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Governor Clerking Service
School Governors Service offers a high quality Clerking, Information, Advice and Guidance service to schools and academies
The Governor clerking service is a team of highly skilled experts with up-to-date knowledge of school governance and an excellent reputation in understanding the complexities and wide-ranging responsi...
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Showcase Event 3 February 2020
15 Jan
As valued customers of Kirklees Business Solutions, Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors are invited to a showcase event to give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from the services on offer and learn more about how we can help you meet your business needs for the coming year. We are also delighted to introduce the new Governor Module which will allow Governors and School Business Managers to access their own governing body information so please book onto a workshop to learn more about this exciting development. There will also be workshops to showcase the development of “The Store” which is the new and more intuitive way to buy services through Kirklees Business Solutions. We will show you how to purchase services and help you understand how to use the new Annual order process. In the IT suite will be a number of representatives from Kirklees Business Solutions to support you with any questions on how to use the platform or to help you make purchases. Please book onto this event and workshops in Kirklees Business Solutions Governor Workshops: These workshops will include an introduction to the new Governor module, with an overview of all the new features. The benefits of going paperless and resources available. 14:30 - 15:00 Workshop 1 15:30 - 16:00 Workshop 2 16:00 – 16:30 Workshop 3 17:00 – 17:30 Workshop 4 Store Workshops: These workshops will show you how to make purchases through the Store and cover the Annual order process. A quick overview of running financial reports. 15:00 - 15:30 Workshop 1 16:30 - 17:00 Workshop 2 We look forward to meeting with you Kirklees Business Solutions Team
Free Training Courses run by the Base
08 Jan
The Base are excited to launch a new training series for anyone who works with young people under the age of 21. These are great refresher courses, great to top up knowledge and for CPD. All of the posters with the session aims are attached and below. Please do share with colleagues. All training is free. • Please book via the Eventbrite links below. • Venue: Yorkshire Children’s Centre, Brian Jackson House, The Basement, 2 New North Parade, Huddersfield, HD1 5JP. 31st January 2020: How to have a safe night out: Alcohol Training 3rd February 2020: The Drugs Box (a-z of drugs) 7th February 2020: Cannabis Awareness 10th February 2020: White Powders and Party drugs To learn more see the Change Grow Live website
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2019
07 Jan
I’d like to draw your attention to Part 5 of the statutory guidance for schools and colleges, available onGOV.UK which was introduced for the first time in September 2018. It covers managing reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment in schools and colleges. We know that many schools and colleges get their safeguarding information from their local authority and work closely with them when cases arise. • Nothing is more important than safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare. • Children can sexually abuse other children and it doesn’t only happen in secondary schools; it can take place in primary schools too. • Child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment exists in many forms, from calling someone sexualised names, flicking bra straps, lifting up skirts, grabbing bottoms, breasts and genitalia to sexual assault and rape. • Sexual violence and sexual harassment can happen online and offline (and in many cases there will be an element of both). • Schools and colleges need to know how to identify it, manage reports and support all parties involved. • It is essential that all victims are reassured that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. A victim should never be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting sexual violence or sexual harassment. Nor should a victim ever be made to feel ashamed for making a report. • Sexual violence and sexual harassment are not acceptable, should never be tolerated and should never be seen as an inevitable part of growing up. • Everyone who comes into contact with children has a role to play in protecting them. Detailed advice to support schools and colleges understand, prevent and respond to reports of child on child sexual violence and sexual harassment and how and when to refer cases is available here.
Online Safety Awareness – Unico App
07 Jan
Unico Live is a live streaming app with unicorn imagery which is likely to appeal to children. It allows users to broadcast live video of themselves over the internet. There have been reports of the app being used inappropriately by adults to encourage children to engage in sexualised activity. Other live streaming apps are also available and have similar risks. Schools are recommended to raise staff awareness of the risks of Unico and other live streaming apps, and to share this information with parents via school websites and newsletters. Further information about the Unico Live app and the risks can be found on the Safer Schools blog
New Governor Portal Coming in 2020
18 Dec
In the New Year, as part of Kirklees Council’s wider move to more accessible online services the Governor Clerking Service will be utilising a new web based system to provide administrative support to schools and their governing bodies. This online governor portal forms part of the new Kirklees Business Solutions platform that Headteachers and School Business Managers will be familiar with. As well as buying services from the council and accessing training via this site school governance will now also be managed here. A showcase event will be held on Monday, 3 February 2020 to launch the governor portal and give schools the chance to familiarise themselves with the system and learn about some of the benefits. Benefits include; Ease of access - schools will now have access to their governance information, including board composition, governor terms of office and meeting dates. As the portal is web based it will also be accessible from all devices. Documents store - all governor documents will be stored on the portal and accessible at anytime from anywhere further streamlining the process for those schools that opt for a paperless service. Meetings calendar – future dates of your governing body meetings will be available in one single accessible calendar and the portal will even send out email reminders prior to meetings. More details about the showcase will be published closer to the time but plan to have a representative from your school there to learn about all this and more.
