Education Noticeboard - 30 November 2023

Welcome to the Education Noticeboard. A round-up of news, guidance and key updates for education settings. Included in this update:

  1. Director Update
  2. Launching the 2024 Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant Scheme
  3. Family Hubs – Home Learning Bags Launched
  4. St George’s Primary School 10 by 10 Debating Event
  5. Council teams up with young people to launch emotional wellbeing survey as part of “Year of Wellbeing” campaign
  6. Scarlet Fever
  7. Mental Health in Schools Governance
  8. Early Years SEND Support Advice Line
  9. Telford Young Musician 2024
  10. Music Sessions for Early Years settings in Telford and Wrekin
  11. Fantastic Spring and Summer term booking opportunities at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre
  12. Details of CPD courses to February half term 2024
  13. Telford Skills Show: Thursday 14 March 2024
  14. Harper Advance: UCAS Finishing Touches Webinar
  15. Preventing and Dealing with Racist Bullying
  16. Two Day Outdoor First Aid Training – Arthog Outreach – 11 and 12 January 2024
  17. Apprenticeship Webinars and Workshops
  18. Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership (STEP) – Autumn Newsletter
  19. Draft In-Year Admission Scheme Consultation
  20. Consulting on Admission Arrangements
  21. Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Director Update

Dear colleagues

It’s great to share updates with you such as the recent 10 by 10 Debating Event which took place. There was lots of effort given and brilliant work done by all involved, so please take some time to watch the fantastic video within the noticeboard.

There are some brilliant opportunities for our young people included in this week’s noticeboard, such as the Leader and Cabinet Members' Young Person Grant Scheme, Telford Young Musician competition, music sessions for our Early Years settings, and some rare availability at the Arthog Outdoor Education Centre.

There are also some important updates around the prevalence of Scarlet Fever in Telford and Wrekin, so please be sure to read more on that.

Lastly, also included are some valuable training opportunities and CPD courses which may be of interest to you.

Have a good rest of the week,


Simon Wellman
Director: Education & Skills

Launching the 2024 Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant Scheme

Telford & Wrekin Council has launched ‘The Leader and Cabinet Members’ Young Person Grant 2024’, supporting young borough residents to take the next steps in their career.

In its eighth cycle, the grant of up to £500 is available for young people who are seeking support to help get them into education, employment or training. Additionally, the grant is also available to young people looking for help to pursue extracurricular activities to support their learning and development.

To be eligible for the grant, the young person must live in Telford and Wrekin - or be a child in care or care leaver living outside of the borough. They must also be aged between 15 (and in Year 11) through to 25 at the close of applications.

They must showcase how the funding could successfully help them overcome barriers, including those that are currently preventing them from accessing education, employment or training. It is also available to those seeking to start up their own business and need an initial investment.

This year, the grant is sponsored by Veolia, Balfour Beatty and Arriva who are supporting the grant with monetary donations totalling £3,500 and 16 bus passes respectively. As local businesses, their support is a wonderful commitment to the young people of our borough and supporting them in their future endeavours to reach places of education or work.

Leader of Telford & Wrekin Council Councillor Shaun Davies (Lab) said, “I’m delighted that we are once again offering this grant to young people across the borough. It’s a great chance to give back to our local community by supporting some of our youngest residents in their education, employment and training.

“Over the last seven years, the grant scheme has supported 510 young people with a total of £109,742, making a huge difference to their lives. Every year we meet so many incredible and talented young people who showcase their passions. It’s a real privilege to be part of their journey and help them to achieve their dreams.”

Councillor Eileen Callear, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Visitor Economy (Lab) said, “All of our young people deserve the chance to explore the dream career they want without anything holding them back. The Young Person Grant can make that possible for our youngest residents.

“We invite all eligible candidates to apply and look forward to hearing about the creative approaches they are taking to their future education and careers. So, to not miss the deadline, we encourage entrants to submit their applications early. We look forward to reading them!”

Applications are now open and will close at 5pm on Friday 19 January 2024.

For more information or to submit an application visit

Family Hubs – Home Learning Bags Launched

Home Learning Bags are part of the Family Hub programme to support children’s learning at home. These resources will complement the Early Years Talk Boost programme, which is being implemented across Telford and Wrekin to support children’s communication and language development. Evidence consistently shows the importance of parents/carers as children’s first educators. The packs contain 2 games, 2 story books carefully selected by our library service, a pack of activity cards to provide parent/carers with fun ideas and a book with games to support early talk. The bags will be rolled out to 4 year olds across the local authority over the next eighteen months. 

