It is that time of year when schools are arranging induction support for their NQTs and the Appropriate Body.
This is a reminder that Luton Local Authority is the longest standing Appropriate Body for the induction of NQTs in the town. In partnership with the Luton First Teaching School Alliance (LFTSA) we provide an excellent, value for money service that is held in high regard by participating schools. The LFTSA Continuing Professional Development Brochure outlines the details of the support and training programme for both NQTs and their mentors.
When professional teaching and learning support is required we provide experienced qualified teacher support.
To sign up for NQT induction or appropriate body please contact: Farhana Rahman on firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathways to Excellence: Responsive Teaching
Schools are invited to book their place on the forthcoming Responsive Teaching Course. This three day course will explore curriculum design including sequencing learning, practical strategies for gaining and using feedback and the use of collaborative learning. This course is suited to senior leaders, curriculum leaders and subject or phase leaders.
The course will take place on 17th September 2019, 30th October 2019 and 6th December 2019 and will be held at The Leagrave Centre, Strangers Way, Luton, LU4 9ND.
For any further information relating to this series, please contact Kylie Turney on 01582 546192 or alternatively book your place here.
Bespoke solutions for your workforce development
Looking for a fresh approach to staff development?
Luton council's Workforce & Organisational Development team of experienced training facilitators can support your school management team in meeting workforce development challenges. By listening to you and understanding your story we are able to design and deliver bespoke training solutions in areas such as:
Safeguarding Children & Adults
Training Needs Analysis
Effective Team Building
To see how we can develop you and your school’s people skills, please call 01582 547744 or email email@example.com
School Governor - Volunteers
'Come back to school & make a difference'
Luton Council is looking for volunteers to apply as school governors.
Being a school governor or trustee is a challenging but hugely rewarding role. It will give you the chance to make a real difference to young people, give something back to your local community and use and develop your skills in a board-level environment. You will also be joining the largest volunteer force in the country: there are over a quarter of a million volunteers governing state funded schools in England.
School Governors provide a strong link between the school and the local community, and an independent view to support the school on long term development and improvement.
Luton Council has an online form to complete and will forward onto the most relevant school to fit your skills and experience.
About the job
Hours per week: As Scheduled, Part time
Being a school governor means being interested in getting the best education for the pupils at the school. Governors can become involved in a range of school matters, which can include recruitment, finance and curriculum.
Governance boards of maintained schools and academies are made up from various types of governors, all with different skills and experience. Some are elected posts and for others the appointment is made by the board. To fill a parent vacancy you will need to have a pupil at the school. Staff posts are only available to those who work at the school.
The governing board provides strategic leadership and accountability in schools.
It has three key functions:
Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent
Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
Governors and trustees should be committed to their role and to young people; confident in having courageous conversations; curious with an enquiring mind; able to challenge the status quo to improve things; collaborative to
build strong relationships; critical to improve their own work and that of the board; and creative in problem solving and being innovative.
Anyone aged over 18 can be a governor or trustee (but there are some exceptions) and you do not need to be a parent. There is no requirement for you to have an understanding of the education system, just the necessary skills,
character and time to contribute. Life experience is one of the best skills that a school governor can have!
The average time commitment is five to eight hours per month, although it will vary depending on the needs of the school and the role. This includes meetings, background reading, school visits & training. As well as full governing board meetings, many schools have various committees and link governor roles which you may like to contribute to – this depends on each individual school.
Like magistrates or members of a jury, school governors and trustees have a right to reasonable time off work for their public duties, although this may be unpaid. Your company’s HR department will be able to tell you about its policy.
Each school sets a term of office for its governors and trustees – this is normally four years. Many people choose to serve multiple terms, however as a volunteer you can resign before your term is finished if your circumstances change.
So why not use your experience, or gain some experience for your future.
Full details and application forms can be found by clicking here
Revised Health & Safety contact details!
To maintain continuity of service and enhance our current offer all enquiries from schools will now be handled centrally by the Health and Safety Team. The team can be contacted on 01582 546290 or via the generic email box:
Health & Safety Team
• Rachel Doyle – Support Services Manager
• Tommy Syme – Health & Safety Adviser
• Maureen Connolly – Health & Safety Adviser
• Khurram Nawaz – Project Support Assistant
All our schools will now be supported by the whole team listed above. In addition we will also be working with approved Health and Safety partners to enhance our current offer to you.
AssessNet and Smart Log - Contact
Any questions regarding AssessNet and Smart Log eg. training, password or how to log an accident, please contact Khurram Nawaz on 01582 546290 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Short Term Goals
• Over the next 3-6 months we plan to visit each school to carry out a Health and Safety Audit, in consultation with schools to identify training and support requirements.
• Audit the entries on Smartlog and working with the schools collating any missing data.
• Where required provide AssessNet Refresher training
If you have any further queries please contact Rachel Doyle on 01582 547027.