Other useful information on education
We have collated further information here for you that may be relevant to you and your child's education.
Being a School Governor need never be boring. If you are willing and committed to giving something back to your community, and you want to help other local children as well as your own to have the best possible education - then why not apply now for one of the most rewarding volunteering roles in education?
Being a school governor is a great opportunity for you to:
- Develop new expertise in things like budget control, project management, leadership and negotiation, which will benefit you in your personal and working life.
- Build on your existing skills.
- Work with a wide range of people from the local community.
As a governor you may have free access to a training programme, although this depends which services the Governing Board has purchased.
Further information regarding governance can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council's web pages for governance.
If you would like to be a governor at a particular school then you should contact that school direct.
The School Governance team at Buckinghamshire Council can be contacted at email@example.com should you have any general questions.
Children in Employment
School-age children working part-time under the under the Children and Young Person Act 1933, must be 13 years or over before they get a part-time job and under the Buckinghamshire's child employment by-laws, there are some jobs children aren't allowed to do.
When a child of compulsory school age is employed to work before/after school, at weekends or during school holidays, the law states that they must be registered for work and have an employment permit issued by the local authority.
Further details on the hour’s children are allowed to work, Permit requirements, Risk assessment forms and instructions can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council Website
Children in Entertainment
If a child is involved in entertainment, which covers TV, film, theatre, modelling, dance shows, music groups and paid sport (both professional and amateur) they may require a performance licence together with a licensed chaperone.
By law all children from birth to the time they cease to be of compulsory school age may require a licence to perform. The production company is responsible for completing and submitting the licence application. Further information on children in entertainment and Licence application forms can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council Website
All children who require a performance licence must be chaperoned by either the child’s parents/legal guardian or an approved adult (chaperone/matron). Relatives such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters are not permitted to chaperone a child unless they hold a chaperone (matron) approval from the local authority area in which they, the adult, resides.
If you require further information please contact Children in Employment and Entertainment, Walton Street Offices, Walton Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UZ
- Website: https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/children-employment-and-entertainment/
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Gifted and Talented?
Children are sometimes referred to as ‘Gifted and Talented’ in schools. This describes children who have the potential to develop significantly beyond what is expected for their age.
- "Gifted" refers to a child with abilities in one or more academic subjects such as English or Maths.
- "Talented" refers to a child who has skills in areas such as music, sport or art.
How can you tell if your child is Gifted or Talented?
Children who tend to be "Gifted or Talented" may have traits such as:
- develop speech and vocabulary early.
- ask lots of questions and be very curious.
- read early.
- learn quickly.
- have a good memory.
- be good at puzzles.
- enjoy problem-solving and reasoning.
If you think your child is "Gifted or Talented", talk to their teacher or school and provide examples. Schools have to meet the needs of all their pupils. Working together with your child's school will provide the best support to meet their needs and provide challenging lessons and opportunities.
The pupil premium was introduced in April 2011 and is allocated to schools to work with pupils who have been registered for free school meals at any point in the last six years (known as ‘Ever 6 FSM’). Schools also receive funding for children who have been looked after continuously for more than six months, and children of Service personnel.
Early Years Pupil Premium
The early years pupil premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for disadvantaged 3 and 4 year-olds.
3 and 4 year olds in state-funded early education will attract EYPP funding if they their family meets at least 1 of the following criteria:
Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
Working Tax Credit run-on, which is paid for 4 weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
They have been in local-authority care for 1 day or more in England or Wales
They have been adopted from care in England or Wales
They have left care under a special guardianship order or residence order in England or Wales
Children must receive free early education in order to attract EYPP funding. They do not have to take up the full 570 hours of early education they are entitled to in order to get EYPP. Please speak to your early years provider for further information and details about how to apply.
Information regarding Free School Meals can be found on the GOV.UK application page. You can also check if you are eligible.
