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Working in partnership together, Solar and the Solihull Council community educational psychology service (CEPS) are offering a free half-day training event to school leaders and key staff to develop their understanding and ability to support children and young people who find it difficult to consistently attend and positively engage in school.

The training event will enable attendees:

  • To understand what is meant by emotionally based school avoidance and its relevance within the local and national context
  • To be able to distinguish emotionally based school avoidance from other types of school attendance concerns
  • To understand the collaborative local response to emotionally based school avoidance and how this can support children, young people and families in your setting
  • To gain an insight in to the literature and evidence in relation to emotionally based school avoidance
  • To acquire and practice using a range of evidence-based assessment and intervention tools
  • To develop a bespoke action plan to strengthen practice in relation to emotionally based school avoidance in your setting

DateMonday 14 October 2019

Time: 9.30 - 12.30pm (AM session) OR 13.30pm - 16.30pm (PM session)

Venue: Renewal Solihull, Lode Lane, Solihull, B91 2JR

There are up to two places for each setting available (one must be a member of the school’s leadership team). To secure your places, please email with the name of the attendees, name of school setting and which session you would like to attend (morning or afternoon) by 7 October 2019.

Lunch will be provided for both sessions between 12:30 and 13:30 (further details will be provided when your places are confirmed); if there are any dietary requirements, please indicate when booking.

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Local Democracy Week takes place this year from 14 – 18 October and Solihull Council are organising events aimed at Sixth Form students to encourage them to get involved in politics and to increase democratic engagement.  Local Democracy Week is an annual event where local authorities from across the UK and the rest of Europe will be organising events to meet and engage with their residents.

In Solihull, we are organising events that will foster democratic participation at grass roots level and our focus this year will be young people.

We are organising two events; Question Time and our annual Sixth Form Schools' Debating Competition.  Our main audience will be sixth form students (aged 16-18), however if any year 10 or 11 students who are keen to take part would be more than welcome to attend.

Question Time

This year will see our very first question time event that will take place on Wednesday 16 October at The Studio at The Core Theatre, Theatre Square, Homer Road from 1.30pm – 3.30pm.  The format will be the same as the TV programme and I am inviting students to come and quiz their local representatives on topics that affect them locally in Solihull.  It will be a great way for the students to meet the politicians behind the decisions that affect them every day.  We have a great line up of senior councillors and a business leader in Solihull. Please see the attached poster for more details.

Sixth Form Schools' Debating Competition

Last year saw the launch of our first ever Solihull Sixth Form Schools Debating Competition and we are repeating the same event this year on Friday 18 October from 1pm in our Council Chamber.  Last year saw students from John Henry Newman College, Solihull School, The Sixth Form College Solihull, Tudor Grange Academy and Arden Academy all competing for the honours.  Solihull School walked away with our prestigious trophy and will be looking to retain their title this year.  Just like last year, the event will be webcast live on the Council’s website, so family and friends will be able to watch the proceedings and the students taking part will be able to look back at the debates.  You can view the 2018 debates by going to our webcast library.  Teams are made up of four students (three debaters and a timekeeper) and a training session has been organised on Wednesday 2 October from 1 – 3pm to assist the young people taking part and to give them some top tips for debating.  Please see the attached poster for more details.

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Early years SENCo briefings with a behaviour focus are planned for Friday 25 October 2019 at Sans Souci. School and setting leads or SENCos are invited to attend. There is a subsidised charge of £20 with booking via

Early years leads' network meetings are planned for Wednesday 11 December 2019 (9am-noon) or Thursday 12 December 2019 (1pm-4pm) at Sans Souci (£70).

We hope to know more about the proposed new early learning goals and future profile arrangements by these dates. The current EYFSP remains statutory for this year. Schools are invited to opt in to early years visits with a proposed personal development and behaviours focus for 2019/20. Further information is available on the solgrid early years and childcare website and solgrid extranet.

This programme is run by the maths Hubs and consists of a blend of collaborative training and bespoke support, aimed at giving your school an introduction to the ‘Big Ideas’ around teaching for mastery and preparing you for future programmes.

The support within the programme will be spread over the academic year, when you will be part of half-termly group workshops with up to six other schools, as well as receiving half-termly school visits bespoke to your needs.  There is no charge for the workshops or the visits from the Mastery Readiness Lead. The programme will involve your maths lead and another teacher and will need to be supported by the headteacher.

There are are currently seven places available for a group of interested Solihull schools (on a first come, first served basis) for support starting this year. If you would like further information or details of how to register for this programme, please contact Donna Wright ( before end of September 2019.

Training for EAL co-ordinators, 11 November 2019, 1.30pm – 4pm, Sans Souci

This term we are offering half-day training for EAL co-ordinators. Whether you are new in post or have been doing the job for a while, this course will cover all the essentials you need to know for your role including:

  • Identifying EAL learners and managing data
  • Working with parents
  • Classroom strategies
  • Resources
  • SEN or EAL – distinguishing the difference

The course costs £70 – to enrol please email

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