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ALL ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

ALL ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


ALL ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE


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ALL ABOUT BUCKINGHAMSHIRE “We are delighted that you have chosen Buckinghamshire as your place of work! This section introduces you to our wonderful county, to our Children’s Service and to your NQT Induction Team. It also provides you with information about the benefits available to you as an NQT, all of course designed to encourage that important work / life balance.”

An Overview of the County Living and Working in Buckinghamshire Buckinghamshire is a county of great variety. It stretches from the border of Milton Keynes, a unitary authority in the north, to the fringes of Heathrow Airport in the south.

In Buckinghamshire there are 235 schools comprising 183 Primary, 34 Secondary, 12 Special and 6 Pupil Referral Units. Several schools have changed their status to become Academies. Admission into Early Years settings varies and many schools have nurseries that take children before the age of 5. Buckinghamshire is proud of the contribution that schools and other settings make to the all round education of its pupils. Children in our schools proceed from primary to secondary schools at age 11+. Pupils in their final year of primary education take part in the Secondary Schools Allocation Procedure and proceed to grammar or upper schools in the following September. The allocation of a child to grammar or upper school is based on their performance in two verbal reasoning tests.

Communication Links Three major motorways – the M1, M4 and M40 – all run through, or alongside, Buckinghamshire and converge on the M25. As for rail links, the important west coast main line from London to Scotland has an inter-city station at Milton Keynes, which also provides a gateway to mainland Europe via the Channel Tunnel. The county also has a well-developed rail and underground network to London. 

Leisure Buckinghamshire offers you a wide variety of leisure activities. Picture postcard villages, peaceful walks and a host of unique places of interest contribute to the county’s strong attractions. Our towns and villages also boast a range of restaurants, pubs, clubs and wine bars to suit every taste. The larger towns of High Wycombe and Aylesbury have many other entertainment facilities.

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A large part of the county is very rural but there are a number of medium to large towns, several of which have communities from a number of minority ethnic groups. Part of the east and south of the county comes within the London commuter fringe.


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The School Improvement Service Who are the School Improvement Service? The Buckinghamshire School Improvement Service sits within the Achievement and Learning Division of the Children’s Services section of the County Council. The purpose of our service is to provide support to schools to enable them to further improve the quality of education provided to pupils in Buckinghamshire and, through this, to improve their standards of achievement.

The service consists of: • Three teams of adviser and consultants each with responsibility for the schools within a geographical area as well as a county wide perspective • The Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnership (BEBP) • Governor Services

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• Three Music Centres • Shortenills Environmental Education Centre

The Area Role The service is being configured to reflect the revised structure whereby all schools will be supported by a team with a local focus. There will be three area groupings of schools based upon the three CYP Trust Local Partnership Board boundaries. These will support schools in: • Aylesbury, Wing/ Wendover & Buckingham • Chiltern & South Bucks • Marlow, High Wycombe & Ridgeway

The Central Role In addition, each team will have responsibility for a whole authority theme and these will be as follows: • Strategy across the County - Overseeing county wide approaches, outcomes and initiatives including overarching curriculum, policies and strategies and how national initiatives are to be implemented locally • Provision in Schools – Overseeing school performance including school reviews and whole school initiatives. These will include strategies such as ISP, Journey to Outstanding (J2O), support for schools below the new floor target etc. • Interventions in Support of Pupils – Overseeing vulnerable and underachieving groups and pupils. These will include SEN, closing the gap, initiatives to tackle childhood poverty and PRUs etc.


