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Schools Data Protection Officer - eLIMNew
Under new Data Protection legislation, it may become law that schools will need to nominate a Data Protection Officer (DPO).
Voice of the Child SurveyNew
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.
Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Moderation Offer 2017
Offer Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Moderation offer 2017
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
Introduction to HR Matters in Primary Schools and Academies- PLACES STILL AVAILABLE
This half day introduction to HR Matters and Key policy and processes for effective staff management.
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
Rode Methodist First School - Telephones Restored
Please note that the telephones at Rode Methodist First School have now been restored.
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.
SENCO Induction Conference - 26 September
Information about the upcoming SENCO Induction Conference.
Reposting - School Data Exchange Agreement 2017/18
The new Data Exchange Agreement between Education Providers and the LA.  This has been rewritten in light of the GDPR which comes into force in May 25th 2018 and becomes a very important document for sharing Personal Data.
SIMS Vendor List - July 2017
The new vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
Phone/email disruption - Bishop Henderson CofE VA Primary School, Taunton
Please note that Bishop Henderson CofE VA Primary School, Taunton, currently has no telephone service and their emails are also severly disrupted. There is currently no resolution time to these issues.
Skanska Service Offering
Please find enclosed Skanska Service Offering detail.
School Office@ accounts
More information about school office@ accounts
SIMS Statutory Data Analysis Package
eLIM are launching an Assessment Analysis Package for schools in the Primary sector to assist with data analysis and OFSTED preparation. See our flyer for a special offer for summer term and end of Key Stage data analysis.
Power Disruption - Greenfylde CofE First School
Power Disruption - Greenfylde CofE First School. Further to today's earlier email message, the school has confirmed that they now have power restored
Autism and learning disability hate crime campaign
FAO: Head Teachers and Designated Safeguarding Leads.
ImWithSam – our autism and learning disability hate crime campaign
'I know you' Instagram accounts and schools - information for parents
Some school shave been made aware of incidents surrounding children using Instagram and an I Know You account or link. This notice gives text that the school can use to give advice to parents.
Eduaccess (Juniper) will no longer be available from 1st August 2017
Following on from previous correspondence in relation to the use of Eduaccess (Juniper) from 1st August 2017, Somerset County Council will no longer be providing access to this system or an alternative solution.
PREVENT TrainingPREVENT training
FAO: All designated Safeguarding leads
PREVENT training dates and further information
SIMS Vendor List - June 2017
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
eLIM Online Newsletter - July 2017
July's copy of the eLIM online Safety Newsletter
SSE Property Maintenance Services - Core Service Options
Additional information about the two core service options available from the SSE Property Maintenance Team.
Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL) in Partnership with the University of Worcester are looking for tutors to join their existing team of Higher Education (HE) tutors from September 2017
Are you looking for a new challenge?  Could you bring expertise, imagination and an eye for quality to our expanding HE training? If so there are some exciting opportunities for you to join the team and help us run our successful and high quality training programmes across the South West. 
Summer temperatures - current hot weather
In response to the current heatwave conditions, a number of schools have enquired on reasonable temperature levels for staff and young people in classrooms during the school day. Whilst there is no maximum temperature, the following guidance outlines actions and measures that schools can implement to help them through these hot conditions.
Somerset SACRE Newsletter Summer 2017
Somerset SACRE Newsletter on RE and Collective Worhship Summer 2017
Telephone disruption - Westover Green School, Bridgwater
Westover Green Primary School, Bridgwater, currently cannot receive calls. The school can make outgoing calls but is unable to receive calls. Please email the school if you need to contact: westovergreen@educ.somerset.gov.uk
Do you live/work in the Frome area? One of your local schools needs you!
Support Services for Education Governance Services is seeking a volunteer with experience in governance to fill the Local Authority nominated position on the Board of Governors at St Louis Catholic Primary School, Frome.
Death of 4-year old autistic boy prompts absence review calls
In October 2016, a four-old boy with serious learning difficulties died  at home after his mother had passed away herself,( two weeks previously, during an epileptic episode.) The boy died of starvation.
REMINDER - ADL Summer Term Meetings Cancelled
Following the Spring meetings the ADL’s have been reviewed. It has been decided that there will no longer be Summer term meetings and the ones for June 2017 have now been cancelled. There is likely to be a communication sent out over the Summer term informing schools of any important news.
Understanding your invoice 2017/18
Understanding your traded service invoice 2017/18
Kilve Court Summer Courses
Summer Courses at KIlve Court
eLIM Online Newsletter - June 2017
The latest edition of the eLIM Online Safety Newsletter
Advice for Schools Planning trips and off-site visits
Following the awful and tragic events in London and Manchester, the following guide has been created giving schools and educational establishments advice in support of planned trips or off-site visits whilst concerns remain surrounding the safety and security of everyone involved.
Phonelines down at St George's Primary, Taunton
Phonelines down at St George's Primary, Taunton
SIMS Vendor List - May 2017
The new Vendor list for schools is now available. Previously published lists will be removed from iPost.
KS1 and KS2 Moderation Notification
All schools recieving a moderation visit have been notified.
NQT Induction Tutor Training
An NQT induction programme to partner other NQT’s and to develop practice together.
SCITT/SCIL teacher training tutoring- Exciting opportunity
Are you looking for a new challenge?  Could you bring expertise, imagination and an eye for quality to our expanding HE training? If so there are some exciting opportunities for you to join the team and help us run our successful and high quality training programmes across the South West. 
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
Spotty Book 2016 - Guide for schools and Nurseries
Spotty Book 2016 provides advice and guidance to schools and nurseries on preventing and controlling infectious diseases.