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Webinar Demonstration Sessions re Schools Petty Cash Journal - Imprest Reimbursement ClaimsAn invitation for schools to join and participate in demonstration sessions on how the new Schools Petty Cash (Imprest Reimbursement Claims) process will work. Session dates: 24 April, 29 April, 2 May. Please see details of how to access these sessions.24/04/14 10:08 AM
Compact Bulletin - March 2014 The latest Bulletin from the Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact following the meeting held on 26 March 201423/04/14 09:50 AM
Reconciliation files Month 12 are now availableThe problems with the Reconciliation files Month 12 are resolved. The files are now available on Edcomms.22/04/14 03:52 PM
Frome College Students win National CompetitionA competition run by PA Consulting challenged teams from schools and universities to invent something that would benefit the environment, using a Raspberry Pi. 22/04/14 03:36 PM
Performance Management in schools-Getting it right for next year.Following the change in Teachers' Standards last year, current headteacher and current Ofsted Inspector Paul Rushforth and Rebecca New (AST) developed a set of materials to effectively organise and simplify Performance Management, which enabled headteachers to gain an overview of the strengths and areas for development of teaching staff. After some revision and further development of the system, Somerset Leadership College are pleased to re-offer the following 1 day course,after 2 successful previous running's, which includes the toolkit for Performance Management which participants can take back to their setting.22/04/14 02:40 PM
Deputy Heads and Senior Leaders Annual Conference: Learning and LeadershipThis conference for Deputy Heads and Senior Teachers has been funded by SAPHTO and seeks to build on the success of the area-based seminars delivered in partnership with the Somerset Leadership College. 22/04/14 11:03 AM
Early Help ConferenceThe aim of this conference is to outline the overarching vision and support staff in working more collaboratively to improve outcomes for children and families at an early age. 22/04/14 10:47 AM
Religious Education teachers invited to a free day conference on including non-religious perspectives The British Humanist Association (BHA) is presenting a free day conference for teachers on exploring Humanism and non-religious perspectives within Religious Education (RE) lessons. 17/04/14 11:18 AM
Somerset Wildlife Trust Outdoor Learning Conference 2014The 2014 Conference, entitled "Outdoor Learning in Somerset - Connecting children and young people to nature", is being held at Bishop Fox's School, Taunton on Thursday 15 May 2014, 5.00 pm-8.45 pm. Closing date MONDAY 5 MAY 2014.16/04/14 10:40 AM
Common Assessment Framework (CAF) Briefing April 2014This briefing is intended to address some of the main queries that have arisen during the CAF re-launch and training events.15/04/14 02:52 PM
New Dates:Effective Line Management & Supervision Meetings with StaffNew dates have been made for our popular one day course aimed at line managers/ supervisors who deliver the process of supervision or line management in their job role. The purpose of the course is to equip line managers/supervisors with the necessary skills and knowledge to feel confident in their role undertaking line management meetings and responsibilities.14/04/14 12:10 PM
SIMS Reconciliation FilesThe recent download problem has been resolved.14/04/14 10:14 AM
Fraudulent email from CDS GroupFraudulent email from CDS Group - DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE INVOICE.14/04/14 10:14 AM
Somerset SACRE Summer Conference - 15 July 2014See details of SACRE's 2014 summer conference14/04/14 09:06 AM
April 2014 e-Safety Newsletter for schoolsThis months e-safety newsletter for schools11/04/14 08:30 AM
RESCHEDULED: Disruption to Somerset Learning Platform (SLP), 7th April 9.30-13.00CAPITA have found a bug in this release of the SIMS Learning Gateway (SIMS Tools) update. Due to this, the date has been rescheduled, please see full details.07/04/14 09:32 AM
SLP/School email downtime status informationA WordPress site has been set up order to keep up to date with the status of SLP/email services to schools in case of an unplanned outage or planned downtime.04/04/14 01:31 PM
Ofsted AwarenessCourse aims: to ensure participants have a clear understanding of the latest Ofsted Inspection Schedule and to provide practical guidance in preparing their school for an inspection. Including: ensuring robust evidence is gathered for the key areas of inspection. 02/04/14 03:01 PM
Free Stationery for Collection by SchoolsRecycled surplus stationery is available for collection by schools from County Hall.02/04/14 12:09 PM
Free Standing Wall CollapseAdvice to schools and leisure centres to check structural security following the wall collapse at a school in Scotland yesterday.02/04/14 12:05 PM
Southwest One Schools’ Line number changeFrom today, 1st April, the telephone number for the School’s Line has changed from 01823 273588 to 01823 359984. For all enquiries, please call this number. Please note the ICT Servicedesk number remains the same; 01823 35509001/04/14 04:42 PM
NEW Education Finance Helpline numberNEW Education Finance Helpline telephone number01/04/14 03:23 PM
Selwood Academy - Telephones Working AgainThe recent problem with the telephone lines has been resolved.01/04/14 02:34 PM
SEND Reform: Making it Work in Schools. May 8thThis conference aims to demystify the SEND reform agenda and focus on how we can successfully achieve positive change. There will be speaker led information sessions, facilitated networking opportunities to share good practise, and SEN exhibitors. The conference is for SENCos, teachers and professionals working in and with schools, both mainstream and special.01/04/14 12:34 PM
"Bridging the Gap" - Teach-Meet Evening at Bishop Fox's SchoolAn invitation from Bishop Fox's School to all Teachers in Somerset Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools for 12 June 2014.01/04/14 12:06 PM
Deputy Heads, Senior Leaders and Senior Teachers in Somerset: Learning and LeadershipThis conference - for Deputy Heads and Senior Teachers - has been funded by SAPHTO and seeks to build on the success of the area-based seminars delivered in partnership with the Somerset Leadership College. 01/04/14 10:29 AM
Teaching Assistants: Making an Effective Contribution in the Classroom-STILL TIME TO APPLYSTILL TIME TO APPLY: This ONE day course is designed for all Teaching/Learning Support Teaching Assistants - either new or existing, who wish to develop and consolidate their skills to maximise their effectiveness. It will provide support staff with additional skills and knowledge that will enable them to extend their contribution to learning in the classroom.01/04/14 09:38 AM
Computing At School (CAS) Primary conference - 28 April 2014Computing At School and the Network of Excellence invite you to attend the CAS Primary Conference on 28th April 2014 at Bath University31/03/14 02:06 PM
Closure of the Elmhurst Centre, StreetThe Elmhurst Centre in Street will be closing as of 1 April 201431/03/14 01:40 PM
Fraudulent email from Fraudalert.comAnother fraudulent email sent to schools last Friday.31/03/14 01:18 PM
Haselbury Plucknett CofE First School - Power RestoredPower has now been restored to the school.27/03/14 12:59 PM
Reforming Assessment and Accountability for Primary SchoolsGovernment response to consultation on primary school assessment and accountability27/03/14 12:01 PM
Copyright deals in Schools - Government announcementThe government announces copyright licence deals for schools26/03/14 12:01 PM
School Councils - Letter to Headteachers - 18 March 2014letter from Peter Lewis, Interim Director of Children's Services inviting secondary and middle schools' Schools Councils to feedback views on specific questions 21/03/14 11:52 AM
Service Disruption Notice. Saturday 29th March 2014 10.00hrs – 16.00hrsA change is due to take place on Saturday 29th March 2014 between 10.00hr and 16.00hrs to upgrade the threat management on three servers. There will be a short disruption of approximately 20 minutes whilst the change is implemented. 21/03/14 10:06 AM
SLP Newsletter - Spring 2014The SLP Support team have posted their Spring 2014 newsletter on Somerset iPost. This issue contains the latest updates about the migration; the new SLP Maintenance Slot; a reminder on the emergency texting service and more.21/03/14 09:07 AM
Changes to Child Protection ConferencesLetter from LSCB about changes to Child Protection conferences21/03/14 08:30 AM
ADL Spring Term 2014 NewsletterThe spring 2014 ADL term newsletter is now available on iPost20/03/14 11:02 AM
School Industrial Action 26 MarchPolite reminder to schools to upload their position for the 26th March, in line with the planned day of industrial action. 18/03/14 09:54 AM
Update: Issues accessing Google DriveSWGfL has issued a fuller statement and are working on a fix14/03/14 03:33 PM
Update - Information Regarding a Malicious emailThis email was successfully removed from mailboxes by 18.00 yesterday and details were added to the email filtering system to block reoccurrence.14/03/14 09:58 AM
Fraudulent email from HMRCFraudulent email from HMRC - do not open attachments or reply to this email.12/03/14 11:03 AM
Schools, Microsoft XP and 2003 support and Data Protection issuesMicrosoft will stop supplying support for Windows XP and Office 2003 from 8 April 2014, meaning that computers will be more open to security issues. This article which includes a link to a blog from the ICO informs schools of the issues and steps they should consider.12/03/14 08:40 AM
BMIS Prospectus 2014-2015The 2014-2015 edition of the BMIS Prospectus is now available on this site.11/03/14 02:48 PM
SLP - Regular Maintenance Slot - Tuesday 11th MarchEvery Tuesday between 3:30pm - 4:00pm the eLIM team may apply updates/patches and perform minor maintenance to SLP and its various components. As a result, users may experience a slowdown in performance during this time. Please click this notice for details of todays work.11/03/14 11:39 AM
SEND guidance on cyber bullyingAnti-Bullying Alliance and Childnet have launched a new cyber-bullying guidance for teachers and professionals that provides a unique insight into the internet use of children with special educational needs and / or disabilities (SEND).10/03/14 03:05 PM
March 2014 eSafety Newsletter for SchoolsMarch eSafety Newsletter for schools for circulation and display on staff noticeboards.10/03/14 10:26 AM
Somerset Financial Inclusion Conference - Invitation to HeadteachersThis conference is to be held on Tuesday 8 April 2014 at Lyngford House Conference Centre, Taunton. All Headteachers are invited. Closing date for bookings: FRIDAY 14 MARCH 2014.07/03/14 11:35 AM
PRS/PPL license surveyRequest from PPL/PRS to fill in an online survey.06/03/14 04:15 PM
Selwood Academy - Intermittent Telephone Access ProblemsThe school is currently experiencing a problem with intermittent phone access - please contact by email.05/03/14 02:11 PM
Queries about the SSTEP Catalogue and COS 2014-2015If you have any questions about costs for SSTEP services, please remember these should be addressed direct to the service provider, not logged as helpline calls. For further guidance on who to contact about SSTEP or the COS, please read on.05/03/14 01:57 PM
Somerset Services to Education Providers (SSTEP) 2014-2015The 2014-2015 SSTEP Catalogue is now available. The ordering window for Traded Services will close on FRIDAY 16 MAY 2014.05/03/14 10:59 AM
Opportunities for teachers/support staff to increase programming / coding skillsELIM’s Education Technology team have arranged a series of workshops to support teachers developing their programming / coding skills.05/03/14 08:28 AM
Compact Bulletin - February 2014The latest Bulletin from the Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact following the meeting held on 26 February 201404/03/14 01:01 PM
Local Authority Bulletin for Schools - March 2014Local Authority Bulletin for Schools - March 201404/03/14 09:26 AM
Intermittent Issues with Outlook Web Access (OWA) - resolvedClosure of Severity Incident 120734 – Intermittent Issues with Outlook Web Access (OWA) The intermittent problems experienced by users whilst trying to access OWA and SLP (Somerset Learning Platform) from schools has been resolved and closed. 03/03/14 02:37 PM
Weather/flood guidance 3 March 2014Weather guidance for the 3 March 2014 produced by the Met Office and Environment Agency. 03/03/14 08:51 AM
Bridge School Sedgemoor Link Centre - Email Access 3-5 March 2014Access to email at the Centre will be intermittent on the above dates - please contact by telephone.28/02/14 03:36 PM
SSTEP 2014-2015 - Due Next WeekPlease note that SSTEP 2014-2015 will be available next week either on - OR AFTER - Tuesday 4 March.28/02/14 12:36 PM
Schools National Copyright Licences and DSG 2014In the Dedicated Schools Grant document issued by the DfE in December there are mentions of changes to the licences that schools use. Below is an extract (p12 of linked document)27/02/14 04:28 PM
Schools Income TemplateNew Schools Income Template amendment27/02/14 11:32 AM
Hour of Code 3rd – 9th MarchWill your children have the chance to spend an hour ‘coding’ next week, 3rd - 9th March 2014?27/02/14 09:48 AM
Norton-Sub-Hamdon CofE Primary School - Access resolvedThe schools internet and email access has been resolved.26/02/14 04:51 PM
The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People 2014This year's competition, open to 10-13 year olds, offers a first prize of £1000 for the winning poem. The closing date is Thursday 31 July 2014.25/02/14 11:55 AM
Childnet 2014 Film CompetitionNews about Childnet's 2014 Film Competition24/02/14 04:07 PM
ADL Feedback Form - Taunton Vale Sports Club 13 FebrauryAn opportunity to complete a feedback form for the ADL at Taunton Vale Sports Club on 13 February24/02/14 01:58 PM
Compact Bulletin - January 2014The latest Bulletin for the Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact following the meetings held in January 2014.21/02/14 10:53 AM
Surplus Catering Equipment - Available to Schools and SCC ProvidersVarious items of used commercial catering equipment are available to schools 'free to collector' on a first come, first served basis.18/02/14 09:58 AM
Update 17:10pm, 17/02/2014 - Severe Problems with SCC NetworkA problem at the BT Exchange is causing severe problems with SCC network connections. Please click this item for the exact details.17/02/14 05:09 PM
Somerset Learning Platform (SLP) and OWA - Update 14/02/2014Update 12.20, 14/02/2014 We have raised the level of severity of the intermittent problems with access to SLP and OWA from yesterday (Thursday 13th February) to a Severity 1 and are continuing to investigate. We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and will endeavour to keep you informed of progress.14/02/14 12:18 PM
SLP Support HelplineThis update is to let you know that the SLP Support Helpline currently has a high number of calls pending, due to unforeseeable circumstances which has meant a member of the team has been unavailable 14/02/14 11:08 AM
The Bridge School: Sedgemoor - Intermittent EmailThe Bridge School: Sedgemoor is currently experiencing email problems - please contact the school by telephone.13/02/14 09:30 AM
eSafety Live - SWGfL update sessions for all involved in Safeguarding ChildrenThe free SWGfL eSafety Live events are back. Still places available13/02/14 09:10 AM
School and Academy Budget Statements for 2014/15School and Academy Budget Statements for 2014/1513/02/14 08:46 AM
Weather Update 12 FebWeather update for the South West region as the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the UK. 12/02/14 02:00 PM
Changes to SWGfL Filtering Service relating to Google SafeSearch and Google ImagesWeb page from SWGFL detailing changes to Google SafeSearch12/02/14 09:12 AM
eSafety Newsletter for schoolsThe December version of the esafety newsletter11/02/14 11:53 AM
Issues Accessing SLP This Morning - 11/02/2014Following an issue experienced within the ICT infrastructure at County Hall there may be up to 30 schools who are unable to access their SLP sites. The issue has been identified and will be resolved by 10:30 this morning.11/02/14 11:15 AM
