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22/02/20

Retweeted From Jane Dixon

thank you very much SJL for yet another fantastic ski trip! Enormous gratitude to the teachers...relax..

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are now making our way back to school. All being well, we should be back at SJL at 3.20pm. Can you please be ready to collect your child by the gate on Sauncey Avenue. Please do not park in the bus bays as that is where the coach will park, thanks

22/02/20

Ski Trip update: We are currently on the ferry. Crossing is a little choppy. We are disappointed by a lack of blue skies and sunshine! Will update you in timings when we get across

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Saas Fee has been an excellent resort and the conditions have been superb. The views have been spectacular. Sadly we are now on our way home having skied every piste. We will update you as we go and let you know timings later. https://t.co/qrDQ9AMbj0

21/02/20

Ski Trip update: Last day on the slopes, lovely blue sky however winds have picked up so lifts closed at the top for now. So groups skiing on the lower slopes or having a hot chocolate. https://t.co/Wk7gNerNoH

20/02/20

Ski Trip update: You’ll be pleased to know we are back to normal and yesterday was a blip! Beautiful sunshine and perfect snow conditions. It’s all about carving technique today https://t.co/RwLk0rZm4h

19/02/20

Ski Trip update: OMG no blue skies! Currently snowing and the lack of visibility is making everyone control their speed. Hot Chocolates are in high demand! https://t.co/Sf8qAMDF24

18/02/20

Retweeted From The OLLIE Foundation

Did you know about this fantastic service available to young people in the district? If your tweens, teens and young adults don't know - print this out and give it to them! https://t.co/l7d8NLksTA

18/02/20

Ski Trip update: Group 4 practising skiing backwards https://t.co/E4QOdlBCRI

18/02/20

Ski Trp update: Fresh snow and blue skies, great conditions although a little colder today. https://t.co/lg0BcdbiFI

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: The ski team are now the 10 pin bowling team. https://t.co/uTwhFd5IcZ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

And that’s a wrap! Heading to the airport now, our flight is currently on time, a reminder our flight number is EZY2146. Scheduled to land at 10.30 - please park and come to collect the students from arrivals. https://t.co/SQ3tTJbNVT

17/02/20

Retweeted From Chartered College

The next CTeach application window closes today! Want to be celebrated for excellent practice? Become Chartered! Finish your application and join our next cohort: https://t.co/RCmyo0qqFx https://t.co/o5QsONngNQ

17/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

After spending the morning learning about German Resistance in Nazi Germany, we’ve now got some light retail therapy at the Berlin Mall 🇩🇪🙌🏼 https://t.co/qks8rYhJZ1

17/02/20

Ski Trip update: Day 2 on the slopes, beautiful conditions. At the top, not even the wind could slow this group down. https://t.co/cZjGeZBP7F

17/02/20

Just a reminder that school will be open from 10 till 1pm today for those who would like to come in and spend some time in quiet reflection. We will be based in the dining room.

17/02/20

Retweeted From Join the Resolution

WOW we absolutely love this We are standing with you https://t.co/Rv57ZzozTV

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Final evening exploring Berlin. Visited the Reichstag Dome and Brandenburg Gate - saved the best til last! https://t.co/X1Gy06LXlj

16/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Despite the wind and rain, nothing is getting our spirits down! Visited the Berlin Wall memorial this morning for an excellent guided tour and quick stop for lunch and to see The Berlin Cathedral! https://t.co/x2xluJcVT6

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: The beginners are up and skiing. https://t.co/D5tDZoYd1C

16/02/20

Ski Trip update: Blue Sky Bill in the first morning appears to be better than Storm Dennis 😄 https://t.co/z22zkgPIWP

15/02/20

Ski Trip update: We have arrived and the weather is gorgeous. Ready to unpack and then sort out the ski gear. https://t.co/d0NTiVmBfB

15/02/20

Retweeted From Tom Mowbray

Awesome U18s girls festival yesterday . Thanks to for entering. We started off with 7/10 a side then combined the schools to play 15 a side. You’ve got to love rugby!! https://t.co/IluR5R7z0j

15/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Visiting the Olympic Stadium this morning, learning about where Jesse Owens won gold in 1936. https://t.co/0lRfIMAdRa

15/02/20

Ski Trip Update: The famous Autogrill for breakfast in Basle, Switzerland. Not too far to go now to Saas Fee https://t.co/HerKK5zENR

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Fantastic rugby played by Senior Girls today. Played 4 won 2 drew 2 https://t.co/iu2yc7FiQK

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

The end of day 1 - an interesting day learning about the divisions during the Cold War (even seeing the original Berlin Wall!). 🇩🇪 https://t.co/4SCbYm7YVa

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

U18 Girls rugby festival getting underway at

14/02/20

Retweeted From SJL History

Arrived safely in Berlin, after a pit stop at the hotel, we’re about to visit our first stop, the Topography of Terror!

14/02/20

EARLY BIRD DEAL TICKETS FOR SJL ON SALE TODAY! Treat whole family to discounted ticket for Festival on the Field 2020. SJL students, staff and their families can take advantage of Early Bird Deal which discounts the tickets by 10% using link https://t.co/9qdWjgpOOJ https://t.co/qV1i82jdft

14/02/20

Launched on SJL's Climate Education Day and coinciding with Valentine's Day to celebrate the thing students love most - our planet, students from across the school have come together to have their voice heard https://t.co/PukC2lFKFF

14/02/20

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/2JL4CMEvXP https://t.co/nmpfS9ZIl8

14/02/20

Retweeted From YC Hertfordshire NCS

The team will be at later today to tell Year 11 all about how they can have an amazing summer with ! 🙌 https://t.co/AnCk29FqUL https://t.co/XUNdNXe32f

14/02/20

Vacancy: looking for a role where you can make a difference to a child's education? Due to progression within the school, SJL are seeking a Teaching Assistant to join their experienced team https://t.co/K4Pf4zbLe7 . . https://t.co/Ht1vJ0tVZG

13/02/20

Lost property: recognise these belongings? Mrs Daniels in First Aid room has them, awaiting collection. https://t.co/bbhtOHmI4n

13/02/20

Wishing students heading off to Saas-Fee for this year's ski trip, a fantastic and memorable adventure. https://t.co/6fMT1Y43i1

13/02/20

Date for the diary: Supporting students through exams information evening, Wednesday 26 February 2020 https://t.co/DCfXUtYM8W

13/02/20

Wishing our students a memorable trip to Berlin. Safe travels. https://t.co/NWZ5J7zn4W

13/02/20

Lawes Lowdown is out now https://t.co/NO5UIionhX

12/02/20

Year 7 parents should have now received an Edulink access link to set up a password to access the new platform. Please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk if you face any issues with the registration process. https://t.co/AlXIrXDmwE

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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