Friday Update – 13 March 2015

This week I highlight proposals that will require new nursery and pre-school staff to undertake paediatric first aid, the launch of a sports coach website for primary schools, the announcement of members of the Commission on assessment without levels and new Department for Education non-statutory advice on basic rules of procurement which aim to ensure that public funds are spent openly and fairly.

New nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid for the first time
New Government proposals will mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate. The announcement follows a review by the Department for Education (DfE), carried out in response to a petition by Joanne and Dan Thompson, the parents of Millie Thompson, who tragically passed away following a choking incident at her nursery in October 2012.

The training proposals will be subject to a full consultation during the next Parliamentary session. The proposals are expected to come into effect by September 2016 and will cover all early years settings except childminders.

New sports coach website launched for primary schools
A new website was launched this week to help primary schools recruit and develop sports coaches using more than £450 million of funding set up to secure an Olympic legacy. The Coaching in Schools Portal, unveiled by Sports Coach UK, will provide advice for Headteachers on how to recruit, develop and use coaches effectively using the government funding. To coincide with the launch, Sport England has produced some short films to illustrate how schools can use the funding.

Members of new Commission on assessment without levels announced
The DfE has recently established the membership of the Commission on assessment without levels. The Commission will support primary and secondary schools to implement new assessment systems following the removal of levels. It will identify and share best practice in assessment with schools across the country and ensure they have information to make informed choices about effective assessment systems.

Effective Buying for your School
The DfE has updated its non-statutory guidance on buying practice in schools to reflect new public contracting regulations. You may want to receive and note this document in your Finance Committees and pass on the link to your School Business Managers.