Schools Newsletter Issue 43 - Wednesday 1 May 2019

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Dear Reader,

Pension Schemes and Automatic Re-enrolment – 1st May

Important information for Cambridgeshire County Council school employees currently NOT in a workplace pension scheme; and for employees in the 50/50 section of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

You may be aware that legislation requires all employers to enrol their workforce into a qualifying workplace pension scheme, this is known as ‘automatic enrolment’. It has then been up to the employee to decide whether to stay in the pension scheme, or whether to choose to opt out.

Automatic re-enrolment occurs every three years. All eligible job holders who have, in the last three years, opted out of the relevant pension scheme have to be re-enrolled back into the pension scheme.

If you are affected, your School’s payroll provider will write to you and explain why you are being automatically re-enrolled.

For employees who are in the LGPS 50/50 section, you also have to be automatically re-enrolled back into the main section of the scheme – although you can then make another election to the 50/50 section, if you wish.

Once you have been automatically re-enrolled, should you wish to opt out of your relevant pension scheme then you can.

Please await further details from your payroll provider/school.

Information for Headteacher/Bursar

Please find attached the following information:

Because LGSS DO NOT provide your payroll services, the auto re-enrolment process needs to be managed by your school and/or your payroll provider.

In this issue:

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Statutory Duties of the Local Authority

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Teacher Workload Reduction Toolkit - update

The DfE has now published updates to the workload reduction toolkit in response to the recommendations of the Making Data Work report and comments and feedback provided by teachers and leaders across the country. The updates are:

Also published are new practice examples responding to teacher feedback which said they find such examples helpful:

Please let the DfE know if you have any comments or questions on the updated materials by emailing us at

Appointment of Head of Early Years

I wanted to let you know that following a recruitment process, I am pleased to confirm the appointment of Annette Brooker substantively to the post of Head of Service for Early Years. Annette has been undertaken the role on an acting basis for over a year now and previously had a 0.2FTE role sharing the role with the previous substantive post holder.  Early years is a critical part of improvement plan for education and Annette has done a fantastic job leading the service, raising our national profile and ensuring we have an impact on children from the earliest possible age.  Congratulations to Annette on her appointment.

Jon Lewis

Service Director - Education

Secondment Opportunity from September 2019

We would like to recruit a highly successful, experienced Headteacher to join the Primary Adviser team in the Schools Intervention Service for one day a week from September. The secondment would be for the entire academic year and would involve monitoring, supporting and challenging a small number of primary schools. It will also involve delivering CPD and courses.

Full training and induction will be provided, however it will be vital to demonstrate a good track record of improving schools as a Primary Headteacher and preferably be a trained Ofsted inspector. There would also be an expectation that the successful candidate will attend training days and meetings as necessary.

The post will be advertised soon. This note is to enable interested  Headteachers to speak to their Governing Bodies to ensure they would have their authorisation to carry out the role before applying.

A daily rate of pay would be paid into the school budget and mileage expenses would also be paid.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Rosemarie Sadler 07917398156 or email

Head Of Service: Schools Intervention

TLIF-funded CPD programme for teachers in geography and science classrooms

Delivered by the Geographical Association and Association for Science Education, Critical Thinking aims to develop the critical use of evidence in geography and science classrooms, for both primary and secondary teachers.

It is open to teachers working in Ofsted graded 3 or 4 schools in DfE-identified priority or opportunity areas.

For further information and to register, please visit

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition

The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world's oldest international school's writing competition. 

The theme for this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ which calls upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth.  It asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens. 

The QCEC can be a valuable tool to introduce young people to the Commonwealth, while helping to develop English skills, develop confidence and explore creative writing/writing for fun. It can be adapted to many areas of the school curriculum, including English, Citizenship, Geography and History; and is an ideal opportunity to unite themes across the curriculum. Every young person who submits their work receives a Certificate of Participation and each entry is read by a judge based in another Commonwealth country.

Read the Schools Briefing here, and the essay competition flyer here.

FREE forums for mental health champions in schools

Forums are being held to help schools to play their part in transforming children and young people's mental health provision. Find full details and register your attendance here

Early Years Lead Practitioner recruitment

Cambridgeshire Early Years Service is looking to recruit some more Early Years Lead Practitioners to join its established group. Click here for full details. For further information contact

FREE training for primary schools from Stonewall on LGBT inclusion and HBT bullying

Stonewall have received some funding from the Government Equalities Office and are offering a free bespoke training day to eligible primary schools. The training will help you celebrate difference and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying. If more than 14% of your pupils are eligible for Free School Meals (FSM) you can apply for a free training day. To find out more and apply for a place, visit the Stonewall website.

Updated Exclusion Guidance 2019

The exclusion guidance has been revised. View the guidance here.

Disrespect Nobody posters

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Partnership have released some posters aimed at encouraging young people to seek support and information about healthy relationships.  The four posters highlight things that may be said to young people who are in an abusive intimate relationship and direct them to the Home Office Disrespect Nobody website for information on healthy relationships and abuse.

