Schools Newsletter - Issue 36 - Wednesday 13 February 2019

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Dear Reader,

State of Music Education Report

A recent report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Music Education the Incorporate Society of Musicians and the University of Sussex has been released to look at the opportunities and challenges for children and young people and the potential impact on the creative industries and broad and balanced curriculum.  Together with the review of music curriculum planned for the summer of 2019 this is an important read for anyone connected with education in and outside of schools or with an interest in the music education sector as a whole.

The report identifies many areas of concern that the County Council has raised, through its role as the lead partner in the Music Education Hub for the County and the potential for them to occur in music development for children and young people locally despite the best efforts of educators and institutions.  Our own research has always identified the strong support for music education in our schools and this hasn’t changed in over a decade, however it is recognised that the pressures of national objectives and economic constraints can be a difficulty in sustaining what we know is important for our (potential) young musicians.

You can read the full report here and contact the hub to access free music education development support via



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Information on Gypsy Roma Traveller Home School Liaison Officers

Following the ending of funding from schools to fund the provision, the Cambridgeshire Race Equality and Diversity Service was closed in 2018. The provision of Home School Liaison Officers for the gypsy roma traveller community was continued for a time limited period with this provision also now ending from March 2019. Schools will need to make their own arrangements for specialist support in these areas if they require it.

30 years of bringing learning to life!


Stibbington Environmental Education Centre, part of Cambridgeshire Outdoors, has been celebrating the 30th anniversary of its current residential building, which first welcomed visitors in May 1988. Over 30 years thousands of children have experienced the adventure that brings the curriculum to life outside the classroom through practical, hands-on activities.

Here to fix a minibus, a former pupil of Park Lane reminisced about his #StibbingtonStay. Quite by chance the Centres visitors that day were…Park Lane!

Join the celebration and help to build memories that last. For more information and to enquire about availability, telephone 01780 782386 or email

New to the Stibbington Adventure? Enjoy a 30th Anniversary discount – 30% off residential rates for visits in February and March 2019. Limited places available.

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


Thanks to the generosity and support of St Mary's St Neots Rotary Club, over 700 pupils at Eynesbury & Winhills Primary and Priory Juniors have engaged with the Life Education Programme in the last few weeks!

One teacher said ‘The Educator was really engaging and had great rapport with our SEN children’.  A year 6 child said “the bus was fun, it influenced me to stick up for anyone who is getting picked on’.  Another said “I learnt never to touch a needle on the floor and to tell an adult”. 

For more information on Life Education please contact

Professional Development Days 2019/20

Schools must be open to pupils for 190 days in an academic year, and 195 days for teachers. Schools have five training days available to take at their discretion.  DfE guidance on School Attendance (September 2018) does not ask the Local Authority (LA) to indicate dates for the additional 5 days for training and, given that there are now so many different types of schools that do not have to follow LA guidance, it was no longer considered necessary for us to do so. 

There are 5 teacher training days to be set at the discretion of individual schools. Please note these fall outside of the 190 days pupil dates published on the local authority website.  We always ask schools to let us know the training day dates that they have chosen and share this information with colleagues that need to know, such as School Transport.  Please complete this Professional Development Day form by Friday 5th April 2019 to  If you have any queries in relation to this please contact the Administration Support Team at the email address given, or telephone 01223 706133.

LGSS Health, Safety & Wellbeing Huddle website

Are you aware of the new LGSS Health, Safety & Wellbeing Huddle website for schools.  An email was sent to schools last April informing schools about the website which hosts our health & safety guidance, model policies, risk assessments etc. If you did not receive the email or have mislaid it don’t worry you can contact Caoimhe Keenan who can assist you in signing up to gain access to our documents.

Urgent tree advice to schools

Richard Rice, our Tree Officer, would like to remind you that during high winds there is an increased risk of falling branches, debris, and uprooting together with the wind load effect. Some trees may still be brittle after last summer’s drought conditions. We have had some significant tree damage during recent storms which have resulted in near misses.

We are therefore asking you to carefully assess the risk on your school site and to be prepared to take action to keep areas of your site clear if you have any concerns and if strong winds are forecast.

Whistleblowing Policy (maintained schools)

An employee wishing to raise a whistleblowing concern should follow the Council’s Whistleblowing Policy The policy includes a comprehensive range of contact points and a Whistleblowing Hotline number to ensure concerns can be raised without delay.

Employees should raise their concerns with their immediate line manager in the first instance, and may consider discussing their concerns with a colleague if easier. However, due to the nature or sensitivity of a concern this may not always be appropriate and if the employee does not feel able to raise the issue with their line manager then they can raise their concerns with the relevant senior officer at the Local Authority, either Chris Meddle or Diane Stygal (Education Advisers). Telephone 01223 703 564 (CM) or 01223 507 115 (DS).

Alternatively employees may wish to obtain confidential advice from their trade union or professional association.

When a person feels that they cannot approach anyone in the Local Authority, they may wish to report their concerns through the external independent reporting scheme called Public Concern at Work (0207 404 6609,

Please be advised that the CCC Whistleblowing Poster has been updated. Please ensure old posters are replaced with this one.

Training, courses and events

Making Sense of Assessment

Thursday 28 February 2019, 13.30 to 16.30, Ambury House, Huntingdon. 

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

Making powerful connections between primary literacy and science

Thursday 07 March 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, Trumpington Park Primary School, £75

Cambridgeshire Maths Conference 2019

Friday 7 June 2019, Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.

Target Audience: Primary and Secondary Schools.

Strengthening practical work in biology

Thursday 28 February 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Swavesey Village College, £125

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.

Supporting PE for TAs and Adults Supporting Learning

6th March 2019, 13:30-16:30 - Speke House, St Ives

Target Audience: adults other than teachers who support learners in PE lessons. For example TAs, HLTAs, coaches, instructors and apprentices

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.

Linking core subject: Science and Maths - Primary

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

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.

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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