The NSPCC is a leading children's charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man. They work to help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse from ever happening. Celebrate maths and help raise money for NSPCC by taking part in Number Day on Friday 5th February 2017, Show your support by getting involved and making maths count.
How can you get involved?
By registering as a school to show your support, you will receive-
• Fundraising tips and ideas to help pupils and teachers raise money
• Maths activities for children of all ages
• Printed posters to promote your event
• Teacher resources to help you inspire and inform the whole school.
Don't forget to shout about the day on social media, tweeting your activities to @NSPCC.
To find out more about Number Day on Friday 3rd February, visit NSPCC official website.
Take a look at some of our related courses-
Making Mathematics Meaningful in Early Years
This course will give you the opportunity to develop an active approach to teaching mathematics in the early years. Through discussion, information sharing and by exploring a wealth of practical activities, you will be able to enrich playful mathematical opportunities in your setting. In addition, it will enable you to reflect on the role of the adult to support and extend learning through effective questioning to develop mathematical thinking skills.
08 June 2017, 09:30 - 15:30
Entrust Riverway Centre, Stafford
Course code: EY-0617-T009
Building Foundations in Mathematics webinar
This webinar will further develop mathematical understanding, pedagogical knowledge and skills to ensure effective teaching of mathematics.
16 Mar 2017, 16:00 - 17:30
Course code: EY-0317-T008
Maths Audit Tool for the EYFS
This audit examines how the learning environment supports mathematical development. It will enable practitioners to review their understanding of mathematical pedagogy.
Primary Mathematics Updates
Network meetings are a great opportunity to keep up to date with news and current issues in mathematics. They are also a chance to meet colleagues in your area and share good practice. You will be involved in setting future agendas and the sessions will also offer opportunities for you to ask questions, raise concerns and share ideas and resources.
13 March 2017, 13:00 - 16:00
Entrust Riverway Centre, Stafford
Course code: SIS-0317-T008
Grow Your Own Maths Resource
Grow Your Own Maths supports the teaching and application of mathematics through growing fruit and vegetables in school. The activities will enable you to achieve a range of objectives from the National Curriculum for Mathematics 2014 whilst engaging and challenging your pupils to relate mathematics to real world situations. Sow the right seeds and your pupils will be waiting in anticipation to watch their ‘maths grow’!
Visit www.entrust-ed.co.uk/courses or email email@example.com to find out more.
Directions to Entrust at The Riverway Centre
Directions to Entrust at The Riverway Centre
Safer Internet Day 2017
Over the years, Safer Internet Day (SID) has become a landmark event in the online safety calendar. Starting as an initiative of the EU SafeBorders project in 2004 and taken up by the Insafe network as one of its earliest actions in 2005, Safer Internet Day has grown beyond its traditional geographic zone and is now celebrated in more than 100 countries worldwide, and across all continents.
Co-ordinated in the UK by the UK Safer Internet Centre- a partnership made up of three leading charities, ‘Safer Internet Day’ will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 with the theme 'be the change: unite for a better internet'. This day of positive action is dedicated to help promote safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people, as well as highlighting young individuals and their experiences of online hate and online empowerment. Safer internet day gives the opportunity for young people, their teachers and their families to learn about online technologies and the dangers that surround them. A day for leaders of the internet community to communicate with the public across the country and exchange ideas, knowledge and experience with others, with the desire to prevent the dangers of the deep and dark web.
How can you get involved?
The campaign sees hundreds of organisations unite to raise awareness of online safety issues through events and activities across the UK, so whether you are a parent, carer, social worker, teacher or child, here’s how you can get involved.
If you want to do your bit to help us unite for a better internet, then join us on Thursday 9th February 2017 for the safeguarding event of the year- ‘Developing a culture of vigilance in the Digital World’. The day will give you the opportunity to build on your existing practices and share your thoughts and experiences with others, helping you to understand your role and responsibility in upholding safeguarding measures. If you are determined to make a difference, come along for an exciting day that will educate you in supporting the ever changing landscape of the online world. To find out how you can get involved, visit http://entrust.education/Article/24542
Join in on social media!
Don’t forget to get involved with Safer Internet Day on social by tweeting using the hashtag #SID2017 and tagging (@UK_SIC)
This year we want you to give the internet a smile through our #giveasmile campaign. You can post a smiley selfie or fill in our specially designed emoji.
You can also join our internet safety emoji charades game. We will posting our internet safety tips through emojis and want you to join in the fun. Find out about how you can get involved in emoji charades on Safer Internet Day!
Social media is very fast moving and tweets and posts can often get lost. To help achieve maximum impact, Thunderclap schedules the same message across Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr from everyone who signs up at exactly the same time. To join this online flashmob, Sign up to Safer Internet Day 2017 Thunderclap and help make the internet a better place! Sign Up Here.
What’s going on around you?
Activities are taking place right across the UK for Safer Internet Day 2017 to promote the safe and positive use of technology. To find out what’s going on in your area, click here.
Fraud in Academies
There have been several high-profile cases in the recent news regarding fraud within academies, notably Glendene Arts Academy where £162k of public funding was misappropriated, and you may well have asked yourself several questions …. How could this have happened?.... Why did it not get picked up earlier?..... Could it happen to us?
