Leicestershire Virtual School’s book “Superheroes!”
Leicestershire Virtual School’s book “Superheroes!”, an anthology of short stories written by Leicestershire’s children in care, has been published and is now available for purchase.
The book features stories written by 48 of Leicestershire’s children in care aged between 4 and 15 about existing well-known comic book characters plus some newly-created ones such as Cupcake Queen, Cat Kid and Michael Recycle.
The creation of this book is the most recent project from the Leicestershire Virtual School to address their children’s literacy skills. It follows on from the monthly book parcels sent to all primary age children that encourage and nurture reading skills. The creative writing project has given Leicestershire’s children in care the opportunity to set free their imagination, create new characters or place old favourites in new and often bizarre new situations. In doing so, the children have been able to develop their writing skills and see their stories in print, encouraging them to enjoy the creative writing process and view themselves as writers.
Please click here to purchase your copy
Mandate Fraud Alert
We have received a report of a fraudulent attempt to change a supplier bank account details (Roberts Coaches Ltd.). We know that many of our schools and academies trade with this company which is an unfortunate innocent party in this scam.
To confirm, Roberts Coaches Ltd. has not changed its bankers. Please ignore any bank account change request purporting to be from the company, however genuine it may look on the face of it.
Our advice remains consistent with regard to mandate fraud: -
- please treat any requests for bank account amendments with extreme caution - these are 99.9% likely to be fraudulent
- please validate any such requests with the organisation concerned, via a contact telephone number / name known to be valid (i.e. not the contact number on the incoming correspondence)
- please ensure that all finance staff are made aware of this type of fraud, in particular newer members of the finance team
What we do see are these attempts looking far more sophisticated and convincing than in the past, e.g. cloned email addresses, 'genuine' names of officers within the company etc. As our defences against fraud get smarter, so does the fraudster!
It is pertinent to mention that this type of fraud may not be restricted to just suppliers (although it seems to be at the moment). It is feasible that fraudsters may even seek to target fraudulent changes to employee bank details or even those of parents.
Autumn 2019 Open training courses
Open Courses for Leicestershire
Making Sense of Autism – (Tier 1)
Wednesday 2nd October 2019, 8:30-10:00, – no lunch – £20 per person
Basic autism awareness training for teaching or non-teaching staff within any education setting who need an understanding of autism in their role (including office staff, governors, caretakers, drivers, and escorts). [Cheaper to book us for whole school but use these as mop up sessions for new staff or staff who missed out in the whole school booking.
To book go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/making-sense-of-autism-county-hall-tickets-60567960400
Good Autism Practice – (Tier 2)
Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 8:30 – 3:30, – lunch included – £120 per person
Requires AET Tier 1 or ASD awareness training to have been completed prior to training.
Practical knowledge, hands-on tools and techniques for all staff working directly with children on the autism spectrum (including teaching assistants, lunchtime staff, and teachers).
To book click here.
GAP: Enhancing & Extending (Tier 2)
Wednesday 20th November 2019, 8:30 – 12:00, no lunch – £50 per person
Level 2/Tier 2 (Good Autism Practice) Certificate to have been completed prior to training.
This half day session is designed to build on the learning developed through ‘good autism practice’ by enabling delegates to deepen their understanding of autism and the implications for practice.
To book : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/good-autism-practice-extending-and-enhancing-open-course-county-hall-tickets-60567628407
Leading Good Autism Practice (Tier 3)
Wednesday 11th December 2019, 8:30-3:30, – lunch included – £120 per person
Requires some previous ASD Training. Ideal for SENCOs / HLTAs/Lead Practitioners. For staff who may train or lead other staff in their setting, focusing on developing good autism provision. [this is not a course for HLTA’s that do not have responsibility over other staff – if you are looking for more strategies and interventions try Extending & Enhancing]
To book : https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aet-schools-leading-good-autism-practice-county-hall-tickets-60570255264
HR Training Courses for 2019/2020 Academic Year
The HR training courses for the 2019/20 academic year have now been published and are available for booking; the published courses are:
Introduction to Performance Management of teaching and support staff (25 Sep 19);
Behaviour at Work - Understanding the Unacceptable (27 Nov 19);
Attendance Management (4 Dec 19);
Handling Difficult Cases and Conversations (22 Jan 20);
HR Induction for Headteachers (29 Jan 20);
Pre-Employment Checks and Single Central Record (11 Feb 2020);
Mental Health Awareness for Employers (27 Feb 2020) - discount available for early booking;
Fixed Term Contracts and Varying Employment Contracts (25 Mar 20);
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (13 May 2020).
The courses can be found within the HR pages, through the Training pages or the calendar.
Book now - Secondary school Data workshop (free)
The Education Performance team will be holding a free Secondary school data workshop on September 19 2019. This is aimed at new users or light users of our education data portal (a.k.a. LIAISE) who would benefit from a refresher to help get the best from the huge repository of data available:
19 September 2019
NSPCC National Training Centre (NSPCTR1 / Training Room), 3 Gilmour Close, Beaumont Leys, LE4 1EZ