July 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues
Not long to go now! I am sure you are looking forward to your summer break and a little rest and relaxation after a very busy year. The Department for Education (DfE) are also very busy publishing reports and guidance that schools need to read or respond – not sure they fully understand about reducing school work-load!

Members should have received an email giving details of the need to renew their membership for next year. It would be very much appreciated if you could give this your urgent attention prior to the end of term. If you haven’t received this email please contact us at info@flse.education
Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention: Government Response – Gov.UK – June 2019
On 27 th June the government published its response to the consultation on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention. The original guidance was published for consultation in November 2017.
REMINDER – Consultation on Provision for children and young people with SEND and those who need alternative provision: how the financial arrangements work – DfE – May 2019

The DfE is inviting individuals and organisations to consider how the SEND and AP financial arrangements in England could be improved to help local authorities, schools, colleges and other providers in supporting children and young people:
  • with special educational needs and disability (SEND)
  • who require alternative provision (AP) or are at risk of exclusion from school
They welcome views on changes to the funding system that could help in getting the best value from the resources available.
Closing date is 31st July 2019


If you would like to add your comments to the FLSE response please send them to lorrainepetersen2@gmail.com by the end of term.
Reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention – DfE – June 2019
This finalised guidance, published at the same time as the consultation response,  is for health services, social care services and special education settings.
It sets out how to support children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions and mental health difficulties who are at risk of restrictive intervention.
Restraint in mainstream settings and alternative provision –DfE – June 2019
The guidance (above)  on reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention in special schools (and health and social care settings). It aims to help settings adopt a preventative approach to supporting children and young people whose behaviour challenges as a result of learning disabilities, autistic spectrum conditions or mental health difficulties.
The Department for Education wants to gather views on whether:
  • there is a need for guidance for mainstream schools, mainstream post-16 settings and alternative provision
  • guidance should apply to a wider cohort of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities
The consultation closes on 17 October 2019.
If you would like to contribute to a FLSE response please send your contributions to lorrainepetersen2@gmail.com by 4 th October 2019.
Teaching online safety in school – DfE – June 2019
DfE recently published guidance supporting schools to teach their pupils how the stay safe online. This guidance is for school leaders, school staff and governing bodies. It applies to all local-authority-maintained schools, academies and free schools.
The interventions and support information may also be helpful for early years settings, colleges and other post-16 institutions.
This guidance outlines how schools can ensure their pupils understand how to stay safe and behave online as part of forthcoming and existing curriculum requirements.
Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education – DfE- June 2019
Following the announcement that these subjects would become compulsory from September 2020, the DfE have now published the statutory guidance for schools to follow. Although the new curriculum will be mandatory from September 2020 schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early from September 2019.
Schools must have regard to the guidance and, where they depart from those parts of the guidance which state that they should, or should not, do something, they will need to have good reasons for doing so.
Guides for parents of primary and secondary age pupils are also available.
Deployment of Teaching Assistants in Schools – Research Report – DfE – June 2019
This research is  about the use and effects of teaching assistants in primary and secondary mainstream schools in England.
The report explores the models of teaching assistant deployment to:
  • understand the factors affecting deployment
  • gather insight into recent or upcoming changes in deployment
Keeping children safe in education – DfE – June 2019
The DfE has published the draft Keeping Children Safe in Education which will come into force on 2 nd September 2019. Schools should continue to use the current document until then.
This update is simply to ensure that the guidance is consistent with other areas of government policy. There are no core changes or new expectations.
The changes are to be found on pages 108 and 109, and include:
  • reference to the Safeguarding Partnerships that should be in place from September 2019 and will replace LSCBs
  • references to the new curriculum for Relationships Education, and Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education
  • reference to the new Ofsted framework
  • reference to the new guidance ‘Teaching online safety in school’ (see above)

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