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The first open evening held at Bradford District Pupil Referral Unit has been hailed a great success.
The school, also known as Anerley Street Vocational Centre, has helped turn around the lives of disadvantaged pupils.
The District PRU currently has a ‘good’ Ofted rating and Its new site was created in Anerley Street last year.
A recent open evening was held with invited councillors to see the improvements the school is making and included activities and a visit from Father Christmas.
The Education Network provided the food and many current and former pupils attended.
The school provides caring support within a safe environment with a purpose to develop the students’ academic potential.
Associate headteacher, Lee Whitworth said: “Our first community open evening was a great success and we would like to thank the huge number of local residents, businesses and councillors who attended and have supported our staff and students since we opened last year. As a result of the evening we are looking forward to developing a range of community projects with our pupils and local residents in the new year.”
You can find the full story on the Telegraph & Argus here
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The Education Network’s Durham and Middlesbrough office recently ran a Halloween writing competition for schools across the North East.
Over 20 schools entered the Key Stage 2 Halloween writing competition with a total of 62 pupil entrants overall.
Pupils were asked to complete a spooky Halloween story titled ‘The story of Sunnyvale Avenue’. The tale begins with a young boy called Jason who accidentally gets lost on his way home from school and ends up in a dark and scary street trying to find his way home.
The entries we received were so impressive that It was difficult to choose a winner with all the fantastically imaginative stories and excellent use of adjectives.
However, in the end The Education Network decided the winning school was Skelton Primary School, Redcar who won £50 worth of book vouchers! The winning pupil, Oliver Clarke included a twist in his story and as a result won a £10 Amazon voucher for himself, as well as the book vouchers for the school.
The two runners up from Rosa Street Primary School and New Penshaw Academy in Sunderland were also given £10 Amazon vouchers for their wonderful efforts.
At The Education Network we prioritise education over profit and frequently hold these competitions to give our schools the opportunity to win prizes and encourage learning and fun in lessons.
We love visiting our schools and meeting the staff and students and it give us the greatest joy that schools set our competitions as homework for their pupils.
If you have an idea and would like us to be involved or you would like to speak to The Education Network (Durham & Middlesbrough) regarding sponsorship opportunities or anything else, please contact Katie.email@example.com.
Thank you to everyone who entered our Halloween competition at The Education Network and keep an eye out on our Social Media for more competitions coming your way soon!
The Education Network listened when you said that access to high-quality curriculum and teaching resources is one of THE most important factors when it comes to supply teaching and so we’ve partnered up with a leading resources website to bring you just that!
These wonderful resources meet the needs of the new curriculum and primary school teachers (including supply) can gain access to materials for Reception through to Year 6 by taking advantage of our exclusive discount.
The following resources are available for all year groups:
Medium term plans for Maths and English from Reception through Year 6
Differentiated weekly plans for Maths, including mixed age combinations for R/1, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4, 4/5 and 5/6.
Differentiated plans for English, including mixed age combinations for R/1, 1/2, 2/3, 3/4 and 5/6.
A complete set of Science plans for Years 1-6.
Cross-curricular topics planning for Reception, KS1, LKS2 and UKS2
Resources and print outs for each lesson.
Can support student learning and increase student success
Allow you to modify assignments to best activate each individual student’s learning style.
Add important structure to lesson planning and the delivery of instruction.
Guide both teacher and student and provide a valuable routine.
Teachers who are members of The Education Network family can gain access to whole Key Stage resources (R&KS1, LKS2 or UKS2) for a year by means of making a small donation which is at a 33% discount of the usual cost.
Contact the primary consultant in your local office today for more details regarding this unique offer.
Pupils from Cragside Church of England Primary School in Cramlington had a fantastic opportunity to add some magic into their school library last week.
In partnership with The Education Network and Waterstone’s book store in Newcastle, pupils were invited to choose some wonderful new books.
The book pick event is just the start of what will be an on-going reading-based project with the Cramlington school that will further fuel their passion for reading.
Year 6 Teacher, Rachel Middis said “We are absolutely thrilled to be working so closely with The Education Network to enhance the reading experiences for children at Cragside. The school library is the heart of our school and we understand the vital importance of instilling, in all our children, a lifelong love of reading.”
The project will be introduced to the children through an ‘advent calendar of books’. Each day in December a child will be chosen to unwrap a new book to add to the school’s well-loved collection.
The ‘Book of the Day’ will then be used within lessons to produce character profiles, alternative endings and poetry, some of which will be used by Waterstones to promote books in store and will be shared through social media, nationwide.
Michelle Giles, Client and Partnership Developer from The Education Network said “Cragside is a school we work closely with and we are always inspired with the passion for reading. As we strive to support the schools we work with in ways that clearly add to the provision. As a former teacher myself, I know of the importance to instil a ‘passion for reading’ in children and this is why we felt it important for the children to pick their own books. We hope that this helps to further support Cragside’s already wonderful efforts to improve their children’s reading and writing and we look forward to continuing to support them in any way we can.”
Head teacher, Paul Rusby said, “The love of books and reading for pleasure is such an important part of everyday at Cragside. We have invested heavily in a wonderful library filled with amazing books and some incredible computer programs which allow our children access to a huge library of books on their ipads, computers and tablets. We are thrilled that we have this opportunity to work with Education Network and Waterstones to ensure our children have access to the most recent books which I know they can’t wait to start reading.”
More information can be found on the school website at www.cragside.northumberland.sch.uk or via the schools Twitter here.
