Noticeboard: 11 June 2020

This update includes a survey from the University of Birmingham, guidance on social distancing at the school gate, a reminder about September Guarantee and safeguarding training.

Included in this update:

Education and Covid19 - survey

Researchers at the University of Birmingham are working with Birmingham City Council to understand pupils’ and parents/carers’ experiences of education during the COVID-19 closures. We'd really appreciate it if you could share this survey with parents - https://bham.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cLRyewzEWEZvf9z

Guidance on social distancing measures at the school gate

Birmingham City Council is supporting schools with planning for increased attendance by pupils of different ages, focusing particularly on sustainable travel to schools and safe social distancing at drop off and collection times, supporting the installation of emergency school streets measures including Car Free School Streets, reduced speeds and restricting parking measures. Any available pavement space will need to be used efficiently to ensure that everyone is able to get around safely.

As per the Government’s guidance the most effective way to do this is to encourage families to leave the car at home and instead walk, cycle or scoot to school wherever possible. To assist schools, the Birmingham City Council risk assessment document includes information on pick up and drop off times, and the journey to and from school. In addition to this, the following guidance has been produced in related to social distancing at the school gate:

Marking of the Highway

Schools may need to introduce signage to physically direct people outside of the school to guide parents/carers to wait in appropriate places. These symbols could be generic stickdown floor graphics with an appropriate skid resistance (available from several suppliers), or they could be customised versions (e.g. using pupils’ designs) or simple spray, tape or chalk markings. There are some free downloadable templates available online.

Please ensure that any emergency access and egress routes, and normally permitted vehicle access are be maintained. A-frames should be avoided as they constrain space and can be a hazard to visually impaired pedestrians. If appropriate, consider putting into a place one-way pedestrian system using simple signage or markings on the street surrounding the school.

If you feel that your school could benefit from additional temporary/emergency measures as stated above please contact connected@birmingham.gov.uk.

School Streets

Birmingham City Council is supporting schools with planning for increased attendance by pupils of different ages, by supporting the installation of emergency school streets measures including Car Free School Streets, reduced speeds and restricting parking measures. If you feel that your school could benefit from additional temporary/emergency measures please contact us: connected@birmingham.gov.uk.

If you feel that your school could benefit from additional temporary/emergency measures please contact us: connected@birmingham.gov.uk

September Guarantee 2020: Deadline Monday 22 June 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.
Thank you for returning your Stage 1: Confirmation of Cohort Data Returns.

Stage Two: September Guarantee. Pre-populated spreadsheets were sent out to all schools, colleges and training providers on Monday 8th June 2020.

Under the September Guarantee, all young people in Years 11 and 12 have an entitlement to have received an offer in post 16 education or training. We will be collecting information from all education and training providers about:

  • All offers made to young people (both internal and external candidates)
  • All offers received by young people currently on your roll.

Please complete and return the pre-populated spreadsheet via Egress to insight@birmingham.gov.uk, by Monday 22nd June 2020. 

‘No Offer’ Lists and requests for more information: 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.

If you have any queries, please contact the 14-19 Participation & Skills Team 14-19@birmingham.gov.uk

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads (Two Day Course) – Online Delivery 13th and 14th July 2020

This course will equip senior staff with the information, knowledge and understanding to undertake the responsibilities of the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) role. This course will be delivered online and is the last course for this academic year. We will be providing all of our training courses using a digital platform. Purchase the course as normal and we will send you an email with a registration link nearer to the time of your course. Please make sure you provide the right email address when purchasing a course.

More information is available at this link.

 

 


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