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COVID19 Testing for Nursery and Primary Children

22 June 2020

LBHF Children’s Services and Public Health England have teamed up to understand how Coronavirus affects children who attend pre-school, primary or secondary schools. We wanted to know whether children can carry the virus without developing any symptoms and, whether they develop immunity against the virus. This information will be important because it will help us decide how to bring increased numbers of children and staff safely back to school after the lockdown. Five Primary Schools took part in the programme; Addison Primary School, St Mary’s RC Primary School, Normand Croft Primary School, Melcombe Primary School and Avonmore Primary. We tested over 300 children over 2 days with a team of Paediatric Doctors and Nurses from a number of settings across North West London. For more information about the programme, please click on the link below to hear Dr Nicola Lang, Director of Health for Hammersmith & Fulham. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLCLI7Nlmuk

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Message from Ofsted | COVID19

17 March 2020

All routine Ofsted inspections will now be put on hold, Schools Week can reveal.

The watchdog has halted inspections following prime minister Boris Johnson’s announcement earlier today to scale up coronavirus prevention measures.

An Ofsted spokesperson told Schools Week they are “putting a hold on all this week’s routine inspections of schools, social care, early years and further education providers.

“We are in discussions with the DfE about the longer-term picture.”

Ofsted had come under fire for not halting inspections sooner. However, on Friday evening the watchdog said it would talk to schools before deciding whether to they had “exceptional circumstances” that warranted a deferral.

It was then clarified on Saturday that the chief inspection Amanda Spielman would personally sign off on any decisions not to defer.

However Ofsted has put all inspections on hold following the government’s announcement this evening to urge further measures to stop the virus spreading, such as social distancing.

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School Dog Stories | Maggie at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

12 March 2020

Maggie has been at St Mary’s since September 2017 when she was only 10 weeks old. She is now a valued member of our community and loved by all.  You will often find her in the mushroom area playing fetch with the children at break and lunch time. She also loves greeting the children and parents on the school gate each morning and at the end of the school day.  Maggie has been used as a reward for great attendance and punctuality. She also works with children who have emotional needs – a mere 10 minutes of ‘Maggie time’ a day can make such a difference to a child’s mood and overall well-being. Maggie also loves our book corners and she will often have a snooze on the cushions as the children are learning. The staff also love Maggie and often spoil her by bringing in treats for her. She is a regular attendee at our school assemblies and even dressed up for our recent ‘World Book Day’.

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METRO BANK | FREE CPD INSET OPPORTUNITY FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

12 March 2020

Metro Bank Money Zone introduces children to financial skills, helping them to build financial understanding and financial capability, in accordance with government guidelines and the national curriculum for PSHE. For example, Financial Capability: the government’s long-term approach (Treasury, 2007) requires that
“ All children and young people have access to a planned and coherent programme of personal finance education, so that they leave school with the skills and confidence to manage their money well.”

Money Zone programme matches the key stage 2 curriculum but they provide the resource and supporting material both in the classroom and when the children visit our store.  The Metrobank team come in to the classroom to deliver 3 sessions (Banking, Savings, Budgeting) when convenient for the school, they then invite the children and teachers in to the store to show them around and bring the content to life!  They take them in to our vault, show them behind our teller line, print a card for them, they use the Magic Money Machine and receive a certificate to complete the programme.  They can also provide the school with 30 Hi Vis vests which they keep for future school trips and their next visit to Metro Bank!

For more information, please click here to download a brochure Money Zone Guidance & Curriculum

Any schools interested in this 3 day inset in your school, please email – cpd@thelillahuset.com

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Today is World Book Day | 5 March 2020

5 March 2020

Hammersmith and Fulhams schools will  receive a complementary book to mark world book day and we have chosen

Equal to Everything: Judge Brenda and the Supreme Court.

 

Who is Lady Hale?

Brenda Marjorie Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE PC FBA (born 31 January 1945), known as Lady Hale, is a British judge who served as President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom from 2017 to 2020.

In 2004, she joined the House of Lords as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. She is the only woman to have been appointed to that position. She served as a Law Lord until 2009 when she, along with the other Law Lords, transferred to the new Supreme Court as a result of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005. She served as Deputy President of the Supreme Court from 2013 to 2017.

On 5 September 2017, Hale was appointed under the Premiership of Theresa May to serve as President of the Supreme Court, and was sworn in on 2 October 2017. She is the third person and first woman to serve in the role. Hale is one of three women to have been appointed to the Supreme Court (alongside Lady Black and Lady Arden).