Promoting the Arts in your SchoolWould your school/community be interested in hosting a show and experience classroom workshops with the popular Kathakali full company on their UK tour between May and July 2015? 07/02/14 02:50 PM
Somerset Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) StrategyReminder: deadline for returns is 14th February. A Self Assessment Audit Toolkit has been developed by SCC Safeguarding Lead in order to develop an effective response in Somerset to the Government’s National Action Plan. 07/02/14 01:04 PM
Financial Management Scheme - Schools ConsultationFinancial Management Scheme - schools consultation on proposed local changes for 2014/1507/02/14 08:40 AM
Power and heating restored at Bishop Henderson Primary School, ColefordPower and heating has now been restored at Bishop Henderson Primary School, Coleford, and the school is operating normally06/02/14 04:13 PM
Surplus Furniture and FittingsFurther office moves have resulted in more items now being available free to Somerset schools on a 'collection only' basis.06/02/14 02:48 PM
Somerset County Council Food Safety Policy 2013The Somerset County Council Food Safety Policy has been updated.05/02/14 03:21 PM
Latest information on services affected by bad weatherPlease find attached a link to the latest road and travel information in Somerset. This info is of importance to schools as the end of the school day approaches and parents start to make travel arrangements to collect their children. 05/02/14 03:14 PM
Loss of Heating/Power at Bishop Henderson C of E Primary, ColefordBishop Henderson C of E Primary School, Coleford, has lost power and heating. 05/02/14 01:14 PM
Interruption to some school services 17-19 FebruaryOn 17/18/19th February maintenance work will be taking place on servers that will affect the availability of SLP, OWA, Email and Remote SIMS applications to varying degrees. See 'main news story' for more details04/02/14 09:10 AM
Support for Schools using SharePoint 2010 SitesA reminder regarding the support available for all schools whose School Portals have been migrated to the new version of SLP.31/01/14 03:00 PM
Thresholds for InterventionWelcome to the Somerset Continuum of Need and Intervention Model (including threshold guidance). On behalf of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB) and the Children’s Trust, we take great pleasure in endorsing this document as a platform to prompt greater multiagency working between partner agencies in supporting children, young people and their families. 30/01/14 02:00 PM
Amendment of the Financial Guidance - Budget Planning 2014/15Correction on page 15 point 30 of the Financial Guidance - Budget Planning 2014/15.30/01/14 10:23 AM
Milford Junior School - Telephone RestoredThe telephone system has now been restored.29/01/14 02:42 PM
Hindhayes Infant School - Telephones RestoredThe telephones are now working again!29/01/14 10:06 AM
Local Authority Bulletin for Schools - January 14 Local Authority Bulletin for Schools - January 201428/01/14 02:07 PM
Service disruption - 25th - 27th JanuaryDue to a number of power surges during the early hours of Saturday 25th January, some of the platforms which support school ICT services went down; Outlook and SLP27/01/14 10:02 AM
IMPORTANT - SSTEP ONLINE ORDERING 2014-2015Schools/Academies - please check AS SOON AS POSSIBLE that our list of the colleagues in your school/academy who are authorised to order services via the SSTEP Catalogue is up to date for when the new Catalogue is published in March - thank you!24/01/14 12:43 PM
ADL Spring Term Agenda 2014The ADL Spring Term Agenda 2014 is now available on iPost.23/01/14 02:56 PM
Recycling leaflets for Somerset schoolsTo celebrate the completion of Somerset's new food waste recycling plant Somerset Waste Partnership and Carymoor Environmental Trust have produced leaflets for schools.23/01/14 12:05 PM
UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS TO ASK THE QUESTIONS THAT MATTER TO THEM ABOUT KEEPING THEIR CHILDREN SAFE ONLINEUK Safer Internet Centre are asking for questions for their TV show on Safer Internet Day If you could ask Facebook, Twitter, Xbox or BT a question, what would it be? 23/01/14 09:49 AM
Statutory changes to teachers’ pay and appraisal SLP Survey January 2014 We are undertaking at the request of the Somerset Head teacher associations, a survey of all Somerset schools and academies to learn how you have responded to the statutory changes to teachers’ pay and appraisal, to see which policy options schools have adopted and to learn how well supported you felt in managing the process of changing your policies and what HR services might learn from this process to improve our support to schools in implementing any future changes of this magnitude. 22/01/14 10:00 AM
Health and Safety Law PostersHealth and Safety Law Posters - Are you displaying the new poster?21/01/14 01:29 PM
Letter to Schools Regarding February 2014 Annual Audit Deadline Important information for schools regarding the deadline for ‘High Needs Funding’ audit applications.21/01/14 10:07 AM
School Business Continuity Plans - Do you need additional support?The Civil Contingencies Unit is interested to find out whether schools would like support in creating a Business Continuity Plan. Many schools may have a plan already in place that may require review or an update, or are seeking to create a new plan and would like advice on how to complete a plan suitable for their school environment. The Civil Contingencies unit have developed a questionnaire and would like all schools to participate and provide feedback to allow them to idenitfy what type of support they can give to schools. the consultation period for the questionnaire is due to close on the 7th February and your responses would be greatly appreciated before this date.21/01/14 09:13 AM
Notification from SWGfL/RMSWGfL will be undertaking some emergency maintenance work on Wednesday 22nd January from 8.00pm. NO INTERUPTION TO SERVICES IS EXPECTED.20/01/14 04:34 PM
Shepton Beauchamp Primary School - phones restoredThe telephone line has been restored at Shepton Beauchamp Primary School.20/01/14 02:40 PM
CHILDREN'S CENTRE SERVICESUpdate on local area consultations regarding Children's Centre Services.17/01/14 04:56 PM
Somerset Lego LoansAs part of ELIM’s support for Somerset schools to prepare for the new statutory Computing programme of study, we are offering an opportunity for schools to borrow a set of Lego WeDo or Lego Mindstorms kits for a half term. 17/01/14 12:20 PM
High Ham Primary School used ICT to help pupils during the floodsHigh Ham Primary School has been using an online account called Showbie with pupils unable to get to school due to the recent flooding17/01/14 12:07 PM
e-safety news from Elmwood and Penrose FederationNick Gargan, Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police came into Friday's assembly to present pupils with their Byte award certificates.17/01/14 11:36 AM
TeachMeet@Stanchester Academy - 27th February 2014A TeachMeet is being held at Stanchester Academy, Stoke-Sub-Hamdon on 27th February, 16.30 - 19.30. 17/01/14 11:24 AM
Fingerprinting, biometrics and Data Protection - Big Brother Watch ReportReport from a civil liberties group outlining raising privacy fears for one million pupils17/01/14 11:10 AM
Schools January 2014 esafety newsletterJan 2014 safety newsletter for schools16/01/14 10:16 AM
UPDATING THE SOMERSET SCHOOLS INFORMATION DIRECTORYInformation on who schools should contact if they need to update the entries for their Headteacher, School Finance contact or Chair/Clerk of Governors on the Directory. Includes advice on how to access your school's AMP page on the Somerset Schools Information Directory.16/01/14 10:14 AM
Should I Respond? - Troll Response Chart for SchoolsChart that guides schools through the process of deciding if they should respond to comments made on websites or social networks16/01/14 09:30 AM
North somerset Early Years ConferenceNorth Somerset Early Years Conference - 28th March 2013 - What Matters to Children - The World14/01/14 03:34 PM
NAACE Competition for SchoolsThe theme of this year's competition is - Class of 2044 - how will technology be helping us learn and teach 30 years from now? Schools are asked to design a digital artefact to illustrate the above. The closing date is 14th February 10/01/14 01:45 PM
Dunster First School - Telephones DownThe school's telephone system is down - please contact by email until the problem is resolved.10/01/14 09:19 AM
Last chance to book places on BETT (Education Technology exhibition) busOnly 2 places remaining... would you like a place on the Somerset BETT bus on Wednesday 22nd January? See the 'main news story' for more details09/01/14 03:25 PM
Reception and Year One: Raising Achievement and AttainmentProvision of training for Reception teachers of Primary, First and Special Schools in Somerset. To understand best practise in Early Years based on the latest EYFS guidance and the latest Ofsted guidance, practitioners will be able to explore and share examples of best practise leading to a greater understanding to inform planning. 09/01/14 11:57 AM
Ofsted AwarenessIn support of the Compact Primary Raising Achievement Plan. Delivered by current Somerset Headteacher and Inspector Paul Rushforth. 09/01/14 11:44 AM
Self-Evaluation: Training for Headteachers and Senior LeadersA two day fully funded course, offered as a direct result of consultations with Headteachers and decisions taken by SAPHTO to support schools to improve their Ofsted grading. 09/01/14 11:43 AM
Good2Great Teaching: The perceptive teacher approachA one day (two sessions) fully funded course is offered as a direct result of consultations with Headteachers, to support schools and to help improve their OFSTED grading. 09/01/14 11:43 AM
Deputy Heads SeminarsDesigned specifically as an opportunity for Deputy Heads, Assistant Heads and Senior Leaders in Somerset to share joint professional development and much more. 09/01/14 11:42 AM
Year 4 Teacher Assessment Summer 2013 - Prime ReportIssue regarding the Service Children data within the Year 4 Report09/01/14 09:16 AM
Global Learning Programme Schools are being sought now to start Global Learning Programme in Summer term 2014. Advance notice, Schools & clusters interested in starting Global Learning Programme in Autumn term 2014 08/01/14 04:17 PM
Possible interruption to SLP and OWA - Sunday 26th January 2014On the morning of Sunday 26th January the VMware software on some servers is being upgraded. The servers concerned relate to Somerset Learning Platform (SLP) and Outlook Web Access (OWA). Although no downtime is expected if there is an interruption it will only be for 10-15 minutes during the reboot process. 08/01/14 01:53 PM
Autism and Communication survey – Schools, 10 January – 7 February 2014. In order to help plan services in the future for children with an autism and/or communication need we are asking schools to find time to complete the simple on-line Schools Survey. 08/01/14 12:24 PM
Donate IT - computer recycling scheme from RicotechScheme that allows parents to recycle their old computers and provide funds for the school07/01/14 09:36 AM
School email changes - instructions and formInstructions and form for schools to use when they request changes to the county email system06/01/14 10:21 AM
Education Financial Helpline Closure 08/01/2014Closure of the Education Financial Helpline on Wednesday 8th January 2014.03/01/14 03:12 PM
Updated version of the TJ form for schoolsUpdated version of the TJ form for schools (version 3.2)20/12/13 09:43 AM
Uk Safer Internet Newsletter for DecemberSubscribe to the UK Safer Internet Newsletter by visiting the bottom of the webpage17/12/13 10:57 AM
eLIM Helpline Holiday Closure DatesThe eLIM Helpline will be closing 23 December 2013 to 1 January 2014. It will reopen on 2 January 2014.16/12/13 02:33 PM
Involving Learners in planning for the new Computing curriculumELIM are running a ‘Learners Planning the Future’ day for primary schools that would like to make their learners part of planning for the new computing curriculum on Wednesday 26th February 2014. This is an opportunity for ICT leaders/coordinators to work together with a group of four of their learners to consider what their new computing curriculum could look like. 16/12/13 02:32 PM
Spring ICT Updates for Primary Schools, now bookingBooking is now open for Spring ICT Updates for ICT leaders/coordinators working with primary aged learners.16/12/13 12:41 PM
Common Assessment Frame work – CAF – Training, January 2014.Somerset has a new Early Help Strategy which will impact on the way we work with our children and young people.13/12/13 03:21 PM
SWGfL Firewall emergency maintenance - Tuesday 17th Dec between 9PM – 1AMSWGfL monitoring indicates they have begun to get close to capacity on the SWGFL firewall estate. As a result they need to undertake some maintenance next week to prevent any performance issues.13/12/13 02:30 PM
Communications in Cases of Emergency or Planned School Closures or Unavailability of the SLPA document is now available on iPost describing how SCC will communicate with schools and the public in the event of emergency school closures, particularly if the SLP itself is down.12/12/13 04:03 PM
Surplus Furniture and FittingsFollowing office moves a number of items are now available to Somerset schools on a 'collection only' basis.10/12/13 12:42 PM
Creative LeadershipIn the form of 2 half day workshops SCIL is offering a course called 'Creative Leadership'. It is aimed at developing the essential skills and thinking processes that bring fresh thinking that educational managers need. This course is aimed at anyone working within education and is suitable for INSET days or can be delivered at other times suitable for your school. 10/12/13 12:14 PM
Using the SafetyNet Plus Filter course and YouTube EDUUsing the Filtering Software course - now with added YouTube EDU09/12/13 04:08 PM
Phone disruption - Working on WellbeingWorking on Wellbeing have advised that they are experiencing a few issues with their BT telephone line following a recent upgrade. 09/12/13 09:18 AM
Managing & Clerking Meetings-PLACES STILL AVAILABLEA HALF day course to support anyone involved in organising or clerking meetings in their organisation, including preparing agendas and taking minutes e.g. administrators, project officers, secretaries, support staff.09/12/13 09:09 AM
Norovirus Information For SchoolsNorovirus Information For Schools06/12/13 02:58 PM
Working on Wellbeing Occupational HealthExperiencing problems with their landline.06/12/13 01:06 PM
New Vendor List for Schools - December 2013An updated Vendor list has been uploaded to iPost. The previous list has been removed. 06/12/13 09:59 AM
Congratulations to Dunster First SchoolDunster First are the latest Somerset school to achieve the 360safe e-safety mark. The whole school community have worked together over a three year period to embed e-Safety in their culture. 05/12/13 08:50 AM
Southwest One Hard FM: Advice for Schools over the Christmas Holiday PeriodAdvice from the Hard FM team regarding practical measures schools can take to help prevent emergency incidents over the holiday period.04/12/13 02:42 PM
YouTube EDU and the schools SafetyNet filterChanges to the SWGfL SafteyNet Plus filter that allows selected videos from YouTube.03/12/13 03:55 PM
Somerset Learning Platform (SLP) - Potential drop in performance (1st December) Schools may see a small drop in performance of the SLP on 1st and 2nd December...02/12/13 08:17 AM
TeachMeet Somerset - 29th January 2014The next TeachMeet Somerset will take place on 29th January at North Petherton Primary school. Join us - http://tmsomerset.eventbrite.co.uk 27/11/13 05:07 PM
Vodaphone digital parenting magazineSchools that missed out on the previous opportunity to request free copies of Vodaphone’s Digital Parenting magazine to distribute to their families have another chance.27/11/13 04:50 PM
Somerset Learning Platform (SLP) Unavailable on Saturday 7th DecemberThe Somerset Learning Platform will be unavailable on the 7th December between 08:30 and 14:30 due to an essential SIMS Learning Gateway upgrade (7.154)26/11/13 05:01 PM
Service Disruption Notice R9115. Sunday 1st December 2013. 14.00hrs – 22.00hrsAs part of a requirement to upgrade the Southwest One virtual server environment, a number of servers require rebooting on Sunday 1st December 2013. This will mean that some systems will be unavailable for a short period (15 mins max) at some time during the afternoon. See main story for details26/11/13 04:51 PM
