We are trying to compile an up-to-date list of Lewisham primary science leaders in order to be able to contact them about CPD opportunities, including termly network meetings. To this end we would be most grateful if you could supply us with the contact details for your science leader.
Our next termly network meeting will be taking place at Brindishe Lee Primary School on Friday 8 November, 1.30 to 3.30pm. More details will follow. The meetings are usually facilitated by Lewisham teachers with the aim of sharing good practice in primary science, and all contributions are welcomed. They provide an opportunity for us to share our ideas and make links with other schools. The meetings are hosted by schools in Lewisham on a voluntary basis and hosting is open to everyone.
Class teacher and science leader
Brindishe Lee Primary School
London SE12 8NA
0208 318 4626
Winter Preparedness Pack
In preparation for the autumn/winter season the Winter Preparedness Pack for schools, nurseries and similar setting has been updated with the latest PHE links to information on flu, meningitis, norovirus and also included is information on measles and the MMR vaccination. Please see the attachment for further details.
Executive Director for Children and Young People
The Executive Director for Children and Young People, Sara Williams, is leaving Lewisham Council at the end of December 2019 having decided to explore opportunities to develop her career in the wider public sector. She joined Lewisham to undertake this role four years ago and has decided that now is the right time to leave to pursue other interests and new opportunities. The Council is grateful for Sara’s hard work and commitment during her time in the borough. Sara says that:
“I have enjoyed my time in Lewisham and found it a privilege to work with talented colleagues, supportive and committed councillors, collaborative partners and most inspirational of all, the borough’s schools, its children and young people and their families. I am grateful for the support I have received and wish everyone well for the future.”
Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham, said: “I want to personally thank Sara for her hard work in Lewisham. I am grateful for her commitment and dedication during her time in the borough. Sara has built solid foundations which will enable us to carry on the CYP improvement work which was rightly recognised in the recent Ofsted report into our children’s social services. I am particularly grateful for the work Sara has led in setting up Lewisham Learning, our school improvement partnership, and the real focus we have on bringing our schools together through partnership working. Her collaborative approach is something we will want to continue in CYP and across the Council.”
Cllr Chris Barnham, Cabinet Member for School Performance and Children’s Services, said: “I want to thank Sara for her dedication and commitment over the past four years, and her leadership of Lewisham’s children’s services. On a personal note, I will always be grateful for the support and guidance she has given me as I got to grips with the children’s service brief in challenging times. We will miss her, and wish her the very best in the future.”
We will be reviewing our recruitment approach over the coming months and also any necessary interim cover arrangements that may need to be put in place.
As you will know, Lewisham Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) replaced the LSCB in June 2019. An important part of the LSCP’s work will be strengthening partnership safeguarding through work with schools, by establishing the LSCP’s Schools’ Safeguarding Network which will:
• communicate the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children to schools;
• monitor safeguarding activities in education to improve outcomes for children;
• provide a communication channel between schools/settings and the LSCP;
• provide a source of peer support in meeting safeguarding responsibilities.
We are looking for members from nursery (1), primary (3), secondary (2), special (1), post 16 (1) and Alternative Provision (1) schools/settings for the network, which will meet half termly. It would be good to have a mix of heads and safeguarding leads. If you are interested, please email Vicky Brown, PA to Angela Scattergood Director of Education by 01.11.19.
Mayor’s Awards for Volunteering
Does your school have outstanding volunteers and governors? Nominate them for a Lewisham Volunteering Mayor’s Award to recognise their invaluable contribution. The Mayor’s Award recognises individuals, community projects and businesses who contribute or support others to volunteer their spare time to Lewisham.
If you know an unsung hero or group that is making Lewisham a better place to live, please take a few minutes to nominate them.