SAFSO Conference - 'Believe in You'
Tuesday 3rd December 2019 at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester
Join us at the SAFSO conference, taking place at Kingston Maurward College in Dorchester, Dorset, a beautiful location where SBMs, Finance Officers and Administrators across Dorset and our surrounding counties will meet for a day of professional development, an informative and enjoyable day with a keynote speech, workshops, networking, marketplace stalls.
‘The Art of Being Brilliant’
‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ provides an antidote to the crazy world that typifies modern Britain. This workshop uses cutting edge research to explore how you can be you, brilliantly. The aim is to share some of the ‘secrets’ of Positive Psychology, focusing on learning new habits of thinking and behaviour that will sustain personal ‘brilliance’. It is about the ‘whole you’ and, as such, is applicable in and out of work.
GDPR One Year On: Review of Key Functionality in SIMS
Schools financial value standard (SFVS) for maintained schools: Return metrics
School resource management self-assessment tool for academy trusts: Return metrics
Graphical reporting with Power BI for SIMS, FMS and SIMS Finance
Are you Sitting Comfortably? Demonstration of good workstation practice, set-up and use. Including adjusting your chair and display screen equipment and the benefits of adopting a good posture and work practices.
Mindfulness, Meditation & work - workshop from a CBT Therapist & Mindfulness Teacher working in NHS - Ellie Sturrock.
Chair Yoga - yoga moves which can be done easily even in your chair. Expert yoga teacher holding workshops to show you how.
Food and nutrition - a personal approach
DBS – updates and top tips
To find out more and book your place please use this link to the course in Dorset Nexus' training area.
NEW: Children's Advice and Duty Service
We have made some improvements here at Dorset Council that we hope will improve the lives of children and families and provide better support to you as the professionals working with them.
We want to make sure that every child receives the right help - regardless of whether social care involvement is needed or not. We know you'll all agree that it is important to help families before they reach crisis point, as that's ultimately better for our children and young people.
Sometimes families need the support of social workers and when this is the case, we need to ensure that this is provided without delay. However, we also know that very often early support from other agencies can prevent concerns escalating.
Children and families have told us that, wherever it is safe, they would prefer this support to be provided by professionals they know and trust. We want to work more closely with you and your staff to agree together what support children and families need and who is best placed to meet the need.
On 2 October we launched our new Children's Advice and Duty Service. If you are concerned about a child and need support or advice from Children’s Services, you will be able to call a professionals-only number to discuss your concerns rather than complete a referral form. You will immediately speak with one of our consultant social workers who will go through these concerns with you. We'll continue to make the same safeguarding checks with partners in health and police as we do now within the current Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), but you will not need to complete a referral form. The intention will be to agree together what should happen next - whether this is allocating a social worker, family worker or supporting you in meeting the need through an early help assessment and team around the family approach. Our ethos is 'never doing nothing' so that families are supported as soon as they need help.
This has been designed with renowned safeguarding expert, Professor David Thorpe. He has worked with over 20 children’s services teams to create a single point of contact that provides better support for families and partner professionals to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring the right support is provided, at the right time. Our colleagues in Norfolk implemented Professor Thorpe’s model nearly a year ago and they have already seen an improvement in services offered to children and their families. We have visited their team and have seen for ourselves the benefits and how valued the support to partners is.
We’re really excited about launching the new service and are confident that it will help us work together to ensure that children and families in Dorset are supported at the right time, first time.
Answers to some frequently asked questions are attached to this article along with a flowchart and small and large format posters to help you publicise the service to colleagues. There is also a link to information on the Dorset Council website for the public to refer to.
If you have any other queries, please contact Service Manager, Maggie Aldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01305 225829. Or Susan Blizzard at email@example.com.
Executive Director, People – Children
HLTA ..... your next step??
Professional Development and Career Progression opportunity for TAs
The Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) role was introduced in 2003 to raise standards and tackle teacher workload. Gaining HLTA status is verification that TAs meet the highest level nationally agreed standards for adults supporting teaching and learning, allowing schools to deploy HLTAs to cover absences, planning, preparation and assessment times.
HLTA Community SW have been delivering the assessment preparation programme since its inception and have a strong team of expert trainers. Past participants have subsequently received national recognition of their expertise at the HLTA of the year awards.
Benefits of HLTA Status:
Positive impact on pupil performance resulting from the HLTA role
Helps reduce teacher workload
A rise in confidence and self-esteem of the HLTAs
Good quality career progression for teaching assistants (TAs)
Verification that TAs meet the highest level of nationally agreed standards for supporting teaching and learning
Recognised by Ofsted as a positive tool for the effective deployment of support staff.
(NFER research, 2007)
We are now recruiting our next cohorts for the 3 day preparation training.
Dorchester—20 January, 22 January and 16 March 2020
Dorchester—28 April, 5 May and 16 June 2020
and in Devon:
Buckfast—24 January, 31 January and 20 March 2020
Exminster—24 April, 1 May and 19 June 2020
For more details and application forms please visit our website http://hltacommunitysw.co.uk
We are also happy to consider requests for bespoke training. Please contact us to discuss your requirements:
For further information please contact TADSS on firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01305 833518.
With thanks from
The TADSS Team
FREE COURSE - Understanding, Recognising and Supporting Parents in Conflict
There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children's mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children's outcomes.
This course will help you to:
recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn such skills as negotiation and compromise
discuss parental conflict with parents. It focuses on practising the skills of handling conversations with parents in conflict using tools and techniques to enable parents to resolve destructive conflict with positive outcomes
Dates are Friday 22 and Monday 25 November 2019. For further details and to book a place please click here
Free - Careers Link Governor training
Governing bodies have a key role in equipping their pupils with the tools and knowledge to make informed choices about their futures. They can do this by offering strategic support to school leaders and holding them to account for meeting their statutory responsibilities.
Dorset Council recommends every school with secondary age pupils has a Careers link Governor.
Free training, sponsored by Southern University Network and supported by the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), is available for this important role in the governing body.
One funded place is available for each Dorset school.
Training is available on 20 and 21 November 2019.
Please book here on Nexus:
20 November 2019
21 November 2019
Flyers for the courses are attached to this article.
More CEC Guidance for Governors is available on the CEC website.