Education Bulletin 16 September 2022
Updated 16 September 2022
Important contact details
From Ming Zhang
Service Director of Education, Participation and Skills
Given the period of national mourning, the government will not be making any significant policy announcements until the middle of next week at the earliest, I therefore keep this bulletin brief and focusing on a few local developments:
Impact of the State Funeral Bank Holiday
The following advice is for maintained schools and VC schools where PCC is the employer. VA, Trust Foundation Schools and Academies will have advice from their respective employers.
In light of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the day of the State Funeral becoming a Bank Holiday on Monday 19 September 2022, the DfE will be laying regulations to reduce the school year from 190 days to 189 days for the academic year 2022-23. This will result in a reduction in the working year for employees whose weekly working pattern includes the additional paid day off with an extra paid bank holiday resulting in no impact upon the salary due.
In circumstances, when teaching and support staff have Monday as a non-working day, thereby not benefiting from the additional day off, these employees should be provided with alternative time off during the year. The time off should be based on 1/5th of a working week. In exceptional circumstances, an additional payment can be made as an alternative to providing a different day off during the year. Local arrangements should apply to either option, with the approval of Governing Bodies.
The City Council have instructed DELT Payroll to contact each school where a payment will need to be made to affected employees. This action will be undertaken in late September for payment in the payroll period following the school's confirmation to DELT.
DfE Attendance Update
Over 14,000 schools are now sharing their daily attendance data with DfE, all schools are strongly encouraged to sign up. The information shared gives schools and local authorities access to up-to-date attendance data reports on View your education data (VYED). Full instructions can be found below.
The reports can be used to help with earlier identification of pupils who need support, save you time building attendance reports and offer trend insights for different groups of pupils, with the ability to filter attendance data by year group and pupil characteristics. This will help schools and local authorities meet the expectations outlined in the new guidance 'Working together to Improve School Attendance', including supporting effective termly targeted support meetings. We encourage all Plymouth schools to sign up to share their attendance data to enable this.
From the end of September, the DfE will publish a new fortnightly national data visualisation tool on absence rates, helping schools and local authorities to assess attendance levels in comparison to other areas and nationally, as well as to spot and respond to emerging trends.
The DfE will continue to develop attendance reports to improve them for schools and local authorities. This will include from later in September the ability to compare attendance data with the previous academic year for a school or an individual. The DfE would like to hear about your experience on using reports so if you are interested in helping shape the project, please sign up to take part in our research.
Accessing your attendance reports
Log in to View Your Education Data (VYED) using your IDAMS credentials and select the option for 'local authority' or 'multi-academy trust'.
If you have been contacted about accessing your reports but you cannot see the 'school daily attendance' option when you log in to VYED, you will need to log in to your IDAMS account and request access to 'View Your Education Data - School Attendance Data' from a Super User at your organisation.
Once you have been granted access, log in to VYED and select 'School daily attendance' to see your reports.
Full guidance on how to access daily attendance reports, can be found here. If you've forgotten your IDAMS log in
Visit the IDAMS log in page and select 'I've forgotten my password'. Then follow the steps earlier in the guide to access your reports.
If you need help
Message from Children's Speech and Language Service
The Livewell CYP Speech and Language Service would like to update you on our free virtual training offer to settings. Please see the attachment for further information on a range of packages to help you develop your awareness of speech, language and communication needs and supporting strategies. We offer training to whole settings as well as a rolling programme for individual bookings. We also offer a rolling programme of training for parents and carers. A leaflet is attached and further information can also be found on our webpage: https://www.livewellsouthwest.co.uk/childrens-services/speech-and-language
Commitment to Plymouth Inclusion Charter
As part of the Plymouth Inclusion Charter, Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Parent Carer Voice would like to invite you to an information session about the launch of the Commitment to the Plymouth Inclusion Charter for schools. This session will give further details about the charter and how schools can sign up to the commitment. As the framework provides schools with an opportunity to consider the meaning of inclusion in its widest sense through a whole school approach, this session is open to all appropriate senior colleagues. The session will also be recorded for those who cannot attend.
Plymouth Independent School Appeals Panel
Would you like to make a real difference to families in our community?
