Schools Newsletter - Issue 40 - Wednesday 20 March 2019

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Schools Newsletter


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Dear Reader,

Private fostering - What schools need to know

  • A privately fostered child is a child under 16 (or 18 if Disabled) who is cared for by an adult who is not a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, step parent (but this must be a legal marriage or civil partnership), sister or brother, and  where the child is to be cared for in that person's home for 28 days or more (and there is no court order in place).

What are schools duties re private fostering?

  • If anyone becomes aware of a possible private fostering arrangement there is a legal duty to inform the local authority so that an assessment of the arrangement can be carried out.
  • Notifications will be received through the Contact Centre who will pass the information through to the local assessment team.

What to do if you think a child in your school may be in a private fostering arrangement? 

  • Clarify the relationships – how is the child related to the carers, don’t assume that because a child is calling someone Aunty, Grandad or step dad that they are a blood relative, check if step parents are married.
  • If you identify a private fostering arrangement you should notify the local authority via the contact centre.
  • If you are not sure if a child is living in a private fostering arrangement and need to discuss it further, please email for an informal discussion

What to look out for ?

  • Changes in adults collecting children from school
  • Child talking about different household members

Ensuring all school staff are aware of the need to be aware of private fostering

  • It is important that all school staff and governors are aware of private fostering, often it is the support staff such as office staff, Teaching Assistants, Midday Supervisors who will be aware of changes to a child’s living arrangements. 

What can the Specialist Fostering Team offer the school?

  • Delivery of awareness training at staff meeting or training day
  • Provision of a PowerPoint presentation and guidance notes for the safeguarding lead or Head Teacher to deliver training to staff
  • meeting with representatives schools, such as Safeguarding Lead or Head Teacher to discuss Private Fostering in more detail
  • provision of a publicity materials schools  can share with parents
  • provision of posters to display on school property 

Further reading

In this issue:

Quick Links

Cambs Learn Together

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

School contact details changes?

Learn Together Website - Feedback Survey

Below is a link to concise survey about how you are using the Learn Together website. I would be really grateful for your views on this as it will soon be transitioned to a new provider giving us the opportunity to make improvements to the content and functionality. The survey can be found at:

Thank you,

Lynne Birch.

Schools Engagement Adviser

01480 379775

PHE marks British Science Week

science week

Hundreds of primary school children across Cambridgeshire were given the opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ during interactive scientific workshops carried out by Public Health England (PHE) scientists as part of British Science Week.

Five Cambridgeshire primary schools, including Fulbourn Primary (pictured), who signed up after seeing an article in the Schools Newsletter, took part in the informative, fun and messy sessions designed to engage and inspire the scientists of tomorrow. Pupils had the chance to discover what life is like for a PHE microbiologist. They donned lab coats and googles to investigate ‘What Makes Your Tummy Ache’ and why infection control is paramount in a laboratory.

For more information contact Karen Dowle at PHE East Communications

Tel: 01223 722486/722485


Year 11 Destinations Booklet

As part of the Education and Skills Act 2008, the local authority has a duty to produce a “Year 11 Destinations Booklet” for the county which provides data on the destinations of young people who finished their statutory education in the previous summer.  The data for this year is taken from 1st November 2018 for those that left in Summer 2018 as per guidance provided by the Department for Education.  To see a copy of this booklet, please follow this link.

Choices for better journeys

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is currently running the ‘Choices for Better Journeys’ campaign, which asks people for their views on options for transforming public transport and cutting congestion in the region and are particularly interested from hearing from school staff. The campaign lasts until the 31 March 2019.

‘Choices for Better Journeys’ asks residents, commuters and businesses about a range of issues, including:

  • what is needed to transform public transport to offer a better alternative to the car for them.
  • different ideas for tackling congestion, improving air quality and freeing-up road space for quicker public transport – including workplace parking levies, flexible charging to drive at the most congested times, pollution charges for older vehicles, and limiting access.
  • how best to fund an improved public transport system for the future.

The options outlined in the campaign include physical measures to make the best use of the available road space and forms of road-based charging and parking levies to fund the £20m required every year to provide a fast and reliable public transport system.

For further information and to complete the short survey, please click here.

Operation Ouch! awards

Operation Ouch! - a BAFTA winning children's show presented by Dr Chris, Dr Xand and Dr Ronx is requesting nominations for young `medical heroes'. Find out more or nominate a young person here.

The Big Pedal, all things wheels and young drivers


Looking for help with road safety for your pupils? The RS Education Team have free resources available to all schools. ScootSmart and PedalSmart, playground training for Years 2/4, WalkSmart pedestrian training Year 4/5 - all with supporting resources.  Visit

Are you taking part in The Big Pedal 2019?  now in its ninth year (and this year walking will be counted alongside cycling and scooting).

