SchoolsNet e-Bulletin No. 2023/ 33 New content for 07 November 2023

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No. 2023/ 33 - New content for 07 November 2023


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DDSCP safeguarding children audit tool 2023/2024

All schools should have received the 2023/24 safeguarding audit tool by email, to be completed as soon as possible. If your school has not received a copy of the audit tool, please email

Senior Lead Mental Health Training

The Department for Education is offering a grant of £1,200 for eligible state-funded schools to train a senior mental health lead. The grant can also be used for supply cover should you need to backfill your mental health lead whilst undertaking training. Schools can now claim a 2nd grant if the trained lead has left the setting. Due to limited places, schools should apply as soon as possible.

Derbyshire’s Holiday Activity and Food Programme (HAF)

Advance information and guidance about the Winter Holiday Activity and Food Programme, including your school’s unique IAM code, has been sent via your Perspective Lite November General folder.

School contacts form update – Autumn 2023

The annual contacts review form and guidance will be uploaded to the Perspective Lite November General folder this week. Please review and complete by 30 November 2023.

Attention Headteachers - notification of changes to pay for term time only staff

Please see an update from HR Traded Payroll. This can be found in related locked documents on SchoolsNet (password issued via Perspective Lite General folder in September should be used).



Jobs bulletin

Bulletin 23 and 30 October 2023

Workforce planning

Schools are reminded that the Schools HR Advisory Service offers Services for Schools subscribers further advice on ending fixed term contracts and the procedures to follow if a staffing restructure or even redundancies are required. A short video on this is available on the Services for Schools website. You will need to be logged into S4S to view this video.

Letter to Headteachers and Governors

Please see letter from Edwin Shuker, Vice President, The Board of Deputies of British Jews.

Derbyshire Safe Place Scheme

Please see information about the relaunched Safe Place scheme which is now available to vulnerable young people from age 11. Email with any queries.

Derbyshire schools can also register with the Safe Places National Network to access learning materials.



Historic England Heritage Schools in-person CPD day

Tuesday 14 November in Buxton, 10am to 4pm.

£130 available to each school towards the cover costs of a teacher attending.

Creating LGBT+ Inclusive Spaces webinar

Wednesday 13 December, 3:45pm to 5pm via Microsoft Teams.

All school employees are invited to join the Pride Network for this online session to learn how to make workplaces and educational spaces LGBT+ inclusive. Register to book your place.

Managing Inclusion and Safeguarding in Schools

Online seminars hosted by School Development Support Agency, on behalf of the East Midlands Directors of Children's Services.

Primary sessions: Thursday 9 November 2023
Secondary sessions: Thursday 16 November 2023


Derbyshire Services for Schools

View all of our services and packages 

View all of our training courses online 

Key Stage One Phonics support programme

An intensive programme of support for Key Stage 1 phonics, for those schools facing the most significant barriers to ensuring that every child becomes a reader. Delivered from Autumn 2023 to Summer 2024.

For details see Services for Schools

Key Stage Two Phonics support programme

A programme of support suitable for Derbyshire primary and junior schools, who have identified reading in Key Stage 2 as an improvement priority.

Cohort 3: September 2023 to February 2024
Cohort 4: January 2024 to July 2024

For details see Services for Schools 

Year 6: Teachers new to Year 6

Preparing for statutory assessments to maximise outcomes in reading, writing, mathematics, grammar, punctuation and spelling.

Day 1 – 10 November 2023 – 1:15pm to 3:30pm.
Day 2 – 17 November 2023 - 1:15pm to 3pm.
Day 3 – 24 November 2023 - 1:15pm to 3pm.
Day 4 – 01 December 2023 - 1:15pm to 3pm.

PSHE: Leadership briefing – The power of now (Afternoon)

Important updates and support for leaders of PSHE and RSE. Leading and responding to our current climate through PSHE.

Day 1 – 16 November 2023 – 1:30pm to 3pm.
Day 2 – 07 March 2024 – 1:30pm to 3pm.
Day 3 – 13 June 2024 – 1:30pm to 3pm.

PSHE: Leadership briefing – The power of now (Twilight)

Important updates and support for leaders of PSHE and RSE. Leading and responding to our current climate through PSHE.

Day 1 – 13 November 2023 – 4pm to 5:30pm.
Day 2 – 04 March 2024 – 4pm to 5:30pm.
Day 3 – 10 June 2024 – 4pm to 5:30pm.