Key messages and updates for May 2015

STA standardisation materials now available

The STA have released standardisation materials for general distribution.  They can be used to support training and to widen the sample of exemplification materials used by teachers when making their KS2 writing teacher assessment judgements.

STA 2015 KS2 Writing Standardisation materials – Annotated (1)

STA 2015 KS2 Writing Standardisation materials – Unannotated (2)

New prospectus

We are very pleased to publish the 2015/16 support offer from the Music Service, Health Education Service and Learning and Assessment Service. Hard copies will be sent to all schools but a download and ‘flipbook’  are available on

 School Support Service Prospectus 2015-16

Local Authority Headteacher Briefings

The summer term local authority headteacher briefings will be on

  • Wednesday 17th June 2015- 8. 00am-10.00am at Beeches Management Centre, Selly Oak Road, Bournville, B30 1LS
  • Monday 22nd June 2015- 3. 00pm-5.00pm at The Pavilion, Moor Lane, B6 7AA

To book your place please email


Reading and Mathematics Interventions for Key Stages 1 and 2

We will be holding a briefing for Head Teachers and Senior Leaders on Wednesday 10th June 2015 at Warwick House  for those schools interested in finding out more about this highly successful suite of Edge Hill university programmes designed to support primary pupils struggling in mathematics and in reading. To book a place please email

On 5th March Parkfield Community School won the main National Award for Primary Schools at the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards. We are delighted for the school and very pleased to see the schools usage of the S4E training on the Edge Hill suite of mathematics interventions highlighted by the award judges.

Full information is available here

For information on the intervention training please contact


SLT Research Interest Group

If evidence informed teaching is to become a reality we need to create time and space to engage with the research evidence. But more than that, we need to be able to discuss the research collaboratively and especially, how to translate research into practice in the classroom? The HES, in collaboration with BCU (Birmingham City University), is proposing a forum for SLT members to meet to discuss research topics – akin to a book club.

The sessions will be free to attend. First meeting of the SLT Research Interest Group will be on Thursday 2nd July 4 – 6pm Venue: HESTC, Midland Croft, B33 0AW Topic: What Makes Great Teaching by Professor Rob Coe (Available from Sutton Trust website)

If you are interested in joining the group please contact Dr Sandra Passmore, Education Adviser

Safer recruitment

Services for Education are able to support schools and settings fulfil their requirements around Safer Recruitment.  We have fully accredited trainers, who are expert in bringing the new national training to life. The training is delivered in partnership with school and governor support, and is available at two different sites across the city. We are also able to accommodate requests for in school training, and we would be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

For further information please look on the services for education web site for course dates or contact

Public Health England – Promoting children and young people’s emotional health and wellbeing A whole school and college approach

This document sets out key actions that headteachers and college principals can take to embed a whole school approach to promoting emotional health and wellbeing. These actions are informed by evidence and practitioner feedback about what works. They build on what many schools and colleges are doing across the country but, if applied consistently and comprehensively will help protect and promote student emotional health and wellbeing

Opportunity for 16-19 year olds to inform Birmingham Public Health

Fed up of assumptions being made about the challenges and pressures of health that young people face? Tell us what you think needs to change and drive policy around Public Health and  help communicate important messages about health to the future of Birmingham.

Public Health are looking for young people between the ages of 16 and 21 to contribute to a 2 day consultation event. The initial Meeting: Thursday 18th June, 10am-12pm, Committee Room 6, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

For more information, please email or tweet @healthybrum


New 2015-16 Training and Support Prospectus from the Health Education, and Learning and Assessment Services

We are delighted to launch our new prospectus of training for the 2015/16 school year. This year we have combined our offers from the Learning and Assessment Service and the  Health Education Service, and you will find details of all our training covering:
  • teaching and learning
  • assessment
  • safeguarding and emotional health and wellbeing
  • NQT support
  • EYFS
 You can download the attachment or there is a ‘flipbook’ version available on our website (
If you would like to discuss bespoke in-school versions of the courses on offer then please feel free to contact the relevant adviser as listed at the start of prospectus.

Another busy week for Team Trace!

At the end of another busy and productive week, it is time to provide the latest Trace updates.

Earlier this week, Team Trace met with EYFS experts at Audley Primary School to discuss the introduction of EYFS statements into the Trace facility.  The feedback that was provided was invaluable in order to identify how the tool could be used effectively by staff in EYFS settings.

Two aspects of Trace in particular are proving to be a real success for EYFS practitioners – the ‘Quick Assessment’ function, and the ‘Add Evidence’ function.

In EYFS settings, children are often demonstrating, at the click of a finger, that they are developing towards the ‘Early Learning Goals’, but such developments are not always planned for… By being able to make a ‘Quick Assessment’, speedily and easily, staff can be continually updating their assessments at the same click of a finger.

Moreso, it is embedded in EYFS practice to maintain individual portfolios of evidence to match against key learning; the ‘Add Evidence’ function makes this a far less labour-intensive creation.  No longer are practitioners going to need to be photocopying, cutting, sticking evidence into portfolios – simply upload documents, photos, notes onto Trace, and the evidence is simply a click away!

Yesterday, I had the absolute pleasure of carrying out some initial training at Green Meadow Primary School.  The Senior Leaders who were present at the meeting were a joy to work alongside, and really embraced the introduction of a new system within their school.  They showed how enthusiastic they were, extremely knowledgeable, and all shared the same ethos and vision as to how they wanted to see the school embed Trace successfully.  With such a fantastic team, I have no doubt that Green Meadow will be a Trace ‘shining beacon’!!

Today sees the first of our Trace Key User sessions.  I’m really excited about this session as it is the first opportunity to begin to build the Trace community, whereby staff from different Trace schools are given the opportunity to share their way of using Trace in their setting.  What is always great at events like this is that sense of excitement when someone else gives you a ‘nugget’ – a new way of doing something!

I’m also looking forward to hearing about what they see are the key successes of using Trace – the best feedback HAS to come from those people who are using something on a daily basis.  I’m hoping that next week’s blog will have plenty of points that emphasise to all Trace users exactly why choosing Trace was such a good decision!

For more info on the Trace Curriculum Design and Assessment tool please contact