8 March 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Tim O'Neill, the upcoming Headteacher briefings, DfE FAQs about relationship education, advice from the Safeguarding team about knife crime, an update on Council run day nurseries, School Place Planning

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear colleagues

This morning I have the pleasure of opening the primary phase of Washwood Heath Academy. What a fantastic new building!

The recruitment process for permanent Assistant Directors in Education and Skills has been taking place and the closing date for applications was earlier this week. I'm hoping to make appointments in due course and will keep you posted on the progress of this work.

Yesterday I attended a meeting of the Parent Carer Forum to discuss SEND and I also met with Heads of Service from the Youth Service which is now part of Education and Skills.

Finally, thanks to everyone who has booked a place at the Headteacher briefings. The first one is next week and there's a reminder of the booking links below. Hope to see lots of you there.



Dr Tim O'Neill
Director of Education and Skills


Headteacher briefings

Headteacher briefings are taking place next month and we hope to see as many of you as possible there. Please use the links below to book places.

Thursday 14 March 2019 10am - 11.30am mac Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park B12 9QH https://www.eventbrite.com/e/headteacher-briefing-south-tickets-56531427020
Thursday 21 March 2019 3pm - 4.30pm

The Pavilion, Moor Lane B6 7AA


CONTACT: education@birmingham.gov.uk

Department for Education FAQs on the requirements around relationship education, RSE and Health education

For information, the Department has published FAQs on requirements around relationship education, RSE and Health education, in advance of the upcoming regulatory changes in 2020. You can find the FAQ on the DfE website here.

CONTACT: Razia Butt (razia.butt@birmingham.gov.uk)

Services for Education roadmap for Primary Statutory Relationships Education and Health Education

Are you ready for Primary Statutory Relationships Education and Health Education? What steps do you need to take and when, in order to implement the statutory guidance?

In response to the announcement of the statutory requirement from September 2020 for primary schools to teach Relationships and Health Education, Services For Education has developed a four term road map and supporting resources to aid your planning process, and ensure you are ready for implementation.

You can access our free road map and materials from next Monday at https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/rse-roadmap/

We will also be providing a free webinar on March 21st to talk through the roadmap. Please visit the above page next week to book your place.

Responses to Knife Crime

You will be aware from the press recently of the extremely worrying increase in knife incidents involving young people across the city including the three deaths last month. Clearly, we need to ensure that our children and young people are aware of the extremely serious implications of carrying knives.

Last week Razia included a list of curriculum resources, this week I wanted to bring together some other supporting resources for schools,

Searching Pupils:
The guidance outlines the Head’s powers of searching, including without consent and the power to confiscate

Weapons Screening:
The West Midlands Police advice is to conduct regular, but random, start of the day weapon screening using a detector wand. Empirical evidence from schools utilising this policy demonstrates a dramatic reduction in the number of knife possession incidents in school.

New - Weapons Audit:
Within education we want to get a complete picture of the problem across Birmingham. From the 1st March we are asking schools to complete a Weapons in School Audit for every incident where a pupil is:

  • Found to be in possession of a weapon
  • The alleged perpetrator of a weapons related attack
  • Is the victim of a weapons attack

The audit form can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/schoolsafeguarding in the policies and procedures tile at the bottom of the page and should be completed & returned on the same day as the incident.
It is important to remember that all incidents of weapons possession should be reported to the police using 999 in emergency situations and the 101 line for other cases.
Linked to this is the Police’s Force Intelligence Bureau form that must be completed to allow the police to collate intelligence around the topic.

Critical Incident & Lockdown:
If an incident were to happen inside or in the near vicinity of your school or college the critical incident guidance can be found at:

Curriculum Resources:
In addition to the wide range of additional resources, lesson plans and videos available given by Razia and Ayisha last week there are the ones held on the Birmingham Police and Schools website at http://www.policeandschools.org.uk/  and The Home Office website https://www.knifefree.co.uk/

CONTACT: Moira Gilligan, Team Manager Education Safeguarding Team (Moira.Gilligan@birmingham.gov.uk)

Council Run Day Nurseries

Birmingham City Council currently runs 14 day nurseries in Birmingham. The Council is looking to withdraw as the current provider of the nurseries and commence a Due Diligence Process for each nursery by inviting responses for delivery of childcare services from other public bodies and the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) sector, including social enterprises.

