Schools Newsletter Issue 38 - Wednesday 6 March 2019

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Dear Reader,


National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2019) takes place 4 to 8 March 2019

This annual celebration of apprenticeships will bring the whole apprenticeship community together to celebrate the impact of apprenticeships on individuals, employers and the economy. Read more about NAW 2019

In Cambridgeshire schools we have 13 apprentices in our maintained schools.  These are teachers, teaching support workers and a business administrator.

As part of our celebrations for National Apprenticeship week Gillian Beasley (CEO for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough councils) and Cllr Ian Bates are hosting an event on Thursday, which has been kindly sponsored by Urban and Civic. The afternoon is filled with interesting speakers including some apprentices, there are also development sessions for apprentices linked to their end point assessment. To find out more follow this link.

For further information about getting started with apprenticeships go to our Learn Together page.


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

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We are delighted to announce the launch, on World Book Day, of ‘Read it Again!’ 2019.

The award is for an outstanding debut children’s picture book where both words and pictures are the work of one individual. The winner is voted for by Cambridgeshire school children, with the prize awarded by Cambridgeshire Libraries. More details here.

Schools are now invited to take part in the award. Last year 73 schools took part in the judging. We hope that many of you will take part again this year and introduce exciting new authors to your children. To take part, please email:

Those schools who have already registered their interest should have received details of how to take part and order the shortlisted titles.

The closing date for votes will be Friday 7 June and the winning title will be announced on Friday 14 June. All participating schools will be entered into a draw to win a visit by the winning author.

Metacognition: new School Audit Tool available to download and use

The EEF has just published a School Audit Tool to support teachers and senior leaders in implementing the 7 recommendations in the EEF’s guidance report ‘Metacognition and self-regulated learning’. It describes what ‘ineffective’, ‘improving’ and ‘effective’ practice could look like in relation to the guidance. 

Changes in the Governor Services Team

As many of you will already know Carol Peel (School Governance Adviser), who is having a career break at the moment, will be leaving the Local Authority at the end of May. Carol will be greatly missed. Click here to read Carol's farewell email. Tina Hubbard and Anna-Marie Cooper will continue to be the first School Governance points of contact for schools.

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 and return this form by Friday 5  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.

One way to grow your own Maths/Physics Teachers

Why not consider employing a Future Teaching Scholar as an unqualified teacher in Sept 2019? 

They are high calibre people who will have just finished a Maths or Physics degree and who have had various school experiences and SCITT input during their undergraduate years. They are looking for employment as an unqualified teacher in September 2019, gaining QTS alongside a reduced teaching timetable during the year. 

Employing schools need to sign a partnership agreement before appointing a Future Scholar. If you are interested in employing a scholar or want to find out more about the programme, please contact or visit

Wisbech Adventure Playground

Local families enjoyed the half-term sunshine at the Wisbech Adventure Playground on Friday (22 February) as they joined local dignitaries to celebrate the opening of a new Learning Bus.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, Cambridgeshire, County Council, supported by the Mayor of Wisbech, Councillor Peter Human, opened the Learning Bus donated by the former Cambridge New Street Ragged School Trust. 

The Learning Bus will be used for family events and learning and will be free for use by partner organisations in the local community who provide support to children and families in the Waterlees area of Wisbech.  

Cllr Bywater said: “We are delighted to welcome the Learning Bus, which will be a superb addition to the Playground and provides additional space for events and activities for young people, adults and families.

“We are very proud of all that we can offer the children and families of Waterlees and it was great to hear from the local organisations and young helpers who shared their experiences of how important the Adventure Playground is to them.”

Through adventure and play, the highly skilled Playwork Team at the Playground work to make a positive difference to the lives of local children and young people.  The aim is to promote their physical, mental and social development and to raise aspirations.  The Playground provides play opportunities for all children and young people, one to one support and small group work.

More information, including the programme of events, and contact details can be found here.

Wisbech Adventure Playground

Statutory status for Health, Relationships and Sex Education

The DfE has launched statutory guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education, setting out what schools must cover from 2020.

The PSHE Service’s training, guidance, programmes and resources will be updated over the next year in the light of the guidance – although we already cover almost all the requirements. The Primary Personal Development Programme (part of the PSHE Service Wellbeing Subscription) will be reviewed and updated.

The PSHE Service conference on the 9th October will support schools in preparing for statutory status. The keynote speaker will be Lucy Emmerson, Director of the Sex Education Forum.

If you would like support, guidance or training to help you prepare for this, please contact the PSHE Service, tel: 01480 376256.

The Momo Challenge

You may well be aware of press reports about the Momo challenge being used with various apps, games and sites.  The challenges often relate to encouraging self harm and the press have included stories of possible suicides in other parts of the world linked to this.

We believe it is important to provide general online safety messages to children and their parents rather than possible “scaremongering” about particular games and apps.  In addition, a focus on the particular app/game can provide it with free publicity as people become curious and search for it.

If you do have parents who are expressing worry and concern about this, we suggest that you use the following information from Parentzone and remind your whole school community about how to keep themselves safe online.

