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Education Bulletin - 27 May 2022

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Updated 27 May 2022

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From Ming Zhang
Service Director of Education, Participation and Skills

Dear colleagues,

Last Friday was a significant day in the calendar of local democracy with the Lord Mayor's Choosing which took place in Plymouth Guildhall, welcoming our new Lord Mayor of Plymouth Sue Dann to the role. In the event, I was most impressed by the school bands that performed in the ceremony and felt so proud of the excellent music curriculum and extra curricula activities that schools and our Music Hub in Plymouth offer.

School Music and Education Music Hub

Performing for an audience of the retiring and new Lord Mayor, Deputy Lord Mayor, the dignitaries and local residents attending the event, a core group from Lipson Academy's Co­operative Big Band entertained guests as they arrived for the Lord Mayor's Choosing last Friday. This six-piece band, accompanied by their music lead Gav Martin, created an exciting atmosphere as everyone prepared for the formal ceremony. Well done, Lipson.

At the end of the ceremony, the Lord Mayor processed down the main staircase, to the sound of Montpelier Steel Pans group. It was a perfect opportunity for the Lord Mayor to relax after the formalities and have a little dance with the 14 children who were playing 'Hot, Hot, Hot'! The Lord Mayor then thanked the school and their music lead, Jess Rowe, for their playing. After the ceremony the Big Band played background music while refreshments were served. The upstairs foyer ensured a good ambience for the reception and we received many compliments as guests left. A brilliant performance, Montpelier Primary School!

All Plymouth schools and organisations linked with delivering music education are, by default, part of the Music Education Hub. The hub lead organisation helps everyone by signposting, organising and joining up children and young people with music opportunities across the City and beyond. Further information from Fiona Pendreigh at

Link of Skills Agenda with School Education

It is one of our Skills priorities in the city that we make connection of Skills offers with school education and extra curricula support. While we want more school leaders from all phases, including Early Years, Primary and Secondary, to be represented at Skills and Employment Board, there is currently a project to prepare students to find the career of their dreams.

If your students have a career in mind or are still searching for their dream job, Launchpad Live is here to help.

Packed with employers, training providers, colleges, universities and professional bodies, these services aim to motivate and inspire young people using hands-on demonstrations and activities.

Participating students will be taken on a career journey like no other, learning about the diverse careers available in Plymouth's key sectors and finding out what jobs are like now and what they will be like in the future. This won't just be an event that will inspire them, this will be an event that will Launch them on their career journey.

I include the details of this innovative programme in today's bulletin. For further enquiries, please contact our Skills Lead Emma Hewitt at

City College Plymouth Summer School

City College Plymouth is running a summer school throughout July and August for students that will be enrolled at the college in September. This programme is SEND respite innovation grant funded, specifically for students who live within the Plymouth local authority area and hold an Education, Health and Care Plan.

There will be a range of fun activities each week and lunch will be provided. There is no charge for these sessions, however students must arrange their own transport to and from the College.

For further information on how to apply, please contact Michelle Foley on 01752 305876

Finally I hope you will all have a deserved restful break when the half-term holiday and Queen's Jubilee weekend finally arrive.

Best regards.



Education updates

Statutory assessment data collections 2022

Schools and academies will today receive emailed information from outlining clearly how to upload end of KS1 TA data and Y1 phonics check data by the deadline of 28 June 2022. If school administrators experience any difficulties reporting data they should contact the local authority using the email address above and we will be happy to offer advice and support.

EY data should also be submitted to the local authority by 30 June 2022 and guidance for this data submission is also contained


Health and wellbeing updates

Plymouth Armed Forces Day Programme

Take a look at the official programme, which is now available online, to find out about all the awesome displays, military vehicles and equipment plus thrilling demonstrations taking place during Armed Forces Day, in association with Babcock.

This free event is on Saturday 25 June, on Plymouth Hoe, and is packed with entertainment and interactive fun for all the family to enjoy. The Veteran's Village, sponsored by the Royal British Legion, has over 65 charities and organisations, each offering information and support on a wide range of issues, plus recruitment and training advice, and some activities for the children to enjoy. Find out all you need to know, by visiting the website:

MASH Contact (referral to Children's Social Care)

It has come to our attention that some providers are still using out-dated referral forms. Please can we remind you to use the updated Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Contact (referral) form. This is available on the Plymouth Safeguarding Children's Partnership (PSCP) website:

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