18 July 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Tim O'Neill, information about a contract award for home to school transport, the updated model safeguarding policy, proposed dates for safeguarding training and more.

Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

As we come to the end of a busy academic year, I'd like to thank you for all your hard work this year and wish you a restful summer break.

Yesterday morning it was announced that the home to school transport routes operated by ATG will be provided by National Express from September. There's more information about this below.

Last week I mentioned the UNICEF celebration that took place at the Rep. Thanks to everyone who has been in touch with us following the event, it's great to hear how much everyone enjoyed it. I've had several emails commenting on how moving the performances were with more than one person saying they were moved to tears. Thank you again to all the children and young people who performed and to the schools involved. I'm sure next year will be another successful year for the Rights Respecting Schools programme in Birmingham and the work will be really key as we move towards being a Child Friendly City. A couple of the photos from the event are below (Robin Hood and Cockshut Hill).

unicef robin hood              unicef cockshut hill

Enjoy your break.

Best wishes


Dr Tim O’Neill
Director Education and Skills

Home to School transport: Contract award

On Wednesday it was announced that the ATG's home to school transport routes will be provided by National Express from September 2019. The contract was formally awarded today following a decision by the city council’s cabinet on Monday (15 July) as a result of ATG entering administration earlier this year.

We are really pleased that National Express will be delivering this service from September. National Express is a nationally recognised provider that has a track record of providing a modern and reliable service.

More information about the contract is available on the council’s website at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/news/article/451/new_provider_for_home-to-school_transport_service

New Model Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy 2019-20

An updated model safeguarding policy is available which reflects the changes in the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education (from 2nd September 2019). The new policy also reflects the changes in the new partnership Early Help Assessment; this is reflected in a modified process chart 'Responding to Concerns about a Child'. The entire document, along with the process chart (Page 15), must be personalised to your setting. The process guide '3 Steps to delivering Early Help in Education' can be removed from your systems. Further guidance on Early Help will be available in September 2019.

CONTACT: Moira.Gilligan@birmingham.gov.uk

Education Safeguarding Team: proposed dates for safeguarding training 2019-20

A schedule of proposed dates for the academic year 2019-20 is now available and can be accessed here. Most dates and locations are confirmed and a complete set will be placed on the booking system BESS (http://birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Training) during the summer break, ready for you to book on your return to school in September.

Please note there are separate sessions for Early Years and Special School settings.

A key date to note is 14th November 2019; this is a half day conference for Head Teachers and Lead DSLs with James McNeillie HMI Assistant Regional Director OFSTED and will cover the new Ofsted Inspection Framework and the implications for Safeguarding.

Contact: Moira.Gilligan@birmingham.gov.uk

Payment by Results

New guidance has been written to support education settings to claim payment for successful interventions completed with families since 1st April 2015. The criteria for successfully claiming for an Intervention is prescribed by Government Guidelines, and is being administrated by Birmingham Children’s Trust for the Birmingham City Council Local Area, which is why this scheme is only for Children in the Birmingham City Council Local Area. A successful claim is worth £250 and by following the guidance you will improve your chances of a positive result. There is also a new excel spreadsheet to help you submit multiple claims that can be accessed via this link.

CONTACT: Samantha.Hayes@birmingham.gov.uk

Updated 2019/20 Section 251 School Budget Notification

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

• Pupil Premium Allocations Notified by the DfE (confirmation of  individual allocations sent out via Schools Noticeboard on the 11th July 2019).
• In year Devolved Formula Capital 19/20 allocations notified by the DfE for LA maintained schools only (not including any carry forward from 18/19).

Schools should ensure that the latest publication, which includes all the funding streams listed above are updated on the local budget systems for 2019/20.

Please access the budget notification via this link.

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

2019/20 Early Years Single Funding Formula Summer Term Allocations

Notifications of the Summer Term 2019/20 Early Years Single Funding Formula allocations have now been published on the Birmingham City Council web site.

The notifications also allow schools to forecast autumn term 2019 and spring term 2020 allocations based upon a schools’ local knowledge.

