21 November 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Nichola Jones regarding SEND Parent Consultation Networks, November's SEND Parent and Carer Survey, the latest Early Help and Safeguarding newsletter and lots more.

Included in this update:

Message from Nichola Jones: SEND Parent Consultation Networks

Dear colleagues

Birmingham is introducing some important changes to improve the way we do things and in doing so, provide earlier help to schools and families. For most learners with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities their needs can and should be met in their local school or nursery.

To support this, we are introducing locality SEND teams across the north, south, east and west of the city. The teams will support families and schools when a child needs help to access education. This means that school professionals and families can talk to their specialist team through local drop-in sessions and networks. A telephone helpLast  line and texts service to link with the local Parent Link Officer will also be available.

The new locality teams will be meeting with each school in January 2020 and planning a series of drop-in events and networks across the city during the spring term. These meetings will provide the opportunity for families to meet with their local team and to have the opportunity to talk to professionals as well as network with other families.

We are offering parents the opportunity to meet Parent Link officer and also to hear more about the changes at one of our four events across the city, the attached flyer provides full information and booking links for parents to access. Please can you share this information with as many parents as possible.

Finally, locality panels commenced this month and we are undertaking consultation events for Headteachers, Senior Leaders and SENCOs, during November and December to share the new ways of working, including the new locality teams in your area on the following dates:.

  • North – 27th November 2019 3.00pm – 4.00pm, St Barnabas Church Centre B23 6SY. Book places here.
  • South – 5th December 2019 3.00pm – 4.00pm, The Beeches Hotel B30 1LS. Book places here.
  • East – 9th December 2019 3.00pm – 4.00pm, Birmingham City Football Club St Andrews Stadium, B9 4RL. Book places here.
  • West – 26th November 2019 3.00pm – 4.00pm, Edgbaston Cricket Ground B5 7QU. Book places here.

Best wishes

Nichola Jones, Assistant Director – SEND and Inclusion

November 2019 SEND Parent and Carer Survey

Please find below the link to the November 2019 SEND parent and carer survey.  This survey is an important milestone to see if the improvements we have made in services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities are reaching Parents and Carers in Birmingham.

These surveys are hugely important, and the results and findings will be reported to the SEND Improvement Board and the Birmingham Children Partnership.

The survey is live at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FJHYT5F, and closes on 11th December 2019.

Please forward this email and copy the link to as many parents and carers, and professional working with parents and carers, over the next three weeks. 

Early Help and Safeguarding Newsletter

The Education Safeguarding team's fortnightly newsletter is available at this link (https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/2883/education_early_help_and_safeguarding_newsletters).

Contact: EducationSafeguarding@birmingham.gov.uk

NQT Pool 2020

HR Services for Schools are now recruiting to our Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Pool for 2020.
The application form, supporting documents and further details are all accessible via our website: www.birmingham.gov.uk/nqts The closing date for receipt of applications is Monday 13th January 2020.

For regular updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook

  • Twitter: @birminghamnqt
  • Facebook: BirminghamNQTs

Don’t forget the HR Services for Schools Recruitment Team for all of your other needs:
Advertising, Senior Appointment Recruitment, Recruitment Administration (Post Box Services), DBS Processing, Right to Work and Single Central Record Advice

Contact the Recruitment Team for more information on 0121 464 4144/3716 or e-mail: charlotte.shepherd@birmingham.gov.uk

VAT Training for schools

A VAT training session for BCC schools to enable you to manage VAT accounting and reporting more effectively within your school will be held on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

The session will be held at BCC’s offices at 10 Woodcock Street, Aston, Birmingham, B7 4BL from 9:30am to 1:00pm.  The training will cover the VAT treatment of school meals, school visits, school lettings and sales to pupils, etc.  There will be opportunities to ask questions during the sessions.  Further sessions will be held later in 2020.

This training is compulsory for ALL BCC schools and at least one employee of your school must attend.  There are two places available on the training for each school.  You may choose to nominate an employee of your school, a BCC schools’ finance representative, e.g. from Schools Financial Services, or an external finance adviser as your optional second attendee at the training.

To register your place at the training, please complete the attached form and email it to ALL of the contacts below:

Janet Morritt – Tax Adviser – janet.morritt@birmingham.gov.uk
Leigh Nash - (Business Analyst VAT) – leigh.nash@birmingham.gov.uk
Adam Kite – Tax Adviser - adam.kite@birmingham.gov.uk
Thomas A Rees – Tax Adviser - thomas.a.rees@birmingham.gov.uk

Children’s Library Christmas Advent Calendar

Christmas Advent Calendar Perfomances (School led) December 2019. This is a call out to schools who would like to visit the Library of Birmingham Children’s department during December 2019.

