Key dates in November 2022

Key events and national days aimed at education professionals in Waltham Forest

Deadline Friday 11 November 2022

Waltham Forest Holiday Activity and Food Programme School Grants - Applications open

Waltham Forest will be running the DfE funded Holiday Activity and Food Programme which enables Local Authorities across England to provide holiday activities and food during school holidays in 2022.

The funding conditions of the DfE Holiday Activity Programme requires the provision of enrichment activities alongside a food offer to be made accessible for children who are in receipt of free schools meals (FSM).

In light of this grant funding, London Borough of Waltham Forest is offering schools the opportunity to apply for grants for delivery of holiday provisions during the winter holiday for children in receipt of FSM

Wednesday 2 November 2022

School Census Autumn 2022: Deadline

Academies and Free schools to submit a return directly to the Department for Education (DfE) for approval and authorisation using COLLECT.

Wednesday 2 November 2022

Magic Behaviour Management Training

There’s a fantastic training opportunity for all staff working in the Early Years to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in supporting young children’s behaviour and overall well-being.

Magic Behaviour Management (MBM) are delivering an online training session on Wednesday 2 November 9.30am – 12.30pm.

Magic Behaviour Management’s work is preventative, not reactive and will provide opportunities to

  • Gain knowledge of how to change perceptions regarding behaviour, to manage and sustain behaviour changes over time 
  • Understand the importance and recognition of attachments, behaviour as communication and containment strategies 
  • Understand the importance of how to secure the emotional safety of a child and support their overall wellbeing

Thursday 3 November 2022

School Workforce Census 2022: Census Date

Academies and Free schools submit returns directly to the Department for Education (DfE) using COLLECT by DfE timescales.

Friday 4 November 2022

Building the Resilience of Pupils training

Waltham Forest Public Health team are offering Building the Resilience of Pupils workshop. 

This is a valuable workshop designed to support school staff in building resilience in the children they work with. 

The training will support educational staff to be able to recognise and sign post more effectively as well as being able to support children generally in relation to their emotional wellbeing (building resilience), therefore also giving confidence and language to what staff may already be doing to promote children’s mental health. 

Training will take place from 9:30 - 16:00 at Walthamstow Town Hall

To book your place email:

Monday 7 November 2022

The Waltham Forest Schools and Colleges Climate Charter Launch event

Join The Hive and Climate Emergency teams for an online event on Monday 7 November to discuss the climate charter and the benefits of taking climate action for our educational institutions.

We will hear from an expert panel of speakers from UCL, Teach the Future and a Headteacher.


The climate charter paves the way for whole school climate action and is a way to show commitment to tackling climate and ecological challenges.

Monday 7 to Thursday 10 November 2022

The Pensions Shared Service is hosting LGPS Live@Lunch webinars

The Pensions Shared Service is hosting LGPS Live@Lunch webinars from Monday 7 November to Thursday 10 November at 12:30 pm

Each session will last for an hour and will be hosted by LGPS experts from the Pensions Shared Service

The aim is to empower scheme members to better understand and value their LGPS pensions and help plan for their financial futures

Each session will focus on

  • An overview of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) features, benefits and options
  • Other financial considerations
  • What your actions and next steps should be

Following this webinar Plus there will be an opportunity to ask questions

Monday 7 to Friday 18 November 2022

The Big Climate Conversation for schools and colleges

Full programme and registration

All teachers can register and run the Big Climate Conversation produced by VotesforSchools with their students, from Year 3 – Year 13.

In-person Big Climate Conversations for local student Eco-Councils (or equivalent) are being run by the Climate Action Outreach Coordinators at host schools and colleges across the borough. Students’ opinions will be gathered, shared with their peers and inform future council climate action programmes.


  • 2040 Film screening and social at the William Morris Gallery plus , Wednesday 16 November, evening – book online

8, 9 and 10 November 2022

Waltham Forest Becoming Autism Friendly sessions

Waltham Forest Becoming Autism Friendly

We are looking for contributions to how we can make Waltham Forest more autism friendly from autistic young people who live in or go to a secondary school or college in Waltham Forest.

As part of our All Age Autism strategy at Waltham Forest we are developing a set of standards for local businesses and organisations to sign up to.

The aim of the standards is to supply advice on how their business will be able contribute to make our borough autistic friendly.

This will include guidelines and suggestions gathered from our autistic residents on how organisations within the borough can incorporate being autistic friendly into their business as usual.

If you would like to contribute your thoughts and ideas, we will be holding discussions sessions at the following locations

  • Hale End Library, Castle Ave, London E4 9QD – Tuesday 8 November 2022, 5.30pm - 7pm
  • Leyton Library, High Rd Leyton, London E10 5QH – Wednesday 9 November 2022, 5.30pm - 7pm
  • Frederick Bremer School, Siddeley Rd, London E17 4EY – Thursday 10 November 2022, 5pm - 6.30pm

In return for your time and contribution, you will be given a £25 voucher

To register for a space and to ensure your voucher is available on the day please book your place

Please note spaces will be issued on a first come first serve basis. There is a limit of one gift voucher per person.

Tuesday 8 November

The Money Sessions

The Money Session is offering children aged 11-16 years three after school trial sessions to begin to learn about the fundamentals of finance.

These trials will provide an opportunity for us to collaborate with the children and use their input to strengthen the sessions before taking them to market.

Complimentary sessions start 8 November 2022

The Money Session aims to teach children the things we never learned, giving them the best start in life!

Tuesday 8 November 2022

School workforce census 2022 maintained schools submission deadline

Deadline for Waltham Forest maintained schools & PRUs to submit a return to the Local Authority via COLLECT


Wednesday 9 November

Schools & Colleges DSL Forum

Practitioner forum for Waltham Forest Schools & Colleges Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Leads

This event is completely free of charge

Contact if you have any queries

Thursday 10 November 2022

Prevent Inset for DSLs (Two-Day Event)

A two-day inset for Designated Safeguarding Leads in Waltham Forest to broaden their knowledge and skills in implementing the Prevent Duty.

16 November 2022

Schools' Evening - 2040 film screening and social

The William Morris Gallery is partnering with The Hive to bring you a screening of 2040, a film looking at the positive future of our planet

Teachers, school staff and governors are invited to join us at the Gallery for a screening of 2040. This film takes a global journey to meet innovators and changemakers to discover what the future of the planet could look like by the year 2040 if we embraced the best solutions already available to us.

Tuesday 22 to Friday 25 November 2022

Story Telling Week

This term we invite you to a special storytelling week at the William Morris Gallery, themed around myths and legends to celebrate our new exhibition The Legend of King Arthur: A Pre-Raphaelite Love Story, 14 October 2022 - 22 January 2023

Storytelling Week Tuesday 22 - Friday 25 November 2022

We are excited to announce a series of specially developed myth and legends storytelling sessions with professional storyteller Olivia Armstrong. The storytelling will take place in the Fierce and Fearless story tent; an installation piece created by contemporary artist Joy Gregory as part of The Legend of King Arthur exhibition.

Sessions will also include an exhibition tour, taking students on a quest to discover mythical narratives and Morris’s love of medieval legends.

Fee: £125 (+ VAT if applicable)

Session start times: 10.00, 11.30 and 13.00

Suitable for primary school ages - Spaces are limited, so book now to avoid disappointment

Monday 21 November

Preparation for Ofsted online presentation

Waltham Forest Governor services are running an online presentation to prepare governors of schools and trustees in MATs for an OFSTED inspection. The session will be interactive with ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss. The session aims to confirm the 3 core functions of governance, raise awareness of the new Ofsted framework and raise awareness of Ofsted inspection process