British Science Week is a 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering and maths. Commencing 10th March, there will be thousands of events and activities organized in schools, in communities and by a whole host of cultural organisations, businesses and other venues all over the country. Anyone can join in and organise an event or activity! So, with almost 2000 events registered already, look at how you can get involved!
What’s going on near you?
Click here to check out the exciting events going on near you!
Run an activity
Run your own activities to celebrate British Science Week.
Looking for inspiration? Browse through a vast library of activity packs and find a fascinating and fun idea to keep people of all ages occupied! You can find Activity packs available for download on the British Science Week official website.
Why not get creative and enter the British Science Association’s annual poster competition, with the theme of ‘Change’. Enter the UK-wide competition with the chance to win an exciting range of prizes! Once you have completed your poster. Send them to:
Change Poster Competition,
British Science Association,
Wellcome Wolfson Building,
165 Queen’s Gate,
You will also need to complete a short online form for your entries to be eligible for judging! This can be found here.
To find out more about the competition, click here.
Supporting GCSE MFL Exams for EAL pupils
GCSE MFL Exams for EAL pupils
that EAL pupils should have the opportunity to gain an additional GCSE through
taking Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) GCSE exams in their home language. Not
only is our team experienced in conducting the oral examinations for the GCSEs
in your pupil’s home language, we can also provide preparation support and
assistance prior to the exams. We believe that EAL pupils should have the
opportunity to gain an additional GCSE through taking MFL GCSE exams in their
home language. Not only will this provide an extra GCSE towards their overall
subjects; in addition, a good grade in this exam will be an excellent boost for
their confidence levels.
languages available for support are:
• Mandarin Chinese
• Cantonese Chinese
would like more information or wish to discuss your requirements, please
contact us at email@example.com
The key questions a governing body should ask itself…
Do you have the right skills on the governing body?
If you are unsure, try completing a skills audit – there is a ready-made one the National Governors Association website. http://www.nga.org.uk/Home.aspx
Have you developed long-term aims for the school?
High quality governance and school leadership relies on having a strong ethos and values. These should guide your long term aims and help to set clear priorities in an annual strategic plan that you review regularly. Your plan should reflect national priorities too. This plan will influence your activities and agenda setting.
Do you carry out an annual review of your performance?
Reviewing the performance of the governing board will help you evidence your effectiveness to Ofsted. Look back at the last three years and review your achievements against your strategic plans.
Are you holding school leaders to account?
Are you effective in challenging school’s leaders? You can always get external support to ensure independent advice. We can carry out a review on your behalf to look at this and provide support to ensure that your governing board is effective in holding the school leaders to account.
Do you understand your school’s performance data?
Understanding pupil progress and attainment across the various groups of pupils is essential for evaluating the impact of previous developments and for setting new targets. They will help you set your long-term priorities and will enable you to performance manage your head teacher more effectively.
Do you know how your pupil performance compares to the national average?
Comparing your performance to the national average will give insight into your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you prioritise your actions and provide focus for the school improvement.
Do you have a good understanding of SEN?
You must ensure your school is meeting all SEN regulations. Make sure you have a designated SENCO who holds the National Award for SENCOs and that you publish a SEN policy and information report on your website.
What are your school’s attendance rates?
It is important you know if there are any trends in poorer attendance – is it certain groups of pupil’s, a particular year group or key stage? It is important you identify someone in the school to be responsible for monitoring and improving attendance.
What is done to support under-performing students and is it having an impact?
It is important that all teaching staff know which groups of pupils require intervention. Middle leaders should play a vital role in this. If your intervention is not having a positive impact – you could consider collaborating with another school that has had greater success.
Do you understand your school’s finances and ensuring best value for money?
You should have a Governor on your board who has experience of financial planning and purchasing. Our ‘Finance for Governors’ training course is great for those Governors who are looking for some help and advice.
How are you spending your pupil premium?
It is important you measure the impact your pupil premium funding is having and how it is narrowing achievement gaps. Our pupil premium audit will look at how you are spending the funding and will identify alternative approaches shown to be effective in improving the achievement of disadvantaged pupils.
Are you engaging with your pupil’s and their parents?
Make sure you publish key information on your website and take every opportunity to engage with your pupils and their parents – let them contribute to your planning and involve them with any key decisions you make.
Are you collaborating with other schools?
Learning from other schools and sharing successes is a cost-effective way to help you improve your school’s performance. See page four to find out how we can support you to facilitate this.
What is in place for the professional development of your teaching staff?
An audit of need will help your school to develop a CPD programme. It is vital that your school is recognising and sharing best practice – this could be further improved by collaborating with other schools.
Is your Chair of Governors an effective leader?
You should carry out a regular review of the Chairs performance. It is best practice to re-elect your chair and committee members every year.
Further help and advice…
Our popular Governor information pack is a comprehensive booklet that contains the latest news, updates and links to relevant documents and guides for further reading. We also include appendices of sample materials and extract of publications for a handy reference guide. Alongside this we provide a detailed suggested agenda for maintained schools and academies. This wide ranging agenda acts as an aid memoire to help you construct your own agenda without missing any important aspects. Furthermore, if you purchase our information pack, we will also offer you annual support via the phone or email to ensure you receive timely advice and guidance on governance matters.
To find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keeping Children Safe Online
Online abuse of children has become a prominent concern in recent years, partly through changes in official attitudes to the problem, and partly through vastly increased publicity. The subject is high on every school’s agenda. What can you do to help protect your children?
