Schools Newsletter Issue 44 - Wednesday 8 May 2019

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Schools sought as trailblazers for Mental Health Support Teams in schools and colleges

Following on from the Green Paper 2017 `Transforming mental health services', Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have been asked to submit an expression of interest for being a trailblazer in the implementation of new Mental Health Support Teams (MHSTs) in schools. We are asking schools, in turn, to express interest in being involved in the pilot. Read more here. The education settings would receive support from an MHST and help shape its implementation. Time is limited as the bid needs to be submitted by 17 May. The focus of the pilot is on areas of inequality but it cannot include schools which are currently rated inadequate by Ofsted. 

For more information contact

mental health

In this issue:

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Cambridgeshire County Council

Peterborough City Council

LA and Teaching School CPD offer

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Knowledge Hub

Help With Recruitment?

Statutory Duties of the Local Authority

About us

Visit to Cambridge's new Mosque

The committee members of the Cambridge New Mosque on Mill Road would like to invite all RE teachers in Cambridgeshire to come and visit Europe’s first ever eco-friendly Mosque. The visit will take place on May 21st 2019 at 5pm.

Shahida Rahman (a Mosque trustee) and the Imam and leader of the Mosque, Imam Sejad Mekic, will give us a guided tour.

We are also welcome to stay until  sunset (or leave and return at sunset) to join the Muslim community for breaking their Ramadan fast with dates, water and fruits. 

If you would like to take part, please let Katharine Hutchinson know by 17th May –

East Cambs and Fenland schools - ITT information evenings

We would be very grateful if you could make your parent community aware of the three information evenings to be held in the East Cambs and Fenland area. Please see flyers for more information: 

Horizon scanning

School improvement: Sowing the seeds of success - "Work in schools long enough and we all get to know the bitter experience of a good idea poorly executed. We’ve all been there," observes EEF senior researcher Prof. Jonathan Sharples et al.

Latest EEF podcast looks at 'Embedding Formative Assessment' "Teaching should start from where the student is, not from where we would like them to be," says education professor Dylan Wiliam in the latest episode of our Trialled and Tested podcast series, introducing how formative assessment strategies can be used in the classroom. Listen here.

Post-16 Home to College Travel Assistance Policy Statement September 2019 - Consultation

We have launched a consultation on the Council’s Post-16 Home to College Travel Assistance Policy Statement. The draft statement can be viewed via the Post 16 Transport webpage – . Please share with parents / guardians of your Year 10 and 11 students.

Please send any comments / feedback to before 24th May 2019.

Chathealth - Support for Students during Exams

ChatHealth is a secure NHS approved text messaging service run by the school nursing team in Cambridgeshire. ChatHealth has experienced clinicians online (09:30 to 16:00 Monday – Friday) to respond to any messages /concerns from young people concerning their health and wellbeing.

Schools /colleges can contact us on 0300 029 50 50 for promotional materials and information about the Service.

IDO Summer Newsletter - Data Collections and School Census

Please click here to find the IDO Summer Newsletter where you will find all the information regarding the upcoming School Census and the School Data Collections.

There are a number of news items so we would appreciate your support in ensuring that it is circulated to any relevant colleagues.

Sign up for The Rainbow Flag Award!

For details see

The Kite Trust is offering the opportunity for primary, special and secondary schools to undertake The Rainbow Flag Award starting in September 2019.

This is a whole-school scheme for developing LGBT+ inclusive policy and practice.

The initial one-day training day is for two members of school staff, one of whom should be a senior manager. This training and support from The Kite Trust to complete the award over the 2019-20 academic year is being offered at the 2016 cost of £395.

Venue and September training date to be confirmed.

Contact The Kite Trust to discuss:

01223 369508

Unregistered Schools Strategy January 2019

The Unregistered Schools Strategy January 2019 can be viewed here.

For more information contact Anna Wahlandt, County Alternative Education Provision Officer, who is leading the Unregistered Schools Strategy for both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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. 

Primary Schools PE Premium Funding - Hot off the press

DfE has confirmed the continuity of the Primary PE & Sports Premium for 2019-20 at the current rate.

Schools are advised to adopt restraint re: planning PESS premium spend especially with respect to deploying external coaches, until the government’s New School Sport Action Plan has been published this year.

Amanda Spielman’s recent statement at a national conference is pertinent ‘.. some schools need to do more to increase teacher confidence in teaching PE. There is a worry that some schools are over-reliant on coaches’.

Contact Ian Roberts ( if there are any queries about any aspect of the PESS premium.

Training and Events

Problem Solving and Reasoning Workshop

Friday 17 May, Friday 21 June, Friday 5 July, 12:30 to 15:00, Cambourne Village College, CB23 6FR. For KS3 and KS4 Teachers. FREE.

Calculate, Don’t Count

19th June,  3rd July, 17th July 2019, 13:00 to 15:30, Thorndown Primary School, Saint Ives  PE27 6SE. For primary school teachers. FREE.

Biomedical science conference: updates for teaching professionals

Tuesday 9 July 2019, 13.00 – 16.00, Cambridge Regional College, FREE

Primary science subject leaders’ network meeting

Wednesday 12 June 2019, 16.00 – 17.30, Girton Glebe Primary School, FREE.

Essential skills for new and aspiring secondary science leadership

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Comberton Village College, £250

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.

Behaviour management in science

Monday 24 June 2019, 13.30 – 16.30, Ely College, £75

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.

Level 5 PE Specialism Award & Level 6 PE Leadership Certificate

8 days in 2019 - 2020, various locations.

This course is ideal for Physical Education Co-ordinators, and all teachers of primary school PE.  It is also ideal for HLTAs, TA’s and sports coaches employed in schools.

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.

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.

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