14 June 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Tim O'Neill, information about a change to the early May Bank Holiday in 2020, details of the HR Services for Schools conference and much more.

 Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

Following a hearing on Monday, Birmingham City Council has secured a new injunction to prevent further protests in the area immediately surrounding Anderton Park Primary School. The new order will remain in place until a full hearing into the issue and we will continue to support the school in a variety of ways.

Today I am really pleased to be at the Special Headteachers’ conference at New Hall Sutton Coldfield ... a grand setting for a really important strategic conversation between system leaders across special schools and the local authority.

Also this week I had a great session with council CEOs in Camden ... we heard from Martin Pratt, Deputy Chief Executive at Camden who spoke about successfully shifting the system towards early intervention and prevention and away from expensive statutory intervention - we will want to bring out the learning from places like Camden into Birmingham.

Yesterday’s School Forum meeting was really positive. We all want to work more closely together to ensure that the Birmingham education system works as efficiently and effectively as possible for all of our city’s children and young people.

I had a really enjoyable visit to Steamhouse Innovation Centre in Digbeth, Birmingham City University’s new centre aimed at encouraging the collaboration of the arts, science, technology, engineering and maths (STEAM) sectors. I’m really excited about the potential for working with them in future for example on SEND and support to children in school.

Exams season has been in full swing over recent weeks and yesterday my eldest daughter finished her A levels. Hurrah!

Looking forward to seeing many of you on Monday 24th at the conference.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards


Tim O'Neill

Change to May Day Bank Holiday 2020

Please note that the Business Secretary, Greg Clark has announced on the 7th June 2019 that the early May Bank Holiday in 2020 will be moved from Monday 4th May to Friday 8th May 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. 

A copy of this announcement can be found here.

Statutory Relationships and Sex Education: Issues of Cultural and Moral Diversity

Razia Butt has included the below information that schools may find useful.

Islamic responses to ‘progressive’ sexuality education: Towards understanding Muslim community concerns about contemporary Relationships and Sexuality Education

Dr Fida Sanjakdar, Monash University Faculty of Education.
Statutory requirements for compulsory Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) in the UK and a push for a more ‘progressive’ sexuality education in Australian schools, generates concerns among many religious communities and reignites debates about the purposes of School Based Sexuality Education (SBSE). Among the communities voicing their dissent have been members of the Islamic community. Quranic scripture deems obligatory the teaching and learning about all aspects relevant to human sexuality, including but not limited to, sexual activity, sexual consent, reproductive health, birth control, pleasure, desire and gender. However, religion, and in particular Islam, is generally viewed as hostile to sexuality education and as sexuality - constraining and sexuality-negative. Whilst Muslim objection to ‘progressive’ agendas in SBSE generates much attention and criticises Islam as offering reductionist views of sexuality, equal attention to understanding the Islamic theological, philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of these views is less frequently sought. The purpose of this paper is to foreground Islamic responses to some of the ‘progressive’ topics featuring in RSE and SBSE more broadly, including sexual autonomy, sexual identity, gender fluidity, LGTBQI relations, family, consent, pleasure and desire. Reflecting on my own experiences as a Muslim mother and drawing on conversations and interactions with Muslim parents, this auto-ethnography shares how concerns for these ‘progressive’ topics are concerns about epistemology; how contemporary SBSE is divorced from virtue ethics, positioned in nominalism, predominantly taught through ‘bundle theory’ of human states, and removed from questions of responsibility and functions of space. A more concerted focus on developing understandings of the Islamic theological, philosophical and epistemological underpinnings of these views is imperative to alleviate conditions, which can form negative responses to Muslim positions on this subject as well as inform the ongoing dilemma of finding ways in which religious diversity be addressed in SBSE policy, curricula and pedagogy.

