Schools Newsletter Issue 48 - Wednesday 12 June 2019

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Dear Reader,

School Admission updates

In year for September 2019

Please follow this link to complete and submit your school organisation chart and vacancy information for September 2019.  We will be allocating for In Year September 2019 from 8th July and throughout the summer holidays. 

If you wish to be contacted prior to an offer being made during this period please could you identify who your admission officer should contact.  If you do not wish to be contacted but have vacancies we will make offers up to the number of vacancies advised by you at the end of term. 

If you do not wish us to make any offers without agreement from the school and we do not have a contact during the holidays, in order to avoid delaying the admission of any children, we will place the child on your waiting list, advise the parents that we have been unable to seek a decision from the admission authority regarding their application at this time and proceed to the next preference.

Please submit this information to by 21st June.’

Admission of Looked After Children

If you are approached by another Local Authority’s Virtual School or Social Worker to discuss the admission of a child from out of county, could you please direct their enquiry to the Cambridgeshire Virtual School, in the first instance.  This will help the School Admissions Team and the Cambridgeshire Virtual School to ensure we are both aware of approaches and subsequent admissions made to the school and will support the Fair Access process in the county. 

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May bank holiday 2020 changed for VE Day anniversary

Following the recent announcement please note that next year's early May Bank Holiday will be moved back by four days for the whole of the UK to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

It will be put back to Friday 8 May 2020.

VE Day, or Victory in Europe Day, marks the day towards the end of World War Two when fighting against Nazi Germany came to an end in Europe.  The holiday will form part of a three-day weekend of commemorative events across the country.

Read BBC News here.

Diane Stygal

Leadership Adviser

The New Health Schools Support Service

Healthy Schools Cambs & Pet

The new Healthy Schools Service is designed to achieve a co-ordinated programme of support to schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The service comprises of a website providing free access to a range of resources and information, a network of local partner organisations that have been quality assured to assist schools develop their health agenda as well as deliver specialised intervention on nutrition and tobacco control. There is also the option of pursuing an accreditation programme to recognise the work being achieved by schools to improve the health and well-being of everyone within their community.

To find out more visit:

For specific enquiries e-mail:

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Funded introductory resilience training for Headteachers

To coincide with the launch of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Healthy Schools Service, a unique resilience training opportunity is being offered to all Headteachers in July. The half-day, fully funded training is being provided by Bounce Forward, a national charity that has over 10 years of resilience training experience. It will cover the research and evidence for embedding resilience as part of a whole school strategy to improve the health and well-being of its staff and students alike and will provide guidance on how to prepare for statutory Health Education in 2020.

To find out more and book a place, click here.

To make an enquiry email:

Admissions and Appeal Service consultation

As you may be aware the role of Strategic Admissions and Attendance Manager was created in 2018 to lead and manage the Admission and Appeal Services across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Following the successful implementation of this role it is proposed that the Schools Admissions Service is restructured to create a single service team, and that there is an Education and Fair Access Service serving both Cambridgeshire and Peterborough children and schools.  

On Friday 7 June a consultation was launched with affected staff members which set out proposals for the restructure; this consultation will run for a period of 30 days, closing on Monday 8 July.

As you will appreciate this will be an anxious time for the staff concerned and your understanding and appreciation of this when interacting with members of the teams affected is much appreciated.

If you have any questions regarding how this will affect you/your school please don’t hesitate to contact Sam Surtees.

New Recruitment Strategies? What have you learnt?

Teachincambs is one way to help you advertise your vacancies in a challenging market.  We have noticed that many schools in the region are using a new organisation called Vision for Education.  We would be interested to find out how this is working for you as the adverts are listed in regions rather than schools.  Is this working for you? We would like to hear your feedback so we can learn from your experiences. Please contact us at:

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Planning ahead to make sure you are fully staffed

At this time of year, schools are usually at their busiest in terms of trying to recruit staff. However, given the national and regional shortage of teachers, it can be very difficult to do so. We have developed some suggestions for how to plan for staffing issues: please go to our HR toolkit at to read them, and do please let us have your own suggestions so that we can include them.

Helen Manley

Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) professional development programmes

The Teaching and Leadership Innovation Fund (TLIF) provides free CPD opportunities for teachers and leaders in Ofsted judged requires improvement or inadequate schools, located within either one of the 12 opportunity areas or category 5 and 6 local authority districts. For Cambridgeshire, this means schools in East Cambs, Fenland or Huntingdonshire.

The TLIF programmes currently recruiting for 2019 are aimed at increasing existing teachers’ skills,confidence and knowledge in a range of areas including leadership, career progression, managing challenging pupil behaviour, and geography.

Search the provider overview to find out more about the programmes and the areas of England covered; to apply for a programme, contact the provider directly.

Teacher Subject Specialism Training

Do you have non-specialist teachers teaching secondary mathematics, core maths, physics or modern foreign languages? Many teachers and schools have already benefited from Teacher Subject Specialism Training (TSST) over the past 3 academic years and courses are still available for 2018/19: please visit teacher subject specialism training courses for information about courses available in your area.


