At Lindsworth School, our aim as a KS2 team is to deliver a high quality curriculum that allow learner’s to both enjoy and achieve. Our key goals include:

  • A safe and positive learning environment where pupils feel secure in being able to express themselves.
  • A learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance and equality.
  • Developing social skills through a range of different experiences.
  • Achieving successful outcomes based on the individual needs of our pupils.
  • For pupils to be proud of both their own achievements and those of others.

 

In 2018-19, KS2 have achieved these goals. Student’s have flourished under our ethos, developing their social skills and confidence through appropriate challenge in lessons, positive promotion of respect and tolerance in school and opportunities for enrichment activities outside of school, including sledging, horse riding and water sports.

 

Curriculum

In KS2, our thematic cross curricular approach provides different challenges and learning opportunities for our pupils. Learning is interlinked, encouraging pupils to learn and apply different skills across a range of lessons and tasks. Our pupils also have the opportunity to take part in an educational trip each half term for each topic.

 

Below are our curriculum themes for 2019-20:

 

 

What you can do to help at home

Reading: It is vitally important that our pupils are reading as much as possible. Reading diaries will be sent home to encourage pupils to read and log the amount of time they have spent on this. An encouraging ear for this is so important. Further reading interventions that can be accessed at home include Bug Club, an online resource to support development of reading and spelling. Each week, pupils will be sent home with key spelling words for their age group; it is vital they practise these so that they can be successful in class!

 

Maths: As a school, we have access to multiple online platforms that allow learners to develop all aspects of their numeracy skills, including My Maths, Manga Maths and Times Tables Rockstars. Using these at home can only help your child progress further in Maths.

 

Useful Links

 

At Home

https://www.mymaths.co.uk/

https://www.mangahigh.com/en-gb/

https://ttrockstars.com/login

 

Literacy

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335186/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_English_220714.pdf

https://www.educationumbrella.com/reading-schemes/bug-club-homepage

 

Numeracy

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/sols/primary/Year-5-2018-19-Autumn-Term_v3.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Year-5-2018-19-Spring-SOL-Full-Term.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Summer_Term_SOL/Year-5-Summer-Term_Full_Scheme.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Autumn_2018_from_Dropbox/Year-6-2018-19-Full_Autumn-Term_v2.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Year-6-2018-19-Spring-SOL-Full-Term.pdf

https://whiterosemaths.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/SoLs/Primary/Summer_Term_SOL/Year-6-Summer-Term_Full_Scheme.pdf

 

Topic

https://cornerstoneseducation.co.uk/

 

 

What is Prevent?

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the
threat of terrorism. Prevent is 1 of the 4 elements on
CONTEST, the Government's counter-terrorism- strategy. It
aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting
terrorism.

The Prevent strategy:

    Responds to the ideological challenge we face from
    terrorism and aspects of extremism, adn the threat we
    face from those who promote these views:

    Provides practical help to prevent people from being
    drawn into terrorism and ensure they are given 
    appropriate advice and support; and

    Works with a wide range of sectors (including education,
    criminal justice, faith, charities, online and health) where
    there are risks of radicalisation that we need to deal
    with.

Prevent covers all forms of terrorism and extremism and some
aspects of non-vilent extremism.
The Home Office works with local authorities, a wide range of
government departments, and community organisations to 
deliver the Prevent strategy, The Police also play a significant
role in Prevent, in much the same way as they do when taking a preventative approach to other crimes.

Prevent uses a range of measures to challenge extremism
including:

    Supporting people who are at risk of being drawn into
    terrorist or extremist activity through the Channel
    process

    Working with and supporting community groups and social
    enterprise projects who provide services and support to
    vulnerable people

    Working with faith groups and institutions to assist them
    in providing support and guidance to people who may be
    vulnerable; and

    Supporting local schools, local industry and partner agencies
    through engagement, advice and training.

Prevent is measured locally and nationally to make sure the
Prevent programme provides value for money.

The main aim of Prevent is to stop people from becoming
terrorists or supporting terrorism

At the heart of Prevent is safeguarding children and adults and
providing early intervention to protect and divert people away
from being drawn into terrorist activity.

Prevent addresses all forms of terrorism, but continues to
ensure resources and effort are allocated on the basis of 
threats to our national security.

What is Channel?

Channel provides support across the country to those who may
be vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism

Changing Behaviours through open conversation is the key to
removing the barriers that stand in the way of a unified
approach.

