Schools Newsletter - Issue 47 - Wednesday 5 June 2019

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Dear Reader,

The inclusion challenge

Our Cambridgeshire High Needs Block similar to other Local Authorities has not kept pace with demand for support for higher numbers of pupils identified for EHC Plans or the 19 -25 statutory duties for Local Authorities to deliver EHC plans. This has left all schools and leaders in the system with immense challenges and pressure to continue to deliver inclusive education.

Lest we forget we did move away from such horrific concepts in SEN which I endured in my early career and first teaching contract to teach the educational subnormal. Yes that really was the terminology! I quickly made my role obsolete in my first year of teaching to fully integrate my special needs pupils into a secondary school which created immense social and economic opportunities for them because all accessed employment. Like many SEN specialists then I was perhaps a pioneer for inclusion but of course I didn’t realise it. I just knew my attempts to remediate in discrete sessions all day long did not allow deep learning, so I had to work differently for the pupils. I was able to make impact and make a difference with more children and use expertise to support teachers. All brave SENCOs in schools have that special role every day and I know Heads recognised them as treasured staff.

Before I moved from one school the Head kindly quoted the lyrics of Joni Mitchell ‘Big yellow taxi’:

‘Don’t it always seem to go

That you don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone’

I know that Heads will understand that preserving talented people in SEN in schools in the current climate is important because when it has gone it really takes a long time for any school to recover and to reassemble that backdrop into the heart of the school.

I have been fortunate to work with compassionate leaders in all phases who understand that the ramifications of the decisions we make now will affect the school in the future.

Segregation whether by intent, stealth or exclusion is to be avoided in our decision making as we work together to ensure that SEND is really ‘Everyone’s business’ as stated in our recent Cambridgeshire SEND Strategy.


Dr Kim Taylor OBE

Head Teacher, Spring Common Academy

Dr Kim OBE

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

CPH/LA Summer Term Conference

The next CPH / LA conference is happening on the 26th June from 9am to 4:30pm at the Marriot in Huntingdon.  We are just finalising the agenda so that will be coming out soon but we can confirm that Sean Harford, HMI and Ofsted's National Director, Education is our key note speaker.  Sean leads on Ofsted policy for Early Years, Schools and Further Education & Skills.   You can book your slot here – tickets are going fast! 

Schools with pools

It is that time of year where a number of schools are commissioning their swimming pools in order to provide swimming lessons this term. Can we remind schools who deliver their own swimming on site that they must send the following information to The Physical Education Service?

  • Full register of adults leading / assisting with swimming provision, confirming resuscitation / retrieval training
  • Name(s) of accredited Pool carer (s) inc date of training
  • Confirmation of commissioning by PWTAG registered contractor  
  • Copy of monthly water hygiene test results confirming water is safe.

Documents should be shared via

Life Education Programme

new Life Ed

Just before half term we had a fantastic visit to The Round House Primary School, St Neots.  There were lots of thoughtful discussions with Year 4 pupils about what it means to be unique and how their organs are only half grown. The Year 1 class (Blackbirds) demonstrated in conversation with Harold the giraffe, how they can relate to the feelings of others and solve problems.

For more information on Life Education please contact

Cambridgeshire Schools Forum

Cambridgeshire Schools Forum met on 17 May 2019. The papers from the meeting can be found here.

Teachincambs hands-on training sessions next week – Register now!

Teachincambs Logo

A quick reminder that will be running two Teachincambs training sessions to help explain how you can best use the website. These are for staff members responsible for updating and monitoring vacancies:

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

We hope you have enjoyed using the new website and we welcome any initial feedback and thoughts. If you have any questions at all, please email the Teachincambs team at:

Lynne Birch, Schools Engagement Adviser.

Review of Education Transport contracted transport emissions

Social & Education Transport team have recently been requested by Councillors to review Contracted transport emission in and around school sites.

This letter was recently sent to all our Contracted Operators with a view to reduce vehicle emissions, where vehicles are contracted by the authority to transport students to / from schools.

Councillors have asked if the schools could publicise this through school’s newsletters/ media to encourage Parents / Carers who use cars to collect their own children to follow the same example.

Martin Kemp

Quality Manager

Social & Education Transport Team

Statutory Relationships Education (Primary), Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary), and Health Education – September 2020

Please note that, contrary to recent news coverage, Sex Education remains non-statutory in Primary Schools, although the DfE continues to recommend that all primary schools have a Sex Education programme tailored to their pupils. The DfE is encouraging schools to start implementation during the academic year 2019/2020.

The Primary Personal Development Programme (available as part of the annual wellbeing subscription) provides all that schools need to meet the requirements. Please contact for more information. We are also running a conference on Wednesday 9th October with Lucy Emmerson from the Sex Education Forum; the conference will have a range of practical workshops. 

Recruitment: Head of the Cambridgeshire Virtual School

Cambridgeshire County Council are looking for an experienced manager with a background in teaching to become the new head of Cambridgeshire’s Virtual School. The Virtual School is a County Council team responsible for improving educational outcomes for Children in Care and children with experience of care. The Head of the Virtual School works closely with teachers, head teachers, council staff and foster carers to improve the lives of children in our county. If you know someone with the passion, skills and experience to lead this team, please encourage them to apply online here.

A message from the Principle of The Staff College - Black and Asian Leadership Initiative (BALI) - Cohort 7

Following the success of the last six cohorts of the Black and Asian Leadership Initiative, The Staff College will be extending the programme offer to a seventh cohort. With this in mind, I would be very grateful if you would pass this information on to any colleagues that you may think would benefit from the programme. The application round for cohort 7 will be open from 20th May until 17th June 2019.

