Wondering how best to spend your new Sport Premium funding? Look no further. At the beginning of November, Entrust Outdoors will be launching their all-new, action-packed Entrust Adventure Learning Programme (EALP).
Specifically designed to meet the Outdoor and Adventurous Activities criteria for the PE and Sport curriculum, the EALP is a fast-paced and exciting blend of challenge, adventure and learning.
Delivered on school premises, the programme incorporates many of the mainstream aims of PE and Sport (such as the improvement of motor skills, mobility and physical fitness), but also places heavy emphasis on the development of key interpersonal skills.
Practical teambuilding tasks and challenging problem-solving activities serve as a powerful vehicle for personal development and over the space of a single day, pupils will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of essential life skills, including:
Communication and cooperation
Teamwork and collaboration
Self-confidence and decision making
Trust and consideration for others
Resilience and perseverance
The first strand of the EALP, Rescue One-Zero, will be launching early next month. Full details coming soon…
Top Tips for SENCOS
Useful questions when analysing school data:
• Is there a difference between SEN percentages in each year group?
• What sub groups are featured in the SEN population? (boys/girls, EAL, LAC)
• How many SEN pupils are also Pupil Premium?
• Look at the data in year groups/classes. Is there a class that stands out as having better or worse data? This can be used to share good practice or identify where support is needed.
• Do SEN boys or girls achieve better?
• Do SEN Pupil Premium achieve better or worse than SEN non Pupil Premium?
• Are there a high percentage of SEN under or over performing? This may indicate some problems with your identification of SEN.
• Is there a difference between the subjects? Which area seems to be more of a challenge for SEN pupil progress.
• Track attendance in line with SEN pupils to identify any trends.
• Use intervention pre and post data to closely track impact and then link this back to class progress.
Know your school well. Know your data and the pupils that sit behind the numbers. Know your strengths and weaknesses and put a clear plan in place to improve. This should be linked to school priorities and the SDP. Data is the key to achieving this and will allow you to continue to raise pupil progress and attainment for the most vulnerable pupils.
Take Your Classroom on an Ancestral Journey Through Time
Flint and Fire
Take Your Classroom on an Ancestral Journey through Time…
This year, your pupils will have the opportunity to journey back through time and discover how ancient man survived in the most hostile, unforgiving of environments.
Suitable for Key Stage 2, our ‘Flint and Fire’ programme focuses on primitive living skills and nature awareness. Pupils will have the opportunity to take part in fun, practical activities designed to stimulate and awaken their senses.
Our programme links to the Key Stage 2 Prehistoric Stone Age unit. Exploring how man created fire and what tools he used to hunt, gather food and survive. At the end of the programme, pupils will be able to apply their knowledge back in the classroom when learning about prehistoric times.
Based at our Chasewater Outdoor Education Centre, we offer both 2 and 3 day programmes with a range of fun, engaging activities including:
Flint and steel fire lighting
Open fire cooking
Cordage (string making)
Stalking and tracking games…and much more!
Find out more
Our Flint and Fire programme starts from 1st November 2017 through to 31st April 2018
To find out more, or book your place please visit email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.entrustoutdoors.co.uk
Good morning. Welcome to GovernorLine. How may I help you?
Good morning. Welcome to GovernorLine. How may I help you?
The initial response of many callers to GovernorLine is one of surprise – a real person and not an automated list of buttons - pressing to find the right contact. Calls to GovernorLine are answered by an advisor with the time and expertise needed to help governors when they need support and advice.
GovernorLine is a free advice service provided by Entrust, who have been commissioned by the DfE to provide support to all involved in school governance. It is a free service that provides individual advice and support via telephone conversations or via email. In the first six months of service, over 300 calls and emails have been answered.
GovernorLine provides a one stop advice point for all who are involved in school governance in England. It is staffed by a small but very experienced team. With skills ranging from being governors, Chairs, Clerks, School Business Managers, School Improvement officers and Senior leadership roles including headship, the team has a wealth of experience and knowledge.
Callers have acknowledged the importance of sharing and clarifying ideas with colleagues who are actively involved in governance. Often callers need the reassurance that they are on the right lines and in most cases, are addressing issues in a professional and clear manner. Often, they find the conversation with the advisor enables them to drill down to identify clear actions and a way forward.
Most calls clearly demonstrate the desire of school governors to focus on school priorities and fulfilling the duties and functions of effective governance. What has become very apparent in the last six months is the high level of commitment and determination governors have and how they are working to achieve the very best for their school communities. The time and effort governors give is commendable.
The GovernorLine team look forward to hearing from your school – we are here to support, advise and work with all those involved in school governance in England. As many of our callers say –“ thank you – it has been really helpful talking to you.”
Please pass this information onto your governing board…
GovernorLine – a free, confidential advice, information and support to School Governors, clerks and individuals involved directly in the governance of maintained schools, academies and free schools in England.
Call us free on 0800 151 2410 from Monday to Friday 9:000am to 8:00pm or email your question anytime Governorline@entrust-ed.co.uk
HRH Earl Of Wessex visits Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre
On Friday 8th September children, young people and staff at Laches Wood Outdoor Education Centre were treated to a visit from His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex.
The Earl, who now plays a key role in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) scheme his father set up 60 years ago, met young people and staff from Madeley High School who Entrust have supported in their DofE expeditions this year.
Since 2015, when Entrust first became a provider licensed under the scheme, the number of young people being supported to achieve an award has grown and grown. Next year Entrust are looking to support over 350 young people through their DofE journey, including young people who cannot access the scheme through their schools, ensuring a county-wide inclusive Duke of Edinburgh's Award provision.
The Earl of Wessex also met with young people who were resident at the centre engaged in the ‘adventure’ phase of their National Citizen Service (NCS). This year NCS received royal assent and Entrust is proud to have supported over 5000 young people to engage with this programme that helps build skills for work and life.
Notable highlights of the day included the Earl’s visit to our Wilderness Academy camp set up in the woods, where children from Barnfields Primary engaged in primitive woodland crafts such as cordage making, pump drills, fire lighting and owl-call whistle making, and a cultural mash-up of African drumming provided by the Entrust Music Service in the giant tipi (with resident Indian chief!).
Wilderness Academy is one of our newest offerings, where participants are immersed in a more natural environment than many are used to; from sleeping under canvas surrounded by woodland, waking to the dawn chorus, to conjuring fire and lighting up the natural senses. We use the surrounding landscape to host experiences for young people which help to develop real life transferable skills that anyone can benefit from whilst also bringing a sense of nature exploration to an adventure learning programme.
This autumn will also see our NEW Flint & Fire programme delivered from Chasewater, with a wide range of fun activities that will awaken and stimulate senses, bringing together a multitude of skills and ancient techniques based around nature awareness and primitive living skills.
Our Twilight Explorer programmes are also being rekindled this autumn, giving further insight into nomadic tribal cultures, supporting studies in the stone age tools element of the national primary curriculum. Dream catchers are woven along with narratives and stories told over a background of chants around an open fire.
The Earl of Wessex clearly enjoyed his day at Laches Wood, meeting the children, young people and staff and seeing the many benefits of outdoor learning being celebrated. He left not only having had a great day but with a carved owl-call whistle presented to him from one of the children from Barnfields Primary to take back to his own children.