13 December 2018

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Anne Ainsworth, guidance for schools when families relocate to countries of conflict, updates from Finance and much more.

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear Colleagues

As I mentioned last week, on Tuesday Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet considered a report on a new draft Home to School Transport policy. Cabinet gave its permission for us to consult on this new policy. This consultation will take place in the spring term and I will share some more information about dates and arrangements next week. We are keen to arrange consultation meetings with parents at special schools so please do get in touch if you would be happy to host a meeting at your school.  

Also on Tuesday we were delighted to host Post 16 students from Calthorpe Academy and Victoria College at our offices at Lancaster Circus and Woodcock Street. The students were taking part in Enterprise events organised by our 14-19 team and were selling seasonal items including cards, jams and chutneys, potted bulbs and planters and much more to staff. This was a great success and we look forward to welcoming both schools back next week along with students from Wilson Stuart.

 victoria          calthorpe

Recently the Attachment Research Community (ARC) held its third annual conference in Birmingham. This year’s theme explored "Creative approaches to attachment, improving outcomes in your setting". ARC also launched its mission for “All Schools Attachment & Trauma Aware by 2025” along with their five objectives to achieve their mission:

  1. Supporting Schools to Become Attachment & Trauma Aware
  2. Enhancing Existing & Potential Collaborative Communities of Support
  3. Collating & Providing a National Platform for Research & Practice
  4. Helping to Provide & Extend a National Voice for Attachment & Trauma
  5. Recognising, Celebrating & Sharing Best Practice

Congratulations to Colebourne Primary School who were winners at the conference of the primary category of the Timpson Attachment Awards (Colebourne’s Headteacher Stuart Guest is pictured below receiving the award from Sir John Timpson). Colebourne receive a £500 bursary to develop Attachment Awareness Action Research in their learning community and will present a workshop at next year’s ARC Conference.


Below you will see an update from Tim Boyes, CEO at BEP, on the model that BEP have been developing to support schools in the city.  

Huge congratulations to Parkfield’s Andrew Moffat who is one of only three British teachers shortlisted for the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize. Andrew’s ‘No Outsiders’ work has been transformative in Birmingham and Andrew was recognised with an MBE for services to education last year.

The Council's budget consultation for 2019/20 closes on 31 December so please do have your say at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/brumbudget19 if you have not already done so. You'll also find information on the website about the public meeting and webcast taking place next week.

Finally you will have seen the distressing news from Strasbourg earlier this week. Any schools who would like support from our Resilience Team when discussing these events with students can contact Razia Butt (razia.butt@birmingham.gov.uk).




Children Missing Education: Children and families re-locating to countries of conflict

The CME team often receives referrals from schools for children who are thought to have moved abroad to areas of conflict, or where other forms of child exploitation might significantly compromise their safety. Such areas include Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Yemen. If you have concerns for a child and believe that they may be moving to an area mentioned above or similar, before referring to CME, please seek advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) through this web link.

Please take into account any information you have about the child’s residency status and their destination, particularly if a child is thought to be travelling alone, without parents or significant family members. If the destination is one that is known for conflict, or poses significant risk to a child’s safety and the FCO is advising against British nationals travelling to these destinations, please discuss this with and seek advice from the CASS (0121 303 1888) in the first instance.  

  • For further advice, telephone  Karen Prosser, CME Officer, on 0121 303 4983.
  • Referrals can be made to the CME team securely at cme@birmingham.gcsx.gov.uk
  • For CASS enquiries or referrals  - telephone 0121 303 1888

Triennial Review of Serious Case Reviews

Jon Needham has been offered two seats at the triennial review of serious case reviews (SCR) run by Warwick University on 23 January. The review is keen to gather the voice of education and wants a DSL in Primary and a DSL from secondary to join the interactive, round table discussion on the early study findings of the SCRs from 2014-17 and how to maximize the impact of SCRs on practice within schools and partner agencies.

The session is being facilitated by Prof Marion Brandon, and is being held at the Birmingham Research Park in Edgbaston. The session is being run from 1pm - 4pm (with lunch provided).

If you would like to come, Jon is offering the two seats on a 'first come - first served' basis. Please email your interest to Jon.j.needham@birmingham.gov.uk and join him at this event.

Updates from Finance

1) Updated 2018/19 Section 251 School Budget Notification and 2017/18 Section 251 Outturn Statements

Birmingham City Council has updated the individual school Section 251 Budget Statements to include Post 16 Special Schools Bursary Funding for the 2018-2019 Academic year and adjusted allocations for in year 6th forms as notified by the DfE.

All schools should ensure that the latest publication of the S251 Budget Statement, with the funding streams listed above, are updated on the local budget systems for 2018/19.

For your information Birmingham City Council has published the Overall Local Authority S251 Budget Tables 2018/2019 for your information. Please access the budget notifications from the Birmingham City Council using this link.

Birmingham City Council has also published the Overall Local Authority S251 Outturn Tables 2017/2018 for your information. Please access the Outturn notification from Birmingham City Council website using this link.

2) Teachers Pay Grant Allocations 2018/19 Financial Year

The Department for Education has confirmed the 2018/19 Teachers Pay Grant Allocations. Currently the Nursery, Primary and Secondary schools allocations are determined and notified. The notification of these allocations have been published on the Birmingham City Council website and may be accessed on the Birmingham City Council website using this link.

Please note: In the original allocations tables, published by the DfE in October, a double-counting issue affected pupil numbers in reception classes. The DfE have recalculated the per-pupil rate for primary and nursery pupils. The revised pupils and rates are those used in the notification. DfE stated that all schools will receive at least the amounts shown in the original publication in October and therefore a Primary Supplementary allocation is also included in the total where applicable.

