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02/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Have fun with it! https://t.co/Wk2UXuyIYL

02/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Our daffodil Christmas gifts still bringing sunshine in these strange times thanks to https://t.co/pIfhD70w6I

02/04/20

A great resource from the Government about supporting children’s mental health and wellbeing during this period, including preteens and teenagers https://t.co/ovnKZqnHdE https://t.co/JaOz2hUHRC

02/04/20

The James Marshall Foundation do a tremendous job supporting young people in Harpenden and Wheathampsted - see below for details of how they can help. https://t.co/TtgTSrN9ao

02/04/20

Well done Mr Carey! https://t.co/QZ63wxjr7M

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Something for all KS 4 and 5 Drama students to enjoy and year 11 have a special theatre review challenge!#theatrematters https://t.co/4dob7hqzFD

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

What a fantastic opportunity! The SJL Drama department will be making the most of this! https://t.co/sFgOAqTyxf

01/04/20

Thank you to all our St Albans & Harpenden Secondary Head teacher colleagues for coming together virtually today, to discuss how schools are approaching the current difficult situation. It's great to have such a supportive local educational community!

01/04/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: do more of what you enjoy https://t.co/5SN4a1jUKT

01/04/20

Retweeted From National Autistic Society

We know for many autistic people and their families it is difficult to cope with coronavirus and the impacts that is having on our daily life. To help, we’ve created some handy tips to help you during this time of uncertainty: https://t.co/uwIjhdsWt4 https://t.co/vCITozu7ru

01/04/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Happy Wednesday day, everyone. Here is today's Problem Of The Day... https://t.co/gQLVJ8K3RZ

01/04/20

Thank you to our D&T Faculty https://t.co/QG0oV5SXdj

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Year 11, a competition to keep you focused https://t.co/6uDjisLiKM

01/04/20

Retweeted From SRA - English

Reading lists for all key stages. Might be helpful for anyone in need of reading inspiration! 📚 https://t.co/LOVtIFTlkx

01/04/20

Delighted that SJL’s minibuses (along with many of their drivers) are now signed up to volunteer for the NHS! https://t.co/IBk28hN6ZR

01/04/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

An interesting article on the positive effect of the lockdown on the environment - could help us consider air pollution targets in the future 🌍 https://t.co/UtW1mW1MH4

01/04/20

Retweeted From CENTURY

We're currently offering families FREE English, maths and science courses during school closure. Our COVID-19 School Closure Support courses are perfect for and available for free. https://t.co/pCgz7tXGpf https://t.co/R6tf5GF9m1

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

A costume designer in the making? We love how Betsy Way has included material swatches with her design 🧚‍♀️ https://t.co/FA0waztGQg

31/03/20

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Art

Mass Observation Use the hashtag on our Instagram stream(https://t.co/yoSRlVIRHN) to look at a collective snapshot of 2020 Hertfordshire homes drawn by Y7 https://t.co/yZXPaLmyPt

31/03/20

Retweeted From SJL English

FAO our current, and prospective, A Level students: don’t forget to watch or rewatch these. They are really useful for the NEA! https://t.co/Drnuus3PrB

31/03/20

From Friday, 3 April 2020, all school emails will only be sent via EduLink therefore it is vital parents/carers set up their Edulink account. If your initial password link has expired please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk for a new link to be issued https://t.co/Stp792fJLA

31/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Problem Of The Day. Good luck, everyone! https://t.co/OmTIKq2kQ6

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic costume design, this time for the King of the Fairies! Well done, Oliver Newell 🧚‍♂️👑 https://t.co/E8NLcjkuLs

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Come on! Tell us a silly story! 📖 https://t.co/EFhY9rIEjV

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Could do with a laugh ? Here you go then Thursday sorted!! https://t.co/yA61crxFmM

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Another fantastic example of Year 7’s creativity in Emily Murray’s design of Queen Titania’s costume 🧚‍♀️👑 https://t.co/8uGhDna6xD

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Take a look at James Austen’s marvellous drawing of the Globe Theatre 🎭 Can any of our Y7s remember what groundlings are? https://t.co/1ytyaHzdoD

30/03/20

Retweeted From David Carter

Let’s all take a moment to thank our wonderful who are dealing with more than we can imagine. Show we appreciate the wonderful job they are doing & the vital role they continue to play in our society by sending a FREE card here https://t.co/r30e9MyxHw

30/03/20

Retweeted From Jonathan Mountstevens

One more day until application deadline for with and working with . Great opportunity for teachers in Herts and surrounding area to gain recognition, accreditation and to improve. More info here: https://t.co/a7XMhfhAEy https://t.co/ig3o4JnRaW

30/03/20

Students have access to a variety of resources for their distance learning. Here is one which is accessible to the whole family, Duolingo is a fun language learning website and mobile app. Why not learn a new language or refresh existing language skills? https://t.co/03exbaOAYK https://t.co/rFWH3m6ScF

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Some more ideas for extra geography themed things you can do at home. Have a good week! 🌍 https://t.co/QiwlpNI1vN

30/03/20

Retweeted From UK Mathematics Trust

Good Morning, everyone. Hope you all managed a nice weekend. Here's the first Problem Of The Day of this week. Best of luck! https://t.co/A0p9p21AVJ

30/03/20

Retweeted From SJL History

What a great idea! Year 12, Ted Vallance’s talk is on until 3rd April. Focuses on Radicalism in the English Civil War https://t.co/kF1AxjCg8D

30/03/20

Thought for the Week: Being sensitive and empathetic Word of the Week: Tech https://t.co/J5Fuz4N3bS

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Wonderful physical theatre full of humour and banging tunes! Let us know what you're streaming and enjoying!#theatrelockdown https://t.co/GF1lKTQxIr

29/03/20

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

This is a great idea! https://t.co/Wo0P51tcxA

28/03/20

Retweeted From Challney Girls

Luton & Dunstable hospital are looking for children to create posters of appreciation and thanks to all of the NHS staff. Please email entries to sabine.hazell.nhs.uk ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

28/03/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Hope all our students have remained healthy through the first week in Remember to keep your body and mind active by accessing all the various resources online!

27/03/20

Helpful guidance from on the new app Houseparty. https://t.co/mk1xxtuEB9

27/03/20

A number of celebrities are providing support to the global community, including Jamie Oliver with his new “Keep Cooking and Carry On” programmes. Food Technology students, the programme gives helpful suggestions for replacement ingredients when cooking https://t.co/jAz5soG0lS https://t.co/2f9LPkX2yd

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.

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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