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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!
Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.
We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 10: May 2016' online now.
In this issue we celebrate Prince Albert Primary School successfully being awarded the e-Safety Mark award, take a look at a popular new app called ooVoo and we also look at alternatives to main stream search engines such as Google and Bing...Finally, why not learn about online safety together by finding out more about reverse image searching. We hope you enjoy this issue.
If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.
Mr Gulzar and Prince Albert School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.
Mr Gulzar is one of 107 headteachers nationally to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in the latest recruitment round.
NLEs along with staff in their school - designated a National Support School - use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.
NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.
Mr Gulzar upon receiving news of this award said: I am really pleased that the work of Prince Albert School and it’s staff has been recognised in this way. My colleagues and I will continue to work hard to improve education for as many pupils as we can.
Many NLEs report improved outcomes at the schools they support. Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said:
“It’s fantastic that heads like Sajid have the passion and ambition to help improve the life chances of young people not just in their own but in other schools as well.
“The aim of National Leaders of Education is to drive improvement in underperforming schools. We now have over 1,100 NLEs and we will be working to increase this number further to spread educational excellence everywhere.”
Successful heads will be invited to attend a formal induction and training event for the role in driving school improvement.
We will keep you updated with how this role develops and the schools we are supporting.
Heathfield School has been recognised by The National Safety Certification Scheme for Schools, known as SafetyMARK, as having ‘excellent’ safety standards.
The SafetyMARK scheme aims to provide guidance for schools and to recognise and reward those schools that have gone the extra mile to create a safe environment for staff, pupils, visitors and contractors. After a rigorous independent audit the school was able to demonstrate that it has first class levels of safety management and compliance and, in doing so, achieved the SafetyMARK award for excellence.
Justin Smith of SafetyMARK stated, “Heathfield School has a really positive attitude with regard to health and safety and it is clear to see that safety is taken extremely seriously and that it is very well managed. The staff have established a robust health and safety system and culture that is amongst the best in the country and we are delighted to recognise that fact with this prestigious award”.
Mr Oram commented, “We are thrilled to be recognised with the SafetyMARK award. We take the safety of our staff and pupils extremely seriously and it’s wonderful to have this recognition for all of our efforts to make our school such a safe place to work and study. Having achieved the SafetyMARK award, we can demonstrate our on-going commitment to maintaining excellence in the management of health and safety within our school”.
At Heathfield, we aim to develop pupils’ conceptual and deeper understanding of Numeracy through vibrant and challenging experiences. For World Maths Day, pupils from Nursery to Year 6 had an amazing day packed with a range of exciting Maths activities. Please visit our twitter account @heathfld
Here is a problem for you to solve. I look forward to hearing your responses: Crossing the bridge Four people need to cross a rickety bridge at night. Unfortunately, they have only one torch and the bridge is too dangerous to cross without one. The bridge is only strong enough to support two people at a time. Not all people take the same time to cross the bridge. Times for each person: 1 minute, 2 minutes, 7 minutes, and 10 minutes. What is the shortest time needed for all four of them to cross the bridge?
Miss R. Bi. Assistant Headteacher