Welcome back to the new school year

Friday 4th September 2015

Welcome back to the new term - I hope that you had a good summer holiday and a chance for a break. Please see below the dates for headteacher meetings in the 2015/16 year - please ensure that you have the correct dates in your diary.

County EPHA Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 13 October 2015 Chelmsford City Football Club

Autumn term 2015
SOUTH Tuesday 3 November Holiday Inn, Basildon
N-EAST Wednesday 4 November Weston Homes Community Stadium
MID Tuesday 10 November Chelmsford City Football Club
WEST Wednesday 11 November Weston Homes Business Centre, Takeley

Spring term 2016
SOUTH Wednesday 24 February Holiday Inn, Basildon
N-EAST Thursday 25 February Weston Homes Community Stadium
WEST Wednesday 2 March Weston Homes Business Centre, Takeley
MID Thursday 3 March Chelmsford City Football Club

Summer term 2016
N-EAST Wednesday 8 June Weston Homes Community Stadium
SOUTH Thursday 9 June Holiday Inn, Basildon
WEST Wednesday 15 June Weston Homes Business Centre, Takeley
MID Thursday 16 June Chelmsford City Football Club

There are a number of immediate updates to be aware of:

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges) and Keeping Children Safe in Education (Information for all school and college staff) have been updated to reflect the new prevent duty, to emphasise responsibilities concerning children missing from education, and to provide more content on female genital mutilation - from October there is a STATUTORY responsibility to report concerns about FMG. This guidance is for:headteachers, teachers and education staff and governing bodies; It applies to all schools.

The SET Procedures have been updated - find these on the ESCB website

NB How you make a referral has not changed.
Family Operations Hub 0845 603 7627 (Out of hours 0845 6061212)

Maintained schools - constitution statutory guidance

This is statutory guidance from the Department for Education. This means that governing bodies (including governing bodies of federations) and local authorities must have regard to it when carrying out duties relating to the constitution of governing bodies in maintained schools. Schools must publish specific information about their governors on their website - see page 10 of the guidance for details.

Academies Financial Handbook 2015 was published late July and is effective from 1 September 2015. The main changes are listed on pages 5 and 6.

I look forward to seeing you at EPHA meetings this term - please don't hesitate to contact me if you want any support, advice or information - or want to change your email contact for the information that I send out.

...and don't forget to use the EPHA website www.essexprimaryheads.co.uk

Kind regards,

Pam Langmead
EPHA Professional Officer

01621 786359
07791 143277

Pam Langmead