St George’s Primary School 10 by 10 Debating Event

Debating is an essential life skill that helps children develop their confidence, argue their point of view, learn to think critically and independently - it really builds their skills for the future!

That’s why it’s also one of our 10 by 10 activities that we want all children to have the chance to try by the time they are 10 years old.

St George’s Primary School recently organised their own event and together with other schools from across the borough, they challenged each other to argue their point of view and had lots of fun along the way!

There are a range of other 10 by 10 activities your child can try to do before they are 10 to help them get the best start in life – all these can be found on the 10 by 10 website.

10 by 10 has proven so popular, with so many borough families taking part already – so why not give it a go and see what your child would love to experience?

10 by 10 Debating Event Video

Council teams up with young people to launch emotional wellbeing survey as part of “Year of Wellbeing” campaign

As part of the “Young Person’s Year of Wellbeing” campaign launched earlier this year, Telford & Wrekin Council and the Young People’s Forum are urging borough youngsters aged 11-17 years old to take part in an emotional wellbeing survey.

The survey asks young people aged 11-17 living in Telford and Wrekin on their views on a range of themes that can impact their feelings and emotional wellbeing.

It can be completed at or by calling the council’s Public Health team on 01952 384200 (between 9am – 5pm)

The survey is open until Friday, 22 December 2023.

The outcomes of the survey will help focus the council’s work with schools and local partners (such as the NHS) on tackling emotional and mental health issues that borough youngsters face the most.

The survey results will also be used to further develop the mental health support available for young people and their families in the borough, as part of the Young Person’s Year of Wellbeing campaign.

Councillor Kelly Middleton (Lab), Cabinet Member for healthy, safer, stronger communities and partnerships said:  “What makes you happy?

“What do you do to keep fit and healthy?”

“How would you describe your mental health at the moment?

“These are some of the questions that our council, together with the young people from the Young People’s Forum, are asking youngsters aged 11-17 in our borough, as part of our emotional wellbeing survey.

“We want to encourage as many young people aged 11-17 as possible to take part in the survey. 

“This will help us to steer our local mental health support and our work with local partners to meet the needs of the young people.

 “The survey is part of our Young Person’s Year of Wellbeing campaign, which gives young people across the borough helpful tips they can easily put into practice to enhance their wellbeing.

“If you are a young person aged 11-17, please fill in the survey and sign up to our Young People campaign – all details are on

““This is your year to feel more resilient, happier, healthier and empowered to take action for your wellbeing.

“We are also asking parents, carers, schools, local organisations to please help us share this survey with the young people – thank you all for your support.”

Rae Anyidoho, a representative from the Young People’s Forum and the elected Member of Youth Parliament for Telford and Wrekin said:  “Over the period of the last year, the Young People's Forum has been holding discussions around what young people in our borough believe to be the biggest issue and what areas needed the most support.

 “After lengthy conversations and a national ballot taking place, mental health was what came out on top.

 “The Young People's Forum have had the chance to work closely with the council in order to shape the "Young Person’s Year of Wellbeing" campaign.

“As part of this campaign, we are excited to launch now, together with the council, an emotional wellbeing survey, that we encourage all the borough’s young people aged 11 -17 to complete. “

To fill in the young people’s emotional wellbeing survey and to join the “Young Person’s Year of Wellbeing” campaign, visit the website.


This campaign gives young people across the borough practical tips and advice they can relate to and use in their day-to-day life to enhance their wellbeing. 

  • Young People’s Forum is a consultation action group organised by the Council for 11-18 year olds from across the borough. 

The forum meets every fortnight at The Wakes in Oakengates and shares ideas on various issues that matter to them. They also help shape decision making in the borough on a range of topics and Council’s services.

Anyone in our borough aged 11 to 18 is welcome to join the Young People’s Forum

To find out more, visit the council’s website.

Scarlet Fever

We are starting to see cases of scarlet fever again in Telford schools, so we’re bringing the matter to your attention to raise awareness.

What is really important to prevent scarlet fever potentially turning from a mild illness to something life-threatening, is early diagnosis and treatment.  Therefore, making parents aware of the signs and symptoms and any cases you may have is important.