Using Google and Bing to search for Images in SchoolsUsing Google and Bing to search for images26/11/13 11:30 AM
External Visit Coordinator TrainingVacancies available for External Visit Coordinator Training on Tuesday 3 December25/11/13 11:52 AM
Aspire Scholarships- Available to youAspire scholarship funds are for those leaders in schools, who fulfil the eligibility criteria, who want to accelerate their career development and have ambitions to climb the career ladder. The establishment of the fund also aims to help support the particular succession challenges within Somerset and the wider aims of the National College for Teaching and Leadership.22/11/13 09:57 AM
Planning for Computing in Middle and Secondary Schools CourseStill places left on the course for planning a new curriculum on Thursday 28th November 201321/11/13 09:59 AM
Service Disruption Notice R9115. Sunday 17th November 2013. 09.00hrs – 22.00hrsAs part of a requirement to upgrade the Southwest One virtual server environment, a number of servers require rebooting on Sunday 17th November 2013. This will mean that Outlook Web Access (OWA) will be unavailable for a short period (15 mins max) at some time during the afternoon. There should be no loss of data during this time. 15/11/13 03:25 PM
Farmington Fellowships Leaflet 2014-15Farmington Fellowships Leaflet 2014-15 for the attention of RE Teachers and Headteachers15/11/13 03:21 PM
SCC Health and Safety website - access guidanceThe IT helpdesk has provided the following guidance for schools that have difficulty accessing the SCC Health and Safety Extranet site. 15/11/13 10:52 AM
Disruption to OWA (Outlook Web Access) - 13 November 2013 - UpdateUpdate 14/11/2013 10.15: The problem with OWA (Outlook Web Access) has now been resolved and access is available from all devices. A ‘rogue’ mobile device was found to be excessively ‘polling’ causing the server failure. The rogue device has been located and blocked and the mail server is back up and running14/11/13 10:14 AM
REMINDER - Short Interruption to Some Services - 16/17th November.As part of a requirement to increase the Council’s level of IT security, Southwest One will be doing a series of updates over the forthcoming weeks. This may mean a short break in access to SLP, Centrally Hosted SIMS and some school websites.14/11/13 10:03 AM
FRAUD Alert for schoolsFraud Alert for companies Skanska UK and Parsons Brinckerhoff.13/11/13 03:34 PM
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Reactive RepairsBoley & Skuse have called in the administrators, affecting the Term Maintenance Contract for repairs.13/11/13 12:25 PM
“Sound Foundation Somerset”: Autumn 2013 BulletinFor the attention of all Headteachers & teachers with a responsibility for music, here is the Autumn 2013 Bulletin from “Sound Foundation Somerset”, Somerset’s Music Education Hub12/11/13 04:40 PM
Anti-Bullying Week 18th - 22nd NovemberThis year's Anti-Bullying Week takes place from 18th-22nd November, with the theme 'The Future is Ours - Safe, Fun and Connected'. A good opportunity to make links with e-safety and cyberbullying and help children develop positive communication and connections rather than using the Internet in a negative way.12/11/13 03:42 PM
Somerset SACRE Annual Report 2012-13The 2012-13 SACRE Annual Report is now available12/11/13 03:01 PM
RSPB Big (and Little!) Schools' Birdwatch 2014Information about the Big Schools' Birdwatch 2014 from the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). (Note: 'Little' schools also welcome to participate!)07/11/13 11:10 AM
sign2sing 2014Information regarding the sign2sing event on 5 February 2014; in 2013 over 100,000 staff and pupils took part in this annual event organized by SignHealth, a charity for deaf children and adults.07/11/13 10:18 AM
Computing curriculum course for Primary schools - 20th NovemberLast chance for ICT leaders/coordinators working with primary aged children to book for ‘Computing: Meeting the Challenge to implement the new Programme of Study’ course Wednesday 20th November 2013 9.15am – 4.00pm Oaklands Training Room, Yeovil. 06/11/13 02:38 PM
Planning for Computing in Middle and Secondary Schools CourseDetails of a course for teachers of ICT/Computing in planning for the new Programme of Study at KS3 and KS405/11/13 02:38 PM
Nov 2013 e-safety Newsletter for SchoolsNov 2013 e-safety newsletter for schools for printing and placing on staff notice boards04/11/13 02:33 PM
SWGfL Newsletter - October 2013Newsletter from the SWGfL for October 201304/11/13 09:49 AM
Southwest One Service Desk SurveySouthwest One will be running a Customer Satisfaction Survey for users of the SWOne Service Desk throughout November 2013.31/10/13 08:34 AM
SLP and OWA Disruption UpdateThe recent issues affecting access have been resolved.30/10/13 08:52 AM
Vendor Numbers for SchoolsA list of vendor numbers for schools and accompanying guidance notes have been uploaded to iPost25/10/13 02:09 PM
Short interruption to Access to SIMS for Centrally Hosted SchoolsOn Sunday 27th October, 12.00-20.00, there will be a brief break in access to SIMS. This only affects schools with Centrally Hosted SIMS.25/10/13 12:20 PM
Met Office Warning of Strong Winds Forecast for Monday, 28 OctoberThe Met Office has issued Yellow and Amber wind warnings for the South West of England for Monday, 28 October 2013.25/10/13 09:26 AM
Changes to Occupational Health - SERCO has now become Working on Wellbeing LtdFollowing a management buy out at the beginning of October, Serco's Occupational Health division is now called Working on Wellbeing Ltd, and this information will be relevant to any school, academy or educational establishment that has purchased/recieved this service through SSTEP24/10/13 09:05 AM
Schools Newspaper SurveySurvey - Paying to use Newspaper articles in your lessons23/10/13 08:11 AM
SPAM emails regarding Full MailboxAdvice following a reports that schools have recieved SPAM advising that their mailbox is almost full and then asking users to click a link to increase their quota22/10/13 03:31 PM
Monday 21st October – disruption to school serviceshe issues with schools connecting to SLP, Centrastage and Capita have now been resolved.21/10/13 10:45 AM
Data Protection: Use of Personal Devices such as Smart Phones, camerasThe Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is warning organisations that they must make sure that their data protection policies reflect how the modern workforce are using personal devices for work. 20/10/13 10:08 AM
Fraudulent email confirming SKY offerFraudulent email confirming SKY offer with schools18/10/13 01:20 PM
Using Music iPad apps in the 21st Century Primary ClassroomPlaces are available on this this course running at Fiveways School on October 24th16/10/13 12:04 PM
Outdoor Education Day at Stoberry Park School - 24th octoberStoberry Park School can offer 10 places on an outdoor education day run by Kilve at Stoberry Park School Thursday 24th October. More details....14/10/13 04:42 PM
Common request for involvement - Children Social careForm for requesting involvement by Children's social Care14/10/13 03:01 PM
e-Safety Booklets for SchoolsInformation about as series of e-safety booklets that can be used with staff or parents14/10/13 08:46 AM
Management of School Distribution ListsWe are now offering a dedicated member of staff the ability to manage their school’s own Distribution Lists via Outlook11/10/13 01:50 PM
COMPS Fest 2013 - Last Chance to bookLast chance to book for COMPS Fest 2013, 24th October at Junction 24. There are a few spaces left for last minute bookings. 11/10/13 01:44 PM
Updated query forms from EFS and PayrollForm 10, Form 11 and Payroll amendment form update10/10/13 03:52 PM
Schools using vendor South West Water ONLYIssue with invoices from vendor South West Water07/10/13 11:17 AM
Somerset Gardens Trust - Support for School GardensThe latest offer from the Somerset Gardens Trust of grants for school gardens and landscapes - read on for details of how to apply by 29 January 2014.04/10/13 02:56 PM
Industrial Action Guidance for 17th October 2013A Briefing Note for Headteachers and Service Managers.04/10/13 01:56 PM
Vendor Devon County CouncilChange to Devon County Council vendor04/10/13 10:36 AM
SLP - Maintenance & Testing - Potential Performance IssuesUsers may experience a potential slowdown when using SLP this evening (Thursday 3 October). This is due to emergency maintenance & testing.04/10/13 10:17 AM
New Resources for RE - Free Twilight Primary Teacher TrainingA free Primary teacher training session on offer...03/10/13 05:23 PM
October 2013 esafety Newsletter for Schoolse-safety newsletter for schools. For distribution and display on noticeboards03/10/13 11:07 AM
Starter for Ten, Daniel Pelka Serious Case ReviewPlease note this ‘Starter for Ten’ document about the lessons learned from the recent Serious Case Review following the death of Daniel Pelka. Starter for Ten documents are sent to social work staff on a regular basis as reminders of good practice and professional expectations.30/09/13 04:16 PM
ADL Autumn Term AgendaADL autumn 2013 reminder and CONFIRMATION OF AGENDA...30/09/13 12:18 PM
SLP1 SERVER PROBLEM - NOW RESOLVEDThe problem with the SLP1 server has now been resolved.30/09/13 10:39 AM
Plate to Power - Somerset Schools CompetitionTake part in the Somerset Waste Partnership's schools poster competition and you could win a free visit for your class to the Carymoor Environmental Centre! Closing date Friday 25 October 2013.24/09/13 03:38 PM
Notification from SWGfL re very brief outage - 24 September, 07.00We have been notified by SWGfL that they need to carry out emergency maintenance work tomorrow morning at 07.00. There will be VERY BRIEF outages to some establishments.23/09/13 02:19 PM
OfSTED AwarenessA one day training course in support of the Compact Primary Raising Achievement Plan - delivered by current Headteacher and HMI Inspector. 20/09/13 10:05 AM
11 things you need to know about iOS 7Apple's iOS 7 operating software for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch becomes available Wednesday 18th September18/09/13 03:41 PM
A Programming Challenge for girls in years 5, 6, 7 and 8A Programming Challenge for girls in years 5, 6, 7 and 8 to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on the 15th October.18/09/13 01:48 PM
Stand Against Violence (SAV) - new SWGfL PartnerNew SWGfL E-Safety Partner in Somerset set based charity dedicated to reduce violence through education and awareness.18/09/13 11:31 AM
Schools and CopyrightInformation about the Copyright Licenses that schools should have.18/09/13 10:25 AM
Disruption notice – Internet based connection - 26th September 2013There will be a configuration change to the schools internet connection on Thursday 26/9/2013 from 17:00 to 19:00 hours which will affect email OWA, SLP, schools internet and internet-based elements of centrally-hosted SIMS . 18/09/13 09:33 AM
Latest updates about the Somerset Learning PlatformThe latest updates about the SLP upgrade; configuration of school computers and more!16/09/13 04:11 PM
Bristol & Somerset Vanishing Lives ExhibitionSchools might like to be aware of this is current exhibition of photographs at the Royal West of England Academy of Art, Bristol.16/09/13 03:31 PM
eLIM Educational Technology Courses 2013-14List of courses offered by the Educational Technology team.16/09/13 01:42 PM
Potential SLP Performance Issue - Friday 13th SeptemberDue to deploying new features into SLP, some users may experience a slowdown of SLP for a few minutes this afternoon.13/09/13 11:44 AM
Outlook and OWA (Outlook Web Access) updateUpdate on issues with emails resulting from a fault at the weekend.11/09/13 04:13 PM
Telephone Line FraudDuring the Summer holidays, a Somerset school was a victim of a telephone line fraud. Here are some steps you can take to minimise the consequences of this for your school.11/09/13 11:35 AM
Compact/SAPHTO Primary Raising Achievement Plan - Forthcoming Training EventsSAPHTO and SLC will be announcing dates shortly for training events, to commence this term, in support of the following key priorities identified in the Compact Primary RAP: Good2Great Teaching, OfSTED Awareness, Self Evaluation. 11/09/13 10:27 AM
SLP Unavailable for some schools - RESOLVED - 09/09/2103 - Update 10.30 am10.30 Update - The issues with access to SLP have been resolved09/09/13 10:29 AM
Somerset’s Home to School Transport Policy: Further Consultation on Proposed Changes to Denominational Transport AssistanceWe would like your views on new proposed changes to denominational transport assistance from September 2014.09/09/13 10:27 AM
Southwest One Technology Services newsletter to schools Welcome to the autumn term and news from Southwest One Technology Services06/09/13 02:17 PM
Kathakali classical dance drama of Kerala available 25 SeptemberThe Kathakali classical dance drama of Kerala, South India are available for an afternoon performance on 25 September.06/09/13 11:02 AM
Schools - What information is covered by the Freedom of Information ActGuidance from ICO to assist schools by giving examples of the kind of information expected under a publication scheme.06/09/13 08:58 AM
Oaklands Primary School, telephone service has been restoredThe telphone service for Oaklands Primary School, Yeovil has been restored following issues at the exchange. 05/09/13 01:52 PM
Access to Espresso ServicesSchools that subscribe to Espresso will have received notification about the change in home access.05/09/13 01:41 PM
Schools - Free Office FurnitureSurplus furniture from County Hall is available to schools, free to collector.04/09/13 03:24 PM
Free Stationery for Collection by SchoolsRecycled surplus stationery is available for collection by schools from County Hall.04/09/13 03:17 PM
Outlook Email - 4th September 2013There have been problems with password re-sets for Outlook email accounts. We have identified the following solution 04/09/13 11:30 AM
Certificate in School AdministrationLAST CHANCE TO APPLY for an Autumn term course. An opportunity for school and early year’s administrative staff to gain an accredited professional qualification at Level 3 in school administration.03/09/13 12:54 PM
Preparing for School/Early Years Business ManagementAPPLY NOW: A ONE DAY course aimed to increase your knowledge and understanding of the role of a Business Manager in an Early Years or School setting.03/09/13 12:45 PM
Introduction to CoachingAPPLY NOW: A ONE day course called Introduction to Coaching designed to introduce the idea of coaching and the techniques of being a coach.03/09/13 12:45 PM
Staff Proxy and the SafetyNet Filtering softwareReminder that schools who control their own filtering that they should reset the date to allow Staff Proxy to work.02/09/13 12:57 PM
Somerset ICT conference, COMPS FEST 2013 - 24th October - Book nowBooking now. The day will celebrate the excitement of technology in Computing, Maths and Science. It will explore the contribution of technology to these new programmes of study to support your school in moving learning forward.29/08/13 02:10 PM
SWOne Update - School Visits and Data SecurityDetails of changes to school visits by SWOne engineers and information about data security and password provision29/08/13 02:00 PM
August 2013 eSafety Newsletter for SchoolsAugust 2013 newsletter for schools is here!28/08/13 10:27 AM
SLP Access - Restored!Access issues to anything under the "slp.somerset.org.uk" address (i.e. School Portals) is now resolved.12/08/13 03:33 PM
SERVER MAINTENANCE - SATURDAY 10 AUGUST 2013 - PLEASE NOTE THAT SCHOOL SLP AND EMAIL WILL BE UNAVAILABLEServer maintenance being carried out this coming weekend will affect access to some systems used by schools. Please read on for more details.08/08/13 12:13 PM
Schools Server Patching - Thursday 8 August 2013Access to the SLP will be affected from 5.00 pm on Thursday 8 August while this maintenance is carried out.07/08/13 04:17 PM
Disruption to Service – EMS Online, PRIME Wednesday 14th August 8.00am – Thursday 15th August 6.00pmDisruption to Service – EMS Online, PRIME Wednesday 14th August 8.00am – Thursday 15th August 6.00pm05/08/13 01:35 PM
Protecting Your Server during Hot WeatherAs the holiday period begins, please consider whether or not to switch off your server as a precaution. The key factor is temperature, which may become excessive due to weather conditions and lack of cool air circulation, especially in small enclosed spaces. See main story for further information.22/07/13 03:52 PM
