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I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsThe Singing City-ManchesterSchools Celebrate National SingUp DayA National Day of Singing was held on 9 February 2011promoted by Sing Up, the Government’s initiative forinclusive singing in schools.At a similar event last year, Manchester responded withover 16,000 pupils and teachers singing together in some70 schools across the city. This year the Singing City livedup to its name again.In schools like Mount Carmel, Camberwell Park, andCheetwood in the north; in the south, like Crossacresand Benchill; at Chorlton CE, Oswald Rd and ManleyPark; at All Saints and Old Hall Drive in Gorton; atAcacias, Cavendish, Green End and St Catherine’s – andat many, many more – the singing rang out.Manchester has three Sing Up Platinum Award winningschools, and they each, with support from Sing Up, ranoutreach programmes to neighbouring primary schools,high schools and academies. The Platinum Schools areSt Augustine’s, Temple and Ss John Fisher & ThomasMoore, each of which has its own Staff Choir.Staff Choirs are a great new feature on the Manchestersinging landscape, with more and more schools usingthem as stress busters.The day was crowned by a Twilight Singing event, at theRoyal Northern College of Music, for Teachers and staffchoirs. Impressively, 86 of them enjoyed a great sessionled by Carla Ellington, Verity Gosling and Maurice Walsh,accompanied by the Ged Marciniak Trio.Another session for staff is planned for the near future,please use contact details below for more information.School NewsTemple Primary SchoolCelebrates National Sing Up DayOn the 9 February, Temple Primary School hosted aNational Sing Up Day Concert with guest performancesfrom Cheetwood Primary School, Crumpsall Laneand St. Chads. Temple was awarded the honour ofbecoming a Platinum School in January 2010 and hassince continued to work tirelessly to bring singing tothe forefront of all school activity.Temple organised the concert as an opportunityto bring together schools from similar challengingcommunities and to celebrate the wonderful work theyhad done in singing. Temple’s performances came fromtheir KS1 choir, KS2 choir, the school Talent club andtheir Staff Choir.Each school visited Temple prior to the 9 February andworked alongside the Sing Up Champion for Temple todevelop singing skills, repertoire and most importantlyto have fun.The materials for the concert were developed duringthese workshops which each school had attended withthe common aim to develop singing in their school.All the children involved in the workshops wereenthusiastic and their enthusiasm is a credit to thewhole community. Bringing together the childrenin this special concert enabled our schools to sharesomething that all our children can access and havefun whilst doing it – SINGING!Staff had an opportunity to share ideas and singtogether with the children, which made the wholeexperience a very positive one and one that we hopeall the children will remember throughout their schoollives.Contact: Maurice WalshTel: 0161 226 4422Email: m.walsh1@manchester.gov.ukContact: Rachel DardisTel: 0161 205 1932Email: r.dardis@temple.manchester.sch.uk4


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsBoxing Clever! Amir Khan inspires Year 9 at Cedar Mount…World Boxing Champion Amir Khan visited CedarMount in January much to the surprise of Year 9 whowere expecting a special assembly on KS4 options.Instead, in walked the Olympic medallist completewith his gold belt and entourage!Amir kindly offered to talk to our pupils on theimportance of commitment and dedication togoals. Pupils in turn had the opportunity to ask himquestions as to how he made it to the top. Amir’sbrother, Haroon, also came and talked about hismedal success and ambitions for the 2012 Olympics.Koaser, Hussain and Hamza, who are all in training tobe boxers, had the privilege of having their photostaken with him and boxing gloves signed.Kevin Williams, manager of our own Gorton BoxingAcademy, organised the event. Boxing club is heldevery Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday evening from17.00 to 18.00. If anyone is interested in going alongthen just turn up on the night.Membership at the boxing academy is free to ourpupils. You never know, one of you might be comingback with a gold belt to talk at assemblies in thefuture!Contact: Tracey BishopTel: 0161 248 7009Email: t.bishop@cedarmount.manchester.sch.ukKUNG HEY FAT CHOI!Children at Cavendish Community Primary School inWest Didsbury, enjoyed learning about Chinese NewYear together.The interactive learning day included lion dancing,cookery, mask making, internet research, musicworkshops and dressing up. Year 6 pupil Nicole Laiwas teacher for the day as she helped her classmateslearn some Cantonese. We even had a Chineselunch of sweet and sour with noodles, followed bydelicious pineapple fritters.It was a great way for everyone to celebrate Chineseculture, and a reminder of the fantastic diversity wehave in our great city.KUNG HEY FAT CHOI!Contact: Janet MarlandTel: 01612341020Email: head@cavendish.manchester.sch.uk5


