20 December 2018

In the last Noticeboard of term, there is an update from Anne Ainsworth, the latest School Place Planning Requirements, BCC’s proposed admissions arrangements and proposed published admissions numbers for community and voluntary controlled schools for 202

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear colleagues

As we head towards the last few days of term, I’m pleased to report that we have received some good news in the city over the past week. Our written statement of action, developed following the SEND inspection in June 2018 with partners across the city, was submitted to Ofsted and has received a very positive response. I look forward to continuing the spirit of partnership, openness and joint working that has underpinned the development of the statement, and our work over the past 6 months. The focus has to stay on improving outcomes for our children and I think there are exciting things to come as we work together to get things right.

Another piece of good news was the government announcement of additional SEND funding. Whilst this may not be as much money as we would hope for, it is good to see the government recognising the financial pressures which have been growing due to the increase in children nationally who need support. We will be preparing papers for a future School Forum meeting and look forward to a good discussion about the best use of this funding.

Primary Forum met last week with a full and informative agenda. During the meeting James McNeillie HMI was made welcome by the Headteacher representatives. James advised the group that the OfSTED annual report has been published and that OfSTED were preparing the 2019 framework. A twelve week consultation of this framework will be launched in January for Headteachers to contribute their views. We’ll share information on this consultation when it is available.

Last week’s School Forum was a really good meeting. It’s so important that the funding in Birmingham can be used to best effect and we are committed to providing Schools Forum with all the information required to make informed decisions. Don’t forget to keep in touch with your rep so they can keep you updated on the discussions.

The Council’s budget consultation will close on 31 December so please do contribute if you haven’t already. The link to the consultation is https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/bccbudgetconsultation2019/ . Please don’t forget to look at all the proposals, not just those in Children and Young People as some of the other budget lines may also have an impact on children.

This is my last Noticeboard as Acting Director and I couldn’t sign-off without thanking you for your support. This is most certainly a job that you cannot do on your own, and I have been overwhelmed by the support I have received from schools across the city. Thank you so very much. One of the best things about the job is visiting our schools, talking with Heads, staff and our children and seeing some amazing child-centered practice over the last five months. I will be letting Tim know that he is a very lucky bloke, and he will have the opportunity to visit some incredible schools in the new year.

Thank you for everything you do for children and young people in the city.

Happy Christmas all. I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy a very restful time over the festive period.

Best wishes



School Place Planning Requirements

Please find attached at this link the latest version of Birmingham City Council's School Place Planning Requirements (formerly known as Education Sufficiency Requirements).

This document provides an update on the November 2016 edition and covers the following:

  • Birmingham’s School Place Planning Context
  • The changes in birth rate and our future demand for primary and secondary school places
  • Our supply of school places, including areas where over-provision may become a challenge and where we may need to decommission places
  • The number and location of additional mainstream primary places required from 2018 to 2020

CONTACT: Education Infrastructure (edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk)

Proposed admission arrangements and proposed published admissions numbers

Birmingham City Council’s proposed admissions arrangements and proposed published admissions numbers for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools for the 2020/2021 academic year can be viewed on the Birmingham City Council website at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/proposedadmissionarrangements2020to2021

The consultation runs from: Monday 17 December 2018 until Monday 28 January 2019.

Any comments on the proposed admission arrangements or published admissions numbers should be made to https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/copy-of-proposed-admissions-arrangements-2020

Birmingham Special Schools Cooperative Trust

In November 2018 the Birmingham Special Schools Cooperative Trust was set up, comprising of the following schools:

  • Baskerville School
  • Dame Ellen Pinsent School
  • Fox Hollies School
  • Hamilton School
  • Longwill School
  • The Pines School

Also, as Trust Partners: Calthorpe Academy & Wilson Stuart School.

The other partners are: University of Birmingham, University College Birmingham & Hays Education.

Students from all of the schools met together at Calthorpe Academy on 17 October for a launch event where they took part in various workshops and presented a performance in the afternoon. We are planning to work together in a number of areas to share the expertise within the schools, demonstrating the Co-operative Trust values to improve outcomes for the students in all of the schools.

ESOL Course for schools

The next ESOL Qualification course for teachers/classroom support staff will be starting on 23rd January 2019. It is run by the Gypsy Roma and Traveller Team but delivered by an externally commissioned tutor.
The course consists of 8 sessions of 2.5 hours held on Wednesday afternoon and particularly focuses on fluency, grammar and pronunciation. Because of these elements it is suitable for native English speakers, or at the very least, those with excellent pronunciation and grammar.

At the end of the course the participants will have a recognized qualification and a good grounding in Teaching English as a Second Language to assist the school and their colleagues.
The cost for each participant is £100 for the entire course, handbook, examination and certificate.

If your school has a significant number of new to English pupils, Roma, Asylum Seeker/Refugee or recently arrived from abroad, and would like to take advantage of this course please contact:
Phil Denley, GRT Teacher phil.denley@birmingham.gov.uk to register your interest.

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