Since 30 July 2018, Hale has been a non-permanent judge of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong. Hale has also been Honorary President of the Cambridge University Law Society since 2015.[2]

On the 11th January 2020, Lady Hale was succeeded by Lord Reed as President of Supreme Court.

Lady Hale has offered to read extracts from her book in some of our schools and libraries – if you are interested in a school visit from this inspirational speaker please contact cpd@thelillahuset.com to register interest.

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Coronaviruse – Latest COVID19 guidance for schools

27 February 2020

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. 

Please download the latest COVID19 guidance poster for schools here

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Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers

25 February 2020

The government is closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus and is taking action at home and abroad.

The overall risk of Coronavirus to the UK remains moderate. However we understand that people may be concerned where there are children, students or staff returning from or visiting China.

Public Health England and the Foreign Office have issued advice for anyone travelling to the area. 

More information can be found here

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Where schools (and Ofsted) are getting curriculum wrong

30 January 2020

Ofsted has a very narrow view of what curriculum is and schools have not been given the skills or freedom to innovate, according to academic Mark Priestley.

How comfortable are you with theorising, developing and enacting a curriculum? What about assessing how well that curriculum is performing?

Read more here 

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Steve Miley honoured for 40 years of service to children in H&F

15 January 2020

Steve Miley – former Director of Children’s Services at Hammersmith & Fulham Council – has been awarded an OBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Steve, who spent nearly 40 years working on improving children’s services in H&F, as well as in shared services with Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, retired in the winter of 2019.

A care leaver himself, Steve started out as a social worker in 1981. He rose through the ranks at H&F Council to spend the final two years of his career as the newly established sovereign H&F Director of Children’s Services – where his inspirational leadership made an impression on all who worked with him.

Most importantly, he never lost sight of the fact that the benefit to children was always paramount across all the work of his department. And the compassion he showed in the role positively impacted on the lives of many young people over a great many years.

“Steve’s dedication has ensured children’s safeguarding in H&F has always been of the highest standard,” said Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education.

“This is an award for everyone in our schools and in children’s services whose dedication and commitment to children, working in such a supportive political environment, has led to this recognition,” said Steve.

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Learning Partnership | Peer review with Hammersmith and Fulham

10 January 2020

Welcome to our exemplary practice pages

Our peer review work with primary schools in the Hammersmith and Fulham Learning Partnership, since the Local Authority became sovereign in April 2018, has taught us that there is a great deal of exceptionally good practice in the borough. Information about each school’s exemplary practice can be found in Hammersmith and Fulham’s Learning Partnership brochures and you are warmly invited to visit these schools to find out how to implement similar work in your own schools.

Jan Parnell

Assistant Director of Education

 

Introduction to Peer Review

Hammersmith & Fulham learning partnership peer reviews have begun to establish themselves as a key component in developing collaboration between all of our schools. The aim of the peer review process is to support the schools in validating their own judgements about aspects of its quality of education. Each host school identifies an area for further improvement as well as showcasing a particular strength for the benefit of the wider schools community in the learning partnership. The review team is made up of heads and deputies from two other schools. This is a constructive approach to school improvement that offers an expert perspective on the school’s chosen themes. An external Ofsted trained consultant facilitates the process.

Underpinning peer review is the commitment to fostering school-to-school professional development, networks and partnerships, After the peer review  has ended, headteachers and senior leaders continue to share, discuss and develop their practice together.

We are disseminating Hammersmith and Fulham learning partnership’s unique strengths more widely. Through our ‘best practice’ brochures we expect that the process of professional development will continue to dynamically develop. Our learning partnership schools are open to visits from leaders and teachers in other local schools. In future we intend to build more structured post-review visits and local school-to-school partnerships.

Lesley Leak

Head of School Effectiveness

All Saints Primary School

Avonmore Primary School

Bayonne Nursery

Brackenbury Primary School

The Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School

James Lee Nursery School

St John XXIII Catholic Primary School

Melcombe Primary School

Miles Coverdale Primary School

Normand Croft Community School

Old Oak Primary School

Randolph Beresford Early Years Centre

St. John’s Walham Green CE Primary School

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

St Stephen’s C of E Primary School

Vanessa Nursery School

Wendell Park Primary School

Wormholt Park Primary School

For more information please email each school directly. Contact details are provided on each brochure, or you can look on each school website.

If would like to get involved in Peer Review, please email cpd@thelillahuset.com