29 March 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes details of upcoming training on the UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools programme, budget updates, an EAL course for schools and more.

Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

This week a video message was issued by Tim O'Neill and it can be accessed via this link. Regular video messages will be shared with you this way.

UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools training

Places are available on training next month for schools wishing to progress through the Rights Respecting Schools programme.


Rights Respecting School Award: Achieving Silver. 9 April 2019, 10am - 4pm, 1 Lancaster Circus B4 7DJ

This course is designed for RRSA leaders from schools who have started their journey towards the second stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award, Silver: Rights Aware, and are familiar with the RRSA. You will explore ways of developing an ethos of mutual respect for rights through rights-based agreements, consider participation rights, and discover practical ways to meet the RRSA standards to be ready for your Silver: Rights Aware accreditation. Achieving Silver courses builds on the work done in Achieving Bronze. Your school will have achieved or be close to the first stage of the Award, Bronze: Rights Committed. Please bring your Action plan for Silver.

BOOKING LINK: http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/88841

Rights Respecting School Award: Achieving Gold. 10 April 2019, 10am - 4pm, 1 Lancaster Circus B4 7DJ

This course helps you to fully embed the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child though all aspects of school life in preparation for an RRSA Gold visit. The content deepens your understanding of a rights based approach, explores the key technical vocabulary in the RRSA Outcomes, supports you to strengthen pupil participation and develops your understanding of global citizenship, sustainable development and advocacy. Your school should have achieved RRSA Silver (or old Level1) or have an imminent Silver accreditation date. Please bring your school’s Silver (Level 1) report. 

BOOKING LINK: http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/88842

Budget updates

2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula Spring Term and Final Notification

Notification of the final 2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula allocation has now been published on the Birmingham City Council website and can be accessed here.

2019/20 Section 251 School Budget Notification

Birmingham City Council has updated the individual school Section 251 Budget Statements to include :

  • Primary & Secondary School Funding (previously notified 14th February 2019)
  • Special School Funding (including academies) (previously notified 15th March 2019)
  • Resource Base Funding (including academies) (previously notified 15th March 2019)
  • Indicative Early Years Single Funding Formula Funding (including academies)

Schools should ensure that the latest publication, which includes all the funding streams listed above is utilised in setting a budget for 2019/20. Please access the final budget notification from this link.

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

2019 Y11 leavers at risk of NEET

From 1 May 2019, Birmingham Careers Service will begin to take Year 11 referrals of young people who are identified on their school’s Risk of NEET register (RONI) or on the school’s equivalent indicator.

This will include students who have no education, employment or training offer (EET), or where the school has identified the students are at risk of not taking up their EET offer. For full details of the offer and how to refer, please visit: http://www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk/our-work/

A referral form will be needed for each young person. Please ensure that the young people you are referring are aware that we will be contacting them. Work will begin with the students at the end of their exams.
This offer is free of charge and can help you with your “KS4 destination measures” responsibilities.


Apprenticeship and Careers event for young people

Birmingham Careers Service and Birmingham Youth Service will be holding an apprenticeship and careers event at The Factory Young People’s Centre, Devon Way, Longbridge, B31 2TS (opposite Bournville College) on Wednesday 10th April 2019 12 – 2.30pm. This event is targeted at 16 – 25 year olds (post stat ed), however, in line with our RONI offer – helping to support your  2019 leavers who you feel will become NEET - we would be pleased to extend a welcome to any Y11 2019 leaver who you feel would benefit from experiencing the range of opportunities on offer. There will be 30 providers covering a wide range of learning opportunities including college, traineeships and  apprenticeships.


LINK: https://www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk/


English as an Additional Language (EAL) Course for schools


The next English as an Additional Language ( EAL )Qualification course for teachers/classroom support staff will be starting on 8 May 2018. 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 recognised qualification and a good grounding in Teaching  English as an Additional Language (EAL)  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.


Traded Services for Schools

Julie Newbold, Education Relationship Manager and former Head of School Admissions, is leaving Birmingham City Council on 29 March 2019 .  Julie would like to thank all Head Teachers, school based staff and colleagues for all their support. Following Julie’s departure from BCC, if you have any queries regarding traded services please contact the Service directly. The latest Traded Services Booklet (attached here) includes the all-important contact details.


Introducing In Their Shoes – a British Values play and workshop from Saltmine Theatre Company

‘The Spots’ and ‘The Stripes’ have always hated one another for no real reason other than that they are different. But is this all about to change? In Their Shoes is a unique production and workshop that celebrates and promotes unity in diversity and sensitively explores issues around extremism. The diverse cast combine to produce a play that is itself an example of what can be achieved when different people come together and use their abilities for the same goal.

In Their Shoes is comprised of a 45-minute show (for years 1-6) and a 45-minute workshop (suitable for Key Stage 2 pupils).    The workshop uses forum theatre and the children have the opportunity to ask the characters questions. Each British Value is displayed and explained one by one during the workshop and recapped at the end:

  • Democracy is given the subtitle ‘I Have a Voice.’
  • The Rule of Law has the subtitle ‘I will follow the rules.’
  • Individual Liberty has the subtitle ‘I have a choice.’
  • Mutual Respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith has the subtitle ‘I will respect and accept others.’

The Home Office has approved part-funding to cover some of the cost for booking this production into 25 Birmingham schools who have not worked with Saltmine Theatre Company before.  Each school books a full day, during which shows and workshops can be repeated with different groups.   Saltmine Theatre Company is delighted to offer this production to your school at a very discounted rate. Discounted cost per day: £200 + travel costs + VAT (discount of £400 from usual day rate). 

Tour dates: 23rd – 24th May, 3rd – 11th June*, 23rd September – 25th October 2019

To book your date, please contact Joanna Bell Tour Co-Ordinator on 01384 454807 or email: creative@saltmine.org

Big Data Corridor

Big Data Corridor (BDC) is a European grant funded programme providing small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) across the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership with access to technical and commercial expertise to exploit the opportunities of data driven innovation. This unique project is delivered by a consortium including Birmingham City Council (lead partner), Aston University, Birmingham City University, Enable iD, Innovation Birmingham and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) part of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

BDC has been working with Edtech companies in the West Midlands to utilise data held by institutions, decisions makers and education organisations to make better products/services which can overcome the challenges and barriers faced by Educational professionals. One particular example of this is of an SME that BDC are assisting have designed and implemented a new platform to assist with BCC school admissions – this will be showcased at this event together with other SMES showcasing collaborations and other innovations in education.

Who should attend:

  • School personnel
  • EdTech SMES

Spaces are limited and taken up first come first served.


Recent posts



Social Links