Schools Newsletter - Wednesday 16 January 2019 - issue 32

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Schools Newsletter


Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

Welcome back.  I hope you had a great Christmas and Happy New Year.  Just a couple of key messages I wanted to get out at the start of term which are really important for Cambridgeshire. 

Cambridgeshire Funding – support from MP’s

Despite some positive news recently around some further funding for the high needs block, the huge financial pressures for Cambridgeshire remain.  I have been working with Heidi Allen MP in the autumn term to try and think about how best we might be able to put forward a challenge to Education Ministers around the pressure we are facing, and she would like to pull together some examples from schools of the impact that low funding has had upon your school.  This will be very timely in relation to the comprehensive spending review that is due to take place this year.  I have put together three simple questions for answers and we would like as many schools as possible to reply as possible.  Can I ask that you complete the questions by the 31st January?    The questions can be found here -  If you have any questions, please let me know. 

As a reminder, we need to get as many parents and staff to sign up for the petition to government on schools funding as possible. It can be found here -

Help with Foster Carers

Last year I sent out a message on our need for local foster carers and many of you supported us by forwarding the message onto your parents / carers.  We had the highest level of contact of any month last year so a huge thank you – this will make a huge difference. 

Our fostering service once again urgently need to recruit more foster carers across the county and we’re starting 2019 with a campaign aimed specifically at anyone who feels they could offer a home to a teenager in care. Therefore, we would be very grateful if you could either forward the following short message to parents or include it in forthcoming Parent Mail other newsletters you might produce. 

“Have you ever considered becoming a foster carer? If so, now is a great time to start your fostering journey as Cambridgeshire County Council’s fostering service is currently recruiting carers to a wide range of rewarding roles. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who could provide a home to a teenager in care and offer them the help and support they need. To find out more about how you can make a difference, call today on 0800 052 0078 or visit

If you would like to feature a longer news piece about fostering in any of your newsletters or on your website, or you would like any other further information, please contact Chris Hopwood on 01480 373568 or email

I really appreciate your help with both of these issues.

Best wishes


Jonathan Lewis

Service Director – Education

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

Primary Recruitment Events - Boost your plans with us

Teachincambs logo

As you might be remember, Teachincambs has organised two Primary Recruitment Events to attract primary trainees to your schools.  Even if you haven't got a vacancy now please join us and boost your resource planning for the future. 

You can join us at these events with a stand and/or conduct mock interviews with students. You could come as a cluster, school or Trust. Our flyer and FAQs are here. The events will be held at:

1. Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley, Nr Peterborough – Monday 4th February 2019, 5:30-7:30pm and

2.Trumpington Park Primary school, Cambridge - Wednesday 13th February 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

`Read it Again' - Cambridgeshire Libraries Picture Book Award 2019

  • ‘Read it Again’ is is a unique award for a first-time picture book where the words and pictures are the work of one individual.
  • Thousands of children in local schools and libraries read, discuss and then vote for their favourite book from a shortlist of six titles, all by first-time author/illustrators.
  • The award encourages children to express their opinion and think about what makes a ‘good book’.

Cambridgeshire Libraries will shortly be launching Read it Again 2019 and announcing this year’s shortlist.

In 2018, 73 Cambridgeshire schools and over 14,000 children, took part in the award and voted for their favourite book.  This year, instead of lending sets of the shortlisted books to schools, we will be inviting schools to take part in the award by buying a set/sets of the books at a discounted price.  

We are very grateful for the support that schools have shown for the award, which is now in its 14th year, and the value they place on it. We hope that many of you will be keen to take part again this year and look forward to working with you to continue to introduce exciting new authors to your children. Details to follow about how to take part. To register your interest, please email:

More information here.

Worthless campaign

View news clip about the Fairer Funding campain here. You can also find Radio 4's Today programme references to the campaign here.

Cambridgeshire Music: Get started with Artsmark

Cambs Music

Teachers in Cambridgeshire are being invited to sign up for a Development Day on 29 January about Artsmark, a national programme which helps schools to strengthen the way in which they provide education in the arts and culture, with huge benefits for pupils’ development.

By working with Artsmark, teachers develop a plan to introduce more arts and cultural activities into their school in a way that suits their timetabling needs. Each plan helps pupils to create, compose and perform, helping to develop their confidence, creative thinking, communication and leadership skills.

