Schools Newsletter Issue 46 - Wednesday 22 May 2019

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Dear Reader,

Operation Encompass is a national Police and Education safeguarding partnership enabling support for children and young people who have experienced domestic abuse. Information is shared by the police with the school the day after officers have attended a domestic abuse incident thus enabling appropriate support to be given, dependent upon the needs and wishes of the child.

All Cambridgeshire schools have been signed up to Operation Encompass which I know will be widely welcomed.  This also includes Early Years settings across Cambridgeshire also.

Domestic Abuse has a significant impact on children of all ages.  Cambridgeshire police attended on average 36 incidents every day through 2017-18 and it is estimated that children were present in 80% of those cases.

The Education Safeguarding Team is pleased to announce that we are running a Domestic Abuse conference later this year including contributions from Luke and Ryan Hart whose mother and sister were murdered by their father after years of coercive control as well as speakers from Cambridgeshire Police and local Domestic Abuse support organisations.  The Conference is being held on Thursday 21st November at the Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon and more information and how to book can be found here.

Sara Rogers

Education Safeguarding Manager


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Statutory Relationships Education (Primary), Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary), and Health Education

This will come into effect in September 2020, with the DfE encouraging schools to start implementation during the academic year 2019/2020. The PSHE Service’s resources, including the comprehensive Primary Personal Development Programme (available as part of the annual wellbeing subscription) provide all that schools need to meet the requirements. For more information, please contact We are also running a conference on Wednesday 9 October with Lucy Emmerson from the Sex Education Forum as keynote speaker, and practical workshops. Please see our Learn Together page here .

Reception Transition Files

If you would like to receive an admissions file for your new reception children, please email and we will upload one to the S2S.

School Admissions & Attendance Service

Mrs Sam Surtees, Strategic Manager Admissions & Attendance will, I regret to inform you, be leaving her post in mid-August.  Sam has been successful in securing a new role working for the Active Learning Trust.  Pending the outcome of recruitment to fill Sam’s role, it may prove necessary to put interim arrangements in place.  Further details will follow together with information on how you can contribute towards marking Sam’s significant contribution to children, families, schools and settings in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.  In the intervening period, please contact Hazel Belchamber at or on 01223 699775 if you wish to discuss any aspect of this announcement.

Future Me (Winner of #iwill Award)

Since 2013, Crosshall Junior has run a curriculum inspiring social action, improving home-school links, nurturing talents and promoting risk taking.

It is not reliant on academic ability and seeks to develop the skills, knowledge and processes in all children that are needed for adult life.

The curriculum is easily able to be adopted alongside a school’s current curriculum. External sources such as Whole Education, OfSTED and other heads have all valued the work.

If you would like to know more, contact

Headteachers' March for Funding, Westminster - save the date

Friday 27 September 2019 - one year on from the first march, the WorthLess Campaign is aiming to get 5000 headteachers there.

Dialogic Pedagogic Gathering for Teachers, Parents and Community

We will be discussing Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know by Barak Rosenshine.

Tuesday 18 June 2019 @ Fulbourn Primary School, Cambridge, CB21 5BH, 16:00 to 17:30. Parking and FREE refreshments available. All welcome. 

Join in the discussion: #Step4Seas #CambsSIB  & visit:

To register contact:

Helen Manley, Curriculum Teaching and Leadership Team.

Interim Headships

Thank you to all those Headteachers and Deputy Headships who have provided Interim Headship cover throughout the academic year, your work has been greatly appreciated by Governing Bodies, staff, pupils and parents. You have made such a significant difference to improving the schools and have given generously of your time and energy. You have all commented on how useful the experience has been for you and your school.

I am hoping to develop a longer list of people that I can call upon at short notice who would be ready to step into a Leadership position, sometimes at a school in challenging circumstances, sometimes when the Headteacher is on sick leave and there is no one within the school who could take on the Interim Headship. These interim arrangements usually last for a term, or sometimes two terms. If you would be interested in being on the ‘Possible Interim Headteacher’ List then please do contact me to discuss how it works.

Huge thank you to the Interim Headteachers who are doing a fantastic job this term:

Rob Campbell (CEO Morris Education Trust) is Interim Head at Burwell Village College Primary

Alison Clarke is Interim Head at Bewick Bridge Community Primary

Nikki Wilson is Interim Head at Dry Drayton C.E Primary

Barney Brown (Assistant Headteacher at King’s Hedges Primary School) is Interim Head at Park Street C.E Primary

Claire Matthews (Headteacher at Abbots Ripton CE Primary) is Interim Head at Holywell C.E Primary

Alana Brown (Headteacher at The Newton Community Primary) is Interim Head at Offord Primary

Diane Kingdon is Interim Head at Kettlefields Primary

Cambridgeshire Primary Heads Association has asked that we include the names of Interim Headteachers in this newsletter each term so that cluster groups can welcome them to their meetings.

Rosemarie Sadler

Head Of Service: Schools Intervention

Home to School Transport for Year 7 Students

Any family whose son or daughter will be transferring to secondary school in September, and believes they will be eligible for transport assistance, will need to complete a transport application in order to receive a travel pass. To ensure that they receive their pass in time for the beginning of the Autumn Term, we would be grateful if you could encourage families to complete their applications by the end of June

Further information and applications are available here.

Training and Events

NPQML & NPQSL– Diamond Teaching School

January 2020, 3 part course, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. For ML with responsibility for a team. & SL with cross-school responsibilities, ML £950 / SL £1250 per delegate.

National Award for SEN Coordination - Diamond Teaching School

Tuesday 8 October 2019, 6 part course, Winhills Primary Academy, St Neots. For SEND Coordinators and those wishing to become SENDCOs. £1980 + VAT.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days - Diamond Teaching School

Wednesday 12 June (Maths) and Thursday 13 June (English), 09:30 to 15:00, Wyboston Lakes, Bedfordshire. For subject leaders in primary schools. £110 per delegate.

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

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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