Dear Out-of-School Setting Manager,
Please find attached, Issue No.2 of the Brent Out-of-School Settings’ Newsletter.
I hope that you will find this newsletter useful and engage with me to improve it going forward. Feel free to forward it to your colleagues.
If you have any suggestions or comments I would love to hear from you.
Out of School Settings Project Coordinator
020 8937 1452
Brent Summer Activities for Young People
Brent Youth Federation has compiled a list showing the exciting programme of activities and opportunities available to young people in Brent over the summer break. Many of the activities are free and are taking place throughout the borough.
Please see the attached directory for details of what is taking place every week of the break.
Update to guidance on the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant
The DfE has released further information regarding the teachers' pension employer contribution grant - Please refer below:
Information: update to guidance on the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant
The Department for Education (DfE) has updated the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant methodology, published in April this year, to provide further detail on the supplementary fund.
As announced in April, schools will be able to apply to the fund if their grant allocation falls short of their actual pension cost increase by more than 0.05% of their overall budget. We have now confirmed which funding streams we are using to define ‘overall budget’.
In October, we will publish school-level grant allocations and announce details of the supplementary fund, including how schools can apply.
local authority financial transparency consultation
Please refer to the below information published by the DfE
There is evidence from financial data for 2016 to 2017 and 2017 to 2018 that a higher percentage of local authority maintained schools have been getting into financial difficulty compared with academy trusts. The situation does however vary between local authority areas.
DfE has been looking at ways of improving transparency in the financial health of local authority maintained schools, and believe that a number of accountability measures currently used in the academy trust sector could be adapted for local authority maintained schools.
Today, DfE has published a consultation containing proposals that we suggest implementing across the local authority maintained school sector. These proposals aim to improve transparency whilst also providing insight into the ways in which DfE could help local authorities and schools.
The consultation does not just affect local authority maintained schools. It also highlights that from 2019 to 2020, the Self-Assessment Tool will be mandatory for academies. More details will be announced in due course
We encourage you to read the consultation and respond using the online survey. The consultation period will run through the summer and will close on Monday 30 September 2019.
School Compliance and Governor Training Programme 2019/20
The School Effectiveness Service’s 2019/20 School Compliance and Governor Training Programme is now available and is attached to this article. The programme combines courses that help schools comply with their statutory duties in relation to attendance, behaviour, religious education, moderation, safeguarding, health and safety and key aspects of SEND.
Schools are asked to note that the Governor training programme has been expanded to include updated courses on the following: pupil behaviour and attitudes, attendance, exclusions, complaint management.
The training programme is available for purchase on BESTBrent as an annual package – providing access to all courses and events – or on a ‘pay as you go’ basis. For help with purchasing please contact email@example.com.
Audri Alexander, Training, Induction Manager & Moderation Lead
Contact: Tel: 020 8937 3318 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Tulloch, Governor Support Coordinator
Contact: Tel: 020 8937 3038 Email: email@example.com