The Artsmark Development Day is the first step in developing an Artsmark plan for your school. It will take place at The Maltings, Ely, at 10.00 on 29 January. To participate, teachers need to register first on the Artsmark website here.

Launch of statutory consultation re proposed expansion of Edward Peake Middle School, Biggleswade

The statutory part of the consultation process, as required by the DfE, has now begun, and responses are required by 1 February 2019. More information here.

Following the conclusion of the consultation, a report will be submitted to CS Overview & Scrutiny Committee on 12 March and then to the Executive for determination of the proposal at their meeting on 2 April 2019.

Statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests at key stages 1 and 2

Gill Robinson, Teaching Schools Concil National Lead for SEND, is on the Expert Group for the Rochford Review and is looking for ten mainstream schools across the region who have pupils on roll who are working between the old P levels 1-4 to be part of the second pilot.

If you are interested in this please contact Gill directly for more information:

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.

RE newsletter

The latest Religious Education newsletter is now available to download here, with information on news and events for all schools.

Recruit a Spanish language teacher - no recruitment costs!

Is your school looking for a Spanish language teacher for the next academic year?

The DfE has made available a small number of qualified teachers from Spain to recruit – ready for interviews now. More teachers will become available at the end of March.

Pay nothing for the recruitment – the DfE funds the recruitment cost, so you don’t have to!

All teachers have been rigorously assessed/interviewed by English senior leaders and will have Qualified Teacher Status.

Teachers recruited through Spain’s Visiting Teachers programme receive an acclimatisation support package to assist with the transition to living and teaching in England.

Register here to find out more.

Converting to Academy Status - now available - Academies Pack

An Academies Pack for schools converting to academy status is now available.  The pack covers the LA academy process, key contacts and other information in relation to conversions.  Details of the levy/charging arrangement in place that applies to sponsored and voluntary convertors can be accessed at this link Council Meeting Summary - Agenda Item No. 5 which will take you to the relevant Committee Report and Decision statement.  If you would like to discuss any aspects of the conversion process or want further information contact Kathy Stansbie, Project Officer Academies at  or on 01480 373764.

National School Breakfast Programme

The new National School Breakfast Project has already yielded significant progress. However the next set of targets for this DfE-funded programme are hugely demanding, requiring us to sign up a further 1597 schools by the end of the Spring term 2019.  

This is a mammoth task which requires support not only from our committed team but also from `Family Action' as a whole.

Family Action have over 30 School Partners employed across the UK to support schools from registering an interest all the way through to the programme end. Please visit the website here.

School pupil death: `missed opportunities' led to fatal minibus incident

Cambridgeshire County Council's Health and Safety Committee has asked us to share the following:

Bridgend County Borough Council has been fined £300,000 and ordered to pay costs of £29,228 following the death of one pupil and injury to another after they were involved in a collision with the school minibus.

Following its investigation into the death of 15-year-old, the HSE has urged schools to review traffic arrangements within their grounds, and where possible design layouts so pupils are separated from moving traffic.

Cardiff Crown Court was told how the pupil was crossing the road in the grounds of the School to board his bus home when the collision took place. The pupil was pronounced dead at the scene. Another pupil was also injured.

The HSE found the layby created before the school opened in September 2008 was never large enough to accommodate all school buses at home time. This had been identified by council officers, but Bridgend Council made no plans to enlarge the layby so that pupils could board safely from the pavement.

For three years before the collision, some school buses had been parking on the other side of the road, which had no pavement, leaving children to board in the middle of the road while other vehicles were able to travel in both directions between the waiting buses. 

“We hope this prosecution will serve as a reminder to those with a responsibility of care to address transport risk in schools and actively monitor that their arrangements are effective to keep children safe.”

Spring Term Governance Training Calendar

The Governance Training Calendar is now available, to make it even easier to see what courses are available this term for governors and clerks. It can be downloaded from the Learn Together Cambridgeshire website here.

On this site you will also find the Joint Annual Governance Training Programme for 2018 - 2019 and an updated `Handy Guide' to booking Cambridgeshire courses online.

