6 December 2018

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Anne Ainsworth, confirmation of when Dr Tim O'Neill will join us, an update on payment by results for early help work, information on the School Health Advisory Service and much more.

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear Colleagues

We have finally reached December and the weekend saw the start of Hannukah as well as Advent. It’s been lovely to see the photos of schools celebrating this week (photos from Our Lady of Lourdes and King David below):

our lady of lourdes hannukah

We're looking forward to welcoming new Director Education and Skills, Dr Tim O'Neill. This week we have had confirmation that he will be joining on Monday 7 January 2019.

The Ofsted inspection of children’s services continues and the inspection team have been on site at Lancaster Circus this week. The focus has been around children's social care but we have been responding to questions and lines of enquiry concerning education, in particular our virtual school, alternative provision, exclusions and other services. We will keep you posted on the progress of this inspection.

Earlier this week Ofsted published their annual report and it was great to see Birmingham schools Wyndcliffe and Holy Trinity recognised in the report for the progress they have made. The report states that the headteacher and deputy headteacher at Wyndcliffe ‘have created a culture in which pupils thrive emotionally and academically’. At Holy Trinity the report states that ‘the new headteacher and his effective senior team have transformed the school’. Well done everyone, it was really fantastic to see this feedback from Ofsted.

Next week the Council’s Cabinet will consider reports on the Council run day nurseries and a new draft Home to School Transport policy. I will update you in next week’s Noticeboard but the Cabinet papers are available on the Council website here.

On Wednesday officers presented to the Learning, Culture and Physical Activity Overview and Scrutiny Committee alongside colleagues from BEP on school attainment and performance and school admissions. You can watch the presentations and discussions here.

Finally huge congratulations to Victoria School and Sladefield Infant School, the latest in Birmingham to achieve Silver in Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools programme. Well done to everyone involved.




Payment by Results for Early Help work undertaken in schools

I wrote recently about the opportunity to submit a claim for the Early Help work undertaken in schools since April 2015 so far 20 schools have taken up this offer.

You will remember that the proposal is that for every individual assessment since 1 April 2015, including in-house attendance work, work undertaken for you by organisations such as Malachi, Father Hudson's and Big Community as well as work done by your pastoral and attendance staff through the ‘3 Houses conversation log’. Where there is a validated improvement against the Think Family objectives, a £250 payment will be available for schools to claim. Any subsequent Early Help Assessment or the Signs of Safety & Well-being 3 Houses or other Strength Based Approach, where a sustained change can be proved will also bring in a £250 claim.

To claim Payment by Results (PbR):

  • The DSL needs to complete and sign a validation certificate for each submission assuring that evidence can be obtained to prove a sustained change to outcome – this is only a 1 page document with preselected drop down menus to chose from, and is really simple to complete.
  • Validation certificates can be submitted for work undertaken since April 2015
  • The validation certificate can be found at: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/771/right_help_right_time
  • Send the validation certificate to tfsupport@birminghamchildrenstrust.co.uk
  • Contact the Duty Line for support and advice 0121 675 6362

The outcomes will be mapped on the Think Family database and any proven outcomes will receive PbR. Should the City be audited schools will be approached to prove the claim, e.g. to prove a sustained improvement in school attendance over 3 academic terms. PbR claims will be paid 6 months later. I will be looking at an event for school Business Managers in the new calendar year to go through how the PbR claims will be processed and money recovered.

CONTACT: Jon Needham (jon.j.needham@birmingham.gov.uk)

Out of School Settings: Department for Education draft guidance

This week, the Department for Education has published draft guidance and is consulting to inform the development and dissemination of a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out of school settings (OOSS); and accompanying guidance for parents setting out the key questions they may wish to consider when choosing an out of school setting for their child. 

This is particularly relevant for the approach we are taking in Birmingham as we embark upon a pilot programme funded by DfE to improve safeguarding in out of school settings.  Please visit the link to ensure that your views and experiences are heard. 

If you wish to know more about the pilot ahead of the launch, please contact Razia Butt (razia.butt@birmingham.gov.uk).

LINK: https://consult.education.gov.uk/regulatory-framework-unit/out-of-school-settings-voluntary-safeguarding-code/

School Health Advisory Service

As you will be aware there has been an on-going discussion about the future of the School Health Advisory Service.  In June 2018 Birmingham City Council launched a procurement process which sought to procure a new reshaped School Health Support Service within a revised financial envelope.  This procurement process was aborted due to no viable bids being submitted and no provider was awarded the contract for this service.

