Schools Newsletter - Issue 42 - Wednesday 3 April 2019

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Schools Newsletter


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Learn Together  |  Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Reader,

It has been another busy term and thank you for continuing to work so closely with the local authority during the last term. 

We see recruitment and retention as one of its key issues and has invested for all schools benefits in its development. 

The Teachincambs website has been supporting Cambridgeshire schools with recruitment and retention for 4 years now.  You may remember that we are making a significant investment in changes to improve the services it offers you.  Phase 1 of this project is close to fruition now!

What’s new?

  • new look site,
  • customer vacancy alerts,
  • applications online and
  • real time advert data for your school.

The busiest time for vacancies in our schools is coming up now and the site will be available to help boost your recruitment activities as it hits.

In the coming weeks we will be in touch with you to introduce you to the new site and how to use it and analyse the performance of your vacancies.

Phases 2 and 3 will follow which will include the new training booking system and document library.

Our role is to ensure children and young people succeed in life and I know you are all working incredibly hard to do this.  I know we are not measured always according to this success criteria but we must not lose our focus on this.  The next term will bring SATS, GCSEs and A-levels and I wish you well with these but don’t forget productions, exciting learning opportunities and residential trips etc. as they are equally as important. 

Thank your staff and governors / trustees for all their hard work and determination.  And thank you for all your efforts and commitment.  On behalf of everyone at the Local Authority, I wish you a pleasant and restful Easter holidays with your families.


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?

Assistant Directors recruitment (Education)

Many of you will be aware that I am recruiting for two Assistant Directors to join my team – one for SEND & Inclusion and one for School & Setting Improvement. Working across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, we’re looking for outstanding leaders with a track record of improving outcomes for children in their area of work. There is no doubt these are challenging roles, but for the right person they will provide the opportunity to lead the development and delivery of vital services that will make a major impact on the lives of our children and young people, individually and as part of my senior management team. Please follow the links above for more information – I encourage you to take a look at the roles and share widely with your networks. Jon

Ofsted Consultation

The closing date for the Ofsted inspection consultation is the 5th  April and the proposal can be found here.  There are a lot of changes proposed and it is really important that Cambridgeshire schools give a view.  I recently received a note from Rob Campbell, CEO at Morris Education Trust, and Helena Marsh (Executive Principal at Chilford Hundred Education Trust) who are both part of the Heads Roundtable which has developed its profile and presence over the past few years, formulating practitioner responses to government policy, often filling the space not traditionally occupied by unions/associations They have kindly shared their draft response with the combined thoughts and reflections from this group  which I hope might help support your response to the consultation.  Its positive Cambridgeshire has such a key role in groups such as this.       

New Training Update Starting for Cambridgshire Schools

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Wednesday 24th April will see the first Cambridgeshire 'training update' delivered to all schools using the newsletter system.  This will be a list of all the training scheduled to take place during the summer term for both the local authority and teaching schools. This change is due to feedback from schools looking for a full listing of training on its own. This is a pilot run.  We hope you will find it useful.  If successful we will provide the 'training update' every term.

Lynne Birch, Schools Engagement Adviser.

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.

New pay information update

All Cambridgeshire County Council School based staff are set to receive a cost of living uplift in their salaries from the beginning of April – paid and back dated from their June pay onwards.

This means our lowest hourly rate will be £9 an hour, so all staff will be on or above the new recommended national living wage a year early.

We will also be paying the ‘real living wage’ of a minimum £9 per hour, as recommended by the Living Wage foundation to everyone. 

  • For the NJC Grades 1 - SO2 the uplift will mean increases of a minimum of 2%
  • For P1 grades and above there will be an increase of 1%

For this to make sense we have to update our pay scales – which were agreed by all our recognised unions as part of a collective agreement in March 2019

There will be no change to anyone’s grade, but the spinal points within your grade may change.

View the new pay scales here.

View FAQs here. If the FAQs don’t answer your questions please talk to your manager first. But if they aren’t able to help you can get more information by calling or emailing your schools HR provider.

Read it Again! - Cambridgeshire Libraries Picture Book Award 2019

There is still time to take part in ‘Read it Again!’ 2019, the Picture Book Award which celebrates new talent.

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 purchase a set of books 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:

The closing date for votes is 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.

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Schools Forum news

Schools Forum met on Friday 29 March and the key papers can be found via the following links:

Minutes - 18th January 2019 

Early Years National Funding Formula Review 2019-20 Update

Issues arising from the 2019/20 budget round 

We are currently looking at ways we can improve communication both to and from schools forum.  The list of current forum members can be found here.

Any questions please contact


SEND Strategy

Throughout this spring, we have been running a series of workshops across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough for anyone involved in working with or caring for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to hear your thoughts about our new strategy.

We are keen that as many people as possible are able to contribute their views so we have launched an online workshop which is open until 27 April. The survey features a series of videos setting out a pledge we would like everyone to sign up to that describes how we will work with each other to support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities as well the actions required to deliver the three main priorities of the draft SEND Strategy for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Find out more and share your views here.

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Cows About Cambridge Public Sculpture Trail

Sculpture trail experts Wild in Art, are excited to announce Cows about Cambridge, a spectacular public art event and trail of 3D fibreglass Cow sculptures designed and decorated by artists, schools and community groups, which will weave its way across the city in spring 2020.

