This site provides comprehensive information on all the services currently available to schools, academies and other organisations from West Berkshire Council.
West Berkshire Council has a great deal of experience and expertise in providing support and services to schools. There are many benefits to buying services from the Local Authority:
• We are committed to supporting schools to make the best possible use of their resources in order to maximise the impact on raising educational standards for pupils.
• We have an experienced and highly trained workforce familiar with the work of schools and in the context in which they operate.
• We ensure our services are compliant with legal requirements and national standards
• We are committed to improving the lives of children.
GDPR - model policy for staff
Data Protection law is changing. Members of staff in schools would need to follow new data handling practices in order to discharge their new responsibilities. Attached is a model policy for use internally within schools.
Schools are invited to adapt this policy to meet their own needs identified through a data asset audit.
Further examples are available through the local Data Protection network.
Health and Wellbeing in Schools Hub - Issue 19 February/March 2018
Health and Wellbeing in Schools update March 2018
The latest Health and Wellbeing in Schools hub is now available featuring the brilliant West Berkshire Young Health Champions and Mental Health leaders.
CSE Awareness Day 18th March
The National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding CSE; encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children developing inappropriate relationships with other children.
There are various ways you can show your support
Write and share a pledge
Write a personal pledge on your hands to show support for the Helping Hands campaign. Post your photo on social media with the hashtag #HelpingHands and #CSEDay18 to help raise awareness of CSE.
Display the Campaign
… and help to raise awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation by displaying banners and posters – designed to encourage participation in the National CSE Awareness Day – together we can raise awareness and deter child sexual exploitation.
Download posters and postcards created by young people in West Berkshire. All secondary schools will receive a starter pack of posters and postcards in February 2018.
Digital Knowledge and Skills Framework
Education for a connected world: a framework to equip children and young people for digital life
The UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) has published a framework for those working with children, including school leaders and teachers, describing the digital knowledge and skills that children and young people should have the opportunity to develop at different ages and stages of their lives. The framework covers: self-image and identity; online relationships; online bullying; managing online information; health wellbeing and lifestyle.
Children's Mental Health Week 5th - 9th February
Children’s Mental Health week 2018 #BeingOurselves
5th – 11th February
Some children and young people can find it difficult to think positively about themselves. Low self-esteem affects more than 8 in 10 of the pupils who have Place2Be one-to-one support.
That’s why this Children’s Mental Health Week (5-11 February 2018) we’re highlighting the importance of ‘Being Ourselves’. Place2Be is inviting everyone – children, young people and adults – to come together and celebrate the unique qualities and strengths in themselves and others.
When we have a positive view of ourselves, it can help us to cope with life’s challenges and make better connections with others.
At the same time, celebrating the unique strengths of the people around us can enable us to come together in our schools, workplaces and communities.
Whether you’re a parent, someone who works with children, or even just someone who is passionate about supporting children and young people’s mental health – you can support the campaign by getting involved and spreading the word.
Let’s celebrate ‘Being Ourselves’ together.
Resources are available for primary and secondary schools.