Schools Newsletter - Issue 41 - Wednesday 27 March 2019

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Schools Newsletter


Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

It's always a pleasure to be asked to contribute to the weekly Newsletter. The Children and Young Peoples committee is extremely busy at the moment often making difficult and challenging decisions. If you would like to know more about what the committee is looking into the Agenda plan can be found here

There remains significant financial pressure on both the school budget and high needs funding for Special Education Needs and Disability.  It is something as Councillors we are very aware of and I want to assure you all that we are doing all we can to get better funding for Cambridgeshire schools.

On the 7th and 8th March we welcomed over 200 early years practitioners to our annual Local Authority Conference in Huntingdon.  I was honoured to open one of the days (see picture).  This year’s focus was on narrowing the word gap in the early years.  The conference had two internationally renowned speakers, Professor Kathy Sylva and Di Chilvers, along with a series of workshops.  Initial feedback is really positive and hopefully the event will impact improved practice across the county. 

I want to thank everyone in schools for all the great work that you do and I hope to see you soon on my travels around the county. 

Best wishes Simon

Chairman CYP Committee

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?

Private Fostering - important email address correction

The full email address for queries was missing in last week's newsletter. It should have read

Any referrals should be sent via the Contact Centre.

Termly Governance Briefing and Networking Sessions for the Summer Term 2019

Five sessions available across Cambridgeshire.  It is recommended that all governing boards/bodies should aim to send at least one representative.  The programme is available on the LTC School Governance Team web-page.

Submission of School Admission Policies

Calling all Voluntary Aided, Foundation and Academy schools. 

Did you know that you have a statutory duty to send to the LA a copy of the determined admission arrangements for admission to your school in the 2020/21 academic year?

1.47  The School Admissions Code requires that these are sent to the LA by the 15th March each year.  Those schools who have not yet sent the determined arrangements have until Friday 5th April to do so.

Send these to:

Support the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity

Summer Superstars 2019

Encourage your students to become active and support the Hospice!

Accelerate Teaching Programme are your staff eligible?

To be eligible your school needs to be in Ofsted category 3 or 4 OR your school is based in one of the Opportunity or Priority Areas (irrespective of Ofsted grade).

The DfE TLIF funded Accelerate Programme that is designed and delivered by the Education Development Trust and The Chartered College of Teaching now only has one week more of recruitment to go, before the end of March deadline.  So, if any staff in their first five years of teaching want to access the free four term blended coaching programme, the details and sign up can be found here.

Why do maintained schools have to procure through the county council?

There have been an increasing number of queries about why maintained schools need to get involved with a procurement process to get an apprentice.  It’s been nearly two years since the apprenticeship levy arrived so it’s not surprising that the reasons for this do not come easily to mind. Maintained schools for the purposes of the apprenticeship levy are considered employees of the Cambridgeshire county council.  This is why maintained schools pay into the levy through the county council.  This means that maintained schools wanting to employ an apprentice must follow the same procurement process as the county council.

The county council has a partner organisation LGSS who is their preferred supplier for apprenticeships.  Any apprenticeships that are not offered by them must be procured through open competition.  The apprenticeships that they offer and relevant to schools can be found here.  Further information about the process is also here too.

Take part in our Time to Read 2018/19 survey and win free books for your school!

We hope that you have now received all your Time to Read packs and your pupils have been enjoying Little Monkey. Your feedback is vital for us to develop and improve our campaign. We realise that your time is extremely precious but we hope you will be interested in taking part in this short teacher survey about Time to Read. Every teacher that completes the survey will enter a prize draw to win a selection of fantastic books for their school! The survey closes on Friday 10th May.  

Overview of T-Levels

A thank you to Alivina Morley who attended the National Careers Guidance Show in Coventry and has passed on the power point from the seminar on T levels.  The presentation outlines a clear guide to what they are and time lines for introducing the 15 areas of study.  The presentation can be found here.

Jon Lewis

Service Director – Education

Learn Together Feedback Survey - more responses needed please

Thanks to all those who have already completed our short survey on what you are using the Learn Together website for.  We are a little light on secondary and special school responses so far.  Even if you are not a regular user of this site please take 2 minutes to tell us what you think.  I’d like to have a rounded view of all your thoughts so I can make sure that any future versions are as focused and useful as possible.

Complete the survey here.

Lynne Birch

Schools Engagement Adviser

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk works with schools across Huntingdonshire and Peterborough to help them become more aware of young carers.

They can help with awareness-raising and help schools know how best to support their young carers; they also work with colleges across the whole of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to help them identify Young Adult Carers.

