Monthly Archives: March 2017

Pupils Shine in Festival of Talent

The winners of the annual “Festival of Talent”  for young people across the district’s schools have been selected following the recent finals.

Singers, dancers and other entertainers from over thirty schools took part in the event.

The City of Bradford Festival of Talent was created by former Lady Mayoress Elizabeth Sharp as a way of for pupils to express themselves and show off their skills in a variety of fields outside the classroom.

Winners of the contest will join the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Geoff Reid at City Hall for afternoon tea, receive a trophy and perform at the Bradford Schools Prom next month.

The Winner of the Primary section of the City of Bradford Festival of Talent was Molly Softley from Wibsey Primary School.  The runner-up was Antoni Modlinski  from Low Ash Primary School.  Molly performed an exquisite contemporary dance while Antoni displayed his lovely voice in a song.

The Secondary section was won by the Bradford Academy Choir with a very polished choral performance.  The runner-up was Annabelle Parish, a lovely vocalist from Titus Salt School (Sixth Form).

Congratulations to all involved!

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Miriam Lord launch Radio Station

Parents and pupils can now tune into the school’s radio station which broadcasts three polish-speaking shows a day, with teaching assistant, Tomasz Turowski.

The show shares information and news with Eastern European parents, carers and pupils and can be heard in the playground.

Teaching Assistant, Tomasz Turowski who airs the show said:  I am excited about going on the radio and using my language skills to help parents who struggle with English to keep up with what is happening in the school.”

Headteacher, Bryan Harrison said:  “Tomasz’s Polish messages will mean our radio information reaches a wider audience.  We hope hearing the news in Polish will help more parents engage with the school.”

Easter Holidays Minecraft Meet

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your primary age pupils entertained during the Easter holidays?

The Curriculum Innovation team are running 4 Minecraft meets on Thursday, 20 April  & Friday, 21 April at The Innovation Centre Bradford.

The sessions are aimed at 6 to 11 year olds and are £8 per child.

We will use Minecraft EDU on laptops to run two activities in each session. In activity one we will travel to the Star Wars Universe. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to fly a TIE Fighter or to visit the Ewoks on Endor?  Activity two will be a Minecraft Building Challenge where you will have the opportunity to work on your own or as a team under the expert guidance of one of our Minecraft enthusiasts.

As a momento of the day you will be given a free photo of you in a Minecraft world to take away with you. You do not need to bring any equipment along – all resources and laptops will be provided.  There is no need for parents/guardians to stay – all our staff are DBS registered and the sessions are led by experienced classroom practitioners, but if you feel more comfortable remaining on the premises we have a space where you can wait.

If your child is a Minecraft enthusiast then this will represent the ideal activity for the half term.

To book your place please click here.

Note – please use the ‘Select a different date’ option on the right hand menu to select the date and time you would like to attend.

School pupils learn about the importance of Fairtrade Fortnight

Pupils from Baildon Church of England Primary School have been helping spread the word about Fairtrade and encouraging the community to get involved.

Year 5 pupils at the school, hosted a Fairtrade stall at Baildon Co-op to support Fairtrade Fortnight.

As part of their RE programme the Year 5 pupils undertook ‘The Young Leaders Award’ which is organised by the Archbishop of York Youth Trust.  The award aims to equip pupils with key leadership skills and give them practical opportunities to change their communities for the better as they ‘be the change they want to see’.

In the course of their studies, the children in Year 5 undertook a study of the Fairtrade organisation.

Take the children to the Splendours of the Subcontinent Exhibition at Cartwright Hall

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four month tour of India and neighbouring countries.

An exhibition developed in collaboration with the Royal Collection Trust and our Bradford Museums and Galleries service is currently underway at Cartwright Hall.

‘Splendours of the Subcontinent’ tells the story of this grand tour through some of the finest Indian works of art that were presented to the Prince during his visit.

A golden opportunity to feast your eyes on some of the spectacular treasures showered on the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, during his 10,000 mile odyssey to the Indian sub-continent in 1875-6.

For the family there is an Animal Crackers Family Trail whereby you have to look out for some fantastic objects and see how many animals you can find!

There are some fabulous clothes available to dress-up in and take photographs of your children in.  Please email any photographs of your children dressed up to fiona.binns@bradford.gov.uk

 

 

 

The exhibition runs until 18 June.

Bingley Grammar School pupils bring art to new paediatric wards

Creative pupils from Bingley Grammar School have recently had their creative designs brought to life to brighten the stay of young hospital patients.

The pupils have worked on mood boards and features for the new paediatric wards and adolescent lounge for Bradford Royal Infirmary’s new wing.

