6 September 2018

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Anne Ainsworth, information about secondary school admissions for 2019, guidance on epipens from the NHS and more.

Included in this update:

From the Director

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back to a new school year – I hope you have all had a lovely and restful summer break.

There have been some changes during the holiday.  Colin Diamond said goodbye to us in August, and I have moved into the role of Acting Corporate Director for Children and Young People. Many of you will know me from my time as Assistant Director in Birmingham over the past two years where I’ve had a rather diverse portfolio! I’d like to thank Colin for the huge contribution he made to education across the city during his time at BCC.  He was a true advocate for schools and I know how much he loved working with you all in Brum.  So much so, that he isn’t going far – Colin has been appointed as Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Birmingham. We wish Colin every success in his new role and of course you will continue to see him on twitter @anfieldexile. We hope to be able to share information with you about the permanent arrangements for the Corporate Director post next month.

Sharon Scott has joined us as interim Assistant Director for SEND. Sharon is in her second week with us now and has been busy meeting everyone and I'm sure you'll see her soon.

You'll also notice that Noticeboard looks a bit different this year. Thank you for all the feedback you've provided on how we can best keep in contact with you. This new look Noticeboard should be easier for you to search through and we will be continuing to review and improve it over the coming weeks and months. We are also streamlining the content of Noticeboard and limiting the training courses we advertise to those provided by BCC. Please let us know your thoughts by emailing Laura Hendry (education@birmingham.gov.uk).

We had some fantastic news earlier this week with three Birmingham schools being awarded Gold in Unicef’s Rights Respecting Schools programme. Well done to Adderley, Cockshut Hill and Saltley on this achievement. We now have almost 250 Rights Respecting schools across the city and are viewed as a national leader in this area. Those of you at schools who are taking part in this programme or who were at the celebration event at the Rep in July will know the impact that this work has had. A new cohort will be starting in January and further training opportunities will be sent to registered schools over the next few days. More information is available on the Birmingham Education Support Services website.


Welcome to the new Headteachers who have joined us this term, I look forward to meeting you soon. I'd encourage all Headteachers to come to our Headteacher briefings that take place each term. We'll be sharing the agenda and booking information with you here in the coming weeks for the sessions taking place in November. If there is anything you'd particularly like covered at these briefings, please let me know as I'm keen to make these sessions as useful as possible for you.

I'm looking forward to getting out and about and visiting schools over the coming weeks and months. If you'd like me to visit your school, please get in touch with Judy Robinson (judith.robinson@birmingham.gov.uk) who will make the arrangements. 

There were some really good GCSE and A-Level results in Birmingham over the summer. We are analysing the results and will be letting you know the full city-wide picture as soon as we have it. Thanks as always to everyone in schools who support our students to achieve their best.

Congratulations also to Bev Mabey, CEO at Washwood Heath MAT, who was awarded an honorary doctorate from Aston University in July. Well deserved and well done Bev!
So quite a bit has changed but some things will most definitely be staying the same. The more eagle eyed of you will notice my sign off in Noticeboard (YNWA) is the same as Colin used to use. I am also a Liverpool fan which is strange as I am from East Lancashire (so really I should have developed a Mancunian allegiance..). I'm using YNWA with the kind permission of Professor Diamond as I feel strongly that You'll Never Walk Alone is as true now as it has ever been. I'm really keen that we work together, learn together and talk together.




Year 7 and 14-19 admissions: September 2019

As you will be aware, online applications opened on Monday 3 September for Year 7 and 14-19 places for September 2019. Applications can be made online through the Birmingham City Council website www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions until the deadline of 31 October 2018.

Please ensure parents of Year 6 pupils are aware of the deadline. All the information they will need is available on our website www.birmingham.gov.uk/schooladmissions. More advice and support is available from the Children’s Advice and Support Service on 0121 303 1888.

Update regarding Epipens

Due to the on-going national shortage of epipens it has come to our attention that some children are now being prescribed Emerade to be used in treatment of anaphylaxis. 

Although the administration of Emerade is covered within the medical needs training it is important to note that the administration method is slightly different to Jext or Epipen.

The correct administration method can be found below:


A link to the training video on the website can be found at https://youtu.be/G7PUsftg9ls

If you have a child in your school who has been prescribed Emerade and you would like an update on the administration of this auto adrenaline injector only please email janet.savage@bhamcommunity.nhs.uk and we will organise an update for you. 

All full medical needs training sessions can be booked through your school nurse as normal.

School Attendance update

1. FAST-track and Leave in Term Time processes

The guidance and documents in relation to both legal processes have been updated following suggestions from schools and will be online from Monday 10th September 2018.  There is now separate guidance for the new Year 11 process (though schools who have started FAST-track with pupils in year 10 should continue as normal). 

The letters in the Leave in Term Time (Penalty Notice) process have changed.  LD1 is used where parents make a request, whether written or not, and LD2 is for circumstances where the parents themselves have not contacted the school. 

Both processes can be found on the Birmingham City Council website.   Please delete any previous letters and guidance. 

2. FAST-track and Leave in Term Time Online Referral Forms

The online forms have been revised and can be found on the Birmingham City Council website.

The changes are that both parents can now be recorded on one form and schools will no longer receive an email copy of their submission though they will receive an online receipt.