Signs and symptoms of scarlet fever

The early symptoms of scarlet fever include sore throat, headache, fever, nausea and vomiting. After 12 to 48 hours the characteristic red, pinhead rash develops, typically first appearing on the chest and stomach, then rapidly spreading to other parts of the body, and giving the skin a sandpaper-like texture. The scarlet rash may be harder to spot on darker skin, although the 'sandpaper' feel should be present. Patients typically have flushed cheeks and pallor around the mouth. This may be accompanied by a ‘strawberry tongue’. As the child improves peeling of the skin can occur.

NHS information, including photos of the condition, is available on the NHS Scarlet Fever Website.

Single cases should be advised to seek advice from their GP. 

Recommended actions if you suspect an outbreak in your setting

Please let the Health Protection Hub know at or 01952 381800 if you suspect you have an outbreak – this is defined as a credible report of 2 or more probable or confirmed scarlet fever cases attending the same setting, notified within 10 days of each other, with a link between the cases - for example they are in the same class or year.

  • Advise parent or carer to seek advice from their general practitioner.
  • Exclude the affected individual until 24 hours after commencing appropriate antibiotic treatment. If no antibiotics have been administered, the individual will be infectious for 2 to 3 weeks and should be excluded for this period.
  • Send out communications to parents (HPH will provide templates).
  • Encourage children, young people and staff to implement good hand hygiene practices.
  • Encourage staff, children and young people to implement good respiratory hygiene practices.
  • Children and staff should be reminded that all scrapes or wounds, especially bites, should be thoroughly cleaned and covered.
  • Maintain good ventilation in the setting.
  • Carry-out enhanced and more frequent cleaning, to help reduce transmission - for example twice daily cleaning of areas (with particular attention to touch points such door handles, toilet flushes and taps) and communal areas where surfaces can easily become contaminated such as handrails, with hot, soapy water and an appropriate disinfectant.  Milton is recommended, used in accordance with the instructions.
  • Ensure eating utensils/plates/cups/glasses etc. are not shared and that they are washed and disinfected after use e.g. with Milton or put through a hot dishwasher cycle.
  • Wash any laundry on a hot wash.
  • Keep HPH updated, especially if/when you become aware of co-circulating chickenpox or influenza, if there is serious illness or other classes/year groups become affected.
  • Carry-out a deep clean when the outbreak is over.

Mental Health in Schools Governance

Please see attached information about a system wide group to ensure better Mental Health in Schools Governance across the region. We are inviting all local schools’ designated mental health leads (or other representatives) to attend a termly meeting with representatives from health providers, NHS England and the Department for Education. To understand more about the mental health offer available to our students, and to share best practice, and access timely support and information. 

Mental Health in Schools Governance Terms of Reference

Early Years SEND Support Advice Line

Early Years Practitioners SEND Support Helpline

Call us Tuesday to Thursday 9am – 5pm on 01952 385419.

Telford Young Musician 2024

Calling all musicians...


A competition to celebrate the borough’s top young

instrumentalists, singers and music creators.

To enter you must:

  • Live in the borough of Telford and Wrekin
  • Be 18 or under on 31 August 2024


  • Junior/Intermediate/Senior Singer
  • Junior/Intermediate/Senior Instrumentalist
  • Band or Group
  • Composer/Creator

Deadline for video submission:

15 January 2024

Video entries for Round 1

Live final: 8 and 10 March 2024

All information will be sent once we receive your entry application.

Free of charge to enter

Enter here   

For more information contact  

Music Sessions for Early Years settings in Telford and Wrekin

Through a mixture of adult and child-led activities, our skilled Early Years Music Practitioners nurture children’s musical skills and understanding of rhythm, pulse, pitch, listening and playing together. These musical sessions provide many opportunities for interaction, creative play, listening and focusing attention, awareness of rhythm and rhyme and developing self confidence – all vital in supporting communication and language development.

Settings can access a set of 5 music sessions free of charge.

Early Years Music Flyer

Contact to book your sessions.

Fantastic Spring and Summer term booking opportunities at Arthog Outdoor Education Centre

With stunning views across the river Mawddach estuary and Llyn Peninsula, and with numerous fantastic venues to explore and activities to do why not book a week or half week with us.