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Responsibility for the Area and Central Roles: Leadership of these functions is overseen by School Improvement Managers (SIMs) and Deputy School Improvement Managers (DSIMs) as follows: Aylesbury and ‘Pupils’ SIM: Kevin Burrell, DSIM: Kate Rumboll Chiltern and South Bucks and ‘Schools’ SIM: David Cousins, DSIM: David Preston, Wycombe and ‘County’ SIM: Ian Elkington, DSIM: Chris Lloyd Staples

Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnership (BEBP) develops and manages links between education and business in order to: • Support curriculum delivery and the raising of achievement • Bring relevance to the learning process • Increase student motivation and develop enterprise capability • Increase employment opportunities for young people across the county • Meet the need for a well-qualified workforce • Provide teacher support and professional development Bucks EBP arranges and organises work experience placements for young people aged 14-19 across Buckinghamshire, as well as delivering enterprise and other work related learning activities to both primary and secondary schools. BEBP actively engages employers to support curriculum delivery as well as supporting teachers through the delivery of training and workshops to enhance professional development. Contact Maria Edmonds BEBP Office 01494 732106

Governor Services The Governor Services team fulfil all Local Authority responsibilities in terms of the appointments process for members of Governing Bodies whilst also offering detailed induction, support, advice and guidance to Governing Bodies. A full clerking serviced is offered as a traded service as is an extensive range of both individual and full Governing Body training opportunities. Contact Nicola Cook / Phone 01296 382614

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Buckinghamshire Education Business Partnership


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Multi-Cultural and Traveller Resources Two resource centres in High Wycombe and Aylesbury house a wide variety of multicultural resources and religious artefacts which are available on loan, free of charge, to all schools and Early Years settings to encourage and reflect an intercultural/ interfaith environment for all pupils. Guidance and advice can be sought from the centres which can be found at: The Resource Centre - Millbrook Combined School, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA Phone 01494 475777 The Resource Centre - Dunsham Lane Centre, Dunsham Lane, Aylesbury HP20 2DB Phone 01296 383261

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Please note that both resource centres are open term time only. Please phone in advance to arrange a visit and to discuss your requirements and to collect or return resources.

Music Centres Three core Music Centres aim to provide a high quality, comprehensive range of musical opportunities to all pupils and young people. The core activities of the Music Centres are class music teaching in primary schools, group instrumental teaching and conducting, special projects and vocal and wider opportunities programmes. The centres are staffed by a core support team and a large number of peripatetic music teachers. Aylesbury 01296 383243 / Wycombe 01494 475166 Chiltern and South Buckinghamshire 01494 586530

Shortenills Environmental Education Centre Situated between Chalfont St Giles and Little Chalfont, the centre offers both residential courses and day visits. Its main customers are the maintained primary schools of the county. During school holidays the centre hosts a number of educational courses for young people. Phone 01494 872288

The Teaching & Learning Centre Situated on The Mandeville School site in Aylesbury, the centre is widely used for a variety of training courses for Buckinghamshire teachers and school support staff. It is also used for meetings arranged by members of the School Improvement Service. It has a fully equipped ICT Suite, two conference rooms and several smaller meeting rooms. In addition, the centre is the base for over 35 consultants and business support officers. The adviser and consultant teams provide support, advice and guidance to schools throughout the county by undertaking visits, running training programmes and supporting school management teams. The business support officers work closely with their individual teams of consultants to ensure the smooth running of the centre. Phone 01296 383030


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The NQT Induction Team - Your Key Contacts Simon Lockwood – Adviser, School Leadership Development (NQT Co-ordinator) “Welcome to Buckinghamshire! As the NQT Co-ordinator, I’m responsible for all aspects of support for NQTs. If you have any general questions or queries please do not hesitate to contact me.” Phone 01296 382030 / E-mail slockwood@buckscc.gov.uk

Rhona Bond and Izzy Hall – Business Support Officers for Induction As the 2012-13 year begins, Izzy will be on maternity leave, rejoining us before Christmas. Izzy and Rhona have a full understanding of the induction process and collate your reports and informs the GTCE of your progress. NQT Notification and Assessment forms should be sent to Rhona or Izzy. “If you have a concern about your Induction Year which has not been addressed by the usual school procedure, please contact me.” Rhona: Phone 01494 375339 / E-mail rbond@buckscc.gov.uk Izzy: Phone 01296 383030 / E-mail ihall@buckscc.gov.uk Both Rhona & Izzy Teaching and Learning Centre, Ellen Road, Aylesbury HP21 8EF

