Schools newsletter issue 27 - Wednesday 14 November 2018

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Dear Reader,

Remember Us

Anxiously, the horror-struck soldier trudging through the trenches; as men marched asleep.

Clutched guns, run through gas, crouching across the fields; Fearful we could die any second, missing 
our loved ones at home.

Loneliness filled their agonised chests,  
erupting in a puddle of tears.  
Begging for the war to end: hope hadn’t come.  
Isolated, the soldier - whose fear choked him with murderous hands - trembled in despair. 
His horror-struck face - exchanging glances towards his friends - with a stare.

Terror surged through every nerve in his body, 
bloodshot, blurry eyes like a nervous rabbit caught in headlights; shaking in horror.

Fear struck their hurting, howling, pounding hearts 
as sharp as a knife, 
Cutting through their helpless, solemn souls.  
Despite their bloodshot eyes, 
the men kept fighting for their country,

Brushing tears away with a fluent fist. 
With hopefulness, the poppy petals swayed on the battlefields - in the foggy mist.

Pinched with terror, helping each other over the top; 
shivering to gunshots. 
Solemnly slumped with hands on knees,

Backs bent. Our lifeless sagging eyes struggling to see. 
We clutched our guns with frozen gnawed fingernails, paralysed by a prickle of fear.

Terror throttled him with a vanquishing vice grip, 
he gasped a moan of despair in a horrific tone.

Shocked, the soldier’s numb fingers  
fighting against his foe, dying for his country

Face deathly-white and eyes lifeless, he was frozen staring at the bombs ahead, praying for mercy

Paralyzed and horror-struck, petrified and pale his shuddering breath was his final inhale.


Let us never forget the men and women 
who sacrificed their yesterday for our tomorrow.

Remember Us.


Class Four Barrington C of E Primary School

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

News Primary Heads Forum 22nd November

The new primary heads forum will start next week. This sees the start of a new format including a keynote speaker, Tom Rees who is an Executive Headteacher at Simon de Senlis Primary School and works across 11 primary schools as the Education Director of Northampton Primary Academy Trust. He is a former Advanced Skills Teacher with 17 years of school leadership across different contexts, counties and countries. He has recently released a book entitled Wholesome Leadership: The Heart, Head, Hands & Health of School Leaders which has some excellent reviews.

Current Teacher Training advice for Cambridgeshire

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Recruiting and retaining teachers continues to be a challenge for us all. The good news is that we have many teacher training providers in our county. It would be very helpful if you could signpost the following to your parent community, as well as to any members of staff/colleagues interested in starting their career as a teacher.  There are up to date local resources to help you point them in the right direction, and events coming up giving people an opportunity to talk to someone about their choices.  Find out more here.

Horizon scanning

Read interesting articles in the University of Cambridge `Research Horizons' publication on the developing brain of children and young people.

UEA MA Educational Practice and Research - January start date. Fast track available. More information here.

Multiplication tables check assessment framework

New national creative learning awards open!

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The charity The Creative Learning Guild announced today that nominations are open for the new National Creative Learning Awards.

The new national Creative Learning Awards will celebrate the inspirational innovators, educators and practitioners who live and breathe creative learning. The judging panel include an Olivier award winning theatre producer, a representative from the international Lego Foundation,   leading disability arts professional; Ruth Gould and acclaimed poet Ian McMillan. To find out more click here.

Cambridgeshire PE Advisory Service is the first port of call for all things related to PE and school sport

There has been some confusion in schools about who is responsible for advising and supporting schools, and teachers about PE, School Sport and Physical Activity.

I would like to make clear that schools and settings should use the PE Advisory service as the first port of call for anything to do with the PE Curriculum, Swimming and safety. Furthermore any questions related to the PE and School Sport Premium should be addressed there too. Please see contact details below.

Ian Roberts – 01480-379077

Volunteers needed to hear school admissions appeals

More volunteers are needed to join Cambridgeshire’s school admissions appeals panel.

Every year a number of pupils fail to secure a place at the school of their choice because that school is oversubscribed. The parents of these pupils can appeal against the decision which are heard by an independent panel.

Cambridgeshire County Council is looking for volunteers to sit on these panels, which are independent of the County Council and the school governing bodies.

To find out more or to get an application form, contact Democratic and Members’ Services Assistant Harriet Snape on 01223 699173 or email The closing date is 18 January 2019.

Evening and weekend GP appointments now available - please share with parents

Evening and weekend appointments with a GP or nurse are now available to all patients in Cambridge, Ely and surrounding villages as part of Extended GP Opening hours. These are for routine, non-urgent issues and will be provided at four hubs across the area. Appointments can be booked through your regular GP receptionist who will give you a time, date and venue for your appointment.  

