New MASH and MARF and so much more! Safeguarding and assessment key messages Feb

New MASH form

The new multi-agency referral form for safeguarding referrals goes live on 2nd February 2015.You can start making yourself familiar with the form and guidance today, which is here

MARF also available from

If you are reporting concerns prior to 2nd February please complete the current multi-agency referral form which can be found at:

Sec 175 Safeguarding audit

The 2015 Safeguarding in Education Audit tool has been developed to take account of the latest safeguarding guidance and the new Ofsted Safeguarding Inspection regime. The new audit tool will be issued to schools in January 2015 in word format to enable schools to start the audit process.  In response to feedback from schools BSCB has developed an online audit tool to provide schools with real time information and help formulate their action plans and monitoring of progress. This will be made available online in February 2015 and schools will be expected to complete the online version by the end of May 2015

Forced marriage and honour-based violence

West Midlands Police have launched a campaign both internally and externally to raise awareness of forced marriages and honour based violence. Importantly, the campaign also covers the link between forced marriages and disability. As part of this campaign the police have launched a competition aimed at young people to make a video, about what forced marriage means to them. Further information is available at

Find out more about forced marriage and honour-based violence here

Reshaping of School Health Services – consultation

Birmingham City Council would like your views on the proposed School Health Advisory Service. The School Health Advisory Service will address physical and emotional health issues which can prevent children’s and young people’s full attendance at school and/or joining in lessons or activities.

Assessment briefings

Tuesday 10th February 2015, 8.00am-10.00am OR 3.00pm-5.00pm

These briefings provide senior leaders for EYFS, KS1 and KS2 with essential information, guidance and updates regarding statutory assessments, and key assessment issues at both local and national levels. The briefings also give senior leaders an opportunity to consider the management of statutory assessment duty, the accountabilities and important information on security and integrity of the processes, as well as details of the cycle of moderation and monitoring in Birmingham schools.

To book a place please email

EYFS baseline meeting

As you are aware schools may elect to adopt an approved reception baseline assessment scheme with effect from September 2015. It is anticipated that the DfE will publish an approved list of schemes early this Spring so that schools can choose the one that they feel is most appropriate for their children.

To help support colleagues with this the Learning and Assessment Service are holding 2 hour briefing sessions for schools in Birmingham which will provide delegates with:

  • Updates and key information regarding approved baseline schemes
  • Opportunities to discuss the different schemes with colleagues from across the city and which may be the most appropriate for their schools
  • Offer guidance on how the baseline assessment could be implemented and managed in their school

Session Details

Thursday 26th February 2015 12.00pm-2.00pm OR 3.00pm-5.00pm (Limited availability on both sessions), Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrews Stadium, B9 4RL Cost: £80 per delegate

For further information about the briefings, or to book a place(s) for staff to attend, please e-mail:

We will be looking to run an additional date in March.  Details to follow.

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile – Academic Year 2014 – 2015 Reminder

All practitioners implementing the EYFS Profile are required to take part in moderation/training activities each year. S4E is delivering a series of session details of which have been sent into all schools. Please remember to book one of the following options

  • Option 1 – statutory training and standardisation activities only – half day session (2 funded places per school; additional places can be purchased at a cost of £120 per delegate)


  • Option 2 – statutory training, standardisation activities and moderation of practitioners own assessments – whole day session (2 places per school at a cost of £120 per delegate; additional places can be purchased at a cost of £240 per delegate)

Request for places should be received by Friday 6th February 2015.

Letter and booking form available here.

EYFS Profile Training Letter to Schools – 2015 (1)