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Bexley Education Support Service (BESS)
Providing schools with advice, support and training in a wide range of curriculum, management and leadership areas for school improvement
We are a team of experienced School Improvement Advisers who can provide you with advice, support and training in a wide range of curriculum, management and leadership areas for school improvement. Ou...

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Governors’ Conference: A Celebration of Governance in Bexley
10 Oct
Bexley Governor Services are pleased to invite you to the annual Governors Conference: A Celebration of Governance in Bexley. A morning of discussion on the evolution of Governance over the last decade. With workshops designed to provoke thought and equip governors with the tools needed to hold their Headteacher to account. We will have officers from the School Effectiveness Team running the workshops. Please see attached flyer for more information and click here to save you place at this years annual conference..
The Key
25 Sep
The Key for School Leaders / Governors / CPD Tool Kit Now available to purchase Contract start date 1st December 2019 - 31st November 2020 Authoritative knowledge for school leaders who are making a difference.
Disadvantaged Learners Conference
19 Sep
Save the date Friday 28 February 2020 Disadvantaged Learners Conference: Reaching their full potential
Click here for the BESS 2019-20 Brochure
13 May
Bexley Education Support Service Brochure 19-20 We are delighted to present our new support offer for 2019-20, and as you browse through the brochure, I trust many of you will recognise that this is an offer that has been built with you, reflecting what you have indicated is needed and drawing in partner expertise to ensure that you can access high quality support locally. We continue to operate within a national educational landscape which reflects that society faces significant challenges and a pace of change that is unprecedented. My team want to stand alongside you to meet our shared ambition that all children will thrive now and in the future. The partnership approach that you requested has shaped the journey whilst developing the offer. We asked Heads and MAT leaders what you needed and where you felt there were gaps in what was available. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the head teachers and multi-academy trust leaders who have given their time to support this work. You told us that recruitment remains a challenge and the offer anticipates the early career framework for teachers as well as providing on-going opportunities for developing all teachers and leaders, drawing on the Bexley Teaching School Alliance expertise. We are delighted to work with nationally renowned leaders and organisations, with elements of the offer representing cutting edge research, ideas and thought leadership. There are some potential solutions to local challenges; we are pleased to be able to offer the SENCo accreditation locally as well as work that responds to both current inspection themes and recognises the implications of the draft framework. Perhaps most importantly, I would like to draw your attention to our values as these demonstrate how Bexley Education Support Service seeks to complement the development of an exceptional local education system. Our intention is to be a niche provider of school improvement support because of our approach to partnership working. I am confident that you will see over the following pages an enhanced core offer to schools; and if you are a Bexley school, I look forward to outlining in the summer term how the offer connects to our new school improvement model. Yours faithfully, Lauren Ovenden Head of Strategic Education Partnership and School and College Improvement
Privilege library ticket
12 Oct
Bexley Library Service offers a special ticket to support your work with children
Appendix A - Schedule of Payroll Tasks
28 Apr
Schedule of Payroll Tasks - Non Academy
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Training & Events

26 Oct
September 2019 Education Inspection Framework - 681-Bexley - 26 October 2019
This course will: - Identify changes in the new framework and the impact this has on provision and practice. - Explore ways to develop provision and practice accordingly.
28 Oct
PACEY CHAMPIONS MEETING - Bexley-691 - 28 October 2019, 19.00 - 21.00
Guest speakers: To be confirmed
29 Oct
Observation, Assessment and Planning - 668 - RMO&A ( Part 1 - 29.10.19, Part 2 12.11.2019 )
- Refresh your knowledge regarding the EYFS to include 2014 changes - Child development and the Two Year Progress check - What do Ofsted expect regarding your observations of children? - Understand what is meant by observation, assessment, planning and next steps and how to plan for children. There will be practical exampls of how to record and document observations and planning
30 Oct
Practical Dance Linking Dance to the National Curriculum and Themes
By the end of this course delegates will have • developed their subject knowledge and be empowered with new and inspiring ways to teach dance. • the teaching ability to see progress from all pupils (SEN/EAL). • be able to integrate dance into other areas of the National Curriculum .
30 Oct
Staff Development; Supporting and Supervising Your Team - Bexley-671 ( 30 October 2019, 18:30 - 21:30 )
The training will explore: • The EYFS requirement for supervision and support • Challenges and solutions • Skills needed • Process and structure • Recording We are offering this course to you at a rate of £20. PLEASE NOTE: Once a course is booked we do not accept cancellations Do not attend unless you have received confirmation of booking. Please arrive 15 minutes before training commences. Latecomers will be asked to leave and will be charged an additional £30 administration fee. If you book and do not attend or cancel, you will be charged an additional £30 administration fee. Tea and coffee will be available.
30 Oct
Governor Panels for HR Staff Matters
.Although supported by an HR adviser, decision making belongs to governors and therefore support and guidance is essential. You will also gain an understanding of what to expect from your clerk.