28 November 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes the slides from Monday afternoon's headteacher briefing, advice from the safeguarding team regarding the recent event at Star City and much more.

Included in this update:

Headteachers' briefing: Monday 25th November 2019

Thank you to those who attended Monday afternoon's briefing. The slides that were presented are available via this link.

Contact: education@birmingham.gov.uk

Incident at Star City - 23rd November 2019

As you may all be aware, there was a significant incident at Star City on Saturday 23rd November, involving a large number of young people.  This has been reported on widely through the media.  West Midlands Police responded in a timely and proportionate way, however there will be many children and families who may have been affected by this incident.

We are aware that West Midlands Police have sent a statement out to schools regarding the events that occurred on Saturday.  Their investigations are ongoing.

If you or your school staff are made aware of any information related to the incident or recognise anyone involved, you can do the following -

As always, should you have immediate safeguarding concerns about an individual child, please contact CASS for advice on 0121 303 1888.

We would recommend that you undertake lesson activities/discussion with your children that will reiterate messages around keeping safe, the role of the police and the consequences of violent, criminal behaviour, including that which involves weapons.  You can access curriculum resources via our webpage www.birmingham.gov.uk/schoolsafeguarding and also at http://policeandschools.org.uk

We thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation and would like to reassure you that every possible action is being undertaken to ensure that those responsible are identified and that appropriate measures to safeguard and protect our children and young people are being implemented.

Contact: EducationSafeguarding@birmingham.gov.uk

School Organisation Proposal: Hunters Hill College

Birmingham City Council, as the Local Authority for Birmingham is conducting a formal consultation to make the following changes to Hunters Hill College (a community special school):

  • Remove the boarding provision with effect from 1st April 2020.

The formal consultation runs from 21st November 2019 until 19th December 2019.

Full details of the proposal and how to comment are available online

Contact: edsi.enquiries@birmingham.gov.uk

Secondary 2019 IDSRs are now live

Ofsted is pleased to inform you that the new 2019 inspection data summary report (IDSR) for secondary data, is now available through the new Ofsted IDSR service linked to in DfE’s Analyse School Performance (ASP) https://www.analyse-school-performance.service.gov.uk.  When logged into ASP, click on ‘All reports’ and then ‘Ofsted inspection data summary reports’:
The secondary IDSRs hold provisional data for key stage 4, two term absence, and where applicable, key stage 2, key stage 1 and phonics, and context data.  (Primary IDSRs will be updated soon to include two term absence.  Another communication will announce this.)
If you have access rights to more than one school, you may wish to go direct to our Ofsted IDSR service: https://idsr.gcs501.gcfb.co.uk.
Please note: The ability to view an IDSR for a given school is controlled based upon your DfE Sign-in Account. If your DfE Sign-in account is associated with a MAT, local authority or diocese, you will be able to view the IDSRs for all schools governed by that organisation.  The relationship between schools and these governing organisations is taken from GIAS.  The data on these relationships are refreshed overnight. Each organisation has one or more approvers, who can check your DfE Sign-in account and grant you appropriate access.
This year, the children looked after collection closure date, was delayed.  Therefore, the children looked after data and data for disadvantaged pupils will not be included until the revised data releases.  These will be in early 2020.
We have published a new guidance document for the IDSR.  This includes example reports and supporting data tables used for the 2019 IDSR which show national figures and quintile boundaries used to determine whether areas of interest sentences are triggered.  Newly added links are now located throughout the IDSR, which take you directly to the relevant section of the full guidance which is located here
Should you have any IDSR or Ofsted IDSR service queries, please contact the Schools Pre-Inspection Data & Insight team at: School.Performance.Data@ofsted.gov.uk

REMINDER: New fund created to help Birmingham girls who ‘dare to dream’

Last month (October 2019) a new fund to help the next generation of fearless females pursue their ambitions and dreams was launched by Birmingham City Council and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity.

Teachers and parents are reminded that the closing date for applications is 12 January 2020, and are urged to encourage female pupils to consider applying for a small grant to support their own academic or career dreams.

One year since Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream – a book the council commissioned mark the centenary of women getting the vote – was published, Birmingham girls aged under 16 can now apply for grants of up to £250 to help pursue their own ambitions. This can be for an activity, course, books, equipment or help in accessing work experience (eg travel costs).

Applicants must live in Birmingham and be in education or training in the city, and have their bid supported by two nominating adults (including a teacher).

To apply for a grant, visit the charity’s website – http://www.lordmayorbirmingham.uk/

Closing date for applications is 12 January 2020.

Bournville BookFest 2020 Schools Programme

We are now in the run-up to BookFest 2020 and we have the brilliant new children's laureate and How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell coming on Friday 20th March.  All seats are sold out for her morning show but there are still some available for the 1.30pm show and we think it will be an enormous shame if there are empty seats! 

We are also keen to let schools know about Drawing Harry Potter with Jonny Duddle, who also wrote The Pirates Next Door books and has a wonderful stage presence.

The other shows - Shakespeare Day and Nothing to See Here Hotel - have sold very well.

Tickets are just £3 per child and teachers go free (we try to stay as affordable as possible) and with the timings and logistics of getting to Town Hall we think BookFest Schools Programme offers a great formula for a successful school visit.  Priority booking was given to schools in Birmingham's most deprived wards in September, and we've now opened it out for group bookings from schools and home educators everywhere.