The Education Network along with the Outer West Learning (OWL) Trust held a Dodgeball competition yesterday in a bid to boost healthy living in schools.
The OWL Trust is a foundation trust of ten primary schools located in the outer west of the city of Newcastle upon Tyne that strive to ensure pupils attain good standards and have a positive learning experience.
Out of the ten schools within the trust, nine participated and Throckley Primary hosted the event which saw approximately 180 children taking part in the finals that commenced from 13.00 to 14.30pm.
The Education Network worked in connection with Phil Hancock, Business Development Manager of Keep Active, the Community Interest Company that inspires children, young people and adults to achieve success through sport, fitness, dance, cooking and creative activities.
The Education Network provided free coaching sessions which started at the end of September for all nine schools. Each school took part in four sessions to guarantee all had adequate training with a qualified coach prior to the tournament.
Each team played four games at the finals and the winning team turned out to be our very own hosts, Throckley Primary school!
All participants received a medal, certificate (to be presented at a school assembly) and the winning team also received an engraved trophy.
The sponsorship comes as no surprise as just this year alone The Education Network has been actively involved in several nationwide School Games, fun days, football tournaments and much more, all in a bid to promote healthy living and positive mental health amongst children.
“As part of our incentive to promote healthy lifestyles, activities, sport and well being we are committed to putting funds into school events such as this and wanted to introduce children to a new and interesting sporting activity.” said Managing Director, Kevin Gill.
The day was a riveting success and we’d like to thank all the schools, staff and pupils that got involved.
Visit the official Outer West Learning Trust website for more information here.
The Education Network will be at the TES Special Educational Needs show the 7th & 8th of October.
The UK’s largest special educational needs show is back this weekend and will be running from 10am – 5pm on both days at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London, N1 0QH.
The Education Network will be at stand 203 giving out corporate goodies, including branded selfie sticks and there will also be a £50 Amazon voucher up for grabs, as well as competitions and interactive activities throughout the day.
Registration is free and the show is considered the event of the year for school leaders, teachers, support staff, parents and carers with an interest in SEN.
Over the course of the weekend there will be:
48 CPD sessions – to inspire, educate and deliver the latest research, trends and ideas
FREE workshops – a fantastic timetable of focussed sessions led by our exhibitors
TeachMeet SEN 2016 – sign up to share your ideas and join the conversation
Over 200 exhibitors, thousands of resources and great products, all under one roof
Money-saving offers and exclusive show-only discounts with exhibitors
Networking and advice sharing with thousands of fellow peers, suppliers and industry association
The show is a fantastic opportunity to benefit from a wealth of expertise, so if you’re in a position to attend, we highly recommend it!
For more information about the TES SEN Show, including how to plan your visit and what’s on during the course of the weekend, click here.
We hope to see you there!
Ever considered working on a 1-1 basis with pupils?
Does supporting students with additional needs appeal to you?
Want to work less hours per day and have a timetable built around your lifestyle?
Enjoy working in the community and not in a typical school setting?
If you answered yes to any or all of those questions then our 1-1 Tutor workshop is perfect for you.
Join us on the 24th of August at 1.30pm where we will share good practice, discuss some of the important inclusions relating to alternative provision in the latest Ofsted report and provide more information about our 1-1 tuition service.
If you would like to attend this workshop at our Warrington office then please register your interest using the details below.
There will also be an opportunity to share ideas, have an open discussion and meet other Tutors.
We welcome any information, websites and useful resources that you would like to bring along with you to share.
This is also an excellent time to discuss anything you wish with the Recruitment Services Director of our Warrington office, Eileen.
We are inviting our current bank of tutors and would love to welcome any new interested parties.
Please contact the Warrington office on 01925 247820 or email Warrington@ednetwork.co.uk to book your place.
We look forward to meeting you!
‘Learn How to Have The Best Year of Your Life’ and join The Education Network in Warrington for a free CPD session on Wednesday the 24th of August.
The session will run for approximately an hour from 12.30pm – 1.30pm on August 24th at St James Business Centre, Warrington, WA4 6PS.
You will learn how you can improve productivity and beat procrastination in the workplace with discussions led by former The Education Network employee, Melanie.
Melanie has spent 12 years working worldwide in the areas of Education, Banking, Travel and Hospitality Management and now her vision is to make a positive difference in the lives of people in 2016.
The course will give you the motivation you need to become the best version of yourself, so don’t wait until it’s too late book your place today!
To register your place call 01925 247 820 or email your full name to Warrington@ednetwork.co.uk with the subject ‘Best Year of Your Life CPD’
More than forty children and six young leaders from James Watt Primary School, Birmingham enjoyed a ‘Fun day’ courtesy of The Education Network on the 19th and 20th of July.
The two day affair organised by a team from The Education Network’s Birmingham office was planned as an end of term treat for KS1 & KS2 pupils for all their hard work this year.
The event proved to be both educational and fun as a variety of activities were held including sports, races and fun games with prizes, as well as competitions such as the Young Leader 2016 Competition which encouraged primary school children to take ownership over the two days, from the planning to the marketing and even managing.
Winners of the Young Leader competition were given lovely trophies which were donated by The Education Network.
The Education Network team worked hard throughout the day running the stalls, participating in games and activities and hand designing and printing T’shirts for the pupils.
Members of the team even volunteered to have wet sponges thrown at them, though given the current weather this may have been more for their benefit then the pupils!
Thank you to our very own Mr Evans and Mr Nichols for making this event so special and of course, to all the children and staff at James Watt Primary School.
Visit the official James Watt Primary School website here to see what else they’re up to this year.