This information is sourced from the 'Let's Talk About It' website, a guide to
Prevent for Parents and Carers.
For more information about the Prevent and Channel Strategy please visit www.ltai.info
    

 

  1. Lindsworth School provides a comprehensive careers programme for pupils covering a range of post 16 options that has seen an increase in the number of student going into higher education. The programme covers local colleges, Sixth form options and Apprenticeships. Pupils are supported in their careers education by a specialist career advice agency that comes into school once per week for meetings with pupils on a one to one basis. At risk pupils are given priority for this service but all year 11 pupils will be seen on numerous occasions before the leave the School.

 

  1. Pupils have access to a range of different post 16 application options for them. They also have access to Birmingham Careers Service that liaises with a post 16 coordinator to target pupils with personalised information required for their needs and aspirations. This also includes personalising conversations for support.

 

  1. Each pupil will be seen on numerous occasions by Birmingham Careers Service  specialising in careers and post 16 options. Teachers of all years will flag pupils who they deem to have low aspiration post 16 to the lead coordinator who can then place support such as 1:1 meetings or communication with parents/carers. All pupils will be given support in a dedicated weekly lesson to complete their applications and write a personal statement to assist them in the working world.

 

  1. All years have a curriculum that pushes high aspirations and promotes post 16 and career options. Careers are explained to pupils so each has an understanding of what their options are and what they may desire to explore more upon leaving Lindsworth School.

 

  1. All years have access to a range of careers experiences through speakers visiting the school and sharing their experiences and pathways into a wide variety of different workplaces.

 

  1. Pupils have a range of experiences of post-16 educations, for example they visit Mathew Boulton College, South and City College and other providers in the local area. A range of speakers will visit the school and speak with pupils across the year groups about their range of career options. Every November pupils in years nine, ten and eleven visit the Skills show at the NEC, the nation’s largest skills and careers show.  This provides pupils opportunity to speak with employers and training providers and participate in a number of ‘taster activities.’  

 

  1. Guidance to the pupils is highly personalised with pupils each being seen on a 1:1 basis by both their class teacher and outside careers agencies making sure they get the right information and support for their own careers development. Lessons are differentiated for pupils so pupils of all ages and abilities can be taught about careers and aspirations within the area.

 

  1. The school will continually measure and assess the impact of these actions to ensure our pupils are accessing the correct career pathways and the guidance they receive reflects this.  All pupils have a dedicated pathways mentor as they start college or enter the workplace to support their success to make this a successful transition.

Usefull Links

General careers

www.icould.com – videos of people talking about their jobs.

www.plotr.co.uk – information on a range of jobs.

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

 

Further Education and Training

www.getingofar.co.uk – find out more about apprenticeships.

www.ucasprogress.com – search for further education courses and work-based learning providers.

www.studying-in-uk.org

Employment

www.worksmart.org.uk – information on rights at work.

www.jobzoo.co.uk – CV and careers resources.

https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship - information on apprenticeships

 

 

Higher Education

www.ucas.com – advice and information on university courses.

www.direct.gov.uk/unistats - student satisfaction surveys to help you compare subjects and universities.

www.universitycompare.com - a comprehensive university comparison site, offering students resources, tools, student discounts and university stats and rankings. 

 

Other useful information

 

www.ncsyes.co.uk – National Citizen Service programme, open to 15 to 17-year-olds to help build skills for work and life.

www.do-it.org.uk – search for volunteering opportunities.

 

  1. To design a stable careers programme from Year 8 to 11 providing all students with CEIAG.
  2. Learn from career and labour market information through targeted CEIAG and use of Labour Market Information (LMI) in the careers programme.
  3. To address the needs of each pupil through targeted information and advice guidance (IAG) depending on personal need and education and career intentions/aspirations.
  4. To link curriculum learning to careers by designing opportunities for Employability and Enterprise within faculties and departments and contact with employers, particularly within the vocational curriculum.
  5. To design encounters with employers and employees through opportunities within faculties and departments and within the enrichment curriculum.
  6. To enable experiences of workplaces through workplace visits, work experience (for selected students) in Year 10
  7. To design encounters with further and higher education through opportunities within the enrichment curriculum, particularly in Years 10 and 11.
  8. To provide personal guidance [independent and impartial] to all students, particularly those in Years 1o and 11.

Alongside timetabled lessons, Years 8 to 11 follow a careers programme that is based on five key areas. 

Moreover, our careers programme is delivered through our Theme Day provision whereby a part or full day off-timetable is used to cover elements of the programme e.g. employer interviews.

