Supporting Neurodiverse Pupils to reach their full Potential
15% of all people in the UK are neurodiverse, true figures are estimated to be higher though not everyone has a diagnosis. Donna Lee, Head Teacher at Nettlesworth Primary School shares some tips on better identifying and supporting neurodiverse pupils.
Implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health
1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and there are escalating concerns nationwide around issues such as anxiety, self-harm and panic attacks. In this video, Lauren Pinney, Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park School discusses how a whole school approach to mental health has benefitted both staff and student wellbeing.
Promoting Social Mobility through Apprenticeships
The number of apprenticeship starts from the most disadvantaged quintile fell by 30% between 2015/16 and 2018/19. In this video Edward Donkor from the Social Mobility Commission explores how apprenticeships can improve social mobility and provides a toolkit for employers, and other stakeholders, to increase the accessibility of their apprenticeship programmes.
The Problem of Sustainability for Academy Funding
In line with the UK Government's aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Department for Education published the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy (2022). Phil Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of PLR Advisory shares with us how the sustainability targets outlined in the strategy are difficult to achieve with academy trust finances and outlines changes that need to be made so that academies can become more sustainable.
The Importance of Developing Modern Foreign Languages in the Curriculum
In a 2020 survey, almost 40% of primary schools stated that pupils do not always receive language teaching according to the time allocated each week throughout the year. Donna Lee, Headteacher at Nettleworth Primary School shared with us the importance of including modern foreign languages in the curriculum and how a school-wide programme has been developed to include languages at the school.
Introducing the Midwifery T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form
T-levels are an alternative qualification students can study as an alternative to studying A levels. We heard from Ruth Coyle, Director of Learning at La Retraite Catholic Girls School about how the school is introducing a Midwifery T-Level to the curriculum.
Using Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds to Reduce the Attainment Gap
The Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds have been fundamental in helping schools decrease the attainment gap between students and helping disadvantaged students catch up with their peers. We heard from Lee Raftery, Deputy Headteacher of the Royal Liberty School about how interventions funded by the catch-up fund have helped improve student progress.
Introducing the Construction T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form
T Levels provide students with an alternative qualification to A Levels and can help students get into skilled employment and higher education. We heard from the Director of Learning at La Retraite Sixth form about how they are working to introduce a Construction T Level to the curriculum.
Improving the Social, Emotional and Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students
SEMH needs are a type of special educational need in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. This case study looks at the strategy of the Astrea Academy Trust. The Trust promotes a focus on the social, emotional, and mental health needs of pupils with SEND.