Issue 26 - Wednesday 7 November 2018

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Schools Newsletter


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Dear Reader,

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In this issue:

Quick Links

Cambs Learn Together

Cambridgeshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

LA and Teaching School CPD offer

Early Years

Knowledge Hub

Help With Recruitment?

Statutory Duties of the Local Authority

About us

Education Directorate Structure Document

Equality and Diversity (E&D) Fund

The aim of the E&D fund is to increase the diversity of the school leadership workforce. Over 2000 teachers have taken part since 2014.  Between 2018-2020 a new model has been designed to increase geographical coverage and provide new opportunities to scale up best practice delivery models.

Schools wishing to deliver individual projects should apply for funding from the appointed lead school in this RSC region:  Linton Village College, on behalf of CASSA TSA.. A Round 2 application window is now open for schools wishing to be sub regional hubs commencing in January 2019.

If you are interested in your school becoming a sub-regional lead delivery hub you are invited to make an expression of interest to Doug Brechin or Magda Syposz.

The deadline for applications is 23rd November 2018; more information can be found here.

Cambridgeshire Culture Investment Process Pack

Cambridgeshire Culture is a strategic high level body consisting of representatives from the cultural, local authority, health and education sectors. It reviews and plans strategy across Cambridgeshire to support cultural education and access in our schools, settings and communities. Cambridgeshire Culture Development and Investment Strategies can be downloaded here, where you will also find the Cambridgeshire Culture Investment Pack. If you are interested in this opportunity please read the information carefully and submit the expression of interest to Matthew Gunn by the date in the Investment Pack.

Matthew Gunn

Head of Cambridgeshire Music

36 Mayfield Road, Huntingdon, PE29 1NL.

Schools Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Mobilising Local Energy Investment (MLEI) programme is working with schools across the county to help them reduce their energy bills and generate renewable energy. To date the programme has delivered £8.3 million investment in energy conservation measures across 42 schools, reducing their energy consumption by 15% and saving 2,669 tonnes CO2 per annum. These schools have installed a range of energy technologies including solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, LED lighting, Building Energy Management Systems, new boilers, biomass boilers, Air Source Heat Pumps, heat & lighting controls, solar thermal, insulation and Combined Heat & Power. Further projects are currently under development at another 14 schools.

CCC can provide finance, either via low cost loans for maintained schools, or operating leases for academies, to enable schools to install measures at little or no upfront cost to themselves. The Council’s energy performance contract ensures that the energy and cost savings from projects are guaranteed for up to 15 years. Loan repayments and lease costs are funded from these guaranteed energy cost savings.

CCC are currently looking for further schools interested in installing solar PV before March 2019 (after which Government subsidies cease to be available), or in energy efficiency measures more generally, to participate in the programme. Further information in the programme is available via the MLEI webpage. Interested schools should contact .

The School Experience Programme for prospective trainees

The School Experience Programme provides candidates with the opportunity to understand the role of a teacher and consider if it is a career path they would like to take. Candidates book their experience through a booking portal, which features hundreds of schools, offering placement dates throughout the year. If your school would be interested in offering this opportunity to candidates, you can create a profile for your school by contacting the SEP team on 0800 085 0962 or by emailing:

Your views on continuing professional development

The Education Team at Cambridgeshire County Council are seeking to gather your views on professional training and development offered to teaching professionals by external providers (i.e.anyone other than your own school or trust).

Your answers will help us understand what's important to you when choosing a course and will help us understand what you would like to see in future, especially in terms of online training on offer.

The survey should only take 10 minutes.

This link will take you to the survey.

Talking Toolkit to tackle work-related stress in schools

The Health and Safety Executive's Go Home Healthy campaign has launched a downloadable Talking Toolkit aimed at preventing work-related stress.

It is a simple, practical guide to help line managers in schools have conversations about issues which may be causing work-related stress or issues which could become future causes if not managed properly. The toolkit has six templates for six different conversations as well as ideas and resources which your school can use to prevent stress.

Download your printable Talking Toolkit here.

Safety in Physical Education

It was announced in the national media this week that the majority of sports injuries dealt with in A&E departments involve young people, and with that in mind can we remind schools of their responsibility to ensure that teachers are competent and qualified to lead the activities they provide? Teachers of higher risk activities MUST have relevant and recent qualifications in that sport in addition to QTS. Notably Trampolining is an activity for which teachers should have updated their specialist award within the last three years. Please contact the PE Advisory service for further information.

Analyse School Performace Update

The DfE have started to release this year’s results data in ASP. At the moment Key Stage 2, phonics and some Key Stage 1 outcomes are available; the other data should be being released soon.

ASP is accessed via your DfE Sign-in account.

Autumn term assessment briefing powerpoint & hand-outs

The powerpoint presentations and handouts from the autumn term assessment briefings are now available from the Cambridgeshire Assessment and Moderation Team group pages in Knowledge Hub here.

Starting Primary School and Transferring to Junior or Middle School leaflets

We would like to remind you that the above leaflets for parents are available online here. These short publications are particularly helpful for parents who have not gone through the process before.