Lindsworth School works closely with Birmingham Careers Service. Their advisors are all qualified to QCF level 6 careers guidance and have enhanced DBS clearance. They work closely with local employers, training providers and voluntary organisations and use local knowledge to help pupils make informed decisions about their next steps.

 

Should you require further information please contact our Careers leader Katherine Beale by email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via the school telephone number : 0121 693 5363

This information is due to be reviewed December 2019

Pupil Premium 2018-2019

Pupil premium funding does not follow each pupil but it is used in two ways:

  • ·         To support school wide change and improvements in the quality of teaching and learning
  • ·         Supporting those children through targeted interventions

In the academic year 2018/19 the school received the following funding: £81408

No single intervention provides a complete solution to the complex educational needs experienced by our pupils and it is therefore a multi-faceted approach that must be adopted, which will offer our pupils  the best opportunities for our pupils to succeed.

The key to closing the gap between the highest and lowest achieving pupils is careful and thorough monitoring and tracking of our pupil attainment and progress. The tracking can then inform effective interventions.

In the academic year 2018/19 the school spent the pupil premium in the following ways:

Improvement Initiative

Description

Improving literacy and numeracy

 

 

Purchased Bug Club and resources

Bug Club intervention targeted to year 7 pupils

Targeted 1:1 interventions in maths and English

Interventions planned by English and maths teachers in conjunction with Directors of Learning and delivered by Pastoral and Learning Support Worker.

My maths licence renewal

Continue use of the programme to consolidate maths knowledge and provide weekly opportunities to further personalise the learning to fill the gap for pupils through a different media.

Improving academic outcomes

 

Revision materials for GCSE pupils

Additional revision sessions improve academic outcomes for pupils.

Continuing arts program in the school

Funds allocated to allow for a range of art opportunities and resources  for pupils for example Lichfield Christmas Tree, visits to galleries

Careers advice and guidance

Support from Birmingham Support and Guidance Service which will include 40 days of careers support. Initially targeting year 9 - 11 pupils as part of their transition. Attendance at Annual reviews and EHC transfer for identified pupils.  Monitoring of outcomes for the 2018/19 year 11 leavers cohort. 

Rewards

To support the rewards for our school merit system which pupils earn through positive engagement in lessons, high standards of behaviour and attendance above 90%.

Pastoral and pupil support

 

Support for transition to post 16

One day a week for a Pastoral and Learning Support Worker to aid pupils in securing post 16 placements and support for pupils in maintaining the post 16 placements

Pathfinder Project involvement

Subscription costs to the pathfinder project through which pupils and families are supported in a range of areas.

Malachi

Support for individual pupils and families to help address barriers to learning and success.

Enrichment Program

To extend pupils experiences and encourage positive engagement at school.

SEMH development

Range of workshops led by external agencies to support pupils self-regulation skills and knowledge and understanding around PSHE issues.

 

Major impact and outcomes:

 

Impact

Evidence

Reading progress, 92% of the year 7 pupils made progress in their reading ages.

 

Pre and post assessment tests.

 

Sustained high number of pupils selecting Art and Design Technology at GCSE level

Most popular subject chosen at options.

Working towards securing silver arts mark award

Silver Arts Mark Awarded to the school in 2019.

Increased awareness around PSHE issues which impact on relationships with peers

Feedback from pupils following workshops.

Increase in pupil engagement in lessons.

Reduction in average number of negative scores per week gained by pupils compared to previous academic year. Autumn Term reduced from 196 to 193, Spring Term reduced from 266 to 193 and the Summer Term reduced from 208 to 153.

Increased attendance for pupils in Spring and Summer Term compared to previous academic year.

Attendance figures per term show increase from 71.49% to 75.27% in the Spring Term and an increase from 69.03% to 74.5% in the Summer Term.

Families involved in pathfinder project receiving increased level of support.

Opportunities available for pupils through the project.

Case studies from pathfinder project.

Summer family fun day which some of our pupils attended.

 

School Covid-19 Information

Where can you find support during the school closure?

During the school closure, our staff will be contacting all families to speak with pupils twice every week. We are also visiting many of our families in the community. This is to keep in touch with you but also an opportunity where you can share any concerns or questions you may have. Our staff will be able to signpost you to support and any other resources that may help you.

If you need to contact someone at school please call 0121 693 5363 between 8.30 am and 1.45pm weekdays.

Work will be sent home for pupils to complete. There are also lots of tasks and further learning on our virtual platforms such as Doddle and MyMaths.

