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					Issue 5                                                                              4 February 2011
The newsletter can also be          found   on   the   Derby     City   Council   website   -   find   it   at:
www.derby.gov.uk/schoolscircular.

Please ensure that your colleagues are seeing the school circular each week. If they would like
adding to our mailing list, please let us know on 01332 716924.

Contents
Key

 = for information
 = for action


Academies – Cabinet Report 
Access Arrangements for Pupils with Special Educational Needs 
Adult School Meals - Fees and Charges 
Derby Open Centre – Open Event Evening 
Derby Schools’ Carbon Challenge 
Leadership Twilight Seminar with Julie Duckworth, Independent Thinking 
Leavers 
New Interim Strategic Director for Children and Young People 
Primary Narrowing the Gap Conference, Tuesday 22 March – Reminder 
Redwood Infant and Junior Schools – Decision on Merger 
Royal Wedding Bank Holiday – Friday 29 April 
School Development News – Publication Date 
The SPACE 




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1. NEW INTERIM STRATEGIC DIRECTOR FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

Heather Tomlinson will join Derby City Council on Thursday 10 February as our new Interim Strategic
Director for Children and Young People. Heather retired as Corporate Director, Children and Young People
with Bristol City Council in March 2009, prior to which she was Corporate Director with Nottingham City
Council. She was most recently Interim Director of Education and Skills with Birmingham City Council.

Jo Davidson’s last day with us will be Friday 11 February. We wish her well in her new role in Herefordshire
and thank her for her leadership and support over the past few months.

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Strategic Support
COMMUNICATIONS / CONSULTATIONS
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2. REDWOOD INFANT AND JUNIOR SCHOOLS – DECISION ON MERGER

Update
Please note that, following consultation, Redwood Infant and Junior Schools will ‘merge’ to form a primary
school from September 2011. As mergers do not feature within regulations, this will be achieved through
the closure of the junior school and simultaneous expansion in age range and size of the infant and nursery
school to form an all-through primary. The infant and nursery school’s current Unique Reference Number
(URN) will become the primary school’s URN from September.

Contact
If you have any queries about the proposal, please contact Hayley Millward, Building Schools for the
Future Team, email: hayley.millward@derby.gov.uk or tel: 01332 716827.

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3. ADULT SCHOOL MEALS - FEES AND CHARGES

Background
Cabinet, at its meeting on 14 December 2010, delegated the implementation of specific detailed proposals
on fees and charges to the relevant Cabinet Member in conjunction with the relevant Strategic Directors.

The VAT increase, which took effect on 4 January 2011, from 17.5% to 20%, affects all adult school meals.
To cover the cost, an increase of 5 pence per meal is proposed. Currently, adult meals are £2.65 per meal
and would rise to £2.70 per meal with the increase. Leadership did not approve any price increase which
was not related to VAT.
Update
To cover the change in VAT from 17.5% to 20%, it was approved by Leadership that there be an increase in
adult school meals by 5 pence per meal from Friday 25 February 2011. The principle of passing on the
increase in VAT is part of the Medium Term Financial Strategy for the Council.
Cost to schools
To cover the cost, an increase of 5 pence per adult meal will be charged from Friday 25 February 2011.
Contact
Sandra Cole, Head of Cleaning, Caretaking and Catering, tel: 01332 642142.
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4. ROYAL WEDDING BANK HOLIDAY – FRIDAY 29 APRIL

Update
Thank you for responding to us about your preferred date in lieu. Most schools have decided to take Friday
22 July as their extra bank holiday, in line with Derbyshire, but a few will be taking a different date instead.

Contact
Louise Radford, tel: 01332 716857 or louise.radford@derby.gov.uk

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Learning and Inclusion
SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT
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5. PRIMARY NARROWING THE GAP CONFERENCE – TUESDAY 22 MARCH

Reminder

Background
We are organising a city-wide conference to look at strategies to narrow attainment gaps for our vulnerable
children. It will take place at the Riverside Centre on Tuesday 22 March 2011. The event will be all day
and will give primary school head teachers an opportunity to attend a choice of workshops to meet their
school’s specific needs. Further details of the workshops will be sent out in the near future. There will be
one free place available for every head teacher in the city as this is a major priority for Derby.