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsManchester Creative and MediaAcademy Will Present Their Lawat Parliament‘Lights, Camera, Parliament!’ is a film competitionfor 11-16 year olds. Giving young people the chanceto make their voices heard by creating a short threeminute film, telling parliament what law they wouldlike to see in place.Students from MC&MA have been working hard tocreate a law that they think should be passed byparliament and their hard work has paid off by themwinning the opportunity to present their law at theAward Winners’ Day in the Houses of Parliament onThursday 10 March 2011. The judges will then decidewho is the overall winner out of the six finalists. Thisis a fantastic learning opportunity for the students, asthey will have the chance to meet and engage withprofessionals and decision makers within the Palaceof Westminster. Also it is a great achievement by ourtalented team.MC&MA students entered the competition withtheir law ‘Schools have the right to prosecute bullies’inspired by national stories of bullying.‘Between 15 and 25 children every year commitsuicide because they are being bullied’ (www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/stamping-outbullying-576)Four year 11 girls, Jessica Ball, Meghan Brogden, KeziaBudsworth and Abigail Murray worked on the law andplanned a very creative and powerful film. The girlstook lead roles in all aspects of the film from planningto edit. They worked with a sixth form studentstudying music production to create the music forthe film. The students and staff at the Academy havesupported the film greatly and it has received thehighest number of hits out of all of the film entries.With over 1100 views MC&MA’s film is top of theleader board and we want it to stay there.So watch their film at www.radiowaves.co.uk/story/206169/title/Whohaspower.MC&MA Pupils take-over UnityRadio’s breakfast showFive pupils from Manchester Creative & MediaAcademies have taken over Unity Radio’s weekendbreakfast show, putting their presenting and editingskills to the test.Kelsey Henry, Ashan Chaudhary, Charis Riley, RonanHunston and Hannah Malvern have been workingalongside Unity’s Creative Director, Jon Green and DJShowDem who have been developing the students’writing skills and teaching them all about the worldof radio.Jon Green has said that ‘working with young peoplein schools gives us the opportunity not only topass on valuable skills, but more importantly toencourage them to stay in school and value theireducation.’The students have been choosing their own tracks toplay and learning how to talk in between and overtheir favourite songs. Involving other members ofthe school, the students can often be found on theplayground interviewing for key pieces in their show.Jane Eagle, Assistant Vice Principal said, ‘it has beenfantastic to watch the students’ confidence growas they have learnt and put into practice new skillsthat they can showcase for the whole community.Working alongside industry professionals hasgiven them a wonderful insight into such a creativeindustry and fits in perfectly with our creative andmedia specialism.’The show airs on a Saturday and Sunday morningbetween 10.00 -12.00 for a three week period.Contact: Lauren Fernback / Siobhan GorylTel: 07930 259 681 / 0161 681 4678Email: lfernback@mcmacademy.com / sgoryl@mcmacademy.com6


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsDiana Award presented to inspirational young role modelNewall Green High School is delighted to announce that Kirsty Howard hasbeen publicly honoured with the Diana Award.The Diana Award is a unique lifetime honour presented to individual youngpeople for the compassion and outstanding and selfless contributionsto their communities. These young people are positive role models for ageneration and challenge negative stereotypes of young people. Awardholders automatically become members of the Diana Alumni programmeenabling them to continue their hard work and provide them with the skillsto develop their full potential.Kirsty Howard, 15 years, has been chosen for the Award because of herexceptional contribution to her school and community. As Kirsty explainedin her acceptance speech, since her fourth birthday she has been fundraisingand campaigning for Francis House Children’s Hospice. Despitebattling with her own illness on a daily basis, she actively raised her targetof £5 million for the Kirsty Appeal on 28 October 2006 and is now raisingmoney to extend the provision of the hospice.She has been fully engaged in all areas of school life and the curriculum,providing inspiration and education to those around her. She is adetermined, resilient, spirited young lady and always shows compassionand empathy for those around her.Congratulations Kirsty, we are all very proud of you and wish you everyhappiness.Let usremember…Year 9 students representedNewall Green High School at theHolocaust Memorial event inManchester. After watching a shortfilm they had the opportunity tomeet representatives from theManchester Jewish Community. Itwas a sad and thought-provokingevent, as students listened tostories of survivors of genocide.The afternoon was spent visitingrelevant sights of Manchester – anactive and emotional day!Ideal InspirationAuthor Steve Voake, whose books include ‘The Dreamwalker’s Child’,‘Bloodhunters’ and ‘Fightback’ visited Newall Green High School tospeak to the Book Club and Year 7 students as part of the ‘ManchesterFiction City’ Scheme. Steve explained how he gets his ideas; read froma selection of his books; answered eager questions and signed anenormous amount of autographs!The students thoroughly enjoyed the visit and are now full of inspiration– watch out J K Rowling!Contact: Karen LavinTel: 0161 234 6420Email: k.lavin@newallgreenhigh.manchester.sch.uk7


