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01/03/21

Head over to Art’s Instagram page for details of this year’s Spring Challenge https://t.co/mE39ujXY70 https://t.co/Na2WjzIOM6

01/03/21

A tremendous welcome to those joining the SJL community as part of Year 7 class of 2021 https://t.co/1t3a4IoVax

01/03/21

Thought for the Week: how can we challenge bullying? https://t.co/K2hYbzXe7i

28/02/21

Retweeted From Hertfordshire County Council

School allocations for children transferring to a secondary or upper school in September 2021 are released tomorrow. Allocation emails will be sent after 2pm and letters will be posted first class on Monday 1 March https://t.co/jRO257Q6rT

27/02/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Year 13: after learning about the importance of phytoplankton in the marine carbon cycle, chec out the current phytoplankton bloom around the UK. https://t.co/zvzsO1AIKx

26/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this weekend https://t.co/RGr7Qqc86t

26/02/21

Retweeted From ORA Singers

Frank Santeugini 15, Chiswick (West London Free School) Hattie Twigger-Ross 16, Guildford (George Abbot School) Phoebe Wakefield 17, Welwyn Garden City (Sir John Lawes School) Congratulations to all! 🎉🎉🎉

26/02/21

⭐️ Congratulations Phoebe, picked as an apprentice for the choral composition programme ⭐️ https://t.co/CY811mgQZ4

26/02/21

We’ll be here when you get back and we cannot wait to see you! Enjoy the weekend and please follow the rules https://t.co/gap3mZm3Bi

26/02/21

National Careers Week, supporting students to make the right choices or a bright future https://t.co/ICyyGS0e4f https://t.co/BI4p4Bp3uC

26/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/U9uMYQrffW https://t.co/ifpYy920ld

25/02/21

Today’s answer: they are the same! Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/qpvwpOlNlI

25/02/21

Next week sees the 10th anniversary of the National Careers Week Check out our dedicate page on the school website, for career news including updated Virtual Employer Encounters section https://t.co/ycO9M0JtaN https://t.co/KhehJbzxrl

25/02/21

The books of the week are Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth by Frank Cotrell Boyce, The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan, and The Martian by Andy Weir! Watch Tom Fletcher read some of Sputnik https://t.co/IdaiJ5fO0A Read the opening of The Weight of Water https://t.co/S1ClmHXRF6 https://t.co/xUaYMSE3iX

25/02/21

Aimed at Year 12 students, will be running three webinars designed to support students as they start thinking about their post-18 options https://t.co/E3W3NRp6yU

25/02/21

With university open days on hold, the Virtual Fair will be returning on 17 March 2021 to help students from Years 11, 12 and 13 explore their post 18 option https://t.co/hrAbFWlMHG

25/02/21

A pictorial puzzle for today, sponsored by We will post the answer later today https://t.co/Xz2BwAeWF5

24/02/21

Catastrophic thoughts are more likely to take over when a person is tired and stressed, remember to practice self-care https://t.co/V9XbnGdP8c

24/02/21

Vacancy: SJL are seeking an enthusiastic Mathematics Teacher to join their highly skilled mathematics faculty. To apply: https://t.co/dKqmahm8CW 🗒 Full/Part Time 🗒 NQTs welcome 🗒 First-rate professional development programme https://t.co/TKCE4OCpoc

23/02/21

Today’s riddle answer: drop the ‘s’ to make seven > even. Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/FFLBiBE0oc

23/02/21

Year 8: online booking for Year 8 parents’ evening opens tomorrow Wednesday, 24 February 2021 at 1pm. See letter’s home for parents’ guide to booking appointments https://t.co/ufgNeDuzpl https://t.co/POlwXehPYe

23/02/21

The SJL animals are enjoying the spring sunshine above school today, as Mr Evans welcomes two new additions to our animal conservation area. https://t.co/esnRH6sdUt

23/02/21

A riddle from our Student Services Team. We will post the answer later today https://t.co/rKY2FPqLgL

22/02/21

Just two weeks until the deadline... closing date Monday, 8 March 2021. https://t.co/tPzWhF3zL9 https://t.co/0ZO0NpSUJ7

22/02/21

Calendar reminder: upcoming INSET day Friday, 12 March 2021. School will be closed to all students. https://t.co/dCabpjj1h1

22/02/21

Thought for the Week: Integrity https://t.co/TRD2c8AxH1

18/02/21

We are proud to present to you the Year 9 virtual Music Showcase, put together by the SJL year 9 music students https://t.co/XbOEu8cnoX

18/02/21

A slightly different Lawes Lowdown to mark the end of the first half term of 2021, including a unique competition https://t.co/EN6h7Wf0H2

18/02/21

Retweeted From SJLScience

We have spoken or will speak about this in Year 7 science. An excellent little activity if you have some spare time at home over half term or a weekend https://t.co/iLExOLpLjQ

18/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

With in the spotlight, we wanted to re-share our guide. What is the chat website that everybody is talking about and how can parents & carers prevent potential risks to their children? Download for free >> https://t.co/hExPJ9PgPB https://t.co/DuTMeRw3r1

12/02/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

West End Workshops — WestWay School of Performing Arts ....these look brilliant and reasonably priced! And there’s a Hamilton one!!#theatrematters https://t.co/jD8WBSNC8D

12/02/21

Here are a couple of at home self care ideas to try this half term https://t.co/ZhMdgy4sJ8

12/02/21

Do not forget composition and song writing competition is open until Monday, 8 March 2021 https://t.co/tm84Y7WiEJ

12/02/21

As we wait for the next government announcement remember we will get through this together. “Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” Ryunosuke Satoro Enjoy half term and please follow the rules https://t.co/2jGRIRHAUi

