Here you can view the Schools HR team structure and find out what we do. The contact details for individuals within the team are held here, along with some other useful contacts.
Supporting Vulnerable Children
Professionals from the Safeguarding, Inclusion and Participation Team meet on a weekly basis to discuss and review the progress of high risk and vulnerable children across Lewisham.The professionals review a number of areas with the aim to ensure that:children are safeguarded and their welfare promoted;there is early identification and analysis of new safeguarding issues and emerging threats;partner organisations and agencies collaborate, share and co-own the vision for how to achieve improved outcomes for vulnerable children; andother organisations and agencies are challenged appropriately and held to account effectivelyThe Safeguarding & Inclusion Caseworker will support vulnerable children highlighted in these meetings by:Working with Children's Social Care, Police, Violence Reduction Team, Youth Offending Service, and other agencies to ensure a pupil’s needs are suitably met in an appropriate educational provisionReview placements of children currently attending alternative provision to assess their readiness to reintegrate to mainstream schoolingWork with schools and members of the Fair Access Panel in ensuring that complex cases are resolved in a suitable and timely fashionCoordinate transition packages for children in primary AP transferring to secondary school as part of the planned admission round Attending Child Protection Conferences, Child in Need Meetings, Team Around the Child, Team Around the Family and professionals meetings on behalf of Lewisham’s Education TeamOffer guidance to families and schools that require support with pupils that will require an Education Health and Care Plan Needs Assessment but are facing challenges prior to/during the process.Work with families and children identified to be ‘at risk’ via Lewisham’s Children at Risk meetingsArrange Pupil Referral Unit or alternative provision placements post exclusionSeek alternative educational placements for pupils where a mainstream setting is unsuitable (typically associated with risk to pupil or others)Ensure that pupils are in receipt of the education they are entitled to; andTo assist settings in drafting policies and procedures in relation to 'Children at Risk', Fair Access, Elective Home Education, Managed Moves and Alternative Education which reflect both the national and local picture.
Governor Resources Hub
Useful resources for school governing bodies.
Elective Home Education
Lewisham recognises that parents have a right to choose to educate their children at home. For many parents this is a positive choice, and there are well-established networks of support available to ensure that children have good educational experiences. However, the local authority has a safeguarding responsibility and is required to implement procedures which identify children who are being home educated, and ensure a process for monitoring and follow up if necessary. The Elective Home Education Officer will make informal enquiries and work with parents to monitor the quality of education provided for children educated at home, to ensure that children are safe, to take action to ensure that the educational needs of children educated at home are fully met. DFE guidance on School Attendance states that all schools (including academies) must inform their local authority of any pupil who is going to be deleted from the admission register where they have been taken out of school by their parents and are being educated outside the school system e.g. home education. The Elective Home Education Officer will:assess each EHE referral from a school to consider whether it is appropriate and protocols have been followed;contact the parents of EHE children annually, with view to referring the education provision to establish it is suitable;write reports of these reviews to record evidence and judgements;take action when children appear not to be in receipt of suitable education provision, which may include initiating proceedings towards issuing School Attendance Orders (SAO's) and will include working with other LA professionals;monitor and track children who are electively home educated, working across services and ensuring appropriate and timely interventions where there are concerns;advise and signpost resources and other sources of support to home educators;organise termly Lewisham EHE Network Meetings where home educating families can meet each other as well as the Lewisham EHE team and which include a presentation on a topic of interest to home educators e.g. Maths, Music, SEN, Outdoor Learning, GCSE's, Post-16 Pathways, Health etc.advise and work closely with other local authority agencies and departments, including schools, to ensure EHE policies and procedures are understood and carried out, ensuring regular communication of data and information;inform a child's GP, where the name of that GP is known, if a child is withdrawn from school to be home educated;trach, monitor and analyse data about children who are electively home educated, identifying patters, areas of strength or concern, and sharing these with managers and other agencies, including schools and the Lewisham Safeguarding Children Board, as appropriate;monitor any changes to EHE legislation and guidance and recommend amendments to EHE policies and procedures where necessary, in consultation with other stakeholders;develop effective relationships with and between home educating families. EHE Officers cannot:insist upon home visits;insist upon seeing a child;monitor provision on a routine basis;require parents to teach the National Curriculum or any other defined programme;require parents to follow a set number of hours or follow a timetable;demand any health or safety specifications;expect any parental academic qualifications;expect home educated children to match school age-specified standards;require parents to mark or formally assess their child's work;require parents to keep formal records of the child's learning or progress.The Lewisham EHE Officer will look for evidence that would convince a reasonable person that the child is being provided with an education that is suitable. This means the education must be full time and efficient; must achieve what it sets out to achieve; and must be suitable to the child's age, ability and any special educational needs they may have.
Exclusions & Reintegration Team
Exclusion & Reintegration TeamProviding guidance to aid the prevention of exclusion and support reintegration into education.Our Exclusion and Reintegration Officer works closely with schools, parents and the local authority colleagues to provide advice on:Preventing ExclusionsEnsuring DfE Guidance and procedures are followed correctly for fixed period and permanent exclusionsCoordinating the admission of vulnerable children and young people including those who have been permanently excludedPupils missing out on educaitonPupils receiving an alternative education provision What you can expect from our Exclusion and Reintegration Officer:Telephone and face to face advice on all matters relating to exclusion (fixed term and permanent) and preventing exclusionAttendance at some meetings where exclusion or missing out on education is a factorClose working with colleagues in health, social care and educaitonFacilitating combined IYFAP in full and Inclusion meetings every four weeks during term time. IYFAP meetings meet our statutory duties regarding placing pupils without a school place. The Inclusion Meetings promote inclusive practice to avoid exclusionAdvice to parents, schools and partner agencies on matters relating to pupils missing out on their full educational entitlement. This includes the use of reintegration timetables for a short period, and coordinating multi-agency children missing education meetings that focus in detail on challenging casework using collaboration with partners. These meetings identify common themes and barriers to pupils accessing their educational entitlement which are escalated to strategic management within the local authority for actionWorking to reduce the time children are without a school place or receiving a reduced timetable by working with parents, schools and partner agencies on reintegration plans.