5 – 7 February          up to 30 pupils x 2 nights

26 Feb – 1 March      up to 20 pupils x 4 nights

11 – 13 March           up to 30 pupils x 2 nights

15 – 19 April              up to 50 pupils x 4 nights

15 – 17 April              up to 30 pupils x 2 nights

13 – 17 May              up to 50 pupils x 4 nights

13 – 15 May              up to 30 pupils x 2 nights

Arrive – from 11.30am         Depart – depart by 1.00pm

Cost per Pupil - £323 x 4 nights or £162 x 2 nights (Mon – Wed / Wed – Fri)

The cost includes all activities, food and accommodation. Supervising adults are free of charge (subject to terms and conditions).

We are normally fully booked in the summer term, so this availability is unusual and is an ideal opportunity for a final Year 4,5,6,7 or 8 trip before the end of term.

For more information then please contact; or call 01341 250 455 to discuss options.

Arthog Outdoor Education Centre
LL39 1BX

Details of CPD courses to February half term 2024

The CPD Booklet for the whole of the 2023-24 academic year can be viewed via Telford Education Services.

Courses can be booked by completing and returning a CPD booking form to

Reducing Parental Conflict

(Free of Charge)

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

2pm to 2.45pm

Reducing Parental Conflict

(Free of Charge)

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

3.30pm to 4.15pm

Get to know Sparkyard! - Online training via Out of the Ark

(Free of Charge)

Please book via

Tuesday, December 05, 2023

4.45pm to 5.45pm

Webinar Series: Developing Core Skills in Primary Music. S5: History of Music

(Free of Charge)

Please book via

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

4pm to 5pm

Preventing and Dealing with Racist Bullying (CPD 533)

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

1pm to 3.45pm

Governors' Responsibilities for Exclusions

(SG 104)

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

5pm to 7pm


Understanding Nurture (PSS 101)

Thursday, December 07, 2023

9.15am to 12noon

Literacy Pathway – Group 1

Monday, December 11, 2023


Literacy Pathway – Group 2

Monday, December 11, 2023


Literacy Pathway – Group 3

Tuesday, December 12, 2023


Literacy Pathway – Group 4

Tuesday, December 12, 2023


EAL for Beginners (CPD 726)

Tuesday, December 12, 2023

1.15pm to 3.30pm

CSE Termly Online Briefing for EY, KS1 & KS2

Wednesday, December 13, 2023

1pm to 2pm

Managing Employee Capability (Performance Management)

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Monday, January 08, 2024

2.30pm to 5pm

SENCo Network Meeting

To book or enquire, please contact

Thursday, January 11, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Raising Awareness of Child Protection (SG 108)

Thursday, January 11, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Absence Management of Employees

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Monday, January 15, 2024

2.30pm to 5pm

Induction Training for New Governors (GO 502)

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

9.30am to 3.30pm

Get to know Sparkyard! - Online training via Out of the Ark

(Free of Charge)

Please book via

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

16.45pm to 5.45pm

Safety Intervention Refresher Training (BSAT 212) - CPI accredited

Thursday, January 18, 2024

2pm to 4.30pm

An Introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EY 001)

Thursday, January 18, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Literacy Pathway

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Full day

Supporting SEND in the Classroom for Early Career Teachers (LSAT 502) - part 2

Thursday, January 18, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Curriculum Music Conference 2024 – cross phase £25 per person

Please book via

Thursday, January 18, 2024

9am to 3.30pm

Establishing Yourself as a SEND leader, for new and returning SENCOs (LSAT 302) - part 1

Monday, January 22, 2024

9.15am to 3.30pm

Primary Music Leadership Certificate. Session 1: Leading Music in your school

(Free of charge)

Please book via

Monday, January 22, 2024

1pm to 4pm

The Strategic Role of Governors (GO 601)

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

4pm to 6pm

EAL Network Meeting (CPD 526)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Taking the Chair - part 1 (GO 504)

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

4.30pm to 6.30pm

Quality First Teaching for SEND (LSAT 516) - Pt 2

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Newly Appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads' Training (SG 102) - part 1

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

Online Safety – a Safeguarding Responsibility (CPD 609)

Thursday, January 25, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Newly Appointed Designated Safeguarding Leads' Training (SG 102) - part 2

Thursday, January 25, 2024

9.15am to 4pm

School Attendance Surgery (AST 005)

Friday, January 26, 2024

9.15am to 12noon

Establishing Yourself as a SEND leader, for new and returning SENCOs (LSAT 302) - part 2

Monday, January 29, 2024

9.15am to 3.30pm

Meeting the OFSTED requirements and developing reading strategies for EAL learners at KS2 (CPD 714)

