Kick Start Newsletter - Jan 2017

Kick Start Enterprise

An award winning social enterprise based in Bristol

Resources, links and news for Spring 2017

Improving Outcomes for Vulnerable Pupils

Happy New Year and welcome to the Spring 2017 issue of the Kick Start Enterprise newsletter, containing another selection of articles to inform, engage and inspire teaching professionals.

As ever, we bring you local and national updates and information on policies, resources and events relating to the achievement and attainment of pupils from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds, including pupils learning through English as an Additional Language (EAL).

High on the agenda of many EMA Leads in school – and statutory for the first time - is completion of the English Proficiency Codes for all EAL pupils from Reception age upwards in the DfE Spring Census, due Thurs 19th January 2017. Kick Start Enterprise consultants have updated our guidance on this and do contact us if you wish to access individual advice to support you in this task. Is your school equipped with a robust EAL assessment system which is useful for moving on your EAL pupils, as well as for providing accurate data for the census? If not, Kick Start Enterprise consultants can collaborate with you to review and enhance your current provision in the area – please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Hot on the heels of the 19th January 2017 census date is another significant date which we strongly encourage schools to mark - Holocaust Memorial Day. ‘Holocaust Memorial Day' takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution;and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosniaand Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Why mark HMD in your school? In a study of secondary school students (2009), 83% of those surveyed agreed that they should be taught about this history in school to understand where racism can lead, respect the memory of the victims, stop something similar happening again, deepen their historical knowledge and learn about what caused the Holocaust.

For further information about HMD, including curriculum links, websites and contacts, please click here. If you wish to focus specifically on the Rroma Holocaust (now often called Porraimos or the devouring), when marking HMD in your school, more detailed information can be found here.

Returning to events closer to home, we would like to thank everyone who attended our recent Kick Start Enterprise CPD events in the Autumn Term 2016. Consultants Dot and Bharti, two of our experienced trainers, delivered interactive and engaging sessions on 'Developing the Role of the EMA Lead in Schools and Settings' and 'Ensuring the Achievement of EAL Pupils'. For further information on the course content, please click here.

Scroll down to watch Dot and Bharti in action for a taster of what to expect from a future Kick Start CPD session!

Are you keen to increase your expertise around supporting your Black heritage pupils? Or perhaps you have recently welcomed a refugee child into your school? We would be delighted to work with more of you in the future. Catherine is delivering her first Kick Start Enterprise CPD session on Tues 7th February 2017, entitled 'Ensuring the Attainment of Black Heritage Pupils', swiftly followed by Dot's session, entitled 'Addressing the needs of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people'. For flyers and a full list of our CPD programme for 2017, please click here for: Black Heritage flyer, Refugee flyer and complete list of courses. Do book onto future courses by contacting Gail Rennolds at or call 0844 8708 132, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Do you have a question to ask us? Or a success story to share?

We'd like this newsletter to provide a platform for you to interact with us and to share teachers' expertise collaboratively. If you have a focus area or question you would like us to address in our popular 'Ask the expert!' feature or perhaps a success story regarding a BME pupil or group of pupils you work with (pupils' names anonymised, of course!), then please do let us know by emailing

In this newsletter, we are introducing a new feature - 'Any answers?' - posing a problem and inviting you to respond with your suggestions. Scroll down for this issue's problem.

Kick Start Enterprise is happy to work with local authorities and with individual settings, schools and academies to develop inclusive practices, to raise the attainment of minority ethnic children and young people and to help build skills and knowledge in the workforce. Full details of opportunities are available on the Kick Start Enterprise website

To discuss any support or training needs please don’t hesitate to contact us. Call 0844 8708 132 or email

A message from Joe Constant, Director - Kick Start Enterprise

"Hello to you all! I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a great 2017, and as at the start of all new years, we also need to say goodbye to the past. I wish to pay tribute and give thanks to one of our consultants, Stephen Bray, who has taken the decision to change the course of his career, which required him parting from the Kick Start Enterprise team. I wish to take this opportunity, to not only wish Stephen the very best in his continued career, but to also express a huge debt of thanks and gratitude for his hard work, professionalism and continued commitment in his role as a consultant. I am sure I speak for everyone who worked with Stephen. During Stephen’s time with Kick Start, he became a valuable member of the team and will be sorely missed by us all. And as one chapter ends, so a new one begins. It is with great pleasure that I introduce our newest member of the team - Catherine Brennan - who started with us just towards the end of last year. Catherine brings with her a great wealth of knowledge and experience, as you will see from her brief bio below. Although Catherine has been with us only a short time, she has fitted in well and hit the ground running. Catherine has shown already that she is a great addition to the team and I have every confidence that this will continue into the future. Joe."

