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17/09/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/i2X1Uqlijp https://t.co/aWowpuIJKW

16/09/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

We are excited to announce a whole school musical production of Oliver to be staged in the school hall at the end of February! Auditions are on Monday 27th sept for KS3 and Monday 4th Oct for KS 4 &5! Consider yourself part of the SJL performing arts family!#theatreinschools https://t.co/Qtn5qT8k1a

16/09/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Really Looking forward to our devising workshop with theatre de complicite on weds 29th September 1.30 - 4.30pm which is essential for all A level drama students!#theatreinschools https://t.co/YjlFSRs44x

16/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

2/2: our very own teacher Mr Morton won the award for 'weirdest chilli' and jointly won "bravest chilli eater' with Toren in Yr 11! And from the look of this photo Mr Atkins was just very happy to be there! 😀 https://t.co/Dl5tCAX4yb

16/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Ecoschools

1/2: We had loads of fun today in the judging the chillies grown by staff. Our new Yr7s also got a tour of the & we installed a new bird feeder donated to us by Mrs Richardson! Thank you everyone! https://t.co/b6lCiIV0MT

16/09/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Great to have our first LGB Chairs’ meeting of the year this evening. Thanks for all your hard work on behalf of our students!

16/09/21

Retweeted From Alban Teaching School Hub

Free information event for school governors on the statutory changes for Early Career Teachers from September 2021 on Tuesday September 21st To book a place click here https://t.co/b1vVEtiBWv

16/09/21

This week’s Book of the Week is in honour of Hobbit Day on 22nd September, the birthday of Frodo and Bilbo Baggins! https://t.co/MTrAJCmAS3

15/09/21

Retweeted From SJL Geography

Geography Club started today! First activity making erupting volcanoes and seismographs to record earthquakes! 🌍🌋 https://t.co/KifMCYsdwd

15/09/21

Vacancy: we are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic, positive and efficient colleague who enjoys working with and supporting our Sixth Form students in a busy school environment. Apply now https://t.co/QSRgZIhnTe https://t.co/1hFBatTq2Z

15/09/21

Term dates: school term dates can now be found on the school website. Please note full calendar events will be uploaded in due course. https://t.co/hOiPXvt6IT Autumn term INSET day Tuesday 12 October 2021, school will be closed to students. https://t.co/SRS38JP6PK

14/09/21

SJL Open Evening notice: school will close early to students on the day of the SJL Open Evening, Wednesday 6 October, and open slightly later the following day, Thursday 7 October. Thank you for your support. https://t.co/rPDgGpceoO

14/09/21

Year 12 Parents' Information Evening presentations are now available on the Sixth Form pages of the school website https://t.co/FE5NgNlgVY https://t.co/RAtyb4zbL3

14/09/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Great turnout for first Junior Choir rehearsal 🙌 https://t.co/J0CZBXIOBS

13/09/21

Thought for the week: being part of a community. What makes SJL a community? https://t.co/io0ErsuxST

10/09/21

Secondary Transfer Open Evening - Wednesday, 6 October 2021 Further information coming soon https://t.co/8AzNGRDLSD

10/09/21

This week's newsletter is out now... https://t.co/7MF2T9DRBJ https://t.co/FYz06VtS11

10/09/21

Good luck to our students past and present performing in tonight's Jazz Evening. Attendees are kindly reminded to undertake a lateral flow test for the event, thank you for helping to keep our community safe https://t.co/BMVthu7RB2

09/09/21

Retweeted From SJL PE Faculty

Saturday 11th Sept 2021. SJL v Dame Alice Owen’s All KOs 9.30am. Yr7 & Yr10 AWAY meet SJL at 8.30am Yr8 & Yr9 HOME meet SJL at 9.00am

09/09/21

Retweeted From Scholars' Education Trust

Vacancies: we are excited to have a number of opportunities to join our trust, with teaching and support vacancies available. Join an expanding inspirational trust, apply now https://t.co/sINtrn3hAj https://t.co/bl6Gv589zS

