter for schools and other educational settings
Willowdown Primary - Phones
Please note that the phone issue at Willowdown Primary School, Bridgwate has resurfaced and the school currently has no phone service. Please email info@willowdownprimary.co.uk if you need to contact the school.
Somerset Bridge Primary Phones
Please note that the phone system at Somerset Bridge Primary School has now been restored following the disruption message on the 7th September.
NQT Induction Tutor Training - Autumn Term 2017/18
NQT Induction Tutor Training - Autumn Term 2017/18
SIMS Vendor List - August 2017
The new Vendor list for Schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
Skanska Bespoke Service Offering Letter
Skanska Bespoke Service Offering Letter
Schools and FOI
Update on last years FOI request from Mr Maloney
Somerset Bridge Primary, Bridgwater - Telephone Disruption
Please note that there are no phones available for contact at Somerset Bridge Primary, Bridgwater owing to a power cut in the area at the weekend.
Resources for Learning Terms and Conditions
Terms and conditions relating to services and resources supplied by Resources for Learning have now been added to the SSE website.  They can also be found on the RfL website.
Somerset Gardens Trust Grants To Schools
Somerset Gardens Trust gives grants, up to a maximum of £400 per school, for activities or equipment related to gardening.
August 2017 Online Safety Newsletter for schools from eLIM
Latest edition of the schools Online Safety newsletter from eLIM
EVC Training - 11 September 2017
A reminder to individuals interested in Outdoor Education that spaces are still available for External Visit Coordinator Training at SCIL (Taunton) on 11 September 2017.
SSTEP System Closedown – User Log-in Accounts
As part of the SSTEP system closedown process, we have arranged for your individual user log-in accounts to become deactivated and therefore your access to the old system has been removed.
SIMS Vendor List - July 2017
The new vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
Skanska Service Offering
Please find enclosed Skanska Service Offering detail.
PREVENT TrainingPREVENT training
FAO: All designated Safeguarding leads
PREVENT training dates and further information
NQT Induction Tutor Training
An NQT induction programme to partner other NQT’s and to develop practice together.
Email alerts from the SSE website
Headteachers may be receiving a number of email alerts from the new SSE website. These alerts are automatically produced when the school purchases training/services via the website...
Pupils with a reduced timetable
Work into identifying pupils who appear to have had a reduced timetable for a period of more than 12 consecutive weeks