Kirklees World Book Day Quiz 2020 - There's still time to enter a team!
27 Nov
Kirklees' World Book Day Quiz has become a much-anticipated annual event in the school calendar. It's a chance for your pupils to take part in a celebration of reading and compete against their peers in a fun, fast-paced quiz challenge. Who will be next year’s champions? The quiz will take place on Thursday 5 March 2020, 1.30 - 3.45pm at the Huddersfield Town Hall. The quiz consists of questions taken from our book list of 20 books, there will be 6 questions within each round (6 rounds). Your team should be made up of four pupils from Years 5, 6 or 7 (same or mixed year groups). The Kirklees World Book Day Quiz is a perfect transition initiative for those secondary schools/academies working in partnership with their feeder schools. From 2020 we will also be accepting entries from schools who wish to enter mixed Year 6/7 teams. As the event falls on World Book Day itself we would like to invite the children and adults to attend the event in fancy dress as one of their favourite book characters (optional). There will be a prize for best costume for both pupil and staff. In order to share the excitement of this event, we intend to take photographs during the afternoon which may be featured on Kirklees websites and its social media platforms. Our consent form will be sent out along with the confirmation pack early next year. Please ensure that pupils attending have signed parent/carer permissions for this event. Attached is the entry form and booklist. The cost is £30 per team (Max 2 teams) and sets of quiz books (one copy of each title) are available to purchase from booksplus at a charge of £145.00 per set. Completed forms to be returned to booksplus: Email: books.plus@kirklees.gov.uk By post: booksplus, Cliffe House, 140 Lane Head Road, Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8DB. If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us either by email or telephone - 01484 225083 (option 2)
School Journey annual insurance is now available to be purchased!!
25 Nov
Available now to purchase via Risk and Insurance Management link via Business Solutions, this insurance covers every off site activity legitimately associated with a particular school trip. Any queries please contact the insurance team 01484 221000
The Wellbeing Conference 28 January 2020
15 Nov
Keynote Speakers, Wellbeing Experts and much more... On the 28 January 2020, Kirklees People Services (HR, Employee Healthcare and Learning and Organisational Development) will be coming together with PACT HR to deliver the region’s premier Wellbeing Conference. Through industry-renowned key-note speakers and thought-provoking, engaging, and enlightening break-out workshops, we will explore the theme of wellbeing in the workplace. This will be a great opportunity to expand your knowledge, discuss and explore personal and professional wellbeing strategies and network with fellow delegates. What to expect? Inspiring and thought-provoking keynote speakers. Breakout sessions offering an in-depth and interactive look at wellbeing in the workplace. Networking and Q&A opportunities. Exercises and interactive sessions to take back to your workplace. Book now to ensure you have a place on the workshops
Fire Safety contact details
16 Oct
All Fire related issues should be reported on Fire Safety Emergency numbers: Office 01484 221561 Out of hours 07850 783922
Energy Heroes! Free Maths Education Resource
24 Sep
Energy Heroes! Is a free Year 5 maths resource project is linked with the national curriculum to bring energy usage, data handling and sustainable behaviour into maths and science. It is designed to help with improving Y5 children’s data handling skills within the context of energy and climate change. This is achieved through a series of 6 lessons plans directly linked to the aims of the maths and science 2014 National Curricul The project consists of the following elements: A twilight teacher training session/ webinar for a teacher and business manager/caretaker to run through all aspects of the resources. An ‘Energy Heroes!’ whole school assembly to kick off the excitement for every pupil! An 'Energy Heroes!' kick-off lesson to begin the learning for the year 5 students. A free Energy Audit undertaken with some keen eco-detectives to find the 5 actions to help your school save energy. Teaching resources for 5 further lessons (placed within the maths 2014 curriculum.) Home challenges for the children to embed their behaviour changes at home and teach their families to do the same, reducing energy costs. A community event pack to allow the students to share their learning. Resources to build your own school’s energy display board to help you reduce energy consumption by 10%. A follow-up visit to see your display board and help celebrate your success! The aim is for children to really understand energy, where it comes from, how we use it and ultimately how to save it. If you’d like to part of this free resource, please let energy heroes know so they can book you a place for the autumn term. Email tami@energyheroes.org.uk Our website: www.energyheroes.org.uk
