Weekly News Bulletin: 7th March 2016

World Book Day – Thursday 3rd March 2016 – Years 7 and 8
Your son/daughter will have come home this week with a £1 World Book Day Token.

All they need to do is to take the token to your local bookshop or participating store and swap it for one of the ten (exclusive, new and completely free) £1 World Book Day books!  Or, if they would prefer, they can use the book token to get £1 off any full price book instead!

Enjoy reading at home and in school.

Thank you.
Mrs A Turner – Learning Zone Manager and Literacy across the Curriculum Coordinator

Extremism and Radicalisation
As of July 2015, the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act (HMG, 2015) placed a new duty on schools and other education providers.  Under section 26 of the Act, schools are required, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism”. This duty is known as the Prevent Duty.

We have already carried out a series of assemblies, used our “theme of the week” in form time and continue to educate students to keep themselves safe from extremism and radicalisation.  The Department for Education has launched a new website ‘educate against hate’ which gives parents practical advice on protecting children from this threat:  http://www.educateagainsthate.com/ .  We hope you will take time to look at this.

Miss L Brammer – Designated Child Protection Co-ordinator

Multi Tribute Show of the Decades with Saul Watts & Jay Hawkins as ‘Recollections’ – Saturday 12th March
A tribute evening with music from the 40’s to the 00’s will be held at HRS on Saturday 12th March from 8.00pm.  Tickets are available from HRS on 01371 872560 or Brian Hockley on 01279 871181.

Statutory School Appeals
Could you be a Panel Member?
Appeal Panels are convened throughout Essex to examine cases in which parents wish to contest either the refusal by a school’s Admissions Authority to admit a child, or a Governing Body’s decision to permanently exclude a child.  The choices are difficult, and there may not be an obvious “right” answer, but it is vital that access to this independent process exists both for children and the schools involved. The Panels are independent of the County Council and School Governing Bodies.

Essex County Council Statutory Appeals Team is currently looking for Panel members for both Admission Appeals and Exclusion Appeals. If you have the ability to listen, to be impartial without being swayed by emotion, can appreciate both sides of an argument and are able to make reasoned decisions, you may be just the person they are looking for. Can you spare a few days or more each year to participate in this rewarding and interesting task? This is a chance to contribute to the futures of young people in Essex.

Although previous specialist knowledge of this field is not essential, they are looking for people who have both time to consider the issues properly and who believe passionately that education is worth that time.   Essex County Council offer full training and will reimburse travel and subsistence expenses.

Membership of Appeal Panels is constituted in accordance with the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, and some people may not be eligible to serve. 

Please contact Essex County Council on 03330 139899 or email StatutoryAppeals@essex.gov.uk