12/02/21

Year 8: parents’ evening will be going ahead as a virtual event on Wednesday, 10 March 2021, with consultations taking place online. Full details will be coming out today via EduLink. https://t.co/OQwluhGfVP

12/02/21

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/bJvoRdPrTA https://t.co/vaS6BF3V2I

11/02/21

Today’s answer to the mathematical problem = 3 Well done to everyone who guessed it correctly. https://t.co/UaVhgj1qE0

11/02/21

Term dates reminder: next week is Spring half term (Monday 15 - Friday 19 February 2021). All the term dates, including next academic year 2021-2022, are on the school website https://t.co/6NQFw8GTWt https://t.co/t0Q4fH4sgh

11/02/21

Books of the week are The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett and Malamander by Thomas Taylor! Read the first 30 pages of Malamander here: https://t.co/FKh2qKx2IS Read the opening of The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett here: https://t.co/ntm14L8Mtt (just click open preview) https://t.co/RWv4zhNweY

11/02/21

Competition has been extended until Sunday, 21 February 2021 https://t.co/5wEDXwJxoD https://t.co/46nhrfLm6W

Birmingham City University and Titan Partnership with Eureka

SJL was honoured to contribute to an European Union (EU) Erasmus project along with Titan Partnership Ltd. and Birmingham City University by Carol Aubrey at the University of Warwick. Carol Aubrey is Emeritus Professor of Early Childhood in the Institute of Education at the University of Warwick and also a visiting Professor with Birmingham City University since 2009. Titan is the lead organisation and responsible for project planning,  implementation and outputs assigned through the project.   It is an educational charitable company limited by guarantee and has partnerships with over 50 member organisations ranging from children’s centres, primary schools, secondary schools/academies, FE colleges to universities which helps young people to aim high, fulfil their potential and to develop the skills and capabilities for success.  Partner countries involve England, Greece, Ireland and the Czech Republic. This is the second phase of the project in which host countries showcase their best practice in respect of identification and monitoring, effective classroom practice, applying for university and so on, in a series of national seminars.

Ofsted reports of 2013 and 2015 on provision for our most able students and a decade of Sutton Trust reports have indicated the continuing challenge to non-selective secondary schools to break the ‘glass ceiling’ that continues to restrict access to the UK professional elite for those  who are not educated in the private sector. Mrs Brining delivered a presentation entitled The Whole School Approach: Perspective of Head of MASt and Gifted and Talented to English, Irish,  Greek and Czech researchers, psychologists and educators to share our whole-school approach.

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Seminar Objectives

To introduce current psychological and pedagogical definitions of Giftedness and Talent in the English context (with a particular focus on outstanding exemplars);

To explore identification and support of most able and talented students in the state and private sector in the early stages (primary and secondary level);

To consider the particular challenges of under-achievement and the identification of students from disadvantaged and less well-resourced backgrounds;

To consider the whole-school approach (private, maintained, selective/non-selective/specialist) for students who show high academic abilities in many areas and for students who show particular talents (e.g.  school mission, contact with parents, ‘what  we  look for’, identification and monitoring, curriculum, mentoring, particular qualities, talents and skills of teachers, staff training, transition/moving on to  the next stage);

To examine the role of specialists/outside experts to the performance of gifted and talented students and to their future aspirations and attainment;

To showcase outstanding examples of provision for gifted and talented students through visits and presentations by principals/senior teachers who are willing ‘to bring the school to the group’; finally,

To reflect on the statement – all students have individual needs, making personalised learning a priority in our teaching and learning for all is our goal, including  those most gifted and talented. How far have we achieved this and how, in different social and cultural context of Europe?

Sir John Lawes contribution to have a significant role in fulfilling all of these objectives, showcasing identification, specialist provision and support, as well as transition to a future career/university.

Rationale

As noted by Ofsted (2013; 2015) too many of our most able and talented children and young people are underperforming especially in our non-selective state secondary schools and fail to reach their potential.

To succeed as an economy and as a society, they stressed the need to ensure that such students became the political, commercial and professional leaders of the future.

Schools and other educational institutions should be ready to create an atmosphere of acceptance, recognition and inspiration for the most able and talented children from any background in any country. This includes knowledge and skills in early identification, supporting with the most appropriate curriculum and involving parents/carers in the process of education. We have formed a partnership of four countries to build on a previous Talented Children Project (2014).

The project aims

  1. to create a detailed manual for identification of most able and talented  children which can be used across national boundaries. It will be created through exchange of practice from all partners and build on the previous project.
  2. to deliver two multi-disciplinary seminars/courses for teachers and other associated professionals, based on the exchange of practice which will provide training on identification of gifted and talented children in education and include successful intervention techniques and resources.

Different partners bring different areas of expertise and will make contributions accordingly.

Target groups

Educational professionals, for example, principals, teachers, guidance assistants and psychologists.

The Role of SJL

As an outstanding national exemplar of MASt provision we not only illustrate all the seminar objectives identified  above but together with other exemplar cases (from music, sport, dance as well as high academic achievement) sheds light and illuminates the needs of talented young people and their educators.

Reception

‘Thank you so much for your superb contribution to our European seminar yesterday. I think that you do not need me to say that it was very well received by a very varied group of teachers, university lecturers and researchers, and a senior medical practitioner/psychologist.’

‘This stimulated wide interest and discussion among the delegates and contributed to a wider perspective on the English approach to more able and talented students.’

‘It was a privilege to share some of the policies and practices of your school from your perspective, the perspective of your staff and students. Somehow this conveyed something of the additional dedication and commitment, the coaching, practice and mentoring that lies behind it.’

 

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