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Final term message 2016/17 from Martin Pratt

Final term message 2016/17 from Martin Pratt

Final term message 2016/17 from Martin Pratt

24 Apr 2017

Dear Colleague,

Once more the academic year is flying by and it’s hard to believe we are in the final term of 2016/17.

Since I last wrote, we have submitted our responses to the second stage of the National Funding Formula consultations. Thank you for your help on developing these (which you can find here) and to those of you who submitted responses on behalf of your school. We will of course keep you informed of the outcome of these – though of course we don’t yet know what, if any, impact the forthcoming general election may have on either the policy or its implementation. It appears change is the only constant in national Government right now!

Early years funding changes are part of this wider national funding rethink. From September the Government is extending free nursery provision for working parents. However the accompanying funding changes mean that we can no longer afford to provide 30 hours for all three and four year olds in our school and Council-run nurseries from September. Camden Council’s April Cabinet agreed to introducing new arrangements in Camden, in addition to the new national arrangements, for some children who look set to lose out.

There is a meeting this Friday (28 April) at the Crowndale Centre for primary and special school heads to help prepare schools for implementation of these new arrangements for nursery class funding from September. I would urge relevant colleagues to attend and want to thank you once again for your patience and understanding as, once again, we work to tight timescales. You can book a place here

Developments designed to make it easier for you to work with our school support services continue apace. We will be introducing a new app to make booking our services easier. We are also developing a Camden schools job page on the website which we hope to pilot this term ahead of a full roll out across the borough from September. As ever, please contact Kevin Collins for further information on any of these developments or school services queries more generally.

I would like to welcome two new primary heads to Camden. Laura Hall at Holy Trinity Primary NW3 and Clive Hale at St Paul’s CE Primary have been confirmed as heads of their respective schools following their interim appointments. Dani Silva has also been permanently appointed as headteacher of Frank Barnes, following his tenure as acting head. And I would like to wish John Dowd at Haverstock, Sue Higgins at Parliament Hill and Maureen Williams at La Sainte Union and Geraldine Davies at UCL Academy happy retirements. Mary Thorne is also leaving her headship at St Alban’s and I wish her well for the future.

I want to thank you all for ensuring that your safeguarding procedures are secure and fully compliant; please note there will be another Safeguarding Compliance checklist to complete at the end of the term.

In addition can I draw your attention to new health and safety training courses for heads and governors. More details can be found click here.

This the first year of the new GCSE examinations and I am well aware that teachers have been working incredibly hard to ensure their students are prepared for them – including Easter support sessions in some cases. Good luck!

As ever, please do keep an eye out on the schools support website for relevant news and information – including the forthcoming launch of the report of the STEAM Commission in June. The Commission has been considering evidence from a wide range of different bodies - and I know many of you have been involved in this important process. The report will celebrate Camden’s thriving knowledge economy and aims to build stronger partnerships between industry, schools and colleges. It will identify actions for employers, schools and parents to help develop young people’s skills and opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, arts and maths. For more information on the work of the commission see camden.gov.uk/steamcommission

Finally, Christine Gilbert will be in touch with you all shortly to update you on the latest developments in Camden Learning. We will be interviewing for the Director of Camden Learning and will let you know the outcome of that process in due course.

With best wishes for a happy and productive term.

Martin Pratt

Executive Director, Supporting People
London Borough of Camden

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