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  •  NPQ Programmes & Funding Opportunities

  •  Global Learning Programme

  •  General Data Protection Regulations

  • Funding Updates/Bulletins

NPQ Programmes & Funding Opportunities

Applies to- All Schools

Dear Colleague
I am writing to advise that the registration window is now open for all of the DfE accredited National Professional Qualifications in school leadership, for programmes commencing in Autumn 2018.

Best Practice Network and the Outstanding Leaders Partnership are pleased to offer the following qualifications:

  • NPQ for Middle Leadership
  • NPQ for Senior Leadership
  • NPQ for Headship
  • NPQ for Executive Leadership

Candidates can now apply via the REGISTER option, contained in the above links.   PLEASE NOTE: the registration deadline for all of the programmes is 31 AUGUST 2018.

Funding opportunities: Funding is available for participants from the 12 opportunity areas and the category 5 and 6 local authority districts, who will have the full costs of the courses covered.  To ascertain if candidates from your school will be eligible for scholarships, please select this link:
More details about eligibility criteria for scholarship funding

I hope you will find this information useful and should you have any enquiries about these training opportunities, please email:

For Record Purposes: To enable us to maintain accurate records, I would be grateful if you could please advise Sue McEvoy (, of the names of colleagues who register for any of the NPQ courses.


Global Learning Programme

Applies to- All Schools

Click here Liverpool event 21 May

Click here  Merseyside GLP Conf DRAFT agenda shared v3.doc (2)

Free Resources – see  linked to current events such as World Health Day and World Malaria Day.

Make use of the links to Subject areas

and Topics

The government has agreed to fund a further phase of the Global Learning Programme and we hope to be able to let you know details by the end of the month.

Halton SIMS – General Data Protection Regulations  – GDPR

For Information ONLY

Applies to- All Schools

Dear Colleague
The Halton SIMS Server GDPR Compliant document explains the infrastructure that Halton Borough Council created for SIMS/FMS which allows schools and academies to access their data from a cloud based environment .

It also covers the following important areas that outlines aspects of SIMS that will support schools and academies with your GDPR compliance.

1.      Halton SIMS Centralisation
•        This explains that Halton Borough Council provides a resilient infrastructure for hosting SIMS and its modules including being able to access the software from any computer, laptop etc with an internet connection creating anytime access for school staff and its teachers.
2.      Hosting Approach – Explained
•        This outlines the details about where your data is hosted and how the hosting infrastructure is GDPR complaint .
3.      Redstor Online Backup
•        This explains that your data is backed up daily and then stored in two UK backup centres and is fully encrypted.
4.      SIMS Product Developments to help schools and academies with GDPR
•        This section reaffirms the product developments in SIMS that you previously received on the e-circular, explaining how you can run Subject Access Requests (SAR) in SIMS, as well as information on the upcoming data retention and deletion routines which can be implemented to support schools with their policies.

Funding Updates/Bulletins

Applies to- All Schools

Click  here  to view  GDPR Online Form

 From 25th May 2018, in order for us to be able to continue to send you information, you must complete a consent/ newsletter sign up form. In simple terms, Halton Borough Council needs to get confirmation that you are happy for us to contact you. If we do not receive this before 25th May, you will no longer be able to receive our Funding Bulletins or other types of communication from us. If you want to make sure we can keep in touch with you, please make sure you complete our consent /newsletter sign up form now! Either online here or by completing and returning the attached form.Your Rights
You have the right to be informed about the information being about you.
You have the right for any inaccurate or incomplete data to be rectified. Contact
You have the right to your personal data being erased. Contact of Access – you have the right under the Data Protection Act 1988/General Data Protection Regulation 2018 to request a copy of your information and to know what it is used for and how it has been shared. This is called the right of subject access. To request a copy of your data or ask questions about how it is used download a copy of our for from and send it to Information Governance Service, Halton Borough Council , Service Improvement Division, Municipal Building, Widnes, Wa8 7QF. Or email can I complain to if I am unhappy about how my data is used?
You can complain directly to the Council’s Data Protection Officer by writing to: Data Protection Officer, Information Governance Service, Halton Borough Council, Service Improvement Division, Municipal Building, Widnes, WA8 7QF.You also have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Officer using the following details: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wyclife House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF. Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 58 45. Website: