Schools Newsletter - Issue 34 - Wednesday 30 January 2019

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Cambridgeshire Festival of Education

Almost a third of new teachers quit the job within five years of qualifying. Of the 21,400 who began teaching in English state schools in 2010, 30% had quit by 2015, the schools minister, Nick Gibb, confirmed in a written parliamentary answer.

81% of teachers said in a survey carried out by the NEU in April 2018, that they have considered leaving teaching in the last year because of the pressures of workload.

Ben White, Director of Research, Ashford Teaching Alliance, points out that ‘workload’ is not in itself a bad thing, but that it depends on the type of work you are doing:

Hindrance demand (eg inputting data you feel is getting in the way of your teaching)

            → teacher burnout

Challenge demand (eg can you come up with an interesting way to teach this)

            → teacher engagement

With this in mind, it is worth considering what we can do to motivate and inspire teachers, and to remind them of why they used to – and still do - love their job. Last year attendees at the Cambridgeshire Festival of Education, funded by the Cambridgeshire School Improvement Board,  were asked what their key ‘take-away’ ideas were from the day: some examples are: “belief in myself as a teacher… to be brave… the power of teacher collaboration… full of inspiration and good vibes…. a wonderful event full of positive energy…”

This year’s festival is on Saturday 15 June 2019 at the Faculty of Education (#flamingle19 @CambsEdFest). The line-up includes Professor Guy Claxton, Professor Diane Reay, Ross McGill - Teacher Toolkit, Dr Janet Goodall, Paul Dix to name just a few. Cambridgeshire teachers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity on their doorstep: tickets are just £35+VAT and if schools buy them on behalf of teachers they will of course have the added benefit of being able to claim the VAT back.   #TalkUpTeaching.

tickets selling fast

In this issue:

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Early Years

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Help With Recruitment?

Statutory Duties of the Local Authority

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Cambridgeshire Virtual School for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children Interim Head appointment

Cambridgeshire Virtual School for Looked After and Previously Looked After Children welcome Claire Hiorns into the post of Interim Virtual School Head following the retirement of Jo Pallett.  Claire joined the Virtual School as the Primary Deputy Manager in 2015.  As the Virtual School evolves over the next two terms, Claire and her team will be communicating with schools and settings, and hope to involve many of you in the developments.  You can make contact with the Virtual School via or 01223 699883.

Further information on the role of the Virtual School, as well as resources and links to training is available via the website here.

Accelerate Teaching Programme

A1 TSA are a Delivery Hub for the Accelerate Teaching Programme, which is being put together by the Education Development Trust and the Chartered College of Teaching.

Accelerate Teachers

The cohort will consist of 1500 teachers nationwide of early career teachers in years 1 to 5 of teaching. 

50% of these teachers will be from priority schools in priority areas (schools in category 3 or 4). 

20% of these teachers will be from non-priority schools in priority areas (areas 5 & 6  

30% of these teachers will come from priority schools in non-priority areas

This is aimed at supporting teachers through a instructional coaching model.  As there are only 1500 places nationwide time is of the essence.  It is a fantastic high quality FREE programme all teachers could benefit from.

The first meeting is planned for mid-February and there is a two day residential in late March on Friday and Saturday. The whole course will take a year and each teacher will do a FREE fully funded blended learning course with the help of an instructional coach.

More information here.

Contact Michelle Heather, the Accelerate Hub Lead at A1 TSA, Buckden CE Primary Academy

Report on the `Partnership for Aspiring Learners' project undertaken by Newton, Offord and Great Paxton Primaries

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 ambassadors 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 an LA adviser.

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 three 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: by the end, children who were previously anxious about 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 Primary

Lee Frost, Headteacher Great Paxton Primary

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

National Teacher Vacancy Listing Service

The free national teacher vacancy listing service is now  being rolled out to schools across the country, with all schools expected to be invited by March 2019. We’d like to thank all those schools who have already signed up and benefiting from this service. As you will know the busiest time of year for job moves is coming up as teachers and leaders consider their next career move.  To assist you in this busy time we have provided the Department of Education with details of all our schools that don’t have a login so that you can all benefit from the service this year.  They will be in contact soon with your login details.  From January 2019, DfE is running a paid-for marketing campaign, aimed at teachers looking for their next teaching role. The campaign will run across social media, and DfE and stakeholder channels. Cambridgeshire schools who have signed up to the service will benefit from national visibility of their vacancies - not only from jobseekers visiting the Teaching Vacancies site, but through search results delivered, for example, by Google Jobs - all at no cost to the school. 

Spring 2019 RE Newsletter

Read the RE Newsletter (Edition 3) here.

Teacher Recuitment and Retention Strategy

The Department for Education has produced a recruitment and retention strategy, which sets out its priorities for recruiting and retaining teachers:

1: Create the right climate for leaders to establish supportive school cultures

Reforming and simplifying the school accountability system –

  • consulting on making Requires Improvement the sole trigger for an offer of support – replacing floor and coasting standards.
  • new Ofsted framework will have an active focus on reducing teacher workload, with inspectors considering staff workload as part of the leadership and management judgement; looking unfavourably on schools that implement burdensome data practices, and refusing to look at internal assessment data.

