25 October 2018

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Julie Young, an update about secondary transfer and more information for schools.

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear Colleagues

As many of you will know Anne Ainsworth is in Tanzania so I am writing this week’s update. Anne will be back after the half-term break.

Earlier this week I attended the HR Services for Schools conference at the NEC. It was fantastic to see so many schools at the conference and the feedback was extremely positive. Thanks to all involved for a great event.

As Anne mentioned in a recent Noticeboard, Birmingham schools have been involved in focus groups with the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to develop the brand for the Games. Thank you to the students and staff of Adderley, Priestley Smith and Bishop Challoner who have contributed to this piece of work so enthusiastically. Last Friday the sport and venue programme for the Games was confirmed. Pupils from Mapledene Primary joined Team England medallists and Birmingham 2022 Chairman John Crabtree for a sporting showcase at the NEC – one of the key venue clusters for the Games.

We’re pleased that discussions are now underway between the Commonwealth Games team and Unicef to explore a legacy framework in which Birmingham schools will play a huge part. More information about how all schools can get involved will be shared with you after half-term.

CWG Mapledene

As you’ll see below, we have confirmed the agenda of next month’s Headteacher briefings. Thank you to all those who have booked places, we look forward to seeing you there.

Thank you for all of your hard work since the start of term. Hope you have a relaxing half-term break.

Kind regards



Local Authority Headteacher Briefings: 8 and 13 November 2018

The agenda for next month's Headteacher briefing has now been confirmed.

  • View from the bridge: Anne Ainsworth
  • SEND update: Sharon Scott
  • Attainment and standards: Julie Young
  • Resilience update: Razia Butt

Jon Needham will also be at the briefings with some important safeguarding information.

**Please note that the venue for the North briefing has changed to Villa Park.

Thursday 8 November 2018 8am - 10am Foyle Studio, mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park B12 9QH FULL
Tuesday 13 November 2018 3pm - 5pm Aston Villa Football Club, Villa Park
Birmingham B6 6HE

CONTACT: education@birmingham.gov.uk

Secondary Transfer 2019

The deadline for applications is midnight on 31 October 2018 and we would kindly request that primary schools continue to remind the parents/carers of their Year 6 children to submit an application at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions by that deadline.

It is really important that parents apply on time because if they apply late they may be less likely to get a place at one of their preferred schools

Emails were sent on Friday 19 October 2018 to parents/carers who had left their application in an ‘unsubmitted status’ in the online admissions system to ask them to fully submit their form by the deadline.

As of Monday 22 October, we have received just over 11,000 online applications for Secondary Transfer. Thank you to those schools that have sent reminders in their newsletters and social media.

CONTACT: admissions@birmingham.gov.uk

National Anti Bullying programme Gold and Silver awards

I am delighted to inform you that all the Birmingham schools that took part in the national Anti Bullying Alliance/DfE anti bullying programme "All Together" have achieved either a gold or silver award for their work.
Many thanks to Amanda Daniels, Principal Educational Psychologist and staff at the award wining schools listed below. Please note that the DfE have granted an extension to the programme until 2020. Schools can register their interest via the survey on the Anti Bullying Alliance website.

Our award winning schools are ;

Beeches Junior - Gold
Broadmeadow Junior - Gold
Little Sutton Primary - Gold
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary- Gold
Quinton Church Primary - Gold
The Pines Special School - Gold
Bournville School - Silver
Erdington Academy- Silver
Fox Hollies Special - Silver
Hall Green School - Silver
Nelson Primary - Silver
Birches Green Infant - Silver

Birmingham Libraries Home Educators and Child Minders' Consultation

Home Educators and Child Minders!
Birmingham Libraries would like to consult with home educators and childminders on proposed changes to the current library offer.

The survey can be accessed on the BeHeard website and runs from 23rd October to 27th November 2018 (inclusive).

Proposed changes to the existing service:

  • 10 items (excluding dvds and cds)
  • 28 days lending period with up to 3 renewals
  • 12 month membership (to be renewed annually)

No requirement for formal proof of home educating or childminding but customers must hold a personal Birmingham library card to apply. No fines for late return of items.

For more information please visit your local Birmingham Library.

Cityserve Pay

Cityserve's exclusive interactive pre-ordering system manages parent-payments online and combines meal selection with registration. The system has proven to increase meal uptake, reduce food-waste and save substantial time allocated to cash-handling and reconciliation. We look forward to showing you how much time and money our system can save you.

Get in touch to find out more cityserveinfo@birmingham.gov.uk

Assessment Briefings For Senior Leaders

The briefing will provide senior leaders with essential information, guidance and updates regarding Statutory Assessment and key assessment issues at both local and national levels.


  • Gaining an understanding of the requirements for statutory assessment across the primary age range
  • Having the opportunity to consider the management of Statutory Assessment duty including accountabilities, security and integrity of the processes
  • Providing details of the cycle of moderation and monitoring in Birmingham Schools

Date - Tuesday 13th November 2018

  • Session 1: 8am - 10am
  • Session 2: 2pm - 4pm

More information is available on the Services for Education website.

Making and Moderating Teacher Assessments at the end of Key Stage 2

Date - Wednesday 7th November 2018

  • Morning session 9am – 12pm
  • Afternoon session 1pm – 4pm

To equip participants with the knowledge and understanding required to fulfil their statutory duty through an informed and robust approach to making accurate and consistent teacher assessments in line with national standards at end of Key Stage 2 and evidenced through normal classroom practice.


  • A working knowledge of the Standards and Testing Agency (STA) statutory guidance and expectations related to final teacher assessment judgements for English writing
  • A professional development opportunity to explore and discuss judgements on pupil performance based on ongoing teaching and learning opportunities across the curriculum against the requirements of the statutory English writing frameworks and national exemplification materials
  • An understanding of the statutory requirements for valid and accurate teacher assessment (TA) judgements including what constitutes appropriate evidence of pupil performance to inform robust assessment and moderation processes

More information is available on the Services for Education website.

Survey of Emotional Wellbeing Programs in Primary Schools

Forward Thinking Birmingham and the University of Birmingham are trying to understand and plan for the wellbeing needs of Primary schools across the Birmingham region.

To understand the current provision it is requested that primary schools take two minutes to complete a very short questionnaire at this link to establish current practice.

CONTACT: Dr Geetinder Kaur (g.kaur.2@bham.ac.uk)

Event invitation 'Job skills for youth to provide a boost'

We are delighted to announce that the Institute for Mental Health and Birmingham Business School at the University of Birmingham are hosting an ESRC festival event that promotes mental health and well-being in young people through employment and education on Saturday, 3rd November from 1-5pm at the MAC, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham. We would like to invite young people aged 16-25 years and representatives from businesses, voluntary organisations, the mental health and employability sector, teachers from schools and colleges and anyone who has an interest to support young people to get into work and education, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and with mental health problems.

Here's a link for some more details on our event and our registration form: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/university/colleges/socsci/events/esrc-festival-2018/events/job-skills-for-youth-to-provide-a-boost.aspx

If you would like to attend, please make sure to register via the link provided or follow the link in the attached e-invitation.

Registration is free and some light lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Back to Backs Education Programme

For the school age visitor, we hold workshops in the mornings of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during term time.

With a team of dedicated volunteers, the Back to Backs give school children a few hours immersed in a bygone era. They have the chance to learn how children of their age would have lived. Our workshops aid classroom learning, linking directly to the KS1 and KS2 curriculum.

We have the following workshops:

  • Homes from the past (KS1)
  • Victorians (KS1/KS2)
  • World War One (KS2)
  • World War Two (KS2)

More information, including contact details, is available in the flyer attached here.

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