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Neill Morton, Headteacher,
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research, script and film news Academies Trust, Ros Smith – the Tyneside has been involved in the onto Look North, BBC Breakfast,
Portora Royal School, Enniskillen.
reports, and then on a national scheme’s producer – said: “To get scheme since its first year. and we also presented live on the
Alex Wood, Headteacher, Wester Is one of your year 8s the next Jeremy News Day in March get to experi- involved, all you need is a school Assistant head Joan Bloomfield BBC during the News Day itself.”
Hailes Education Centre, Edinburgh. Paxman? Could one of your year 7s ence what it is like to work in a website, and one child that wants to said that the pupils taking part had Jenny Maunder, a year 8 student
Ray Tarleton, Headteacher, put Fiona Bruce out of a job? newsroom, as hundreds of schools try out making the news. gained a real insight into the work- at the school, took part in this year’s
South Dartmoor Community BBC News School Report has up and down the country produce “The BBC brings a bit of glitz to ings of the media, and many of event, helping to find stories, and
College, Ashburton, Devon. Hilary been challenging 11 to 14-year-olds news bulletins to be broadcast that the activities, and gives those taking those taking part had gone on to also presenting the weather.
Moriarty, National director, to produce and present the news day, and publish reports on their part a chance to take their work to a study the discipline at college and She said: “I think that present-
Boarding Schools’ Association.
since 2006, with much of what websites – which are linked to wider audience.” university. ing on camera gave me a better
Tina Stockman, Teacher, Harlaw
they produce broadcast on local and BBC online. The BBC also provides six She told SecEd: “The students understanding of how difficult it
Academy, Aberdeen. Dr Bernard
national television. Many of the reports make it on video lesson plans, featuring have found it absolutely fascinat- is to put together a piece of televi-
Trafford, headteacher, The Royal
The scheme, which is already to local news bulletins, while others newsreader Huw Edwards, which ing. sion. It can also be tough selecting
Grammar School, Newcastle upon
open for next year, has increased in appear live on the BBC’s various can be accessed free online. They “On one occasion, we had a which news stories are the most
Tyne. Chris Fenton, Assistant
popularity each year since its incep- national television channels. provide advice on newsgathering, BBC editor visit the school to train important.”
headteacher, William Harrison
tion, rising from around 120 schools Speaking last week at the how the media operate, and tips on staff and pupils, and local presenters For more details, visit
School, Lincolnshire. Paul
in its first year, to 500 this year. 2009 Achievement Show, organ- presenting. have also come down to help out.
Ainsworth, Deputy headteacher,
Belvoir High School, Leicestershire.
Mark Blois, Browne Jacobson.
Support staff
Teach First winners unveiled
Sales director
Two teachers at a Dudley high The Teach First programme National Challenge school despite
Matt Govett – 020 7501 6735
school have developed such a recruits high calibre graduates, and finding things “unbelievably dif-
Commercial director
strong professional relationship that places them in schools in challeng- ficult” in his first two years.
Jon Benson – 020 7501 6767
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‘play key role’
they have been jointly recognised at ing circumstances. Recruits spend He told SecEd: “I hope it’s
the 2009 Teach First Awards. two years on the scheme, before got something to do with the way
Madiiha Lodhi and Beth Haley, developing their career in teaching, the whole department has turned
6776 both science teachers at Presnett or moving into a different area. around, from being viewed as a
Classified sales High School, have together taken Also taking home silverware bit of an easy option, to getting
Rachel McElhinney – 020 7501 6728 Around two thirds of adults a big difference to the lives of on the role of head of the science was James Bown, who won a Teach students to do really well at GCSE
Subscription manager believe that the value of school children and young people across department, despite being in only First Ambassador Award, which is and A level.”
Chris Hoskins
support staff is underestimated many key areas, including learn- their second year of teaching at the awarded to those who are no longer Also receiving a prize was Lord
Circulation director
despite the vital role they play ing support, strategic planning, school. on the scheme, but who have made Andrew Adonis, the former parlia-
Sally Boettcher
in helping teachers and pupils, administration, pupil welfare, Their effort was rewarded last an impact in addressing educational mentary under secretary of state for
a survey – seen exclusively by facility maintenance, and parent Wednesday, June 17, when they disadvantage. children, schools and families, who
SecEd – has shown. support. were presented with the Teach First Mr Bown, now head of geog- received a Founding Ambassador
Circulation department:
Around 1,000 people took “More and more schools are Garnett Award, which recognises raphy at Stockley Academy in Award.