2: Transform support for early career teachers

The Early Career Framework:

  • a fully-funded, 2-year package of structured support for all early career teachers
  • funded time off-timetable in the second year of teaching and additional support for mentors. phased training bursaries, with staggered retention payments to encourage good people to remain in the profession, as well as to join.

3: Build a career offer that remains attractive to teachers as their careers and lives develop

  • specialist qualifications to support clearer non-leadership career pathways for teachers that want to stay and excel in the classroom.
  • support for headteachers to transform approaches to flexible working in schools.


4: Make it easier for great people to become teachers


  • new digital systems designed to make application much easier and more user-friendly. In particular, a new one-stop application service for initial teacher training, which will be easier to use and designed to better meet the needs of potential trainees.
  • review of the initial teacher training market to support it to work more efficiently and effectively.


Full details of the strategy can be found here.

School Governance Issues for Consideration - Spring 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. 

Find the Issues for Consideration document on Learn Together here.

Peterborough Learning Partnership

Following a review of the viability and take up locally of the CPD offer by Peterborough Learning Partnership, it is with regret that PLP will close.  Peterborough Learning Partnership will continue to operate until the end of this financial year and any courses which are multi-day and have dates in the Summer term will also continue and be honoured.  Further details can be found in the attached letter including contact details if required. 

Jonathan Lewis

Service Director – Education

10 EEF-funded projects looking for volunteer schools and early years settings

  •  National School Breakfast Programme
  • Student Grouping Study: exploring the difference in attainment outcomes for pupils taught maths in mixed attainment groups compared to setting.
  • Mentoring for Early Career Chemistry Teachers: a programme for qualified chemistry teachers with 1-4 full years’ teaching experience.
  • Leadership Life: testing a leadership programme aimed at reducing unnecessary workload and empowering teachers.
  • Focus4TAPS: a CPD programme designed to support teachers to improve their teaching and assessment of science in primary schools.
  • Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM): a whole school accreditation programme aimed at improving science teaching and learning.
  • ASCENTS 1-1 support for Science: one to one tutoring delivered by STEM undergraduates to improve KS4 science attainment.
  • STARS: Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management: testing the impact on children’s mental health, behaviour and academic attainment.
  • PACT (Parents and Children Together): home learning activities to support early language development.
  • Adventure Learning: Testing the impact of adventure learning (in wild settings and at school) on non-cognitive skills and attainment.

For details, click here.

Training, courses and events

Dance KS1 & KS2 – Strictly Come Teaching

Monday 4 February 2019, 15:15-16:15 – Histon & Impington Junior School, Histon

Target Audience:  This workshop is aimed at any teacher, coach or assistant in Key stage 1 and 2 who teaches Dance type activities.

Making Sense of Assessment

Thursday 28 February 2019, 13:30-16:30 – Ambury House, Huntingdon

Target Audience:  This course is ideal for Primary, Special and Secondary School teachers who teach Physical Education.

PE for NQTs and Inexperienced Teachers

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 09:15-16:00 – Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon

Target Audience:  This course is for NQTs and those teachers returning to the profession in the primary phase who want to develop their understanding of the National Curriculum of Physical Education, health and safety implications and how to deliver high quality PE.

Early Years Conference 2019: Let's Talk .. Narrowing the word gap in the early years

Thursday 7 March 2019 OR Friday 8 March 2019, Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.

For teachers and practitioners, the conference will focus on enriching children's communication language and literacy.

For more information and to book, click the heading above.

Cambridgeshire Maths Conference 2019

Friday 7 June 2019, Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Schools.

Teaching Early Reading – Diamond Teaching School

For teachers and TA’s, Thursday 7 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, Tuesday 5 March 2019 and Tuesday 30 April 2019 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £100 per delegate.

HLTA Preparation & Assessment – Diamond Teaching School

Supporting staff to gain HLTA Status, Monday 20 May 2019 & Monday 24 June 2019, 09.00 to 15.30, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £290 + VAT plus £450 for assessment  per delegate.

Supermarket Science - Primary

Tuesday 05 February 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, Morley Memorial Primary School, £75

 KS3 Biology for non specialists - Secondary

Thursday 07 February 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Cambourne Village College, £125

 Why children need to work scientifically and how they can - Primary

Wednesday 13 February 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, The Spinney Primary School, £75

Developing And Teaching RSE In Primary Schools

Target Audience Primary and Special Schools. Monday 11 March  2019, 09.30 - 16.30 - Ambury House, Huntingdon.

Effective Responses To Bullying

Target Audience Primary and Special Schools. Wednesday 13 March 2019 –  09:15 - 16:00 - Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington.

Introduction To Mindfulness

Target Audience – Primary, Secondary and Special Schools. Thursday 21 March 2019 – 13.30 – 16:30 – Claret Centre, Buckden

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