Schools Newsletter Issue 45 - Wednesday 15 May 2019

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Dear Reader,

We are excited to announce that we have been making some changes to the TeachinCambs website over the last few months. The website has been redesigned to make it easier for your school to use and for visitors to find the information they need. The new website also allows you to see lots more information about how many people have viewed your vacancies. The website is now live and if you haven’t already seen it, you can visit it here:

You should have received an email from Jon Lewis providing you with details of how to login and a handbook detailing how to use all areas of the website. Please note, if your school is in the Opportunity Area, you will have already received a login for the TeachFenlandandEastCambs website which is linked to Teachincambs. Any vacancies uploaded there will appear on Teachincambs.

In order to provide a smooth transition, we will be running two training sessions to help explain how schools can best use the website on the following dates. These should be attended staff members responsible for updating and monitoring vacancies:

  • Tuesday 11 June, 4.00 – 5.30 pm, at Comberton Village College, Comberton. Register here.
  • Wednesday, 12 June, 4.00 – 5.30 pm, at St Peter’s School, Huntingdon. Register here.

We hope you enjoy using the new website and welcome any initial feedback and thoughts as you start to navigate it. If you have any questions at all, please email

If you encounter any issues, or would like any support using the website, then please contact Athene Communications on 01733 2073338 who will be able to help you.

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

Timpson Review of School Exclusions

Last week, the DfE released its long over due review of School Exclusions and the DfE response.  The documents can be found here.  There will be further consultation on the proposals in the autumn and we are keen to work with schools in Cambridgeshire to consider a joined up response.   

Brake's Kids Walk with Shaun the Sheep this June

On Wednesday 26 June, thousands of children aged 4-11 will put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the benefits of walking.

This year our Kids Walk is being supported by Aardman and Shaun the Sheep. Shaun is supporting Brake to call on grown ups to make their streets safer and healthier for everyone.

Register now to receive a free action pack full of posters, lesson plans and activities.

Teaching Assistants Conference 2019

It was my pleasure to organise the fourth Teaching Assistant (TA),conference this year. You’d expect me to say it was great – well it was!  The evaluations said so!  I’d like to say thanks to all of the workshop leaders for sharing their expertise. The reality is that our TAs aren’t always top of the list for training investments-  however, I was delighted to see nearly 60 dedicated primary TAs take part in our half day conference. The big ask from the day was to make it longer, so next year it will be a full day and I will try and pack in as many of the workshop ideas that delegates gave us.  The date for next year is Thursday 29 April 2020.  Please share this date with your colleagues.

TA conf 2019

Important information for Headteachers and Designated Safeguarding Lead staff

Cambridgeshire Designated Officers (also known as LADO) have made some small changes to their processes to align with the way that the Peterborough LADO Service operates.

We would still like all professionals to contact us by phone in the first instance to discuss the concerns. If the issues meet the threshold for LADO involvement we will send you a referral form and ask that you complete and return it as soon as possible. We will then add our decision and rationale to the form before sharing it with the police.  Police will review the form and do their own research to inform whether there is a role for the police. Following this the LADO will convene an Allegation Management Meeting (AMM) to share information and ensure that a plan is in place to address the concerns. Police will attend the AMM if they assess that there is a role for them. The AMM may be held via conference call if this is more convenient to professionals and to ensure that it happens in a timely way.

You can contact us on 01223 727967 or

Lynn Chesterton LADO

`Change a Future' - information sessions during Foster Care Fortnight for anyone considering fostering

Please share this information with your staff and parents:

We urgently need people from all walks of life to come forward and help to change a future for children and young people in Cambridgeshire. We are particularly keen to hear from those who can care for sibling groups of brothers and sisters, children with additional needs and teenagers.  

Please look out for and share our social media posts on Facebook and Twitter throughout Foster Care Fortnight (12 - 26 May) and spread the word about our fostering information sessions:

  • 14 May 10.30 am -1.00pm Scott House, Huntingdon (PE29 3AD)
  • 15 May 6.00pm – 8.00pm, Meadows Centre, Cambridge (CB4 3XJ)
  • 23 May 3.30pm – 6.00pm, Ely Library (CB7 4ZH)

To register interest please email, call 0800 052 0078 or visit

Applications open for Specialist Leaders in Education

SLEs are a designation acknowledging the important role of middle and senior leaders in supporting their peers.  They are excellent professionals in leadership positions with the capacity, capability and commitment to work beyond their own school.

This type of work might involve:

Self-starter work within clusters, within a MAT, cross school CPD activities, subject network meetings, NQT activities, Primary liaison, and cluster support.

Commissioned School to School work.

SLEs are outstanding in a particular area, for example: a subject specialism; data for achievement, Primary leadership, inclusion; ITT mentoring; performance management; behaviour; school business management.

In Cambridgeshire we have a particular need for SLEs who specialise in SEND, ICT, DT and Maths.

Two Teaching Schools are currently recruiting SLEs (the application window closes 31 May 2019): see below for details.



Horizon scanning

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.

Training and Events

Supporting the Learning of Learners with SEND  

Starts Tuesday 21 May 2019  09.15 - 15.00, CPDC. Level 4 accredited training for Teaching Assistants over six days during one year.  Course Cost:  £240 for all six training days. 

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.

Primary science subject leaders’ network meeting

Monday 10 June 2019, 16.00 – 17.30, Hartford Junior School, FREE.

Strengthening practical work in chemistry

Thursday 13 June 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Ely College, £125.

Essential skills for new and aspiring secondary science leadership

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

Headteacher Well-Being!

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 13:00, The Spinney Primary School.

For Headteachers - with special guest James Hilton, author of `Leading from the Edge'. Including a FREE lunch.

Biomedical science conference: updates for teaching professionals

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

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Primary Schools’  PE Conference

Wednesday 2 October, Burgess Hall & One Leisure, St Ives.

For all maintained and academy primary schools, Senior Managers, PE Subject Leaders, Teachers of PE, Coaches working in schools. The event will focus on the holistic contribution PE can have on young people, particularly with respect to emotional, social and mental Health outcomes, as well as the more accepted physical outcomes. There will be a combination of keynote presentations and applied / practical workshops.

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.

Domestic Abuse Conference

Thursday 21 November 2019, 09:00 to 16:00, Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.

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