School Routers OverheatingSWOne has brought to our attention that a number of school routers are overheating and setting off alerts on the BT router. it is suggested that during this particularly hot period you check this. If the server room feels hot then open the cabinet door and increase the through flow of air, if possible.18/07/13 04:02 PM
Interruption to Juniper Remote Access - Sunday 21st July - 20.00-23.00Work will be taking place on the remote access server on Sunday evening which will mean that Juniper is unavailable during this time.18/07/13 03:49 PM
Managing establishments in hot weather/sun and heatwave advice Managing establishments in hot weather/sun and heatwave advice 18/07/13 03:05 PM
Draft Model Pay Policy for Schools and Academies 2013 and 2014 A draft of those parts of the proposed policy that deal with the significant changes.15/07/13 02:21 PM
Marie Curie Cancer Care: Mini Pots of Care 2013Marie Curie Cancer Care is inviting all children aged 3-11 to grow their own daffodils for the charity's 'Mini Pots of Care' fundraising activity.15/07/13 11:37 AM
Schools Code-Breaking Competition for Key Stage 4 StudentsCyber Security Challenge and Cabinet Office to take cyber security talent search into classrooms with first schools code-breaking competition12/07/13 01:06 PM
Advice regarding iPad Tracking ApplicationSWOne advice regarding tracking applications for Apple devices and possible implications for information stored on the devices11/07/13 04:27 PM
Somerset’s Home to School Transport Policy: Consultation on Proposed Changes to Discretionary Areas of Transport PolicyConsultation extended until 17 July 2013, 5.00pm. Schools, parents and the wider public are now invited to respond to the consultation on proposed changes to the discretionary part of Somerset’s Home to School Transport Policy. 11/07/13 02:50 PM
School Keyholder Update request!A request to schools to supply up to date Key Holder lists to enable contact during the summer holidays and at other out-of-office times.11/07/13 08:37 AM
Disruption to Service – Somerset Learning Platform and email - Sunday 14th July 9.30am – 7.30pmA change is due to take place during Sunday 14th July from 9.30am – 7.00pm to enable an improved data storage facility. This may result in SLP and email, including OWA, being unavailable 10/07/13 02:25 PM
SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) unavailability - UPDATE SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) unavailability Saturday 13th July 0The SIMS Learning Gateway (SLG) will be unavailable on Saturday 13th July 08.30 – 14.00 for routine maintenance prior to the SIMS Summer Upgrade. SLG will be available to all schools and academies on Friday 12th July.10/07/13 11:10 AM
Making the Most of Line Management Meetings with staff APPLY NOWA 1 day course aimed at line managers/supervisors who deliver the process of supervision or line management in their job role.09/07/13 12:11 PM
South West Junior Wood Fired Oven Pizza Chef of the YearAre you a budding young chef, aged between ten and fourteen years old, living in the South West? If the answer is yes, this competition will be of interest to you! Closing date Monday 12 August 2013.08/07/13 08:53 AM
Access to Google EarthSWGfL has identified 2 solutions to the recent issues with accessing Google Earth.05/07/13 12:52 PM
Pupil Premium Data for Schools DownloadA DfE Bulletin reached the SIMS Team this morning announcing that the DfE will be making available an updated download of Pupil Premium data for Schools, from Monday 8 July 2013.05/07/13 12:25 PM
School Refuse and Recycling collectionsFor the attention of all schools that buy into the Refuse & Recycling contract. Please note that you will receive collections on the first and last week of the summer break. 05/07/13 12:11 PM
eLIM ICT Conference: COMPS Fest 24th October 2013Book your place before the end of July to take advantage of the early-bird prices. A day conference celebrating the excitement of technology in Computing, Maths and Science. An opportunity for teachers to be inspired and increase their confidence in uses of technology.04/07/13 05:08 PM
Data Protection - posting personal dataUpdated advice for schools sending documents that contain personal data03/07/13 09:29 AM
Safer Internet Day - 11th Feb 2014Safer Internet Day 2014 will take place on 11th February 2014, with the theme 'Let's create a better internet together'.03/07/13 08:11 AM
School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions changes coming into effect from September 2013Letter to Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of Somerset maintained schools and Academies re School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions changes coming into effect from September 201302/07/13 12:52 PM
Shibboleth IdP Update The Shibboleth IdP service is scheduled to be updated on Tuesday 16th July at 4.30pm. This will take approx. 20 minutes. This is to perform important security updates.02/07/13 12:20 PM
Sedgemoor and West Somerset Music SpectacularWe are excited to announce that we are planning a ‘Sedgemoor and West Somerset Music Spectacular’ in November. 02/07/13 12:02 PM
Fire at Alcombe Children's CentreFire at Alcombe Children's Centre, 2 July 201302/07/13 12:01 PM
Reminder - Signing into SLPSchool staff should sign into SLP and Somerset iPost to view secure information specifically targeted towards Somerset schools and academies.01/07/13 04:45 PM
Ilchester Community Primary School - Telephones RestoredThe school's phone system has been repaired.01/07/13 11:27 AM
Person Centred Review (PCR) facilitator training, July 4th at Fiveways School, YeovilPlaces are available on this course run by The Partnership Teaching School. 26/06/13 02:34 PM
Microsoft Office 2003 to 2010 Migration - Training SessionsAlthough Office 2003 and Office 2010 are similar in terms of capabilities the user interface is radically different. This half day course is aimed at school staff who have recently or will soon be upgrading from 2003 to 2010. 26/06/13 12:08 PM
Holy Trinity CE VA Primary School, Taunton Consultation DocumentSomerset County Council is now consulting on the proposal to significantly enlarge Holy Trinity CE VA Primary School, Taunton from 300 places (10 classes) to a 420 place (14 class) primary school by 1 September 2014.25/06/13 09:09 AM
St George's CE VC Primary School, Wembdon Consultation DocumentSomerset County Council is now consulting on the proposal to significantly enlarge St George’s CE VC Primary School, Wembdon from 330 places (11 classes) to a 420 place (14 class) primary school by 1 September 2014, with an interim increase from 330 to 360 places proposed for September 2013.25/06/13 09:00 AM
North Petherton Community Primary School Consultation DocumentSomerset County Council is now consulting on the proposal to significantly enlarge North Petherton Community Primary School from 330 places (based on 11 classes) to a 420 place (14 class) primary school by 1 September 2014.25/06/13 08:50 AM
Vendor EdexcelChanges to Vendor Edexcel21/06/13 09:55 AM
County Fleet NewsletterTransporting Somerset Newsletter 21/06/13 08:18 AM
School admin staff - apply now for the Certificate in School Administration courseWe are now recruiting for the Certificate in School Administration course for school admin/finance staff. A fully accredited qualification and stepping stone to the CSBM. Please apply now for September start.20/06/13 02:35 PM
SWOne Service Desk Update - email notifications from the PoliceSWOne Service desk have upgraded their software which means that you will see a change with the correspondence that is received from the desk: these now come from Somerset & Avon Police 20/06/13 11:25 AM
Summer Reading Challenge 2013 - Creepy House is coming to a library near you this summer!There's a spine-tingling adventure waiting for children when they take part in the 2013 Summer Reading Challenge...20/06/13 10:32 AM
Information Session 3rd July - For those interested in obtaining a Post Graduate qualification with possible progression to Masters.For leaders and managers in public services including school and academy heads and senior leaders. To register an interest or attend the information session contact 01823 368282.19/06/13 04:44 PM
ADL Summer Term AgendaUpdated for Yeovil - ADL Summer Term Agenda19/06/13 01:05 PM
UK Safer Internet Centre June 2013 NewsletterLatest Newsletter from UK Safer Internet Centre18/06/13 02:39 PM
Cotford St Luke - No Email/Internet AccessIf you need to contact the school, who are currently without network/email access, please do so by telephone - thank you.18/06/13 12:00 PM
Wooden Rostra - Free to CollectorSouth Petherton Junior School have some rostra that are surplus to requirements - can your school make use of them?18/06/13 10:44 AM
Schools CIS Scheme Communications Procedure to deal with invoices coming under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) 17/06/13 04:02 PM
eLIM School eSafety Newsletter - June 2013eLIM's eSafety Newsletter for June 201317/06/13 09:52 AM
West of England ICT Conference - 27th June 2013 Only 2 weeks left to book your place at this ICT conference organised by partner local authorities. 14/06/13 10:18 AM
Early Years News & ViewsThe Summer issue of "Early Years News & Views" is now available.13/06/13 04:13 PM
Services for Schools Consultation - June 2013 Through meetings with schools, the Compact Executive and Schools Client Group, analysis has been undertaken and recommendations are being drawn up for the Cabinet to consider in July. The views of schools are formally sought through this consultation to inform these recommendations.13/06/13 12:59 PM
REMINDER: EFS Course - VAT Workshop 13-14Half day course giving guidance on the VAT implications for schools. 13/06/13 10:59 AM
Summer 2013 MIS Update for Middle and Secondary EstablishmentSummer 2013 MIS Update for Middle and Secondary Establishment12/06/13 04:51 PM
Issues with Access to SLP for some schools - ResolvedIssues for some schools accessing the new SLP School Portal have now been resolved.12/06/13 04:35 PM
Vendor TaylorwestChange of vendor number Taylorwest11/06/13 02:39 PM
Excel Analysis PackageThe long-awaited Excel Analysis Package is here! Schools who run the Somerset Tracking Package (Enter and Review), please read on.07/06/13 03:55 PM
Hepatitis B - Countring the riskA reminder that testing and immunisation is available for all staff who are required to work in situations where they are considered to be at risk of contracting Hepatitis B.03/06/13 11:45 AM
Inspiring International & Global Education ConferenceGLADE (Global Learning and Development Education) invite all teachers, senior leaders and governors with responsibility or enthusiasm for international and global education to attend the above conference on 27 June 2013.29/05/13 02:27 PM
Free Stationery Available to SchoolsStationery surplus to requirements at County Hall is available for schools to collect free of charge.29/05/13 08:31 AM
Down time on the EEC Health and Safety websiteNews update on the EEC website - restructure and down time on the site 31 May24/05/13 01:42 PM
Issues with iPads/iphones accessing mailThere are currently issues accessing mail via iPads and iphones due to a bug in iOS6.1 that affects MS Exchange platforms. Mail accounts can be accessed via OWA.24/05/13 11:37 AM
Email Upgrade for Head Teachers and School MailboxesFrom 29th to 31st May 2013 there will be minor disruption to the email service for head teachers and school mailboxes only.23/05/13 05:13 PM
REMINDER: EFS Course - Introduction to Financial ManagementThis one day course has been specifically designed to provide Senior Managers with an invaluable, comprehensive introduction to financial management. 23/05/13 11:05 AM
Important Advice on School ICT ConfigurationTechnical staff in all schools and academies should be aware of the following advice for configuring school computers for compliance with the network, Internet and shared ICT systems. 21/05/13 03:07 PM
21st May - Severity 1 – Schools Email We have been experiencing intermittent email delivery this morning on the School email system. We have had an issue with scanning messages for viruses on one of the two email delivery servers. This was corrected at approx. 10:30 this morning. However..21/05/13 11:42 AM
CAS Somerset Hub MeetingNews about the CAS Somerset Hub meeting at Millfield on Tuesday 18th June - all invited21/05/13 08:47 AM
Second-hand Key Stage 2 Funiture - Free to schoolsStoberry Park School has a selection of over 150 blue KS2 size classroom chairs and 12 KS2 class tables free to anyone willing to collect. 17/05/13 10:03 AM
Schools Direct information session, June 4thFREE: Schools Direct information session, June 4th The Partnership Teaching School is offering free information sessions on this new school-led teacher training path 16/05/13 04:53 PM
The Partnership Teaching School - Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) recruitmentSpecialist Leaders of Education (SLE): Recruitment for cohort 316/05/13 04:41 PM
UK Safer Internet Centre - May 2013 NewsletterNewsletter from UK Safer Internet Centre for May 201315/05/13 11:39 AM
School Freedom of Information PolicySchool Freedom of Information Policy and supporting documents14/05/13 01:35 PM
Timetabling Workshops 2013Details of the Timetabling Workshops for 201309/05/13 09:38 AM
SiX Is Back OnlineSiX was hacked over the course of the weekend but is now back online. We continue to recommend that all users who have SiX as their browser's default home page change to the Somerset Learning Platform.08/05/13 09:40 AM
Extension to SSTEP Ordering WindowDetails of a short extension to the SSTEP ordering window.07/05/13 03:56 PM
Pawlett Primary School - No TelephonesThe telephone system is currently down - please contact the school by email in the meantime.07/05/13 02:50 PM
The Battle of the BandsThe Battle of the Bands celebrates music making - solo, duo, trio, four or five piece band - and the competition is open to 12-19 year olds who are in some form of full or part-time education or training programme.03/05/13 10:16 AM
Race For Life for SchoolsSchools - you can be involved in the Race for Life taking place in Taunton on 14 July 2013, organized by Cancer Research UK.02/05/13 09:14 AM
SSTEP Update 1 May - request to schoolsNewsletter to Schools to remind them of the closing date for SSTEP orders (3 May)01/05/13 11:22 AM
St Margaret's School, Tintinhull - Email RestoredThe school can now be contacted by email again.01/05/13 10:12 AM
eSafety newsletter for schools - May 2013Latest eSafety news and ideas for schools and educational contexts01/05/13 08:24 AM
Preparing to be a Deputy Headteacher APPLY NOWAPPLY NOW For a 'Preparing to be a Deputy Headteacher' running on the 10th and 17th June 2013.30/04/13 02:05 PM
West of England ICT Conference 2013The 15th West of England ICT Conference will take place on 27 June 2013 at the UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre in Bristol. Read on for further information about the conference content and how to book your place.29/04/13 04:07 PM
Primary Programming Challenge Day - A day to challenge your gifted and talented programmers.This is a day planned for ICT gifted and talented year 5 and 6 pupils. A criteria we’d suggest is that the pupils are able to recognise and correct errors while programming with Scratch or Logo. Their literacy skills will need to be sufficient to reproduce programming language.26/04/13 11:02 AM
Summer update workshops for ICT leaders working with primary aged pupilsBook now for a place on the summer updates for ICT leaders working with primary aged learners (no charge for the Blue Book subscribing schools). 26/04/13 10:51 AM
SnapchatSnapchat - increasing use of an app for mobile phones that has significant e-safety issues26/04/13 10:18 AM
West Coker CofE VC Primary School - Email RestoredThe school can now be contacted by email again.25/04/13 10:12 AM
Sky College Consultation DocumentSomerset Local Authority is consulting on a change of age range from 11 - 16 to 10 - 18, adding provision for years 6, 12 and 13 for boys at Sky College, Taunton with effect from September 2013.25/04/13 09:10 AM
Person Centred Reviews (PCR) and facilitator training - 2nd May 2013The Partnership Teaching School are offering a FREE information twilight at Fiveways School, Yeovil on Thursday 2nd May.24/04/13 04:48 PM
