The Role of Springwood Staff
Springwood staff embed the practice of The Teachers’ Standards 2012 which states that teachers, including headteachers, should safeguard children’s wellbeing and maintain public trust in the teaching profession as part of their professional duties. All staff have a responsibility to provide:
Sue Underwood Executive Headteacher
Jen Thornton Head of School (Infants)
Jo Livingstone Head of School (Juniors)
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Pauline West and Tracy Coltman are based in the Infant School office. They are happy to help you with any queries and will direct you to the specialists in school to discuss your specific needs.
Kim Simmons and Suzanne Richardson are based in the Junior School.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
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To find out more about how the staff structure works, who teaches in each class and who the adults are, click the staffing structure link.
Springwood Infant and Junior School (Federation) and Hampshire County Council are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment. All successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Check as well as other relevant pre-employment checks.
Springwood Federation ensure that everyone, this includes staff and volunteers or visitors to the site, who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children. Springwood staff are particularly important as they are in a position to identify concerns early and provide help for children, to prevent concerns from escalating. Springwood staff form part of the wider safeguarding system for children. This system is described in statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015. Springwood schools work with social care, the police, health services and other services to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm. Springwood has a designated safeguarding lead, Mrs S Aspland, who will provide support to staff members to carry out their safeguarding duties and who will liaise closely with other services such as children’s social care.
Disclosure and Barring Process
From December 2012 the CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) and The ISA (Independent Safeguarding Authority) merged into a single non-departmental public body, known as The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). It is important to remember that the DBS checking processes are only a small part of the pre-employment checking systems in place to determine the suitability of prospective employees or volunteers to work in schools.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks (previously Criminal Records Bureau or CRB)
Schools must obtain an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Disclosure on any person who will be employed or engaged to work in school or who may have unsupervised access to children in the course of their employment/engagement, or who work on a frequent basis. DBS checks cannot be requested for children under the age of 16. These individuals will not be left unsupervised with pupils.
Overseas Police Checks
The DfE guidance ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2015' (paragraph 75) states that 'individuals who have lived or worked outside the UK must undergo the same checks as all other staff in schools or colleges. In addition, schools and colleges must make any further checks they think appropriate so that any relevant events that occurred outside the UK can be considered'.
If someone has resided outside of the UK for a substantial amount of time (more than 3 months within the last 10 years), the school should seek a certificate of good conduct (or equivalent) for them.
Please refer below to linked documents in relation to the disclosure process
SINGLE CENTRAL RECORD
A Single Central Record (SCR) is a single spreadsheet-style document that holds records of a number of pre-employment checks of all staff and regular volunteers in schools. The record is required by the DfE and will be checked by Ofsted in their section 5 inspections as part of their checks on safer recruitment in schools.
The single central record includes the information of:
in addition to the above required information, Springwood Federation, also include:
For further information please refer to the Safeguarding section above for linked documents