As many as 1 in 5 secondary pupils are young carers. Young carers miss/cut short 48 school days a year because of their caring responsibilities. They score on average 9 grades lower at GCSE.

To find out more, ring 01480 499090 or e-mail

Email address for Safeguarding Referrals


Please note: The correct e-mail address for both Peterborough and Cambridgeshire safeguarding referrals is

Any e-mails to the below 2 GCSX addresses completed after the 16th March may not have been received and they should be resent as a matter of urgency.


These GCSX accounts are no longer in use.

Primary School PE Premium funding

There is widespread confusion over what capital funding means in relation to the PE premium.

The Association for Physical Education have confirmed ‘Capital projects’ means that it should not be used for replacing curriculum facilities that would normally come from core spend, such as worn out flooring. Investment can be in resources that broaden the PE experience, and schools should not be deterred by rumours that fixed facilities cannot be considered.

For all questions related to The PE Premium. Please contact Ian Roberts – Cambridgeshire CC PE & School Sport Adviser. Tel: 01480 379077.

More information here.

Cambs County Council 0 - 19 Place Planning and Organisation Service Update March 2019

Read the latest update here.

School attendance in Cambridgeshire

A letter from Jon Lewis has been sent to all parents. View the letter here. Cambridgeshire County Council is committed to high attendance from all pupils and takes its statutory responsibility in this area very seriously. Following the Supreme Court judgement in 2017 and changes made to the Education Regulations in 2013, we undertook a review of our existing policies to ensure they were robust, and line with the current legislation. As a result there has been a rise in the number of Penalty Notices issued and prosecutions in the Magistrates court. Each case of non-school attendance is considered and investigated thoroughly and where needed, support and advice is available for parents and legal guardians.

The Education (Pupil Registration) (England) Regulations 2006 were amended in September 2013. The amendments made clear that Headteachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless ‘exceptional circumstances’ exist. The regulations also stated that Headteachers should determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted for ‘exceptional circumstances’. All references to family holidays and extended leave as well as the notional threshold of ten school days have been removed. The Supreme Court Judgement (Isle of Wight v Platt 06.04.2017) clarified that in section 444(1) of the Education Act 1996, to attend school “regularly” means “in accordance with the rules prescribed by the school”. All schools in the county were advised to review their paperwork to explain to all parents what acceptable level of attendance is for their school. Given the wording within the judgement, our advice to all schools included reviewing their attendance policy and to include a statement that explains expected attendance at school to be 100%, unless there are exceptional or unavoidable reasons for absence.

Cambridgeshire - number notices per academic year

  • 2013/14 - 338
  • 2014/15 - 663
  • 2015/16 - 774
  • 2016/17 - 768
  • 2017/18- 4131

Changes to the Virtual School for Care Experienced Children

The Virtual School for Care Experienced Children will be introducing a number of changes from September 2019.  As you will be aware, every school whether there are children in care on roll or not, have a statutory requirement to have a designated teacher (DT) to promote the education outcomes for children in care and previously looked after children.  To enable schools to release DTs to attend a one day conference at Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon, on Monday 1 July 2019, every Cambridgeshire school will receive £170 before the end of March 2019.  In addition, there will no charge for the event.  The Virtual School will share the vision for change and support DTs in working within the new model.  Conference booking is via booking Bug here.

Destination of Year 11 students

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.

Training and Events

The Big Education Conversation – a free evening event and social for educators wishing to debate the question “how do we best prepare young people for the future?” -  Bradfield Centre – FREE – Thursday 28th March, 6pm-8pm.


Thursday 22 May, 09.15 to 15.30, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, CB2 9NL. The Beginners’ Workshop provides a practical introduction to the Makaton Language Programme. £110 per person

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approaches

Structured intervention for child/young person focusing on the link between thoughts, feelings and behaviour. Typically 6 sessions. For children aged over 8 years. Date/time by arrangement. £90 per hour

HLTA Preparation & Assessment – Diamond Teaching School

20th May 2019 & 24th June 2019, 9.00am - 3.30pm, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. Supporting staff to gain HLTA Status,   £290 + VAT plus £450 for assessment  per delegate.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

12th June 2019 English 13th June 2019 9.30am - 3.00pm, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire. Aimed at subject leaders in primary schools , Maths. £110 per delegate.

Moderating Year 6 Writing – Diamond Teaching School

1st May 2019, 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  An opportunity to network with Year 6 teachers from a range of schools, £60 per delegate.

Getting to know your School  - Repeat - Click “Primary Headteachers Induction” 

Thursday 24 April 2019, 09.00 to 12.00, Histon and Impington Junior School

ForHeadteachers - New Interim, Acting or new to Cambridgeshire. 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.

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.

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