12 December 2019

This week's Noticeboard includes important crime protection advice for educational sites, updates from Finance and more.

Included in this update:

Crime Prevention Advice for Educational Sites

In recent weeks, the number of burglaries at educational premises in Birmingham has increased. Property stolen has predominantly been iPads, laptops and cash left insecure in classrooms. 

Please ensure that your staff lock away valuable equipment in secure storage when the school is closed, and ensure that all windows and doors are locked.

A comprehensive checklist of advice is available by clicking this link ahead of the Christmas break.

2019/20 Early Years Single Funding Formula Autumn Term Actual Allocations

Following the release of the October 19 census information by the DfE and the return of Early Years data collection templates by nursery settings, the Actual Autumn Term 2019/20 Early Years Single Funding Formula allocation has now been published on the Birmingham City Council website.

The notifications for Maintained Nursery Schools and Schools/Academy Nursery classes also allows schools to forecast spring term 2020 allocations based upon a schools’ local knowledge.  The notifications may be accessed via this link.

Contact - fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

Teachers’ Pension employer contribution grant (TPECG) allocations 2019/20 Financial Year

Following the Department for Education notification of the 2019/20 TPECG allocations for the first 7 months of the new academic year 2019/20.  The Local Authority wrote to all High Needs Special settings to consult on the methodology for calculating the allocations in Birmingham.

The DfE have notified Birmingham City Council of a grant for the period September 2019 to 31 March 2020 based on DFE published place numbers for 2019 to 2020.  Following consultation the proposal to allocate funding based on actual teacher FTE numbers as at 30th September 2019 (i.e. on payroll at that date) has been implemented.  Where schools have not provided FTE numbers, previously provided September 2018 have been used in line with the consultation approach.

The notification of these allocations have been published on the Birmingham City Council website and may be accessed via the following link.

Contact - fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

Teachers Pay Grant Allocations 2019/20 Financial Year

Following the Department for Education notification of the 2019/20 Teachers Pay Grant Allocation for the first 7 months of the new academic year 2019/20.  The Local Authority has applied the methodology used in 2018/19 for calculating the allocations to special settings in 2019/20 i.e. allocations based on actual teacher FTE numbers.

The DfE have notified Birmingham City Council of a grant for the period September 2019 to March 2020 based on DFE published place numbers for 2019 to 2020.  The LA will be allocating funding based on actual teacher FTE numbers as at 30th September 2019 (i.e. on payroll at that date) where schools have provided those FTE numbers, if not the previously provided September 2018 numbers have been used.

The notification of these allocations have been published on the Birmingham City Council website and may be accessed via the following link

Contact - fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

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 Wednesday 22th January 2020.  The cost is £150 per person, further information is available by clicking this link.

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; and Deletion from Roll.  Colleagues are advised to make use of these courses or they may not run.

Contact - Attendance@birmingham.gov.uk

Waterplus invoicing for schools

Due to ongoing issues with Waterplus consolidated billing, Birmingham City Council have requested all sites to be unconsolidated and billed directly.  Letters have been issued by Waterplus advising schools that a new account has been set up from 3rd November 2019.  All invoices will now be sent directly to schools for payment.

Read full article by clicking this link.


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