The notification may be accessed via the this link.:

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

Autumn Term 2019 - 30 hours Early Education Places: Reconfirmation of DERN/Eligibility Codes

Autumn Term 2019 - 30 hours Early Education Places: Reconfirmation of DERN/Eligibility Codes

30 hours applications for parents – Autumn 2019

The Local Authority relies on early years providers to support the effective communication of the childcare entitlements and timescales for the 2019 Autumn term to parents. The headline message to families and parents is: If you want 30 hours free childcare entitlement in September 2019, you must get your 30 hours code by the 31st August 2019.

To support communications a communication tools kit is available in the social media folder on the Childcare Choices Website. The toolkit can be used to support your communication with families, encouraging parents to apply for 30 hour codes in good time as well as reminding parents to reconfirm their details are up-to-date on their childcare account.

These resources can be found at: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk
30 hours reconfirmations – Autumn 2019

Parents who have previously been issued with a 30 hours DERN code are required to reconfirm their eligibility with the HMRC every three months.

To ensure that children receive their funded 30 hours entitlement in Autumn 2019 you are encouraged to remind and support eligible parents to reconfirm their eligibility as soon as possible. Parents are able to reconfirm their eligibility by logging into the childcare account.

Early Years providers should use the ECS system to help them to establish the validity end date for each child. The validity end date will highlight which parents are due to reconfirm shortly. When the parent has successfully reconfirmed – then their validity end date will always update in the BCC ECS system. If the validity end date has not changed, then the parent has not successfully reconfirmed. Please note that unless a new code is issued you are not required to validate new codes every term providing the above instruction has been followed.

WEB LINKS : www.childcarechoices.gov.uk and www.ted-birmingham.org.uk

CONTACT: NEF Duty Line 0121 303 0267  – nef@birmingham.gov.uk

Understanding two year old take up in schools

To support the narrowing the gap agenda Birmingham is working towards improving early education entitlement take up for two year olds. 

The school census data for 2018-2019 demonstrates that the numbers of two year olds accessing their early education entitlement in school nursery classes is still very low.  To better support outcomes for children we need to better understand the reasons for this low take up in schools. 

To establish a clearer picture of any barriers relating to two year old take up in schools we are requesting each school with a nursery class completes a 2 year old questionnaire.

The questionnaire can be accessed on EYMIS Birmingham.


Log in details: PVI2 (Capital letters PVI (the letter i ) then the number 2)
Password: PVI2year (Capital letters PVI (the letter i ) then the number 2 and lowercase year)

Please complete and return the questionnaire by email to NEF@Birmingham.gov.uk by 27th September 2019.

Young Epilepsy's Guide for Schools

Young Epilepsy has just launched a free online guide for schools on supporting young people with epilepsy: www.youngepilepsy.org.uk/guideforschools

The guide includes information on seizure first aid, epilepsy’s impact on learning and behaviour and the key elements of support that should be in place at school, and  template documents, including a policy on supporting pupils with medical conditions, an Individual Healthcare Plan (IHP) and a seizure record form.

The guide also features Young Epilepsy’s ABLE tool (Assessment of Behaviour and Learning in Epilepsy). This is a simple questionnaire for staff and parents to use to identify potential areas of concern.

Contact: lthurston2@youngepilepsy.org.uk

Routes into Languages

Please see attached programme from Routes into Languages for next year.

Please disseminate to your networks, particularly primary schools. We would like to get them more involved with the Competitions.

CONTACT: www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/westmidlands

Future Plans for Walking and Cycling

Birmingham City Council would like to find out your views on how to enable, develop and inspire more walking and cycling.  This is part of a long-term approach to supporting sustainable travel and managing the impact of motor traffic.

A draft Walking and Cycling Strategy has been produced, including infrastructure proposals, and you are invited to provide feedback by 2nd August, via the online survey.

https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/walkingcyclingstrategy/ or by email connected@birmingham.gov.uk.  There are actions regarding cycle training, school crossing patrols and parking outside schools, as well as plans for new cycle routes, so ideas and responses from schools would be very welcome.

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