Christ the King Catholic High School receives ‘Schools Excellence’
King Catholic High School in Southport is the latest school to
receive the prestigious ‘Schools Excellence’ award. The
award, which recognises excellence and innovation in the use of ICT
in education, has been won by only a small number of schools
nationwide since it was launched just over 3 years ago.
Christ the King was
chosen to receive the award by leading supplier of ICT software,
services and systems to UK education, RM, due to the way the school
has harnessed a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to revolutionise
its approach to homework. During the academic year 2005/6 the
school took the decision to radically change its approach to
homework for Key Stage 3 students, and create a system geared more
towards ‘independent learning’.
Realising the true potential
of the Kaleidos VLE which allows students to complete projects at
home and upload them to the school system, whilst still being backed
up by paper version, was the 1st step of this transformation.
2nd stage saw the school swap from traditional 20 to 30 minute tasks to
a system based on 3-week long projects, meaning that students now
have 4 projects to complete within each half term.
have included paper assignments, models and podcasts. Kaleidos has
since become the environment through which all homework projects are
assigned and supported and this has now been rolled out across the
Peter Halsall, Assistant Head Teacher said;- “What we have
facilitated is a complete transformation in our approach to homework
with our students learning organisational skills and planning their
time much more effectively. Now they get their homework done on time
- often at school in our specially created homework clubs on
Wednesday afternoons, but also from home should they so chose.
standard of finished work is significantly better than that
submitted using the previous, traditional system. From a teaching
point of view, it's easier for us to give much more positive and
constructive feedback to the students."
The school ensured that it adopted an inclusive approach to the
scheme to garner parental understanding and support. To encourage
ongoing commitment, the school invited Year 7 students to special
open evenings where they were joined by their parents so that they
could explore the VLE for themselves.
Tim Pearson, CEO of RM, commented;- “Christ the King Catholic
High School is richly deserving of this award. They have
demonstrated how the smart deployment of ICT in schools can enhance
both teaching and learning while empowering pupils and involving
parents. Advancements in educational technology such as Virtual
Learning Environments need pioneering schools like Christ the King
to prove what can be achieved and encourage other schools to follow
suit. This is of benefit to everyone involved in learning and should
NSPCC wants children to be ‘In the Know’ about abuse
THE NSPCC are
giving schools in Southport the opportunity to order a new
educational booklet as part of its Don’t Hide It campaign to help
children keep themselves safe. In the Know is aimed at
children aged 8 to 11 and uses colourful illustrations, quizzes and
cartoon strips to help tackle the difficult subject of child abuse.
NSPCC children’s participation officer Serena de Cordova said:-
“We consulted children across 8 separate focus groups to develop
a product which was just right for young people. We used exercises,
role-plays and storyboards to find out what young people felt was
important to include and how best to make it accessible to 8 to
1 in 5 children counselled by ChildLine last year who gave their age
were between 8 and 11 years old – more than 25,000 young people. Of
these, 38% called about bullying and 20% called because they were
suffering abuse or neglect. The booklet reinforces the NSPCC’s
Don’t Hide It messages, encouraging children to find someone to turn
to if they are experiencing violence or abuse. It also provides
information about sources of support, including helpline numbers.
Sample copies of the booklet are being circulated to schools across
the UK with the opportunity to order free class sets as needed.
Don’t Hide It 2007 is a youth-focused campaign which aims to empower
young people to speak out if they are experiencing violence or
Just Over 1500 places Left
IT is hard to believe it's less
than 4 weeks since we were all getting ready for the 40th to start,
where does time go!!!
The Southport Weekender team don't normally do this, but they have
issued a warning because of the way the bookings are flying in. They
told us that:- "We thought it best to keep you informed in
case your readers miss out.
The number of bookings received at this early stage is streets ahead
of normal and at the time of writing this we have no more than 1500
places left on site.
The only chalets we have are 4's and 6's and a small handful of 7's
and one 8 berth.
We haven't much other to tell you at the moment on the line-up front
but we'd like to thank you for all your fantastic and somewhat
humbling emails and suggestions.
Please keep your suggestions coming in as it really is a help and
we're starting to put it together in earnest now. As always we'll do
our best to bring you another cracking line-up befitting Southport."
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