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsThe Pride of ManchesterSaint Paul’s Catholic High School is delighted with theachievements of Year 11 pupil, Alex Brooks, who is partof a group of teenagers who have just been named thePride of Manchester.The group of teenagers, Shawe Thing, has dedicatedthemselves to improving their neighbourhood andwas recently honoured at a glittering town hall awardsceremony as Manchester’s community champions.The group of Wythenshawe teenagers, whose volunteerwork has included, tackling youth nuisance and workingwith the elderly, were named “champions amongchampions” by council chiefs in the annual awardsfor unsung heroes. Alex has just been nominated asSecretary for the group for 2011.In addition to being part of Shawe Thing, Alex Brooksbecame the youngest volunteer on the Wythenshawesummer play scheme named Summersonic and in 2009,at the age of 14, Alex did over 80 hours volunteer workduring the six week summer holidays and was a fantasticcoach helping with a number of sports.This year Alex compiled a further 80 hours during thesummer and also has worked during the half term,Christmas and Easter holidays. In addition, Alex hastaken on two extra roles to extend her volunteeringexperience. The first is a permanent Youth WorkerVolunteer role at Norbrook Youth Club and the second ispart of the District Youth Forum.World Class Brass for Saint Paul’sA group of pupils from Saint Paul’s Catholic HighSchool in Wythenshawe recently took part in a brassmusic workshop at the Royal Northern College of Musicin Manchester.The workshop offered a fantastic opportunity to listento and learn from the world famous ‘Venezuelan Brass’ensemble. The four Year 7 boys, who were delightedto be selected for this unique opportunity, attendedworkshops which were run by Venezuelan Brass in themorning and in the afternoon the Venezuelan Brassperformed and amazing concert for the pupils towatch.The young brass ensemble was founded in 2003from Venezuela’s ground-breaking youth orchestraprogramme, El Sistema, comprising some 200 children’sand young people’s orchestras and about 100 musiccentres spread all over the country. Leading the way isthe wonderful Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra, wheremost of the members of the Brass Ensemble comefrom.“This was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils,”explained Miss Rachael Johnson, a music teacher atSaint Paul’s. “The Venezuelan Brass are world class, theyperform with amazing passion and exuberance.”Ms Johnson added “The power of the sound theensemble makes is incredible, the concert wasfantastic!”Contact: j.mcauliffe-hallTel: 0161 437 5841Email: j.mcauliffe-hall@st-paulshigh.net8


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsSt Peter’s RC High School chosen for key school support roleThe headteacher and staff at St Peter’s RC High Schoolhave been selected for a top role supporting schools inchallenging circumstances.John McNerney is one of the latest headteachers to beappointed to the role of National Leader of Education(NLE) following an announcement that the schoolsupport scheme, run by the National College forLeadership of Schools and Children’s Services, will beexpanded.NLEs use their success and professionalism as schoolleaders, along with the staff in their school – designateda National Support School - to provide additionalleadership capability in struggling schools or thosein transition to federation or academy status. Thedeployment is tailor-made to suit the needs of eachschool. The type of support provided is flexible andcan involve NLEs becoming acting or executiveheadteacher of the client school or schools. They alsohave responsibility for bringing on the next generationof NLEs and National Support Schools.Mr McNerney, headteacher of St Peter’s RC High Schoolfor the past twelve years said: “I am delighted that thework the staff and governors have been doing at StPeter’s for some years now has been recognised at anational level. Ofsted has judged St Peter’s to be anoutstanding school and with this new status, we nowhave the opportunity to expand the support we aregiving to other schools at the same time as we continueto keep improving the quality of education we providefor all our pupils.”Sharp ProjectYear 9 Art students at St Peter’s RC High School areworking on a business and enterprise competition byMOTIV Sharp Futures.The competition is to raise awareness of climatechange. The students have to develop a characternamed ‘Sharpie’ and show how it will represent a visionof Manchester in 2020. The 15 minute pitch will be inthe form of a storyboard and presentation. The winningpitch will have their character and story made into ananimation.So watch this space to see if St Peter’s Sharpie wins!Chemistry DayIn early January a group of 30year 9 students from St Peter’sRC High School went to thechemistry department at theUniversity of Manchester as partof Aimhigher. The students weregiven the opportunity to work inan undergraduate Laboratory usingequipment to carry out thin layerchromatography on a chemicalsample. The students were allengaged and enjoyed their timeworking in the laboratory. Afterlunch the students were taken ona tour of the department and wereshown the crystal X-ray machineand the NMR.The highlight of the day howeverwas the explosions and bangshow held in the universitylecture theatre this involved manychemical reactions the mostpopular being the hydrogen andoxygen balloons and cola bottles.Contact: Mr J McNerneyTel: 0161 248 1550Email: office@st-petershigh.manchester.sch.uk9