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Training & Events

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03 Feb
Kirklees Business Solutions Showcase Event
As valued customers of Kirklees Business Solutions, Headteachers, School Business Managers and Governors are invited to a showcase event to give you the opportunity to meet with representatives from the services on offer and learn more about how we can help you meet your business needs for the coming year. We are also delighted to introduce the new Governor Module which will allow Governors and School Business Managers to access their own governing body information so please book onto a workshop to learn more about this exciting development. There will also be workshops to showcase the development of “The Store” which is the new and more intuitive way to buy services through Kirklees Business Solutions. We will show you how to purchase services and help you understand how to use the new Annual order process. In the IT suite will be a number of representatives from Kirklees Business Solutions to support you with any questions on how to use the platform or to help you make purchases. Please book on the event below and select any appropriate workshops
03
03 Feb
Religious Education Network (SECONDARY)
Includes: Guidance and resources on RE syllabus and GCSE to support teachers. News and information about the wider RE context and the resources and opportunities available. The opportunity to share good practice and resources with colleagues from other Schools. The chance to work with colleagues on shared planning and resources, especially for the new GCSE specifications.
04
04 Feb
Early Years Network for SENCo's in the PVI Sector
Networking opportunity for senco’s in private day nurseries, pre-schools, playgroups, childminders and out of school clubs. Any information or power point presentations that are delivered at the network.
05
05 Feb
KS2 Writing workshop - statutory assessment
You will receive: Information relating to 2020 KS2 SATs arrangements An opportunity to focus on practical assessment in writing and the use of the Teacher Assessment Framework to assess this Opportunities to engage in professional dialogue around writing assessment To understand further the process of moderation and how this supports judgements Networking and time to discuss teacher assessments for writing with colleagues
05
05 Feb
Primary Assessment Network
This network is for KS1 and KS2 assessment coordinators, Data Managers, SLT Assessment and Data lead practitioners. The sessions will focus on recent local, regional and national developments in the assessment field; how they may impact upon you, school staff and the students. EYFS, Phonics, KS1 and KS2 assessment updates as appropriate.
06
06 Feb
Integris Absence Tracking
Delegates will get an opportunity to explore the different ways of tracking pupil absence using their own school’s data, in the following sub-modules:- • Filtering options in Student View - can be used to analyse an individual student’s attendance for a specified date range and a selection of filters can also be applied to find different absence codes • Custom Registers - allows you to create bespoke registers for breakfast clubs, school trips, after school clubs, staff attendance/training etc. • Creating Absence/Late Follow-up - an area that allows you to send out letters to chase up periods of unexplained absence/lates. • Absence Tracking - to track pupils who equal or surpass a specified level of absence/attendance • Continuous Absence - enables users to quickly identify students who have had a continuous absence of a specified timeframe • First Day of Absence - using this function, users can quickly see who is absent and therefore determine which students require a phone call home, or other communication, in order to establish their whereabouts
06
06 Feb
Secondary Literacy Network
Suitable for literacy leads or any teacher with an interest in improving their understanding of the pedagogy behind teaching reading comprehension, oracy and writing. Resources will be shared and follow up support will be available from the KLP Literacy team.
06
06 Feb
Equalities and SMSC Network
Guidance and resources on Equalities and SMSC News and information about the wider context and the range of resources and opportunities available; The opportunity to share good practice and resources with colleagues from other schools
08
08 Feb
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect for Childminders
A full days training, part one am, part two pm, totalling 5 hours
10
10 Feb
Group Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect
To identify the elements of the Kirklees Safeguarding Children Board procedures.