The Council invites interested applicants to participate in this Due Diligence Process which will be used to approve the most appropriate applicant for the nursery settings being made available. Successful applicants will take on the running of the day nurseries, by completing a TUPE transfer of existing staff, where required, and entering into lease agreements with the Council for nursery buildings or the parts of buildings currently occupied by the Nurseries. The Council will not be providing any funding regarding the running of the day nurseries after completion of transfers and will not contract manage or seek any performance measures with successful applicants.
The deadline for receipt of responses to the Council is no later than 12pm (midday) on 3 April 2019.

Upon receipt of the attached Confidentiality Agreement, the Council will send applicants a full pack of information on the day nurseries. You are invited to visit the nurseries and must return a complete Site Visit Response Form by 12pm (midday) on 5 March 2019. Visits will take place 6th – 20th March.

Registration and use of in-tend is free. All correspondence for this due diligence process must be via the in-tend correspondence function.

If you are unable to register with in-tend please either email us at cps@birmingham.gov.uk or call 0121 464 8000.

If you are interested in responding please click on the following link to access the Council’s Portal:-. https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/ and submit your details to register as an applicant. We will send you a log on and password so you can download the quotation documentation.

Your completed questionnaire and supporting documentation should be returned by noon on 3 April 2019 via the ‘in-tend’ system https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc 

School Place Planning Requirements

Please find attached the latest version of Birmingham City Council's School Place Planning Requirements (formerly known as Education Sufficiency Requirements). This was released previously on the 21st December 2018 Noticeboard.

To share this information further, we are running workshops for school attendees on Friday 5 April 2019 at Matthew Boulton College (Birmingham Metropolitan College), Jennens Road B4 7PS. There is a morning session from 10am to 12pm or an afternoon session from 1pm to 3pm (attend only one). Places can be booked via Eventbrite using this link.

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, our future demand for primary places and rising need for secondary school places
  • Our supply of school places, including areas where over-provision may become a challenge and where we may need to decommission primary places 
  • The number and location of additional mainstream primary places required from 2018 to 2020
  • The number and location of additional mainstream secondary places required between 2019 and 2024

CONTACT: Lucy Dumbleton (lucy.dumbleton@birmingham.gov.uk)

Deadline for 2018/19  Financial Year closedown purchase/virtual card use

To ensure all 2018/19 purchases are correctly accounted for in 2018/19 financial year, purchase card items should be regularly cleared from Dcal to minimise end of year backlogs.

Items purchased by 21st March 2019 need to be cleared from Dcal by 26th March 2019 to be included in 2018/19.

(N.B. please do not use your purchase card after 21st  March as purchases fall into 2019/20 will not be accrued back).

Fraud Alert from Barclays Bank

There has been a spate of vishing frauds targeting schools, where fraudsters called schools and pretended to be from Barclays and asked schools to make payments. To aid school clients on what precautions to take, here is a reminder of what Barclays will never ask during a genuine call:

Best practices

  • Do not assume a caller is genuine because they know information about you or your company – fraudsters are skilled in collecting enough information and use technology to be convincing
  • Remember that Barclays may ask you for some information, but will NEVER:
    • ask you for your PIN number or your full password
    • provide you with account details to make a payment      
    • request you change permission levels of who can access your account or
    • request that you grant them remote access to your systems or PC

Please contact the Corporate Fraud Team for any queries/advice/concerns (0121 303 2185, BirminghamAudit@Birmingham.gov.uk for general enquiries and advice or FraudHotline@birmingham.gov.uk for specific issues of concern)

2019/20 Subscription Charges for School and Governor Support

School and Governor Support’s (S&GS) service offer was significantly revised, updated and given a new look last year. Our brochure for 2019/20, which provides an overview of the services offered to subscribing schools and academies together with the information you will need to access them, will be available by the end of March and then subsequently on www.birmingham.gov.uk/SGS.