The idea behind the artwork was to help make the young patients feel at home when at the hospital.

The project was open to all year groups and has taken part in a number of workshops creating themes, colour schemes and coming up with innovative ideas which includes a “selfie” wall where patients can post pictures and notes for other young patients to see.

School Parking Campaign-Banner Design Competition Winner

Congratulations to Nimra Hussain, of Grove House Primary School who is the winner of the The Bradford District School Parking Campaign-Banner Design Competition.

Pupils from across the district were asked to design a banner to be displayed as part of the partnership with West Yorkshire Police and Bradford Council.

The scheme is designed to tackle illegal and inconsiderate parking outside primary schools.

Officers spend two weeks at each school, educating motorists on the dangers of inconsiderate parking and why it is safer to park away from school grounds, and enforcing the law on anyone found parking illegally.

So far, nineteen schools across the Bradford district have been visited, and on-going work with ten others is currently underway.

Sergeant Adrian Wright, who organised the initiative in partnership with Bradford Council, said: “We would like to thank Nimra and all the children who sent in their entries for the competition.

“We were pleased with the response and hope that people are getting the message as to why parking outside schools safely and responsibly is so important.”

 

St Matthew’s CE Primary School launch ‘Fuel for Schools’

Pupils at St Matthew’s CE Primary School have become young market traders as part of a project they hope will reduce food waste as well as help local families.

‘Fuel for School’ is a ground-breaking initiative using food destined for landfill to feed its pupils and nourish its community.

An empty stomach is widely understood to negatively affect to a child’s academic performance, impacting concentration and energy levels. It has been said that children who eat breakfast are more likely to have higher school grades than those who do not.

The school, in the Little Horton is taking part in the project for a whole school year to make an impact on the pupils’ education, further increase engagement with families and sell food on a pay-as-you-feel basis.

It will mean families will be able to buy perfectly good food for a reduced price.

Run by the Real Junk Food Project in Leeds, Fuel for Schools works with supermarkets and local food providers to intercept food reaching its sell-by date before it is thrown out.

Pupils hosted their first market stall last week which took place at the end of the school day.  Pupils sold a wide variety of items, from fruit and veg to crisps and juice.

The event was well received by families, and any remaining food will be offered to needy local families.

Funds raised by the school through the markets will be used to buy playtime equipment so the children can stay healthy through active play.

As part of the project, Year 5 pupils sort out the food, help families with their shopping and share information with the local community about food waste.

Kay Remmer, Acting Headteacher, said: “Our Year 5 children are really excited about the Fuel for School project.

“Like other schools involved in the project, we expect one of the outcomes will be a real impact on education.

“In other schools, Fuel for School has shown it can deliver improvement in things like maths and reading, behaviour and attitudes to others.

“Fuel for School will help us reduce the amount of resources thrown away unnecessarily, engage more with families and help the local community by providing food at low cost. At the market stall, families offer an amount of money which they feel is appropriate for the item.”

Adrian Stygall, School Business and Development Officer, said: “The first market went down really well, we sold about four fifths of the food. Any non-perishable food left over will go to the market next week, and other food will go to any local families in difficult circumstances.

“We hope that because of these markets, families facing problems in this difficult economic climate will be able to have a nice meal.”

Although the project will run to the end of the school year, he added: “We expect this project will go on for a long time.”

Follow St Matthew’s CE Primary on Twitter: @stmatthewsce

 

Winners revealed at the Bradford School Awards

Hundreds of teachers, support staff and representatives of the district’s schools attended the Telegraph & Argus School Awards Ceremony to celebrate the stars of Bradford education and the good work being done in Bradford’s schools.

The Leadership Award went to the late Gareth Dawkins, who passed away last year. Mr Dawkins had worked as principal of Bradford Academy since 2007 and previously led Challenge College in the city. The award was presented to his two sons and Bradford Academy’s current principal Tehmina Hashmi who paid tribute to him.

 The Secondary Teacher of the Year was awarded to Zaheer Jaffary, a PE teacher at Carlton Bolling College.  Zaheer was nominated for his work with its girls’ cricket team in the school. Since he set up the team three years ago, it has achieved numerous awards, as well as breaking cultural stereotypes.

The Primary Teacher of the Year was awarded to Elizabeta Butkovic, of St John’s CE Primary in Bierley.  Mrs Butkovic fled her home during the Balkan crisis in the 1980s, ending up in Bradford. A teacher in her home country, she dreamed of once again teaching, and learned English, gaining qualifications and securing a job at St John’s 18 years ago.

