Association of Citizenship Teachers Training

Services for Education in Partnership with the Association of Citizenship Teachers are running two one day training courses on the 17th and 20th November 2014 in Birmingham.

Assessing Citizenship 17th November 2014

The course is aimed at secondary age teachers and is aimed at helping teachers who deliver citizenship understand and work toward assessing without levels.
Programme for day here Assessing Citizenship – November 17th

Global Learning through the lens of Citizenship 20th November
This is a one day CPD event for teachers of Citizenship who are teaching about global aspects in key stages 2 and 3. It will also appeal to teachers of RE and Geography who are looking to link global learning across the curriculum. You can use e-credits for this CPD if you are a school registered with the Global Learning programme e-credits.
Programme for day here Citizenship and GLP – November 20th

Book of either event at


Free Heartstart training, Magistrates in the Community and more…

Periodically we like to let you know of wider opportunities and resources available to support your PSHE, Citizenship, Safeguarding and emotional health work.

Heartstart training for pupils – Free life support tuition delivered by University of Birmingham Medical Students
Thanks to kind ongoing support from the British Heart Foundation (BHF), medical students from the University of Birmingham are able to offer basic life support (BLS) tuition sessions for students from Key Stage 3 and 4, completely free of charge.
These sessions are delivered at your school and the curriculum can be tailored to meet objectives for science or PSHE lessons. All instructors are fully trained and accredited by the BHF to teach school pupils, and all hold current extended CRB checks.
For more information click Heartstart

Magistrates in the Community (MIC) – A Programme for Schools
For several years a voluntary team of magistrates from Birmingham & Solihull Magistrates’ Court have been visiting both primary and secondary schools, throughout Birmingham and Solihull, presenting the role of the magistrate within our criminal justice system. Presentations are given to year 6 in primary and normally years 10 or 11 in secondary. They address, through question and answer, and role play, issues of citizenship and involve practice in team building and decision making skills.
Separate programmes have been developed for both primary and secondary schools, there being two sessions for each. Schools are free to select those sessions that they consider appropriate. The secondary school sessions may include a role play of a mock trial. Each session, both primary and secondary, is designed to last for one hour, but can be amended as required. The sessions can be run one after the other on the same day, or spread over a number of weeks. Apart from a request for photocopying there is no other cost to schools.
For more information click here
Magistrates letter

Annual NSCoPSE Conference – last few places
This is a 2-day conference but any professionals interested in the development of effective PSHE in schools are welcome to attend either one or both of the following:
• Tuesday 14th October: PSHE – enhancing pupils’ achievement
• Wednesday 15th October: Improving pupils’ wellbeing through PSHE

Venue: Maple House, Birmingham B4 6TB
For further information
NSCOPSE letter of invite

NSCoPSE Programme Day 1 14th Oct 2014

NSCoPSE Programme Day 2 15th Oct 2014

Protective Behaviours
The Ofsted outcomes for safeguarding are:
• Children and young people are safe
• Children and young people feel safe
But what happens if children do not know or understand what ‘feeling safe’ actually feels like? Will they know what ‘feeling unsafe’ feels like? Schools and education settings have an important role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children and young people. Helping them to understand what safe and unsafe feels like and to develop strategies for self-protection is a crucial part of that role. Protective Behaviours is a practical approach to personal safety which is simple, flexible and effective.

Protective Behaviours for Secondary Schools – Pre-empting & Supporting Pupils Who Exhibit Risk-Taking Behaviour October 9th
For further info and booking click here

Protective Behaviours for Primary Schools – Being Safe and Feeling Safe Nov 6th
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2014-15 EY, KS1&2 Assessment and Reporting Arrangements

The new Assessment and Reporting Arrangements are out for 2014-15. Links and changes below.

Early Years

Key Stage 1

1. External moderation of infant schools
Local authorities must externally moderate 50% of their infant schools during the 2014 to 2015 academic year. This is in addition to carrying out an external moderation visit for each of your primary phase schools once every 4 years.

2. Statutory guidance now only online
Instructions for scoring the phonics screening check will be included with the check materials. These will be sent to schools in June. All other check administration guidance is on GOV.UK.

3. Test orders for the key stage 1 tasks and tests
This is the final year that schools will use the 2007 and 2009 versions of the key stage 1 tasks and tests. These will be replaced by a new suite of tests when the new national curriculum is assessed for the first time in May 2016. Please
bear this in mind when placing orders or downloading tasks and tests for the 2014 to 2015 academic year.

Key Stage 2

1. Statutory guidance now only online

2. How test results will be used in performance tables
Until now, the Department for Education (DfE) counted results from more than 1 year in the performance tables. (For example, a pupil’s results were counted if they took English reading early and then mathematics the following year.)
From 2016, the DfE will not count results from previous years’ tests in performance tables. This means that pupils should only take the tests in 2015 if they have completed both the English and mathematics programmes of study.

3. Science sampling tests
The science sampling tests won’t take place in 2015 as they happen every other year. The tests will recommence in 2016.

4. Optional tests for years 3, 4 and 5 are no longer available
The new national curriculum is being introduced this year. Optional tests will not be integrated with the new curriculum and have been discontinued.

For further information please contact

Communication, Language and Literacy Development Programme for Year 1 pupils – 2014/15

From time to time we like to highlight the work of our friends in the Learning and Assessment Service. At the end of the month they will be beginning delivery of this year’s CLLD programme. This is what it is all about.

The CLLD programme was a very successful programme initially carried out in
Birmingham and across the country during 2007-2010. S4E’s Learning and
Assessment Service are pleased to be able to re-launch this professional
development programme for 2014/2015 providing delegates with the
opportunity to work with national and local leaders to develop spoken
language and literacy in Year 1.
Designed predominantly for NQTs and teachers in Year 1 participation in the
programme will enable practitioners to increase their knowledge of
communication and language in Year 1 by:
– systemic teaching of phonics following the letters and sounds programme
– sharing of strategies and activities to support development of phonemic
awareness and guided reading and writing
– considering assessment mechanisms and their implications for practice and
– developing greater understanding of the role of the adult when carrying out
independent learning
– clarification of ‘standard English’ expectations and approaches to vocabulary
to support development across the school
– developing greater understanding of teaching, learning and assessment within
spoken language

The details are

Day 1: Tuesday 30th September 2014 – 9.00am-1.00pm
Day 2: Wednesday 19th November 2014 – 9.00am-1.00pm
Day 3: Tuesday February 10th 2015 – 1.00pm-4.00pm
Day 4: Wednesday 24th June 2015 – 9.15am-3.30pm
School Visits: 2 x ½ day – Lead Practitioner
Centre absed sessions are at Warwick House, 10 Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RX

£1100 per delegate (equivalent of 3 ½ days training + 1 day school support).
To make a booking please complete and return the following booking form. LAS Booking Form 14-15

Teaching puberty in key stage 2

The PSHE Association and the Association for Science Education have produced a really useful statement on the teaching of puberty at key stage 2. It provides a very strong argument for lessons being in Year 5 at the latest in order to prepare children for the physical and emotional changes they will experience, and is backed up by Janet Palmer, PSHE lead for Ofsted. See the statement here PSHE and ASE statement