The latest Health-Related Behaviour Questionnaire results report ‘Young People Into 2018’ shows that around one third of pupils in year 8 and year 10 have experienced behaviours such as jealousy, threats and even hitting from current or ex boyfriends of girlfriends.

The posters have been distributed countywide to schools, youth centres and voluntary organisations working with young people but if you would like some please contact  They are also available to download here

The Partnership links with statutory and voluntary organisations across the county to provide information and support to people experiencing domestic abuse and sexual violence and education around healthy relationships is a key priority for all partners. 

For local support, the Youthoria website contains a wealth of information for young people in Cambridgeshire, including help around relationships.

Disrespect Nobody

School Governance Issues for Consideration – Summer Term 2019

The List of School Governance Issues for Consideration for the Summer Term 2019 is now available here. This information is particularly relevant for agenda setting and provides items/updates for consideration/ review in the light of statutory requirements and local decisions.  They may be considered by the full governing board/body/committees/working groups or named governors, depending on individual schools’ arrangements for the management of governing board business. 

The document has also been uploaded to the Cambridgeshire School Governance Hub.  This document should be read in conjunction with the Reminders/Additional Information and Yearly Planner documents located on the Hub – only available to schools subscribing to the School Governance Team SLA. 

Please click on the link to register and join our group:, a ‘How to Guide’ has also been produced to help you register and make the most of the Hub. 

Training and Events

Understanding Gender in Schools

Wednesday 8 May 2019,  15:30 to 16:30, Speke House, St Ives. For Primary, Special and Secondary Schools.

Teaching RSE in Primary School (PM)

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 13:30 to 16:30, Speke House, St Ives. For Primary Schools.

Primary RE: Assessment and the new Agreed Syllabus in the Primary School

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 09:00 to 12:30, Buckden Village Hall. A course for Primary RE Co-ordinators and Teachers. £65 per person.

The Future of Schools in Diverse & Changing Communities - `Erasmus +' Project

Wednesday 15 May, 09:30 to 13:00 or 16:30 to 18:00, Cambridge. A learning and development opportunity for teachers, teaching students and others in the community. FREE to attend.

Shaping the Future of the World of Work

Cambridge conference Friday 17 May 2019, 10:00 to 15:30, IWM Duxford Conference Centre

The conference is organised by and supported by the Cambridge Network.FREE.

Aspiring Headteacher Workshops  Click “Briefings” tab

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

Step On Tutor training

20, 21 & 22 May or 12, 13 & 14 June 2019,  09.15 to 16.30, Lakeside Lodge, Pidley, PE28 3DF.  £500 per person.  Steps is a whole-school approach to behaviour management for all members of staff.  Steps is a therapeutic approach to behaviour management is based on understanding the effect it has on individuals’ experiences and feelings. 

Contact for more information or to book.   


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.

Please email for more information or to book.

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 Offers. From £65 per head.

Outdoor Adventurous Activities

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

Thurs 2 and Fri 3 May        Two day pool operators course Castle School, Cambridge

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

Leading RE

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 09:00 to 12:30, Buckden Village Hall. A course for Primary RE Co-ordinators and Teachers. £65 per person.

Annual Governance Conference: Improving Performance

Saturday 15 June 2019, 09:30 to 13:00, Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Huntingdon. Speakers include Tracey Fielding HMI `Ofsted: The New Age'. Free to subscribing schools. £250 for PAYU.


Saturday 15 June 2019, FULL DAY, Faculty of Education. Kite TSA. Including Guy Claxton, Tom Sherrington, Mike Fairclough, Jaz Ampaw-Farr.

Please note that this was previously advertised as £5.00 per ticket. This was a mistake - tickets (including lunch) cost £35 each. Tickets will sell out!

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 (for more information click the heading above).  To book, scroll down to Strategic Leadership > click on book.

Health and Safety (SFBC) Click “Leadership & Management of Safeguarding” tab. Friday 21 June 2019, 09:00 to 11:00, South Fens Business Park. For Headteachers, Senior Leaders Safeguarding Governors, Child Protection Personnel, School Business/ Finance Officers. From £65 per person.

Speech, Language and Communication Needs Level 2

Tuesday 25 June, 09.30 to 16.00, Impington Village College, CB24 9LX.  SENCOs, Teachers and Teaching assistants working with students 11+ with SLCN. Free.

Email for more information or to book.

SENCo Briefings

The theme for the forthcoming SENCo briefings is the new assessment guidance for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and the graduated approach to support through Assess, Plan, Do, Review (APDR).

In order to participate fully in the workshop session, SENCos will need to bring with them (or email in advance to examples of APDR currently used in school.

Primary: Tues 18 June, 09:30 to 12:30, Huntingdon Professional Development Centre.

Secondary:   Tuesday 25 June, 09:30 to 12:30, Cambs FA. Histon. 

Primary:        Tuesday 2 July, 09:30 to 12:30,  CPDC, Trumpington, Cambridge.:  

Primary:        Wednesday 3 July, 09:30 to 12:30, South Fens Business Centre, Chatteris.  

£30 Academies.

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