Hazel David – CPD Administration Hazel is responsible for administering the courses for the NQT Induction Programme and can deal with any queries concerning the programme, such as venues, dates and times or charging, for sessions. News, updates and any Training Programme changes will be announced in the School Bulletin, Bucks Grid For Learning and a termly Newsletter. The Induction Programme is available to book online on the Zipporah website, so check with your Mentor or CPD Co-ordinator how to apply for your chosen dates. For every session booked you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Telephone: 01296 382865 / E-mail: hdavid@buckscc.gov.uk

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A team works alongside Simon on most aspects of the programme. Their main responsibilities are to ensure that you are properly registered with the Local Authority, to monitor your assessment report that are sent termly and to inform the GTCE of your progress. The GTCE will issue your induction certificates directly to you during the term after you have completed. It is therefore vital that all NQTs ensure that their personal and school details held by the GTCE are up to date.


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10 Benefits for Teachers Buckinghamshire is a great place to be and, with the range of benefits available to you as an employee, the County Council is a great place to work.

Travelchoice – Discounts on Public Transport This is a simple scheme negotiated by Buckinghamshire County Council which entitles you to many discounts, privileges and special deals including: 50% saving on the cost of bus travel; 34% saving on the cost of rail travel; discounts on new bikes and parts; interest-free loans for bicycle purchases and free road safety and cycle maintenance courses. For more information on the scheme call 01296 382434 or visit: www.travelwise.org.uk

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Homebuy – Affordable housing for qualified teachers Whether you are a first- time buyer or need to move to a home that better suits your needs, Homebuy can help you find an affordable home. The Homebuy scheme offers you lots of ways to buy or rent the home you have always wanted. To find out more about their affordable part-buy/ part-rent, equity loan and discounted rent schemes call or visit: www.homebuy.co.uk or 0845 601 7729.

Teachers’ Pensions Scheme The Teachers’ Pensions Scheme is a national scheme run by Teachers’ Pensions on behalf of Department for Education. The benefits of the scheme are governed by the Teachers’ Pensions regulations 1997 and subsequent amendments. Please note that while Teachers’ Pensions employees are happy to give information about the scheme’s provisions, they are not registered to give financial advice. The scheme automatically covers teachers who have not yet retired and who have not opted out of the scheme to make their own pension arrangements. It pays guaranteed benefits which are protected against inflation. The benefits are an annual pension and tax-free lump sum. The normal retirement age in this scheme, for both men and women, is 60, but it is possible to work beyond 60 and claim benefits on leaving pensionable employment. Retirement benefits can be paid before age 60 if you become permanently incapacitated due to ill health or are aged 50 or over and your employer offers you the opportunity to retire early. Alternatively, if you leave pensionable or excluded employment on or after 30th March 2000 and you are aged 55 or over, you have the option of applying for actuarially reduced retirement benefits. The scheme also provides death and family benefits. The scheme is a “final salary” scheme. This means that the benefits you get are based on your salary when you leave teaching, not the salary on which you have paid contributions during your career as a teacher. Further information on the Teachers’ Pensions Scheme is available from their website www.teacherspensions.co.uk or call 0845 6066166. For local information, contact Teachers’ Pensions Scheme team on teacherspensions@buckscc.gov.uk or call 01296 383181.


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Other benefits include:

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• Continuing Professional Development

• Up to 50% off bus fares

• Qualifications training

• 33% off Chiltern Rail

• Teacher Support Network

• Season ticket loan scheme

• Service to Bucks Award

• Car purchase discount scheme (Toyota) • Perry’s Peugeot employee benefit scheme

• Westfield Health Scheme • Voluntary personal accident insurance scheme • 10% discount at Marlow Complementary Health Care Centre • Neck and shoulder massage at the workplace

• Bike to work scheme (Halfords) • Childcare vouchers • Kaarp benefits • Assisted car purchase scheme • Dell – employee purchase programme • Teachers Discounts • Milton Keynes Theatre - group discount

• Discounted leisure centre membership • Benenden healthcare scheme

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• Discounted BUPA membership (employee choice scheme)

• Career breaks

• 10% discount at The Foot Clinic

• Childcare vouchers • Sports and social club in Stoke Mandeville • Reduced cost nursery places • Buckinghamshire Children’s Information Service For more information on benefits call 01296 383045 or email: benefits@buckscc.gov.uk

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12 Useful Resources A wealth of excellent resources is available to help and assist you through your first year of teaching and beyond.

