27 February 2020

This week Noticeboard includes the current advice for schools regarding COVID-19, an invitation to primary schools to the launch of the Birmingham approach to RSHE, information about the arrangements for the offer of Year 7 places on Monday 2 March and mo

Included in this update:

COVID–19: Advice for schools and educational settings

Yesterday the letter attached here from Public Health England was sent to Headteachers. This letter provides the latest advice for schools and educational settings.

The advice is also available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19.

This website will continue to be updated as the advice changes.

Contact: School and Governor Support (0121 303 2541 or School.Support@birmingham.gov.uk)

Getting Ready for Primary RSHE 2020; the Birmingham Approach

We are pleased to invite primary schools to the launch of the Birmingham Approach to Primary Relationships and Health Education in preparation for September 2020. This online resource has been developed by Birmingham City Council Education in partnership with Birmingham primary schools and will include:

  • Advice on consultation and parent engagement
  • Policy templates
  • Exemplar letters
  • Cross referenced curriculum maps
  • Lesson plans and resources Yrs 1-6
  • Optional sex education lessons

Speakers on the day will include Ofsted, Department for Education and University of Birmingham and we will hear from the schools that have piloted and shaped the resource.

The event will take place on Monday 23rd March between 9.00am and 3.00pm. Spaces are limited, so please book your space at http://www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Event/113690

Refreshments are provided but we are unable to provide lunch, so please ensure that you bring your own.

Unicef celebration: 3 July 2020

On the morning of the 3rd July 2020 we will come together once again to celebrate the achievements of all our UNICEF schools at the Birmingham REP.  Whether schools have just started on the UNICEF Rights Respecting Award, or have achieved Gold, there will be an opportunity for everyone that would like to participate, either in the performance itself or in the audience.

In the next few weeks, we will be contacting all UNICEF schools asking for expressions of interest to engage in the programme of events but for now, please save the date. 

Arrangements for the offer of Year 7 places on 2 March 2020

The information sheet posted here on the council's website was emailed to Year 6 parents/carers who applied online for their child's secondary school place earlier this week.  This sets out the process for the offer of secondary school places next Monday 2 March 2020.  This information is also being shared on the Council's social media accounts prior to national offer day.

Waiting lists will be available from 23 March 2020. Waiting list information will not be available before that date.
This is to allow families time to accept or refuse the offers made by the deadline of 16 March 2020 and schools to write to those who have not responded to their offers, the outcome of which will be more robust waiting lists.  All waiting lists will be made available from the same date, 23 March 2020, to ensure consistency for all families.

Process for late changes of preferences:

Please note that, following the offer of secondary school places on National Offer Day on 2 March 2020, children will only be allowed to have a maximum of six live preferences at any one time. Any parents wishing to change their schools after offer day will be asked to re-submit a revised set of preferences. They will be taken off the waiting lists for any schools that they remove from their list, and any appeals for schools they are no longer applying for will be withdrawn.

Any school place offers that have already been made will not be lost due to a change of preferences, unless a new offer for a higher preference is made.

Submitting changes of preferences is not something the Local Authority encourages parents to do; many other authorities do not facilitate any change of preferences at all following offer day.

If you have any questions about the process, please approach yout usual contact at the School Admissions and Fair Access service, or email admissions@birmingham.gov.uk.

Countering Hate Crime resource for schools

Please find attached a resource for schools to use when discussing hate crime.

Right Help, Right Time - Delivering effective support for children and families in Birmingham

On 14 February 2020, the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Partnership published the refreshed threshold guidance “Right Help, Right Time” – Delivering effective support for children and families in Birmingham.

This is available on the Partnership website at http://www.lscpbirmingham.org.uk/delivering-effective-support

2020/21 Section 251 School Budget Notification

School Briefing Statements are available at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/downloads/download/3309/school_briefing_statement

Birmingham City Council has published the individual 2020/21 primary and secondary school budget shares, relating to reception - year 11 provision, including detailed explanatory notes. Published alongside this notification is the 2020/21 School Budget Briefing document, which MUST be read in support of the notification and will provide schools with important budget information. The document also includes insurance arrangements and charges for 2020/21 and a copyright license factsheet. Funding allocations for other delegated budgets (Early Years, Special, Resource Base, Post 16) will be published before 31st March 2020.