Elizabeta Butkovic, who fled Balkan crisis in the 1980s, wins Primary school teacher award
Elizabeta Butkovic, who fled Balkan crisis in the 1980s, wins Primary school teacher award

The Community Involvement Award, which recognises the work schools do to create stronger links with the wider community was awarded to  The Syrian Action Team, pupils and staff at Dixons City Academy who organised events for refugees living in Bradford.

The School Improvement Award went to Farnham Primary School, an inner city school where many pupils start not being able to speak English, after being ranked as “outstanding” by Ofsted inspectors last year.

The Achievement Award went to Horton Park Primary School, which has become one of the best performing primary schools in the district for the progress its pupils make.

Horton Park Primary wins achievement award at #bfdschoolawards
Horton Park Primary wins achievement award at #bfdschoolawards

The Newcomer of the Year Award went to Naomi Simpson, who works at Hazelbeck Special School in Bingley and is in her first year of teaching.

The Support Staff Member of the Year was awarded to Lynne Dobson, who has been teaching the children of Peel Park Primary School art for years.

The Voluntary Contribution Award went to Lesley Matthews, a Beanstalk reading volunteer at Atlas Primary School.  Lesley said she hoped to encourage other people to become volunteers.

The Business in Schools Category was awarded to The Business Friends of Haworth Primary School, a project that sees the school working with local businesses to give children real world business experience at an early age.

The Science and Technology Award went to Joe Ryan and Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College for the work being done to boost Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at the school

Finally, the Governor of the Year Award went to Jackie Walters, who has been on the governing body at Newby Primary School for over 25 years.

You may have heard a lot about the 30 hours childcare but what is it?

The Government calls this entitlement 30 hours extended childcare. It is a Government scheme to provide childcare support for children aged 3 and 4 to help working parents from September 17. A child is eligible the term after their 3rd birthday.

Early education and childcare is a great way parents can help their child make new friends, learn new skills and have fun.

What is classed as a working parent?

Working parent means both parents have to be working (or sole parent in a lone parent family) & each parent/carer earns on average a weekly minimum wage equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage (NMW) (for under 25 year olds) or national living wage (NLW) (if over 25 years old), and less than £100,000 per year. Even if you are on a zero hour contract you can apply for a place as long as you expect to be earning the above. A working parent can be self-employed and employed.

Foster carers are only eligible for the extended entitlement for their own children (if they meet the criteria). They are not eligible for children that they foster.

You are also eligible if both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily away from the workplace on parental, maternity, paternity or adoption leave or statutory sick pay, the parent is employed and the other parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring, or one parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

How do I apply for a place?

Parents and carers will be able to check whether they are eligible and apply online from summer 2017 through a national checker. As soon as the national checker is available we will ensure we get this information on here for you to apply.

To receive emails about the new childcare schemes please provide your email address to https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/childcare-schemes-interest/welcome.

Where can I access the extra 15 hours?

Eligible parents can access the additional hours for their child at participating Ofsted registered childcare providers, primary schools, independent schools or nursery schools. If your child is already attending a childcare provider (including out of school clubs and holiday providers) or a school nursery ask them if they will be offering places from September 2017.

The Local Authority is currently consulting with childcare providers, schools and nursery schools to see who will be offering places. Not all providers will be offering places as it isn’t compulsory for providers to offer the 30 hours extended entitlement.

Parents can access 30 hours during term time or fewer hours all year round and can use the additional hours at more than one childcare provider.

Parents who are not eligible for the additional 15 hours will still be able to apply for the universal entitlement of 15 hours of early education for 3 and 4 year olds and for 2 year olds if they are eligible.

Early Years Pupil Premium

Childcare providers and schools can claim up to £300 of additional funding for every eligible disadvantaged 3 and 4 year old child attending their setting for their free early education. This money will help provide activities and new equipment to benefit your child. Eligibility is based on the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment & Support Allowance
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided not also entitled to Working Tax Credit) with earnings from employment below £16,190
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Looked After Children
  • Looked After Children who have left care through Child Arrangement Orders (formerly Special Guardianship) or an Adoption or Residence Order

Check your eligibility for the Early Years Pupil Premium now

 

Contact details

Families Information Service

Telephone helpline : 01274 437503 (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday and 8.30am to 4.30pm Friday)
Urdu/Punjabi Helpline : 01274 431252 (8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Wednesday)
Polish/Slovak/Czech Helpline : 01274 434905 (9am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday)
Mobile : Text ‘FIS’ to 07781472076 and we will call you back.
Email : fis@bradford.gov.uk