Noticeboard: 24 June 2021

This week's Noticeboard includes information about carry forward balances, lab and kitchen equipment that is available, a safeguarding inset from S4E and more.

Included in this update:

2020/21 Schools Carry Forward Balances  

School Carry Forward Balances up to 31st March 2021 have been calculated and are available at this link.

Please note:

  1. Schools are required to complete the Surplus Balance Analysis and present this information for discussion at the next available Governing Body meeting
  2. Schools in deficit should contact Lana Forrester (Head of School Financial services) to discuss the matter and agree a plan to address the deficit.

Funding queries should be sent to the fairfunding mailbox (

Safeguarding Inset

Whole School Safeguarding and Child Protection online inset. This 65 minute video training session is presented by our Safeguarding Lead, Dr Sandra Passmore, and is designed as an alternative to our face to face insets for whole staff groups. The session covers the key essentials and principles of safeguarding and child protection in an educational setting including the updated Keeping Children Safe in Education. 

Overview of content: 

  • Legal framework
  • National and local guidance
  • Requirements on all staff
  • What is abuse?
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Responding to disclosure
  • Reporting and Recording
  • What is new in KCSiE 2021
  • Safer Working Practices.

This session is available for unlimited access from September 1st to 10th for a fee of £250 per school, and includes downloadable handouts. For further information and to purchase please email
This resource is also included in the Safeguarding Subscription available at £600 for a primary school, and £900 for a secondary.

More information at 

Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2

Following the cancellation of the summer 2021 national curriculum assessments, the Department for Education (DfE) laid regulations to remove the requirement to report the outcomes of KS1 and KS2 tests or teacher assessments in this year’s reports.

STA have published guidance Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 - GOV.UK (, for schools about writing statutory end of year reports for parents of pupils at the end of key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2). The guidance also contains information on other aspects of reporting, including attendance.

KS1 Administering the phonics screening check to incoming year 2 pupils in the 2021 autumn term

As in the 2020/21 academic year, it will be statutory for schools to administer a past version of the check to year2 pupils during the second half of the 2021 autumn term. Key stage 1: administering the phonics screening check to year 2 pupils - GOV.UK ( Year 2 pupils who meet the expected standard in the autumn check will not be required to complete any further statutory assessments in phonics. Year 2 pupils who do not meet the expected standard in the autumn check will be expected to take the statutory check in June 2022. Incoming year 3 pupils, who were due to take the statutory check in June 2021 are not required to take the autumn check. Schools are expected to maintain a programme of support for these pupils, which should be informed by formative assessment.

Laboratory and Kitchen Equipment (used) available

You may be aware that Skilts School is relocating to Hallmoor Road, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 9QY effective 1st September 2021.  There is a range of science laboratory and kitchen equipment available for reuse/redistribution to schools that identify a need.  Please follow this link to a list of available items (including photographs and dimensions).  Items will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  Items are accepted by schools “as seen” and the LA retains no liability or warranty for items; the responsibility is with individual schools to assess the suitability of items for reuse.

If you have an interest in any items on the list, please email  Subject Header: "Skilts School Equipment”; and in the message include the item ref (e.g. item # K3). Requests must be received by email no later than 30th June 2021 and schools are responsible for arranging collection and transportation of any items which must be arranged no later than week ending 16th July 2021. The items are located at: Hallmoor Road, Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 9QY and can be viewed if required by pre-arranged appointment.

Walk once a Week webinar

Please find below, an opportunity to learn more about the Walk Once a Week (WOW scheme) that is being FREE by Living Streets. They are holding a webinar to share more details with you, learn more about Living Streets: WOW – the year-around walking challenge for Primary Schools you invited to attend a webinar on Wednesday 7th July 3.30pm – 3.45pm.
What will the webinar cover: An online introduction to WOW – the year-round walk to school challenge, to demonstrate how this exciting programme can work in your school.  Living Streets are offering a number of FREE, government funded places on WOW, Find out how WOW can promote active lifestyles for all children, as well as decreasing congestion around the school gates. Valued at upwards of £500 per school, the previous free WOW spaces offered to schools in West Midlands were snapped up quickly. Fortunately, we were able to secure further funding – so don’t miss the chance to secure one of these fully funded places for your school! With the opportunity to stay online and ask questions at the end.

Register here to secure your free place. If you can’t make it, but would like to find out more, fill in the form here and we’ll get in touch with you directly.  

The PIPA Trial – exploring the effectiveness of an online parenting resource

The PIPA Trial is exploring the effectiveness of an online resource for parents/carers to help prevent depression and anxiety in young people. The trial is coordinated by the University of Warwick. We will be recruiting families of young people aged 11-15 years from Birmingham, Coventry and surrounding areas and are collaborating with secondary schools to promote the trial and engage with families. Involvement for schools is very easy and minimal – we will work with a key contact in your school (mental health/safeguarding lead or similar) to sign a letter agreement and send out invitations to families (we will provide all necessary documents).

The PIPA Trial is free of cost to families and schools and is conducted completely online. Parents/carers and young people who are eligible to take part will be asked to complete some questionnaires and will receive access to a range of online parenting resources. This is a great opportunity for schools to get involved in the drive to improve youth mental health and support students and families, particularly during these unprecedented times.

If your school is interested in getting involved and would like more information, please contact the trial team: Email: - Phone: 02476574316 or 02476575078 - Website:


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