6th Form – Cambs Drive iQ.  A free online learning platform for young drivers and their passengers, over 15 Colleges using and now booking for 19/20. Visit

Want to know more -  Email

Reducing Teacher Workload

Are you interested in being part of this exciting DfE Project? You will be part of a team of schools linked to the region's Lead School for Workload Reduction, Trumpington Park Primary. You will have the opportunity to attend 3 free days of training, work with the Lead School to trial the Workload Reduction Toolkit and be supported by a researcher to write a case study with your findings.

We are looking for schools across the East of England & North East London region, from all sectors, who actively want to prioritise strategies which will enable them to reduce workload for staff in schools. Please complete the Expression of Interest form and return it to Mel Shute at by Thursday 28th March.  

Updated Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) List for Cambridgeshire

The SLE list for Cambridgeshire has been updated to add 47 new ones.  There are now 150 SLE’s on the list.  If you would like to commission one please use the contact link on the list. The list can be found on the Learn Together website here.

Communications support

More information about the advice and support that is available from Cambridgeshire County Council communications team, including contact details for the team is now available on Learn Together.

Jo Dickson     Communications and Marketing Manager

Tel: 01223 706764  Mob: 07795 317464  Comms desk:  01223 699281

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Training and Events

Forums for mental health champions in schools - get Green Paper Ready!

Various dates and locations across Cambridgeshire - click to register for your local forum.

Join specialists from mental health services, along with your colleagues in schools around you, to talk about what it means to be mental health champion in your school. Each 2hr forum offers the chance for learning, sharing of experiences and the gathering of essential resources to promote the mental health and wellbeing of children across Cambridgeshire. 

Secondary science subject leaders’ network meeting

Thursday 21 March 2019, 13.30 – 16.30, Cambourne Village College, FREE

Introduction To Mindfulness

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

Why children need to work scientifically at KS1 and how they can

Monday 25 March 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, Buckden CofE Primary School, £75

First Class@Number 1:Games@Home  (Group 2) Click “Maths Interventions” tab

Thursday 4 April 2019, 13.15 to 15.15, ECaR Centre. For Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and Senior Teachers. From £100 per school.

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.

Making a difference through effective feedback

Thursday 28 March 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Ely College, £125

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.

Adult Mental Health First Aid - 1 day Click “Mental Health” tab

Monday 29 April 2019, 09.00 to 17.00, CPDC.

For any member of Staff.  From £185 per head.

LGBT+ Awareness (The Kite Trust offering FREE twilight sessions for 4 special schools during the Summer Term 2019

In-house training for teaching staff in special schools - date and time to be arranged (twilight). Training to cover LGBT+ terminology, experiences and inclusive resources. FREE.

Tel: 01223 369508

Domestic Abuse: the role of the Domestic Abuse Lead in Schools and Colleges

30th April 2019, 09:30 to 16:00, DeafBlind UK Conference Centre, Hampton.

Sensitive Issues in Secondary RSE

Tuesday 30 April 2019, 13:30 to 16:30, Ambury House, Huntingdon. For Secondary Schools.

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.

Addressing Challenging Relationships Between Girls

Wednesday 22 May 2019 – 9:15 – 16.00 – Ambury House, Huntingdon. For Primary and Special Schools.

Protective Behaviours Foundation Training (2 days)

1st and 8th May 2019, 09:30 to 16:00 (both days), Hunts Football Association, Huntingdon.

Pool Carers Courses

Schools are reminded that the small pool operators training must be updated every 3 years.

2nd & 3rd May            Two day pool operators course          Castle School, Cambridge

20th & 21st May         Two day pool operators course          Coton Primary, Coton

22nd May                     Pool Carers Update Training              Coton Primary School, Coton

New and Inexperienced PE for Subject Leaders in Primary Schools

4 June, 13:30 to 16:30, Ambury House, Huntingdon.

For teachers and coaches who have been given responsibility for the leadership of PE in Primary schools and settings.

Domestic Abuse: An Introduction to Risk Assessments and Safety Planning for Schools (follow up to the Domestic Abuse Course above)

9th May 2019, 09:30 to 16:00, Huntingdon Primary School Development Centre.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities

Thursday 23 May, 09:15 to 16:00, Stukeley Meadows Primary School, Huntingdon.

For all teachers who wish to learn more about how teaching and learning can be enhanced through LOTC and OAA.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

Wednesday 12 June 2019 (Maths), Thursday 13 June (English) 09:30 to 15:00,  Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire.  £110 per delegate.

National Centre for Computing Education courses

E2BN is the local Regional Delivery Partner, supporting the work of the National Centre for Computing Education. The NCCE supports the teaching of computing at all key stages, by developing teachers' confidence and subjects knowledge. CPD opportunities are planned in Cambridgeshire area. Create an account on and book.

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