Please find our monthly update on key issues and opportunities for schools.
Deadlines for 2015/16 NQT registration
Please note the deadlines for NQT registration with Services for Education acting as the Appropriate Body for Birmingham Local Authority
- 11th Sept 2015
- 15th Jan 2016
- 22nd April 2016
We welcome registrations from non Birmingham schools. For information please contact email@example.com
The SACRE Religious Education and Collective Worship survey for Birmingham Schools
The deadline for the submission of your completed survey is 17th July 2015. The survey can be found
You will require your logon details previously sent.
Accredited English and Mathematics intervention programmes
The deadline for application to join the 2015/16 training for the Edge Hill University suite of programmes is July 10th. For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2015/16 course dates available here
To book a place please email email@example.com
Further information on mathematics interventions
Further information on reading interventions
Getting kids moving – research project
Would your school like to take part in a research project into children and physical activity?
The research project is being led by Leeds Beckett University. It aims to ask KS2 children (aged 7-11 years) and parents about their habits and opinions about physical activity.
The research will help to inform future interventions and projects to help children and families in the UK to be more active, to help them to reduce the risks of being overweight, to improve fitness, and to lead more active and fulfilling lives.
Leeds Beckett University will also provide a voucher worth at least £100 for your school to buy PE or active play equipment.
Food for Life project
We are pleased to have 12 Birmingham schools registered on our ‘Increase Your School Meal Take Up’ programme, but keen to ensure that many more Junior and Secondary schools in Birmingham take advantage of this free, DfE funded support before registration closes at the end of this term.
Schools looking to build and evidence a positive food culture can get free support through the Food for Life Partnership. The Department for Education has provided time-limited funding to boost school meal take-up through a number of packages. The ‘Increase Your School Meal Take Up’ programme offers schools a tailored support package worth up to £2,000. Junior and secondary schools have until the end of the summer term to register and can sign up at www.foodforlife.org.uk/takeup.
The ‘Increase Your School Meal Take Up’ programme can support schools to:
· Start to develop a ‘whole school approach’ to food
· Improve the atmosphere and culture of the dining space
· Involve students and parents in changes to school food and the lunchtime period
· Demonstrate you meet the school food based standards introduced in January 2015
· Encourage a healthy lifestyle for pupils, helping them learn about a good diet and wellbeing
· Train your staff and catering team on school food issues and to share good practice
2015/16 Offer of Support
The Health Education Service and the Learning and Assessment Service have launched their new combined prospectus of training and support for 2015/16. This details all our professional development opportunities covering:
- Teaching and Learning
- Safeguarding and Emotion Health
- NQT support
Downloadable and flipbook versions of the prospectus can be found here
Trace briefings and new features
We have a growing community of schools that are using our online curriculum design, assessment and reporting tool, Trace. Throughout this year, we have made a number of changes to the tool many of which are down to the input that school-users have made, sharing with us ideas that have helped make improvements.
We are holding a series of sessions to show how the Report section of Trace is being developed so that schools can easily identify both attainment and progress – which can be filtered to consider significant groups within each individual school – therefore identifying where underperformance lies and being able to ‘close the gap’ rapidly.
All of the meetings will be held at Warwick House, Edward Street, Birmingham, B1 2RX at the following times:
For schools currently using Trace
- Wednesday 8th July, 9.30am – 11.30am or Monday 13th July, 9.30am – 11.30am
For schools considering using Trace or wanting find out more:
- Wednesday 8th July, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
If you would like to join us at one of these meetings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org stating your name, school and which session you wish to attend. For more information on Trace please visit s4etrace.co.uk
Finally we would like to take this opportunity to thank all the schools that have been part of the statutory monitoring process this year, and to thank all schools for their support in 2014/15. We hope you have a relaxing summer break when it arrives.