SSTEP ReminderA reminder that the order window for SSTEP closes on 3rd May.19/04/13 11:16 AM
Somerset Gardens Trust - Support for School GardensGrants and other support for school gardens is available from the Somerset Gardens Trust.18/04/13 03:58 PM
eSafety Education Survey - Middle and Secondary SchoolsFindings from a survey of Middle and Secondary Schools esafety education15/04/13 06:25 PM
Primary Academies ChargingInformation concerning the Somerset charging policy for moderation and monitoring visits at KS2 and KS115/04/13 03:57 PM
ESAP Form now on iPostThe Extended Schools Activitiy Proposal (ESAP) form is now on iPost15/04/13 03:23 PM
Introducing the Devon, Cornwall and Somerset PHECA letter from the Director of the new Public Health England Centre (PHEC) for Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.15/04/13 03:02 PM
Connection Issues - Lympsham First SchoolThe school is currently unable to receive email due to problems with the server. Anyone wanting to contact the school should call 01934 750473.15/04/13 09:56 AM
Beep Beep! Day 2013Beep Beep! Day is organised by the road safety charity Brake - schools with pupils aged 2-7 can register now for their free resources for Beep Beep! Day 2013.04/04/13 10:43 AM
Advice to Schools for the pre-election period 26 March - 2 May 2013Advice for Schools re the Local Council Pre-election period 26 March - 2 May 201325/03/13 12:19 PM
MIS Update Spring 2013 for Mid/SecDetails of the forthcoming MIS Update sessions for Middle and Secondary25/03/13 09:38 AM
Filtering in Schools, SSTEP and Using the Filtering Software in Schools Training CourseInformation about filtering as described in SSTEP and spaces still available for the filtering course22/03/13 11:12 AM
School/Academy LA Data Exchange AgreementDetails and sign up to the new Data Exchange Agreement between schools and the LA.22/03/13 10:16 AM
Two Education Technology Workshops - Primary Programming and SMARTBoardsMake the most of your existing technology: SMARTBoard training: Thursday 28th March. Prepare for the new Computing curriculum! Programming in the Primary School: Thursday 13th June . More details22/03/13 10:15 AM
Middle and School and Secondary School esafety education surveyAnonymous survey for teachers in Middle and Secondary schools looking at esafety education provision in Somerset.22/03/13 08:22 AM
Compact Bulletin March 2013Please find below a link to the latest Bulletin for the Somerset Children and Young People’s Compact providing an update on key Compact developments and progress against the Compact strategic priorities.21/03/13 03:41 PM
Heritage Learning Subscription Issues wth Somerset STEP WebsiteThe Heritage Learning subscription pages on Somerset STEP are now back online. There is a change in how we present pricing information for three year subscriptions, but we'd like to reassure schools that this is a presentational change only and does not affect the amount they pay per year. Please read on for details.21/03/13 01:27 PM
Leading for Personal and Organisational Impact - an accredited course at post graduate levelInformation session for interested candidates Wednesday 3rd July 2013, Taunton. Contact 01823 368282 to register an interest or to attend.21/03/13 10:03 AM
Have you visited the Somerset Leadership College website?Please click on the 'Leadership College' link on the left hand side of SLP for information, news, training, resources and more...20/03/13 03:24 PM
Minehead First School achieve 360degree safe accreditationCongratulations go to Minehead First who is the fourth school in Somerset to achieve the nationally recognised 360degree safe e-Safety accreditation, and the first in West Somerset. More...20/03/13 08:44 AM
Problems with accessing accrual forms & Finance CircularUpdate on problems accessing SCC accruals & Finance Circular19/03/13 11:59 AM
Dunster First School is without emailDunster First School will not be contactable via email from 18th to 20th March 2013 because of a planned server upgrade. Telephone lines will be unaffected. 19/03/13 10:42 AM
Somerset Learning Platform – Major UpgradeOver the next few months there will be a major upgrade to SLP: the software behind SLP, SharePoint, will be updated and school sites will be gradually migrated to the new version.19/03/13 10:37 AM
SSTEP UpdateAn update following the SSTEP launch on Friday 8th March 2013.14/03/13 04:54 PM
Update for schools from Paul Nugent - March 2013Update for Headteachers on: - Management restructuring - School Support Services - Support for School Improvement - Monitoring School Performance -Admissions 12/03/13 12:17 PM
Children in Care - Updated DocumentsLinks to updated documents relating to Children in Care11/03/13 02:45 PM
Teachers and SEN support staff can apply to National Scholarship FundTeachers and special educational needs (SEN) support staff will be able to bid for funds from the scheme worth up to £2 million to deepen their subject knowledge and develop their skills. For the third year running, teachers can bid for up to £3,500. For the second year, SEN staff can bid for up to £2,000. The application window, which opens for 3 weeks from 8 April, will offer funding to teachers in the 4 priority subjects of English, mathematics, science and SEN. 11/03/13 11:42 AM
ICO Bring Your Own DeviceGuidance from the ICO explaining some of the risks organisations must consider when allowing presonal devices to be used to process work-related personal information11/03/13 10:00 AM
The School Services Project: Update to all HeadteachersThe Compact Executive, representing schools, academies, early years providers and the local authority is continuing to drive the project to develop school services. Please see attached link for the latest position statement regarding the School Facing Services Project08/03/13 04:01 PM
SSTEP LaunchDetails of the launch of the SSTEP catalogue and ordering system.08/03/13 03:26 PM
Possible weather warning for Sunday 10/Monday 11 MarchThe Met Office has issued a 'be aware' weather warning for the South West region for the period Sunday 10 March - Monday 11 March. This warning forecasts a possibility of snow, resulting in some regionalised disruption. The latest forecast is below with links to the Met Office for further updates over the weekend. 08/03/13 03:08 PM
SLP and School Email MaintenanceOn Monday 11th March at 16.30 the security certificates on SLP and email will be updated to accommodate the new version of SLP.07/03/13 12:00 PM
The John Betjeman Poetry Competition for Young People 2013This competition, with a first prize of £1000, is open to 10-13 year olds. 07/03/13 09:48 AM
Curry Mallet History Festival - Short Story Competition for SchoolsAll schools are invited to take part in this short story competition - £35 first prize!07/03/13 09:14 AM
Access to Purple MashSchools subscribing to Shibboleth and using Purple mash: Access to Purple Mash via Shibboleth is now working!06/03/13 02:28 PM
School Final Budget Share 2013/14 Now AvaliableSchools final budget share figures for 2013/14 are now avaliable on iPost. 05/03/13 03:06 PM
SSTEP AccessSchool users to be issued with SSTEP logon credentials.04/03/13 02:11 PM
Support for CLIPBANKOffer from Espresso for on site support for schools using Clipbank educational materials.04/03/13 01:47 PM
New code 75044 added to the Comprehensive list of Ledger CodesNew code 75044 added to the Comprehensive list of Ledger Codes04/03/13 01:46 PM
New code 19043 added to the Comprehensive list of ledger codes New code added to the Comprehensive list of ledger codes04/03/13 01:37 PM
March 2013 School eSafety NewslettereSafety Newsletter for Schools and other educational centres01/03/13 04:15 PM
Enabling Outdoor Learning: A Conference and Festival for TeachersWorkshops : Presentations : Networking Opportunities Signposting to other training : Advice & Guidance Spaces are limited so book yours as soon as possible25/02/13 03:16 PM
Learning with iPadsLearning with iPad event - 13th March 201322/02/13 01:50 PM
Limit on the Uncommitted Revenue Balance B02Suspension of 5/8% limit on the Uncommitted Revenue Balance, B02, at the end of 2012/13 21/02/13 02:07 PM
Capital Investment Proposal (CIP) Forms All community and VC schools should submit Capital Investment Proposal forms for the approval of any changes of use, building work or refurbishment of the school buildings or grounds, regardless of the funding source. VA schools are requested to submit CIP forms to inform SCC of any changes in order for their property records to be updated.20/02/13 12:20 PM
Stawley Primary School - No Internet/EmailThe school's internet and email are currently down.20/02/13 10:29 AM
Free to Collect: Surplus Office FurnitureSchools/Nurseries - surplus desks are available from County Hall, if you would like to make use of them.19/02/13 09:25 AM
Dunster First School - TelephoneThe main telephone line is now working again.19/02/13 09:09 AM
School e-Safety ChartersSafer Internet Day and e-Safety Charters18/02/13 05:04 PM
DfE Publishes Review of 2013 - 14 School Funding ArrangementsThe DfE has published a review of the 2013 - 14 School Funding Arrangements, this document gives a summary of how the 13/14 reforms have been implemented. 18/02/13 02:14 PM
Remote Access to School ICT Systems (Juniper Replacement)School staff currently using Juniper (SIMS Remote Working) should be aware that from April 2013 the service will be phased out and replaced by a Cisco service from Southwest One.15/02/13 11:44 AM
SWGfL Boost - Enhanced e-safety package for schoolse-Safety BOOST is an enhanced E-Safety package of tools and services designed especially for schools that want to be better than good.15/02/13 08:59 AM
High Priority: Food Standards Agency Advise on Meat ProductsFAO: HEAD of Kitchen and Business Manager/Bursar Latest guidance from the Food Standard Agency relating to horse meat in food products13/02/13 11:09 AM
Interim Director of Children's ServicesPeter Lewis has been appointed as the Interim Director of Children's Services for Somerset County Council, and will be taking up his post in mid April.12/02/13 03:15 PM
Met Office coverage This WeekMet Office coverage this week08/02/13 03:15 PM
Somerset schools celebrate Safer Internet Day 2013 Somerset schools have been taking part in Safer Internet Day 2013 and thinking about connecting safely and responsibly with technology. More...08/02/13 10:50 AM
'This is Bridgwater' FilmA new film showcasing a variety of home-grown talent was been launched last week and has already had over 2,000 views. The film was co-ordinated by Futures for Somerset and created by Somerset Film with the help of Haygrove and Bridgwater College Academy Students.08/02/13 10:40 AM
Skills South West - 19 & 20 March 2013At Skills South West students can get involved and interact with regional and national employers, training providers and colleges. It will be held at the UWE Bristol Exhibition and Conference Centre on the above dates.08/02/13 09:58 AM
The Somerset Anne Frank AwardsTO HEAD TEACHERS, PRINCIPALS, YOUTH & GROUP LEADERS IN SOMERSET08/02/13 09:57 AM
Islamic art INSET Day for Art, RE and Maths Co-ordinatorsA whole School approach using Islamic art to tackle stereotypes 08/02/13 09:45 AM
Service Disruption 6th Feb - WAN - Crewkerne Area - Update 13.30This problem has now been resolved and service restored at approx. 11:20. We are working with BT to understand the reasons for this outage.06/02/13 01:42 PM
School & Academy Indicative Budgets 2013/14 AvailableSchool & Academy Indicative budgets for 2013/14 are now available to download.06/02/13 08:47 AM
Reconciliation Files Month 10Issue with the Management tabs04/02/13 03:07 PM
Safer Internet DayTuesday 5th February is Safer Internet Day.03/02/13 07:46 PM
Misterton First School has achieved 360safe accreditation Congratulations to Misterton First School for achieving 360safe accreditation which is an international award recognising the eSafety provision and protection provided for its pupils and school community. Misterton are the second primary school in Somerset to achieve this award. More... 01/02/13 12:34 PM
Giant Walking Bus 2013This year's Giant Walking Bus day, organized by the road safety charity Brake, will be on Wednesday 12 June.31/01/13 09:24 AM
Somerset Social, Emotional & Behaviour Support Service Conference 2013This year's SEBSS Conference will be held at Oake Manor Golf Club near Taunton on Friday 14 June 2013.30/01/13 11:13 AM
Privacy NoticesSchools no longer have to issue a Privacy Notice every year. Please read on for information on the new procedure agreed by the ICO and DfE.30/01/13 11:11 AM
SEN Review - Parent ParticipationLaunch of the 'Early Awareness of Guidance and Support Project' Questionnaire.29/01/13 03:41 PM
Surplus Stationery - Free to CollectSurplus presentation ring binders and lever arch files available from County Hall.29/01/13 02:45 PM
GLADE - Global Learning and Development EducationInformation about GLADE and a partnership packaged as discussed with SASH and SAPHTO Executives. 28/01/13 04:42 PM
ADL Spring Term Agenda 2013ADL Spring Term Agenda 201328/01/13 03:50 PM
Issues Accessing S2S Secure WebsiteWe are aware a number of schools are experiencing issues accessing the S2S secure website following changes made by the DfE introducing a new Secure Access system. In order for access to the S2S website to work, the sites listed here should be added as trusted sites in Internet Explorer... 28/01/13 02:14 PM
Update of the SAP Query Form 11Update of the SAP query Form to replace any old versions of this form.25/01/13 02:05 PM
Texting Service for SchoolsThe service gives schools a quick, easy facility for sending text messages to parents ‘in bulk’, using the contact information you already record in SIMs .NET25/01/13 01:59 PM
Request for action - BlueBook/SSTEPRequest for schools to review details of who can order services via BlueBook (changing to SSTEP) process.25/01/13 09:47 AM
Brief Outage – Staff Email & OWA (Secondary/Middle Schools ONLY) - Sunday 27th January 4pm to 4:40pm We currently have a number of incidents logged regarding mailbox restores. An error has occurred with the restore process and to resolve this we need to take the Schools Exchange server off line for 30 minutes. More...24/01/13 04:24 PM
School Closure Notification: New ProcessThe process for schools to announce closure information in SLP has changed. Please note the updated information in the guidance documents. 24/01/13 02:40 PM
Snow/severe weather 18 JanAn update to the weather forecast for 18 January, together with guidance for schools for possible closure due to the severe weather forecast over the next 24 hours.24/01/13 10:33 AM
School Transport - weather affected routes 24 JanLatest information, provided by Transporting Somerset of school bus routes affected by the current weather conditions. 24/01/13 09:32 AM
Weather update for 22/23 January 2013Weather forecast/warning issued by the Met Office providing a severe weather/threat of snow 22/01/13 01:48 PM
Discover Implementation Service (Secondary and Middle Schools/Academies)e-LIM has launched a new 'Discover Implementation Service' for Secondary and Middle Schools wishing to view their assessment/tracking data in the form of SIMS Discover graphs.21/01/13 04:36 PM
Weather update 21/22 JanuaryWeather update provided by the Met Office for the period 21/22 Jan and provisional forecast for the week ahead.21/01/13 02:43 PM
New Museum Schools' Programme for Spring and Summer 2013New Spring and Summer programme of schools' activities from Somerset Heritage Learning, including new sessions and established favourites. 21/01/13 10:58 AM
Transport details for 18 JanuaryDetails of transport operator services for 18 Janaury, disrupted by snow18/01/13 03:26 PM
UK Safer Internet Centre NewsletterThe January 2013 Newsletter from the UK Safer Internet Centre17/01/13 08:57 PM
Amendment to the Comprehensive list of ledger codesAmendment to the Comprehensive list of ledger codes16/01/13 02:23 PM
Link to School to School Support Directory (SLEs), (NLEs) and (LLEs) Please click on the link to help you find local teacing schools, national and local leaders of education. You can also view which specialist leader of education specialisms are available by viewing the records for your local teaching schools. 16/01/13 11:16 AM
