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06/12/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that online Parents’ Evening is taking place this evening. https://t.co/97WBK3caKs

06/12/22

Day 6 in our advent countdown https://t.co/unmSdSwVgk

06/12/22

Christmas is coming to Food Technology lessons next week, with the SJL Christmas Biscuit Competition for all years currently doing food rotation. Students look out for more information heading your way. https://t.co/FrM6NQ67H8

06/12/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Many SJL students have already grabbed a Christmas read for the holidays from our display. We also have some new cosy festive romance fiction from , and as well as Whiteout - a collection of stories celebrating black teen love in winter. https://t.co/kLb637aQfQ

05/12/22

Retweeted From Oxfam

Amazing! A huge well done and thank you to all involved! 💚✨ - Soph

05/12/22

You are warmly invited to attend our Post 16 Information Evening which takes place on Thursday 19 January 2023.  The information evening registration form should be completed by Monday 12 December 2022. https://t.co/iuGPBwMktH https://t.co/RsuqAQFXt7

05/12/22

Tremendous thanks to the Oxfam Group and their fundraising with a bake sale and providing refreshments during the school play intervals last week. Well done to all the students involved. https://t.co/OWAeIsN3qo

05/12/22

Day 5 in our advent countdown https://t.co/DpZKZekKVL

04/12/22

Day 4 in our advent countdown https://t.co/r0mbRlxhsC

03/12/22

Day 3 in our advent countdown https://t.co/w6iQ5oukXe

02/12/22

The second half did not disappoint. Fantastic performances throughout. Huge congratulations to all the students and staff who made it possible. https://t.co/2XXyFV3H20

02/12/22

Superb 1st half performance of Romeo and Juliet. https://t.co/BY8N1DkHdS

02/12/22

Year 11: good luck to our Year 11 as they head off on study leave for their mock exams. "Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. " Og Mandino https://t.co/UZM70dAd2k

02/12/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/gcwuNr6ubB

02/12/22

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Friar Lawrence leads the chorus in Like A Prayer before marrying Romeo and Juliet on our second night https://t.co/Rn0lYPkgO8

02/12/22

Day 2 in our advent countdown https://t.co/Bu0Vkt7pW0

01/12/22

Have You Met…? Immensely proud of the students who took part in today’s event, sharing their interests with staff and friends https://t.co/6NSctbfAxq

01/12/22

Retweeted From RHS Campaign for School Gardening

Love these colourful decorations, what a great idea 💐

01/12/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Absolutely amazing show! Congratulations to and all the students involved.

01/12/22

Well done to all entrants to this year's Christmas Card competition, there were stunning pieces of work with over 230 entries this year. We'll be sharing some of the excellent designs as go through our Christmas Advent countdown https://t.co/93GTgci1TW

30/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Christmas decorations 🎄in progress! https://t.co/nT6FQVVjq3

30/11/22

Last remaining tickets available... tickets available on ParentPay https://t.co/p2qEfCjwZt

30/11/22

The stage is set, we cannot wait for this evening’s opening night of Romeo and Juliet https://t.co/yCm6TVVg0O

30/11/22

Parents’ Evening for Year 12 will take place on Thursday 12 January online via SchoolCloud. Further information about SchoolCloud and how to book your appointments will be sent home next week. https://t.co/SmO3oYliGg

30/11/22

We are hiring! Join our caring and experienced teaching and support staff, apply now https://t.co/3jXhFV7xTw https://t.co/rhPo8RjxTN

30/11/22

Retweeted From Send My Friend

Campaign Champions from brought 222 dreams made my their fellow students to Parliament representing the of their friends across the🌏 asking to pledge £170 million to Education Cannot Wait 👉Read on to hear their message📚✨ 🧵1/5 https://t.co/wl1pVVtzKh

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Young people at wrote 222 calls to action representing the 222 million children out of school because of conflict & emergencies. Today Evie & Anneka represent & are presenting them in Parliament & calling on UK Govt to pledge £170m for https://t.co/MfFmVoi1yt

29/11/22

Retweeted From John McLaverty

Anneka & Evie present 222 education dreams from Y8s to MPs & CSOs in Parliament and call for to pledge £170m to This was a massively impressive presentation which put all the cards on the table, as only youth can do https://t.co/O28Tbjt7Oi

29/11/22

Despite the chillier weather, it is great to see so many students taking part in co-curricular activities in their lunch time https://t.co/ANYyEB6tRk

29/11/22

Proud of our students sharing their voice for others who can’t https://t.co/eUVdxVKGlF

29/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Library

Since we all loved sharing our favourite Pokémon last week, we've got some book suggestions for you, based on your starter! https://t.co/MZCQWkmemh

28/11/22

Reminder to Y13 parents that booking for online Parents’ Evening closes tomorrow, 29 Nov at 6pm https://t.co/VSOChomCSK

26/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Thanks for for an enjoyable morning of rugby 🏉 https://t.co/bqfAx2DlXE

25/11/22

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Friday Night preparations for Gym and Dance display well underway. https://t.co/2pOcNXQj2M

25/11/22

❄️ World Challenge Winter Fair ❄️ The World Challenge inspires our students to be global citizens, please do come along to support them and also purchase some Christmas gifts. https://t.co/uPrXCI2oSE

25/11/22

A warm welcome to Sophie & Ellie from Oxfam who are at SJL today to talk about the impact of global warming, adaptation & climate justice. https://t.co/gw6YFK22cz

25/11/22

This week's newsletter is out today... https://t.co/Qh6Dn3j8AS https://t.co/vfnmccTgKn

24/11/22

Retweeted From SJL 6th Form

Some of our year 12 students attended the St Albans Cathedral ‘Speak Your Mind’ Debate yesterday on the topic of ‘No Platforming & Freedom of Speech’. Speakers included Bim Afolami, Daisy Cooper and Claire Fox. https://t.co/vxDvy1RdyA

24/11/22

Year 7 reminder: absolute deadline for Year 7 photographs orders is tomorrow morning - all orders must be received by 8.40am Friday 25 November. https://t.co/PufIemXxje

23/11/22

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

Exciting times ahead as we start our botanical art project, making eco friendly decorations. Our dried flowers were sorted ready for next weeks session when we’ll start decorating our Christmas templates. https://t.co/mXiCGRa1ml

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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