Schools Newsletter - Issue 31 - Wednesday 12 December 2018

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Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

I feel privileged to undertake this role and one of the best aspects is that I get to visit schools and see the excellent work you are doing.  I recently visited Fenstanton and Hilton Primary school and whilst I was sat with the Headteacher discussing the changes and successes in the school, two boys arrived to share their writing.  Their task was to write an imaginary letter to Santa which entertained the reader through choosing carefully the words they used.  This was their creation…..

Dear Santa,

We would like 4 pairs of sunglasses, 5 chocolate cakes, a working talking toilet that can drive and the fattest elephant that you can find.  If not, can I have a massive rocket ship that time travels and a new baby brother because my brother is very annoying? 

Thank you from Jacob and Jack

Well done to Jacob and Jack for their efforts – it was great to see you awarded a sticker and be so proud of your hard work! 

I just wanted to end by wishing you  and your families (on behalf of everyone at the Local Authority), a very merry Christmas and happy new year.   Thank you for all your efforts this term – I look forward to seeing you in the new year.

Best wishes, Jon

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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

Looked After Children’s Awards 2019

The Looked After Children’s Outstanding Achievement Awards are an opportunity to recognise the achievements of children and young people looked after by Cambridgeshire County Council.

To nominate a looked after child attending your school, please email for a nomination form. The closing date is 15 January 2019. The Awards Night is Friday 15 February, full details will be sent to all those making nominations and receiving awards.

The feedback each year from children and young people whose achievements are recognised by these Awards is always positive, so please get involved in this wonderful event.

Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service

The Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service supports schools in selecting the most appropriate services and resources for emotional wellbeing needs, and can provide access to Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) who can provide direct guided self-help to children. The team also now includes the Project for Schools Nurses in Peterborough.

CHUMS offer a range of self-help, advice and information, as well as providing a range of group and 1-1 interventions. This service is currently experiencing high demand which could result in waiting times for accessing certain services. Please contact the service if you are concerned about a referral.

A full list of the provision available from the above services, eligibility and contact/referral details can be found here.  

School Governance Team Governor Recruitment Survey 2018

The latest list of grants we have found for education can be found here.  We would welcome any feedback on this list.  A new list will be available in January.

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.

Safeguarding Boards: change to referral number for Cambridgeshire

As mentioned in the ‘Effective Support for children and families in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire (Threshold) Document - as of 17th December 2018 there is a change to the referral number for Cambridgeshire children.

If you are concerned that a child is at immediate risk of harm, please ring :

  • Cambridgeshire: 0345 045 5203
  • Peterborough: 01733 864180
  • EDT (Emergency Duty Team): (01733 ) 234724

Completed referral forms can now be sent securely to ONE email address for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire, this is

Working with parents to support children's learning

This EEF guidance report reviews the best available research to offer schools and teachers four recommendations to support parental engagement in children's learning.

Women Leaders Programme

Harris Chafford Hundred are delighted to be able to offer again 14 free places available on their DfE funded leadership programme launching in January. This bespoke programme is specifically designed to identify and nurture leadership talent in women leaders in education and is an opportunity to explore the following themes:

  • Vision and values
  • Authentic leadership
  • Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Career planning

Please fill in the application form and return to  by Monday 17th December.

More information:

Women Leaders Application Form

Women Leading in Education Programme - information

For more information contact:

Bringing science to school and making it cool!

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Public Health England (PHE) scientists from the microbiology laboratories based at Addenbrooke’s Hospital are keen to visit schools as part of the Cambridge Science Festival in March 2019.

We can offer a free (yes free!) interactive session as part of a lesson. Previous school sessions have included looking at handwashing and what bugs are left behind when you don’t do it properly and looking at infection control where students are given a mock hospital ward and have to make decisions to stop an infection spreading around the hospital. Our scientists are experienced in designing a session that is age appropriate and fun. For more information or to register your interest please email

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National School Breakfast Programme

Family Action and Magic Breakfast (FAMB) were awarded the £24million Department for Education contract to deliver the National School Breakfast Programme (NSBP). The NSBP will support 1,775 schools to start, or improve existing, breakfast provision. The aim is to ensure that more disadvantaged pupils, across both primary and secondary schools, have access to a free and nutritious breakfast.