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsAmerican ambassador comes to Whalley RangeSchool NewsPupils at Whalley Range High School for Girls welcomeda high-ranking American ambassador, Deputy Chief ofMission Barbara J. Stephenson, a Minister at the UnitedStates Embassy in London, at the school on Thursday 9February.With experience as a US ambassador in Panama andDeputy Coordinator for Iraq at the US Department ofState, Mrs Stephenson inspired pupils by talking abouther own path to success, as well assisting their culturallearning by speaking about American policy.Mrs Stephenson was treated to a tour of the school’spremises, shown examples of the hard work andfantastic achievements of pupils and conducted aninterview with Range Radio - the school’s own radiostation.Whalley Range High School for Girls was recentlyawarded a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust GoldAward for Cultural Diversity and headteacher Patsy Kanesaid Mrs Stephenson’s visit further demonstrated itsefforts to promote cultural awareness.Contact: Patsy KaneTel: 0161 861 9727Email: pka@whalleyrange.manchester.sch.ukGold Standard for Wythenshawe FederationThe newly formed Smile Trust – Newall Green HighSchool, Benchill Primary and Baguley Hall PrimarySchool – have just become the first Federation in thecountry to gain the Gold Cultural and Diversity qualitystandard in recognition for their work in this area withinschool and within their local communities.The Smile Trust in Wythenshawe is ensuring that thestudents in its’care are aware of the diverse cultures oftheir local and national community. Special projectshave included Divali Day, Black History Day, a crosscurricularSpanish Day and World Wide Languages Day.However special projects were just one of the criteria– school ethos, achievement and curriculum were alsorecognised. From the catering across the Federation,which celebrates a variety of religious and culturalfestivals throughout the year, to the Lads, Dads andGranddads Club which helps children to achieve, theFederation is ensuring that they work with all elementsof the school and local community. As the localcommunity changes the schools have adapted usingtheir own staff and parents to help to reach childrenfrom ethnic minorities.Contact: Karen LavinTel: 0161 234 6420Email: k.lavin@newallgreenhigh.manchester.sch.ukRelationships with families are central to theFederation’s ethos, working together as a Federationwe are giving individual children and sometimestheir families the skills to succeed. Our parents feelrecognised and know we will do everything we can tohelp them and their families. These relationships havecome about as a result of many and various actions suchas setting up a room where parents can meet, familyresidentials and a ‘4 Mums’ Club.Understanding and serving the local community hasalways been top of the agenda for the schools and theyare delighted that their work has been recognised.10