Please note you must register your visit online - https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/

Opening hours are
11am – 7pm Monday & Tuesday
11am – 5pm Wednesday to Saturday

Come along to sing a carol on the story steps and open the advent calendar display.

NEW ADDITION! A-Z Christmas Competition for schools. Enter one per class with a chance to win £15 book token for your school (as part of your visit)

Bulk buy discount on rock salt for Birmingham schools

Winter has truly arrived - be prepared! Our contracted supplier, Nobisco Ltd, is offering a special bulk buy discount for Birmingham schools.

  • White de-icing rock salt - 25KG
  • The 25KG bags for easy distribution & storage
  • Salt leaves little or no residue

Offer ends - 22nd March 2020, Contact Nobisco to place your order: 0121 328 3889

To view the full list of all contracted suppliers, visit Birmingham Education Support Services website here

Services for Education training courses

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. The following courses are available before the end of the year –

  • Safer Recruitment - Tuesday 3rd December 2019: 09.00 -16.30
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads (Two Day Course): Thursday 5th Dec 2019 & Friday 6th Dec 2019: 09.00 - 16.00
  • Safeguarding in the Classroom Context – The Essentials Friday 6th Dec 2019
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection Update for Designated Safeguarding Leads, Headteachers and Nominated Governors Tuesday 10th Dec 2019: 13:00 - 16:15

A number of these are accredited or validated by external organisations to provide delegates with a nationally recognised certification.

Please see the link for additional information

The Art of KS1 English Writing Moderation, Friday 29th Nov 2019

Services For Education works on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority to deliver the statutory duties regarding primary assessment.

In addition to undertaking moderation and monitoring services, we provide support, guidance and training for primary schools to best prepare for the requirements of statutory assessment in EYFS, KS1 and KS2.

The Art of KS1 English Writing Moderation course will provide KS1 teachers with the opportunity to develop their skills of moderation; sharing and developing their understanding of the expectations related to the national teacher assessment framework standards for English writing.

Governor opportunity: Ambitious Curriculum and Cultural Capital for all

This course will provide governors with the opportunity to explore their own school’s curriculum offer in the light of current Ofsted recommendations. Aimed at all governors, especially those leading or with a focus on the curriculum. Leaders, managers and those responsible for governance have a duty to ensure that the education provided by the school has a positive impact on all its pupils. There is also an expectation that school leaders adopt or construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly those at a disadvantage, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

This course will provide governors with the opportunity to explore their own school’s curriculum offer in the light of current Ofsted recommendations and help them identify and recognise positive examples of impact when visiting their schools or talking with school leaders. Specifically, the course covers:

  • an exploration of Cultural Capital;
  • how an ambitious curriculum can lead to both improved standards and an enhanced impact on children’s and young people’s life chances, including their readiness for the next stage in their education, training or employment;
  • what Ofsted expects;
  • key questions and lines of enquiry to explore with the school leadership team and
  • how knowledge gleaned from monitoring activities can influence the school’s own self-evaluation.

Booking Information
This training costs £120 per delegate for governors of schools who subscribe to School & Governor Support, and £150 for those who don't.

03 Dec 2019 18:15 - 20:15
Closing date: 29/11/2019
Venue : Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) (Deloitte Room), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH
Link to course booking: http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/91918

Norton Foundation grants for capital projects

The Warwickshire and West Midlands-based Norton Foundation is seeking proposals from local organisations in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire, who are planning capital projects to help young people under the age of 25 years.  Successful organisations will be given up to £250,000 contribution for their prospective project. 

In an effort to improve the personal development of young people, through creating opportunities within the region; bids must be primarily focussed on training, education, personal development or rehabilitation.

There are no application forms. Submissions, limited to one side of A4 paper, should include; an overview of the organisation, details of the proposed project and its benefits, an estimation of the total cost, and how the name of The Norton Foundation will be commemorated.

Bids must be received before 14th February 2020 by post to The Correspondent, The Norton Foundation, The Paddock, Bwlch-Y-Gwynt Road, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, LL29 8DQ
From these bids a short list will be selected and invited to submit detailed proposals and out of these a selection will be made of organisations to present in person to the Norton Foundation Trustees.

For further details, see the Norton Foundation website www.nortonfoundation.org

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