Schools newsletter issue 28 - Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

Our first primary schools forum will take place tomorrow. This marks the start of a new approach to meetings for us. We wanted to amalgamate the Breakfast Meetings and Leadership Briefings to cut down the amount of time the Heads were being pulled away from their schools. We have also tried to ensure that the content is current and relevant to Headteachers. The idea being that in future we will try to respond to the needs of the Heads more closely.

We have had a fantastic response to the new Schools Forum meeting on 22 November 2018, we are expecting 130 Head teachers to attend. Jonathan Lewis will be leading sessions on data and a consultation on the on 2019/20 Budgets and funding.

We are looking forward to hearing from Tom Rees the Keynote Speaker. Those attending will also be able to leave with the beautiful Lost Words book that Fantastical Cambridgeshire are donating to each school.


Tracy Bryden, Cambridgeshire Primary Heads Chair

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

SEND Reviewer Job Opportunities

The Fenland and East Cambridgeshire Opportunity Area, in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council, is recruiting for a team of SEND reviewers to improve outcomes for children with special educational needs and disabilities in Fenland and East Cambridgeshire. These SEND reviewers will act as expert advisors to schools as well as coordinate supportive SEND activity for school clusters in the region. These are one-year fixed term posts, available either full or part time on a secondment basis. For more information about the role please contact Bethan Du-Mont, Opportunity Area Programme Coordinator, at

Get into Teaching Event Review Monday 19th November

ITT event nov 18

Teachincambs organised a 'get into teaching' event on Monday night for local people to start their careers as teachers. They had 13 providers sharing what opportunities they had to offer.  Over 70 people attended.  The exit poll showed that attendees were getting just the right level of information from the event and the majority said they would go away and apply as a consequence, which is fantastic news for us all. The next event is May 23rd 2019. Teachincambs Team

New !! Newsletter submissions guidance

writing applications

We have updated our schools newsletter submission form and divided it into two to smooth out the process. You can find the new forms here. Please use these from here on.  We have sent the new forms to all those who have already submitted articles or training events to us.

Schools News Team

Effective Support for Children and Families in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Thresholds) Document

The Effective Support for Children and Families in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough (Thresholds) Document has been updated and can be found on the Cambs and Peterborough Safeguarding Board's website. Guidance on making good and poor referrals can be found here. More resources to assist practitioners will be made available following the conclusion of the Effective Support for Children and Families workshops.

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.

Training, conferences and events

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

Wednesday 28 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.

PSHE Network Meeting

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.

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.

Trampoline Refresher Course

Monday 21 January 2019 – One Leisure, St Ives

Participants will undertake a mixture of practical and theory activities to review their trampolining knowledge and update their techniques. Teachers of higher risk activities MUST have relevant and recent qualifications in that sport in addition to QTS. Trampolining is an activity whereby teachers should have updated their specialist award within the last three years.

Developing Mathematical Talk (see Maths tab)

Tuesday 27 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.            

Maths - Fractions & Measures Programme (course facilitator, Rachel Rayner)

Wednesday 28 November (session 1), Wednesday 16 January (session 2), 09.00 to 16.00, Spinney Primary, Cambridge. £225 per delegate for the programme. Course to show leaders the barriers many children have in fractions and measure and the foundational learning that might be missing.

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.

 KS3 Science for non specialists – day 1

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

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.

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. Click the heading for more information.

Oracy & Confidence – Storytelling and Stand-up for Children (Course Facilitator; CambsEdFest Presenter Jonny Walker)

The Kite TSA is seeking expressions of interest for this.  Wednesday 23 January has been pencilled in and the venue can be confirmed depending on the location of participating schools. It is an exciting an innovative opportunity to collaborate with another school and one which Jonny has successfully run in Newham. Click the heading for more information.

Developing Senior Leaders Programme

5 sessions starting Tuesday 8 January 2019, Comberton Village College, 2.00-5.00pm, £450.

Primary Science Network Meeting

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 16.00 to 17.30, Hartford Community Junior School, FREE.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approaches

Suitable for some over-8's. Focuses on the links between thoughts, feelings and behaviour, especially the way that negative thoughts lead to/maintain psychological distress. Typically 6 - 8 sessions at £90 an hour. For more information email

Adult Mental Health First Aid - 1 day (CPDC)  

Monday 14 January 2019 at the Cambridge Professional Development Centre (9.00- 16.00). See “Mental Health” tab. 100% of attendees have increased confidence & understanding after attending this course with Juliet Adloune. £185 per head.


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