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Agency for Schools (TDA), with a whole-team approach to staff onstrated that they have motivated
60 per cent saying they felt the development.” and inspired pupils in their subject.
Teach First Awards 2009 Winners:
UK annual rates:
value of support staff was not fully He continued: “Effective Ms Lodhi told SecEd she was Learmonth School Project Award
appreciated in terms of the benefits professional development for all “absolutely thrilled and honoured” Eleanor Taylor, Rosedale College, Hillingdon
Personal £45
they bring to teachers and pupils. staff, tailored to specific needs to be nominated, and “astonished” Teach First Excellence Award
Institutional (libraries,
More than 70 per cent agreed and work areas, is one of the at taking home the trophy. Thomas Ravenscroft, Cardinal Pole RC Secondary School, London
companies etc) £100
that support staff play a valu- most effective ways of driving She said: “When we found out Teach First Garnett Award
Europe annual rates:
able role in schools, while 67 per up standards and achievement in we’d been nominated by our head, Madiha Lodhi and Beth Haley, Pensnett High School, Dudley
Personal £92 cent said they believed the roles schools.” we had to film lessons to be sent to Higher Education Access Programme for Schools (HEAPS) Award
Institutional £165 they play in schools have changed Christine Hall, headteacher at the judges. Mine was on nuclear fis- Steve Costello (no longer teaching)
Rest of world annual rates: immensely since their own school St John’s School in Hertfordshire, sion, and involved the pupils running Teach First Ambassador Awards
Personal £113 days. said: “Support staff play a piv- around as particles. I thought it was a James Bown, Stockley Academy, London
Institutional £209
Graham Holley, chief execu- otal role in our school and are bit odd, but they obviously liked it.” Jamie Fielden (no longer teaching)
tive of the TDA, said support staff fully involved in monitoring pupil Ms Haley added: “It’s absolute- Mentor Award
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were “quietly transforming the progress.” ly incredible – we’re both really Amanda Woodfin, Gladys Aylwood School, Enfield
Pensord Press, Wales
way the modern school workforce For more information on CPD shocked. Because we work so Founding Ambassador Awards
operates”. for support staff, visit www.tda. closely, we have basically become Stephen O’Brien CBE, Teach First Trustee
Published by
He added: “They are making one person, which means it’s bril- Lord Andrew Adonis, (now secretary of state for transport)
liant to win the award jointly.”
Roma children spread the word on their culture
St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road
Herne Hill, London SE24 0PB
A group of seven to 14-year-old Roma the Children’s Society and the Gypsy and Roma children had expe- given away books in Stratford and
children have taken to the streets of Akademia Pstryk arts group, aims rienced racial abuse. The average Canning Town, east London, and on
London to give out a picture book to give young Roma the skills and school leaving age among the group the South Bank. Today (Thursday,
designed to educate other youngsters confidence to teach others about surveyed was 11. June 25) they are at East Ham
about their culture, and break down their culture. Jacob Garber, from The library between 5pm and 6:30pm,
the prejudices they face. According to government fig- Children’s Society, told SecEd: “We and on Sunday they will be on High
MA Education Ltd is an
June is Gypsy, Roma and ures, only seven per cent of children hope this project will both build the Street North in East Ham from 1pm
independent publishing company also
Traveller month, and the group will classed as Gypsy or Roma achieved confidence of the Roma children to 4pm.
responsible for education titles Early
be giving away 1,500 copies of their five or more A* to C grades, includ- involved, and help to educate the Visit
Years Educator and 5to7 Educator.
book, which uses a distinctive style ing English and mathematics, in general public about who the Roma uk/roma-awareness-raising
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hole” photography – to illustrate figure of 45.4 per cent. young Roma are not accessing Spreading the word: Roma
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their stories. Research by the Children’s mainstream education in the UK.” children (from left) Paulina,
ISSN 1479-7704
The project, organised by Society found that 86 per cent of The youngsters have already Sindy, Sara and Miriam
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