All notifications may be accessed from this link when available.

All budget queries should be sent by email to: fairfunding@birmingham.gov.uk

Early Help and Safeguarding Newsletter

The next edition of the Education Safeguarding Team's newsletter is now available on the council website here.

Contact: EducationSafeguarding@birmingham.gov.uk

Virtual School Termly Newsletter

Please find attached  our termly Birmingham Virtual School newsletter. This is our first edition and we have included information and articles related to events nationally and locally from the summer as well as links to forthcoming events this term. It is our intention going forward to use our newsletter to inform you of upcoming events or changes to policy and practice. We hope you find it a valuable resource and welcome your feedback.  It provides key information for school leaders and designated teachers in relation to the education of children who have experience our care system. click link to view

Parent Consultation on childcare

The local authority is consulting with parents to ascertain their views about childcare in Birmingham. The consultation will include views about full daycare, out of school places, holiday places, Early Education Entitlement places, accessing places for children with SEND etc.

This is an exciting opportunity for parents to have a say about what childcare they need / what they use and we would like you to encourage parents to participate. The survey is on Be Heard at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/people-1/parental-survey-for-childcare-in-birmingham-2020 and will run from 24th February until 31st March 2020.

Please let your parents know that this opportunity is available so that we can capture as many views as possible. We would really welcome views from parents who are not using childcare or are thinking about using childcare so please share the survey to anyone you think would be interested in giving their opinion.

Ofsted Big Conversation for Early Years Providers

We will be bringing together early years specialists and members from Ofsted to engage in our next Big Conversation. It is a great opportunity to hear directly from Ofsted and this time they will be giving initial findings from inspections under the Education Inspection Framework. We also have some great speakers on other current Early Years ‘hot topics’. The next West Midlands Ofsted Big Conversation will be held on Friday the 27 March 2020 from 09:15 – 12:45

The Agenda is:

9.45am Welcome and Introduction from West Midlands Steering Group
9.55am Mine Conkbayir - Self-regulation in the Early Years
10.20am West Midlands Regional Update from Ofsted
11:00 Refreshment Break
11:15 Melanie Pilcher, Early Years Alliance - Maths In the Early Years
11.40am Ofsted update on the EIF
12:15pm Q&A

The venue:
Walsall Football Club
The Bank's Stadium
Bescot Crescent

The Ofsted Big Conversation also has a new website which has details of events from all round the country as well as links to presentations delivered by the speakers.

Visit it at: https://theofstedbigconversation.co.uk/

Support for 2020 Y11/12/13 leavers at risk of NEET

From March 30th, 2020, Birmingham Careers Service will begin to take year 11/12/13 referrals of students whom the school has identified as being at risk of NEET. This will include students who have no education, employment or training offer (EET), or where the school has identified that the students are at risk of not taking up their EET offer. For full details of the offer and how to refer, please visit our website.

Please ensure that the young people you are referring are aware that we will be contacting them. This offer is free of charge and can help you with your “KS4 /5 destination measures” responsibilities.

New for 2020 – we will offer a free session in school with your RONI students to help prepare them for their post 16 options. Dates and times are subject to availability.  Please note: this will not involve careers guidance interviews which remain the responsibility of the school. To request a visit, please email Sue AND Sandra as below. http://www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk/our-work/

Confirmation of Cohort Data Request - To All Providers of 14 – 19 Education and Training

Confirmation of Cohort data requests will be sent out on Monday 2nd March 2020. This return is part of an intensive cycle of activity to ensure that every young person aged 16 or 17 participates in education or training. Stage One: Validation of the pre-populated spreadsheet. For Year 11, this includes all young people on-roll at your institution. For Year 12, this only includes young people who are Birmingham residents.

Please check for accuracy and notify us by Friday 27th March 2020 where a pupil has joined your role or is no longer on roll please ensure that we have a new address and contact details where appropriate and the name of the new school/college/provider the young person has moved to. Without this information, we will not be able to take these young people off your roll which may result in them becoming not known on your destination tracker.

