Update for schools: 14 September 2021

This update provides links to upcoming webinars - Operation Encompass, Ventilation and Part-time timetables.

Ventilation webinar for schools: 15 September 2021 2pm-3pm

As mentioned during the recent webinar with Dr Justin Varney, we have arranged a webinar to support schools with any queries they have about ventilation. Officers from Education Infrastructure, Health and Safety and Acivico will deliver a presentation and answer any questions.

The session will take place on Wednesday 15th September 2pm – 3pm. To book a place, please use this Eventbrite link and the Teams link will be sent to you ahead of the session. The slides presented and the recording will be shared with all schools after the webinar.

Part-time timetables webinar: Thursday 16th September 10am – 11am

Following feedback from schools during the pilot last term, the updated Part-time/Reduced Timetable Guidance and the online notification form are ready to use. Primary and secondary schools should now notify the local authority of all pupils on reduced and part-time timetables and special schools will be required notify the local authority from 20th September.  For schools where reduced and part-time timetables haven’t been used for at least half term, a ‘nil return’ will be required at the end of each half term using the same form.

To support schools with this task, an online webinar has been arranged for Thursday 16th September at 10am.  You can book your place via this link and a Teams link will be sent to you ahead of the session. The webinar will be recorded and the recording and slides will be shared with all schools.

REMINDER: Operation Encompass launch

As you are aware, Birmingham City Council Education Safeguarding Team and West Midlands Police have been working in collaboration with Birmingham Children’s Trust to launch Operation Encompass across all schools in the Birmingham local authority.

We are delighted to announce that the initiative has now come to fruition and will officially be launched on Wednesday, 15 September 2021, with two live sessions to which you are invited to attend.

09:30-10:30 - Session 1:  Operation Encompass Official Launch

Hosted by Micho Moyo, Head of Education Safeguarding, and Emma-Louise Hodgson, Operation Encompass Education Lead, this is an opportunity to hear first-hand from partners who have played key roles in bringing the initiative to Birmingham – including the Operation Encompass founders David and Elisabeth Carney-Haworth, West Midlands Police and Birmingham Children’s Trust. We would appreciate representatives from all schools be part of the official Operation Encompass Launch by booking your place(s) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/operation-encompass-launch-event-tickets-170027547973

12:30-13:30 – Session 2:  Key Adults in Schools and Q&A

This session will focus in more detail on the processes being adopted, including the role of the DA Screening Team, and what you should do in the event of any queries about Operation Encompass.  It will also be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. The session will be highly informative, and we would encourage Key Adults to book place(s) at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/operation-encompass-key-adults-in-schools-training-and-qa-tickets-169973199415

We do hope you will find the time in your busy diaries to take part, and would like to take the opportunity to thank you for all that you are doing for your children and for those families that are entrusted in your care.

If you have any queries in the meantime, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at SSI@birmingham.gov.uk, marking your query Operation Encompass Launch in the subject heading.

 


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