26 September 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Tim O'Neill, the booking link for the upcoming Headteacher conference, an invitation to the launch of the West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit and much more. and much more.

Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

This week I was delighted to attend the BEP conference and meet so many school leaders from across the city. I presented on the importance of us working together to improve outcomes for all children and young people during a period of significant change. Many thanks to everyone at BEP for such a well-organised event.

On Monday a pilot scheme was launched which sees roads around six Birmingham primary schools closed to motorised traffic at the start and end of the school day. Car Free School Streets is a pioneering initiative which aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality at the school gates, as well as making it safer for children to walk or cycle to school. The pilot will run for the remainder of the academic year and I look forward to seeing the results. You can read more about the pilot on the Council website here.

Best wishes



Headteachers Conference: 25 November 2019

Edgbaston Cricket Club

25th November 2019 - Arrival 12.45pm

Conference starts 1pm and finishes approx 5pm - refreshments will be available. To book your place please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/birmingham-city-council-8129391167

More information about the agenda will be shared in upcoming Noticeboards. If you have any queries, please contact education@birmingham.gov.uk

West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit

The West Midlands Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is delighted to invite you to our launch event taking place between 10:00am – 3:30pm on Wednesday 2 October 2019.

Grand Station
Sun St
WV10 0BF

The first half of the day (10am – 1pm) is the formal launch where stakeholders and the media will have the opportunity to listen and watch an exciting range of speakers, performances and films.

After lunch (1:30pm – 3:30pm) there will be an opportunity for partners and stakeholders to formally come together to discuss the problem of violence in the West Midlands and how we can work together to tackle this issue.

Violence is unacceptable and preventable. By taking a public health approach to prevent violence, we will work hard together to understand the real cause of the problem. Through the partnership, we will help protect people from harm, keep them safe and secure, and strengthen our communities. We are determined to see an end to the misery violence causes individuals, families, communities and society. We can stop violence before it starts, intervene early to stop it escalating, and stop violence blighting lives.

If you wish to confirm your attendance email: vru@west-midlands.pnn.police.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:

  • https://www.ted-birmingham.org.uk
  • 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 25th October 2019.

Safer Recruitment

Services For Education provides a wide range of services and professional development opportunities to enable schools to meet their wider safeguarding requirements to ensure children and young people are protected from harm.

Safer Recruitment run in partnership with BCC School and Governor Support will assist schools to meet statutory requirements and to improve processes that help deter, reject or identify people who might abuse children or who are otherwise unsuited to working with them.

For further information please visit - https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/safer-recruitment-2019/

Contact: Andrew.cooper@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Open Call for Papers - Children and Childhood Network Conference, 2020: The Power of Play

The Children and Childhood Network at the University of Birmingham has released an open call for papers, workshops and posters for the Children and Childhood Network Conference 2020.

The overarching theme is 'The Power of Play' and submissions are invited from researchers, policy makers and practitioners who work on 'play' with children and young people in the national, international or global context.   Abstract submissions should be no longer than 350 words and the deadline for submissions is Friday 20th December 2019

For further details please follow this link, or email childhoodnetwork@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Get Set for Success – Careers Fair on 8th October 12pm to 3pm Library of Birmingham, Broad Street

Are you still following up your summer Y11 / Y 13 leavers?

Do you still have some who have not made plans to progress into education, employment or training?

Do you wish to improve on your school’s NEET figures?

Birmingham Careers Service are holding a careers event at The Library of Birmingham on Tuesday 8th October between 12pm to 3pm, along with employability briefings.

Please feel free to promote to your summer 2019 leavers.

For more Information about the Careers Fair please follow this link

Health and Safety Training Courses for School Staff

Please see attached for the latest Health and Safety courses for School Staff, these include:

  • Level 3 Award in First Aid at Work
  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Fire Marshall Training
  • School Site Safety
  • Paediatric First Aid

Contact: safetyservices@birmingham.gov.uk

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