Your responsibilities as a Parent
All children aged between 5 and 16 are required by law to receive an education, and it is the duty of parents and carers to ensure that they are supported to do so.
Children sometimes have to miss school because of illness or if they have long term medical issues. If this is the case, parents should contact school the same day to let them know the reason that their child is not in school.
Parents have a legal responsibility for ensuring that children of compulsory school age receive a full-time education ‘suitable to their age, ability, aptitude and any special education needs that they may have either by regular attendance at school or otherwise’ Section 7 Education Act 1996.
Parents whose children are on a school register and fail to ensure the regular school attendance of their children, maybe guilty of an offence under Section 444 or 444 (1A) of the Education Act 1996. The council may issue a Penalty Notice or take other statutory action through the courts to secure regular school attendance.
The Importance of Regular School Attendance
Regular attendance at school is vital to help children achieve and get the best possible start in life.
Children who frequently miss school often fall behind. There is a strong link between good school attendance and achieving good results. For example, only 12% of pupils with below 80% school attendance achieve five or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and Maths, compared to 68% for pupils with attendance greater than 95%.
Good attendance at school shows potential employers that a young person is reliable. Young people who are frequently absent from school are more likely to become involved in, or be harmed by crime and anti-social behaviour.
All schools in Buckinghamshire have their own attendance policies and are responsible for keeping accurate records of pupil attendance. They will contact parents directly if they have any concerns about a child’s attendance. Buckinghamshire Council offers a range of services to support families who encounter difficulties in ensuring their children attend school regularly.
Changes to Government Legislation
From 1 September 2013 schools are no longer allowed to authorise requests for children to be taken out of school for a holiday during term time.
Requests for leave can only be granted by schools if there are exceptional circumstances, and holidays are not considered exceptional. Requests for leave must also be made to the school in advance, as the Department for Education has told schools that they cannot authorise any absences after they have been taken.
A penalty notice is a fine to parents or carers if they fail to ensure that their child or children attend school regularly. Buckinghamshire Council is responsible for issuing penalty notices on behalf of schools in the county.
Please contact your child’s school directly for details of their attendance policy.
Further details on penalty notice's and cost/fine's can be found on the Buckinghamshire Council Website
County Attendance Team
The County Attendance Team is a countywide service responsible, by law, for ensuring parents/carers carry out their legal responsibility to ensure their children receive a suitable education. County Attendance Officers work with schools and families to provide advice and support on promoting good attendance, punctuality, reducing unauthorised absences, and safeguarding vulnerable children and young people of statutory school age.
Contact email: email@example.com
Step 1. Arrange a meeting
- If your child attends a pre-school, meet with their teacher or key worker.
- If your child is at school meet with their teacher about your concerns. The teacher will be able to tell you what they can do to help your child. You could also speak to the school's Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), who organises extra help for children with SEN.
- If your child is at college meet with the person responsible for SEN (usually called the Learning Support Co-ordinator).
Step 2. At your meeting
- Say why you think your child may have SEN
- Ask whether your child has more difficulty learning than other children their age
- Ask what the setting/school/college can do to help your child
- Ask what you may be able to do to help when your child is at home
Step 3. What the setting/school/college should do after the meeting
They will use the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years to decide if your child does have SEN.
If they agree that your child has SEN they should take a 'graduated approach' called ‘SEN Support’. This means they will offer your child additional support and set targets (or outcomes) to be achieved. They will review your child’s progress regularly, at least 3 times per year, and if necessary change the level or support or the way it is provided. This will all be discussed with you and must be recorded – in Buckinghamshire we recommend use of a document called an SEN Support Plan.
It is likely that this will be sufficient to enable your child to make the required progress. However, where despite the setting/school/college having taken relevant and purposeful action your child does not make expected progress they may consider requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment.
Parents carers and young people are also able to request an Educational Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessment themselves. In this instance, the Local Authority will contact the setting/school/college for information about how they have been supporting your child so far in order to decide if an assessment is necessary.