The Buckinghamshire Grid for Learning The Buckinghamshire Grid for Learning (BucksGfL) is a network of resources to support staff in Buckinghamshire schools with teaching, learning and all other aspects of school improvement. It offers: • Reliable broadband connectivity for schools • Access to school improvement and CPD resources

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• Web-based email for all staff and students • Video conferencing and online collaboration tools • Online learning environments for schools to extend their learning beyond the school day and into the community All of the content services such as email and learning environments are available from both inside and outside of school. The main BucksGfL web site hosts the latest information for NQTs at www.bucksgfl.org.uk/nqt as well as CPD and subject support from the LA’s advisory team. For queries about the Bucks Grid for Learning contact: Ian Usher- E-Learning Co-ordinator Phone 01296 383030 / E-mail iusher@buckscc.gov.uk

Resource Centre - The Teaching and Learning Centre The Teaching and Learning Centre is our resource centre for Literacy, Numeracy, Science, ICT and Able Gifted and Talented. Teaching and Learning Centre - Ellen Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 8EF Phone 01296 383030


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13 ICT Support and Services All LA schools are entitled to a minimum core of ICT Services including: • Hot-line support. Please telephone 01296-428402 for advice, support and technical help • Centre-based support for hardware and software • Monthly workshops • IT Co-ordinator meetings termly and annual conference; • Curriculum support materials including ICT Co-ordinator’s handbook • Produce sales – software catalogue with discounted prices

• ICT curriculum support and advice (audit of ICT provision, help with policy, planning and development of schemes of work, implementation of National Curriculum ICT, advice on accommodation and resource management) • Support teachers (school based support, INSET, copyright audit, pre/post-Ofsted support for individual teachers, whole staff) • Technical support (setting up hardware, software, upgrading equipment, diagnosing faults, hardware audit) • Loan scheme (e.g. floor robots, photomap camera, pocket books, colour printers)

Teaching and Learning Centre (ICT Curriculum Support Team) Ellen Road, Aylesbury, Bucks HP21 8EF Phone 01296 428402

Multi-Cultural and Traveller Resources The County has established two Resource Centres. They provide an excellent loan service of books, including community language and bilingual books, artefacts, audio and video resources, language games and packs, dressing up clothes, posters, jigsaws and the like for the use of county schools. Buckinghamshire teachers may borrow resources free of charge from these centres which are open during term-time only; please telephone before visiting. The centres are situated in following offices: The Resource Centre, Millbrook Combined School, Mill End Road, High Wycombe HP12 4BA Phone 01494 475777 The Resource Centre, Dunsham Lane Centre, Dunsham Lane, Aylesbury HP20 2DB Phone 01296 383261

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The following services are available on a charged basis (see the ICT Curriculum Support and Services pack in your school for the current rates):


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14 The Education of Children in Public Care (ECPC) Virtual School The ECPC Virtual School is a small, joint agency, countywide team of specialist staff from education and social care set up in 2000 to improve the educational achievement and experience of Buckinghamshire’s children in care.

What are our aims? • To promote good corporate parenting across the county council by implementing the statutory elements of the guidance and outcomes of ‘Every Child Matters’ and ‘Care Matters’: - There must be a Designated Teacher for children in care in every school. - Every child in care must have a Personal Education Plan. - No care placements are to be made without education secured.

