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Online Safety Update: Issue 21

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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 21: July and Summer 2018' online now.

In this issue we look at top tips to help you make this summer a safe one for your children online.  We also take a look at the Google 'Be Internet Legends' campaign which has recently been launched across our PACT schools.

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.

Ofsted Inspection Report

Our most recent Ofsted inspection was carried out in June 2018.

Ofsted rated our school as Good.

Summary of key findings for parents and pupils:-

This is a good school

  • The school’s dedicated leadership team and the academy committee board members have a clear vision for the school.
  • Leaders have been successful in securing improvements in this school. As a result, teaching, learning and assessment are good and standards have risen.
  • Teachers have good subject knowledge which they use to plan interesting lessons that help pupils learn.
  • Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities receive carefully planned interventions. Consequently, pupils make good progress.
  • Pupils value the range of opportunities they are given so that they can take on additional responsibilities and develop their leadership skills.
  • Leaders regularly monitor the quality of teaching, learning and progress. However, their use of this information to check the impact of support on pupils’ progress and inform an accurate self-evaluation is underdeveloped and at times, overgenerous.
  • Arrangements for keeping pupils safe are a strength of the school’s work. Staff provide a safe place for pupils to learn. Adults teach pupils the skills they need to keep themselves safe. Pupils feel safe and are safe at school.
  • Parents and carers are mostly positive about the school. They have confidence that the school is improving. They say behaviour has improved and believe their children are well taught.
  • Leaders and teachers provide writing opportunities across the curriculum. However, pupils are not routinely provided with sufficient support or guidance to produce their best writing. Teachers do not model a consistent approach to handwriting.
  • Recently, leaders have introduced class texts to inspire a love of reading and this has had a marked effect on pupils’ progress in reading.
  • Leadership in the early years is effective. Children are given rich opportunities to develop their skills across the curriculum. There is a well-judged focus on developing children’s spoken language skills, so that children can develop into confident communicators.

  

Read the full Ofsted inspection report.

Summer holiday activity and competition

Dear parent/guardian

We’re encouraging our pupils to join Discovery Education’s summer adventure and make their world bigger. They will explore the limits of outer space, the depths of the ocean and travel to the far-flung corners of our amazing world. 

Featuring spectacular video clips from Discovery channels like Animal Planet and Discovery Science, the summer adventure is intended to inspire curiosity.

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Win a Discovery Education goody bag!

Children who participate are given the chance to win one of 10 goody bags, simply by watching aseries ofdaily video clipsand collecting the related fun facts along the way. 

There are also additional activities hidden throughout the competition – helping children to get creative or explore the outdoors. (some of these may require adult supervision)

Learn more and play along: www.discoveryeducation.co.uk/mywb

Competition closes at 10pm on Sunday 9th September 2018.

If you do not have access to Discovery Education at home,you can use the following login details over the summer holidays. Username: student9692 Password: animalKind 

End of Year Dates

Dear Parents/Carers,

 

End of Year Dates for Your Diary

 

School will be closing on Friday 20th July 2018 at 1.00pm prompt

There will be two inset days Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2018

School re-opens to pupils Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 8.45am prompt

 

We wish you a wonderful summer break and look forward to seeing you in the new school year.

Villa Community Champion to lead partnership with local schools

The Aston Villa Foundation are delighted to announce an innovative new partnership with the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) that will transform the delivery of physical activity in a number of Birmingham schools.

The Foundation will be employing a Villa Community Champion in collaboration with PACT whose role will be to deliver Aston Villa Foundation programmes in their schools.

The full-time role, which will be based in the schools themselves, will help to ensure that the club have a presence at the heart of education in the city, putting the Foundation in the best possible position to impact positive change on students.

Manager of Foundation and Community Partnerships, Andy Taylor, believes the link with PACT will aid the Foundation’s attempts to have a greater impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of school children in the local community.  

He said: “We’re delighted to build on our existing primary school programmes with this new model, which allows greater focused engagement. We will be working very closely with the schools to measure the positive impact of the engagement over the course of the year. 

“This representation within the schools also allows exit routes through our wider family interventions such as holiday activity, employability and health-based projects as we work to develop a family approach, starting in the schools.”

The Villa Community Champion will aim to deliver projects and interventions that help raise attendance, empower pupils, improve students’ health and wellbeing and increase inclusive activities, among other objectives, in PACT schools.

PACT is responsible for four primary schools in Birmingham – Heathfield Primary School, Highfield J&I School, Birchfield Community School and Prince Albert Primary School – and CEO Sajid Gulzar is excited about the opportunities the partnership presents.

He said: “As an AVFC Hub school we will adopt a collaborative delivery approach to ensure that our staff, pupils and their families benefit from skilled expertise and additional resources. The aim is to enable our pupils to excel both in and outside of the classroom. “

We are extremely excited about the partnership and how it can serve our communities. We hope that the collaboration will benefit our children across PACT for many years to come.”

 

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Summer Fayre

Dear Parent or Guardian,

We are delighted to announce that the Heathfield Summer Fayre will take place on Friday 6thJuly 2018, 1:30pm-3:30pm.

We are trying to raise money for our school fund and are offering parents and businesses the chance to have a stall at the fayre. We hope that you will be willing to support us with this and have listed the information below if you are:

Parents:

The cost of a stall for parents is £10.00 – unfortunately due to health and safety regulations no food can be sold unless pre-packaged.

Businesses:

The cost of a stall for businesses is £30.00 – public liability insurance is needed and if selling food, a certificate of food safety must be provided before the event. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Miss Irving and Ms McInerney.

We would really appreciate all parents becoming involved and if you wish to have a stall please fill out the form below and attach with it the payment. These should be handed into the school’s office.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact teachers: Miss Irving and Ms McInerney. In addition, you can talk to the following parents who are part of the Heathfield Hub: Mr and Mrs Shawnin, Ruksana Begum, Adiba Aslam and Fidak Akhtar.

 

Yours faithfully

 

Meganne Irving

Year 6 Teacher

Online Safety Day - Tuesday 19th June 2018

Tuesday 19th June marks the last of our Online Safety days for this academic year. During the day, your child will take part in a number of Online Safety activities. These include: re-designing our school Online Safety button and screen for our computers. The digital leaders will then short list to find the winner for each school. The winning entry will be digitalised and used from September 2018 on every Computer in their school. 

Children will also be taught about the dangers of playing games that are not appropriate for their age. From this, children will create a class video where they will be encouraged to create songs, raps and role plays to give out the online safety message. 

Please ask your child what they have learnt and share amongst your family. 

Mr. J. Tromans 

Trust Leader for Computing