Please contact the school if you are experiencing any difficulties logging on.

 

Remember, if your circumstances change and you think you are entitled to free school meals for your child, please contact us on 0121 693 5363

 

Pause Managing Worries and parent call back

https://www.forwardthinkingbirmingham.org.uk/services/13-pause

Managing Bereavement Support – for losing someone close to you

Managing_Bereavement_for_Parents_during_COVID-19__002_.pdf

Mental Health and Support advice lines – offering mental health support in Birmingham and Solihull

Mental-health-and-support-advice-lines.pdf

CAT Team Support- support for young people with Autism

CAT_helpline_information.pdf

Childline - You can talk to Childline about anything.  No problem is too big or too small. 

It’s confidential and you don’t have to give your name if you don’t want to.

Telephone:0800 1111, anytime.

Samaritans - Offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - about whatever is getting to you.

Telephone 116 123 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 

 

Other useful contacts where you can find advice to support your families’ mental health and about accessing support to foodbanks during this difficult time.

https://www.findfoodbanksbrum.org.uk/about-us/directory/

https://theaws.co.uk/coronavirus/

https://www.bvsc.org/news/police-say-noexcuseforabuse-new-campaign-launched-prevent-domestic-violence

https://www.birminghamandsolihullccg.nhs.uk/your-health/mental-health-support-offer

 

Keeping Safe Online

For information on how to keep your child safe whilst online or too report any concerns please see the links below.

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/talking-child-online-safety/

https://parentinfo.org/articles/special-needs

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

 

NOTICES : 

23/03/2020 : Dear Parents and Carers

We spoke to each parent/carer on Friday to determine whether you are able to accommodate your child at home during the school closures or whether you are a key worker or due to vulnerabilities of your child they need a place at school as alternative child care arrangements are not available to you.

For those accommodating pupils at home:

If you stated that you were able to accommodate your child at home please do not send them into school. If your circumstances change ie you become a key worker, please phone the school and ask to speak to a member of the SLT to determine whether we have the capacity to have your child in school. Home learning packs have been sent home along with a list of useful websites to help you to support your child’s learning during this time.

For those who require a place at school:

For those who will be attending I wish to clarify that our school will not be able to offer the timetable and teaching your child would usually receive. They will not follow their usual timetable and may be working with staffs that are less familiar to them. Also, partly due to staff constraints, we will be operating on a reduced day. Pupils will attend from 10am – 1.30pm. In addition we have reduced the footprint of the school so tomorrow morning when pupils arrive they should go to the following class areas:

Year 7 – JC building

Year 8 – Dennis Lewis building

Year 9 – Gylnn Purnell building (catering room)

Year 10 – Art room

Once they arrive the pupils will meet the staff team who will be working with them this week. During the school day the pupils will be given a half hour lunchbreak and will have the option of hot/cold food as usual. All pupils attending should wear their school uniform. If your child usually has medication at the start of the day can you please ensure this is administered at home before they come to school. All pupils attending will be expected to follow our usual rules and procedures and should attend school ready to engage in the learning and activities in a positive manner.

Throughout the school day we will be asking the pupils to wash their hands, this will include when they first arrive in school. This is in line with the Department of Public Health advice regarding frequent hand washing.

Useful information : 

BCHC-CF-summary-of--service-contacts--links--advice-lines-COVID-27-April.pdf

Parent-Guardian-Online-Radicalisation-Information-and-Support.pdf

COVID-19-info-CF-for-children-and-families.pdf

Parents-Information-from-NHS-Birmingham.pdf

Kooth a free, safe and anonymous service to support young people’s emotional and mental health in Birmingham

Pause-call-back-service.pdf

A statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing Cllr Kate Booth and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture Cllr Jayne Francis. This document reinforces Birmingham’s position that we support the phased reopening of schools only when it is safe to do so and also emphasises the need for risk assessments.

Download [ 1134tr-Reopening-of-Schools.pdf ]

 

Birmingham’s position that we support the phased reopening of schools only when it is safe to do so and also emphasises the need for risk assessments.

Please find below a statement from the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ian Ward, Cabinet Member for Children’s Wellbeing Cllr Kate Booth and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Culture Cllr Jayne Francis. This document reinforces Birmingham’s position that we support the phased reopening of schools only when it is safe to do so and also emphasises the need for risk assessments.

 

This has been published on the council website at https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/news/article/618/statement_on_re-opening_of_birmingham_schools.

 

And also available here : 1134tr-Reopening-of-Schools.pdf