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

1.15pm to 3.30pm

School Attendance Briefing Updates (AST 004)

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Safety Intervention Training (BSAT 201) - Part 2 - CPI accredited

Thursday, February 01, 2024

2pm to 4.30pm

Listen with Lucy (EY 023)

Thursday, February 01, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Accredited Safer Recruitment Training

HR course – please book on Ollie or send an email to

Thursday, February 01, 2024

9am to 4.30pm

In-person: Improvisation Project CPD Session

(Free of charge)

Please book via

Thursday, February 01, 2024

1pm to 4pm

Early Help Conference

(details to follow)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

9am to 2pm - TBC

Improving EAL pupils' writing through Oracy, grammar and tier 2/3 vocabulary acquisition (CPD 727)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

1.15pm to 3.30pm

The Importance of the Early Years Foundation Stage in Schools (GO 603)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

5.30pm to 7pm

Cover Supervisors - preparing for the role

(PSS 010)

Tuesday, February 06, 2024

3.30pm to 5pm

Schemas in the EYFS (EY 340)

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

1.15pm to 4pm

Taking the Chair (GO 504) - part 2

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

4.30pm to 6.30pm

Preparing for Statutory Assessment at the End of KS2 (CPD 504)

Thursday, February 08, 2024

9am to 12.30pm

Meeting the Statutory Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the EYFS (EY 009)

Thursday, February 08, 2024

4pm to 5.30pm

Raising Awareness of Prevent (SG 101)

Thursday, February 08, 2024

1pm to 2.30pm

Safeguarding Induction Training for Governors (SG 103) - part 1

Thursday, February 08, 2024

5.30pm to 7.30pm

SEND Music Network Meeting

(Free of charge via Teams)

Please book via

Thursday, February 08, 2024

4.30pm to 5.30pm

Webinar: Kapow Primary

(Free of charge via Zoom)

Please book via

Friday, February 09, 2024

4pm to 5pm

Telford Skills Show: Thursday 14 March 2024

Bookings are now being taken for the Telford Skills Show, on 14 March 2024, at Telford International Centre. 

The event will run from 10.30am to 7pm.

Telford Skills Show: School booking link

Harper Advance: UCAS Finishing Touches Webinar

Wednesday 6 December 6pm – 7pm

With the UCAS Equal Consideration Deadline just over a month away, Harper Adams University is offering a 'Finishing Touches' session, designed to support students who may still be working on their applications, offering guidance, information, and support. Take the opportunity to get some top tips from a university, as well as get the insight of one of our current university students. There will be opportunities to ask questions, whether they are about personal statements, the university application process, or what happens next. This session will be run virtually and is perfect for any student still working on their application, or who is unsure if applying is the right decision for them.

Session focus:

  • Personal statement advice: The do’s and don’ts of writing a personal statement and their importance in the application process! We'll also discuss how personal statements can be beneficial to your future and give examples to help you after the session.
  • Next steps in UCAS: We'll talk you through what to expect after your application is sent in, and how the official deadline might not be the end of your university application journey if you need more time to decide.
  • A Q&A:  Ask our student ambassadors some of your burning questions. Whether they're about university life, applications and personal statements or Harper Adams in general.
  • Learn about our upcoming Open Days and events so you can experience Harper Adams University

Harper Advance UCAS Finishing Touches Session

Preventing and Dealing with Racist Bullying

Telford and Wrekin are aware of the ever increasing need to ensure racial incidents are identified and recorded. The session will provide an opportunity for participants to:

  • meet the statutory duties of schools in this area in the light of current legislation
  • develop confidence in the identification of racist incidents
  • consider best practice in preventing and responding to incidents for the most positive outcomes
  • review the process of recording and reporting internally, and to the Local Authority

Delegates will receive guidance on how to:

  • recognise racist incidents
  • meet statutory requirements
  • implement strategies to minimise racist incidents and redress the damage caused by them
  • explore strategies to prevent racist incidents and bullying

Wednesday, 6 December 1.00pm – 3.45pm. online via Microsoft Teams.

MDT support for individual schools to deliver quality bespoke CPD is available upon request.

If you would like to attend or express an interest in the training, please contact the MDT team.

Book onto the training course.

