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  • Joint Revisit Inspection of SEND in the Dorset Local Area by Ofsted and the CQC 11-13 Feb 2019

  • Meet Rhythmical Mike! Your very own Poet-in-Residence for 2019

  • Joint Subject Leader Primary Conference - 14th March 2019

  • Step Up to a career in child and family social work.

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Step Up to a career in child and family social work.
20 Feb
Are you interested in a career in Social Work working with children and families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole ? Social work is a challenging but rewarding career which can make a real difference for children and families. We are looking for strong graduates who have experience of working with children, young people and families and who can demonstrate their maturity and emotional resilience. Step Up to Social Work is a 14-month, full-time programme funded by the Department for Education. It is being delivered locally by a regional partnership including Bournemouth Borough Council , Borough of Poole (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, from 1st April 2019) Wiltshire Council and Bournemouth University. The course gives trainees an intensive, hands-on experience of working in a real-life social work role working with children and families within a local authority children’s services alongside academic learning. For further information and to apply go to Step Up to Social Work: information for applicants For further information about the local partnership programme email: sutsw@poole.gov.uk
Contracts available to schools
12 Feb
Attached is a list of contracts available to schools who buy in to Procurement Services.
Spring Term Newsletter for Safeguarding in Schools
08 Feb
Please find the most recent Newsletter from the School Safeguarding advisor.
Sign up to get Dorset's SEND newsletter
07 Feb
Sign up to get Dorset’s SEND newsletter We’re asking parents of children and young people with special educational needs and/or a disability (SEND) tosign up for our new SEND e-newsletter. The newsletter, which launched this week, will feature important information and updates about support and services for children and young people with SEND. The aim is that it will help us: - signpost parents to useful information, services and support - inform parents of any changes to the services we provide - get feedback on how we can improve our support and services If you know parents or colleagues who would benefit from receiving this, we would be grateful if you could direct them to dorsetforyou.gov.uk/SENDnews. Parents and professionals can read the latest editions of the newsletter online, or sign up to get it direct to their inbox.
Joint Revisit Inspection of SEND in the Dorset Local Area by Ofsted and the CQC 11-13 Feb 2019
01 Feb
Dear Colleagues in schools and settings, Following on from my recent communication concerning the forthcoming Ofsted/Care Quality Commission joint re-visit of Dorset SEND services, the letter from Ofsted outlining the plan for the on-line survey and open meeting is attached. It is really important to note that Ofsted and CQC will only be looking at progress against the following specific areas from the Written Statement of Action (WSOA): Joint Working. Education, Health & Social Care need to work more closely together. Timeliness. Education, Health & Care Plans need to be produced more quickly. Communication. Parents and carers need to be more involved in decision making, and get better help sooner Monitoring and Quality Assurance. The quality of what is being done needs to be better monitored and, if necessary, challenged to improve. Can I request that you help us by forwarding the Ofsted/CQC letter to any parent/carer who has an involvement with SEND at any age or level. This should include those benefitting from SEN support. We will send it out directly where possible but we are not yet in a position to communicate electronically with all parents. Your help facilitating the greatest possible distribution of this letter would be greatly appreciated. Kindest regards, Andy. Andy Reid Assistant Director Schools and Learning – Dorset County Council Telephone: 01305 224770 Mobile: 07971 962365 Email: Andrew.J.Reid@dorsetcc.gov.uk Children's Services County Hall Colliton Park Dorchester Dorset DT1 1XJ
Meet Rhythmical Mike! Your very own Poet-in-Residence for 2019
29 Jan
Meet Rhythmical Mike! Your very own Poet-in-Residence for 2019 We are delighted that performance poet and Independent Thinking Associate Rhythmical Mike is available to work across the year at a small number of schools, clusters or MATs as their official Poet-in-Residence. Whether it's improving literacy skills, building confidence, engaging the disengaged or simply building a love for the written and spoken word, Mikey is already making quite an impact across the country. And in all sorts of primary and secondary schools and PRUs. The amazing feedback he receives from teachers and young people is testimony to that. For more information about Rhythmical Mike click here