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsSchool NewsGold Award for TempleTemple Primary School has been awarded theSpecialist Schools and Academies Trust’s CulturalDiversity Quality Standard Award Gold Standardfor their outstanding work promoting equality anddiversity and building positive relations withinthe school community, locally, nationally andinternationally.The school provided evidence against key indicatorssuch as ethos, achievement, curriculum, parental andcommunity involvement, staffing and governors andspecific projects and innovations which was judgedonline by an SSAT assessor together with a localauthority representative. This was followed by a visitto the school to meet and talk with staff, parents,governors and pupils.Mike Goodfellow, Peer Assessor from SSAT statedthat statements made in the schools last OFSTEDinspection, (in which the school was deemedoutstanding), continued to reflect the school’sapproach to developing pupils’ awareness of culturaldiversity and to promoting community cohesion.He found the curriculum to be outstanding andparticularly well modified to reflect the needs of theschool’s multi-ethnic community and the widelyvarying capabilities of the pupils. Pupils’ personaldevelopment, he reported, was outstanding,along with their spiritual, moral, social and culturaldevelopment.Mr Goodfellow continued that since the lastinspection ‘standards are continuing to be met, if notexceeded. It is indeed the culture of ‘all different, allequal’ that is embedded across the school ethos’.Mrs Vicky Morton, Head Teacher at Temple Primaryis delighted that our school has achieved thisaward. It is in recognition of all the hard work thatgoes on both within the school and with the widercommunity. Promoting equality and diversity has andalways will be at the very heart of our school.SSAT’s Cultural Diversity Quality Standard recognisesand celebrates the excellent work carried out bymany schools to promote cultural diversity andequality. All schools in all parts of the country areeligible to apply for the standard. The criteria wascreated with a number of headteachers from schoolsaround the country and with representatives from theStephen Lawrence Trust and the National Governors’Association.Contact: Ms V MortonTel: 0161 205 1932Email: head@temple.manchester.sch.uk11


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsService NewsCreative and Media Academies gain planning approvalWork is now underway at the site of the new £38million Creative and Media Academies campusfollowing planning approval.The two single sex academies (formally NorthManchester High School for Girls and High School forBoys) will remain as separate academies but studentswill dine together and share the use of specialistclassrooms. The two 750 place schools will offer anumber of facilities to the local community includinga recording studio, theatre, music and drama rooms,dance studio, ICT facilities, meeting rooms, cateringfacilities, a learning resource centre and café.The new building will also include a number ofenvironmentally friendly features such as a greenroof and a renewable energy powered heating andcooling system alongside rainwater harvesting.Grange School lays the foundation of its futureThe first milestone in the constructionof the new £14million Grange Schoolwas marked with the placing of acommemorative cornerstone.The new school building is beingconstructed on the former CedarMount High School site and willprovide 150 places for children aged4-19 with Autistic Spectrum Disorderalongside a residential unit whichwill provide ten long term residentialplaces and ten short break places.Governors, staff and students fromthe Grange School were joined byrepresentatives from Willmott Dixonand Manchester City Council to watchas Amena Al-Janabi, Chair of Governorsjoined Councillor Sheila Newman,Executive Member for Children’sServices, to lay the foundation stone.Contact: Sarah CreweTel: 0161 219 6757Email: s.crewe@manchester.gov.uk12


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsVirtual Learning Environment (VLE)Service NewsManchester City Council recently procured a VirtualLearning Environment (VLE) system to potentiallybenefit all of Manchester’s schools. This process wasstarted to meet schools requirements to ensure that theVLE meets the needs of schools and students.A Virtual Learning Environment is a web based solutiondesigned to support teaching and learning in aneducational setting, to include the provision of onlinetools for communication, assessment and uploading ofcontent. It provides a single.In September 2010, our first 20 schools were trainedand started to use the VLE, followed by a further 10schools at Christmas time. Feedback has been positiveand the schools have been working hard to build uptheir own individual learning platforms.Newall Green Primary School was one of the firstschools to have access to the VLE, and Head, Sarah Ruddhas found it to be a valuable tool;“The VLE has allowed us to create a system where wecan communicate, celebrate and create! Parents andchildren can log in to share information, ideas andexperiences. A safe system for children to communicatewith each other, collect homework and develop theirthinking by sharing ideas and skills with their friends.”The next cohort of schools to access the VLE will betrained from April. We still have a limited number ofspaces left to fill. If you would like your school to beincluded in this phase, or would like to know more,please e-mail your expression of interest tosanjaya@centralmancclc.com.Contact: Graham OpenshawTel: 0161 234 7293Email: g.openshaw@manchester.gov.ukChildren’s Trust Arrangements - Lead Professional Project UpdateWhat is the future for Common AssessmentFramework (CAF) and Lead Professional (LP) inManchester?Many of you have asked what is going to happen tothe Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and LeadProfessional ( LP) in Manchester now that the CAF andLP projects have closed, the CAF Coordinators havebeen disestablished and there has a been a change ingovernment.CAF and LP are going to continue in Manchester.It has been recognised that they are vital earlyintervention tools that are now being used by a widerange of agencies and are benefiting a number ofchildren and young people. In order to ensure that theprogress made to date is not lost, and the momentumis sustained, districts are prioritising CAF and LPimplementation. The District Wider Leadership Teamsand District Partnerships will support and challengeprogress with implementation and will report regularlyto the Children’s Trust Executive on progress.Contact: Sarah DowningTel: 0161 234 7536Email: s.downing@manchester.gov.ukWhy are CAF and LP so important?The CAF provides an assessment that is commonacross services in Manchester. It has helped embeda shared language; supported better understandingamongst practitioners; reduced the number of differentassessments; facilitated early intervention and speededup service delivery. The LP has ensured that theassessment has led to a coordinated package of supportand a team Around the Child to support the child andthe lead professional. Most importantly, CAF and LPprovide a better experience for children, young peopleand families involved with a range of agencies. This canbe evidenced from the feedback from practitioners andfamilies in the CAF Impact Evaluation.Frequently Asked QuestionsYou have been asking lots of questions about what isgoing to happen to CAF and LP after project closure,and what you and your service need to do. A frequentlyasked questions fact sheet is now available. You canrequest a copy of the FAQs fromCAFIT@manchester.gov.uk or phone 0161 234 7214.13