Cases of fraud or irregularity in academies are actually very few and no system or control can completely protect against individuals who are determined to commit a criminal act. Nevertheless, if you remain vigilant and carry out your roles diligently, have strong controls and systems in place you can reduce your risk substantially.
Is your procurement process open and transparent and does it follow the processes set out in your Procurement Policy?
Do you carry out monthly bank reconciliations and do the cash flows reflect actual activity?
What payroll checks to you have in place to ensure that only bona fide employees are being paid?
Are you able to incorporate segregation of duties and responsibility in all of you finance functions?
Do you provide the necessary support and training to your finance staff to ensure they understand the importance of following the internal controls and processes, the importance of value for money and are they encouraged to alert senior members of staff if something seems wrong or a system could be improved?
Is the Register of Interest up to date and is it a fixed agenda item?
How well do you know your senior staff and trustees? Are you confident that the systems you have in place would prevent anyone making a private, personal, commercial or financial gain due to their position?
Are your procedures for recording, documenting and monitoring major spends adequate?
What arrangements to you have for internal audit? Do you report any findings from internal audit to the trustees and are recommended actions agreed and monitored?
Do you regularly review your systems and controls so that you are confident that they are being adhered to? Over time short cuts can become the ‘norm’ and may well undermine the whole system of control.
Do you have a Whistleblowing Policy? – This is now a mandatory requirement following the release of the 2016 EFA Financial Handbook and is it clear to whom suspicions of fraud should be reported?
If you ever have a case of fraud or have heard of one do you ensure you carry out a review of your own processes that either resulted in or could result in that fraud occurring and decide what controls are needed to prevent re-occurrence?
So, you have asked yourself the above questions and feel confident that you are doing all the right things, so what else should you be doing.
Behavioural signs of fraud and the importance of identifying fraud early on
You will never be able to fully protect yourself against fraud, if someone really wants to commit fraud they will find a way. Although academy staff are generally very trustworthy and you will have done all your initial checks, personal situations can change and things can go wrong.
Early detection will significantly reduce the amount of loss as fraudsters will often get braver and take larger sums the longer it remains undetected.
So what are the signs that you should be looking for?
New cars, expensive holidays, designer clothes – generally living beyond their means;
Loans, calls from people chasing money, redundancy of a partner or other changes in personal circumstances where their personal finances could become more stretched;
Socialising with customers and suppliers;
Not wanting to share control or take holidays; and
Portraying an attitude of indifference to similar behaviour.
Controls are there to protect both your staff and the academy from financial miss-management, they may make a process more time consuming but remember it is better to take the time upfront to protect your academy and yourself rather than to become embroiled in an internal investigation or worse, a police investigation. Investigations not only bring significant time pressures but emotional stress as well even when the individuals involved are later found to be innocent. This can have a lasting impact on team morale and the culture of the academy so avoiding this at all costs is imperative.
Learning in the outdoors
During the last decade, we have seen many fantastic developments in technology resulting in everything we need being just a click away. Our lives seem to be more virtual than ever before but this is having a huge impact on the well-being of young people. We are seeing stress and obesity levels on the rise in children and less and less time is being spent outdoors.
Statistics show that just spending a short amount of time outdoors is both physically and mentally good for adults but even more important in the development of a young people. We at Entrust Outdoors encourage every young person to venture outside and explore the Natural World around them. By providing inexpensive outdoor activity programmes, we promote health and physical well-being as well as nurture a sense of curiosity and fascination in the natural world.
To help drive our message forward we have our very own theme, “Explore & Inspire”. Whether we are teaching the physical and fun aspects of outdoor activities or preaching the emotional and mental benefits our Explore & Inspire is always at the heart of everything we do.
When visiting our Outdoor Centres, young people will have the opportunity to challenge themselves, grow their confidence and develop key life skills. Alongside our ethos, we also endeavour to educate every child on the importance of conserving the planet and our effect on the natural world thus preserving it for future generations.
The benefits of learning in the outdoors
- Fresh air and exercise
- Promotes health and wellbeing
- Combats the onset of Nature Deficit Disorder
- Develops confidence and team building skills
June 2017 sees the launch of a highly-anticipated learning programme: Wilderness Academy. Based at a purpose-built campsite set deep in the forest, Wilderness Academy offers young people the opportunity to reduce their screen time, put down their devices and fully immerse themselves in the natural world. They will camp in the woods, learn new skills and take part in a range of exciting activities with their friends.
Inspiring the next generation of explorers
Our Wilderness Academy programme is designed to provide young people with essential outdoor survival skills. Taking these skills into their teenage and adult years, they will be equipped to explore the great outdoors and apply what they have learned. Skills such as water purification, navigation, wilderness first aid, cooking and shelter building are all included on our programme. You could inspire the next Ray Mears, or the next climber that scales mount Everest!
You can book your place on our Wilderness Academy today – View the attachment to check the latest on available places over the coming months.
For more information on our outdoor education service, please call 0300 111 8030 or visit www.entrustoutdoors.co.uk