Update for schools: 15 July 2020

This update includes the latest Safeguarding Policy Addendum, confirmation we will not require data on the attendance of key worker and vulnerable children after this week and more.

Safeguarding Policy Addendum

The Addendum has been updated and is available on the Education Safeguarding website at this link.

Data on attendance of key worker and vulnerable children

We would like to thank schools that have returned weekly data on the attendance of key worker and vulnerable children to Birmingham City Council in addition to the DfE weekly returns.

We recognise that this has been time consuming for schools but the data has enabled us to support colleagues in the Children's Trust and to improve tracking of vulnerable pupils as well as providing social policy evidence to enable us to make our systems more responsive. 

In September, we will see the full return of pupils to their schools and will no longer require schools to complete the weekly returns, however we are still here to support schools that are worried about particular vulnerabilities (EducationSafeguarding@birmingham.gov.uk).

Contingency planning

Within the risk assessment that was shared last week, sections 13 and 14 refer to actions that need to be carried out where there is a suspected case of COVID.

Ofsted’s plans for autumn

Last week Ofsted set out its plans for autumn 2020 and confirmed routine inspections will remain suspended for the autumn term, with a plan to resume in January. In the autumn term, Ofsted will be carrying out ‘visits’ to schools and colleges, not inspections. The visits will look at how schools and colleges are getting pupils back up to speed after so long at home. They will use the visits to listen to school leaders’ experiences and plans, as well as their views about blended learning and any challenges it poses.

KS4 data

We would be grateful if secondary schools can share KS4 school-level data on results day with BCC by completing the document at this link and returning it to educationdata@birmingham.gov.uk at so we can provide a city-picture as soon as possible.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games mascot

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has developed some exciting new learning resources to inspire school children in Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 to design their own mascot, which could go on to become the official icon of the Games.  

The curriculum-aligned lesson plans – available to download now from www.birmingham2022.com/mascot - cover the history of the Commonwealth Games, the role of mascots in major sporting events and the values of Birmingham 2022. 

The resources encourage children to get creative and become “Mascot Makers” by designing a mascot for the Games that is youthful, diverse, dynamic and creative: everything that the region stands for. 

Designs can then be entered into a national competition to win amazing prizes including tickets to the Birmingham 2022 Opening Ceremony. The best entries will inspire the Games’ official mascot. 

There are tailored lesson plans for Key Stage 1/2 and Key Stage 3, and are suitable for classroom learning or home schooling, and with teacher or parent support. The resources are available now; the competition to design the Birmingham 2022 official mascot closes on 5th August 2020. 

Go to www.birmingham2022.com/mascot to download the resources and find out how to enter the competition, including terms and conditions. 

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