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsEvents2011 British Learning DisabilitySwimming ChampionshipsEntry pack – Information for coachesSaturday, 6 August 2011 - Ponds Forge, SheffieldEvents for swimmers with a severe learning disabilityEntry to these events is strictly for swimmers who cannot achieve the entry times due to the nature of theirSaturday, 6 August 2011disability. These events are not open to ‘beginners’ or ‘non-swimmers’.ThePondsorganisersForge,may provideSheffielda number of volunteers or supporters to assist, but recommend that teamsnominate a volunteer to assist swimmers in these races. This person should hold a CRB certificate issued withinthe last two years, and bring it with them on the day.Entering the competitionEntry The event forms is promoted are available by a partnership from www.mencap.org.uk/sport, of Down Syndrome International Swimming or for Organisation a copy of the full entry pack please contactRichard (DSISO) Smith GB, Mencap on Sport 0161 and 234 Special 7308 Olympics or email GB. It r.smith3@manchester.gov.uk.will be run under Fina rules (license pending)Contact: Kathy AnsteyTel: 01924 234 912Email: sport@mencap.org.uk14


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsTrainingTraded Service Training Courses March 2011Talk for Writing‘Talk for Writing’ is a package developed with thechildren’s writer Pie Corbett to help teachers teachand develop writing skills through talkThe package:• Develops storytelling skills through a multisensoryapproach• Shows how to use these stories to developchildren’s writing• Through ‘Book-talk’ and ‘Writer-talk’ enableschildren to analyse what writers do with text andthen start to integrate what they learn into their ownwritingWho is it for?Senior Management Team, Literacy Leaders, KS1 andKS2 teachersDetails:Full day course, 09.00 to 16.00 on 2 March 2011.£120 per person, includes lunchCourse Ref:TC527Working Creatively with children who havehad Traumatic ExperiencesLearn how to help traumatised children engage,participate and achieveInvolves a hands–on approach - exploring andexpressing thoughts and feelings through the use ofart and horticultureWho is it for?Senior leaders, SENCos, teachers and teachingassistantsDetails:Full day course, 09.00 to 16.00, 3 March 2011.£120 per person, includes lunchCourse Ref:TC513Disability Equality Duty (DED) in schoolThe Disability Equality Duty (DED) requires all schoolsto have regard to the need to eliminate disabilitydiscrimination and harassment related to a disability.It requires schools to draw up a Disability EqualityScheme and an action plan.Do you know…• How many children, parents, and staff in yourschool are disabled?• Whether you conforming to your statutory duties?• Is your Disability Equality Scheme the best that itcan be?Who is it for?All staff, including teaching assistantsDetails:Full day course, 09.00 to 16.00 on 15 March 2011.£120 per person, including lunchCourse Ref:TC509Raising Attainment through OutdoorProvisionA course to...• Help ensure quality learning development in all sixareas• Outline the role of the adult• Provide practical solutions on a low budgetWho is it for?Nursery and receptions leaders and practitionersDetails:Full day course, 09.30 to 16.00, 7 March 2011.£130 per personNEW FOR 2011: contact Christine Nicholson on0161 245 7453 for more detailsContact: Gary DeakinTel: 0161 219 6712Email: g.deakin@manchester.gov.uk15


