Schools Newsletter - Issue 35 - Wednesday 6 February 2019

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Schools broadband

As a quick reminder, Cambridgeshire schools consume internet connectivity via CPSN (Cambridgeshire Public Services Network). This contract expires end December 2019. The new network and contract is named EastNet.  On 14 December 2018, Cambridgeshire Schools Forum agreed to the use of existing funding to support EastNet for schools for the period 1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020. This is further supported through the implementation phase with capital funding provided by Cambridgeshire County Council for all Cambridgeshire schools.

EastNet will see Secondary schools receiving 1000 Mb and every other school 100 Mb fibre connection as standard. All schools will be migrated onto EastNet before December 2019 at no cost to any school. The ICT Service will be working to produce a full project plan which will include a communications strategy to ensure all stakeholders are kept informed of key target dates, progress and timescales.

As per the minutes of Schools Forum, 14 December 2018, CCC will request a continuation of current funding arrangements from the Education and Skills Funding Agency to secure years 2 and 3.

This important decision means schools do not need to worry about Internet connectivity costs as the initial period up to 31 March 2020 is fully covered. This includes all installations, project management, transition, antivirus, web filtering across all devices, and a full network security solution.

Please look out for further updates from The ICT Service later this week and over the coming weeks and months.

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Cambridge Lieutenancy - Presentation to schools

The Lord-Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, The Queen’s representative in the county, or one of her Deputy Lieutenants (DL), would like to engage with schools and pupils explaining, as part of their civic education, the role of the Lieutenancy in representing Her Majesty.  This would include how a Lord-Lieutenant is appointed, how people are nominated for an Honour or Award and appear on the New Year’s Honours List or The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, and how an organisation can receive a Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS), or a Queen’s Award for Enterprise.


The Lord-Lieutenant or DL will explain the objectives of an evolving monarchy in encouraging a vibrant British Society, and likewise the Lieutenancy’s objective to support and encourage the creation of a vibrant Cambridgeshire, and what students can do to play their part, and work to achieve the skills to be a responsible citizen.”


If a school would like to arrange a future visit by the Lord-Lieutenant or a Deputy Lieutenant, to speak to students as part of their civic education, they should email the Cambridgeshire Lieutenancy please –

Cambridgeshire Culture - Investment call

Please read the request for expression of interest in the bids for investment around developing cultural education available in schools at Cambridgeshire Music.  Cambridgeshire Culture (CC) has a financial resource created from the sale of works from the Schools Art Collection.  Documents include the application pack, strategy for investment and the cultural strategy for 2018 to 2021. 

Any queries or for more information, please contact

Education Grants

Read the latest update of the Education grants (outside of the DfE) that are available for schools in this region. Please do not circulate this list out of school but hopefully there are some useful sources of resources to support your priorities. Any questions or feedback, please let me know.

Jon Lewis

Service Director, Education

Research into the value of relationships: Tackling early career teacher retention

Suffolk & Norfolk SCITT, one of the country’s largest school-centred initial teacher training programmes, commissioned Relational Schools, in partnership with Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing and the Open University, to carry out a five year longitudinal research programme, exploring the impact of a trainee teacher’s social and professional relationships on their success as a trainee and thereafter as a teacher. The research is set against the backdrop of a national challenge in teacher retention, which is particularly acute for early career teachers. The outcomes of this project are being shared at a meeting, Wednesday 6 March, 13.30 to 16.00.  The following points will be included in the discussion:

  • Become aware of the scope and initial findings from the project.
  • Understand how teachers’ relationships can support their retention.
  • Appreciate the potential of assessment tools and management practices to increase support for entrants.

Horizon scanning

GOV.UK advice - EU exit: no deal preparations for schools in England

Advice to schools in England on how to prepare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Action Plan Workshops

In the Autumn we asked for your views about the co - produced draft SEND strategy. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed their thoughts and ideas. The engagement process ended in November 2018. Since then all feedback has been analysed and pulled together.

The SEND strategy is now being updated in light of the feedback.  During the next few months an action plan will be co - produced. A number of issues were mentioned many times by people taking part in the consultation These themes will be reflected in the action plan.

We hare holding a number of engagement workshops across Cambridgeshire and in Peterborough to help us to shape the actions in the three priority areas for the 5 year plan. Each workshop will last 2 hours and be open to the parents/ carers, members of the community and practitioners.

7th February 10am – 12pm, Richard Young Suite, Boathouse Business Centre, Wisbech

8th February 10am – 12pm, Suite 2, Stanton House, Huntingdon

12th February 12.15pm – 14.15pm, Main Hall, Ely Community Centre, Ely

13th February 10am – 12pm, The Fleet, Peterborough

14th February 10am – 12pm, Orchard Park Community Centre, Cambridge

15th February 10am – 12pm, Sports Pavilion, Cambourne

For more information please see the SEND Local Offer 

Use of coaches and third party providers to lead PE and School Sport

There is no doubt that appropriately qualified coaches can add considerable value to PE provision in schools, particularly where they can help to up-skill teachers’ technical knowledge in specific activities, but please remember they should support and not replace teachers in curriculum provision wherever possible.

Please refer to the recognised minimum standards for coaches working in school sport 

In particular, it is vital that coaches are suitably qualified with a UKCC Level 2 award in the activity being delivered, and they have recent and relevant experience / CPD.

Please contact the CCC PE adviser for further guidance.

Training, courses and events

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.


NEW!! The Potential of Poetry - Please see the “English” Tab.

Wednesday 27 February 2019 at Cambridge Golf and Conference Centre (13.30 to 16.30). For Key stage 1, key stage 2 class teachers and English subject leaders.. From £65 per head.

Inspection Updates (CGCC) – Please see the “Briefings” Tab.

Thursday 14 February (09.00 to 12.00) Cambridge Gold and Conference Centre. A repeat of the Autumn Term Briefing for Headteachers, Deputy Heads and Chairs of Governors, with updates – From £65 Per Place or 2 FREE places for schools who purchased Element 2!

Assessment Briefing (Boathouse) Session 2  - Please see the “Briefings” Tab.

Monday 25 February 2019 at the Boathouse (9.30-11.30). For Headteachers, Senior Leaders and Assessment Leaders. From £65 Per Place or 2 FREE places for schools who purchased Element 2!

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.

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.

KS1 Moderation – Diamond Teaching School

Opportunity to network with Year 2 teachers from a range of schools, Tuesday 19 March 2019, 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate.

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

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

Linking core subject: Science and Maths - Primary

Monday 25 February 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, West Town Primary Academy, £75

Strengthening practical work in Physics - Secondary

Tuesday 12 February 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Sawtry Community College, £125

Empathy Lab Training Day

KITE TSA. Thursday 14 February, 09.30 to 16.30, Faculty of Education. Lay the foundations for your school’s empathy strategies and work towards Empathy day in June. £175 

East of England & NE London Teaching Schools Conference 2019

At the Cutting Edge ... Friday 22 March 2019, Wellcome Genome Conference Centre, Cambridge, 0930 to 16.00.

Amjad Ali’s The Effective Teacher; SEND, Pupil Premium & Inclusion

KITE TSA Monday 18 March, 10:00 to 15:00. Trumpington Community College. Audience: Cross-phase and not just for SENCOs. £95 

Whole Education Regional Primary Hub Event

KITE TSA, Thursday 14 March, 08.45 to 15.30, Spinney Primary School. – Speakers include Rae Snape, Dr Rob Loe and Michelle Larbey 

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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