3. Training

Places are still available on the Fast Track Prosecution & Case Study workshop on 20th September 2018.  If you wish to book your place please do so via the PAC&T website.

Other recommended courses such as ‘Accurate Coding Pupil Registration Practice’; ‘Pupil Deletion from Roll; School Attendance & the Ofsted Framework’; and ‘Reducing Persistent Absence’ are also available on the website.’

PAC&T are also delivering free ‘Attendance Training for School Governors’ on Saturday, September 22, 2018.  Again, to book a place, please go onto the PAC&T website.

School Budget Notifications

1. Updated 2018/19 Section 251 School Budget Notification 2018/19

Birmingham City Council has updated the individual school Section 251 Budget Statements to include :

  • Pupil Premium Allocations Notified by the DfE (confirmation of individual allocations sent out via Schools Noticeboard on the 6th July 2018).
  • Devolved Formula Capital Notified by the DfE for LA maintained schools only.
  • Post 16 Special Schools Bursary Funding for the 2017-2018 Academic year and adjusted allocations for in year 6th form closures as notified by the DfE.

Schools should ensure that the latest publication, which includes all the funding streams listed above are updated on the local budget systems for 2018/19.

Please access the budget notification on the Birmingham City Council website.

2. 2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula Summer Term Allocations

Notifications of the Summer Term 2018/19 Early Years Single Funding Formula allocations have now been published on the Birmingham City Council web site.

The notifications also allow schools to forecast autumn term 2018 and spring term 2019 allocations based upon a schools’ local knowledge.

The notification can be accessed on the Birmingham City Council website.  

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

New Schools Financial Management and Governance Process

Schools will recall an article in the School Noticeboard on 12 July 2018 that highlighted the Local Authority’s requirements for additional financial monitoring to be undertaken by ALL governors in maintained schools. 

The letter attached with this Noticeboard sets out these requirements and makes reference to the monitoring reports that will need to be completed on a twice yearly basis, by the end of October and by the end of February.  The templates for the monitoring reports can also be accessed on the Birmingham Education Support Services website.

2018/19 Model Code of Conduct for Governing Boards

Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) model Code of Conduct for governing boards has been updated for the academic year 2018/19. 

BCC commends the model Code of Conduct for adoption by maintained schools and academies. It can be amended to include specific reference to the ethos of the particular school. 

The model Code of Conduct is worded in such a way that it becomes a corporate code that is signed by the Governing Board not individual governors. This enforces the principle that, first and foremost, responsibility for good governance rests with schools themselves.  

The model Code of Conduct is available on the Birmingham City Council website.

CONTACT: School and Governor Support (governors@birmingham.gov.uk)

Registering NQTs with Birmingham Local Authority 2018/19

All NQTs must be registered with an appropriate body. Services For Education carries out the Appropriate Body function on behalf of Birmingham Local Authority. Registering your NQTs with Services for Education enables you to meet the statutory requirements for your NQTs’ induction year.

Benefits of registering  your NQTs with Birmingham LA:

  • A personalised approach to meeting the needs of your school and NQTs
  • An induction briefing for NQTs in the early autumn term to clearly outline expectations and procedures for the induction year
  • Bespoke induction software for you to manage the induction programme and submit reports and access resources and help
  • School visits when additional support is needed for the NQT, or school member of staff
  • Telephone, email support and help tickets on the online NQT Manager system.

To register your NQTs please visit http://www.nqtmanager.com and select Birmingham.

Charges for Registration

  • 1 term £100
  • 2 terms £180
  • Full academic year £260.

For further information contact natasha.lawson-hollingsworth@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Key dates and supporting information

  • September 2018 Registration Date Deadline: Friday 21st September 2018
  • January 2019 Registration Date Deadline: Friday 18th January 2019

DfE Statutory guidance on induction for newly qualified teachers (England) is available on the DfE website.

2018/19 Primary Assessment Support and Training

To support schools prepare for the requirements of the 2019 assessment processes Services For Education have published the 2018/19 prospectus of support and training. The prospectus covers a wide range of briefings, half and full day courses for senior leaders, assessment leads and EYFS, Year 2 and Year 6 teachers. All courses can be viewed on the Services for Education website.

A hard copy of the prospectus has been sent to all schools this week and can be downloaded from the Services for Education website.

If you are interested in applying to be a moderator for EYFS, KS1 or 2 in 2019 then please view the application information in the prospectus or email denise.harris@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Alliance Annual Conference: Friday 14 September 2018

Date: Friday 14 September 2018

Venue: UCB, McIntyre House, Birmingham

Cost: £95 per delegate

An exciting, thought provoking and interactive one day conference for early years practitioners, with opportunities to experience inspirational key speakers, take part in exciting workshops, network with colleagues and share ideas for achieving the highest quality environments for developing language and communication.

Please see our website for more information www.birminghamnurseryschools.org.uk

Creative Writing Workshop

A free creative writing workshop at the Library of Birmingham is taking place on Saturday 8th Sept. 2018 11.30 - 13.00.

Inspired by Birmingham’s theatrical heritage and the ‘Year of Movement’, we will be offering a creative writing workshop for children aged 12-17. We will be using movement, music and images to spark your imagination and help you to create your dancer’s tale.

For more information contact Library of Birmingham on 0121 242 4242 or email childrens.library@birmingham.gov.uk


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