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsTrainingTraded Service Training Courses March 2011 continued...Communication, Language and Literacy inthe EYFSThis course looks at teaching and learning in Communicationlanguage Literacy. The day will include:• Analysis of EYFSP data to improve the provision ofCLL• Adult led reading, talk and writing• Ensuring quality application of reading and writingthroughout the daily provisionWho is it for?All EYFS practitionersDetails:Full day course, 09.30 to 16.00 on 16 March 2011.£130 per personNEW FOR 2011: contact Christine Nicholson on0161 245 7453 for more detailsGuided Reading at KS2This course is designed to enhance knowledge andunderstanding of:• Assessing pupil progress in reading• Developing skills in understanding and interpretingtexts• Using the teaching sequence for guided readingWho is it for?KS2 teachers and subject leadersDetails:Afternoon course, 13.00 to 16.00 on 23 March 2011.£85 per personNEW FOR 2011: contact Christine Nicholson on0161 245 7453 for more detailsBoys AttainmentThis course aims to:• Enhance practitioners knowledge and understandingof boys development• Provide practical strategies to raise boys attainmentWho is it for?Nursery and reception leaders and practionersDetails:Full day course, 09.30 to 16.00 on 216 March 2011.£130 per personNEW FOR 2011: contact Christine Nicholson on0161 245 7453 for more detailsContact: Gary DeakinTel: 0161 219 6712Email: g.deakin@manchester.gov.uk16


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsGeneralWordsmith awards 2011For the last three years the Wordsmith Awardswhich was created by Guy Perry from XaverianCollege and funded by Aim Higher, has playeda major role in discovering, nurturing andpromoting young poets in schools whilstsimultaneously introducing and enthusing themwith the concept of lifelong learning.By combining the rigours of formal literaryendeavours with of the moment cultural forms ofexpression - from mc’ing to performance poetrywordsmiths teams of facilitators have unearthedand polished up many lyrical diamonds.This year wordsmith awards is workingwith nine schools spending a total fourteenhours with each team creating original work,supporting each young poet to express theirvoice through their writing and then addingperformance techniques to bring their poetryto life. Wordsmith awards facilitators are mainlydrawn from speakeasy and young identity poetrygroups, filled with poets who have cut their teethon the slam poetry circuit.Young Identity is proving to be the perfect nextstep for some students who wish to delve deeperinto the realms of spoken word, opening them upto opportunities to perform with young identityacross the globe.At the end of six weeks of writing, editing, andrehearsal, all the teams come together for ashowcase at Manchester’s contact theatre.Chris Nelson project manager says, “we use ashowcase format so everyone gets heard. We canstill maintain that vibrant slam atmosphere andacknowledge a range of categories that reflectall the vital elements of this scene as well as eachindividual students accomplishments.”Contact: Chris NelsonTel: 0161 923 4800Email: seajamz@gmail.com17


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsGeneralCensus 2011- Help shapeManchester’s future.The census in England and Wales is run by the Office for National Statistics (ONS)Complete yourcensus & helpshape local educationBecause every penny counts, it’s important that you letus know what your community really needs by filling inyour census when it arrives just before 27 March.The census is a national event thatcollects information about thepopulation every ten years. It assistsin determining where schools,hospitals, housing, transport andemergency services are located.By completing the census you’ll behelping to shape the services inyour local area.Census questionnaires will be goingout by post to all households duringMarch 2011. The date you need toremember is the 27 March 2011as this is when you need to havecompleted the questionnaire.You can do this by either:• completing the paper copy of thequestionnaire, or• online at www.census.gov.uk.Manchester City Council is holdingevents to assist people to completethe questionnaire and you canfind out more information onlineat www.manchester.gov.uk/census2011.Completing the 2011 Censusquestionnaire is compulsorywith those who don’t facing thepossibility of being fined up to£1,000.© Crown Copyright 2011 LAP3EContact: Katy HambletonTel: 0161 234 3251Email: k.hambleton@manchester.gov.uk18


