Public Health England advice on winter readiness for schools/Business Continuity Planning/Procedure to follow if your school has to close unexpectedly
With the weather getting colder and extreme weather alerts across the country, just a reminder of of our advice and guidance to help with your decision making.
Please ensure your Premises Officer is aware of this advice.
Winter-readiness information for London schools and nurseries from Public Health England
Public Health England has published updated advice for schools and nurseries in London, which can be downloaded from the downloads section to the right.
As winter approaches, it is important that schools are reminded and updated on important health considerations for their pupils/students, parents/carers and staff. Pupils and staff in schools are particularly susceptible to infections which increase over the winter months, such as seasonal influenza (flu) and stomach infections (such as norovirus). These can be very infectious and cause outbreaks in school settings due to the close contact amongst pupils and staff. The spread of these illnesses can be limited by improving infection control practices within the school.
Young children and/or those with chronic illnesses are also at risk of developing complications from certain vaccine-preventable infections such as measles and flu. It is important that they are immunised to prevent any complications and to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks in a school setting.
The briefing includes:
Key messages for headteachers on winter preparedness
Two checklists on flu and norovirus readiness and when and how to report outbreaks
Leaflets and further information on flu, norovirus and meningitis.
Business Continuity Planning
Don’t forget to update your business continuity/resilience plans, which should include an update of your emergency contact details for parents.
We have put together a brief guidance note on what to look for when deciding how best to protect your buildings against the potential damage that can be caused by severe weather conditions.
Please ensure that you have a suitable amount of grit/salt available. We would assume that you already have contact details of your local suppliers.
Check for any current external leaks and attend to them as soon as possible.
Consider insulating any external taps and water faucets to protect them from freezing and possibly becoming brittle.
Inspect drainage areas to ensure they are clear of debris and that any potential surface water can disperse and not be allowed to stand and freeze to become a hazard to any persons entering the area.
Do you have roof top water storage? Consider a quick inspection to ensure that current insulation is in good condition and fit for purpose.
Consider leaving the boilers turned on overnight at the lowest setting. This may help with combating the cold weather and to minimize the risk of pipes freezing and losing important ceiling space heat.
In case of an emergency, ensure that telephone numbers for engineers or utilities services are easily available.
The list above is by no means exhaustive and as each site is different there could possibly be issues that are localised to your area. In this instance we would recommend that you refer to your business continuity/resilience plan.
Procedure to follow if your school has to close unexpectedly (for example, due to heating issues or snow)
This is a reminder about the proforma you should complete if your school has to close unexpectedly for any reason, for example, staff sickness, problems with the building, strike action etc, which can also be downloaded from the downloads section on the right.
Please ensure that you email the completed proforma to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will automatically be sent on to all Council officers who need to be aware of the closure. Please note that this proforma should not be used for planned school closures (building works etc that the school has itself organised); or for closure in the event of a civil emergency or critical incident; or for out of working hours emergencies.
The emergency procedures are set out on page 2 of the proforma and are as follows:
Out-of-Working Hours Emergencies
Out of hours emergencies must be reported to the Council via the main switchboard on 020 7926 1000 – which operates on a 24 hour rota every day of the year.
Major or Critical Incidents
Notification of a major incident, either during or outside normal working hours, must be reported directly to the Council via the main switchboard on 020 7926 1000 - which operates on a 24 hour rota every day of the year.
Where a major incident has occurred, the Headteacher (or their representative) should also contact the Director of Education and Learning, so that the relevant support can be provided.
If you have any queries regarding business continuity/emergency planning matters, please contact:
Business Continuity and Resilience Officer
Public Protection, Assurance and Regulatory Services
Phone: 020 7926 6161
London Governors' Newsletter - Autumn 2019 Half Term Update
The London Governors' Newsletter has been commissioned by London Coordinators of Governor Services (LCOGS) to provide our governors with a summary of recent national developments.
The Autumn 2019 Half Term Update is now available to download and includes information about:
- Ofsted Updates
- Academy Updates
- Department for Education Guidance and Policy Update
- Assessment Information
- News in Brief, including school funding, teachers' pay, school improvement support, teacher wellbeing and workload, primary sports premium funding, exclusions and healthy schools
I hope you find it informative and useful.
Aim High Secondary 2019
Hundreds of Lambeth Students ‘Inspired’ and ‘Empowered’ by Successful Black Professionals
After a highly successful event in 2018 and back by popular demand, the Lambeth Schools Partnership (LSP) ran another week of Aim High inspirational talks at Lambeth Town Hall which were attended by around 400 Black Caribbean heritage students from Lambeth secondary schools.
Aim High, which is a strand of the LSP’s Raising the Game* project, aims to raise aspirations through exposing students to inspirational and highly successful Black individuals from a range of professional and academic backgrounds.
The 15 sessions over the course of the week saw students from years 8, 9 and 10 hear from 28 speakers who shared their own path to success in their chosen profession. These motivational speakers included tech experts from the Black Googlers Network, neuroscientists, doctors, lawyers, educators, economists, historians and the Black British Business Person of the Year 2019 (also the first-ever Black person to chair the British Science Association).
