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!
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Best Start with Henry Oral Heath Services
As an Oral health practitioner for Best start with HENRY my role is to improve awareness around oral health and to ultimately reduce the amount of decay in children under five within the borough.
We are currently providing a half day oral health training course for health visitors, reception teachers, nursery staff, foster carers and early years staff.
This FREE oral health training package aims to deliver the following outcomes for practitioners;
To understand why primary teeth are so important and be able to confidently deliver advice and key messages around oral hygiene routines.
To understand the different factors and causes of tooth decay and how to prevent tooth decay in children. The course is fun, interactive and is approved by the Royal Society of Public Health
We have also compiled a list of all the dental surgeries within Waltham Forest that are taking on new patients and that welcome young children, this is available via the Children and Family Centre’s or by contacting me or the HENRY offices directly. Parents have told me that they find this list really useful as they often find themselves calling several surgeries to try and register their children which can be off-putting.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions or requests either by phone or email Gemma.Akinade@henry.org.uk or call 07720 090 922 / 0208 496 5223. Visit www.henry.org.uk for more information.