Correction to Cambridgeshire Safeguarding referrals information

We have been asked by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Board to share the following:

We have been advised that there is a delay in Cambridgeshire Customer Service taking on the Safeguarding Referrals for Peterborough Children. From the 17th December 2019 the following contact details for referrals should be used

For Cambridgeshire Children

Tel:  0345 045 5203


For Peterborough Children

Tel: 01733 864180


For out of Hours (Emergency Duty Team)

Tel: 01733 234724

Invitation from the DfE to attend a focus group on leader workload

The DfE Teacher Workload Unit will be running focus groups in January for members of SLTs, to better understand the workload of school leaders, including any unnecessary tasks which could be removed, and to learn about existing strategies to tackle workload (school and Trust-wide). The evidence from the groups will be used to inform future plans. Meetings will be at DfE offices:

  • Darlington, 21 January, 11-1pm
  • Manchester, 22 January, 2-4pm
  • London, 25 January, 11-1pm and/or 2-4pm (one or two sessions depending on demand) Coventry, 28 January, 10-12pm
  • London, 31 January, 10-12pm

Please email if you are interested in attending a group, giving your name; role and organisation; email and phone contact details; which location and time you prefer. 

Ofsted 2017/18 Annual Report

In December, HMCI published her second annual report. Key findings include:

In January 2018, there were 1.3 million pupils with SEND (15% of all pupils). Of these, 250,000 pupils had a statement of SEN or an EHCP and around 1 million pupils were on SEN support. Both groups have increased in number since January 2017. 93% of pupils with SEN support are in mainstream schools, whereas 46% of pupils with a statement or EHCP attend a special school 

  • The report highlights a lack of co-ordinated 0 – 25 strategies and poor post-19 provision whilst noting the quality of EHCPs remains variable. Critically, the gap in performance and outcomes for children and young people with SEND is widening between the best and worst performing local areas 
  • 86% of schools were good or outstanding at their last inspection, however, 500 or so schools have been stuck in a cycle of poor performance since 2005. 36% of schools are now academies or free schools (seven out of 10 secondaries and three out of 10 primaries). There are now over 1,100 trusts 
  • A recent analysis by Ofsted found around 19,000 pupils did not progress from Year 10 to Year 11 in the same secondary school, 9,700 of this number did not reappear elsewhere (this equates to 4% of Year 10 pupils).  They also identified 300 schools with particularly high levels of movement raising concerns about ‘off rolling’.

The full report can be read here.

Help us to keep you informed - changes to school contact details

We’re making it simpler for you to keep us up to date with any changes to your school's contact details. We’ve set up a single email inbox - - which you can use to forward any changes to school or senior leader contact details and ensure our contact records are up to date. By keeping us updated, we can ensure our email distribution lists are accurate, so that you can access important updates and information when you need them.

The inbox will be monitored regularly, so please send any changes to contact details to

School Governance Issues for Consideration - Spring Term 2019

This information is particularly relevant for agenda setting and provides items/updates for consideration/ review in the light of statutory requirements and local decisions.  They may be considered by the full governing board/body/committees/working groups or named governors, depending on individual schools’ arrangements for the management of governing board business. 

The document has also been uploaded to the Cambridgeshire School Governance Hub.  This document should be read in conjunction with the Reminders/Additional Information and Yearly Planner documents located on the Hub – only available to schools subscribing to the School Governance Team SLA. 

Please click on the link to register and join our group:, a ‘How to Guide’ has also been produced to help you register and make the most of the Hub. 

Spring School Census

Please click here for a copy of the IT & Digital Service newsletter which will give you all the details regarding the school census and what will be collected.

If you require any assistance, please contact the IT and Digital Team on 01480 379859.

Training, courses and events

Edfest 21019

Cambridgeshire Festival of Education - A celebration of optimistic education

Saturday 15 June 2019, 09.00 to 17.00, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.

The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network Primary Developing Outstanding Teaching Programme starts on Wednesday 23 January and is aimed at teachers who are already delivering consistently good and outstanding lessons, have a strong commitment to Teaching and Learning and wish to further develop and enhance their practice. For more information click heading.

EmpathyLab - National Training Day (KITE TSA)

Thursday 14th Feb, Faculty of Education

A national training day for schools interested in running the Empathy Day. 

Literacy – Stretching & Challenging Year 4s and Year 5s to pave the way for Greater Depth (KITE TSA) - Course Facilitator; Martin Galway)

Starts on Friday 18th January 09:00-16:00 (continues Friday 8th March 13:00-16:00 & Friday 3rd May 13:00-16:00), Spinney Primary, Cambridge, CB1 9PB, £300 for the programme.

Middle Leadership Programme (KITE TSA)

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

Blinks - School-led peer review (KITE TSA)

Thursday 7th February, Spinney Primary School

Examinations in PE – Intelligence Sharing Workshop

1st March 2019 – Stanton Training Centre, Huntingdon.