Following this the council has been working hard to consider the future options for the service alongside making the required budget savings which were previously agreed by Cabinet in February of this year.

We are now able to inform you that the council has taken the decision to seek to enter into a new open tender procurement process for the provision of a School Health Support Service.  Details of the proposals are contained in a public Cabinet report which will be presented to Cabinet on the 11th December 2018.  You can read the public Cabinet papers by clicking on the following link: https://birmingham.cmis.uk.com/birmingham/Meetings/tabid/70/ctl/ViewMeetingPublic/mid/397/Meeting/10570/Committee/2/Default.aspx

What does this mean for the service?

Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have agreed an extension on the current service until 31 August 2019 which will enable the services to continue during the procurement process.

Becky Pollard     
Interim Director of Public Health 
Birmingham City Council

Supporting EAL Learners, One Day Conference: A Full Day of CPD aimed specifically for EAL leads in school settings

DATE: Tuesday 22 January 2019

COST: £95 for the first delegate and £50 for additional delegates from the same setting.

At the event there will be a range of workshops all focusing on key pressure points for leads of EAL provision in school settings. Speakers have been invited from the language learning industry and we even have Nick Bailey from Eastenders!

Workshops will be open to all and materials are available to delegates following the day via the Access to Education website.

This year’s workshops include ‘Setting the Scene’ with an overview of the current national and local picture for ‘EAL learning, Literacy and Communication: Helping Pupils Find Their Voice’, ‘Supporting Social Interaction of Pupils with EAL’ and ‘From Pre-Teaching to Whole Class learning’

In addition there will be a market place at the event for delegates to visit, view resources and talk to the exhibitors.

For more detail and to secure your place please visit the Access to Education website.

CONTACT: Terri Cawser (Terri.cawser@birmingham.gov.uk)

KS2 Families of Schools event: 22 January 2019

Come and join what we hope will be the largest collaborative gathering of Birmingham schools to ensure that ALL Primary Schools are represented

In this session, we will facilitate several key items:

  • the launch of the 2018 KS2 families of schools document
  • provide evidence of the successes of collaborative working

The format for the day is:

  • Launch of the 2018 document
  • Get your copy of the 2018 Families of Schools document, find out which family you are in and see performance within your family group
  • Meet the other members of your family and share your key improvement aims and strengths along with your capacity to share and support
  • The final segment will provide an opportunity to identify a partner to access support from or provide support. This will form the first step in allowing Birmingham to assess the effectiveness of the Families of Schools tool.

Audience: Headteacher or other members of the SLT

To book a place, please visit https://www.bep.education/shop/events/ks2-families/

G4S Service Planner for 2019 cash collections is now available

Download your G4S Service Planner for 2019 cash collections here : http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Article/60662

Completed service planners should be sent to : g4scustomerservices@uk.g4s.com

NB: Requests can take up to 10 working days to action.

CONTACT: cps@birmingham.gov.uk

Treasure Packs for 3-4 year olds: 2018/19 school year

If your school has a nursery: the new intake of 3-4yr olds are eligible for a Treasure Pack for the 2018/19 academic year:

You will be able to gift a Treasure Pack to those children who are aged 3-4yrs old and are now attending your nursery. 

Click this link to access the form, fill in and send it by Friday 15th December 2018 to receive your delivery!

Delivery Timeline:

  • Orders - September - December 2018
  • Order Collation - January 2019
  • Order Delivery/Collection - February - May 2019
  • Mop Up delivery - June 2019

For the academic year 2018-19, where gifting is to those children who would have gone to Nursery in September 2018. 

You can find out more about Bookstart at www.bookstart.org.uk
If you have any questions email:  bookstartbirmingham@birmingham.gov.uk

Secondary Alcohol Education free resources and training

Services For Education are pleased to be partnering with The Alcohol Education Trust (AET) to provide a ‘Talk About Alcohol (TAA)’  teacher training session, looking at PSHE approved resources for use in Secondary Schools, including SEN schools and PRU's.  The course aims to improve confidence in delivering Alcohol Education within schools. All attending schools will receive a free copy of the full AET teachers pack

Course Overview

Early regular use of alcohol is associated with lower academic attainment and other risk taking. Through the programme AET work to raise the age of onset for youth drinking, to reduce binge drinking and drunkenness and its associated harms and hence, to reduce the amount of alcohol related illnesses and harm in adulthood. The AET is offering a CPD training session around its TAA resource, which will cover alcohol and its effects, both social and physical, alcohol and the law, units and guidelines and staying safe. 

