Meeting dates attached for:
Director's Primary Heads
Promise Board Inclusion Subgroup
Promise Board School Effectiveness Subgroup
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Education Annual Report 2017
Newcastle's Education Report for 2017 is now published having being slightly delayed due to the purdah period around the all-out local elections in the city.
Please share with all staff in schools, governors and any other partners to whom it might be of interest.
Many thanks to the Newcastle schools who kindly provided the fabulous photographs for this year's report.
SFVS Training - October 2018 (These will be the only sessions available in 2018/19)
Are you new to SFVS? OR maybe need a refresher?
The following 2 training dates are available in October 2018 - Location: Civic Centre, Bewick Dobson Committee Room.
Thursday 4 October 2018 3.30pm – 6.30pm
Thursday 11 October 2018 9.30am – 12.30pm
This session is a repeat of last year’s, and will be beneficial to Headteachers, governors and finance staff new to SFVS, as well as those who would like a refresher. Ideally at least one finance governor will have attended a session in the last 3 years.
About SFVS and the session
SFVS has been mandatory for all LA maintained schools since 2013, and in line with this a self-assessment has been completed and submitted by all schools annually since this time.
The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of the Standard and completion of the Self-Assessment. In addition, the session will look at the following:
An overview of the benefits of SFVS and responsibility for tasks within the School and LA.
Common issues identified as part of Internal Audit’s review of the self-assessments, including general feedback linked to specific SFVS questions. Knowledge and understanding of these issues will help to ensure a robust self-assessment (in line with the EFA requirements) and good financial management.
Examples of good practice, including completed self-assessments extracts, as well as good examples of how schools have ensured value for money.
The session is interactive and will discuss the risks of not having good financial management, and will provide opportunity to share good practise, ask questions and share ideas.
Why should governors have a good knowledge of SFVS? What the EFA says:
Governing bodies have formal responsibility for the financial management of their schools; therefore, SFVS is primarily aimed at governors.
The Governing Body may delegate consideration of the questions to a relevant committee, however, a detailed report (the SA) should be provided to the full GB, and the GB Chair must sign the completed self-assessment which should be submitted annually to the LA.
There is no prescription of the level of evidence that the Governing Body should require. However, it is important that governors are confident about their responses.
Trainer: Cheryl Spencer, Senior Auditor
There is no charge for SFVS Training. Places should be booked using Services to Schools.
Any questions please contact Cheryl Spencer on 211 6505 OR Jane Edminson, Governor Services, on 211 5312
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Science Network Meetings 2018
Please find attached the flyer for this year's Science Network meetings to be held at West Jesmond Primary school for your Science Co-ordinator. If you would like to book a place please email our school business manager. The meetings were extremely popular last year so please do sign up.