Dr Fida Sanjakdar’s research focuses on building Islamic social justice frameworks in comprehensive sexuality and relationships education.
Dr Sanjakdar is the author of Living West, Facing East: The (de)construction of Muslim Youth Sexual Identities (2011, Peter Lang) and co-author of Critical Pedagogy, Sexuality Education and Young People (2018, Peter Lang). She is on the editorial board for ‘Race, Ethnicity and Education’, ‘Curriculum Inquiry’, ‘Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education’ and ‘Review of Education, Pedagogy and Cultural Studies’.

Link: https://www.bera.ac.uk/event/28619

Admissions Transfer Files

We are now in a position to upload to S2S the Secondary Transfer Files and will be following on with Primary files, could you please ensure you check the Free School Meal eligibility for children on these files as some errors have been previously identified.  We are exploring how we can mitigate against this and ask you to check information relating to FSM.
Ranking Files for schools that prepare their own information – (Schools Portal)
As previously communicated, we will be improving our technology and introducing the Schools Portal in September 2019.  For those schools that prepare your own ranking files we will require information to be sent via the schools portal, this will support GDPR requirements and will be an improved and streamlined approach to transfer school/pupil information.  It is imperative that staff attend training for the Portal when training dates are released.  The portal will be the new platform for your school to produce and to manage your ranking files and waiting lists.

If you have any queries in relation to the schools portal please email admict@birmingham.gov.uk

REMINDER: 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. 

There is no facility to amend results once the collection has been closed by the DfE.  Therefore any data submitted after this will not be included in the statistical publication or Analyse School Performance (ASP).

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)

HR Services for Schools Conference 9th October 2019

This year's HR Conference will be held on 9th October at Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre - a modern and vibrant new facility owned by the University of Birmingham, with easy public transport links and plenty of free car parking.

Join us for an interactive and engaging day, with a variety of workshops to choose from, exhibitors to visit, lunch and refreshments throughout the day, as well as a fantastic keynote speaker to round off with.....and all for just £99 per person. 

Book your place today to avoid disappointment - https://mondale-events.co.uk/event/birmingham-hr-services-for-schools-conference-and-exhibition-2019/

Education Infrastructure Traded Service Brochure 2019-20

For the attention of: Head Teacher; Centre Manager; Business Manager; Bursar and Chair of Governing Body.

The Education Infrastructure Traded Service Booklet for 2019-20 contains information regarding traded options and costs.  Please note that if you wish to cancel or alter your school subscription for this year you have until 30th June to notify us.  If by this date we do not receive a cancellation or amendment you will be automatically invoiced after 1st July 2019. 

The booklet is available on the BCC website here.

CONTACT: edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Budget Management Training Course

Schools Financial Services are once again offering the Budget Management Training Course to school based staff.

This course receives very positive feedback from its participants and may be suitable if:-

  • You are a new Head Teacher or aspiring to become a Head Teacher
  • Your role includes the analysis of school resources
  • You are responsible for budget planning and the  management of the budget
  • Budget monitoring is an area that is a major part of your  brief
  • You are part of the NPQH programme or are a keen  Deputy Head Teacher
  • You are a newly appointed Finance Officer, Bursar or  School Business Manager
  • You are a school based member of staff in need of some  refresher training
  • You are just interested in school finance

The training is specifically tailored for Birmingham schools and will cover:

  • Introduction to Fair Funding and School Finances
  • Budget Planning
  • Budget Monitoring and Financial Management including  the role of the Governing Body, Value for Money, Schools  Financial Value Standard and   Financial Regulations and  Procedures

Experienced staff from Schools Financial Services deliver this training in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, where all questions are welcomed.

Places are currently available on the BMT Course taking place on the following dates at a cost of £495 per delegate:-

 14th & 15th November 2019, Edgbaston Cricket Ground,   Edgbaston Road, Birmingham. B5 7QU

For further information or to book a place on one of the courses please contact Pat Wilson on 0121 675 9857 or e-mail patricia.wilson@birmingham.gov.uk

Alternatively you can use the following link:  http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/74484

 Health and Safety Team Training Courses for School Staff: July  2019

Details of upcoming training courses can be found in the document attached here.

