Nottinghamshire Governor Conference 2019
Is every pupil in your school ready to learn?
The mental health and wellbeing of children continues to hit the headlines. The DfE document “Mental health and behaviour in schools” gives advice to help schools to support pupils whose mental health problems manifest themselves in behaviour. This advice sets out schools’ (including governing body’s) roles and responsibilities in relation to mental health and behaviour. It outlines how schools can identify whether a child or young person’s behaviour may be related to a mental health problems. One of the key principles states that schools should consider how best to use their SEN and pupil premium resources to provide support for children with mental health difficulties where appropriate.
In January Ofsted will publish its proposed inspection framework, which will go out to consultation before they draw up a final version which will come into force in September 2019.
Ms Spielman has said that she wants inspections to "shift the focus" away from exam results and grades and on to what is actually being taught.
A spokesman for Ofsted said: “We agree that mental health and well-being are important issues, which is why personal development will be one of the four judgements proposed for the new Education Inspection Framework.
Do you know what the situation is within your school?
Could you use your pupil premium or SEN funding more imaginatively to support your pupil’s health and wellbeing to improve behaviour?
The 2019 Nottinghamshire County Council governor conferences will focus on this key issue and explore three different aspects which can effect a pupil’s readiness to learn.
The conferences will take place on:-
Monday 4th March, 2019 - Edwinstowe House, High Street, NG21 9PR.
Wednesday 6th March, 2019 - The Well, Hospital Road, Retford, DN22 7BD.
Monday 11th March, 2019 - Nottingham County Football Stadium, Meadow Lane, Nottingham, NG2 3HJ.
Registration will open at 5.00 p.m. with light refreshments available. The conferences will all commence at 5.30 p.m. with an expected finish of 8.15 p.m. There will be three workshops at each conference and delegates will be able to attend all three in rotation. The conference will be repeated at each different venue with 100 places available at each.
The conferences will be opened by Di Stendall, Chair of the Nottinghamshire Association of Governors.
Governing bodies who purchase the NCC annual training package will be entitled to two free places as outlined in the annual package. Governors who do not purchase the training package but would like to attend, can do so at a charge of £50.00 per delegate.
Details of the three workshops are as follows:
Workshop One - Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's): developing a public health approach. What Governors need to know.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE's) have a biopsychosocial impact on health and happiness through the life course and are a root cause of inequalities. One of the Public Health responses on children’s mental health arising from ‘Future in Mind’ (2015) and ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’ (2018) was developments to support Emotional Health and Wellbeing in schools through an ACEs lens and support schools in their statutory duty. This workshop will include information on ACEs, Resilience Programmes and Emotional Health and Wellbeing Schools Pathways.
Presenter: Ann Berry (Public Health and Commissioning Manager)
Workshop Two - Spotlight on Disadvantage
This workshop will begin by summarising the findings from The National Governance Association report "Spotlight on Disadvantage: The role and impact of governing boards in spending, monitoring and evaluating the Pupil Premium."
Input from a primary headteacher will follow which will focus on the readiness to learn for their most vulnerable children.
Presenters: Koni Rakhit (Educational Improvement Adviser) Chris Wilson (HT at Ramsden Primary School, Bassetlaw) and Helen Chambers (HT at Abbey Hill Primary School, Ashfield)
Worksop Three – The Health Trinity: Sleep - Diet - Physical Activity. Maximising learners’ potential through effective use of health data.
The link between diet, physical activity & sleep and emotional & physical well-being is both well documented and evidenced, and yet the “health trinity” is often overlooked by schools when considering how to improve pupil engagement and academic achievement.
Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how the health trinity impacts on an individual pupil’s ability to learn and achieve and what schools and governing bodies can do to develop healthy school cultures.
Governors will be supported to make sense of the latest research and contextualised data (in the form of a school health profile) which in turn will enable them to develop bespoke action plans focused on the key health and wellbeing issues facing their communities. Governors will be signposted to a range of evidence-based interventions and commissioned services, and then supported to begin preparations for the proposed changes to the Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) curriculum and requirements to improve pupil’s mental health and well-being.