Learning Outcomes 

  • a detailed overview of the TAA resources focusing on the evaluated lessons
  • a hands on experience of using the resources, taking away the full resource pack.
  • the knowledge of a social norms teaching approach
  • an awareness of how parents influence young peoples’ behaviour around alcohol.

January 22nd 4-6pm, Holt Court

For booking https://servicesforeducation.co.uk/index.php/component/com_advancedopenportal/id,ba78dd28-4a16-9b9d-d95b-5bfbddcabd44/view,showevent/

January 28th 1 -3pm, Holt Court

For booking


Young people’s Open Evening at The Lighthouse Young Peoples Centre 

We are having an opening evening at The Lighthouse Young Peoples Centre on Friday 7th December 2018 at 6pm - 8pm and would like to invite all parents, young people, teachers and professions to the open day to show them around the building and what excellent work we are doing, we will be happy to answer all the question on the day and would like everyone to encourage others to attend.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate in contacting Darnish Amraz or Mohammed Aslam. Thank you.

E-mail Darnish.amraz@birmingham.gov.uk

E-mail info@cityofknowlege.co.uk

Link2ICT Staff Development Day: Closure of Service Desk on Friday 21 December

The training and development of our team is key to us ensuring that we provide you with the very best levels of service. In support of this, we are holding a staff development day on Friday 21 December 2018 to bring our teams up to date on the areas which they support you on. This will necessitate the closure of our Service Desk on that day. We have tried to arrange this closure to minimise any inconvenience to you and hope that by giving you advance notice, this will allow you to plan for this brief closure.

Support during the closure: For all incidents that may arise during the closure, please use the Link2ICT Portal (www.link2ict.org/portal) alternatively, you can email us at servicedesk@link2ict.org and we will respond to all enquiries on Monday 24 December 2018.

Emergency support: On the day, we will also be operating an emergency service for priority incidents only.. If you have an incident of this nature during the closure, please call: Ryan Jones – 07976 428910 (For emergencies only)

If you have any queries or concerns prior to the date, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0121 303 5100/0333 300 1900 or email servicedesk@link2ict.org for more details.

Remember the Women Who Dared To Dream this Christmas!

To mark 100 years since the first women got the vote, Birmingham City Council recently published Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream.  This beautifully illustrated book tells the story of 30 fantastic women (past and present), their lives and achievements. Some of the women - chosen from public nominations by a team of young female writers – are well known like education campaigner Malala Yousafzai, author Kit de Waal and MP Shabana Mahmood, but others are not – such as structural engineer Asha Devi, computer programme Mary Lee Berners-Lee and ballet dancer Marion Tait.

The book, which aims to inspire the next generation of fearless females, is available to buy (RRP £14.99) online via Amazon and The Emma Press (www.theemmapress.com/shop), and at Foyles and Waterstones in Birmingham. Proceeds will go into a fund to help the city’s young women pursue their own dreams – more details of which will be announced next year.

CyberFirst Girls Competition 2019

Over the past two years, 12,500 girls in schools across the UK have participated in our annual competition of problem-solving and code cracking challenges to crown the UK’s most cyber-capable young women.

The exciting competition is for girls in Year 8 in England and Wales, S2 in Scotland and Year 9 in Northern Ireland (12-13yrs of age). This age group has been deliberately chosen to give as many girls as possible the opportunity to find out more about cyber security with a view to potentially influencing the subjects they choose at GCSE. Only 11% of the global cyber workforce is made of women, so our ultimate aim is to inspire the girls into a career in cyber security.

  • Registration opens at midday on Monday 10 December. From that moment, a registration button will appear at: https://www.cyberfirst.ncsc.gov.uk/girlscompetition/
  • Teachers, of any subject, can enter a team (of up to 4) girls. A school can enter as many teams as they wish.
  • Neither the students, nor the teacher that enters a team/acts as the team guardian, need to have specialist IT skills to enter the competition.
  • It is really easy to register a team, following some simple steps available at the above address.
  • The competition then begins with a week-long online round on Monday 21 January 2019, during which the teams attempt to complete a series of challenges.
  • Registration closes on Monday 28 January 2019, so schools can enter teams during the online round (albeit with less time to then complete the challenges).
  • The top ten teams will compete in a face-to-face Grand Final in Edinburgh on 24-25 March. In addition to the challenges, the finalists get to enjoy a series of fun activities. Winners will receive £1,000 toward school computing equipment as well as individual prizes. Have a look at the highlights video from last year’s final: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJkHmpqfAio

Information is available at https://www.cyberfirst.ncsc.gov.uk/girlscompetition/ 

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