To book a place, please call Safety Services on 0121 303 2420 or 0121 303 3736.

Or email:  schoolsafety@birmingham.gov.uk

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market Schools Competition

Birmingham’s Frankfurt Christmas Market will mark its 20th anniversary this year, so to celebrate children are being invited to create a new design for the market’s festive shopping bags.

Young artists are being asked to create a festive image, using the theme Christmas in Birmingham, fitting the design brief below. The winning design will feature on the market’s paper bags. The competition is open to Birmingham children, aged 11 and under.

All entries must be submitted as portrait images, 28cm x 20cm, using up to five different colours on a white background.  The deadline for entries is Friday 28 June 2018.

Paper entries should be sent to: The BFCM Schools Competition, European & International Affairs,  The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB.

Electronic designs – and any queries – can also be sent to info@thebfcm.co.uk

FRIENDS Resilience Training

FRIENDS for Life and FRIENDS Youth are evidence-based programmes to reduce anxiety and depression and build resilience in children aged 7-11, and 11-15 years.  It is the only anxiety prevention programme endorsed by the World Health Organisation and is recommended in the DfE document “Mental Health & Behaviour in Schools” (June 2014).

The course focuses on the content of two programmes which can be used as an intervention directly with children as whole classes, in small groups or on a one to one basis. The programme provides a structure to develop resilience in young people, drawing on the psychological model of cognitive-behavioural therapy.

Following this course you will:

  • be able to deliver an evidence-based resilience building  programme. You will receive accreditation as a group  facilitator.
  • have access to the online portal, which will enable you to  purchase eBooks and manuals to support the delivery of  the programmes.
  • have tools to evaluate the impact of the programme on  children and young people’s mental health.

Date: 4th July 2019 9:30am to 4:00pm

Cost:  £220 per participant; reducing to £165 if 2 or more  participants attend per setting

Venue: Oakhill Centre, Meadow Road, Harborne, B17 8BB



Please contact Marina to request a booking form:- Marina.limniotis@birmingham.gov.uk
Deadline for booking: 20th June 2019

Careers event for young people

“Get set for success” careers event being held at the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street B1 2 ND on Tuesday 18th June 2019 – 11am – 3pm.

Aimed at 16 – 19 year olds, (up to 25 with LDD), this event has a wealth of college provision, training providers and apprenticeship opportunities suitable for 2019 leavers – particularly any you have highlighted as potential RONI students.

Teachers also welcome!

(NB - RONI referrals still being accepted)

Health for Life in Nursery Schools

We are offering places on the Health for Life in Nursery school programme to all the remaining LA nursery schools that have not yet joined.

The approach of the Health for Life programme is to promote an ethos and environment which encourages a pro-active approach to choosing a healthy lifestyle. Nursery schools would choose to focus on one of the following:

  • Growing food
  • Physical activity
  • Healthy eating and cooking

The programme is FREE to join and all schools will receive a grant of £1,000 plus support in order to achieve their changes.

For more information please go to https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/health-for-life-in-the-nursery-school/
Or contact Helen Grundy on helen.grundy@servicesforeducation.co.uk.
Deadline for joining is 12th July 2019

Steps to Take on the Road to Primary Statutory Relationships and Health Education: Webinar 2

To support primary schools prepare for the introduction of statutory relationships and health education in September 2020, Services For Education will be broadcasting their second free webinar on June 27th at 4pm to explain in detail the suggested activity for the summer term in order to best place schools for this significant change. You can book your place on this free webinar at https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/rse-roadmap-and-webinar-2/. The webinar will be available after the 27th to listen to.

You can find the free downloadable full four term road map at  https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/rse-roadmap/ .The secondary version is available at https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/secondary-rse-roadmap/



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