Noticeboard: 11 November 2021

This week's Noticeboard includes information on the Phonics Year 2 check, applications for growth or falling pupils funding, the first Local Area SEND newsletter, HR Early Career Teachers Pool

Included in this update:

Statutory Autumn 2021 Phonics Year 2 check

The web page has now been updated with the necessary documentation regarding the statutory collection for Phonics Year 2. 

Guidance on how to submit your return is available in the 'Recording and Submission guidance' and 'Anycomm+' sections.  


Applications for Growth Funding or Falling Pupils Funding

Birmingham City Council retains funding to support primary and secondary schools (including academies and free schools) with:

  • significant in-year growth in pupil numbers (Growth Fund), or,
  • falling rolls (Falling Pupils Fund)

The amount of funding and criteria was approved at Schools Forum in December 2020.

The application round is now open for schools to submit business cases to apply for funding under a) Growth Fund or b) Falling Pupils Fund. Template business cases are attached including the criterion to assess eligibility. The application should be used to evidence unfunded pupil numbers due to growth or reduction.

Please submit your business case(s) by 3rd December 2021 to be reviewed and evaluated for a decision prior to Christmas break. Business cases should be emailed to with "Application for Growth Funding" or "Application for Falling Pupil Funding" in the subject header.

Note: Funding is limited and will be allocated on an eligibility basis. There will be no route of appeal if your application is declined. Late applications will not be accepted unless exceptional circumstances apply.

For further information contact Education Infrastructure:

Update on Primary Surplus Places including proposals to reduce PAN for 2022 entry

Since the previous primary surplus places update in May 2021, we have been working with schools and admission authorities across the city where surplus places are prevalent.

We are awaiting the outcome of October 2021 census to validate our understanding of vacancies in schools this term. However, current indications are that surplus levels will be between 8-10% in the current Reception cohort. At National Offer Day, the level of surplus in Birmingham was 25%.

In order to address the sustained impact of surplus places and lower intakes on schools, we are proposing a variation to admissions arrangements for a number of schools to enable a reduction to PAN for 2022 entry. The business case will be evaluated and decided upon by the School Adjudicator in due course. We will publish the outcome of the decisions.

We are currently seeking proposed PAN reductions at the following maintained schools:


School Name


Planning Area


2022 PAN


2022 PAN



Grendon Primary







Glenmead Primary







Paget Primary







St Clare’s Catholic

Voluntary Aided

Lozells and East Handsworth





St Dunstan’s Catholic

Voluntary Aided

Moseley and Kings Heath





English Martyrs Catholic

Voluntary Aided









We are also now discussing reductions in PANs for Reception 2023 entry. These will be consulted as part of the 6-week consultation this December 2021 with a decision due in Spring 2022. If you would like to discuss this with us please get in touch.

For further information contact Education Infrastructure:

Local Area SEND Newsletter

The first Local Area SEND newsletter, a collaboration between the NHS, Birmingham City Council and Birmingham Children’s Trust, is available at this link.

Feedback from families has asked for an improvement in genuine multi-agency working; we hope that this newsletter, which offers families a broad range of information from SEND teams across the city, is a clear indication that working together is a priority for the Local Area.  

SENDIASS Monthly Meeting - Professionals

Aimed at practitioners involved in supporting children with Special Educational Needs & Disability

Friday, 19th November 2021 (12:00 – 1.00 pm) - We will be delivering a Masterclass on the Statutory Framework & law relating to the Annual Reviews of EHCPs.

The Masterclass will:

  • Explain the law and guidance around EHCP Annual Reviews
  • Explain the process for an Annual Review and the decisions that can be made by the local authority
  • Explain the Appeal process following the Annual Review process.

To book your place – please email: SEND Information, Advice & Support Service Children, Young People & Parents SENDIASS

Birmingham Early Career Teachers (ECTs) Pool

HR Services for Schools is now recruiting to our Early Career Teachers (ECTs) Pool for 2022. The application form, supporting documents and further details are all accessible vis our website:

The closing date for the receipt of applications is Monday 10 January 2022. For regular updates, follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Don't forget the HR Services for Schools Recruitment Team for all of your other needs: Advertising - Senior Appointment Recrutiment - Recruitment Administration (Post Box Services) - DBS Processing - Right to Work and Single Central Record Advice.

Contact the Recruitment Team for more information on 0121 464 4144/37 or e-mail: -

Young People's Gambling Harm Prevention Programme

The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM), is a national charity with the social purpose to inform, educate and safeguard young people from the potential harms of gaming and gambling. They do this through providing free training and resources for those who work with and support young people.

This 2.5 hour City & Guilds approved training will cover:

  • Gaming, Gambling, the blurred lines between the two, and how increasingly young people are exposed to them.
  • The external influences such as advertising and the effect that this can have on young people.
  • The role of in game purchases and the links to gambling behaviour.
  • What signs to be aware of when someone is experiencing harm and where you can go for extra supportand where to signpost young people to.

Upon completion you will have access to close to 500 resources designed to be used directly with young people covering a broad range of topics and learning outcomes.

3rd December 2021, 9am - 11.30 or 26th January 2022, 1 - 3.30pm

To book:   

Autism Education Trust training courses

AET Post-16: Making Sense of Autism Raising Awareness – Delivered by the Communication and Autism Team (CAT)

This course is suitable for everyone involved in a post-16 setting who would benefit from an understanding of autism. This includes teachers, support staff, office staff, caterers, caretakers, transport staff, governors, employers, careers advisers

What will you learn?

  • to understand the four key areas of difference that need to be taken into account when working with young people on the autism spectrum
  • the importance of understanding the young person on the autism spectrum and their profile of strengths and areas for development
  • to Identify key areas to help young people on the autism spectrum build positive relationships with staff, peers and people in their community
  • to develop an awareness of the sensory and communication differences that young people on the autism spectrum may experience

Wednesday, 17th November 2021 - 9.30 am – 11.00 am - To secure your place, please book online via the link

Early Years Citywide Training for Lead Practitioners – Restricted Eating and Toileting

This course is suitable for practitioners who work directly with rarly years pupils with Autism and have undertaken School/ Early Years AET Good Autism Practice or Leading Good Autism practice, including SENCOs, nursery assistants, teachers and tther practitioners who work with Autistic children

The focus of the session will be:

  • Understanding how to support children with a restricted diet and other eating difficulties.
  • Understanding how autism affects toilet training and support children with autism who are having difficulties with toileting.
  • Understanding the legal framework around toileting in schools.

Wednesday, 24th November 2021 - 9.00am – 12.30pm. This session will be run via Microsoft Teams/remote training. To secure your place, please book online via this link 

AET Good Autism Practice Training (Early Years)

This course is suitable for practitioners who work directly with Early years pupils with Autism including: SENCOs - Nursery Assistants - Teachers.

The focus of the session will be:

  • To develop knowledge and understanding of good Autism practice.
  • To understand the guidelines and activities to improve practice when caring for or working with a child on the spectrum.
  • How to use the Early Years competency framework to evaluate and develop personal practice and skills.

Tuesday, 16th November 2021 - 9.00am – 4.00 pm. This session will be run via Microsoft Teams/remote training. To secure your place, please book online via this link

Assessment Briefings for Senior Leaders (Live Webinar)

This course will provide senior school leaders with essential information, guidance and updates regarding Statutory Assessment and key assessment issues at both local and national levels.
During the course, participants will gain:

  • An understanding of the requirements for statutory assessment across the primary age range
  • An opportunity to consider the management of Statutory Assessment duty including accountability, security and integrity of the processes
  • Details of the cycle of moderation and monitoring in Birmingham Schools -


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