Noticeboard: 25 November 2021

This week's Noticeboard includes a message from Kevin Crompton who is moving on from his role as Interim Director Education and Skills, details of a headteacher conference taking place in January regarding the Commonwealth Games Learning Programme, Early

Included in this update:

Message from Kevin Crompton, Interim Director Education and Skills

Dear colleagues,

I have now come to the end of my contract with Birmingham and I just wanted to thank everyone I have worked with for their help and support both inside and outside the Council.  It has been a challenging time and I am sorry that I could not get out and about a bit more but Covid and my temporary inability to drive ( because of my bang on the head) didn’t help.  I am delighted to have had the opportunity to hand over to Sue Harrison and I know she will be maintaining the effort to get all children’s services in the city operating at good or better.  I have met brilliant people here and I am sure if you can find a way to harness all your energies into that common purpose of serving children and young people that Birmingham will become even more a great place to be born, learn and develop.

I will watch your journey with interest.

Best wishes

Kevin Crompton

Birmingham 2022 Learning Programme Headteacher Conference: 26 January 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Learning Programme and United by Birmingham 2022 partner, Sport Birmingham, have organised a conference for senior leaders from all schools in Birmingham.
The event, titled 'How can we ensure that the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games has a positive impact on your school and the health and wellbeing of children and staff?' will take place on Wednesday 26th January 2022 from 12-3.30pm at Edgbaston Stadium.

The conference will be free to attend and will include lunch and light refreshments. The event will include an update on Birmingham 2022 and the Learning Programme, the Pathway to Podium initiative, and a series of topical workshop sessions. 

To register to attend, please use this link. 

Early Years and Childcare Parent and Provider Surveys November 2021

The Early Years and Childcare Service is undertaking  parent and childcare provider surveys to support our statutory duty to assess childcare sufficiency in Birmingham. Both surveys will be managed on behalf of Birmingham City Council by an external organisation called CORAM who are a children’s charity. The surveys were launched on BEHEARD on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 and will close on Sunday 12th December 2021.

Please complete the childcare provider survey and encourage as many parents and carers as possible to engage in their survey as the results will be used to inform childcare strategies across all sectors moving forward. Please see details and links to both surveys below:

Parent Survey November 2021

The Early Years and Childcare Service is undertaking a survey of parents and carers across Birmingham who currently use childcare, have recently used childcare or who will be looking to use childcare in the near future. Please see the following link where you can view the BEHEARD Survey:

Childcare Provider Survey

The Early Years and Childcare Service is undertaking a survey of childcare providers across Birmingham. We want to hear your views and experience of the childcare market.  Please see the following link where you can  view the BEHEARD Survey: 

Many thanks in advance for your support with the surveys.

Votes For Schools - Expression of Interest Form

Votes For Schools provides weekly resources for teachers in the UK to prompt discussion on a challenging current issue. Students vote and comment and we ensure that their voices are heard and have an impact.

Birmingham City Council is offering a one-year free subscription to Votes For Schools for 20 schools across Birmingham. 

This subscription is only available to schools who are not currently registered with Votes For Schools.

Schools interested in this opportunity should complete the expression of interest form available at this link and return to marked 'FAO Votes For Schools' by Friday 17th December 2021.

Person-Centred Review (PCR) Facilitator Training: 26 and 27 January 2022

This course is for Education, Health and Social Care professionals, working with young people and their families, who wish to increase parental engagement and ensure the views of children & young people are gathered and used effectively.

Pupil and School Support offer a two-day course which provides professionals with a range of person-centred tools to develop pupil voice and parental engagement, along with full training for facilitation of Person-Centred Reviews (PCRs).

Course Outcomes:

  • Day 1 – An introduction to the principles of person-centred practice and a range of practical person-centred thinking tools. Tools and knowledge support gathering the views of children & young people and increase parental engagement.
  • Day 2 – An understanding of the process and principles of Person-Centred Reviews (PCRs); Training in facilitation skills; Practical application of the PCR process and how to use information gathered to inform statutory requirements.

Date of next course: 26th and 27th January 2022 - To book onto the course or for more information, please email us or use this link


Services for Education Training Courses

Getting Behaviour Management Right in the Primary School: Friday 14th January 2022: 1pm - 4pm

This half-day course will build participating teachers’ confidence and competence in dealing with behaviour issues and provide a range of strategies to ensure behaviour does not impact negatively upon teaching and learning.

More information is available at this link. 

Getting to Grips with Reading Comprehension: Wednesday 12th Jan 2022

The teaching of reading is complex, because reading is a staggeringly complex process. Reading comprehension strategies are one part of that bigger picture.
In this session, we will:

  • Explore the evidence which supports the explicit teaching of reading comprehension strategies.
  • Look at where this sits within Hollis Scarborough’s ‘reading rope’ and the threads which teachers weave together as they teach children to read.
  • Support you with practical and accessible suggestions for classroom practice, which can be used to support children to become strategic readers.

More information is available at this link.

EYFS reforms – Understanding the new Early Learning Goals: Wednesday 12th Jan 2022 & Wednesday 9th Feb 2022

These two half day online sessions will explore the changes to the Early Learning Goals within the learning and development requirements in the revised EYFS framework. 

  • Day 1: 9am – 12pm
  • Day 2: 9am – 12pm.

More information is available at this link.

The Power of Vocabulary: Tuesday 11th January 2022: 4pm - 5.30pm

Learn about the ‘word gap’ and why we need to close it. An evidence led session, focusing on recent research to inform best practice in the primary classroom. 

More information is available at this link. 


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