Presenters: Tackling Emerging Threats to Children Team and School Health Hub
To book your place on the conferences, use this link to go directly to the booking page:
Jane Mansell Team Manager - Governor Services - E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Physical Intervention Policy Change
In 2011 Nottinghamshire County Council published a policy entitled ‘Keeping Classrooms Safe for Teaching and Learning – Physical Intervention Policy’. The policy provided schools and associated services with guidance on the use of physical interventions to manage the risks presented by young people’s behaviour in classroom settings. The policy advocated the use of a model of training known as MAPA (Management of Actual and Potential Aggression) which is a licensed BILD (British Institute of Learning Disability) accredited model of training. The license to deliver MAPA training was originally granted to the Local Authority by an organisation known as Positive Options. The license and trademark of MAPA is now owned by CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute) who have continued to endorse the Local Authorities delivery of MAPA for the past four years.
A recent change in stance by CPI have led officers to the conclusion that it is now in the best interests of the children and young people of Nottinghamshire, and of the staff who work in Nottinghamshire schools, to move away from the MAPA model. This paper outlines the rationale for arriving at this decision, and describes the new, alternative arrangements which have been put into place.
DfE draft guidance, which is due for publication in October 2018, entitled Reducing the Need for Restraint and Restrictive Intervention – Children and Young People with Learning Disability, Autistic Spectrum Disorder and Mental Health Difficulties * highlights to commissioners of training that, ‘there are no universally accepted standards for the use of restraint or training’ (para. 48), and that any accreditation is voluntary, and non-statutory. It is the view of officers that whilst it is important that the Local Authority’s policy and practices continue to work to the BILD code, which is recognised to be the ‘Gold Standard’ in this field, it is no longer necessary or cost-effective to have the BILD kite mark.
When CPI initially acquired the license for MAPA training they were in agreement that the Local Authority’s MAPA team could continue to deliver training in the way they had prior to CPI’s acquisition of Positive Options. However, at the latest annual review of its licence, CPI were insistent that if the Local Authority was to continue to deliver BILD accredited MAPA training then it would be necessary to adopt the use of CPI’s teaching work-books, power points and a specific style of delivery. It is the view of officers that such a change in stance would have significant impact on the delivery, content and cost of training for Nottinghamshire’s schools.
By moving away from the MAPA model there will be an initial cost saving of between £8-10K, for the costs of the license and annual updates for trainers. There are other potential cost benefits to the Local Authority as the license placed restrictions on where training could be delivered. Having this restriction removed opens up opportunities to work across county boundaries and also across services. If in the academic year 2017/2018 the Local Authority had adopted the CPI Workbook model of delivery the additional costs would have been in the region of £27K, based on the number of people trained. This is a cost that officers do not believe is good value.
The DfE draft guidance states that any training commissioned, “…has been devised by experts with a successful track record of working in the relevant specialism.” (para.49). Whilst CPI have determined that the model of training delivered in Nottinghamshire can no longer be referred to as MAPA, it is the view of officers that existing practices in Nottinghamshire are compliant with the DfE guidance. Our model of delivery and its content has seen the Local Authority receive National acclaim for best practice being asked to run a workshop at the annual BILD conference in 2012.
• In the light of these changes the Local Authority will rename its physical intervention service to be known as the Coping with Risky Behaviours (CRB) service. This service will continue to be part of the group of services collectively known as Psychology Services.
• The CRB service will review and re-issue its guidance, resources and model policy for schools to reflect these changes.
• The CRB service will continue to deliver advice, guidance and training into schools and settings, and in so doing will continue to work to the BILD code of practice which is regarded as being the ‘Gold Standard’ for best practice in this area of work.
• The CRB service will be responsible for informing schools and others of these changes.
• Any further developments in the advice, guidance and resources made available to schools by the CRB service will also be made available to Nottinghamshire’s Safeguarding Children’s Board.