EEF are funding (1) the evaluation of the programme scale-up and (2) a small-scale innovation pilot testing the ways to increase parent/carer engagement with breakfast provision as a route to improving attendance.

Christmas listening

For something a little different, you might enjoy listening to the Harvard Education podcast over Christmas. The latest edition can be found here.

School term consultation for 2020/21

Local Authorities have a duty to set school term dates for maintained schools.  Schools must be open to pupils for 190 days and 195 days for teachers with five training days for schools to take at their discretion.

Foundation, Trust, Voluntary Aided schools and Academies set their own holiday dates so may choose to follow a pattern that does not match those set by Cambridgeshire County Council.  We have tried to take account of dates already set by our local authority neighbours.  However there is no formal mechanism for the regional setting of holiday dates.

Schools are invited to comment here. The consultation closes on 13 January.

Primary School PE - Scheme of Work

The Cambridgeshire Scheme of Work for Primary PE is a very highly regarded resource, used in close to 80% of the county’s primary schools and settings.

Schools can contact us if they need duplicates for lost or damaged sections of the scheme.

Details can be found here.

Training and Events

 Developing Senior Leaders Programme

5 sessions starting Tuesday 8 January 2019, Comberton Village College, 14.00 to 17.00 £450

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 to16:00 (continues Friday 8 March 13:00 to 16:00 & Friday 3 May 13:00 to 16:00), Spinney Primary, Cambridge, CB1 9PB, £300 for the programme.

Michael Rosen – Teacher CPD Twilight 2019

Wednesday 16 January, 16.00 to 18.00, Trumpington Community College. A special workshop led by the renowned author, Michael Rosen. Just £10 and includes refreshments AND Michael Rosen’s two new books!

Secondary Schools Safeguarding Conference

Friday 18 January 2019, 09.30 to 16.00, Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre.

Middle Leadership Programme

Starts on Monday 21 January, 16:00 to 17:30 (continues on 18 March, 13 May and 8 July), Trumpington Meadows Primary School, CB2 9AY, £200 for the programme.

Trampoline Refresher Course

Monday 21 January 2019 - One Leisure, St Ives.

Cover Supervisor Programme

2 sessions, starting Monday 21 January 2019, Comberton Village College, 08.30 to 15.00, £150

Loss and Separation

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 09.30 to 12.30, Huntingdon Primary School Development Centre

Exploring Humanism

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 09.00 to 13.00, Buckden Village Hall, PE19 5UY

Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Wednesday 23 January 2019 & 12th June 2019 09.30 to 15.00, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, Bedfordshire £110 per delegate per day.

Primary DET/DOT Programme

New dates for Spring term 2019, starting January 2019, various CTSN Primary Schools, £299

Working with Children and Young People who Self Harm

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 09.30 to 16.00, Cambridge Professional Development Centre

Safe Practice in PE

Thursday 24 January 2019 - Moggerhanger Park, Bedford.

Badminton England Secondary Teachers Course

Sunday 27 January 2019 - Biddenham International School, Bedford.

Two Day Course For PSHE Coordinators

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

English Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Thursday 31 January 2019 & 13th June 2019 09.30 to 15.00, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, Bedfordshire £110 per delegate per day.

Digital Literacy in Primary using the Google G Suite for education

Thursday 31 January, 16.00 to 18.00, Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus. FREE training run by Computing At School. PLEASE BOOK by clicking the heading.

Introduction to Scratch programming part 1

Wednesday 6 February, 16.00 to 18.00, Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus. FREE training provided by Computing at School. PLEASE BOOK by clicking the heading.

Teaching Early Reading – Diamond Teaching School

Thursday 7 February 2019 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

Promoting Health In Early Years Settings

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

Blinks - School-led peer review

Thursday 7 February, Spinney Primary School. Places are limited so booking early is strongly recommended.  Lunch will be provided. £150.

EmpathyLab - National Training Day

Thursday 14 February, Faculty of Education. £175 per teacher (£150 for additional teachers from the same school). Click on the heading for booking information.

Introduction to Scratch programming part 2

Thursday 21 March, 16.00 to 18.00, Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus. FREE training provided by Computing at School. PLEASE BOOK by clicking the heading.

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