Update for schools: 18 June 2020

This update includes a call for support regarding Race Equality Education, an update on Early Help for families, the launch of the primary RSHE resource and information on PPE.

Dear colleagues

Race Equality Education; call for support

Since 2016, we have commissioned training for schools through BRAP, an equalities and human rights Birmingham based charity which whom we have delivered workshops on Mastering Equality and Unconscious Bias. 

The death of George Floyd in the US and the international response from Black Lives Matter, including peaceful protests in Birmingham, have reminded us that we still have much work to do, to consider what race equality looks link in our city and schools have a critical role to play. 

We have an Equalities Oversight Group that supported the development of the RSHE Toolkit, which includes the University of Birmingham, Ofsted, DfE, SACRE, BEP, brap, BCC officers and schools.  We are now setting out to deliver on race equality within a wider curriculum context, provide training and support for schools to understand the social constructs of race, understanding the differences between individual bias, structural and systemic racism and privilege and to develop an integrated curriculum offer. 

If your school would like to be involved in shaping the response, please get in touch with Razia Butt (razia.butt@birmingham.gov.uk).

Update on Early Help for families because of Covid-19

The Birmingham Children’s Partnership Covid-19 Emergency funding, working closely with schools, has supported over 4000 families . Schools can still complete a resilience fund application where they are concerned about the economic hardships being faced by a family due to Covid-19. Early help in the 10 localities have now funded over 100 community organisations to help families further. Schools can compete a simple ‘Family Connect Form’ where they want to get more local support for a family. All the information is available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/Covid19CYPF. Below are two case studies that illustrate what has been happening:

Edgbaston Early Help – Case Study

One family was referred to Early Help by the son's school. Mum had recently arrived home from Nigeria, but dad has been stuck there because of the increase in travel costs since Covid-19. One of their two children has special educational needs. Our Early Help Coordinator got them an emergency food parcel, a referral to the Active Wellbeing Society (TAWS) for ongoing support with food, and made an application to the resilience fund application.  The application was successful: helping the family to buy baby items and sanitary products to help care for the son’s special educational needs at home. We have worked closely with the Deputy Head at the school to put together a full package of help which will include continued support from the school.

Feedback from a school

The efficiency and outcomes from the referrals that I have made have been extremely helpful to a number of families I am helping to support. From food parcels on the day of referrals being made to finding accommodation for a family who have been made homeless. The staff dealing with cases have been helpful, supportive and have gone out of their way to get the best outcomes for these families, as quickly as possible. Families have passed on their thanks for the support that they have received and as a school we are also grateful for the quick and effective help that has been given to these vulnerable families. 

Launch of Primary Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education 

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Birmingham Primary RSHE resource which is now available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/rshe  

Recent DfE advice has confirmed that RSHE will still be compulsory however, from 1st September 2020 to the end of spring term 2021, schools should make an assessment of preparedness and commence teaching as soon as it is practically possible or use the time to prepare to deliver the new curriculum. This includes engaging parents on their policy as well as planning their curriculum provision. By the start of the summer term 2021, all schools should have begun teaching the subjects.  This resource includes helpful documents to enable staff and parent consultation, advice for governors, model letters and a set of resources and lesson plans from Year 1 to Year 6, all of which meet the statutory requirements for September 2020. There are additional optional resources for sex education, which although not compulsory for primary schools, will be helpful for those schools that wish to include sex education in their offer to pupils.  It will enable schools to meet the minimum requirements of the mandatory curriculum changes, and to build on this to ensure that all children are included.

We are also offering a series of webinars to provide additional support in working with the resource.  There is a short lead time for these seminars to meet the demand from schools, but these will be repeated in July.  Webinars will take place on Microsoft Teams and will be confirmed by email following registration on BESS:  


Date and time


Booking link



23rd June 10am-12pm     

Involving Stakeholders in RSHE  

Book using this link.