The Black and Asian Leadership Initiative is aimed at experienced middle leaders, working in children’s services, who identify themselves as being from a black or minority ethnic background.

The offer this year includes:

  • an initial 2 day residential (2nd/3rd September 2019), introducing the concept of cultural competence
  • support in producing and maintaining reflection on your learning journey
  • a follow up one-day workshop (21st November 2019) on how to step up to a strategic role
  • mentoring support for participants who identify this as a preference

Alumni have told us the programme is:

  • “Exactly what I needed at this stage of my career”
  • “Inspirational, informative, encouraging, motivational - just wonderful”
  • “Invaluable experience, I treasure these days as much as my MA!”
  • “A brilliant experience and has provided me with tools to develop as an aspiring leader. Many thanks.”

Applications for the programme from interested individuals must be made online. The application form can be found on The Staff College website and can be accessed by clicking hereApplications will close on 17th June 2019.

Should you have any queries about the process, please do not hesitate to contact the team at

8 recommendations to improve the teaching of mathematics in primary and secondary schools

This new email series offers eight practical, evidence-based recommendations that are relevant to all pupils - but particularly to those struggling with their mathematics. To develop the recommendations, the best available international research was reviewed and academics, teachers and other experts were consulted, to arrive at key principles for effective teaching.

The content is drawn from the EEF's recently published guidance report, 'Improving Mathematics in Key Stages 2 and 3'. To sign up for the email series, click here.

New referral form for safeguarding children

From Tuesday 28 May 2019 the new Safeguarding Referral Form for professional referrals into Childrens Services for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough should be used.

Horizon Scanning

New process set out to establish a working definition of Islamophobia

Communities Secretary announces a process for establishing a working definition of Islamophobia.

Hinds asks teachers for advice on character building

Teachers have been asked by education secretary Damian Hinds to suggest the best ways for young people to build character and resilience.

He has set up an expert advisory group in character education on how best to support schools to run more such activities, based on five "foundations": sport, creativity, performing, volunteering and membership of structured groups like scouts and guides, and gaining experience of the world of work.

Teachers and pupils are invited to say what they think would be the best non-academic activities to offer.

ITT review to look at what happens in schools

A new advisory group formed to review the content of initial teacher training will focus on the time trainees spend in school.

Professor Sam Twiselton, director of the Institute of Education at Sheffield Hallam University, told Schools Week the review would seek to persuade all schools of “the benefit to them, but also their obligation to the system of getting involved in initial teacher education”.

The group would produce “detailed, more precise guidance” about how schools should support trainees on placement, considered by the panel to be “the most powerful bit” of initial teacher training. This would cover mentoring and other support offered by schools.

Celebrating National Volunteers' Week 2019 (1 to 7 June 2019)

This year, 1-7 June, marks ‘National Volunteers’ Week’, which celebrates volunteers across the country for all their hard work and dedication.  During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK. 

We would like to extend a Big Thank You to all our volunteers in Cambridgeshire who make such an amazing contribution to the work of the Council, our local schools and communities.

Tina Hubbard

Area Lead Governance Adviser (East Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire)

School Governance Team

The 10,000 Daily MileTM Challenge!

Ramsey Spinning

‘Global Running Day’ today sees many of our primary schools take part in Living Sport’s countywide challenge for 10,000 children to do The Daily Mile! 

The Daily Mile is a national initiative, supporting schools to get children fit for life and fit for learning, by encouraging them to run or jog for 15 minutes every day in their schools, promoting fitness, social, emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Samuel Pepys school case study.

For further local info contact: or visit the Living Sport website.

Schools can register free to The Daily Mile at

Training and Events

Ambition Institute Teaching Leaders Programme


Ambition Institute Future Leaders Programme

Anyone interested in this programme should contact Hannah Gray at Ambition by midday on Friday 7 June.

English & Maths Subject Leader Days – Diamond Teaching School

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

What does teaching and learning look like in a `knowledge-rich' primary lesson?

Monday 1 July 2019, 16:30 to 18:30, Willingham Primary School. £50 to £100.

For primary school teachers and leaders looking to understand how a knowledge-rich approach can benefit primary learning across the curriculum.

Health and Safety (CGCC)Click “Leadership & Management of Safeguarding” tab – Tuesday 20 June 2019. For Headteachers, Senior Leaders, Safeguarding Governors, Child Protection Personnel, School Business/ Finance Officers. Location: Cambs Golf & conference centre Cost: Up to 2 free places for Element 2 2018/19 package holders or from £65 per head

Leading English (SFBC) Session 3 - Click “Briefings” tab

Tuesday 9 July 2019, Histon FA.  For English Subject Leaders and/or Senior Leaders. Cost: Up to 2 free places for Element 2 2018/19 package holders or from £65 per head.

Leading English (Histon FA) Session 3 - Click “Briefings” tab

Thursday 11 July 2019, Histon FC. For English Subject Leaders and/or Senior Leaders. Cost: Up to 2 free places for Element 2 2018/19 package holders or from £65 per head

The Golden Thread Conference 2019

Wednesday 17 July 2019, 15:45 to 18:15, Littleport and East Cambs Academy, Littleport. A FREE event for teachers, support staff and leaders. 

NPQML & NPQSL– Diamond Teaching School

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

National Award for SEN Coordination – Diamond Teaching School

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

Rainbow Flag Award

Training available for primary, special and secondary schools to undertake the Rainbow Flag Award starting in September 2019. £395. Venue and September date to be confirmed.

Cambridgeshire and 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.

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