5 April 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes the revised Education, Health and Care Assessment Request, information about the arrangements for the offer of Reception Class places on 16 April, School Organisation proposals and much more.

Included in this update:

Revised Education, Health and Care Assessment Request (EHCAR)

From 1 April 2019, the EHCAR will be changing. The updated version will be available on the Local Offer Website here. After 29 April, all requests for an EHC assessment made by schools, settings and support services must be made on the new paperwork.

We are pleased to be able to share the updated EHCAR form and supplementary guidance which was developed by a multi-agency group under the leadership of Jill Copley, Senior Educational Psychologist. We would like to extend our thanks to Jill and the rest of the group for their hard work on this.

The main changes to the document reflect learning from the first four years of implementation of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 0 – 25 years. In particular:

  • Greater emphasis on evidence of the graduated response
  • An opportunity to reflect the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes, particularly for young people aged 14 and above

We have also added a checklist on the front page to act as a prompt for referrers to ensure that all relevant information is included with the request.

The EHCAR can be used by any professional making a request for an EHC assessment for a child, in accordance with paragraphs 9.8 and 9.9 of the Code of Practice. Parents and young people who wish to submit their own request should continue to use the parental request form that is available on the Local Offer website.  

The revised EHCAR will be in use from 1 April 2019. From 29 April 2019, all new requests by professionals for an EHC assessment must be submitted on the revised form. Any requests submitted on the previous form after that date will not be accepted.

School Admissions: Arrangements for the offer of Reception Class places on 16 April 2019

The attached information sheet will shortly be emailed to parents/carers who applied online for their child's reception class place. The information sheet sets out the process for the offer of reception class places on 16 April 2019. 

The information sheet will also be available on the School Admissions website www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions and will also be promoted on the Council's social media accounts prior to offer day.

School admissions will generate waiting lists on 10 May 2019.  These waiting lists will be sent to those schools which manage their own waiting lists on 13 May 2019.  Waiting list information will not be available before that date.  The information sheet clearly states this.

This is to allow families time to accept or refuse the offers made by the deadline of 30 April 2019 and give schools time to write to those who have not responded to their offers - the outcome of which will be more robust waiting lists.  All waiting lists will be made available from the same date to ensure consistency for all families.

I would be grateful if you could pass on the above advice to any families who ask about the process for reception class offers for September 2019.  Thank you in advance for your assistance with this matter.

CONTACT: Alan Michell (alan.michell@birmingham.gov.uk)

School Organisation Proposals

Oscott Manor School

Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority for Birmingham, is conducting a formal consultation to make the following changes to  Oscott Manor School (a community special school.)

  • Transfer from Old Oscott Hill to Reservoir Road, Erdington B23 6DE with effect from 1st November 2021

Should these proposals be approved, Oscott Manor will transfer to the new site into a new purpose built school. This building replacement is part of the Department for Education's Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP.)

The formal consultation on the transfer of the site runs from 4 April to 2 May 2019.

Full details of the proposal and how to comment are available online: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/oscottmanor

Gunter Primary School

Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority for Birmingham, is conducting a formal consultation to make the following changes to  Gunter Primary School (a community school).

  • Alter the lower age limit from age 3 to become age 4 with effect from 1st September 2019.

This proposal would result in an age range of 4 - 11 years, which would remove nursery provision from Gunter Primary School.

The formal consultation on the removal of nursery provision will run from 4 April  to 2 May 2019.

Full details of the proposal and how to comment are available online: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/gunter

CONTACT: edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

NQT Assessment Deadline – FAO NQT’s registered with Birmingham Local Authority (Services For Education)

This applies to NQTs registered with Birmingham LA (Services For Education). The deadline for Spring term assessment submission is Friday 12 April 2019. Any late submissions will incur a £25 fee.

Please check NQT Manager for information specific to your NQT.

LINK: https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/nqt-support/

UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools training

Places are available on upcoming training 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

Rights Respecting School Award: Achieving Bronze. 13 June 2019, 10am - 4pm, 1 Lancaster Circus B4 7DJ

If your school has recently registered for the Award then you will find this course is particularly well suited to your needs. The aim of this course is to arm you with strategies to involve and inform all members of your school community and work quickly and effectively towards the first stage of the Award, Bronze: Rights Committed. 

BOOKING LINK: http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/91357

Learning to Shape Birmingham Conference: 24 and 25 September 2019

Last year Birmingham Education Partnership, Services For Education and Link2ICT joined forces to deliver a very successful headteacher conference focussing on strong leadership and best practice in classrooms. This year, we have once again crafted a rich and powerful programme designed to inspire and inform as we seek to grow our culture of collaboration and improve Birmingham schools together. Both strategic and operational across two days, this year’s conference will be underpinned by two central themes – curriculum and leadership.

On day one, we have a series of outstanding keynote speakers, including Andy Buck, Simon Topham, Jim Roberson and Mary Myatt. Mary will ensure cohesion throughout and will begin and end our conference by exploring questions around curriculum purpose and leadership.

On day two, we are excited to welcome internationally acclaimed speaker, Andy Hargreaves. Andy is a world expert in effective collaboration and school improvement. Following Andy, there will be a packed programme of workshops with distinct strands of leadership and governance, curriculum and inclusion. With the workshop structure of day two, we are again opening this day out to wider leadership teams.

To see more of the programme and to book tickets visit https://www.learningtoshapebirmingham.co.uk/

School Safety training courses

Date: 8th 11th & 12th April 2019   Start Time: 09:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m.
Course:                 Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
Venue:                  The Kenrick Centre Mill Farm Road Harborne B17 0QX
Cost:                 £179.00 per delegate
How to Book Tel 303 2420 or email schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk
Website :  https://secure2.sla-online.co.uk/V3/Provider/Home

Date: 9th April 2019 – Start Time: 09:30 a.m. – 15:30 p.m.
Course: (MIDAS)Minibus Driving  Full Course
Venue:  Driver Training Centre, Redfern Depot, Kings Road, Tyseley B11 2AB
Cost: £266.00 per delegate
How to Book: Tel 303 2420 or email schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk
Website :  https://secure2.sla-online.co.uk/V3/Provider/Home

Date: 9th April 2019 - Start Time: 09:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Course: Fire Marshal Training
Venue: Woodcock Street (G14 WCS / Room G14 (Auditorium), Woodcock Street), 10 Woodcock Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4BL
Cost: £29.00 per delegate
How to Book: Tel 303 2420 or email schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk
Website :  https://secure2.sla-online.co.uk/V3/Provider/Home

Date: 10th & 11th April 2019   Start Time: 09:30 a.m. to 16:30 p.m.
Course: Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (Requalification)
Venue: Perry Tree Centre, Dovedale Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham, B23 5BX
Cost: £179.00 per delegate
How to Book Tel 303 2420 or email schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk
Website :  https://secure2.sla-online.co.uk/V3/Provider/Home

Date: 10th April 2019 - Start Time: 13:30 a.m. – 15:30 p.m.
Course: Fire Marshal Training
Venue: Woodcock Street (G14 WCS / Room G14 (Auditorium), Woodcock Street), 10 Woodcock Street, Aston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B7 4BL
Cost: £29.00 per delegate
How to Book Tel 303 2420 or email schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk
Website :  https://secure2.sla-online.co.uk/V3/Provider/Home

To book a place, please call Safety Services on 0121 303 2420 or 0121 303 3736. Or email:  schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk


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