25th June 1pm-3pm          

Building RSHE Curriculum Foundations 

Book using this link

30th June 10am-12pm     

RSHE and the Wider World  

Book using this link

14th July 10am-12pm       

RSHE Q&A Session  

Book using this link



2nd July, 1pm-3pm           

Involving Stakeholders in RSHE 

Book using this link

7th July, 10am-12pm        

Building RSHE Curriculum Foundations 

Book using this link

9th July, 1pm-3pm            

RSHE Inclusivity and Equality  

Book using this link

16th July, 1pm-3pm          

RSHE Q&A Session  

Book using this link

Special schools and PRU settings

16th July, 10am-12pm 


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Emergency Supply of PPE

Birmingham City Council is a member of the West Midlands and Warwickshire Local Resilience Forum (LRF). The PPE that is being supplied to you is from this source and from additional supply that has been procured by the Local Authority. This is provided to/procured by Birmingham City Council as a limited supply of PPE to use on an emergency basis to support high priority social care and health organisations (who do not have access to usual NHS supply). Unfortunately, we are not able to support all organisations in Birmingham who may require PPE. This supply is not intended to replace your normal supply of PPE and in the first instance you are required to seek to procure PPE to meet your requirements. The following is information to help you source PPE:

Suppliers of PPE for social care (eg community care, home care, hospices):


09.00 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

03300 552288 emergencystock@blueleafcare.com
08.00 - 17.00 Mon – Fri
*Please use email contact in the first instance. Monitored 24/7

Deliver Net
01756 70 60 50
08.30 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

Countrywide Healthcare
01226 719090
09.00 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

Nexon Group
0800 999 5006
08.00 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

09.00 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

Wightman & Parrish
01323 445001
Register for credit account at www.w-p.co.uk
08.30 - 17.00 Mon – Fri

Beaucare Medical
01423 873666
07.00-19.00 Mon-Fri

Halliday Healthcare Ltd
08.30- 16.45 Mon-Thurs 8.30.- 15.45 Fri

B&M Supplies
01704 553 773
08.30 - 17.00 Mon-Fri

0330 700 0707
09.00 -17.00 Mon - Fri

Supply of PPE to all sectors

For all organisations that require PPE, regardless of type of business, as well as your usual suppliers there are the following options available to you to source the required PPE.

Guidance on PPE

Extensive guidance on all aspects of PPE including correct use can be found at www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-personal-protective-equipment-ppe


Please obtain specialist advice from Public Health England or other reputable source before purchasing PPE from suppliers. You are responsible for ensuring that PPE is safe to use to protect you and any staff members. You use PPE entirely at your own risk. You are responsible for ensuring that your staff are making correct use of PPE. You will need to assure yourselves that staff can correctly put on and remove PPE and safely dispose of used PPE. You should assure yourselves that staff undertaking Aerosol Generating Procedures have been Fit tested for the specific brand of facemask that is being used.

Birmingham City Council have not vetted or approved any supplier listed above or on PPExchange.co.uk  or WMCA. Birmingham City Council disclaim any liability in connection with your use of any of the suppliers of PPE listed on, or accessed as a result of information provided above or and any contracts entered into with suppliers as a result of the use of information contained above. Birmingham City Council disclaim any liability in connection with your use of PPE supplied to you on an emergency basis through the Council.

National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR)

Providers who have an urgent requirement for PPE, which they are unable to secure through their business as usual channels, or via the support that we have made available locally, should contact the NSDR via the 24/7 helpline: 0800 915 9964 (Freephone number in the UK), and a Direct Line from overseas: 0191 283 6543. Before calling the NSDR hotline, please ensure you are able to provide the following details to the call handler:

  • Name, email and telephone number of the requestor;
  • Name, email and telephone number of a contact for the next 24 hours (e.g. out of hours cover if the original requestor will be unavailable);
  • Delivery address, including postcode; and named contact for receiving deliveries;
  • Confirmation that your organisation is able to receive the delivery outside of normal business hours;
  • Number of COVID-19 patients being treated (confirmed and suspected);
  • Number of beds in your organisation (if appropriate);
  • How long your current PPE stock provides cover for (e.g. <24 hours; 1-2 days, or more than 2 days);
  • Which products you are requesting and in what quantity

Kind regards


Dr Tim O’Neill
Director Education and Skills

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