Preventing and Dealing with Racist Bullying Flyer

Two Day Outdoor First Aid Training – Arthog Outreach – 11 and 12 January 2024

Two Day Outdoor First Aid Training – Arthog Outreach – 11 and 12 January 2024 - Price £140

Over the two days we will look at:

  • Being Safe – best practice & prevention of cross-infection.
  • Vital Signs – temperature, colour, pulse, breathing, level of response.
  • Incident Handling – a systematic approach to decision making.
  • Unconsciousness – causes & safe airway.
  • CPR & choking – dealing with the non-breathing casualty
  • Bleeding – external & internal bleeding and shock.
  • Major Injuries – treating head, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, leg & arm injuries.
  • Soft Tissue Injuries - to muscles & joints including dislocations.
  • Monitoring – Casualty cards & monitoring & effective hand overs.
  • Remote Issues – improvisation when you have nothing else available!
  • Cold and Heat – dealing with hypothermia, hyperthermia, and burns.
  • Medical Emergencies – angina, heart attack, stroke, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, bites, stings and anaphylaxis.

First Aid Regulations – an overview & first aid kit.

The course certification is through Rescue & Emergency Care (REC) and you will receive the following certificates on successful completion of the course:

REC – Emergency Outdoor First Aid

REC – Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW)

REC – 12 hour Paediatric First Aid

Contact for more information.

Apprenticeship Webinars and Workshops

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 – how to make the most of the resources webinar

Thursday 14 December 2023, 3.30PM

National Apprenticeship Week 2024 is coming soon and there are many free and exciting resources on offer to help you engage and inspire your students. Find out more by joining this webinar.

Apprenticeships with Dunelm

Tuesday 12 December 2023, 3:30pm

Join this exclusive webinar with the Early Careers team from Dunelm to learn more about their amazing apprenticeship opportunities and the exciting range of vacancies available in 2024.

Shropshire and Telford Education Partnership (STEP) – Autumn Newsletter

STEP continue to deliver a ONE STOP service for schools, ensuring confidence that experienced, local experts are delivering programmes bespoke to the Shropshire and Telford context. Working together as a teaching school hub STEP are recognised in the West Midlands for their joined up positive partnership.

Autumn 2023 STEP Newsletter

Draft In-Year Admission Scheme Consultation

The Draft In-Year Admissions Scheme has been written in collaboration with the Headteacher representatives from the School Admissions Working Group. The working group identified the need for a more detailed framework to outline how in-year admissions operates in the borough across all our maintained schools and academies.

There is much greater focus on ensuring children are tracked into school, especially for children who move the borough and are without a school place.

This is open to consultation to all schools. Please provide any comments/feedback on this document by 22 December 2023 by emailing

We are aiming to ‘go-live’ with this on 8 January 2024.

To support this new scheme, we have also updated our operational guidance on the use of the SAM portal.

There are a few spaces left for school staff on the SAM portal training workshops (MS Teams) next week:

Monday 4 December 9.30am until 11am

Wednesday 6 December 1.30pm until 3pm

Please email with your preferred date by 1 December 2023 to book onto one of these sessions.

Draft In-Year Admissions Scheme

Operational Guidance on the use of SAM Portal

Consulting on Admission Arrangements

Own Admission Authority Schools are reminded that should they wish to amend their admission arrangements for 2025/26 then they should now be consulting.  If no changes are proposed, but a consultation has not been held within the last 7 years, then schools must consult on their admission arrangements (including any supplementary information form) even where no changes have occurred during that period.

Consultation must be for a period of 6 weeks and complete by 31 January 2024.

If you are planning to consult, please send your proposed admission arrangements to

Further information can be found in the School Admissions Code 2021.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2024

Holocaust Memorial Day, Saturday 27 January 2024, is an annual commemoration of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides such as Cambodia, Darfur and Bosnia.

This year’s theme is ‘Fragility of Freedom’.

Freedom means different things to different people. What is clear is that in every genocide that has taken place, those who are targeted for persecution have had their freedom restricted and removed.

HMD 2024 also marks the 30th anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. 49 years after the Holocaust ended, 19 years after the genocide in Cambodia, the world stood by as Hutu extremists shattered the fragile freedom.

The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have produced a range of educational materials to support your school. There are materials suitable for a range of ages and topics.

We are busy planning the event for 2024 which will be taking place in the morning, Friday 26 January.  If your school would like to be involved drop us a line or call 01952 382104 for more information.

If you are intending to an event related to HMD 2024 please let us know too. We would love to share your event with the borough.


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