Four new evaluation reports of EEF trials published

  • Teensleep:aiming to improve pupil outcomes by improving the quality of their sleep. Read more.
  • Grammar for Writing: a programme of CPD and materials for primary teachers to improve pupils’ writing by increasing their effective use of grammar. Read more.
  • Catch Up® Numeracy: a one-to-one intervention for Key Stage 1 learners who are struggling with numeracy. Read more.
  • Catch Up® Literacy: a one-to-one intervention for struggling Key Stage 2 readers. Read more.

Training, conferences and events

Why children need to work scientifically at KS2 and how they can

Monday 11 March 2019, 13.00 to 16.00, Welland Academy, £75.

Leadership and managements of Safeguarding:  Monitoring of Vulnerable Groups Click “Leadership & Management of Safeguarding” tab.

Tuesday 12 March 2019, 09.30 to 11.30, South Fens Business Park. For Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Safeguarding Governors, Child Protections Personnel, School Business/Finance officers. From £65 per head.

Effective Responses To Bullying

Wednesday 13 March 2019, 09:15 to 16:00, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington. For Primary and Special Schools.

New & Inexperienced PE for Subject Leaders in Primary School

Thursday 14 March, 13:30 to 16:30, Cambridge Football Association, Cambridge. For teachers and coaches who have been given responsibility for the leadership of PE in Primary schools and settings.

Primary Subject Knowledge Enhancement - Fractions

Thursday 14 March, Monday 1 April, Thursday 2 May, 13.30 to 16.15, Hampton Hargate Primary School, Peterborough, PE7 8BZ. For Primary teachers who want to develop mastery approaches to teaching fractions. FREE.

Strengthening practical work in Chemistry

Thursday 14 March 2019, 09.30 to 15.30, Nene Park Academy, £125.

Physical Activity in EYFS & KS1

Friday 15 March, 09:30 to 16:30, Histon & Impington Junior School. For teachers, coaches or assistant in Key stage 1 and 2.

Developing And Teaching RSE In Secondary Schools

Monday 18 March 2019, 09:30 to 16:30, Ambury House, Huntingdon. For Secondary Schools.

Secondary DET/DOT programme

New dates for Spring term 2019, starting March 2019, various CTSN schools, £299.

Making powerful connections between primary literacy and science

Tuesday 19 March 2019, 13.00 to 16.00, Welland Academy, £75.

Secondary science subject leaders’ network meeting

Thursday 21 March 2019, 13.30 to 16.30, Cambourne Village College, FREE.

Introduction To Mindfulness

Thursday 21 March 2019, 13.30 to 16:30, Claret Centre, Buckden. For Primary, Secondary and Special Schools.

KS1 Moderation – Diamond Teaching School

Tuesday 26 March 2019, 13.30 to 16.00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  £60 per delegate. Opportunity to network with Year 2 teachers from a range of schools.

Assessing Writing in Year 6 - Session 2 (SFBC) Click “Developing Teaching & Learning” tab.

Thursday 28 March 2019, 13.30 to 16.30, South Fens Business Park. For teachers working with year 6 Pupils, English Subject leaders and/or Senior leaders. From £65 per head.

Tracking Foundation Subjects Click “Developing Teaching & Learning” tab.

Thursday 28 March 2019, 09.30 to 11.30, Bewick Bridge Primary School. Fro

Audience: Foundation Subject leaders and Senior Leaders Location: Bewick Bridge Primary School. Cost: From £65 per head.

Teaching Assistant Conference

Thursday 25 April 2019, Huntingdon Marriott Hotel. Half day ( 08.00 to 12.00). £70 per head.  For teaching assistants - various workshops on autism, maths, English, teaching and learning.

Support Staff Middle Leaders programme

3 sessions starting Friday 3 May 2019, 09:30 to 12:00, Swavesey Village College. £150.

HLTA Preparation & Assessment – Diamond Teaching School

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. Supporting staff to gain HLTA Status.

Inter-school Moderation Event

Wednesday 22 May 2019, 16.00 to 18:00, Alderman Jacobs School. For teachers from Foundation to Year 6. FREE.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Wednesday 12 June 2019 (Maths), Thursday 13 June 2019 (English), 09:30 to 15:00, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.  £110 per delegate. Aimed at subject leaders in primary schools.

CPD for the whole staff – twilight sessions carried out in your school by Discovery Teaching School SLE

Programmes include Developing English, Constructing an Ambitious Curriculum and Leaders with Purpose. Click heading for more information.

 NPQSL – Discovery Teaching School Alliance & Leadership East

28 October 2019, 11 February 2020, 12 June 2020, Spring Common Academy, Huntingdon. For Deputy or Assistant Heads, experienced ambitious middle leaders, senior leaders who wish to further their knowledge and skills.

NPQML – Discovery Teaching School Alliance & Leadership East

31 October 2019, 2 February 2020, 11 June 2020, Spring Common Academy, Huntingdon. For staff who have recently taken on middle leadership role or new responsibility.

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