School Attendance, Children Missing Education & Travelling FamiliesI wish to bring to your attention two consultations running with the DfE presently. Both impact on schools and school attendance. This is a good opportunity to offer a school’s perspective in shaping these areas of work. More information... 15/01/13 02:28 PM
Brief Outage – Staff Email & OWA - Tuesday 15th January 10pm (10mins only)To resolve an incident we have received, we need to take the Schools Exchange server off line for 10 minutes. We have scheduled the outage for 10pm this evening. This will affect OWA and Staff Email for secondary schools only. Apologies for this disruption to service but if you have any queries please let me know.15/01/13 12:29 PM
Disruption to Service - SLP - last weekend, Friday 11th January 23:20 to Monday 14th January 08:45An issue occurred during the backup process on Friday evening at 23:20 which resulted in SLP becoming unavailable. The service was restored at 08:45 Monday morning. Our engineers have identified, as part of the resolution, a software patch which will be implemented. Apologies for this disruption to service.15/01/13 10:36 AM
Pride of Somerset Youth AwardsDo you know anyone you would like to nominate for the Pride of Somerset Youth Awards, created to recognise the County's most inspirational young people?14/01/13 12:51 PM
Surplus Furniture available from Holway Park Primary SchoolThe school has some computer trolleys and chairs that are surplus to their requirements - available free.14/01/13 10:09 AM
Weather Update - 11.01.13Further weather updates for this weekend - 11.01.1311/01/13 03:27 PM
Nationwide Blackberry Issue - update 14.30Vodaphone advise that Blackberry connectivity is gradually restoring for Blackberry users across the country. 11/01/13 02:32 PM
ESSENTIAL INFORMATION FOR SCHOOLS HAVING DIFFICULTY ACCESSING S2SFollowing a recent change made by DFE to the way that their key systems are accessed some schools have had difficulty in accessing the S2S (School to School) data exchange system. Further information...11/01/13 02:25 PM
Cold Weather Alert - 10.01.13Cold Weather Alert - 10.01.1310/01/13 01:38 PM
Up for the challenge – James makes the final 10James Wyatt, a Project Support Officer with Somerset Centre for Integrated Learning (SCIL) who you may recognise from his work with SCITT, is one of just ten competitors to get through to the final stages of the national ‘Local Government Challenge’. James is absolutely delighted to have won through to this stage in the competition and is looking forward to the challenges ahead. 10/01/13 10:22 AM
Barbara Agutter Award 2013SACRE Barbara Agutter Award 201310/01/13 09:44 AM
Shibboleth Upgrade - 9th January 2013The Shibboleth service will be upgraded on 9th January 2013 at 16.45 and will be unavailable for 15 minutes. 09/01/13 04:55 PM
Government Digital StrategyA poster regarding the Government's Digital Strategy is available for download from this site.09/01/13 03:02 PM
Schools Jan 2013 esafety newsletterLatest newsletter for schools containing news about esafety topics.09/01/13 02:28 PM
Fraudulent invoices Youth Safeguarding AssociationFraudulent invoices from the Youth Safeguarding Association09/01/13 11:36 AM
Order your free copies of Digiduck's Big Decision now!(January 2013 - link to the ordering page has been added to this notice) Digiduck's BIG decision is a story about being a good friend online suitable for FS and KS1. More...09/01/13 09:19 AM
eSafety live events 2013Free esafety events run by the UK Safer Internet Centre/SWGfL at Bishop Foxes School Taunton (1600-1800) on the 22nd Feb 2103 and Westfield School Yeovil (1430-1630) 15th March 2013. See details below on how to book.08/01/13 03:29 PM
Spring 2013 School and PRU Census - SIMS GuidanceInformation that the SIMS Spring 2013 School Census Guidance is now available with links to documentation.08/01/13 09:15 AM
Admission Arrangements Consultation 2014/15Statutory consultation on admission arrangements for school admissions in September 2014 and during the 2014/15 academic year04/01/13 12:04 PM
Display Energy Certification - ARE YOU COMPLIANT?Does your school have a floor space of 500m2 or greater? If so, YOU NEED TO READ THIS INFORMATION - or you might be liable to a fine of up to £1500 per year!03/01/13 11:33 AM
SiX Server Downtime - Saturday 5 January 2013SiX and all SiX-related ActiveSites will be affected temporarily.03/01/13 08:50 AM
e-Safety Training in SchoolsThe requirements for staff in e-safety and the opportunites to use eLIM to provide this training.02/01/13 11:16 AM
NorovirusNorovirus update19/12/12 05:06 PM
Important Message from HR Admin & Payroll Services - January Payroll Post DeadlinesJanuary Payroll Post Deadlines.17/12/12 12:39 PM
UK Safer Internet December NewsletterNewsletter from the UK Safer Internet Centre14/12/12 02:47 PM
Disruption to Service – SWGfL Internet Trunk Link - 27 December and 3rd JanuaryThe revised date for the upgrade to increase the capacity of the SWGfL Internet link is the 27th December with some further work being undertaken on the 3rd January. We are expecting the work to be completed within 2 hours...14/12/12 02:15 PM
Christmas present safety cardsaplatformforgood.org have created online safety cards for parents to include with technology presents they are giving this Christmas (smartphone, tablet, gaming system, cell phone or computer). We've added a link to the cards on the parents e-safety page of the Education Technology website. 13/12/12 11:06 AM
Sexting - and what schools can do to support young people?The research behind and how schools can support learners who have taken part in Sexting.12/12/12 10:13 AM
Cold weather alert Tuesday 11 Dec - Thursday 13 DecCold weather warning provided by the met office for the period Monday 10 December - Thursday 13 December. 11/12/12 09:21 AM
SACRE Annual Report 2011-12Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (SACRE) Annual Report 2011-1210/12/12 05:35 PM
Ash Primary School Christmas Chess Tournament 2012If you haven't yet entered for the U8-U16 Christmas Chess Tournament 2012 at Ash Primary School - this upcoming Saturday, 15 December - please do so now!10/12/12 11:06 AM
Disruption to Service – SWGfL Internet Trunk Link - Thursday 6th December – 4pm for up to 3 hoursUnfortunately the above upgrade had to be postponed due to unexpected problems. A new date will be rescheduled for the Christmas holidays and we will let you know this as soon as possible. 07/12/12 08:40 AM
SIMS Learning Gateway UpgradeThe SIMS Learning Gateway upgrade has been successfully applied to SLP. New features are now available to staff using SIMS tools in SLP. 06/12/12 09:59 PM
Eastover Community Primary School - Telephone System RestoredThe school's telephone system is now operational.06/12/12 02:33 PM
Elmwood Learning Support CentreThe Centre will be reopening on Tuesday 11 December.06/12/12 08:49 AM
Consultation on School Term and Holiday Dates for Academic Year 2014 - 2015Consultation on School Term and Holiday Dates for Academic Year 2014 - 201505/12/12 04:06 PM
Safe(r) Search Engines in SchoolsMany schools have difficulty with Google as a search engine as this sometimes delivers unexpected and unwarranted results. Below is information about other services that are aimed at the younger user and can be set as the default page.03/12/12 04:06 PM
2Simple Purple Mash – 75% off discount for Somerset Schools - DEADLINE 10th DecemberAct now for 75% reduction on 3 year subscription of Purple Mash resource from 2Simple. In addition this price will include EYFS 2Build a Profile APP and French & Spanish resources. 30/11/12 04:24 PM
School Funding Tool 2013-14School Funding Tool 2013-1429/11/12 04:07 PM
Programming with Scratch WorkshopThere are still places available for the Scratch / Code Club workshop on Friday 7th December. There is NO CHARGE for this workshop as it's purpose is to promote Code Clubs. More...29/11/12 03:06 PM
DfE Email re Free School MealsThe Department for Education would like to encourage Somerset schools to increase take-up of free school meal entitlement. Please read on for further information.28/11/12 11:32 AM
Free Bus to BETT - Wednesday 30th JanBus to BETT for teachers - now FREE for all.28/11/12 11:26 AM
Weekend weather UpdateUpdate to schools on the weekend's weather forecast and measures to take in response to the warnings provided.23/11/12 03:58 PM
Argos offering free online safety software for parentsArgos has partnered with Symantec – the company behind Norton online security products – to become the world’s first retailer to offer free online safety software to parents, whether or not they are customers.23/11/12 03:00 PM
Data Protection in Schools - New Training OpportunitesHalf day course for Data Controllers, Senior Leaders or administrators who have repsonsiliblity for Data Protection in educational settings23/11/12 11:56 AM
West Buckland Community Primary School - Power RestoredThe school's telephone and internet access is now back to normal.23/11/12 10:18 AM
New apps from the Schools licensing agency - CLACLA have launched new mobile apps which enables you to check which publications they can use and what they can use it for.22/11/12 09:11 PM
Schools Slow Running Internet - RESOLVED - Disruption to Service – 22nd November 4:30pmFurther to work carried out yesterday, the internet link issue is now resolved. We will continue to monitor the situation. If you are still having issues however please contact our Service Desk22/11/12 10:43 AM
Weather update Weather update for Schools 21/11/12 04:30 PM
The Use of IT Equipment out of school and Data ProtectionA document that explores the greater use of technology; tablets, mobile phones, personal laptops by teachers and its implications on Data Protection21/11/12 04:01 PM
School Funding Reforms - initial consultationInitial consultation with Somerset schools and academies on School Funding Reforms.21/11/12 02:59 PM
EFS Course - VAT WorkshopAre you struggling with VAT, do you need a refresher then this course is for you!!! Places are still available so please use attached link for an application form and email it to educationfinance@somerset.gov.uk.21/11/12 02:59 PM
Free to Collector - Surplus School FurnitureArchbishop Cranmer CofE Community Primary School have some stools (wooden seats) that are surplus to their requirements.21/11/12 10:57 AM
Telephone ScamSuspicious/SPAM phone calls received by Schools20/11/12 03:45 PM
Free Stationery - Available for CollectionSurplus stationery from County Hall is available to schools, free to collector.19/11/12 03:45 PM
Schools' Internet Running Slowly - 19 November, 14.00pm19/11/2012 - 14.00 Update The Schools slow Internet response does not seem to be seem occurring today. Southwest One Technology services will continue to monitor network response. We are also working in conjunction with our third party suppliers to seek resolution. However, if Schools are experiencing slow response could they please contact Swo technology Services Desk as usual please.19/11/12 01:59 PM
CEOP advice about a link on BBMAdvice and help to practitioners from CEOP about a previous incident on Blackberry's BBM service16/11/12 04:15 PM
Protecting Mobile DevicesFollowing the recent theft of laptops from a school the Police have asked that schools be reminded of the need to be vigilant, particularly regarding portable devices at this time of year. More...16/11/12 11:57 AM
EFS Course - Introduction to Financial ManagementREMINDER places are still available for the EFS course - Introduction to Financial Management14/11/12 01:33 PM
Resources for Learning - Telephones RestoredResources for Learning's telephone problems are now resolved.14/11/12 10:12 AM
SLP Upgrade Postponed TodaySLP will continue to be available today despite previous notices about the Capita SIMS upgrade – the upgrade has been postponed.10/11/12 08:10 AM
November 2012 esafety newsletter for schoolsThe November issue of the e-safety newsletter for schools09/11/12 01:57 PM
SLP and Microsoft Office Applications Advice for school staff who regularly use Microsoft Office Word, Outlook and Excel in SLP. School technicians should also use this advice and apply the recommended settings to computers in school.09/11/12 11:43 AM
Book Your Autumn Schools Sessions Now at the Somerset Rural Life Museum!Time is running out to book school sessions at the Somerset Rural Life Museum before Christmas. To find out what's available and how to make a booking, please read on.09/11/12 11:39 AM
Victorian Christmas at the Somerset Rural Life MuseumThis year the Somerset Rural Life Museum will be running a special schools session on the theme of Victorian Christmas, featuring lots of festive activities in the setting of a real Victorian farmhouse. For more details, please read on.09/11/12 10:51 AM
Farmington FellowshipsFarmington Fellowships for Teachers of Religious Education and Headteachers 2013/1409/11/12 10:31 AM
Book Your Autumn Schools Sessions Now at the Museum of Somerset!Time is running out to book school sessions at the Museum of Somerset before Christmas. To find out what's available and how to make a booking, please read on.09/11/12 09:40 AM
Heritage Service Teacher BriefingsShort in-school briefing sessions are now available for teachers interested in using the Heritage Learning Service. If you want to discover how to get the most out your school's subscription, or if you've never heard of our service and want to find out more, please read on.08/11/12 04:15 PM
RSPB Big Schools' Birdwatch 2013Schools - will your pupils or students be supporting the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds' Big Schools' Birdwatch 2013? Please read on for more information.08/11/12 01:44 PM
HR Advisory Guidance for Schools on iPostNew way to access HR Advisory Guidance for Schools.08/11/12 08:59 AM
Somerset Schools’ Bird ProjectAsh Primary are planning to create a Somerset Bird Project site on the Somerset Learning Platform (SLP).07/11/12 11:50 AM
St Gildas Catholic Primary School - IT ProblemsThe school is currently experiencing problems with their IT systems and can only be contacted by telephone.07/11/12 10:34 AM
A reminder to all Children and Learning Establishments with Poor Condition Temporary Buildings (Category C & D)The attached document outlines checks schools and educational establishments should make if they have a category C or D condition temporary building on their site. 06/11/12 04:25 PM
Potential SCAM Phone CallsPotential scam phones calls received by a number of schools in Somerset.06/11/12 01:59 PM
Adoption Newsletter - October 2012Information about adopting siblings.05/11/12 09:48 AM
System Outage - Training Manager Online (Capita One)Training Manager Online will not be available between 08:00 and 13:00 on 2nd November 2012 31/10/12 04:08 PM
SLP & School Staff Email Service Upgrades (Service Outage)Two planned maintenance events are scheduled for central school ICT services on 29th October and 10th November. 31/10/12 04:07 PM
Save The Children - Wells WalksDetails of walks around Wells in aid of Save The Children.31/10/12 09:44 AM
Takeover Day at The Museum of SomersetThe Museum of Somerset is looking for enthusiastic Key Stage 4 students to take over several key roles in the running of the museum, as part of the Children's Commissioner Takeover Day on Friday 23 November.26/10/12 01:02 PM
No email address: St Gildas Catholic Primary School (447)St Gildas email (office@st-gildas-catholic-pri.somerset.sch.uk) has been deleted, please email individual members of staff at the school.25/10/12 02:16 PM
Register now for your j2e creative tools!Those of you who attended last week’s Somerset ICT conference may have visited the j2e stand and been excited about the creative tool suite on offer to schools - find out more here!24/10/12 02:46 PM
Four Nations Maths ChallengeA FREE competition that will see schools and students involved in the largest online UK maths event!24/10/12 02:00 PM
Getting ready for Bonfire Night? Be e-safe too!A reminder that the BBC's excellent Stay Safe site has some great video resources for teaching e-safety. One of our favourites is this Horrible Histories internet safety video, featuring Guy Fawkes. It's a really good clip for Key Stage 2 pupils who might be using social networking sites, and discusses privacy settings and online reputation 23/10/12 01:36 PM
The Ben Metclafe Award for Progress in TechnologyThe South West Grid are proud to announce that nominations are now open for The Ben Metcalfe Award for Progress in Technology.22/10/12 08:21 PM