As a member of our community, would you like to become involved in an important decision making process? We are looking for members of the public who would like to volunteer on the Independent School Appeals Panel. The panel is an independent, voluntary body that has a statutory duty to hear school appeal cases impartially.
The panel considers the decision of not admitting a child into a school. They look at evidence presented by schools and parents and decide whether the individual circumstances merit overturning the decision of the admission authority.
We are looking for panel members from a broad range of backgrounds. Panel members do not need to have any education connection, however the role might be of interest to parents of children in school, retired teachers, or school governors.
Appeal panels meet on weekdays, meetings can range from a few hours to all day. Most meetings take place in spring and early summer when places for children starting primary school and secondary school are allocated.
Councillor Charlotte Carlyle, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Children and Young People said: "Our panel members feel they make a real difference and play a vital role in offering this impartial service to the community".
Service on the appeal panel is voluntary, however members can claim out of pocket expenses.
An informal selection process will take place before the end of 2022 and all successful candidates must attend a training event; this will take place before the appeal season starts in May 2023.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact Maddie Halifax on 01752 398127 or Tilly Turner on 01752 307463. For an application pack please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call on 01752 398164 or write to Clerk to the School Appeals, Independent School Appeals Panel, Chief Executive Office, Plymouth City Council, Ballard House, Plymouth, PL1 3BJ.
To apply online visit https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/schoolappealspanelmembers
Health and wellbeing updates
Public Health Information
Walking Maps for (all) Schools: Walking maps for schools | PLYMOUTH.GOV.UK
We are delighted to be able to offer you a free customised map of the area around your school, which includes five and ten minute walking zones marked as circles around your school. The map is designed to encourage pupils and parents to walk or cycle to school, by showing them how quick it can be to get there by travelling actively. For those who don't live in the 5 or 10 minute walk zone and are driven to school, another aim of the map is to encourage parents and guardians to park away from the school gates and the surrounding area, but still be within a short walking distance from school. We have trialled this map very successfully with selected Plymouth primary schools, and it's ready to go out to everyone else now!
Other developments this week:
Chickenpox and scarlet fever in children
Self-assessment checklist for infection prevention and control (IPC) measures to support educational settings
For all Education Settings
This tool covers all infectious diseases including COVID19
Please refer to attached document and ensure appropriate colleagues in your setting are aware of this tool
The NHS influenza immunisation programme 2022 to 2023 Statement of amendments to annual flu letter - 21 July 2022 - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
In 2022 to 2023, the following additional cohorts will be offered influenza vaccination:
Secondary school-aged children focusing on Years 7, 8 and 9 and any remaining vaccine will be offered to years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability
The secondary school-aged children will be offered immunisation through the school age immunisation service. Secondary school children will be offered vaccination as far as it is possible to do so, with primary schools and lower years 7, 8 and 9 prioritised, and older ages offered vaccination once an offer has been made to younger children and subject to vaccine availability. This will be commissioned via the school age service specification.
The procurement of School Aged Immunisation (SAI) programmes
NHS England would like to hear the views from parents / carers / children and young people as well as schools. There are two surveys available:
The following wording may help with any communication that could be sent out. The link is included in this too.
"We have been contacted by the NHS regarding the School Immunisation service they provide, asking for yours and your parent/carer's help in completing a survey about the experiences you've had when you received your vaccinations.
The contract for this service in our area is due to be renewed and as part of this process they want to make sure it is right. To do this, they need to hear from the people who are able to have these vaccinations to find out what is and is not working well.
Yourfeedback is very important as they wish to make sure that our future provider services can keep improving and be as efficient and effective as possible. This consultation is completely anonymous and will only be used by the relevant NHS and Local Authority organisations working on this programme.
(2) For schools. If someone could complete a survey on behalf of the school that would be greatly appreciated. The survey can be found here school's link. This has 7 questions.
Star Awards Event 2022
The Star Awards Event 2022 was due to be held on Saturday 17 September. This now falls within the official mourning period for HM Queen Elizabeth II.
When we considered the necessary alterations to make the event appropriate for us as public sector employees during the mourning period, it became clear that it would no longer be the event we want it to be, allowing a real celebration of all of your hard work and successes.
It is therefore with great regret that a decision has been made to postpone the event. We will be in touch soon with a revised plan to celebrate our Stars.