24 October 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes information about EU citizens applying for settled status, a reminder about the deadline for secondary admissions, the latest SEND newsletter and more.

Included in this update:

EU Settlement Scheme

All EU citizens and their family members must apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 31 December 2020. The EU Settlement Scheme gives EU citizens the immigration status they need to continue to live, work and study in the UK. Please share this information with families attending your schools to ensure they apply to the Scheme. Information is available at https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families

Next week EU Settlement Scheme pop up events will be taking place in Birmingham, where the Home Office will be on-hand to provide information about the EU Settlement Scheme to local residents and organisations. During the pop-up people can drop in and ask questions, make an application to the EU Settlement Scheme as well as find out more information, including the wider support that is available.

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Time: 10am -12.30pm 
Address: Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Carrs Lane, Birmingham B4 7SX

Date: Tuesday 29 October 2019
Time: 2.30pm - 5pm
Address:  St Barnabas Church Centre, High Street, Erdington, Birmingham

If you have any questions about the drop-in sessions, please contact austin.rodriguez@birmingham.gov.uk

Secondary admissions: Deadline 31 October 2019

A reminder that the deadline for families of Year 6 children applying for secondary school places for September 2020 falls in half-term, on Thursday 31st October. Please remind families of the importance of applying on time as applications submitted late may be less likely to be offered one of their preferences.

Contact: admissions@birmingham.gov.uk or 0121 303 1888

Early Help and Safeguarding Newsletter

Please note that due to the half term break, the next issue will be Thursday 7th November.

Previous issues are available at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/2883/education_early_help_and_safeguarding_newsletters

Contact: EducationSafeguarding@birmingham.gov.uk

SEND Newsletter October 2019

The October edition of the SEND newsletter is available via this link. This newsletter will aims to keep you informed about the work taking place across our multi-agency partnerships.

If you have any queries or would like to be kept up to date on the work of the Birmingham Children's Partnership please email: rob.willoughby@nhs.net

Schools Financial Services Strategic Financial Planning Tool

Schools Financial Services' (SFS) new strategic financial planning tool is available for maintained primary and secondary schools to purchase.

Following feedback from schools SFS has reviewed and changed our reports.  We have separated the funding calculation element from our strategic reports to enable assumptions to be changed and modified throughout the year as and when announcements and guidance on future years funding are released from the DfE. 

The financial forecast template will calculate estimated outturns and key KPI’s when information on anticipated income, expenditure and funding has been input by the school.  SFS can still support schools with forecasting future years funding however this is no longer part of the report template. SFS will instead send you a pro-forma to complete which will enable us to calculate your estimated funding for future years in the following areas: S251, EYSFF, Teacher Pay and Pension Grant, Pupil Premium, Growth, Resource Base and Post 16 funding. Once the pro-forma has been completed and returned you will receive a blank report template and a print out of your projected funding for future years.

Please note that the report and documentation will be sent via the secure Egress Switch email system, and the price is £195.

The key benefits to your school are to:

  •  Enable an assessment of effective and efficient use of resources.
  •  Be responsive to fluctuations in pupil numbers and funding.
  •  Support the requirements of the Schools Financial Value Standard.
  •  Enable you to meet the LA deadline of 31.12.19 to submit a financial forecast.
  •  Comply with Ofsted and Audit recommendations.
  •  Allow modelling of different funding scenarios.

SFS can support schools in completing the strategic plan if required; the price would be £45 per hour. 

For further information or an order form please contact: Elaine.A.Leith@birmingham.gov.uk

Early Years Level 2 Qualifications

From 1 September 2014 until 31 August 2019, all level 2 early years qualifications are full and relevant if they are:

  • early years (0 to 5 years) related and appropriate to early years practice
  • Ofqual-approved and included on their list of regulated qualifications

See the following link for the list of regulated qualifications https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/ 

Appropriate to early years practice means that the qualification needs to be relevant to working in an early years setting that covers childcare and child development for the 0 to 5 age range. A level 2 qualification in babysitting, for example, would not be appropriate to early years practice.

In addition from 1 September 2019, all level 2 qualifications must meet the level 2 early years practitioner criteria.  See the following link for more information:


FAST-track to Attendance training

Training is available for school staff on ‘FAST-track to Attendance’, an Early Help approach to improving school attendance with a prosecution element.  The ‘Leave in Term Time (Penalty Notice) Process’ is also covered in the training.  The course runs for a full day and lunch is provided.  There is a charge for the training which unfortunately we can no longer subsidise.  It will take place at Hollyfields on Monday 25th November 2019: http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/106045

Schools are also advised to consider booking onto the general attendance courses offered by Pupil Attendance Consultancy and Training, which can be booked via their website - www.thepactgroup.co.uk

PAC&T provide training on Pupil Registration and Accurate Coding (a major issue in legal cases); Ofsted and Attendance; Reducing Persistent Absence (which is worse than national average in Birmingham); and Deletion From Roll. Colleagues are advised to make use of these courses or they may not run.

For further information, please contact - Attendance@birmingham.gov.uk

The PIPA Trial – exploring the effectiveness of an online parenting resource

The PIPA Trial is exploring the effectiveness of an online resource for parents/carers to help reduce depression and anxiety in young people. The trial is being coordinated by the University of Warwick and we will be recruiting families of young people aged 11-15 years from Birmingham, Coventry and surrounding areas.

We are looking at collaborating with schools in order to promote the trial and engage with families. We will have a key contact with schools and this could be the mental health/safeguarding lead or similar. We will provide all necessary information materials for schools to provide to families.

The trial is conducted completely online. Eligible parents/carers & young people will be asked to complete some questionnaires and will receive access to online parenting resources.

This is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in the drive to improve youth mental health and support their students and families.

If your school is interested in getting involved and would like more information, please contact the PIPA Trial Team at PIPA@warwick.ac.uk or 02476574316/02476575078.

Positive Behaviour Management for NQTs and Trainee Teachers

On Friday 29th November City of Birmingham School will be running their annual Positive Behaviour Management training event for Secondary NQTs. This full day course provides staff with a toolkit of proven, practical classroom strategies and explores key areas such as developing positive routines, the effective use of praise and recognition and ways to keep low level behaviour, low level.

For more information and bookings please contact Ben Dunlop - bendunlop@cobschool.com



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