Norton Fitzwarren Primary - No Network AccessNorton Fitzwarren Primary School will be without network or email access on Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October17/10/12 01:06 PM
Carymoor Primary e-Newsletter Now AvailableAutumn 2012 edition of the Carymoor Primary e-Newsletter now available on iPost.15/10/12 01:57 PM
New Digital Parenting Guide from VodafoneUpdated Digital Parenting guide from Vodafone now published12/10/12 06:51 PM
SWGfL School Transparent Filtering - adding Bring Your Own Devices onto your wireless networkInformation about Transparent Filtering from SWGfL.12/10/12 10:50 AM
Somerset Rural Life Museum Banner CampaignJoin the Somerset Heritage and Libraries Service in promoting the extensive redevelopment of the Somerset Rural Life Museum, which will feature outstanding new learning facilities for the benefit of all Somerset schoolchildren!11/10/12 03:24 PM
Sitar For SaleSwanmead Community School are offering an opportunity for you to acquire a new musical instrument!10/10/12 11:22 AM
A New One Day Course for Teaching Assistants A new course designed for new or existing TAs who wish to develop and consolidate their skills.09/10/12 05:04 PM
SLP / School Staff Email Service Temporarily Unavailable on 18th October 2012 at 17:00On 18th October 2012 at 17:00 we are upgrading the security systems on central ICT services which may result in a temporary loss of connection to both SLP and OWA services for all users. This upgrade will not affect SIMS Central Hosting. More details...05/10/12 08:49 AM
Children's Social Care Resources Service Review ConsultationChildren's Social Care Resources Service Review Consultation - request for comments as per the attached questionnaire.04/10/12 04:35 PM
School Funding Reform - Update The individual school exemplification (iPostID1245) and guidance (iPostID1246) have been amended. 02/10/12 03:01 PM
LA Letter to schools Oct 2012Local Authority update regarding provisional 2012 results, School Funding Reform and Compact developments02/10/12 11:20 AM
ICT Mark Network launch events - October 2012i2i events are running launch events for the ICT Mark Network throughout the country. These evenings will be an informal gathering of head teachers, ICT Co-ordinators of schools who already have the ICT Mark to get together to discuss how they can form local networks and reach out to other schools to improve learning through effective use of technology. eLIM can offer schools support in the process of attaining the ICT Mark Further details of dates and venues...01/10/12 04:44 PM
Daybreak 'Sketch Santa' Christmas Card CompetitionITV's Daybreak are inviting 6-16 year olds to take part in their 'Sketch Santa' Christmas card competition. DEADLINE: 9 October 2012.01/10/12 04:22 PM
St Aldhelm's C of E Primary School - power/phone issuesPower and Phone problems at St Aldhelm's C of E Primary School, Doulting01/10/12 12:18 PM
Oaklands Primary School, Yeovil - No InternetThe school is currently without internet or email access.01/10/12 12:16 PM
iPost Has Replaced SiX - So Do Schools Still Need to Log In to SiX for Anything?The answer is - for one or two things - YES, you still do! Please read on to find out what and why...28/09/12 02:18 PM
Somerset Gardens Trust - Support for School GardensMoney for grants is still available for schools from the Somerset Gardens Trust.28/09/12 11:58 AM
Somerset Remembers Great War ProjectThe Somerset Heritage and Libraries Service is seeking input from teachers for the design of a new school session for 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War.28/09/12 11:45 AM
New Museum Schools' SessionsNew schools' sessions available from the Heritage and Libraries Service - Knights & Castles, Somerset Harvest and Teeth & Bones 28/09/12 11:18 AM
Statutory Requirements for School Websites From 1st September 2012, new regulations come into force regarding school information on school websites. These are the amendments to the School Information (England) Regulations 2008 and it applies to maintained, academies and free schools. Click here for details of the information Schools will need to provide on their websites 28/09/12 09:10 AM
Education Attendance service - Witness statement templateWhen the Education Attendance Service is in agreement to prosecute parents for failing to ensure their child’s regular school attendance the Head teacher (or most senior teacher that day) will need to have a register extract prepared and complete a witness statement. The template for this can be found at on the Somerset Learning and Achievement site 25/09/12 04:59 PM
Freedom of Information Requests re School StaffA reminder to schools regarding their responsibilities as data controllers with reference to Freedom of Information/Data Protection.25/09/12 04:49 PM
BBC Panorama - ICT Equipment LeasingAnyone who watched last night's Panorama - Reading, Writing and Rip-offs - may be concerned about entering into leasing arrangements for ICT equipment. More information...25/09/12 04:41 PM
Teachers' Industrial ActionIndustrial action commences on 26th September. 25/09/12 02:19 PM
Rural Life Museum Lottery Bid Teacher ConsultationCalling all teachers! The Somerset Rural Life Museum is changing, and we are seeking input from teachers to guide the future of schools services on this site. Please read on for further details...21/09/12 11:27 AM
BGSA Regional South West Schools Trampoline Competition 2012Headteachers/Heads of PE: This year's event will take place in Bristol on Sunday 2 December 2012 - the entry pack is now available.21/09/12 09:37 AM
Somerset Children and Young People's Compact - September 2012Somerset Children and Young People's Compact - September 201220/09/12 03:11 PM
Elmwood Learning Support Centre - Temporary ClosureThe Centre will be temporarily closed from September to December 2012. Please read on for further details.20/09/12 01:57 PM
ICO Report on Data Protection in SchoolsThe Information Commissioners Office published a report titled 'Report on the data protection guidance we gave schools in 2012'20/09/12 12:32 PM
ADL Autumn Term 2012 AgendaADL Autumn Term 2012 Agenda20/09/12 12:18 PM
Anti-virus software message - Issue RESOLVED - 11.00Update: Resolution is in place now for all SCC, TDBC and Schools users affected by the false Sophos virus warning. Users should now right-click on the Sophos shield on the lower right of the screen and select 'update now'. If the Sophos shield is not visible, users should log off and on to the network. 20/09/12 11:20 AM
Support for school Improvement - letter to Primary Headteachers - 18th September 2012Letter from Paul Nugent for Primary Headteachers with details of presentations made by neighbouring local authorities about the services they provide.18/09/12 02:35 PM
e-safety Training and Consultancy for schoolsPlease note an incorrect link was given to primary, middle, secondary and special schools in the ICT update for Blue Book subscribing schools. The link for information about e-safety training and consultancy is in the Main News Story below 13/09/12 12:03 PM
Issue with SWGfL Easymail Accounts - update 13/09/12, 09.30Update from SWGfL regarding issues with Easymail accounts. Easymail accounts are used for pupils and also the school office@ address. More ifromation... 13/09/12 09:41 AM
Good to Outstanding Teaching with Chris Quigley - Friday 14th SeptemberThe Wells CLP has 10 spaces on their improving the quality of teaching conference at Dillington on Friday 14th September. Cost £110 per delegate If you would be interested please phone Michael Hawkins at Stoberry Park School for details 01749 672516 12/09/12 02:57 PM
EFS Helpline closureThe closure of the Education Financial Services helpline.11/09/12 04:42 PM
Intermittent Internet AccessServices have now been restored. Affected users have been contacted by SWo Service Desk.11/09/12 02:58 PM
Somerset ICT 'Shout IT Out' Conference - Book before 21st SeptemberThere are still a few remaining places available for the Shout IT Out conference. Book before 21st September 201207/09/12 02:02 PM
Apple's Schools Volume Purchase Plan for buying Apps in bulkDo you buy Apps for ipads in bulk for the school? Apple have introduced a Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) which allows educational establishments to purchase iOS apps in volume and distribute them to students, teachers, adminstrators and employees.07/09/12 12:11 PM
E-Safety now specifically included in the updated OFSTED inspection schedule (Sept 2012)Guidance for inspectors and new inspectors in the form of briefing sheets have been published online and give valuable information for school leaders on the key features of good/outstanding online safeguarding practice. eLIM have 4 Accredited 360 degree safe (online esafety school assessment tool) assessors and offer individual or group support, guidance and training for all schools/Academies as part of the Blue Book package and/or on a consultancy basis. More...07/09/12 11:57 AM
Sept 2012 Schools e-safety NewsletterThe schools e-safety newsletter for September07/09/12 11:33 AM
Road Safety Week - 19-25 November 2012Information from Brake, the road safety charity, including free resources, for the promotion of Road Safety Week 2012.07/09/12 11:24 AM
Volunteer Police Cadets in Taunton Deane14-17 year olds in Taunton Deane - are you interested in becoming a Volunteer Police Cadet?06/09/12 11:26 AM
Parental complaints about schools - the Local Authority change of roleAs from 1 August 2012 the Local Authority is no longer involved in the parental complaints process. Complaints will now be made direct to the Secretary of State for Education once the school complaints procedure has been carried out.06/09/12 08:52 AM
SCIL and Somerset Music - Telephones/Internet Access RestoredThe telephone/internet problems SCIL and Somerset Music were experiencing have now been resolved.03/09/12 03:39 PM
Announcing the Booktime 2012 Books!Details of the Booktime story books for 2012.03/09/12 03:17 PM
Integrated Domestic Abuse Service for Somerset - Link to Schools in SomersetDetails of the new service provider, Chapter 1, for schools who may need to refer to the IDAS Somerset service.03/09/12 02:39 PM
Somerset Heritage Primary Schools Programme Autumn 2012This is the latest schools' activities programme from the Somerset Heritage and Libraries Service.03/09/12 10:51 AM
Education Visits Guide 2012For information about places to visit throughout the Country and events taking place please visit the Education Visits website30/08/12 12:11 PM
Ten Tors High Court JudgementTen Tors High Court Judgement made from the Charlotte Shaw case, who tragically lost her life during a Ten Tors training expedition in 2007. 29/08/12 01:47 PM
Red, White and Blue Day is coming - October 12th 2012RWB Day is a chance for your school to show support for families of our Armed Forces. By taking part you can raise money to support children who have mums or dads serving in the Army; Royal Navy & Royal Marines or Royal Air Forces.See main news story for more information22/08/12 08:42 AM
Monitoring Internet sites in a schoolTHe linked document outlines how schools can look at the sites users on their network have tried to access.17/08/12 09:54 AM
Somerset’s new Health and Wellbeing Strategy ConsultationA consultation on the priorities in the Health and Wellbeing Strategy is now open until 28th September 201216/08/12 04:33 PM
SLP and iPost unavailable on Tuesday 31st JulyOn Tuesday 31st July the SLG upgrade will be re-run to fix an issue with the Capita software. SLP (Somerset Learning Platform) and iPost will be unavailable between 9.00 am and 4.00pm. 23/07/12 03:06 PM
School Asset Management Plans and CIP formsA reminder that school staff wishing to access their school's AMP information or submit a CIP form still need to do this via login to SiX. Please read on for details.20/07/12 02:36 PM
Re-assignment of Olympic ICT equipment Thousands of PCs, laptops and servers used in the London Olympic Games will be distributed to schools after the games have finished. They will be ready for distribution from the middle of October on a first come, first served basis. More...20/07/12 12:17 PM
School Sessions at the Somerset Rural Life MuseumNew session leaders at the RLM19/07/12 02:17 PM
Information on Copyright and how it works in SchoolsSchool Copyright Websites19/07/12 02:05 PM
Museum Loans for LearningThis is the latest edition of the Museum Loans for Learning brochure from the Somerset Heritage & Libraries Service. 19/07/12 01:00 PM
Ruishton CofE Primary School - Phone Problems ResolvedThe school can now be contacted by telephone again.19/07/12 08:59 AM
Chewton Mendip CofE VA Primary School - No Internet/EmailThe school have no access to internet/email due to the installation of a new server.18/07/12 09:01 AM
For Sale - PE EquipmentPE equipment available for sale from Preston CofE VC Primary School.17/07/12 09:15 AM
Book before 31 July for reduced cost - Somerset’s 2012 ICT conference: Shout IT Out, Dillington House Tuesday 16th OctoberExplore the potential of technology to transform learning in the classroom, and beyond the classroom13/07/12 02:04 PM
Congratulations to Ashlands School - first e-Safety Accredited Primary in SomersetWell done to Ashlands First School in Crewkerne, who are now the first primary school in Somerset to achieve the 360 Degree Safe Mark. This award recognises the school's excellent leadership and opportunities for e-safety learning, including their work involving the whole school community. More...13/07/12 01:58 PM
Free to Good Home - HP1320 B/W PrinterCurry Rivel have a black and white printer they are offering free...12/07/12 04:19 PM
Martock Primary School - No Email/InternetThe school is without internet/email while a new server is installed.12/07/12 03:18 PM
Service Disruption Notification – Tuesday 24th July 10:00 to 11:00Possible disruption to Internet and email access on 24th July between 10.00 and 11.00am11/07/12 05:14 PM
ADL Newsletter - Summer Term 2012The Summer Term 2012 ADL Newsletter has now been uploaded to iPost.11/07/12 12:08 PM
Story LabChildren of all ages are invited to be part of an imaginative adventure happening in Somerset libraries this summer. Story Lab, the Summer Reading Challenge 2012, starts on 16 July (23 July in Taunton) and runs until 8 September.09/07/12 03:05 PM
North Town Primary - SW Digital Educators of the yearCongratulations go to Mark Ruffett, acting deputy at North Town Primary, for staging a Somerset coup at Tuesday's South West Digital Educators Conference in Plymouth. Mark ran a session on North Town's use of Twitter to communicate with parents, and throughout the day delegates voted on which sessions had most inspired them. More...06/07/12 11:11 AM
Websites, EU Privacy Law and CookiesRecently, a number of emails have been received by schools from commercial companies, regarding the new EU Privacy Law (passed 26th May 2012). We wish to reassure schools using SLP (including those using the free website feature) that no action needs to be taken. More details...06/07/12 08:59 AM
SLP Unavailable Saturday 7th July 09.00 - 13.00SLP (Somerset Learning Platform) will be unavailable on Saturday 7th July, 09.00 - 13.00 for routine maintenance of SIMS Learning Gateway prior to the SIMS Summer Upgrade.05/07/12 11:53 AM
Elmwood School - TelephonesThe school's telephone system is now working again.04/07/12 03:48 PM
School Staff Leavers and startersInformation about end of year notifications to send to SWOne regarding changes in staff and planned power outages03/07/12 04:17 PM
Ash Primary School - No Internet/EmailThe school are currently without internet and email due to the installation of a new server.03/07/12 09:23 AM
Programming in a Primary SchoolLast chance to book a place for this year’s Primary school Programming day 11th July 2012. This year’s workshops can be booked for either the morning with a focus on creating games (£50), or the afternoon looking at ways in which programming can be taught (£50); or, as delegates who already booked have chosen to do, you can stay for the whole day. Further details...02/07/12 04:08 PM
New updated guide to the eLIM e-safety pagesA pdf document that lists the information and resources that can be found on the eLIM esafety pages29/06/12 10:57 AM
SACRE Summer Seminar 2012 - FAO School Governors - FREE CONFERENCE SPACES STILL AVAILABLESACRE Summer Seminar - Relevant Religious Education and Good Practice - 10 July 201226/06/12 04:20 PM
