24 May 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a reminder about the upcoming conference, training courses, information about 2019 data collections and much more.

Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

Firstly I'd like to congratulate the governance federation of Cherry Oak and Victoria special schools who won the award for outstanding vision and strategy at the National Governance Association awards earlier this week. It was fantastic to see Birmingham schools recognised in this way.

Victoria and Cherry Oak

I'm really pleased so many of you have booked places to attend the conference we are holding next month. We sent some more information about the plans for the conference earlier this week which you can find below along with the link to book places.

As we are at the end of a busy half term, some reflections on what I have been focussing on.

I'm pleased to report that the permanent recruitment for the senior leadership team is progressing with pace which will bring in much needed capacity to focus on exclusions and better support to our most vulnerable children. The SEND transformation plan is now getting some traction and I'd like to thank everyone who has been involved with this so far. 

You will be aware that officers and councillors have been supporting schools with regard to equalities education in recent months and we will continue to do so. The Council has been clear that we will always  stand up for the rights of all children, whoever they are and whatever kind of family they are from. This city is built upon diversity and we value and celebrate difference as a strength.

Thank you all for your hard work this half-term. Have a relaxing break.

Best wishes


Dr Tim O'Neill

Director Education and Skills

 Education and Skills Directorate Conference Monday 24 June

We can now confirm more details for our “Moving towards a self-improving system” conference being held on Monday 24th June (1pm to 5pm). Thank you to those who have already booked places.

The event will begin with a welcome and overview from Councillor Jayne Francis, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture.

Dr Tim O’Neill, Director for Education and Skills will look at the issues we’re collectively facing, share the thinking behind our future priorities plan and talk about our approach towards developing a self-improving system.

Professor Deborah Youdell from the University of Birmingham’s School of Education will speak about the Pedagogy of Equality. She will be joined by Razia Butt updating on the work around UNICEF’s Rights Respecting Schools work and the plans for Birmingham to move towards being a Child Friendly City.

Lorna Fitzjohn, Ofsted's Regional Director for the West Midlands, will be providing a perspective from Ofsted on the theme of improvement and some of the wider challenges faced. 

Local head teachers will provide their thoughts on the use of peer review and how this has helped them to drive improvements within their schools.

The conference will have space for discussion and feedback around the draft education and skills priorities and will look at how in partnership we can move forward on improving outcomes for children and young people across the city.

Bookings for the conference can be made through: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/moving-towards-a-self-improving-system-tickets-61589605167. Searching Eventbrite with the words “Moving towards” should provide you with the details.

The event will be held at Birmingham City Football Club’s St Andrews Football Ground, Cattell Road, Birmingham, B9 4RL (with on site with free parking). Further details on the agenda will follow. The conference will start at 1pm with registration beforehand.

The invite is for head teachers and members of their senior leadership team. Invites have also been sent to chairs of governors, alternative providers and to union colleagues.

CONTACT: education@birmingham.gov.uk

2019 Data Collections for EYFSP, Phonics, KS1 and KS2

The website https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/primarydata has now been updated with all the necessary documentation regarding the statutory collections and how to submit them.
Please see link ‘2019 Primary submission dates’ for deadlines of each key stage assessment return.  Please note, ALL schools are required to submit final returns by the stated deadlines. Any files received after the deadlines may not be validated before being submitted to the DfE and schools may not receive reports in a timely manner.

Please check you have access to Perspective Lite this will enable you to view reports published, an e-mail communication has been sent to schools recently.

CONTACT: Data and Intelligence Team (educationdata@birmingham.gov.uk)

Changes to the Finance & Governance Reports

Following the introduction of the new Finance & Governance Reports last September, feedback from schools has confirmed that there is a need for us to review the content of the Reports and to consider amendments that will make completion more straightforward as well as providing Governing Boards with more meaningful oversight of the finances.

Schools Financial Services, in conjunction with the Internal Audit Team, intend to set up some ‘Focus Groups’ comprising of representatives from schools (Head Teachers, School Business Managers/Bursars) from across all sectors.  One Focus Group will consider the reports for Primary and Secondary schools and two separate groups will do the same for Nursery and Special schools. 

Groups will meet after half term to agree the changes that are needed to the Reports going forward and the agreed changes will be made by SFS during the Summer Holidays with the revised versions being issued via the Schools Noticeboard in September 2019.

Groups will consist of no more than 15 people and requests to join will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Anyone interested in being part of the Focus Groups should contact Sue Beer, Head of Schools Financial Services:-  sue.beer@birmingham.gov.uk

EYSFF Summer Term 2019 Data Collection

In order to calculate Actual Allocations for the Summer Term 2019 and determine funding allocations for the Early Years Pupil Premium the LA needs to collect data from schools based on the May 2019 CENSUS. Schools are requested to complete a data collection template in order to supply this data for the Summer Term. Any failure to supply accurate data may have a detrimental impact upon a school’s funding.