All the details are on our website: https://bournvillebookfest.com/schools

Bournville BookFest is moving to June in 2020 - and will feature Michael Rosen, Velveteen Rabbit, Tiger Who Came to Tea Tea Parties, campfire stories, Tom Percival, Tintin, Where's Wally, Lego storytelling workshops and lots more.

NQT CPD Courses

Safeguarding in the Classroom Context - The Essentials
Fri 6th Dec 2019 09:00-12:00
Teaching Pupils With English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Mon 9th Dec 2019 09:00-12:00

Maths Mastery for NQTs
Fri 17th Jan 2020 09:00-16:00

NQT Induction Tutor Training
Thu 23rd Jan 2020 13:00-16:00

Being Good or Better
Fri 31st Jan 2020 09:00-12:00

Please book a place using the link https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/nqt-support/

The deadline for registering new NQT’s in the Spring term is Thursday 16th January 2020

Free behaviour management resource

As part of the ongoing development of the COBS Outreach offer to schools we would really appreciate it if you could spend just 1 minute completing the survey below.  Schools who complete the survey will be sent a free “Low Level Behaviour Strategies” checklist for your staffroom and be entered into a draw for a free delegate place at one of our upcoming training events.

The Birmingham Food Survey

As part of shaping the approach to creating a Healthy Food City, Birmingham is working hard to become a city where all citizens can thrive and achieve their potential, and creating a healthy, affordable and sustainable food environment across the city is key to this.

When we talk about the food environment in Birmingham we are thinking about how we grow food, transform it from raw materials into dishes, sell it through shops and serve it in schools and care homes, and also how we recycle it and treat food waste.

In order to move towards a healthy, affordable and sustainable food environment, we need to understand citizens views, influences and choices across all of these food topics and so the Public Health Division has created the Birmingham Food Survey. The survey asks about your background, your thoughts on food policies that shape the city and about the kind of food you eat.

For a little more context, watch our video – Starting the Birmingham Food Conversation: https://youtu.be/Dlup5Ta7ajA

Who are we trying to reach?
EVERYONE! We want to hear from all Birmingham citizens about their thoughts on food and the food choices they make.
Whether they’re an individual, family, student, retired or newly arrived in the city, their opinion counts and we are really keen to hear from people of all ages and in every community in Birmingham. That includes you and your families and friends!

How can you help?
You can help us hugely by mentioning or circulating the survey and video links to colleagues, groups and organisations across the city.
And don’t forget, your views count too! Please get involved by completing the survey yourself and then give it a share on social media to let your friends and family know about it. Remember to use the hashtag #talkfoodbrum

Link to survey: https://www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/place/birmingham-food-survey/
Link to video: https://youtu.be/Dlup5Ta7ajA
Hashtag: #talkfoodbrum

Outreach Opportunities with the University of Cambridge

Applications are now open for Stonehouse Residential, an event for small groups of students in Year 11 and an accompanying teacher from their school. Residential Dates: Monday 6th to Thursday 9th July 2020


  • Stage One: 1st November to 20th December 2019 – teachers register their school
  • Stage Two: 10th January – 14th February – students complete forms
  • 3rd April – schools/teachers will receive decisions on applications by this date

What's involved?

All attendees will stay in Trinity College accommodation, attend classes taught by University of Cambridge academics, and get the chance to visit the city’s fantastic museums and academic departments.

Students will work on a group project as part of the residential, specifically designed to develop key skills and build academic confidence going forward into sixth form study, for which they will be mentored and guided by a current Trinity student. The project will take the form of a question similar in style to that of university study, around a particular subject area; we will endeavour to match students as closely as possible to their areas of interest and to mix students such that they work with others from the other attending schools. Work on the project will culminate in a presentation ceremony at the end of the event.

Teachers attending this event will benefit from a programme that allows participation alongside the students, as well as sessions designed especially for teachers, including information and opportunity to ask questions about the Cambridge application process, student subject choice guidance, and exploring resources. There will be periods of free time in order to complete any marking or other work required. Teachers attend this event with the aim of being able to create a longer term impact upon the school, through becoming well-informed in the above areas and relaying this information to their students, colleagues and wider community.

The residential is entirely free, including accommodation and all food, and we will also provide funds to cover the costs of travel to and from Cambridge for all students and the selected teacher.

More information and the application form is available at https://www.trin.cam.ac.uk/access/residential/stonehouse-year-11-residential/

Contact: Schools Liaison Officers Ellie and Lizzie: schools.liaison@trin.cam.ac.uk

Message from All Birmingham's Children

All Birmingham's Children are calling upon every organisation in Birmingham which has access to digital/social media, (road side boards/streets boards/electronic reels on coaches and shop fronts/ticker tape receipts, social media platforms), however big or small to use this media for at least 1 minute a day in December to wish all of OUR children living and visiting Birmingham to a have a lovely/great/ wonderful/safe Christmas and New Year.  

For our part, if you let us know what you are doing we will promote your organisation throughout our social media platforms.

Please do not over think this….just do it…..it will make you feel better and all of OUR current and former children living in/visiting Birmingham this Christmas and New Year. 

Finally, we would also really appreciate it if you could forward this message on to any of your contacts/colleagues who are able to take part.

Contact: eddie@allbirminghamschildren.com

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