School Keyholder information updateAnnual request to schools to provide an updated list of keyholders available for contact during the summer holidays and to generate an updated list for the new 2012/13 Academic year.26/06/12 02:55 PM
Textease Studio CT workshop - 10th July - last chance to bookLast chance to book a place for teachers or TAs on Textease Studio CT workshop to develop your basic skills with this cross curricula suite of software. 26/06/12 02:37 PM
Telephone Issues with some Phones in County HallThere are problems with some phones in County Hall at the moment which means that certain of our numbers are not available. If you need to get hold of me or my colleagues please use our mobiles, as listed below, for the time being26/06/12 10:16 AM
Safety Warning - UPS (IT server - Uniterrupted Power Supply) A safety warning has been released regarding uninterrupted power supply systems (UPS), a back-up battery mechanism that is activated in the event of a power cut. A fault has been detected on systems that have exceeded their recommended lifespans and all schools/establishments are advised to check their systems to avoid any similar cases to the one described in the news item below. 21/06/12 03:11 PM
Major Incident 21st June - VirusVirus attach on email21/06/12 02:16 PM
Disapplication of ICT Programme of Study - Advice from eLIM for schoolsFollowing on from the government’s announcement about the Disapplication of the Programme of Study from the National Curriculum these links provides advice for schools with children within the primary, middle and secondary phases.15/06/12 01:20 PM
Somerset Folk Dance Festival - CANCELLEDIt is with great regret that due to the severe gales and rain that is forecast tomorrow, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel this year's Somerset Schools' Folk Dance Festival tomorrow.15/06/12 11:10 AM
West of England ICT Conference - Back to their Future - 4th July 2012The 14th Regional ICT Conference, Back to their Future, is being held on 4th July 2012 at the University of the West of England.14/06/12 04:22 PM
Somerset Music is Back in Blue Book!The Somerset Music Service Direct From Provider is once again available in Blue Book.14/06/12 03:21 PM
ADL Summer Term 2012 AgendaThe agenda for the Summer Term 2012 round of ADL meetings has now been uploaded to iPost.14/06/12 03:10 PM
OFSTED Inspection Report: Safeguarding and Looked After Children Services in SomersetThe inspection report is now available on the OFSTED website.14/06/12 12:01 PM
SCIL Open Information Evening - 9th July 2012SCIL Open Information Evening - Monday 9th July 2012, 6-8pm, at SCIL, Taunton Academy South Site, Lyngford Road, Taunton. Advice, guidance and information about training and CPD opportunities for people currently working, or wanting a career working, with children and young people. Please come and visit us at our open information evening. 13/06/12 01:01 PM
Induction Tutor Training ReminderInduction Tutor Training and new admin forms13/06/12 10:59 AM
Disruption to Service Notification – 15th June 2012 (08:00 to 13:00) - Capita One (EMS) – Training ManagerSCC Capita One (EMS) is being upgraded to the latest version on Friday 15th June between 08:00 and 13:00. During this time schools and academies will not be able to access Training Manager to book courses.12/06/12 09:53 AM
School Efficiencies WorkshopsRevised dates for the School Efficiencies Workshops06/06/12 11:27 AM
S4S - Schools for Schools Joint Subject INSET day 5th November 2012 (SASH)A new area within SLP has been developed to allow schools to support other schools and their staff. The S4S Subject Network site provides a place for subject leaders and teachers to collaborate, share advice, ideas and resources. 01/06/12 03:42 PM
New ADL Site on SLPNew SLP website for Administrative Development Liaison.01/06/12 10:15 AM
Leading for Personal and Organisational Impact - Leading to Post Graduate DiplomaA newly revised course based on our successful Post Graduate Diploma Programme for Leaders and Managers of Integrated Services. Fully accredited at Post Graduate level with possible progression to Masters. Information session at SCIL on 27th June 2012. Contact 01823 368282 for more details or to reserve a place.29/05/12 04:51 PM
NPQH - Are you thinking about Headship?NPQH has been revised and the first application round is open until 3 July 2012. Details can be found on the National College website NB - new link as from 23 May 2012 ww.education.gov.uk/nationalcollege. It is currently anticipated that there will be only one entry point per year so this is likely to be your last opportunity to apply in 2012 For details of information sessions in this area see main article. 29/05/12 03:39 PM
Sainsburys and Tesco Vouchers WinnersSchools who won the Sainsburys and Tesco Vouchers from the School Improvement Service29/05/12 10:10 AM
The Somerset Fiction Award 2012There are to be a number of celebrations for the 2012 winners of this award - read on to find out who they are!25/05/12 11:24 AM
Desks - free to schoolsDue to the decommissioning of Hestercombe House there are a number of 4 year old desks available free to schools. Further details...24/05/12 03:21 PM
Somerset esafety BYTE Award SurveyA quick online survey on the Somerset esafety BYTE awards.24/05/12 03:01 PM
Schools May 2012 esafety NewsletterSchool May 2012 esafety newsletter24/05/12 03:00 PM
Marie Curie Cancer Care: Mini Pots of CareMarie Curie Cancer Care is inviting all children aged 3-11 to care for a daffodil and, by doing so, help them care for people at the end of life.24/05/12 11:57 AM
Planned Email and SLP Upgrade - 8th June 2012, 09.00-13.00Please be aware that over the June school holiday Southwest One will be carrying out a number of upgrades to the central ICT school services, in particular SLP. More information...24/05/12 09:30 AM
Changes to Primary ICT training courses.Please note that the dates for the following courses have changed from those initially advertised and will now take place on Tuesday 10th July... more22/05/12 04:19 PM
Primary Headteacher Mock InterviewsAre you an aspiring Primary Headteacher and thinking of applying within the next 12 months? Then this may be of interest to you 22/05/12 02:59 PM
OLYMPIC TORCH RELAY PASSING THROUGH TAUNTON - ESSENTIAL INFORMATION (inc ROAD CLOSURES AND DIVERSIONS)Information from Taunton Deane Borough Council on activities and road closures/diversions in Taunton on Monday 21 May 2012, when the Olympic Torch will be passing through the town.16/05/12 04:19 PM
What's New?!New 'What's New' page on iPost16/05/12 04:17 PM
BLUE BOOK 2012/13The Blue Book Online Order Form for 2012/13 is now closed.16/05/12 04:08 PM
West of England ICT Conference - 4th July 2012Booking is now live for the 14th West of England ICT Conference on the 4th July 2012. Further details...16/05/12 03:55 PM
UPDATE: Blue Book Order Form Last Day of ExtensionThe Blue Book Order Form will close at 4.00pm today (16 May 2012) 16/05/12 10:44 AM
BLUE BOOK 2012/13The Blue Book 2012/13 Order Form deadline has now passed. 14/05/12 01:28 PM
Parental Letter concerning Facebook use under 13Suggested text for a letter to parents about under age Facebook use.11/05/12 02:16 PM
Blackberry Device Access to Personal CalendarFollowing a request from Huish Episcopi, we would like to gauge how many schools would be interested in Blackberry Express Server. This service would be added to our Somerset schools email system and provide synchronised access to user's personal calendar. More...10/05/12 02:03 PM
New SLP Support SiteThe new SLP Support site and Knowledge Base has been launched. The Knowledge Base will help you find solutions to your SLP problems. You can search for specific information using the Search facility or you can browse the Knowledge Base, according to what you want to do, who you are or what category of information you are looking for. More information... 10/05/12 12:52 PM
Key Stage 2 Tests for 2013A link to the DfE website concerning Key Stage 2 tests for 201310/05/12 09:32 AM
Beep Beep! Day 2012Beep Beep! Day is the special event created by Brake, the road safety charity, to help schools kick-start road safety learning for children under the age of 7 - whether you are a nursery or infant school, child minder, playgroup or children's club organizer, you can take part!08/05/12 11:55 AM
BLUE BOOK 2012-2013 ONLINE ORDER FORM - DEADLINE EXTENSION TO FRIDAY 11 MAY 2012The deadline for completing your Blue Book package orders on your online order form has now been extended to 4.00pm on Friday 11 May 2012.08/05/12 11:16 AM
SWGfL - Easymail, offline 16th May 2012, 10.00-12.00SWGfL will be undertaking essential maintenance work on Wednesday 16th May. Easymail will be off line between 10.00am and 12.00 noon04/05/12 11:00 AM
Resources For Learning FaxApologies - Resources for Learning are still experiencing intermitten problems with their fax machine.02/05/12 04:06 PM
BLUE BOOK ONLINE ORDER FORM 2012-2013 ACCESSAdvice on what to do if you are currently experiencing difficulties in accessing the Blue Book Online Order Form due to the 'security certificate warning' page.02/05/12 03:08 PM
BLUE BOOK ONLINE ORDER FORM DEADLINE - FRIDAY 4 MAY 2012The deadline for ordering packages from Blue Book 2012-2013 is 4.00 pm on Friday 4 May 2012.02/05/12 02:53 PM
Pawlett Primary School - No TelephoneThe school are without a telephone system at the moment -please contact by email.01/05/12 01:56 PM
Weather warning 30 April - 2 MayWeather warning and possible flooding in areas of Somerset30/04/12 07:36 PM
New Hands-On History Days at CarymoorA chance for children to experience life in a Celtic roundhouse at the Carymoor Environmental Trust!30/04/12 10:37 AM
Textease Studio CT for Somerset schools - special priceRM is offering special prices for Textease Studio CT for Somerset schools - further details27/04/12 10:14 AM
NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR TEACHERS NATIONAL SEN SUPPORT SCHOLARSHIP - new for support staff http://www.education.gov.uk/a00208238/national-scholarship-funds18-04-12 The primary aim of the National Scholarship Fund for Teachers is to provide an opportunity for teachers to deepen their specialist or subject knowledge. Please make this information available to interested colleagues. Note that the deadline for all completed applications for both types of scholarship is midnight on Thursday 17th May 2012 25/04/12 09:34 AM
Free training opportunity: Go Control SoftwareIain Davison of Data Harvest is running two free training sessions in Somerset for Go Control software (an upgrade from Flowol 3) a tool to support the control and monitoring strand of ICT. Further details...24/04/12 03:46 PM
Compact Consultation MeetingsSummer Term Compact Consultation Meetings for Primary Headteachers24/04/12 02:22 PM
Trees for Schools!Reminder - Somerset Gardens Trust are offering the opportunity to obtain 20-25 trees for one lucky school! Closing date for applications: 11 May 2012.24/04/12 12:14 PM
Community Project: "Sensing Our Past"Information from Somerset NHS about a community project researching the history of Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton.23/04/12 11:36 AM
Trinity Church of England First School, Frome - No Internet/EmailThe school will be without internet/email until Thursday 26 April - please contact by phone.23/04/12 09:45 AM
Request to School Premises Managers/staff to check boardings that surround toilet cubiclesA near miss incident occurred earlier this week which caused major damage to a toilet cubicle. The memo asks for Premises staff at schools to conduct a check of their toilet cubicles to ensure that any cubicles with panel board surrounds are securely fixed.20/04/12 03:59 PM
Somerset Leadership College- Needs representatives from all phasesSomerset Leadership College are looking for representatives to contribute to the steering group for the development of the Somerset Leadership College.20/04/12 08:52 AM
Job Vacancy: Federation Data and Assessment Administrator, The Quantock FederationThe Quantock Federation are looking to recruit a Federation Data and Assessment Administrator, based at Danesfield Church of England School, Williton - closing date for applications Monday 23 April 2012. Further details attached.19/04/12 09:00 AM
Resources for Learning Fax Machine Not WorkingResources for Learning are still experiencing problems with their fax machine.18/04/12 11:48 AM
Espresso/Clipbank - deadline to remove resources extended to 27th April 2012At the request of Somerset LA we are offering Somerset schools two additional weeks to confirm their intention to renew Espresso and Clipbank. The final deadline for this is Friday 27th April, after which time your access to Espresso and/or Clipbank resources will be shut down. Further information...18/04/12 09:31 AM
BLUE BOOK ONLINE ORDER FORM FOR 2012-2013 IS NOW AVAILABLEAs you are aware, the Blue Book online order form for 2012-2013 is currently available. The order form will remain open for placing/amending orders until 4.00 pm on Friday 4 May 2012.17/04/12 04:01 PM
BLUE BOOK ONLINE ORDER FORM FOR 2012-2013 IS NOW AVAILABLEThe Blue Book online order form for 2012-2013 is now available.   The order form will remain open for placing/amending orders until 4.00 pm on Friday 4 May 2012.17/04/12 03:53 PM
Learning with iPad event - 18th April 2012Experience how iPad can transform both teaching and learning in the classroom29/03/12 10:00 AM
Shout IT Out - 2012 ICT Conference: Tuesday 16th OctoberSchools are invited to apply to contribute a seminar for the ICT conference in October: 28/03/12 04:46 PM
New mandatory requirements under Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme; April 2012Following consultation, the decision has been taken to support mandatory returns under the CRC from all SCC sites, including schools and academies.  These will include but are not limited to; confirmation of associated persons and meter readings.27/03/12 10:53 AM
FRONT LOADING KILN - FREE TO A GOOD HOME!Ilchester Community Primary School have a front-loading kiln that is surplus to requirements - first come, first served!23/03/12 12:42 PM
Espresso / Clipbank order formsDon't forget to complete and return the appropriate Espresso or Clipbank order form if your school is planning to continue a subscription from 1st April.23/03/12 12:09 PM
Somerset MIS on SLPAccessing MIS and SIMS advice on SLP.23/03/12 08:46 AM
Disruption to Service Notification – 2nd to 4th April - Schools emailThe disruption to individuals should be approx 10-15 minutes during which time their mailboxes will be unavailable. Details...22/03/12 03:12 PM
Somerset SLICT day conference for primary and special schoolsNotice of Somerset SLICT course - 15th June 201222/03/12 02:56 PM
Update to Textease Studio CTRM have agreed an additional cost saving for schools that are choosing to upgrade their Textease Studio to Textease Studio CT. Details...22/03/12 02:50 PM
Final opportunity to purchase Go Control at reduced priceSchools wishing to purchase Go Control with the 50% reduction must confirm their order by Friday 23rd March.  This is the upgrade software for Flowol for primary schools.22/03/12 02:24 PM
Somerset Children and Young People's Compact - March 2012Latest Bulletin for the Somerset Children and Young People's Compact - March 201222/03/12 12:28 PM
Sainsburys Active Kids and Tesco for Schools and Clubs Vouchers 2012The draw for Sainsbury's vouchers has now been extended to include Tesco's vouchers as well.22/03/12 09:14 AM
Business As Usual for HR and Finance ServicesFrom 1 April 2012 some HR and Finance functions are transferring back from Southwest One to Somerset County Council management responsibility.21/03/12 10:23 AM
School Equipment Available for CollectionFurniture and equipment from Burrowbridge C of E VC Primary School on offer to all Somerset schools and pre-schools.20/03/12 12:56 PM
The John Betjeman Poetry Competition 2012The John Betjeman Poetry Competition is open for entries from 10-13 year olds.  First Prize: £1000 (to be shared between winner and their school).  Closing date 31 July 2012.20/03/12 12:44 PM
Trees for Schools!Somerset Gardens Trust are offering 20-25 trees to one lucky school - will it be yours?20/03/12 10:16 AM
Barbara Agutter Award 2012 FlyerBarbara Agutter Award 2012 Flyer19/03/12 12:38 PM
Somerset iPost LaunchesInformation about Somerset iPost.27/02/12 11:59 AM
Welcome to the new look SLPInformation about the redesign of the SLP home page.27/02/12 11:51 AM
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