Contact
Places are filling fast, so please contact Nikki Samra-Burhm                        on   01332     256325    or
nikki.samra.burhm@derby.gov.uk by Friday 11 February 2011.

For any further information, please contact Sue Vasey on 01332 256336 or sue.vasey@derby.gov.uk.

Sue Vasey and Lynda Poole

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6. LEADERSHIP TWILIGHT SEMINAR WITH JULIE DUCKWORTH, INDEPENDENT THINKING

‘How to have a successful and happy school’

Thursday 3 March 2011
4 - 5:30 pm at The Riverside Centre

The session will give an insight into how a whole-school approach implementing Values Education can
transform a school, its people and the community.

There will be opportunities to:

   reflect on the importance of a shared vision
   learn about the importance of the role of adults as role models
   develop the art of personal consistency
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   embrace 21st century leadership.

Website link
For more information about Julie, please visit:
http://www.independentthinking.co.uk/Who/Associates/Julie+Rees/default.aspx

Contact
Schools subscribed to the Leadership Network Package are entitled to five places. Please confirm names
with Lauren Scothorn on 01332 256314 as soon as possible - email: lauren.scothorn@derby.gov.uk.

If your school has not bought into the package, delegates will be charged £15 for two places.

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7. SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT NEWS (SDN)

Please note the next SDN will be published and in the school mailing on Monday 14 February 2011.

Contact
Lauren Scothorn, 01332 256314 or lauren.scothorn@derby.gov.uk

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
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8. DERBY SCHOOLS’ CARBON CHALLENGE

 More details about the Eco-Schools’ Conference, 25 March 2011

The conference will provide a chance to learn about eco-school topics in more detail.

There will be workshops on these eco-schools’ topics:

   Energy
   Water
   School Grounds and Biodiversity
   Global Dimension.

You will be able to see resources available to help you, talk to council services and companies that provide
support to schools on all eco-schools topics, including healthy living, transport, litter and waste.

There will also be opportunities to network, including sessions that facilitate schools in sharing their
experiences.

The eco-schools’ conference is open to all schools in Derby and Derbyshire. The conference will be in The
Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale on Friday 25 March 2011. Reserve a place.

 Thinking of installing energy-efficient equipment in your school?

0% Loans Scheme available: Salix Energy Efficiency Loans Scheme – Phase 2 (SEELS2)

   0% loans are available for the purchase of efficient equipment with a payback period of up to five years.
   There is a minimum loan value of £5,000, which can be made up from a number of smaller projects.


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   Applications must be submitted by 31 March and the project must be completed within nine months from
    approval.
   The loans are repayable over a four-year period.
   Schools can apply independently of their local authority. However, last year’s experience showed
    applications through their local authority were more common.
   To clarify details, contact Neil Norwood, Energy Manager, on 01332 255914 or
    neil.norwood@derby.gov.uk.
   Further details can be found at: http://www.salixfinance.co.uk/seels_2_england.html

If you already have a Salix revolving fund, please speak to your Salix advisor to check on your eligibility for
these loans.

Bridget Bradley, Climate Change Projects Officer, tel: 01332 255956
bridget.bradley@derby.gov.uk

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PSHE / CITIZENSHIP
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9. DERBY OPEN CENTRE - OPEN EVENING EVENT

County Hall, Matlock, Tuesday 8 March, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Background
The chairman of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Robin Baldry, has agreed to host our Open Evening
Event on Tuesday 8 March. We would like to invite you to join us at the Members’ Room, County Hall,
Matlock, DE4 3AG.

We are attaching further details of the event, together with a booking form, to the School Circular email.

Website link
www.DerbyOpenCentre.org

Contact
Return the booking form by post or by email to laura.connolly@derbyopencentre.org, The Open
Centre, St James’ Centre, Malcolm Street, Derby, DE23 8LU.