09/09/21

Vacancy: we are seeking an enthusiastic Art and Textiles Teacher to join our successful Art Faculty. Apply now https://t.co/RKCVq2EyOj https://t.co/R6bVAFMHwH

09/09/21

Year 12 reminder: we look forward to welcoming parents to our virtual Year 12 Parents' Information Evening tonight. Introduction from Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form from 6pm. https://t.co/5a2hO1UZrr

08/09/21

Retweeted From SJLdrama

Introducing Year 10 to the different staging configurations in Drama with building blocks. https://t.co/b3hxsDBNiK

07/09/21

Retweeted From stem4

Wow, this is fantastic to see!☀️ Thank you so much to everyone at Sir John Lawes for participating in being a school!

07/09/21

During form time today students participated in a variety of activities as part of Young Mental Health Day in conjunction with . Wonderful to see students actively engaging in form discussions https://t.co/iI07ZonpfJ

07/09/21

Retweeted From Samuel Ryder Academy

Looking for a new opportunity? We are currently recruiting for the following at SRA: ✏️ Admin Assistant ✏️ Trips Coordinator/Admin Assistant ⚗️ Science Technician ✏️ Learning Support Officer To find out more about the roles on offer, please visit https://t.co/nU6VaFnVJQ https://t.co/qcV2AXvW5t

07/09/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

4 days until Jazz Evening … don’t forget to buy your tickets on Parentpay! Refreshments available from our fabulous parent support group so remember your cash … 💰

06/09/21

Thought for the Week is an additional way in which students at SJL are encouraged to engage in thinking beyond the everyday matters to ideas of local, national or global concern, and often asks students to focus on issues relating to citizenship and relationships https://t.co/bllZq9v89u

06/09/21

We are proud to be supporting for Helping to promote positive mental health in our young people https://t.co/fpMjvmdJef

06/09/21

Year 7 are continuing with their induction programme today, getting to know the school and each other before beginning lessons later this week. A reminder that tomorrow students will need to bring in their PE kit as they take part in their first PE session. https://t.co/EFA53rNLVC

06/09/21

Our thanks to Kevin Shaw who presented to Year 7 on Friday, for the climax of their first week at SJL "The Life and Times of Sir John Lawes" https://t.co/ltxvUNyD8q

05/09/21

Retweeted From Sir John Lawes Music

Launching a year of great music with our legendary Jazz night - rescheduled from May 2020! With performances from students past and present, what better way to kick the year off?! This Friday, 7pm. Limited tickets https://t.co/zD0CGd9eGS

02/09/21

Year 7 enjoying the outdoor space at lunchtime, having sole use of the field and courts before Years 8-11 return tomorrow. https://t.co/h9yPtImVz3

02/09/21

Year 7 enjoying The Oasis at breaktime, catching up with new friends and making first purchases from the canteen. https://t.co/eOrouUnRsu

02/09/21

Year 7 have been spending the morning with their tutor groups learning about the SJL ACE and writing letters to themselves in 5 years time https://t.co/jiC3Z6yMJP

01/09/21

SJL test centre all set and ready for our first students, today is Year 7, 12, and 13 testing. https://t.co/TT0kDZ79A1

01/09/21

Reminder of the return to school dates, including testing dates. https://t.co/2PbLASeJT0

01/09/21

We look forward to welcoming our students back to school for the 2021 - 2022 academic year. Let's make this a phenomenal year and remember make yourself proud! https://t.co/qEwQPkDjOD

31/08/21

Retweeted From Crabtree Junior School

Wishing our Year 6 leavers all the best at their new secondary schools.Your new schools are lucky to have you😊.Have fun & keep demonstrating that Crabtree determination & resilience!You’re all stars ⭐️ https://t.co/oheSqyMqeg

28/08/21

Retweeted From Michelle Heys

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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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