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- No child in care must be without educational provision for more than 20 school days. • To support Early Years and Post 16 settings, schools, social workers and foster carers in raising the attainment of all Buckinghamshire’s children in care and in doing so, • To promote their educational and social inclusion. For further information, please contact Stuart Mogridge, headteacher of The ECPC Virtual School on 01296 387576 or 07900 052382 or by email at smogridge@buckscc.gov.uk

Green Park Outdoors The county has a superb facility in Green Park, Aston Clinton, near Aylesbury. The Centre provides residential and conferencing facilities, including campsite, catering, residential blocks and conference rooms. It is located within 80 acres of beautiful woodland and parkland at the foot of the Chiltern Hills. For children and young people, it is particularly important, offering: • Learning Outside the Classroom • High Quality Outdoor Education at all Key Stages • Environmental and Creative Curriculum activities – Numeracy, History, Geography, Gruffalo hunt • Creative Curriculum Days - Personal Learning and Thinking Skills • Team Challenges, Archery, Climbing, Abseil & Zip Wire, High Ropes Course, Low Ropes Course, Wheelchair Challenge, Kayaking, Nightline, Mountain Biking, trebuchet, Orienteering • Yurts (Mongolian tents) as a base • Disabled Provision • Support in developing Out of Classroom Learning on the school site • Mobile Provision also available to bring Outdoor Education to you: Mobile Climbing Wall, Mobile Team Challenge & Archery


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For further information, contact: The Green Park Conference Facility - Jan Keating Phone 01296 633802 / Email jkeating@buckscc.gov.uk

The Outdoor Education Team - Robert Williams

Schools Library Service The Schools Library Service (SLS) provides teachers working in primary, special and secondary schools within the county with a loan service of books, artefact collections, and other materials. All Items requested by schools will be delivered and collected by SLS’s own delivery van. SLS also provides advice, training and professional support to assist schools in making the best use of their own library facilities. Membership of the SLS will provide schools with the benefits of: • Access to a far greater range of the latest published books and other resources than any single school could purchase for itself; • The support of a team of experienced professional librarians who have specialised in work with schools and children. These benefits will be made available through just some of the following services: Library Book Hire – Books can be hired for your school library and exchanged and refreshed through the academic year. The books at SLS have been specially selected by library staff that are aware of schools’ changing and specialist needs, and who are familiar with both the publishing market and the national curriculum. New materials are bought on a weekly basis to ensure that there is a constant supply of new stock. Project Collection Service - Project collections can be requested on specific topics and hired for a term. They will be made up of a selection of materials that are tailor made to the needs of the teachers and the age-range and ability level of pupils. Each project will contain on average 20 books and poster packs where appropriate. Books can be non-fiction, fiction or an amalgamation of the two. Artefact collections - Artefact collections available to hire include WWII, Victorians, the history of toys, seaside holidays past and present, the Tudors, Ancient Egypt and many more.

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Phone 01296 633809 / Email rwilliams@buckscc.gov.uk


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16 Professional Support - the SLS can offer both practical and advisory support on all library related matters, such as weeding out old books, help with organising your library, assistance with self evaluation assessment of your school library. For any further information about the Schools Library Service please give us a call on 01296 382273, or email us at sls@buckscc.gov.uk or visit our website: www.buckscc.gov.uk/sls

Key contacts Alison Mapplethorpe - SLS Manager, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UU Phone 01296 382273 / Fax 01296 382122 / Email amapplethorpe@buckscc.gov.uk

Ann O’Donovan - Schools Development Librarian, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UU

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Phone 01296 382268 / Fax 01296 382122 / Email aodonovan@buckscc.gov.uk

Shortenills Environmental Education Centre Shortenills can accommodate residential groups or day classes on four days of the week. Teachers should familiarise themselves with the centre and design a programme with the Head of Centre, before taking a group of children. The Head of Centre will also be happy to visit schools and help plan work in environmental education.

Environmental Education Centre Ian Duckworth – Head of Centre, Shortenills Environmental Education Centre, Nightingales Lane, Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire HP8 4SG Phone 01494 872288 / Email iduckworth@buckscc.gov.uk


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