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsGeneralGet your school into theGuinness Book of RecordsandandSAVE LIVES!SAVE LIVES!GiantAt 10am on Wed 15 June 2011your school can be one of thethousands taking part to smashthe record for the number of kidsin a Record Breaking Walking Bus.Last year more than 100,000 kids marched for15JUNE 2011safety from their schoolgates. You can helpmake it 200,000 kidsthis year!Brakestopping the carnagesupporting the victims3-2-1 Let's Walk!Why take part?It's great coverage for your school!You'll get in your local paper, on theradio or even on TV!Brilliant opportunity to teach safetyand citizenship in line with curriculumrequirements. We give you lots of ideas.Fab freebies for the kids to take home,including stickers and certificates!Organised byBrake is a registered charity No. 1093244Helps you promote your Healthy and EcoSchool status and School Travel Plan.Helps Brake, the road safety charity -your sponsorship raises funds forfamilies devastated by the death of achild on the road. The UK has one of theworst death rates of children on foot onroads in Western Europe.‘‘Our school is proud tobe educating pupils andmarching for road safetytoday in a bid to stopthe deaths.Shelagh Hennigan, Acting‘‘Headteacher at St. Anne’s CatholicPrimary School, LiverpoolGo to our websitewww.brake.org.uk/walkingbusCall the Walking Bus Teamon 01484 559909 or emailwalkingbus@brake.org.ukwith your name, school name and phone number so we can call you back!Contact: Lauren PerryTel: 01484 550061Email: lperry@brake.org.uk19


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsGeneralCommittee update –February 2011This is a regular feature highlightingthe reports submitted by theDirector of Children’s Services, plusany items of interest, to the CityCouncil’s Executive and Overviewand Scrutiny Committees during theprevious months.This is a regular feature highlighting the reports submitted by the Director of Children’s Services, plus anyitems of interest, to the City Council’s Executive and Overview & Scrutiny Committees during the previousmonths.By clicking on the website address listed below, you can access the minutes of the meetings.Children and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CYPOS)8 February.• Information and Overview Report• Support and Retention of Manchester Foster Carers – Comparison with Independent Fostering Agencies• Education Outcomes 2010• Risk Management• Engagement Sub GroupWebsite address for minutes:http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1394/children_and_young_people_overview_and_scrutiny_committeeChildren and Young People Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CYPOS)21 February (Special Meeting)• Children’s Services Business PlanWebsite address for minutes:http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1616/children_and_young_people_overview_and_scrutiny_committeeExecutive16 FebruaryNo reports submittedPlease contact Nicola Clayton for further information on this, or about the committee process in general.Contact: Gary DeakinTel: 0161 219 6712Email: g.deakin@manchester.gov.uk20


I n t o u c h w i t h y o u 2 0 1 0 / 2 0 1 1Headline School Service Events Training General CircularsCircularsNo. Issue date Short title (linked to Word document) Contact StatusFebruary 2011302 28-02-2011 Directory of Services John TaylorAMBER0161 234 7727attached: • SLA Directory• Directory of Services• Intention to purchase form• Passport 2 Sport• Catering SLA• Finance SLA• Lagal Academy SLA• Legal Primary SLA• Legal Secondary SLA301 28-02-2011 Overview of the Statutory Assessment team. Staffing StatutoryGREENand Support Officer details.Assessment Team0161 245 7439attached:Staff district and contact details300 28-02-2011 School Improvement Partner Spring Term visit -School Self Evaluationattached:Preparation for the fifth visit299 14-02-2011 Revised arrangements for reporting FIXED TERMEXCLUSIONSMylene McGuire0161 234 7406Anne Jones0161 234 7746AMBERattached:Guidance for head teachers: requirements for LA and governor notification of exclusions.298 14-02-2011 Parents’ conference Angela Clarke AMBER0161 234 7001attached:Application form297 14-02-2011 Directory of Designated Persons for Safeguarding inSchools and SettingsLynda Karalis0161 234 7482296 14-02-2011 Schools Forum Paul Greenhalgh0161 234 7714295 14-02-2011 Playclub 3 Angela Clarke0161 234 7001attached:Playclub 3 flier294 07-02-2011 Vision Twenty One Improving School Attendance inManchester Qualitative Studyattached:Jane Johnson0161 234 7477REDGREENAMBERAMBERAMBER• Vision Twenty One Improving School Attendance in Manchester Qualitative Study(full report)• Vision Twenty One Improving School Attendance in Manchester Qualitative Study(Executive Summary)293 07-02-2011 Y5 Intervention Programme – stronglyrecommended292 07-02-2011 Year 11 Provision for young people new to Manchesterafter PLASC dateMylene McGuire0161 234 7406Anne Jones0161 234 7746291 07-02-2011 School Improvement Partner Allocation Mylene McGuire0161 234 406AMBERAMBERRED21

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