The deadline for completion is Friday 7th June 2019 and again without the data the LA will not be in a position to accurately determine a school’s funding.

Schools may access the return via the Birmingham City Council website using this link.

It is the schools responsibility to check your Data and Census numbers against the Summer 2019 Actual budget statement when issued and discrepancies resolved before the Autumn term census.

CONTACT: fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

Termly Network meeting for Careers Leaders/Advisers in Schools

Careers Network Meeting Thursday 13th June 2019
9am - 12pm  Innovation Birmingham Limited  Faraday Wharf, Innovation Birmingham Campus, Holt Street, Birmingham, B7 4BB.

The meeting is a termly networking opportunity  for Careers Leaders/Advisers in school and colleges, to support them in their role and provide an opportunity to network and share ideas in response to  local and national developments. The June meeting will include an introduction from Innovation Birmingham about the different technology events they organise including an Arts/Skills Programme and plans to work with local schools around digital and technical career pathways.

The meeting will focus on Gatsby Benchmark 7  ‘Encounters with FE and HE’ with information from local training providers about Apprenticeship opportunities and the Ladder for Birmingham Campaign.

There will be local and national updates and an overview of changes to the Tracker tool to support schools in completing careers plans for 2019 – 2020.

Please register at https://bep.education/events/birmingham-enterprise-adviser-network-meeting/

Breakfast Meeting: School Sixth Form Peer Review Roll Out – Monday 17 June 2019

You’re warmly invited to attend a special breakfast event for School Sixth-Forms in Birmingham, taking place at 10 Woodcock Street (Council Offices, B7 4BG) on Monday 17 June 2019 from 8.00am-9.30am.

The Post 16 Forum in Birmingham has developed a Peer Review Tool for Sixth-Forms to help improve quality and standards. Two local Head teachers will be sharing their experience of the Peer Review process and inviting Heads of Sixth-Form and/or Head Teachers to undertake a focused Peer Review of the Sixth-Form next term.

The breakfast event will also be an opportunity for Head teachers and/or Heads of Sixth-Form to highlight any other concerns and issues where the Post 16 Forum can assist.

Come along and find out more about the Peer Review process and enjoy coffee and a croissant with Sixth-Form colleagues from across Birmingham!

Please reply by email to 14-19@birmingham.gov.uk to confirm your attendance.

SEMINAR: Good Practice in Transition from School to Post 16, HE and Employment

A half day seminar for Secondary Schools, Colleges, Universities and Post 16 providers on:

Date: Friday 21st June 2019 from 8.30am-1.00pm
Venue: The Auditorium, 10 Woodcock Street, Birmingham B7 4BG

This interactive seminar aims to support Secondary Schools, Colleges, Universities and Post 16 providers with good practice around facilitating effective transition from:

  • KS4 to KS5
  • KS5 to Higher Education
  • Transition to Employment
  • Transition for vulnerable young people (i.e. LAC, SEND, Living independently, etc.)

Workshops will be held on the above topics.

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite link.

All enquiries: 14-19@birmingham.gov.uk

Access to Education training courses

British Dyslexia Association Accredited Learning Support Assistant (ALSA)

Do you need build capacity to support pupils with dyslexia and literacy difficulties to make progress? The role of the teaching assistant is a pivotal one in the life of pupil and this course provides an opportunity to further improve on good practice with many ideas and strategies to help pupils with dyslexia and literacy difficulties.  Developed to meet British Dyslexia Association (BDA) accreditation criteria, the ALSA course offers Teaching Assistants the opportunity to engage in quality CPD to develop a specialism around dyslexia. Teaching assistants will develop skills and understanding of how to effectively support pupils, teachers and parents as part of your school response for pupils. This will enable those trained to enhance their role to lead in aspects of support to pupils, making a positive impact on outcomes for children and young people.

For further information https://accesstoeducation.birmingham.gov.uk/index.php/PSS/teaching-assistants-2.htm

Person-Centred Review Facilitation

Parental and pupil engagement is vital when planning and reviewing how best to support young people, particularly those with Special Educational Needs.
Person-Centred Thinking Tools and Person-Centred Reviews (PCRs) help to involve young people and their parents in the decision-making process and increase engagement at all stages of the graduated approach. 
Pupil and School Support offer a one or two-day course to meet the needs of your setting. The course will give participants:

Day 1 - An introduction to principles of person-centred practice and the use of Person-Centred Thinking Tools
Day 2 – An understanding of the process and principles of PCRs, training in facilitation skills, how to use information gathered to inform statutory requirements and increase parental and pupil engagement.