The Insight reference numbers on the return must not be removed as we need this information to match with our Access database when it is returned for processing. All information must be provided. All returns to be sent via Egress to insight@birmingham.gov.uk by Friday 27th March 2020.

Failure to send in a return can result in the local authority having incorrect information on your cohort which could impact on what data is returned into the DfE for your institution.

We will write out again for Stage Two of the process which will be: September Guarantee Returns for all year 11 and/or 12 (both internal and external candidates) for all offers received by young people currently on roll. September Guarantee data requests will be sent out on 6th April 2020.

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 Thursday 26th March 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.

Teaching and Leading MFL in Primary Schools

Teaching Modern Foreign Languages in primary school can be challenging – particularly when teachers lack confidence or subject knowledge. This course aims to give practical and manageable suggestions in how to deliver an engaging and progression based curriculum, whilst giving subject leaders strategies to meet the new curriculum demands in a supportive and friendly environment.

During the course, participants will explore:

  1. The National Curriculum requirements for teaching MFL and what each area entails.
  2. The principles of language acquisition (focusing particularly on second language acquisition) to support young learners.
  3. Practical day-to-day activities to enhance the teaching of MFL whilst reinforcing general literacy skills.
  4. Ideas for recording progression across year groups.

For more information https://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk/our-offer/teaching-and-learning-mfl/

Annual SEND Conference at South and City College

Annual SEND Conference at South and City College:

Date: Friday 6th March 2020 from 9:00-12:45
Venue: Hall Green Campus, Cole Bank Road, Hall Green, B28 8ES.

This event is specially designed for professionals who have a responsibility for the progression and transition of students with special educational needs and learning disabilities. This is often the school SENCO but may also be the careers coordinator, careers adviser, lead practitioner or other. Conference aim is to improve the transition of young people into a post-16 setting and to provide an overview of the range of support available to students.
We are very pleased to announce our guest speaker for the event: Councillor Kate Booth - Cabinet Member for Children's Wellbeing.

Programme Details:

9.00 Arrival/Registration – Tea/Coffee
9.30 Welcome to the Conference
9.40 Keynote Speaker – Councillor Kate Booth
10.10 SENAR Update and Changes - tbc
10.40 Break – Tea/Coffee
11.00 Supported Internships
11.30 Supported Learning
12.00 Student Support
12.30 Transition/Access Arrangements
12.45 Close/Evaluation/Optional Tour

On the morning you will find out more about:

The application procedure and formal consultation process for learners with EHCPs and additional needs.

  • How we support students at SCCB with EHCPs and additional needs in Mainstream.
  • Working with SCCB and supporting learners.
  • Supported Learning provision Across South and City College
  • Meet students on our supported learning courses
  • Support available to schools – Tours, Tasters and Transition
  • A tour of Hall Green Campus and facilities (optional)

Please email schoolsteam@sccb.ac.uk to reserve your place. Please forward this email to others in your school/organisation.

Waste and recycling options for schools and academies

Birmingham City Council commercial waste is by far the greenest waste provider in the Birmingham area. With regards to general refuse we have an exclusive owned ERF (Energy from Waste) plant that is located only 1 mile from the city centre. In short this means that waste is diverted 100% from landfill.

We are the only local waste contractor to have this facility which means that our customers waste will not travel outside the West Midlands. Other local contractors will either use landfill sites or need to export outside the UK. Waste companies that are using the export route will be increasing their charges as there will be a cost implication after Brexit.
Birmingham City Council have a partnership with Smurfit Kappa, meaning that all paper and cardboard stays within the West Midlands and is not exported to China for example.

We can also offer Mixed Recycling, which includes: Glass, plastics, tin cans etc. This is collected and taken to one of our three waste transfer stations then transferred to our clean local Material-Recycling-Facility (MRF).Part of a UK circular economy - plastic milk bottles are back on the shelf within three months of you recycling of them

In summary Birmingham City Council offers:

  • Waste/Recycling will remain local and not be exported
  • All waste will be 100% diverted from landfill
  • Best options for recycling

 Contact our friendly team on 0121 303 2894 or commercialwaste@birmingham.gov.uk |

More information is available on the Birmingham Education Support Services website www.birminghameducationsupportservices.co.uk/Services/4445

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