10 January 2020

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Dr Tim O'Neill, training opportunities including Prevent, attendance and sustainable travel, information about the spring census and much more.

Included in this update:

Message from Tim O'Neill

Dear colleagues

Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing Christmas break.

Huge congratulations to Sarah Hewitt-Clarkson who was named TES person of the year 2019 just before Christmas after a very challenging 2019. 
Congratulations also to Razia Butt, awarded a very well-deserved MBE in the New Year’s Honours for services to education. I was also very pleased to see Alastair Gibbons, who some of you will know as a recent Executive Director for Children’s Services here at the council, was awarded an OBE for services to social work.

At the end of a busy week, this morning is our annual conversation with Ofsted and colleagues from Birmingham Children's Trust where we will be discussing performance across Education and Social Care.

Have a good weekend.

Best wishes


Dr Tim O’Neill
Director Education and Skills

SEN Parent/Carer Survey

Birmingham City Council is looking to improve the journey of applying for and receiving the Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and/or travel assistance for families with children who have Special Educational Health and Care needs and, as part of this, would like to understand your experiences with the process at present.

We would be grateful if you could publicise the survey (link below) to families  to aid us in improving this pivotal milestone in a young person’s education lifecycle.

LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CLYC9XX

Prevent Training

Birmingham Education Resilience Training and Workshop Offer 2020

The attached Calendar provides details about the various training and workshops currently available in 2020 

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

In 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. To encourage as many ‘women of the future’ to apply, the deadline for applications has now been extended to 7 February 2020.

Teachers and parents are urged to encourage female pupils to consider applying for a small grant (of up to £250) to support their own academic or career dreams. Full details of criteria and how to apply can be found on the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity website.
Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream – commissioned by the council to mark the centenary of women getting the vote – was published in October 2018, highlighting the achievements of 30 inspirational Birmingham women. Proceeds from the book have been used to set up this legacy fund, which Birmingham girls aged under 16 can apply to 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, be in education or training in the city, and have their bid supported by statements from two nominating adults (including a teacher).

To apply for a grant, visit the charity’s website – lordmayorbirmingham.uk -  New closing date for applications is 7 February 2020.

DfE Statutory School Census – Spring 2020

Please find important information regarding School Census

Key dates
Census date: Thursday 16 January
Return date: Monday 20 January 

EYFS Profile Standardisation and Moderation Training 2020

Services for Education work on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority to organise and manage statutory assessment duty for the EYFS Profile teacher assessments. Our Service is funded by the Local Authority to make school moderation visits to a minimum of 25% of schools each year. Our moderation team will carry out the visits in the first half of the summer term, and those schools selected will be notified by email towards the end of the Spring term.

On behalf of the Local Authority we provide high quality moderation training events which are led and managed by experienced moderators in the second half of the spring term. As part of our statutory duty on behalf of the Local Authority we must continue to provide advice on all aspects of assessment in the EYFS, training, including on ‘agreement trialling’.

All schools recognise the value and importance of these moderation training events in order to develop practitioners’ understanding of the Early Learning Goals and ensure consistency in the assessments being made. 'It is recommended practitioners responsible for the completion of the EYFS profile attend LA Training' (STA, Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook 2019, Section 7, p.33)

The focus areas for the training this academic year are Communication and Language, Literacy and Expressive Art and Design. The half day training which is led and managed by experienced moderators will provide key updates regarding the revised documentation, assessment data, standardisation activities (agreement trialling) utilising the exemplification materials produced by the Standards and Testing Agency and moderation of practitioners own assessments for the three areas of learning.

Link to training  https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/eyfs-profile-standardisation-and-moderation-training-2020/

Health and wellbeing survey

Birmingham City Council invites you to complete this short survey which seeks your views on the feasibility of introducing a framework containing standards which would encourage education settings to support students’/children’s and staff health and wellbeing.
The questions in this survey explore your views about the potential benefits and challenges of implementing a Thrive through Education programme in the setting in which you work. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

Your views expressed in this survey will not be attributed to you, as you will not be asked to identify yourself or to name your organisation.  The data you provide in this survey will be used alongside data from all other respondents to inform the Thrive through Education project.

The survey will ask you for some demographic information at the end of the questions. This is to check that we receive a diverse mix of responses from across educational settings in Birmingham.

Survey link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Thrive_through_Education/

Sustainable Travel and Road Safety training

29 Jan 2020 13:30 - 15:30
West Midlands Fire Service HQ,
99 Vauxhall Road,Birmingham, B7 4HW

FREE to attend
Audience : teaching staff, governors, parent network groups and community champions. This could also benefit those schools that are undertaking the Unicef Rights Respecting School Award.

Outline: Transport is responsible for around 80% of pollutants such as nitrogen oxides and the school gate is a location where we are particularly exposed to this.

Outcome : School staff will understand the importance of having clean air, how it affects our health and what the school can do to help make the air cleaner.

Our training packages include: 2 hour CPD teacher training - Practical toolkit to take away
Supply of educational books for pupils for one year group to complete following the lesson that can be given as homework.

Book your free place here : http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/93684

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.


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

Philosophy for Children Taster Morning 11 February 2020

This free session is aimed at Senior Leaders interested in introducing P4C across their school.

9.30am    Introduction by Susan Holding, Sapere

10.00am  Opportunity to see P4C in classes - KS1 and KS2

11.15am   Question and answer session with Sapere and New Hall P4C leads

Places are limited, please contact Samantha Jurczak - s.jurczak@newhall.bham.sch.uk

Birmingham City Council in partnership with New Vic Theatre brings you ‘Yizkor’

HMD 2020 marks 75 years since the end of the Holocaust, the genocide perpetrated by the Nazis against the Jews in Europe.  Sadly this year also marks the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia, a genocide perpetrated against Muslims.  The Holocaust and genocides as a whole threaten the fabric of civilisation. Hate and prejudice, as the preconditions of genocide, must be resisted every day and should not go unchallenged. In a world that continues to feel fragile and vulnerable, we cannot be complacent. By coming together to learn more about the past, we can take action to create a safer future.

This is a free public event, open to teachers and pupils

Full details can be found in this Link


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