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Consultation of Proposed Changes to the School Week Letter

Consultation of Proposed Changes to the School Week


Dear Parents /Carers,

CLC MAT Trustees are currently looking at many alternatives in order to effectively utilise the diminishing school budget, yet still provide the most caring and purposeful learning experiences; enabling your child to become a successful learner and citizen.

One of the options that would save a large sum of money would be to amend its current teaching times so the school can close early for the mandatory provision of teacher’s planning, preparation and assessment time (PPA) on a Friday.

Several Birmingham schools are already using this strategy to good effect and several local primary schools are also consulting with their parents/carers.

Why consider these changes for PPA cover?
Following government legislation in 2005 it is mandatory that every teacher has 10% of teaching time out of class for PPA. On average this is just over 2 hours a week and this time must be covered by other teaching staff.

The cost of this cover during the next school year (2018 – 2019) is approximately £60,000 for BVPS and £30,000 for CPS. However, these costs can rise further when PPA cover staff are absent which leads to day to day agency staff having to cover.

DfE recommended teaching hours                                          CLC MAT proposed teaching hours
KS1         21 hours                                                                               22 hours and 20 minutes
KS2         23 hours and 30 minutes                                               23 hours and 35 minutes

The proposed changes are as follows:

















  • School will begin at 8.50am and finish at 3.30pm, Monday – Thursday.
  • School will finish and children will be collected at 12.30pm on Friday.
  • All children entitled to free school meals will be provided with a healthy packed lunch. Parents who pay for their child’s lunch will have the option of either having a packed lunch provided for their child or paying for four days and having a lunch at home on a Friday.
  • Pizza and chips, or jacket potatoes with beans or vegetables, full salad cart, sauces and dessert will be on Thursdays.
                                                                           
How will these changes benefit my child?
  • Your child will have their regular class teacher teaching them throughout the week, causing less disruption for the children and ensured consistency in their learning experiences.
  • All teachers would have shared time for PPA which would allow regular sharing of expertise and planning to further enhance the quality of lessons across the CLC MAT.
  • Teaching assistants will be part of the planning process; ensuring even more effective learning experiences for your child.
  • For those children who go home, Friday afternoon would be a good time for:
    • Completing home learning
    • More time for family activities
    • Medical or dental appointments to avoid children missing valuable learning experiences

 
Childcare Arrangements

We appreciate that some parents may have concerns about childcare arrangements on a Friday and the extra cost they may incur. In order to address these concerns and support families, the school will allow children (who meet a set criteria – both parents working) to stay in school until 3.30pm
There will be NO COST to families (who meet the set criteria) for this additional time in school.

Arrangements for children staying in school on a Friday afternoon
TBC

What does the future hold?
As you are aware CLC MAT Schools strive to provide your child with a good education which equips them for the future. We are performing in line and often above national expectation, but the schools in the CLC MAT are looking at deficit budgets which is likely to become more challenging in the coming years and we need to ensure we make savings without causing damage to the children’s education. The CLC MAT has already looked at the different budgets and made cuts to strive to plan for a balanced budget this year. This is presenting challenges, however if we do not make savings then we will have to look at redundancies of staff in classrooms which will have a detrimental effect on your child’s education.

Proposed start date
We would trial it from September 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, and then gain feedback from parents/carers, children and staff for the Trustees to consider whether to continue with the change to the school week.
 
Consultation
Please note this is a consultation process for Trustees to gauge parents’/carer’s views. The matter is being discussed with the teaching staff as they will incur a slightly longer supervision time of children, whilst still fulfilling all of their current duties.

Consultation with parents/carers will end on Monday 9th July 2018 at 10am.
















Concerns
Any concerns can be raised via the following options:

  • Informal feedback opportunities with Mrs Darr, Executive Head Teacher, Mrs Fisher, Head of School, Mrs Lowe, Deputy Head, or Assistant Head Teachers: Miss Harris, Mrs Karwowski or Mrs Razzaq.
    Also a Trustee will be available to hear your views on Thursday 28/06/2018 from 2.30pm to 4pm at Cromwell Primary School and on Thursday 05/07/2018 at Bordesley Village Primary School from 2.30pm to 4pm.
  • Written views should be addressed to Mrs Darr and posted or handed into the school office.
  • Email your views to the CLC MAT’s email address at: enquiry@cromwell.bham.sc.h.uk
  • If you would like to discuss the matter further, please contact the school and make an appointment to see a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

 
Yours sincerely,
Carol Parkinson
Carol Parkinson
Chair of the Trustees



 

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