Receptionists in your GP practice will also be able to answer any questions about the service and how to cancel or change bookings.

More information is available on

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Geographical Association - TLIF funded CPD

Please read a letter from the Chief Executive of the Geographical Association, Alan Kinder, regarding the provision of fully funded CPD under the DfE’s Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund. This is available for primary and secondary teachers from November 2018 to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms.

Maths SLE School Improvement Support Programme

National recruitment now live NCETM website

A new programme to help maths Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) fine-tune their school improvement work and strengthen the impact of maths leaders in schools and colleges, has been launched by the NCETM and Maths Hubs.

A key objective is to improve SLEs’ ability to grow the capacity and capability of maths leaders, so that they have the skills to lead their own teams and improve practice in their own schools. The funded programme is for current mathematics SLEs linked to a Teaching School. It will benefit both those with previous experience of developing leadership capacity in schools, and those new to the role. 

Full information and the application form for SLEs is available to download. The closing date for returning applications to the NCETM is Friday 23 November 2018.

CPH breakfast meeting - 35 spaces left

CPH breakfast meeting and LA leadership briefing combined Cambridgeshire Headteachers Forum agenda has been published. If you wish to attend sign up by 17.30 on Wednesday 14 November.

Training, conferences and events

Secondary Heads of PE Network Meeting

Friday 23 November – Ambury House, Huntingdon. Opportunity for Heads of PE to network and share practice has been successful in recent years.

England Table Tennis – Teachers Award

Wednesday 28 November – St Neots Table Tennis Club. 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.

Safe Practice in PE

Thursday 24 January 2019 – Moggerhanger Park. This course is in place to help teachers understand and share good practice for ensuring that PE and School Sport is safe.

Maintaining Emotional Well-being in the Classroom – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, Friday 30 November 2018, 09.30 to 12.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £40 per delegate.

Improving Reading in KS1 – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, Tuesday 4 December 2018 09.30 to 12.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

Improving Reading in KS2 – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, Tuesday 4 December 2018 09.30 to 12.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

Research Schools Network - Creating our own future

Thursday 29 November 2018, 09.30 to 13.00, Ravenwood Hall, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds. A symposium on the future of an evidence-informed school system. Add your voice and influence to the current education policy debate.

Curriculum models for triple science

Monday 19 November 2018, 13.30 to 16.30, Swavesey Village College, £75

Triple science - Biology

Tuesday 20 November 2018, 09.30 to 15.30, Swavesey Village College, £125

 KS3 Science for non specialists – day 1

Thursday 29 Novenmber 2018, 09.30 to 15.30, Thomas Clarkson Academy, £125

Data at Your Fingertips

Various sessions available please see “Assessment” tab. Aimed at improving schools familiarity and understanding of the data available to them. From £65 per head.

Governor & Teacher Workshop with Mary Myatt (See Assessment Tab)

28th November 2018 at the Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre. Following the success of the Spring Assessment Conference Mary is returning to deliver “Progress and Assessment: Interjecting Clarity and Common sense” (Teachers 9.00-12.00 & Governors 13.00-16.00). Prices from £90 per head.

Developing Mathematical Talk (see “Maths” Tab)

27th November 2018 at the Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre at 13.30-16.30. Course aims to identify and reflect on how we can promote and scaffold Children’s development of Mathematical talk. From £65 Per head. 

Effective Responses to Bullying

Thursday 15 November 2018. Ambury House, Ermine Business Park, 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.

Addressing Challenging Relationships Between Girls

Wednesday 28 November – 09.15 to 16.30 – Ambury House, Huntingdon. Designed to support the development of positive relationships between girls.

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.

 The Strategic Role of the Governing Body in Using Performance Date (Primary)

Tuesday 20 November, 19.00 to 21.00,Swavesey Village College. This course will allow governors to analyse key sources of data to ensure all pupils are making progress, which will help them to hold senior leaders to account for educational performance.

Taking the Chair for New Chairs

Friday 30 November, 09.30 to 12.30, Hunts FA, Huntingdon. This course encourages discussion and sharing of experiences. It will enable chairs to reflect, consider strengths and identify areas to develop.

Getting Ofsted Ready

Tuesday 27 November 2018, 19.00 to 21.00, Oliver Cromwell Hotel, March. This session will help governors prepare for their next Ofsted inspection or HMI monitoring visit by reviewing information they hold, and assessing the impact they have made. 

East of England Eating Disorders Conference - FREE

Tuesday 4 December 2018, 09:30 - 16:00, Hallmark Hotel Cambridge, Bar Hill, Cambridge,CB23 8EU.This event is for Service Users, Providers, Clinical Commissioners, Local Authorities, NHSE, HEE, Voluntary Sector, Carers and other relevant current Stakeholders and System Partners.Register here


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