Participants must attend both days to be a trained facilitator of PCRs. This may be done consecutively or day 2 may be attended when the course runs again in Autumn 2019. Each day can also be booked separately using Day 1 as a general introduction to person centred approaches and Day 2 as a refresher to anyone who has previously completed the PCR training. Please book via the Access to Education website or telephone for more information.

Places can be booked via the Access to Education website here.

Free 2020 PSHE Package for four secondary schools

This is a great opportunity for four secondary schools (including PRUs  & special schools) and their year 9 pupils to take part in ‘Safe Journey’, an NOCN Level 1 Award in Personal Wellbeing for Young People. 

Each school will have a package worth £2000 to keep as a sustainable resource within the classroom.  Safe Journey was created from 4 years of pilot sessions and research in England and Australia and is being evaluated by the Centre for Violence Prevention at Worcester University from 2019 – 2020.   We are looking for four schools to implement the project between Sept 2019 and July 2020 in the same way, to ensure consistency for the control group with the evaluation.  This can be negotiated with schools that are interested in the project (e.g one form group per school or 1 group of 6 pupils per school).  

All elements of the course are linked to PSHE 2020 mandatory criteria, Ofsted 2019 and Prevent 2018 frameworks and strategies.   Please contact Jonny if interested for a late September 2019 start with 1 days training on July 4th at  Moseley Exchange.  The course comprises of 6 units and learners are expected to complete 45-50 guided learning hours.  Schools would be expected to deliver this course for 25 weeks of the academic year, 2 hours per week. 

Please email jonny@safejourney.education if interested.

Umbrella Sexual Health Services & Young People’s Health Advisors (YPHAs): Birmingham secondary schools only

Umbrella provides free and confidential sexual health services in Birmingham and Solihull and is part of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

As Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) becomes statutory in September 2020, the YPHAs and Loudmouth Education & Training will be delivering a FREE half day showcase on Monday, 24th June 2019 at The Saffron Centre that will inform and support schools about the Department for Education’s statutory guidance and how the YPHAs can support your school in the delivery of RSE.

The YPHAs work with young people aged between 11 and 19 across Birmingham and Solihull to help them maintain good sexual health and positive relationships.

The YPHAs work with and support young people in schools, academies, colleges, PRUs and alternative education provision, throughout the year through FREE education workshops and group discussions to:

  1. Promote healthy and positive relationships, free from violence, coercion and exploitation
  2. Provide young people with the opportunity to ask ‘embarrassing’ questions in confidence
  3. Reduce unplanned and unwanted pregnancies
  4. Reduce sexually transmitted infections including HIV

A key innovation of the Umbrella service continues to be the partnership work that is undertaken with various community-based organisations, including the city’s schools.  In conjunction with the commissioners, Umbrella has identified priority groups who are at greater risk of sexual ill health, or who may not have previously accessed sexual health services.  As part of the partnership working, Umbrella provides training to these organisations on how to broach sexual health as part of their discussions with service users and supports their staff to signpost to the Umbrella services.

Please contact Mandy Tyler directly to find out more Mandy.Tyler@uhb.nhs.uk

Birmingham Youth Service Big Conversation: Thursday 30 May 2019

Join Youth Workers from the Lighthouse Young People's Centre between 12pm and 3pm on Thursday 30 May in Victoria Square outside the Council House for their Big Conversation on tackling knife crime. More information is available in the attached flyer.

CONTACT: Darnish Amraz (Darnish.Amraz@birmingham.gov.uk), Jadieal Millwood (Jadieal.Millwood@birmingham.gov.uk)

West Midlands Police Heritage Lottery Fund bid

West Midlands Police have been  successful in the first round of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) bid. The bid focuses on securing development funding, to turn the former SteelHouse Lock – Up facility,  into a new police museum.

The second round of the  application process, requires an activity document that details how often schools will use the venue.

There is currently an offer to schools at the Lock-Up, which includes a 2 hour tour, including inputs on:

  • Crime and punishment
  • Old policing kit
  • Custody procedures (including seeing inside a cell and interview rooms)
  • Current policing messages
  • Fingerprinting
  • Uniform dress up

This has been well received. West Midland police have hosted many schools, with bookings throughout the remainder of the year.  

This is your opportunity to help shape our future provision. Please let us know if this is something you would be interested in booking now or for the future (to help us demonstrate demand to the Heritage Lottery Fund). All responses to be sent to  S.Rice@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Further info: www.WMPeelers.com 

Recruitment: Transformation Director (Birmingham Children’s Partnership)

Improving outcomes to enable the children of Birmingham to flourish is a key priority for the Birmingham Children’s Partnership. This is a strategic executive partnership of education, social care, health, police organisations in Birmingham, who have a common purpose to improve outcomes for our children and young people through a system approach, collaboration and integration of services.

The job advert for the Transformation Director is now live on NHS Jobs at https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/vacancy/?vac_ref=915585630 with a closing date 29 May. 

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