Online technology is growing ever more powerful, and is pretty much universal these days. It offers huge opportunities for creative learning, but it also poses a threat to the safety of children.
The raw statistics* can be alarming:
20% of 8-11 year olds have a social media profile
25% of 11-16 year olds have experienced something upsetting on a social site
33% of children have been bullied online
25% of young people have come across racist or hate messages online
around 7% of young people have at one time sexted a compromising selfie
Childline carries out some 7,000 counselling sessions a year with children who have been bullied online and 75% of parents have looked for advice to help their children deal with online risks.
*(All these stats are quoted by the NSPCC – www.nspcc.org.uk)
To highlight the risks, Entrust carried out their own survey with 800 key stage two pupils about how they use the internet. The key findings of the survey included:
57% of children surveyed said they use the internet every day.
23% of children use the internet more than four hours a day. 41% of children surveyed said they use the internet in their bedroom.
15% of children surveyed said they had been threatened, insulted or harassed whilst using the internet.
26% of children surveyed said they had made friends with people online that they had never met before.
6% of children surveyed said they had met, face-to-face, with someone they made friends with online without telling a friend or family member.
Online abuse: What is it and where does it happen?
Online abuse is a very broad term, covering any type of abuse that happens on the web or on mobile phone networks. It most often takes place on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram. It can also happen in online games, where there can be hundreds of players in the same online space, not all of whom are there to play computer games. But abusers don’t need social media for what they do – abuse can just as easily be carried out direct from smartphone to smartphone. Children can be at risk from people they know, as well as from strangers.
The abuse might be part of physical or emotional abuse that’s taking place in their ‘real world’ – bullying and grooming, either sexual or political. Or, it might be online only – for example where children are persuaded to take and share compromising photos of themselves (‘sexting’). And, of course, two of the things that make the internet and mobile so powerful – their ability to bring together large numbers of people and their constant presence – which can make victims of online abuse feel that there’s no escape.
Helping to keep children safe online
Schools, of course, have clear statutory responsibilities in this area and you’ll have routes to many sources of advice, training and good practice, as well as properly defined procedures. But there’s more that you can do to make sure you’re providing the very best safeguarding service and providing active protection for children in your care.
Software to manage your safeguarding processes
You can reduce the admin overhead, ensure that no problem disappears from view, and make certain that every concern is tracked and dealt with appropriately and in good time – by using a system designed specifically to manage safeguarding issues. These systems enable you to record actual incidents, as well as any worries that staff might have about a particular child, to alert the right people, assess situations and manage the action you need to take.
From Sep 2016, the Government will be advising schools to have appropriate filters and monitoring systems in place. This kind of service provides you with active management of online activity – so you can spot potential problems before they materialise. The key agencies – CEOP, Internet Watch Foundation, NSPCC and British Standards Institute – have all contributed to the development of these packages, so they are all state-of-the-art, and encompass current legislation and best practice.
It’s vital to ensure your IT infrastructure has no weak points that could allow abuse to take place, that your curriculum includes the right topics, and that your staff and governors are all up to speed with training and are properly informed. Much of this work is highly technical, and there are consultancies that specialise in this kind of service.
FIND OUT MORE
To find out more contact Entrust on 0300 111 8030 or email email@example.com.
Imagine the Possibilities – Our 2017/18 Offer
A new budget brings new ideas and aspiring ambitions. We are here to help you harness the energy, enthusiasm and creativity that is bursting from the classrooms and staffrooms and support you to turn your ambitions into reality. Here are a few ways we can help...
Raise attainment and improve outcomes…
• Validate and evidence outstanding leadership with our Head Teacher Performance Review
• Carry out an external review of your school governance to identify strengths and areas for development
• Review your SEN practice and develop an action plan with our online SEN Audit tool
• Support and develop reading in your school with our Reading Health Check
• Meet your statutory and welfare requirements with our ‘Unwrap the Safeguarding and Welfare Mysteries of the EYFS’ package
Inspire futures and maximise potential…
• Revolutionise your lessons with our innovative and cross-curricular STEM activities
• Challenge stereotypes and inspire futures with our Business Enterprise Challenge Day, Challenging Stereotypes activity and Build a Community project
• Interact with the community and showcase your vision, values and achievements with a brand new school website
• Integrate outdoor learning into your curriculum to stimulate curiosity and maximise what is essentially a free learning resource
• Use your apprenticeship levy to inspire and upskill new and existing staff
Be cost-effective and efficient…
• Build a prosperous future with our partner Oaks who will help you generate your own income
• Take part in our financial health check to ensure you are capitalising on every penny training
• Apply for CIF funding to ensure sustainable and safe learning spaces in your school
• Become energy efficient with 100% interest-free, government approved, Salix loans
• Invest in your Business Administration staff and provide them with our NASBM approved CPD
Meeting your individual needs…
We understand that off-the-shelf packages aren’t always suitable and we are on hand to help create and deliver the best support package for your school – or your group of schools. We can support you with:
• Property maintenance, refurbishments and extensions
• ICT support and the use of innovative technologies in the classroom
• Finance and procurement support
• Staff CPD and curriculum development
• Education improvement initiatives
• Careers guidance and STEM activities
• Outdoor education packages
• Apprenticeship Levy advice and guidance
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your individual needs further, please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our Account Managers will contact you back and ensure your enquiries and individual needs are met.
Alternatively, you can browse our 2017/18 offer by signing into our Online Solutions Tool at: http://entrust.education/.