We’re pleased to announce another year of price freezes, early-bird discounts and the introduction of streamlined academic year contracts for academies. Plus a quick guide to online purchasing.
For further information download Traded Services are Live 2019
‘Opportunities to Flourish’ Fair in October 2019!
The Careers Service will be holding an ‘Opportunities to Flourish’ Fair on Tuesday 15 October 2019, from 1.30pm to 5.00pm in the Walthamstow Assembly Hall.
All secondary schools are invited to bring students from years 10 to 13 where they will be able to speak to employers and providers about life in the workplace and find opportunities to match their interests. Exhibitors will offer apprenticeships, traineeships, voluntary opportunities and jobs in a range of sectors.
This forms part of the council’s commitment to promote meaningful opportunities and improve life chances of local young people.
The event will also support schools meet their statutory duty to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities for their students to receive information from a range of technical education and apprenticeship providers. To find more information on careers guidance in schools visit our page on The Hub.
Urgent! Hot Weather Guidance for Schools
Download our Hot Weather Guidance from the Health and Safety team! The document includes advice and a Hot Weather Checklist covering;
1. General arrangements for identifying staff/pupils with special needs
2. Outdoors Activities
3. Indoors Activities
4. Emergency Action if heat stress or heat exhaustion is suspected
Once completed the checklist can be referred to within your risk assessments to demonstrate the control measures adopted to manage the risks associated with hot weather.
If you have any queries regarding the completion of this Risk Assessment and require advice please contact the Health and Safety Team
A message from our NQT Coordinator...
Sylvia Harper, NQT Coordinator for Waltham Forest Appropriate Body (AB) would like to welcome new colleagues in Waltham Forest schools and ask all schools to consider using Waltham Forest next academic year 2019 to 2020 as their appropriate body.
If you are a school that purchases the traded service, there are many challenges and changes soon occurring which the appropriate body can support you on. This can include areas regarding information on strengthening QTS, the new extended induction period, teacher recruitment and retention strategy, postgraduate teaching apprenticeships, different routes into teaching, early career framework (ECF), reducing workload changes, the statutory guidance and more.
When schools and academies employ NQTs to start or complete statutory induction, many are not aware of the appropriate body (AB) role. The obligations for an appropriate body are statutory and where the appropriate body or one of its schools fails to meet these, there are potential legal consequences. These statutory duties can be time consuming, often leading to further work/investigations and time commitments. Therefore, it is vital the appropriate body provides a supportive, independent quality assurance method for statutory induction to schools and governing bodies ensuring they are meeting their responsibilities in terms of ensuring the role is suitable for induction, monitoring, supporting, adhering to guidance procedures, carrying out fair assessments appropriately and consistently across all institutions for newly qualified teachers.
Schools and academies will have great advantages to using the local authority for this role such as the excellent local knowledge of schools to promote high standards, assess risks early, direct support to a link service within the local authority and promote new partnerships for collaborative improvements. The local offer also provides better links with other local schools and communities.
Teaching schools can act as an appropriate body but are subjected to statutory conditions and other organisations determined for this purpose have to meet the criteria agreed by the Secretary of State. The local authority will have already met all the requirements and criteria to be an appropriate body.
A teaching school that is an accredited ITT provider cannot be the appropriate body for an NQT for whom it recommended that the award of QTS should be made neither for an NQT whom it employs, or who has served any part of their induction at that school.
For more information or a chat please email Sylvia.Harper@walthamforest.gov.uk
News from our Health and Safety team
The Health & Safety Team have created a training programme 2019/20, see Forest Hub for Council staff and Traded Services for schools.
Building Managers and HASLO role and responsibilities training,
The national qualification of IOSH Managing Safely.
The Stress Awareness Course – Stress is a major field in work-related illness.
Come along to our Asbestos Awareness, DSE, Lone working or Manual Handling courses where Employee Safety is key.
You can also learn how to risk assess activities, through the Risk Assessment workshop.
Please book early to avoid disappointment!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.