Students were able to find out about these individuals’ personal, academic and professional journeys and asked many profound and challenging questions. Feedback from students and teaching staff from each session was extremely positive, with an average overall rating for the week of events being an impressive 8.29 out of 10.
Attendees praised the events as ‘inspiring’, ‘interesting’, ‘empowering’ and ‘relatable’. One year 9 student reflected that ‘just because you go through struggles and rejections, this doesn't mean you can't be successful. You have to ‘fail forward’ and turn hardship into success.’ Another student, at the end of their session, informed the speakers that they had motivated him ‘to also be an inspirational Black person with many achievements.’
All volunteer speakers expressed how much they enjoyed presenting at Aim High and ‘connecting with the next generation’ (Richard Cummins, Senior Tech Specialist for Google). One speaker, Tola Akinyemi, Brand Manager for Deliveroo, praised the Aim High initiative saying: ‘I never had anything like this growing up and I wish I did’. Cyprian Njamma, Oxford graduate and Director of a global investment management firm, commented: ‘I really enjoyed the day. These types of events are definitely beneficial for the students’ futures and keeping them on the path to excellence.’
Juliet Williams, Lead for Lambeth Careers Cluster, hosted the week of events with great enthusiasm which was commended by students who said that ‘she really made [them] think about [their] achievements and futures as Black individuals’. Juliet also led the segment on 100 Great Black Britons; a new feature for this year’s Aim High events. This segment was informed and supported by Patrick Vernon OBE and Dr Angelina Osborne’s 2004 publication 100 Great Black Britons which has been commissioned for republication in 2020. Students reflected on the achievements and contributions of Black Britons from past and present generations and made suggestions for who they would nominate for the new edition.
A video of highlights from Aim High secondary 2019 will soon be released – watch this space!
For more information and to get involved with Aim High and/or Raising The Game please contact: Francesca Wickens
*Raising the Game: Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils in Lambeth is a two-year project which focuses on closing the attainment gap between Black Caribbean students and their peers, as well as reducing disproportionate exclusion levels for this group. Raising the Game encompasses a range of initiatives including diversifying our curriculum to better reflect the borough’s (and indeed London’s) community, headteacher coaching, unconscious bias training for heads and chairs of governors, early years parental engagement activities as well as other Aim High events in future.
Steven McQueen Launches Epic Billboard Campaign
Steven McQueen Launches Epic Portrait of the Future of London on Hundreds of Billboards Across the City
Class photographs of Year 3 schoolchildren will be displayed on over 600 billboards across London’s 33 boroughs in a city-wide outdoor exhibition organised by Artangel
One of the most ambitious visual portraits of citizenship ever undertaken in one of the world’s largest cities was launched today on over 600 billboards across all of London’s 33 boroughs.
Each billboard features a class photograph of Year 3 pupils from a London primary school, taken as part of an ambitious new project created by London-born Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen in partnership with Tate Britain, Artangel and A New Direction.
From 4 – 18 November 2019 people in London will catch sight of Year 3 classes on 613 billboards on roadsides, railways and underground stations across London. Artangel, who are renowned for producing extraordinary art in unexpected places, have worked with Steve McQueen to create the outdoor exhibition.
Year 3 is considered a milestone year in a child’s development and sense of identity when 7-and 8-year-olds become more conscious of a much bigger world beyond their immediate family. Steve McQueen’s project captures this moment of excitement, anticipation and hopes through the medium of the traditional class photograph, with rows of children sitting or standing alongside their teachers.
The billboards are unveiled today ahead of a vast exhibition at Tate Britain featuring thousands of class photographs of Year 3 pupils, opening on 12 November and free for all to visit.
Steve McQueen said: " The seeds of this project started 21 years ago with the birth of my first child, a milestone that put my own journey in perspective. My hope is that through the billboards millions of Londoners can reflect on the past, the present and the future not only of themselves but of their city. I am very excited that this portrait of London will be seen by so many people as part of their daily life in this great city that I love.”
James Lingwood, Co-Director of Artangel, added: "Year 3 is a resounding expression of Artangel's belief that art can be anywhere. It's a celebration of children and a question to the rest of us - what kind of future are we making for them?"
The Year 3 outdoor exhibition is curated by James Lingwood, Co-Director, Artangel and Cressida Day, Managing Director, Artangel. The Tate Britain exhibition is curated by Clarrie Wallis, Senior Curator of Contemporary British Art and Nathan Ladd, Assistant Curator of Contemporary British Art; and is produced by Erin Barnes and Gemma Clarke.
Steve McQueen Year 3 is a partnership between Tate, Artangel and A New Direction.
Supported by Joseph and Abigail Baratta, De Ying Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, with additional support from Dana and Albert R. Broccoli Charitable Foundation, The Garcia Family Foundation, Wagner Foundation and Tate Americas Foundation.
For more information please download the attachment under the Download Bar.