For High Needs settings i.e.  maintained special schools, special academies, pupil referral units, hospital schools, and alternative provision academies, notifications will be issued following the conclusion of a consultation exercise in accordance with  DfE conditions of grant guidance.

3) 2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula Autumn Term Actual Allocations

Following the release of the October 18 census information by the DfE and the return of Early Years data collection templates by Nursery settings. The Actual Autumn Term 2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula allocation has now been published on the Birmingham City Council website.

The notifications for Maintained Nursery Schools and Schools/Academy Nursery classes also allows schools to forecast spring term 2019 allocations based upon a schools’ local knowledge.

The notifications may be accessed on the Birmingham City Council website using this link.

All budget queries should be sent by email to: fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk


VAT update

To those schools that have attended VAT training in Nov and Dec 2018, thank you for your attendance, we hope you enjoyed the training and found it useful. Further training dates will be released shortly.
As requested, the council’s VAT registration number is GB 112 0821 30. This should be quoted on all invoices raised by BCC schools.

Please note the council’s Tax Codes and VAT Rates below:

VAT Registration Number GB 112 0821 30


Output Tax - Income


Input Tax - Expenditure


Exempt Income                 


Exempt from VAT Expenditure (0%)


Standard VAT Income (17.5%) - Do Not Use


Lower rate VAT expenditure (5%)


Lower rate VAT income (5%)     


Manually Coded VAT Expenditure (0%)


Non Business Income (0%)     


Outside scope expenditure (0%)


Zero rated Income (0%)       


Standard rated VAT expenditure (20%)


Exempt from VAT Income (0%)  


Standard rated VAT expenditure (17.5%) - Do Not Use


Standard VAT Income (20%)   


Standard rated VAT expenditure (15%) - Do Not Use


Standard VAT Income (15%) - Do Not Use


Zero rate VAT expenditure (0%)


VAT Rates


Up to 30 November 2008 = 17.5%


From 1 Dec 08 to 31 Dec 09 = 15%


From 1 Jan 10 to 3 Jan 11 = 17.5%


From 4 Jan 11 = 20%


If you have any VAT queries please contact your relevant finance support officer in the first instance, and please contact us if further assistance is required.

Leigh Nash      Leigh.nash@birmingham.gov.uk
Janet  Morritt   Janet.morritt@birmingham.gov.uk
Ruth Hill          Ruth.A.Hill@birmingham.gov.uk
Tom Rees       Thomas.A.Rees@birmingham.gov.uk

Tel: 0121 303 2691

Schools Financial Services: Strategic Financial Planning Software

In the current economic climate it is more crucial than ever to plan resources effectively.  Strategic financial planning is essential for schools in meeting the medium term aims and objectives identified in their School Improvement Plans.

Schools Financial Services offer strategic financial planning software and this is now available for Local Authority Primary, Secondary and Nursery Schools to purchase.  This will enable you to produce medium term financial planning directly in school, and supports the requirements of the Schools Financial Value Standard. 

Please note that the software and documentation will be sent via the secure Egress Switch email system, and the price is £195. 

The software will be available for purchasing until the end of January 2019.

For further information or to order please contact tracey.elsden@birmingham.gov.uk.  If you would like to purchase the software please attach an official order.

Non BCC Contracted Suppliers: Be Aware  

BCC have been made aware of companies approaching schools stating they are an approved BCC contracted supplier when they are not.

Before signing any contract or agreement please check our approved list of BCC contracted supplies on the Birmingham Education Support Services website.

If you have been approached by a non BCC contracted supplier who is claiming to be part of our approved contracted suppliers list please notify The Procurement Service immediately by contacting the team on: 0121 464 8000 or cps@birmingham.gov.uk

You can meet some of our approved contracted suppliers at our Suppliers & Service Conference on Wednesday 6th Feb 2019 at The Holte Suite, Aston Villa Football Club, Birmingham B6 6HE

Two FREE delegate places are available to schools - to register visit:  https://bccconference2019.eventbrite.co.uk/

Update from BEP

Over the last 12 months, BEP has been working hard to produce a more complete offer to meet all schools’ development needs. A lot of this work was developed through the SSIF process which has enabled us to think about larger scale projects to support more schools in the city than just those covered by the contract. Encouragingly, this has enabled us to incorporate our wider mission to ensure a social and civic offer as well as an academic offer. The fact that all of this activity is shaped by the voice of headteachers through the Board, SLIC, ACTS and through BEP’s participation with Primary, Secondary and Special schools’ fora is a key strength of our work and responsibilities and ambitions are shaped around all Birmingham schools.

The model we have been developing, we first showed you at our Annual Conference and we are beginning to further refine our thinking in each of the three circles encompassed by leadership support and development. We will be providing you with regular updates on our offer in each of these areas and many of you are already ‘tapping into’ various offers from some/all of the circles.


Our intention is to update, give detail and comment on this framework through our own communications and through BCC Noticeboard to ensure that you can access whichever aspects of our work supports your school improvement journey most. While Noticeboard will contain the BEP headlines, this newsletter, our web site and Tracy’s weekly blog will contain more detail to ensure you have the information you need to choose the offer(s) that meets your school’s needs best.

CONTACT: office@bep.education

EEF Technology Hub Open Days

Discovering more about apprenticeships in manufacturing and engineering at the following Open Days at EEF Technology Hub, Nobel Way, Birmingham, B6 7EU.

  • Friday 25th January - Open afternoon for young people and parents - 12.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Saturday 9th February Open Day - 10am - 1.30pm

Please see attached flyer for more information.

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