We appreciate the continuing pressure on school budgets and remain committed to maintaining our costs at as low a level as possible. However, you will have seen that as part of the BCC Budget Consultation we, along with all other council services, are expected to contribute to the overall savings that need to be made. Having been able to keep our costs without increase for many years, there will be another small increase of £50 in the subscription charge for 2019 – 2020 to £2100.  Maintained schools and recently converted academies will be invoiced early in the new financial year. Existing academies will be invoiced, as usual, during September 2019 in line with their own funding arrangements. 

More information is available in the letter from Karen Davies attached here.

LINK: www.birmingham.gov.uk/SGS

Year 7 literacy and numeracy catch-up premium for 2018 to 2019

The Department for Education has determined the 2018/19 Year 7 Catch Up Premium Allocation for schools with year 7 pupils.

The notification of this allocation for maintained schools has been published on the Birmingham City Council website and may be accessed via this link.

CONTACT: fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

Modeshift STARS

We’re encouraging all Birmingham schools to join a major effort to increase levels of walking, cycling and other forms of greener travel by registering with Modeshift STARS.
Modeshift STARS is a national award scheme which offers support and rewards to schools for taking steps to promote safer, greener, healthier travel. By participating in the Modeshift STARS scheme your school will be able to produce a new national standard School Travel Plan with an achievable action plan. You will receive support and guidance in order to achieve bronze, silver and gold accreditation. What’s more every Birmingham school can participate in Modeshift STARS for FREE. For further information please visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/modeshiftstars

Staff training
As part of Modeshift STARS we offer regular training sessions for school staff on key topics such as road safety and clean air. These engaging CPD sessions will equip you with ideas and resources to take back to the classroom helping to create a cleaner, safer environment around your school. If you’d like to take part in either of the below sessions please email: mandi.slater@birmingham.gov.uk

  • Clean Air, Wednesday 13th March, 1.30-3.30pm, Council House Birmingham
  • Road Safety, Tuesday 26th March, 1.30-3.30pm, West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters
  • Clean Air, Monday 20th May, 1.30-3.30pm, Council House Birmingham
  • Road Safety, Monday 8th July, 1.30-3.30pm, West Midlands Fire Service Headquarters

If you need a little extra support with Modeshift STARS, we can also offer training sessions on ‘Getting Started with Modeshift STARS’ and ‘Moving on to Accreditation’.

Could your school host one of our Modeshift STARS training sessions? In order to share knowledge and best practise, we are looking to deliver training sessions to groups of schools in local clusters. Please email mandi.slater@birmingham.gov.uk if this is something you are interested in.

Spring Term Assessment Courses

Services For Education works on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority to deliver the statutory duties regarding primary assessment.

In addition to undertaking moderation and monitoring services, we provide support, guidance and training for primary schools to best prepare for the requirements of statutory assessment in EYFS, KS1 and 2.
Our team of experts and STA Approved moderators provide centre-based, in-school or cross MAT moderation to ensure all schools are secure in their teacher judgements and assessment procedures.

Please see the Services for Education website https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/assessment/ to book a place.

Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency Programme

The STAAR (Summer Time Advanced Aerospace Residency) Programme is brought to you by Northrop Grumman, with the support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation, and in partnership with the RAF Museum.  It is being delivered by the Museum, Royal Air Force Cosford, RAF Youth and STEM Engagement Team and Tablet Academy.

STAAR is designed for Year 10 students who demonstrate an interest or aptitude for one or more STEM subjects. It is a fully-funded immersive week-long, hands-on residential camp, like no other. Successful students stay with chaperones on base at RAF Cosford, and each day of the course is delivered at the RAF Museum or on base at RAF Cosford by RAF Museum STEM Ambassadors, industry experts from Northrop Grumman, Tablet Academy professionals and RAF STEM personnel.

STAAR Recruits will learn about advanced aerospace systems and concepts and will address how the need for solutions to achieve an air mission shapes the way engineers and scientists design aerospace systems. Recruits will also work towards a CREST Award and an Industrial Cadet Award during the programme.

Here is the FAQs and here is the registration form.


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