Schools newsletter issue 30 - Wednesday 5 December 2018

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Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

Despite a significant increase in funding with the new national funding formula, Cambridgeshire is still relatively lowly funded compared to other authorities.  In addition, pressures from pay awards, inflation and the challenges in the high needs block are placing more and more cost burdens on schools where we need to continue to improve.  We continue to support F40 as a campaigning group but the Headteacher led ‘Worthless campaign’ is also critical especially with the comprehensive spending review starting shortly.  Further information on the campaign can be found here:

Letter to Mr Damien Hinds

Letter to Lord Agnew.

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In this issue:

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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

Teacher Pay Grants

The Department for Education (DfE), have now finalised this financial year's allocations.  The note below came from the DfE in relation to the changes – we have a few winners.  Click here to see the spreadsheet which has been filtered to include just Cambridgeshire schools. 

 From the DfE - In the original allocations tables, published in October, a double-counting issue affected pupil numbers in reception classes.   This meant that pupil numbers for some schools were too high, and the calculated per-pupil rate for primary and nursery pupils was too low. We have now rectified the error.

The revised tables show the allocations for all schools, with amended pupil numbers, rates and calculations for those affected by the correction.  All schools will receive at least the amounts shown in the original publication in October.  Where the recalculation has resulted in a higher allocation, schools will receive an additional payment. We have indicated in the tables how much these schools will receive.  We'll make the additional payment to affected academies and local authorities (to pass on to maintained schools) in December.

Jon Lewis

School Governance Team Governor Recruitment Survey 2018

For the attention of the Chair of governors

We are reviewing our governor recruitment strategy and would appreciate your feedback in terms of governor recruitment, skills analysis and succession planning. This survey is being circulated to Cambridgeshire Chairs of Governors, please take the time to complete so we have a full picture of ALL schools in Cambridgeshire to help shape our governor recruitment strategy.  

Please complete the short survey via the link below (this should take no more than 5-10 minutes to complete):

Link to survey:

Please note that individual schools will not be identified in a final report and that we may contact some respondents to follow up comments made.  The deadline for completing the survey is  Monday 14 January 2019.

Epipen update for dispensing pharmacies - info for school nurses

Please share this letter to pharmacies about EpiPen availability with school nurses.

School Admissions Regulations

The School Admissions Regulations 2012 require local authorities to publish annually information regarding proposed changes to school admission arrangements.

The Annual Consultation of Admission Arrangements in Peterborough will take place between 19 November 2018 and 13 January 2019.

These documents are available to view here.

Primary Schools Join Forces to Develop Maths

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Newton, Offord and Great Paxton Primary Schools joined forces to develop mathematics across the three schools. Following a successful bid to the Cambridge School Improvement Board, a group of KS1 and KS2 maths ambsssadors from the three schools worked together to develop and run a maths roadshow for all pupils. The maths ambassadors became mini maths teachers working under the guidance of Gary Casey. Over a series of multiple sessions, the children worked on high level problem solving and reasoning whilst working on a range of mathematical skills. Then the children designed and created their own problems that were used in the roadshows that each school hosted. During the 3 roadshows, each of the ambassadors spent time helping every other child in school solve the problems that were created. The roadshows certainly created a buzz based on maths in each school, and parents and carers also joined in during their own session. The aims of the project were to develop mathematics in all three schools, whilst promoting self-confidence, resilience and a heightened sense of self confidence in the maths ambassadors. The project was highly successful and commended by the Local Authority. By the end of the project, children who were previously anxious of working with other children, or who lacked in mathematical confidence and belief were standing up in front of groups up to 60 pupils, teaching their peers how to approach and solve problems. These children became happy to talk about their maths, shared their new knowledge and took their learning home. Next step thoughts are working together again with groups of Year 5/6 to plan a similar maths roadshow with a focus on mastery and greater depth, involving some of our secondary providers.

Alana Brown, Headteacher Newton

Lee Frost, Headteacher Great Paxton

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National Cyber Security Centre Cyberfirst Girls Competition 2019

Annual problem-solving and code cracking challenges for cyber-capable young women opens on Monday 10 December 2018.

Latest news from the Early Years Service

Read the November 2018 edition of the Early Years and Childcare News Round-up for providers here.

Termly Governance Briefing and Networking Sessions for the Spring Term 2019

Six sessions available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  It is recommended that all governing boards/bodies should aim to send at least one representative.  The programme is available on the LTC School Governance Team web-page.

Training, conferences and events

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

Teachers of higher risk activities MUST have relevant and recent qualifications in that sport in addition to QTS. 

Health & Safety for Governors

Monday 21 January 2019, 09.30 to 13.00, Swavesey Village College. No cost to subscribing schools. Guidance to ensure good health and safety practice in your school.

Primary Science Network Meeting

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

Safer Recruitment in Schools

Wednesday 23 January, 09.30 to 13.30, South Fens Business Centre, Chatteris. Subscribing schools: £40 for a governor & £105 for school staff who are not governors. Course developed following Sir Michael Bichard's enquiry after Soham tragedy.

Termly Governance Briefing and Networking Sessions for the Spring Term 2019

Six sessions available across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  It is recommended that all governing boards/bodies should aim to send at least one representative. 

Two Day Course For PSHE Coordinators

Wednesday 30 January & Tuesday 5 February – 09.15 to 16.00, Ambury House, Huntingdon.

Computing at schoolP: CAS Cambs Primary Hub Meeting

Thursday 31 January, 16.00 to 18.00, Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School. Learn how the FREE G Suite for education can enable your children to develop first class Digital Literacy skills, and more.


Promoting Health In Early Years Settings

Thursday 7 February – 09.15 to 12.30, Ambury House, Huntingdon.

Linking Core Subjects – Science and Maths

Wednesday 22 January 2019, 13.00 to 16.30, The Spinney Primary School, £75

Practical Approaches To Teaching PSHE

Tuesday 12 February, 13.30 to 16.00, Godmanchester Bridge Academy, Godmanchester.

Computing at School CAS Cambs Primary Hub Meeting

Thursday 31 January 2019, 16.00 to 18.00, Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School. Learn about the FREE G Suite for education, and much more!

Maths in Science

Thursday 24 January 2019, 13.30 to 16.30, Swavesey Village College, £75.

Badminton England Secondary Teachers Course

Sunday 27 January, Biddenham International School, Bedford.

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.

Data at Your Fingertips

Various sessions available please see “Assessment” tab. Click heading for more info. From £65 per head.

Becoming 1stClass@Number (Group 2)

Please Select the “Maths Intervention” Tab. A course of 5 Sessions starting on 7th January at the ECaR Centre. Click heading for more info. Cost start from £775 per Teacher & Teaching Assistant.

Course Date Changes:

Talking Partners – moved from 6th and 13th June to 27th June and 4th July.

Write away together – moved from 11th June to 25th June.

Click on the links and select “English intervention” to book your place now!


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