This page should provide an insight as to what services are available to support you and your school.
My School Page - Accessing the Secure Area
The Safeguarding pages have been designed to inform schools about their role in relation to safeguarding and to provide them with access to relevant information and resources to support them with this. There are also details of how to access support from or make a referral to the Children and Families Hub and how to report a concern about a member of staff.
Education HR is part of Juniper Education and offers advice and consultancy on employee relations issues. The service also provides a dedicated advice line, model policies and a range of training packages.
There are two Finance Teams supporting schools:
- The Schools Finance Team has a statutory role in calculating delegated funding for schools and also monitoring schools' budgets including challenging and supporting schools in financial difficulties.
- The Education Finance Support Team is a traded service offering a range of professional, high quality financial management services to schools and academies including a helpdesk, a range of training options (including course and bespoke) and financial support services.
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The majority of information, documents and services provided for children and young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities can be found on the Essex Local Offer for both professionals and families. There is a section on the Infolink for SEN which has further documents and information. There is also a section on the SEN Information Report that details the requirements of the schools responsibilities.
Health and Safety
The Health & Safety service is provided as a statutory service for Community and Voluntary controlled schools. However, Academy, Foundation, Voluntary Aided and Independent Schools are able to buy into this service.
Education Essex Newsletter
Education Essex is the weekly e-newsletter sent out via email, every Monday (during term time only). It is sent to all Essex schools and is used as the primary communication channel.
This page provides various information on what to do if a critical incident happens within your school.
School Effectiveness Team
The School Effectiveness Team aims to work in partnership with all Essex schools in the essential task of raising standards and narrowing the achievement gap between different groups and individuals. A SEP list is produced which can be found on the School Effectiveness Team homepage, which shows you the School Effectiveness Partners for your school.
There are Termly Conferences for Headteachers with the Director of Education and Learning and staff.
Dates and details are posted in Education Essex and on Infolink, as well as the ASHE, EPHA, and ESSET websites.
If Ofsted are going to be inspecting your school, contact your School Effectiveness Partner
Headteacher Handover Checklist
It is very important that schools establish well planned, effective procedures and systems for handover to a new headteacher. This toolkit is offered to school governors as an example of good practice to ensure the smooth transition from one headteacher to another.
The governing body's role in managing a smooth transition is crucial. The aim of this toolkit is to ensure that the new headteacher rapidly learns about the key documents (including financial accounts), policies and procedures of their new school and has all the necessary information required in order to fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
1. The outgoing headteacher should ensure that all the information contained in these handover procedures are up to date, accurate and completed before the leaving date. This should be in collaboration with the Chair of Governors. The information should be organised so that it is easily accessible.
2. There should be a formal handover meeting, ideally convened by the Chair. This should take place at a mutually agreed time, before the departure of the outgoing headteacher and prior to the new headteacher taking up post. The School's Effectiveness Partner will support the school in this process, if required.
3. At this meeting, the incoming headteacher should ensure that the checklist is complete and documents identified. If there is anything missing or incomplete, then this should be rectified before the outgoing headteacher leaves. The Chair should ensure that this is done.
4. A copy of the checklist should be retained by the school and a copy given to the Chair of Governors
Possible Adjustments to the Process:
1. It is recommended that this toolkit is used to support an interim/acting headteacher. It should also be used even if the incoming headteacher is the current deputy in the school.
2. If a headteacher is absent from the school for a sustained period of time, possibly as a result of long term sick leave, and this then results in a change of leadership, the Chair, together with the Senior Leadership Team, should draw together the required information.
3. Some governing bodies may well decide to choose to lengthen the period of handover and there may well be a sequence of handover meetings. The benefit of this approach is to give a good amount of time allocated to each significant element/theme.