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Improve the effectiveness of your School Council for the coming academic year with School Council Training

As Link Teacher, how confident are you that your School Council is operating at its absolute best?  Are you sure that your students fully understand just how important their role is?  Do the SLT really listen when you or the students report back?

If you would like to improve the effectiveness of your School Council, then we have a very cost-effective answer for you.  We are very excited to be able to offer a new School Council Training option.

We have two very experienced Trainers who will  provide one-to-one training sessions for Link Teachers.  Each session is an intensive two hour personal tuition time to help you work with your School Council to achieve their very best.

So, if your school is within approximately one hour travel time from either:

SUTTON, in Surrey

OR

FRODSHAM, in Cheshire (ie, Halton, NW Cheshire)

Then do get in touch.

Each session is just £175.00 plus VAT, plus the Trainer’s travel expenses (train fares at cost or mileage at 40p per mile).  If you are more than one hour travel time from the above locations, this training option is still available but additional costs may apply.

Resources are included to help you continue to develop the ability of your School Council to contribute fully to the improvement of the school as a whole. (NB: Secondary Toolkit provided as a PDF on CD)

Secondary Resource PackPrimary Resource Pack

 

Email me: davidwhiting@schoolcouncils.org

Call me:  0845 456 9428 (local rate call)

We’ve noticed that many school no longer refer to “School Councils”, instead choosing to call their Student Voice body a “Student Council”.  So that we can keep up with the times, and provide schools with the best resources to support their Councils (by whatever name!), we are pleased to be able to offer STUDENT COUNCIL tablet badges in our online shop at www.schoolcouncilshop.org

 

We are very excited to have been able to add new Eco/Green resources to our online shop at www.schoolcouncilshop.org.

We know that young people are keen to protect the environment and the animals and birds that share our planet, so we have have added several products to our Eco/Green section.  Do take a look!  These great additions to our stock of resources will help any School Council, Eco Sub-Committee or Eco Council with their planet-protecting work!

 

Are there more resources that you would like us to provide?  Do let us know davidwhiting@schoolcouncils.org

Please note that with effect from 2nd November 2012, our new address will be:

5, THE QUADRANGLE CENTRE

THE DRIFT

NACTON ROAD

IPSWICH

IP3 9QR

There is no change to the telephone and fax numbers, and no change to email addresses.

I saw this poster (produced by The Big Picture Education Company) on the TES website this morning.  I thought it was really inspirational, and worth sharing.

 

 

The Innovation Unit have asked us to let you know about an exciting new Learning Guide they have just launched.  This is what they say about it…..

New Project-based Learning Guide launched by the Innovation Unit

We’re thrilled to announce the publication of Work That Matters: The Teacher’s Guide to Project-based Learning, which we’ve produced in partnership with San Diego’s High Tech High!

Work That Matters was produced as part of Learning Futures, which we ran in partnership with the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  You can download Work That Matters here.

Project-based learning is soaring in popularity among teachers and school leaders who want to make school a more engaging place to learn.  We have produced this guide because just ‘doing’ project-based learning isn’t enough – in order to engage students, and ensure that they learn, you need to do it well.

This guide offers step-by-step advice on planning and managing extended, interdisciplinary projects, as well as useful protocols for critique sessions, templates for important documents such as project plans, and examples of high-impact projects.

Sir Ken Robinson calls it ‘an impressive and practical resource to help teachers and students alike transform their approach to learning and achievement.

Professor Tim Brighouse, former chief advisor to London Schools, says it  can help and inspire teachers and school leaders to ‘push the frontiers of what is possible.’

Ron Berger, Chief Programme Officer of Expeditionary Learning andf author of An Ethic of Excellence, calls it ‘an unusually thoughtful and valuable resource for teachers … distinguished by a powerful focus on the integrity and quality of projects.

To find out more about project-based learning, and other ways to make school a more engaging place to learn, we would be delighted to see you at one of our ‘flipped conferences’ in Manchester and London. You can read more about our conferences here.  Also, to join the Engaging Schools community, sign up here (tick the ‘Engaging Schools’ box).

Information kindly provided by Cotham School.  This document outlines how they set up and used Learning Detectives to do student lesson observations.  You can read it here, but the final page is supposed to be landscape, so to get the most benefit, do click on the link to download the document.