21 June 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Tim O'Neill, an invitation to next month's UNICEF celebration event at the REP, information on data collection, training and much more.

 Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

I was pleased to welcome the newly appointed Assistant Directors Lisa Fraser and Nichola Jones this week when they visited to meet the team. I'm looking forward to both joining us in the coming months.

Earlier this week I visited Sandwell to speak to peers in the Council and children’s trust. It was a really productive meeting comparing and contrasting our Trust arrangements and progress with theirs - lots of learning and intelligence sharing.

I chaired a very important meeting this week regarding schools who are in financial deficit ... there's some difficult work ahead to ensure that all schools are on a sound financial footing to deliver for children.

Also this week there were some good discussions with our Educational Psychology service at Oakhill Centre, with the preventative role of the service being one of the main discussion points.

Today I'm pleased to be at the Nursery School Summit at the Council House and am really looking forward to hearing about nursery schools' contribution to children’s outcomes across the city

Finally, today we are putting the finishing touches to the plan for next week’s conference. For those who were unable to attend on Monday, I'll provide an update on the discussions at the end of next week.

Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards


Tim O'Neill

UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools celebration: Invitation for schools

The third UNICEF Rights Respecting celebration will take place on Thursday 11 July between 9.30am and 11.30am at the REP Theatre. Over 20 Birmingham schools will be performing and there will be an Early Years choir featuring over 100 children from across the city. 

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham will be attending and Dr Tim O'Neill will be one of the speakers, others will be announced shortly. The last two years have been unforgettable events and this year's is sure to be even better.

There are a small number of tickets available on a first come, first served basis for non-performing schools who are interested in attending. To express an interest in attending, please complete the form attached here and return to Rachel Lockett/Harry Davis using the email address below.

Please note schools are responsible for their own travel arrangements to and from the REP.

CONTACT: SSI@birmingham.gov.uk

Free Safeguarding Training

Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership (BSCP) offer a multi-agency training programme aimed at safeguarding professionals working to protect children, young people and their families in Birmingham. The training reflects new learning and recommendations from serious case reviews, local child safeguarding practice reviews, audits, training course evaluations and changes in legislation, guidance and best practice both nationally and locally. This ensures that professionals are equipped with the knowledge and skills to safeguard children and young people.

Courses cover a range of topics and include Attachment Theory & Brain Development, Child Sexual Exploitation: Tackling CSE in Birmingham, Understanding the Impact of Parental Mental Health Conditions on Parenting and Children, and Working With Resistant Families.

For the full training brochure and details of how to book see http://www.lscbbirmingham.org.uk/training

Mandatory  Asbestos Awareness Training

Following the AMAP exercise undertaken by the DfE recently the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is targeting schools to visit to ratify the information received in the AMAP submissions. Two BCC maintained schools have been visited by the HSE and a Notification of Contravention was served to both schools. This is serious.  A review of the Asbestos Management Plans at all BCC maintained schools is being undertaken to ensure they are fit for purpose.

Academies and Free Schools may also be targeted so please be mindful of this and contact your responsible body ASAP if you are contacted about one of these visits. BCC may be able to provide some support to Trusts if required however this would incur a charge.

The following Mandatory Asbestos Awareness sessions have been arranged for all BCC maintained schools, which are designed to equip schools to understand ‘what good asbestos management looks like’. At least one person from each school is required. More information is available via the links below.

CONTACT: donna.foster@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)

DfE 2019 Secondary School Performance Tables: Key Stage 4 June Checking Exercise

2019 Secondary School Performance Tables: Key Stage 4 June Checking Exercise

We have written to state funded schools in your area alerting them to the key stage 4 performance tables June checking exercise, which provides schools with the opportunity to check that we have attributed the correct pupils to them for the purpose of calculating performance measures and if this is not the case, allowing them to submit amendment requests.

We strongly encourage all schools to check and amend their pupil information in June as this helps to improve the accuracy of the provisional performance tables published in October and the data contained in the first 2019 Analyse School Performance (ASP) data release.

Please note: schools have been advised they must submit all pupil removal from roll requests in the June checking exercise, with the September checking exercise only to be utilised for changes which were not possible in June.

Schools will be able to access the secure website from 9:30am Monday 17 June to 5:00pm Monday 1 July 2019.

A copy of the school letter and the June checking guidance can be found at:

Key stage 2 prior attainment
To give schools early sight of the prior attainment data that will feed into the Progress 8 measure, pupils’ reading and mathematics key stage 2 test results have been made available for information only during the June checking exercise.

This data set will be provided again in September and schools will have the opportunity to request amendments during the September checking exercise. The data has been taken from previously checked and published data, therefore schools will be required to supply supporting evidence acquired from the pupil’s primary school or the local authority in September. We will not accept evidence extracted from other websites.

Changes to the 2019 tables
Details of the content of the 2019 tables are set out in the ‘Statement of Intent’ which will be published before the end of the summer term:


If you are having difficulties accessing the system, please contact the tables checking helpline via email at examshelp@rm.com or by phone on 0845 3077867.

The Auditor Summer Edition Issue 53

The latest edition of The Auditor can be accessed via this link. Content this time includes;

  • School Audit Visit Programme
  • View from the Front Line
  • Budget Management
  • Strategic Financial Plans
  • Budget Plans
  • Finance Reports
  • Invitation to Focus Groups
  • Teachers Pension Scheme
  • Posting Income
  • Attendance ‘Off Rolling’
  • Data Security Office 365
  • Fraud Spotlight on Schools
  • Governance Update

CONTACT: Karen Smith (karen.p.smith@birmingham.gov.uk)


All your training needs in one place - Birmingham Education Support Sevices

Whether it’s developing people’s skills and knowledge through training or bringing colleagues together at an event, our professional teams deliver training and events that reflect your current needs.

Training courses available in June and July 2019

Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work (Requalification) 
Preparing your Governing Board for Ofsted
Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training
Secondary Curriculum Group Meeting

Food Safety Online - Level 2
(MIDAS) Minibus Driving (Refresher)
Level 3 Award in Emergency First Aid
Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
Induction Training for New School Governors
Fire Marshal Training
FRIENDS for Life and FRIENDS Youth Programme
Asbestos Management Plan (AMP) Training
Primary Curriculum Group Meeting
Area Safeguarding Conference - North, West & Central
HR Portal Form Raiser Training
IOSH - Managing Safely
IOSH - Managing Safely - Refresher
Health and Safety Refresher for General Assistants
Strategic Governance - Managing Risk for School Governors
Area Safeguarding Conference - South
(MIDAS) Minibus Driving (FULL)
Area Safeguarding Conference - East
Passport to Safety
Equipping Duty Holders in Schools to Manage Risks Better
DSL Visits to CASS and MASH
Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP)
WRAP Refresher Course
COSHH/ Manual Handling Refresher Training

View our full calendar of training and events here http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Training

All Birmingham's Children (ABC)  

ABC are now planning with Aston University, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, John Lewis & other local partners to host Birmingham’s first ever National Children’s Day Event / Party next May 2020 in one or more of the city centre university campuses. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all local children in celebrating them as children and raising aspirations across the city. Please join the increasing number of Birmingham schools who are now actively following ABC on twitter @Allbirminghams to keep up to date with details of the above and much more.

Finally, we would like to bring to your attention that this week we awarded Parkfield Community School a special ABC award for their ongoing efforts to promote equality for All Birmingham Children. 

CONTACT: Eddie O'Hara (eddie@allbirminghamschildren.com)


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