As well as engaging with art and creativity, Schools and groups taking part will benefit from visiting their sculpture as part of a city-wide trail, keeping their sculptures as a legacy, attending a launch event and receiving a comprehensive, Learning Resource pack.

Find out more about this udderly unique event by signing up here.

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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:

Admissions Updates

Primary Allocations16th April.  Your school we able to see the FINAL list in the portal from 14th April. However, we will make available the provisional final information by close of business on Monday 1st April but please note there may still be some necessary amendments for example allocation/offer to those who do not have a preference met.  Please remember this is not to be shared with parents until 16th April and only if they can evidence they have applied online and know which school they have been allocated.  Please ask parents to accept online if they can and where there is a decline please ask parents to return the reply slip on their letter.

VACANCIES – in preparation for In Year please tell us about your vacancies – joiners/leavers on a weekly basis. 

ENQUIRIES: If you have an admission query please contact Admissions direct.  Your Admission officer will be able to help…

Primary – Angela 699201

Secondary - Helen 715347

In Year – City, East & South Bettina 699203

In Year – Hunts & Fenlands Yunuen 507240

IN YEAR: from 1st May we will be accepting applications for September. 

PART 2 – From 1st May for September applications Part 2 forms will become the responsibility of the parent to complete and submit with their application.  This will ensure the parent leaving the school has an opportunity to discuss and review as appropriate.  Part 2 forms will be available for the parent on our new website from 1st May.

Some case studies from the SSIF

You may remember the Strategic School Improvement Fund, for which groups of schools were invited to bid last year. Please find below, two case studies of completed projects which may be of interest:

SSIF Case Studies - Increasing Pupil Engagement

SSIF Case Studies - Southwark

SEND Service 0 - 25: Staffing update

SEND Services 0-25 are reviewing senior management roles and responsibilities, in order to explore more effective ways of working. Until the end of July, the following arrangements are in place:

Statutory Assessment Team Manager (North and South): Jo Hedley

SEND District Manager (North and South): Becky Salmon

Principal Educational Psychologist: Kirsten Branigan

Cambridge City SEND District Team Leader: Gareth Dennis

A and I Co-ordinator (South): Lysandra Sinclaire-Harding

We look forward to welcoming David Rhodes to the role of SAT Team Leader (North), from Monday 8 April.

Marian Cullen

Head of SEND Services 0-25

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

Training and Events

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

Monday 29 April 2019, 09.00 to 17.00, CPDC, Trumpington.

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

Sensitive Issues in Secondary RSE

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

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

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

Moderating Year 6 Writing – Diamond Teaching School

Wednesday 1 May 2019, 13:30 to 16:00, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots.  An opportunity to network with Year 6 teachers from a range of schools, £60 per delegate.

Aspiring Headteacher Workshops Click "Briefings" tab

Monday 20 May 2019, 13:30 to 16:30, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington. For Deputy Headteachers, Assistant Headteachers and Senior Teachers. From £65 per person.

HLTA Preparation & Assessment

Monday 20 May 2019 and Monday 24 June 2019, 09:00 to 15:30, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. Supporting staff to gain HLTA Status. £290 + VAT plus £450 for assessment per delegate.

Safeguarding Policies and Website Compliance -  SFBC Click "Leadership & Management of Safeguarding" tab.

Friday 24 May 2019, 09:00 to 12:00, South Fens Business Park. For Headteachers Senior Leaders Safeguarding Governors, Child Protection Personnel, School Business/Finance Officers. From £65 per person.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities

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

Target Audience: This course is for all teachers who wish to learn more about how teaching and learning can be enhanced though LOTC and OAA.

New & Inexperienced PE for Subject Leaders in Primary Schools

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

This course is aimed at teachers and coaches who have been given responsibility for the leadership of PE in Primary schools and settings. 

Pool Carers Courses

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

Thursday 2 & Friday 3 May  Two day pool operators course    Castle School, Cambridge

Monday 20 & Tues  21 May  Two day pool operators course    Coton Primary, Coton

Wednesday 22 May               Pool Carers Update Training       Coton Primary, Coton

Effective Responses to Bullying

Thursday 6 June 2019, 09:15 to 16:00, Fourfields Primary School, Yaxley. For Primary and Special Schools.

Cambridgeshire Maths Conference

Friday 7 June 2019, FULL DAY, Marriott Hotel Huntingdon. Kite TSA. Including Mike Askew, Gareth Metcalfe, Craig Barton, Ed Southall and Serge Tasic. Cost from £120.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

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

Hidden Tales project - sign up to this free literacy project funded by the Arts Council.


Saturday 15 June 2019, FULL DAY, Faculty of Education. Kite TSA. Including Guy Claxton, Tom Sherrington, Mike Fairclough, Jaz Ampaw-Farr. Cost £5 (including lunch). Tickets will sell out!

Conflict Resolution & Peer Mediation

Thursday 27 June 2019, 09:15 to 16:00, Cambridge Professional Development Centre, Trumpington. For Primary and Special Schools.

Amjad Ali's Effective Planning & Subject Knowledge

Monday 8 July 2019, FULL DAY, Trumpington Community College. Kite TSA. Includes planning methods, concepts and planning. £95.

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