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06/07/20

Thought for the Week: Trusting each other Word of the Week: Fac https://t.co/EW1avk0oCV

03/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Library Team are looking forward to meeting you, they have put together a welcome newsletter with some exciting activities for students to take part in, including their poster competition https://t.co/oZKTmScG0J https://t.co/jfxBNcI4wT

03/07/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/QnwUSJ0HVT https://t.co/yCdBRpvorc

02/07/20

Retweeted From Alban TSA

NQT Secondary Network now available to book for 2020-21 Four sessions across the year, Sept, Nov, Jan and March. First session to be delivered as a pre-recorded webinar. For further information and bookings: https://t.co/LSa39AwOz1

02/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Head over to our website to view Miss Marino’s transition video, providing helpful information to support students as they start at SJL this September https://t.co/HxtrziFPzj https://t.co/XLifR6F60B

01/07/20

Brilliant performances - well done all! https://t.co/kEvCSMKiAL

01/07/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our transition activity booklet in now available on the school website https://t.co/I6FdbDH4zO, the booklet is a great resource to help form tutors get to know their new Year 7 students. https://t.co/oijm408W9a

01/07/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: reactions https://t.co/SWnNrgWtst

01/07/20

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Lockdown your personal info! 🔐👣 You wouldn’t share sensitive information with a stranger, so why do it online? This week’s guide provides tips for parents on protecting ‘Personal Data’ >> https://t.co/dquoDiZ5uM https://t.co/rhSfktsdpm

01/07/20

Year 11 & 13 students - this may be of interest to you. Still awaiting clarification on some details however. https://t.co/zGkJA8AVER

30/06/20

This week’s assembly was delivered to students by Mr Williams, with the theme ‘Looking Ahead’. As well as looking back over the past 14 weeks, students are encouraged to think about developments and what are they going to resolve to keep doing? https://t.co/OKgSldtIz4

29/06/20

As Pride Month draws to a close, our amazing rainbow is a reminder of SJL community commitment with hundreds of signatures signing the SJL pledge https://t.co/a6qEoT96yB

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

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29/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF VIRTUAL SPORTS DAY 🔴🟡🟢🟠⚪️🔵🟣 Please see instructions and following tweets outlining the events and how to enter! Entries and proof of participation to Mr Bloxham https://t.co/Vkdk8IV2Q3

29/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

James in 7L sent us this beautiful photo of poppies on Harpenden Common. They are beautiful! https://t.co/1p1cS5aphE

29/06/20

Thought for the Week: Being brave and showing grit Word of the Week: Duc, duct https://t.co/unbbWgVfwr

28/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Some stunning strawberries and raspberries growing in our eco garden! ? https://t.co/nuxgZTj2Z7

26/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

I absolutely love the detail that has gone into this set design for the End of KS3 Drama Project. Well done, Scarlett in Y8! 🎭 https://t.co/T7pB5Bt5c1

26/06/20

Year 9 timetables have now been issued, they are also available on the Documents tab of your EduLink account. Please make sure your child has a copy of their timetable with them when they are in school. https://t.co/geHfG7QWqy

26/06/20

Joining us in September 2020? Our Yr 7 team are busy working on your induction plan. SJL are proud that we have always set aside the first week as an induction for Yr 7 students. Our Library Taster session originally scheduled for 6 July, will now be part of that induction. https://t.co/lweChdKrQy

26/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Take Notice During lockdown many of us had to stop, but as restrictions are eased remember to pause and take a moment to notice what is beautiful or unusual in the world https://t.co/IWXltvWWLt

26/06/20

This week’s newsletter is out now... https://t.co/iiUbQ5TRgM https://t.co/ga08R1ed9i

25/06/20

Retweeted From SJLScience

Always a fun game to play! Except there is not a cloud in the sky today https://t.co/WBiRdHirEi https://t.co/Xj4uikn5LJ

25/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Keep Learning Learning new things can build your confidence as well as being fun. Set challenges to see what you can achieve https://t.co/SjvfyQ8HwO

24/06/20

Retweeted From Herts School Games

Fab stuff from 🙌 solid entry from for the KS3 Competition https://t.co/E29vrTSUI1

24/06/20

Congratulations everyone who took part https://t.co/2WFC9VEDeu

24/06/20

Important message for Y9 parents has been sent via EduLink, please check your email for details. https://t.co/JafJRmyMZ2

24/06/20

Joining September 2020? We cannot wait to welcome you through our doors, until then visit our website for a mini virtual tour of Sir John Lawes School https://t.co/JLX0FhriEn https://t.co/DMMVg0jrDV

24/06/20

Wellbeing Wednesday: set goals https://t.co/RTyRJK58gu

24/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Be Active Being active is about having fun. Spend time doing things you enjoy https://t.co/p0TDU7cNoB

24/06/20

Joining us in September? Welcome from Ms Marino, Head of Year 7 2020 available on school website now https://t.co/mynNGYUxd2 https://t.co/xI8Ujfpt2G

23/06/20

SJL Wellbeing Week: Connect Think about connections around you, lots of us have been building stronger relationships with our local communities. Maintain those connections to increase happiness and self-worth https://t.co/DmQtiB1iqL

23/06/20

Retweeted From SJLdrama

SUPER excited to welcome Year 12 back into the Drama space this morning 🎭 https://t.co/8YJPU9hsIg

22/06/20

Welcome to what should be Wellbeing Week at SJL. Today we're highlighting GIVE from the Take 5 theme. Use this week to find new ways to give: make that extra phone call; add something to a food bank box... take a moment to think of others, reap the benefits https://t.co/xBWh81DBnu

22/06/20

Year 6, joining us in September? Look out for your welcome assembly. Link issued via Edulink. If you have any problems logging in to Edulink, please contact technicalassistance.herts.sch.uk https://t.co/jUZ2kIosl8

22/06/20

Thought for the Week: Aiming for a happy life Word of the Week: Dict, dic https://t.co/5d8LV6kxju

22/06/20

Joining us in September? From next week keep an eye out for a whole range of materials to help you get ready! Make sure you have set up your Edulink account so you don't miss anything! https://t.co/08Nt1ZC4cX

21/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Well done to all who entered in the virtual pentathlon. Fantastic performances, the top 4 results for each age group go though to be compared at district level. Details of qualifying performances can be found on SMHW noticeboard . Congratulations all!

19/06/20

Do not forget to submit your entries for this year’s summer concert to Mrs Hastings-Clarke. Closing date Friday, 26 June (next week) https://t.co/rI0gyseEN7

19/06/20

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

🚨SJL PE Department are now on Instagram 🚨 Give us a follow! https://t.co/mRQg66uYYj

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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