Don't miss out! Come and see us at 'The Store' Roadshow!
We are holding one more Roadshow this term for 'The Store'!
Come and see us to learn about the new features on the Services for Schools website!
27 Nov 2019 John Hadfield House, Matlock (09.00-16.30)
You may notice that when you click to buy a particular contract or service the system will take you to a new page which offers greater detail about the items you're purchasing. This is the first step towards the launch of our new store area, where you will be able to browse all our contracts, services and products in a much easier and more visual way.
The Store will go fully live in January 2020, but you can already receive hands-on training and find out more about the changes by attending our final roadshow event for this term.
With one more drop-in available, come and see us where we will be on hand to provide full training, and answer any questions you may have about Services for Schools.
You can drop at a time that suits you and stay as long as you like. You just need to reserve your place via the links below so we know you're coming.
All equipment will be supplied - you just need to get to us!
If you have any questions about these events, please contact the Services for Schools team on 01629 538191 or email email@example.com
Autumn Primary Area Head papers are now published & available to view on the communications tab!
Primary Area Heads Meetings Schedule for 2019/2020 (included within the Core Support Package)
All headteachers are welcome to attend and this is included as part of the Education Improvement Service Core Support Package. If you are a
headteacher in an academy and would like to attend please contact Maggie Beck on 01629 532730 to confirm your purchase options available. For more information, please click here.
Too see which date & venue is best for you, please see the attached PDF schedule.
World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November)
Public Health talk about World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November) and have published advice about how to prevent and respond to winter infections in Schools.
Please see the attached document for more information.
Cooking up a Healthy Future during National School Meals Week!
It’s National School Meals Week and the spotlight is on the healthy, nutritious meals offered at schools across Derbyshire.
Our catering team has developed a range of school meals as part of the ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award!
The award aims to provide nourishing meals that use tasty, locally sourced ingredients and ensures that all children have access to healthy meals.
All our primary schools meet the Silver standard of the ‘Food for Life Served Here’ award which aims to make healthier eating easy.
Across Derbyshire, almost 3,000 children entering reception and almost 4,000 children leaving year 6 in 2016 to 2017 were overweight or obese so it is important to help encourage healthy eating habits from an early age.
Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:
“We’re doing all we can to ensure Derbyshire children are as happy and healthy as possible. “Our catering and Public Health teams are working hard to provide a good start for all children.
“With the help of the Food for Life programme, pupils are also learning about where their food comes from.”
As part of a wider programme we have provided £70,000 to continue supporting the Food for Life Awards programme.
Funded by our Public Health department, the Food for Life programme is about much more than just the food on your plate.
It works to change the way we think about food by encouraging children to learn where their food comes from, how it is grown and how to prepare healthy, balanced meals.
Eighty-one Derbyshire schools have taken part in Food for Life Award so far. Independent evaluation of the programme shows that some of the benefits include:
-pupils in Food for Life schools were twice as likely to eat 5 or more portions of fruit and vegetables per day than those in comparison schools
-pupils in Food for Life schools were around 40% more likely to ‘like’ or ‘really like’ school meals
-pupils in Food for Life schools eat approximately a third more fruit and vegetables than those in comparison schools.
-all primary schools are at the silver standard of the Food for Life Served here award
Educational Visits and the New Ofsted Inspection Framework
The benefits of educational visits clearly support the New Ofsted Inspection Framework, helping to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.
Educational visits and trips should be viewed as a powerful positive teaching tool that can help enhance the academic, social, personal and emotional development of all learners. They can be rewarding and enriching for both teachers and pupils alike. Looking differently at familiar places or discovering new places such as churches, museums, town centres, country parks etc. undoubtedly adds extra depth to pupils learning and experience.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand,” School trips provide pupils with the opportunity for this kinaesthetic learning and encourages pupils to engage with people, places and activities in new ways.
OFSTED recognise that hands-on learning activities outside the classroom often lead to better achievement, standards, motivation, personal development and behaviour (OFSTED: Learning outside the classroom How far should you go).
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) commissioned a survey through Teacher Voice which found that: 87% of teachers said that LOtC made lessons memorable and 77% agreed that it motivated and enthused young people with regards to their learning.
Top 10 Reasons why you should go on a school trip:
1. Pupils learn in a multitude of different ways – traditional classroom learning may not always be best for every student.
2. Educational trips can be used to support all kinds of subjects – they can bring learning to life.
3. Pupils can develop a sense of responsibility outside the classroom, giving pupils the opportunity to put into practice, the content learned in the classroom.
4. Can help develop pupils’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-belief.
5. Gives pupils the chance to experience different places and develop new friendships with their peers and thus broaden their horizons and knowledge.
6. Trips are a strong way to consolidate learning, the experience from a trip can be directly related to the real world.
7. Pupils can put their learning into real life practice – using a compass or map to find their way around an unfamiliar place.
8. Trips have long lasting benefits – Can you remember your favourite school trip when you were a child?
9. It can ignite a pupil’s passion for a subject that they may not have had the inspiration for in the classroom.
10. It can benefit teachers as well as pupils! Teachers can see how their pupils learn and view the world, this can generate ideas which teachers can bring back into classrooms.
For information on how we can support your school to get out and about please look at the attached booklet or contact us.
Derbyshire Environmental Studies Service