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This update provides information on the phonics screening check, KS1 and KS2 statutory requirements and the multiplication tables check (MTC) pilot.

If you haven’t already done so, please book your place at Solihull heads’ partnership meeting at Ardencote Hotel at 8.30am - 12.30pm on Thursday 27 June 2019 (please note change of venue).

SSSAB is delighted to announce that Helen Youngman will be speaking about the big Ofsted curriculum conversation which is primary focussed.

Please see attached documents for more information.  Replies required by Wednesday 12 June 2019.

Please see the attached invitations for further details about these two exciting events:

Tuesday 24 September - you and/or interested colleagues are invited to Solihull school along with a group of students (secondary) for a unique event about the extraordinary life story of Eva Schloss. Eva will take part in a Q&A after a performance of and then they came for me, a critically acclaimed play about her remarkable family history and an exhibition, the promise, about the artistic talents her brother Heinz cultivated whilst hiding from the Nazis for two years. It is the first time the play and the exhibition will be shown together.

Wednesday 25 September - CPD day for colleagues (KS2/secondary) nationwide on tackling prejudice and discrimination in a digital age: what can schools do? As well as incorporating three events of the programme outlined above, the day will also involve a series of prominent speakers and organisations who will cover a broad range of contemporary topics, whilst providing practical advice and measure for teachers interested in developing such initiatives in their own schools.

Further information about the programme can be found in the attached flyer, with more specific details to follow in due course.

This training is for new NQT mentors or those who have not had training for two years or more.

The additional date for this training is Tuesday 10 September 2019, 1:00pm - 4:00pm at Sans Souci and will be led by the senior education improvement adviser with responsibility for NQTs for a cost of £70. The training will help mentors to understand their statutory responsibilities and how to support NQTs to be successful in their induction.

To apply, please email stating your name and school.

Caitlin Watts (FSS north) James Hodgetts (FSS north) and Toni Clifton (MASH) are looking to hold a family support worker and DSL networking meeting. This will be held at the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood so that as part of the meeting you will be able to have a walk around of the office and meet people within the teams. The aim of this network meeting is to improve communication between children's services and schools in the north of Solihull, share an improved understanding of common issues and themes in working together and deliver training in some of the key areas highlighted at the family support worker meeting on Friday 17 May 2019.

We are hoping that this will be the first of many meetings and the ideas we have so far that we would like to include in this session and those moving forwards are;

  • Thresholds and referrals
  • Escalation and de-escalation within children’s services
  • Effective direct work tools for working with children and families
  • A brief overview of children’s services processes and legislation

Joel Desous (Head of Service) will also be in attendance at the first one to give you all a briefing about the new structure (that was implemented on 1 April 2019).

An email has been sent to family support workers asking them to vote on a preferred date. Options being;

Thursday 13 June – 12pm – 2pm


Thursday 26 June – 10am – 12pm

If anyone has any questions about this meeting or suggestions for further meetings in the future, please do contact me Toni Clifton on 0121 7884300 or

We are looking forward to getting started!