Tel: 01332 360737.

Places are limited and to help us with catering, please book by Monday 28 February.

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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT AND INCLUSION
FOR HEAD TEACHERS, SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS CO-ORDINATORS, ASSESSMENT
CO-ORDINATORS - KEY STAGE 2


10. ACCESS ARRANGEMENTS FOR PUPILS WITH SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

Background
Pupils with a statement of special educational needs are permitted up to 25 per cent additional time for
written tests at the school’s discretion. Schools do not need to request permission for additional time for
pupils with a statement of special educational needs.

Pupils using modified large print or Braille versions of the tests are automatically entitled to up to 100 per
cent additional time.

Pupils using enlarged print versions of the tests are not automatically entitled to additional time unless they
have a statement of special educational needs, in which case they are allowed up to 25 per cent additional
time for written tests at the school’s discretion.

Pupils with permanent or long-term hearing impairment, or who access the tests using sign language and
who are using the modified versions of the mental mathematics test, are automatically entitled to up to 100
per cent additional time to complete the mental mathematics test.

Schools do not need to make applications for additional time for the spelling test, as this test is not strictly
timed and the time quoted is for guidance only. In all other cases, if a school believes a pupil needs
additional time to access a written test, permission must be requested.

Action / website links
Applying for additional time
Applications for permission to provide additional time must be made by 5 pm on Monday 28 February 2011
on the ‘Access arrangements’ section of the NCA tools website at www.qcda.gov.uk/ncatools.

Applications are reviewed by the local authority. Late applications will only be considered if they relate to a
pupil who joined the school on or after Monday 31 January 2011 or whose special educational needs have
changed significantly since the application deadline.

All applications for additional time will be reviewed by Friday 15 April 2011.        Schools will receive an
automated email once their application has been reviewed.

To check the outcome of an application, or to see whether further information is required, schools should log
into the ‘Access arrangements’ section of the NCA tools website at www.qcda.gov.uk/ncatools.

Applications may be rejected if requests for additional information are not met.

Schools need to provide evidence to support their application. Further guidance is available in 2011 Key
Stage 2 Access Arrangement Guidance:
http://www.qcda.gov.uk/resources/publication.aspx?id=8db4b55d-04e7-4814-a65e-9e307d1e3cc0

Contact
Angela Cole, Head of Social Development and Inclusion, at angela.cole@derby.gov.uk or tel: 01332
256753.

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Strategy and Commissioning
SCHOOL ORGANISATION
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11. ACADEMIES

Background
Please note that Council Cabinet, at its meeting on 15 February, will be considering a report on academies.
The report provides a briefing together with a proposal for Council Cabinet to agree a policy position of
supporting the establishment of academies in Derby, as one part of the Council’s approach to securing a
high-performing school system. The report can be viewed from Monday 7 February on the Council’s
website by using the following link: Council Cabinet Academies Report

Contact
If you have any queries on the report, please contact Hayley Millward, School Place Planning Officer,
on tel: 01332 716827 or email: hayley.millward@derby.gov.uk.

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Other information
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12. LEAVERS

   Sarah Sawford, Parenting and Think Family Administrator, has taken up a new role as School
    Administrator at Osmaston Primary School.
   Gail Vasko, from the Early Intervention Team, left on 27 January.
   Gail Thornton is taking up a Quality Manager role in the Asset Management division in the Chief
    Executive’s Office from 8 February.

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FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS

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13. THE SPACE

After 13 years based at 12 The Spot, Osmaston Road, Derby, The SPACE are now moving into different
premises on Monday 28 February 2011. We will now be The SPACE @ Connexions, 8 Curzon Street,
Derby. We will still be delivering the same high quality, professional and friendly service, for which we are
well known, to young people, and we will keep the same telephone number: 01332 364445.

We are attaching handouts, showing our new location, to the School Circular email. Please print these off
for anyone who would like them.

Jean Ramsden, Co-ordinator, The SPACE




Paul Davies
Head of Children and Young People’s Achievement

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