  • is free
  • increases subject knowledge and confidence
  • is flexible - many courses running in the evening or weekend
  • can help with timetable planning and vacancy management

End of KS1 and KS2 Religious Education Data

In the week beginning the 1 July, SACRE and the RE Adviser will be asking for the end of KS1 and KS2 RE assessment data based on the assessment statements in the new agreed syllabus.

You will be asked to report on numbers

Working towards,

  • Working at,
  • Exceeding

This end ‘level’ will be a mixture of AT1 and AT2 and is based on the end of KS1 and KS2 statements and number of children attaining each level.

Amanda Fitton

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 To apply, please click this link.

Closing Date 21st June 2019 mid-day

Interviews 3rd July 2019

The Daily MileTM 10,000 Challenge Supporting Global Running Day!

Wednesday 5th June saw primary schools across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough do The Daily Mile in support of Global Running Day, an international celebration of running regardless of age or ability.

Twenty schools rose to the challenge set by Living Sport’s The Daily Mile Local Coordinator, Ali Cope, leading to 6,000 children taking part! Wisbech saw all 514 pupils at Nene Ramnoth Primary School do The Daily Mile for the first time!

Since January, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has seen a 43% rise in the number of new schools taking up The Daily Mile, with other schools re-launching their Daily Mile. The Daily Mile sees children jog or run at their own pace for 15 minutes daily. Its strength is the simplicity of the initiative, with children going straight from the classroom to the playground or field. We hope to further triple our take up to The Daily Mile to 85 registered schools by November.

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee for Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The benefits of regular and sustained physical activity for young people cannot be understated, and The Daily Mile is one of many exciting initiatives across the county helping to get children more active. The great thing about the Daily Mile is that it is an easily set up programme, additional to core Physical Education that all young people, irrespective of circumstances, age or ability can engage successfully in. We are delighted to be working with Living Sport to help embed The Daily Mile across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough”.

Daniel aged 7, from Peakirk cum Glinton Primary School said, ‘the best thing about The Daily Mile is fresh air and running with my friends’.

A KS3 girl at Samuel Pepys School, St Neots said the best thing about The Daily Mile is ‘I can use my cane’.

At Ramsey Infants School one Year 2 girl said, ‘I can run further every day!’

When asked, ‘why do you do The Daily Mile’, a KS4 pupil at Samuel Pepys School said, ‘Exercise helps us to focus in class when we are feeling silly’.

Ali Cope

The Daily Mile Local Coordinator, Living Sport

The Daily Mile Bassingbourn Primary School

Training and Events

Cambs EdFEST

The third Cambridgeshire Festival of Education takes place this Saturday 15 June. Hundreds of Cambridgeshire teachers will be flocking to the Faculty of Education to take part, but those without tickets for this SOLD OUT event need not miss out! The keynotes (including Guy Claxton, Jaz Ampaw Farr & a Flip the Narrative discussion panel) will be live-streamed via YouTube and on twitter the conversation can be followed by using the hashtag #flamingle19. Visit for the links to both.

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12 September through to the 21 November, every Thursday 13.00-15.30 at Chesterton Medical Centre, CB4 1PX, Speech and Language Support for 11-16s, an accredited 10 week course for TAs. £400 per person. Email to book by clicking heading above.

Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families Mental Health Awareness Training in Secondary Schools

Free mental health training for secondary schools - up to two members of staff per school. Various dates September 2019 to March 2020.

The Power of CPA!

Joint Secondary Teacher / TA Work Group. Friday 21 June or Friday 5 July 2019  - 10:00 to 15:00, Hampton College, Eagle Way, Peterborough PE7 8BF. FREE.

Dyslexia Tier 2

Wednesday 16 October, 09:15 to 12:30 at CPDC, CB2 9NL. A more detailed look at the dyslexic profile, the Response to Intervention model, assessments and evidence based interventions to support children with dyslexia £40 per person. Email to book by clicking the heading above.


Thursday 17 October, 09:15 to 12:30 at Over Community Centre, CB24 5NW. A phonics and whole word literacy program which focuses on improving children’s reading fluency and confidence. It is based on psychological research on the most effective teaching strategies. £40 per person. Email to book by clicking heading above.

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.

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.

PSHE Conference - Preparing for Statutory Status

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 09:00 to 16:00,  The Marriott Hotel, Huntingdon.  £195.

NPQML & NPQSL– Diamond Teaching School

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

National Award for SEN Coordination – Diamond Teaching School

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

Biomedical science conference: updates for teaching professionals

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

Primary Science conference

Friday 05 July 2019, 13.00 – 17.00, West Town Primary Academy, £40

Engaging and ensuring progress of low attainers in science

Wednesday 19 June 2019, 09.30 – 15.30, Swavesey Village College, £125

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