July Key Messages – NQTs, RE, Physical Activity, and increasing your school meal uptake

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 nqt@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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 denise.harris@servicesforeducation.co.uk

2015/16 course dates available here


To book a place please email projects@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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.

Getting Kids Moving Invitation to Take Part (1)

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
  • Assessment
  • Safeguarding and Emotion Health
  • EYFS
  • 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 projects@servicesforeducation.co.uk 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.


Lovely flipbook versions of our popular primary SRE pupil books

If you are looking to buy some new resources to brighten up your key stage 1 and 2 SRE lessons, you can now have a look at the flipbook versions of our popular series of pupil books.

Key Stage 1
Boys and Girls – click here.
Your Mummy Ate My Football – click here.
Key Stage 2
Boys & Girls, Men & Women – Click here.
Bits and Bobs and Sweat and Spots – Click here.
All resources are available in small and big book format. Pricing details available on http://www.servicesforeducation.co.uk.
To order copies please email hes@servicesforeducation.co.uk

Primary Curriculum ‘Discovery’ Session – Tuesday 23 June 2015, Edgbaston Cricket Ground

  • Are you still undecided as to the way forward when considering ‘Life without Levels’?
  • Thinking about the best way to allow for teachers to design the curriculum around the needs of the children, then be able to assess against that teaching?
  • Wondering how to show individual and group progress and attainment, in order to identify under performance and consider how this can be tackled?

If this is you, then these sessions might be perfect!

Currently, there are a number of providers who are offering a variety of different ways in which schools can design their own curriculum and then assess and report against what has been taught.

Services for Education will be holding two ‘Discovery’ sessions where Senior Leaders can gain an insight as to how different ‘Design, Assessment & Reporting’ tools could be used effectively so that they can make an informed decision as to which tool might be best for the individual school. A number of schools will be talking about their experiences of using a variety of commercially available tools, and sharing the positives and negatives that they have found.

The sessions will be held at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in the Committee Lounge with refreshments available on Tuesday 23^rd June, at the following times:

Morning session – 9.00am – 12.00pm (with a 9.15am start) click here

Afternoon session – 12.30pm – 3.30pm (with a 12.45pm start) click here.

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please book by clicking on either session above.

There is no charge for attending, but please be aware that spaces are limited so it would be appreciated if each school book no more than 2 places.  Spaces will also be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis, so please book soon to avoid disappointment.

If you would require further details regarding the sessions, please feel free to contact Rob Meadows (rob.meadows@servicesforeducation.co.uk )