Teaching Assistant Project with Education Support Partnership
As you know Havering has been working with the Education Support Partnership, the UK’s only wellbeing and mental health charity, to develop a range of support services for our schools.
Through this partnership, we are proposing to undertake a small-scale research project with Teaching Assistants – often a well-motivated group of staff with high workloads, working in challenging circumstances supporting students and teachers.
The study would start in September 2019 and would run for 6 months until Easter 2020, and the time commitment for the schools to take part would not be onerous.
We would like to invite up to 16 primary or special schools to participate, with four teaching assistants taking part from each school.
In order to be able to measure the impact of the proposed resilience training, two teaching assistants from each school would receive the training and two would not, and then at the end of the project, we would offer resilience training to those who did not receive it as part of the project. Thus, the teaching assistants would only need to be released from school duties for a limited period.
As part of the project, currently being planned with UCL/Institute of Education who would also evaluate the study, teaching assistants would need to complete questionnaires and speak to researchers etc.
Further information and an expression of interest form, can be found here. The deadline has been extended to allow more schools to sign up.
We hope that you will be able to participate in this exciting project.
Top Australian Universities (Week 5 of our Overseas Recruitment Campaign)
As part of Supply Desk’s ongoing mission to source high-quality international candidates for Havering schools, our overseas tour makes stops at three prestigious Australian Universities: the University of Sydney, the University of Queensland, and Monash University.
Our relationships with these universities allow us to recruit outstanding graduates right at the start of their careers and gives our Havering schools the best chance to develop them into excellent practitioners.
Find out more about our partnered Universities below…
University of Sydney
The renowned University of Sydney is consistently ranked in the world’s top 50 Universities and has been a symbol of academic excellence for over 160 years.
The University of Sydney is also ranked no.1 in Australia and 5th in the world for graduate employability, as well as being 12th in the world for Education courses. These impressive statistics mean that the University of Sydney produces some of the most talented teachers in Australia, many of which are interviewed and placed in the UK by Supply Desk!
University of Queensland
The University of Queensland is another institution which consistently ranks in the world’s top 50 Universities, and is a founding member of the Group of Eight – a collaboration between eight of Australia’s most prestigious universities which focuses on academic research.
The University of Queensland also has a strong focus on teaching excellence, having won more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other staff body in the country, and as such, attracts the majority of Queensland's highest academic achievers.
Named for Sir John Monash, the famed civil engineer and First World War General, Monash University is ranked in the top one per cent of world universities. This prestigious University is also ranked as the best in Australia for Education, producing a host of highly qualified and talented new teachers.
Our partnership with Monash University allows us to recruit extremely high-quality NQTs who are looking to start their teaching careers in the UK.
Private Fostering Professional Awareness
The Fostering Team request your support in offering care and protection to children and young people who are Privately Fostered and live within Havering.
Colleagues in Education, Health, Housing and Social Care are usually the people who identify when a child may be living in a Private Fostering arrangement. Many do not realise that this is an arrangement which must be reported to the Local Authority’s Children Services Department. Failure to do so is a criminal offence.
Private Fostering is an arrangement made between a parent and another adult, who is NOT a close relative, for a child to live with that adult for 28 consecutive days or more. This is very different from the fostering arrangements which Local Authorities arrange for Looked After Children.
Children in Private Fostering households need supervision and support, with their carers often needing advice and guidance. It is a regulatory requirement of the Local Authority to monitor these arrangements.
Please support the essential awareness of Private Fostering by distributing our ‘60 Second Guide to Private Fostering’ to all professionals, and include in induction packs, briefings and meetings with staff to help ensure that all potential Private Fostering arrangements are notified to Havering’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) as required. Please also display the attached poster where it can be seen clearly again to raise awareness of potential arrangements.
If you have any further questions or require supplies of posters or leaflets please do not hesitate to contact me on 01708 434354.
Team Manager | Fostering
Save the Date: Havering Safeguarding Week 2019
Safeguarding Adult & Children Board Annual Conference: Monday 11th November 2019
This year the conference will be a fantastic opportunity for professionals and practitioners to get together and share their experiences, as well as explore pressing issues related to safeguarding adults and children at risk of abuse.
Places are limited, reserve your place at our annual conference now by clicking here.
Look out for the upcoming timetable of events offering a host of briefings, workshops and training on topical safeguarding themes including Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery, Domestic Violence and Mental Health.
Rainham Hall and Garden
Rainham Hall and garden was built in 1729 by Captain John Harle and is one of the country’s finest examples of an early 18th-century merchant’s home. A National Trust property, it is just two minutes’ walk from Rainham Station (C2C), in the heart of the village. In its nearly 300 year history, Rainham Hall has been home to over 50 different inhabitants, and every two years we shine a spotlight on one of these residents, drawing inspiration from their lives. Our current resident is Anthony Denney, a photographer, interior designer and art collector who lived in the Hall in the 1960s.
There is something for all ages at Rainham Hall and we welcome school visits from all year groups. From mini beast hunts in the garden to local history sessions in the Hall, there is plenty to explore. For more information, or if you would like to make a free preliminary teacher visit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is here.