Two Day Course For PSHE Coordinators

30th January & 5th February – 9.15am-4pm - Ambury House, Huntingdon

Developing And Teaching RSE In Primary Schools

11th March – 9.30am-4.30pm - Ambury House, Huntingdon

Safe Practice in PE

24th January 2019 – Moggerhanger Park, Bedford.

Digital Literacy in Primary using the Google G Suite for education

Computing At School invite you to come and learn for free in this hands on event how G Suite for education can help your children develop first class Digital Literacy skills. Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus, Sheepfold Lane, Lower Cambourne, CB236FR  -  This training is FREE but please book using the link above Thursday January 31st 2019, 4pm – 6pm

Introduction to Scratch programming part 1

Computing At School invite you to come and learn for free in this hands on event how to cover the Computing curriculum for Primary using the Scratch programming tool. Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus, Sheepfold Lane, Lower Cambourne, CB236FR  -  This training is FREE but please book using the link above Wednesday February 6th   2019, 4pm – 6pm

Introduction to Scratch programming part 2

Computing At School invite you to come and learn for free in this hands on event how to cover the Computing curriculum for Primary using the Scratch programming tool that builds on the previous session. Hardwick and Cambourne Community Primary School, Cambourne Campus, Sheepfold Lane, Lower Cambourne, CB236FR  -  This training is FREE but please book using the link above Thursday March 21st   2019, 4pm – 6pm.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Adults and Children Board has published its 2019 training brochure. Download the brochure here.

Trampoline Refresher Course

21st January 2019 – One Leisure, St Ives.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Course for secondary schools

7th and 8th February 2019 – eSpace, Littleport

Or 18th and 19th March 2019 – eSpace, Littleport

Tel: 01223 884040

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 (for more information click the heading above).  

Nesta Education 2019 - shaping the future, shifting the system

Thursday 28 February, 09.00 to 18.00, St Paul's, 200 Aldersgate, London.

Shanghai Showcase - Teaching for Mastery in Primary Mathematics

22, 23 and 24 January 2019, 09.00 to 12.00, Warboys Community Primary School. FREE. For more information click the heading.

Primary Science Network Meeting - Primary

Tuesday 22 January 2019, 4.00pm – 5.30pm, Hartford Community Junior School, FREE

 Linking Core Subjects: Science and Maths - Primary

Wednesday 23 January 2019, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, The Spinney Primary School, £75

Maths in Science - Secondary

Thursday 24 January 2019, 1.30pm – 4.30pm, Swavesey Village College, £75

KS3 Physics for non specialists - Secondary

Tuesday 29 January 2019, 09.30am – 3.30pm, Sawtry Community College, £125

Supporting Learning – Please see the “Developing Teaching & Learning” Tab.

Wednesday 23 January 2019 at ECaR centre (13.00-15.30). From £65 per head.

Assessing Writing in Year 6 Session 1 - Please see the “Assessment” Tab.

Thursday 24 January 2019 at South Fens Business Centre (09.00-12.00). Session price from £65 per head.

Improving progress in Year 6 (SFBC) Session 2- Please see the “Briefings” Tab.

Thursday 24 January 2019, South Fens Business Centre (13.30-16.30).  From £65 per head – 2 FREE places for schools who purchased Element 2!

Shanghai Showcase - Teaching for Mastery in Secondary Mathematics

Wednesday 23 January 2019 or Thursday 24 January, 09.00 to 12.00, Impington Village College. FREE. For more information click the heading.

Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Aimed for Maths Subject Leaders in Primary Schools, 23rd January 2019 & 12th June 2019 9.30am – 3.00pm, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, Bedfordshire £110 per delegate per day.

English Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Aimed for English Subject Leaders in Primary Schools, 31st January 2019 & 13th June 2019 9.30am – 3.00pm, Wyboston Lakes Training Centre, Bedfordshire £110 per delegate per day.

Teaching Early Reading – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, 7th February 2019 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

Using Stories in Maths – Diamond Teaching School

Suitable for EYFS and KS1 teachers and TA's, 22nd January 2019 & 12th March 2019 9.30am – Noon, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £100 per delegate.

Teaching Early Reading – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, 7th February 2019 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

Investigative Science – Diamond Teaching School

For KS1 and KS2 teachers, 5th March 2019 and 30th April 2019 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £100 per delegate.

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