Horizon scanning

County APPG Report: Social Mobility in Counties. County Councils Network (CCN) and County All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) has launched its report on Social Mobility in Counties. The report is the culmination of a six month inquiry lead by County MPs, CCN and the think-tank Localis. CCN would like to thank members for their insights and contribution to this report.

Training, Conferences and Events

Cambridge Rare Disease Network RARE Fest 2018

Friday 30 November & Saturday 1 December, The guildhall, Cambridge. A FREE event for the whole family. More details here. And, to book, click the heading above.


Assessment - Data at your Fingertips (Primary Schools)

Friday 9 November 09.30 to 12.00, Cambridge Professional Development Centre (CPDC)

Workshop involving small group work to explore, discuss and analyse their own data. Fischer Family Trust (FFT) Aspire and Analyse School Performance (ASP) logins will be required.

HLTA Preparation & Assessment – Diamond Teaching School
20 May 2019 & 24 June 2019, 09.00 - 15.30, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. Supporting staff to gain HLTA Status, £290 + VAT & £450 for assessment per delegate.

Improving Reading in KS1 – Diamond Teaching School
4th December 2018 09.30 – Noon, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. £60 per delegate. For teachers and TA’s.

Maintaining Emotional Well-being St Neots or Fenlands – Diamond Teaching School
St Neots 30 November 2018 09.30 - Noon. Fenlands 9 November 2019 09.00 - 11.30. £40 per delegate. For teachers and TA’s.

 Secondary Heads of PE Network Meeting

Friday 23 November, Ambury House, Huntingdon.

The opportunity for Heads of PE to network and share practice has been successful in recent years. It is anticipated that we will be joined by representatives from WJEC/CBAC to discuss new L1/L2 vocational qualifications, and the CCC PE adviser will lead opportunities to discuss assessment of Core PE, and share updates from national stakeholders such as afPE and YST.

Effective Responses to Bullying 

Thursday 15 November 2018, Ambury House, Ermine Business Park, Sovereign Court, Lancaster Way, Huntingdon, PE29 6XU. This course explores the power of empathy as an effective intervention when bullying occurs. It focuses on a number of non-punitive approaches which work directly with all involved guiding them to take responsibility and ultimately change their behaviour.

PSHE Network Meeting
Tuesday 20 November (CPDC) or Monday 26 November (Huntingdon) – 14.30 to 16.30
Network meetings, part of the Wellbeing Subscription, include national and local updates on PSHE and opportunities to share practice. Relationships Education and, subject to consultation, PSHE are due to become statutory in all schools for implementation in 2019. This year’s network meetings will include discussion about these changes and up to date information.

Literacy – Writing at Greater Depth in Year 6 (Course Facilitator; Martin Galway)
Starts on Friday 16 November, 09.00 to 16.00 (continues Friday 8 February 13:00 to 16:00 & Friday 26 April 13:00 to 16:00), Spinney Primary, Cambridge, CB1 9PB, £300 for the programme.  
The course to explore writing content domains and associated subject knowledge and pedagogy for securing the best possible outcomes against the KS2 Assessment Framework. High quality texts, dialogue, instruction and deliberate practice will be core features of the approaches to be shared. The programme continues with opportunities to share outcomes from the learning embedded during session 1 and review progress towards statutory expectation. Work samples and the associated discussion will be used to formulate plans for the next interval.

Maths – Fractions & Measures Programme (Course Facilitator; Rachel Rayner)
Starts on Wednesday 28 November & Wednesday 16 January 09:00-16:00, Spinney Primary, Cambridge, CB1 9PB, £225 per delegate* for the programme.
Why can’t fractions behave like normal numbers and what does it take to measure up in measure in the Primary years? This course will show leaders the barriers many children have in fractions and measure and the foundational learning that might be missing. Discounts for additional teachers from the same school. *£175 for additional teachers from the same school.

Literacy – Stretching & Challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for Greater Depth (Course Facilitator; Martin Galway)
Starts on Friday 18 January 09:00-16:00 (continues Friday 8 March 13:00-16:00 & Friday 3 May 13:00-16:00), Spinney Primary, Cambridge, CB1 9PB, £300 for the programme.
Identifying and developing writers that have a solid grasp of the requirements of the lower Key Stage 2 curriculum. Deliberately timed so that teachers have had the opportunity to build up a bank of classwork, the course will explore the skills and knowledge evident in their children’s writing, and explore how to develop these further so that confidence, voice and control are more fully developed. The course is grounded in the use of high quality texts, the value in exploring language use in context, and the importance of individual voice.

England Table Tennis – Teachers Award
Wednesday 28 November – St Neots Table Tennis Club
This is a practical course and provides an introduction to table tennis for both primary and secondary schools with ideas of how to engage students through coaching fun activities and games, and a focus on developing skills and techniques.

Developing and Teaching RSE in Primary Schools

Wednesday 14 November 2018, Buckden Towers, Buckden.

This course will supports staff in developing and teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) across the primary and special school. Relationships and Health Education becomes statutory in all schools by September 2020. This course will help coordinators and school leaders plan for these changes.

Sensible Approaches to Progress Assessment - talks by Mary Myatt (see under `Assessment' tab)

Wednesday 28 November 09.00 to 12.00, Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre. Workshop for teachers.

Wednesday 28 November 13.00 to 16.00, Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre.

Workshop for governors.

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