Holocaust Memorial Day
27th January 2017

Holocaust Memorial Day was first commemorated in the UK in 2001. In 2005, the UN General Assembly designated the 27th January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp, as International Holocaust Memorial Day.

Click here to read more..

Welcome to Catherine Brennan, our new Kick Start Enterprise Consultant – a brief bio… Catherine has worked passionately as an Ethnic Minority Achievement advisor in London, Bristol and surrounding areas for 20 years; she is committed to securing the best possible outcomes for BME pupils. Through various school improvement approaches, Catherine has collaborated effectively with school leaders, teaching practitioners, BME pupils and their families to develop and deliver inclusive practice for BME pupils, including those who learn through English as an Additional Language (EAL).
Joe Constant, Director - Kick Start Enterprise
“Thank you, Joe! I’m delighted to have joined the Kick Start Enterprise team of committed professionals and have already enjoyed working with a number of EMA Leads and teachers in BANES schools. Hoping to work with more of you, either in school or as part of our Kick Start Enterprise CPD programme, in the near future!”

Kick Start Courses 2017

Ensuring the attainment of Black heritage children

7 Feb 2017 / 9.30am - 12.30pm

Addressing the needs of refugee and asylum seeking children and young people

14 March 2017 / 9.30am - 12.30pm

Planning for Black History Month

13 June 2017 / 4.00pm - 5.30pm
Venue for all courses:
Moorlands Schools Federation
Chantry Mead Road, Bath, BA2 2DE

Cost: free to B&NES teachers
Academies and others: £45

Please contact Gail Rennolds
or call 0844 8708 132 to book your place.
CPD Feedback
Kick Start Enterprise consultants, Dot Lee and Bharti Joshi, ran a full day of training on 8th Nov last year.

Bharti Joshi also delivered another CPD course, entitled ‘The duty to promote British values in the early years’ on 3rd November 2016 at Guinea Lane Nursery, which was well received by EY practitioners.

"Bharti seems very passionate about providing the information and creating a well- knowledgeable and successful early years team in her area. Very happy with the training."
Achievement of EAL Pupils

CPD Videos

Developing the Role of EAL Leader

People say the nicest things..

"Really helpful training."

"I appreciated hearing from other professionals and sharing good practice."

"I found the training very useful and I can now devise an action plan."

Equality: Making It Happen - A guide to help schools ensure everyone is safe, included and learning (2016)
A new resource! We are pleased to inform you about this exciting new equality resource, which our Kick Start Enterprise colleague, Alison Cameron, was involved in producing – highly recommended! New from CSIE: a succinct and user-friendly guide to help schools address prejudice, reduce bullying and promote equality holistically. Created with schools for schools, the guide is sponsored by the NASUWT, the largest teachers’ union in the UK, and has won an Innovative Practice Award 2016 from the Zero Project, for a world with zero barriers.
Kick Start Enterprise advice and guidance to schools and EY settings on the changes to the DfE School and EY Census, including guidance on the assessment of EAL children.

New Autumn Term Census data collection guidelines were published on the DfE website on 4th May 2016 with some important changes for schools to consider. See the link below: 
As a result of these changes, schools are advised to amend their admission documents and procedures to include country of birth and nationality.
•    Schools are not required to request or see birth certificates or passports/ID cards.
•    It is important that all parents are informed that giving this information is voluntary.  For a small number of families this request could cause fear and anxiety.
To read the full five page report click here..
Any Answers

Do contact Catherine if you have any tips or advice about this which you'd like to share with others, or if you would like to pose a problem for the next 'Any Answers' feature - thank you!
This week's question:
"I am worried about one of my Year 4 pupils, T. His English is developing more quickly than his parents'; although he can understand his home language, he prefers to speak in English. He says that his parents can't help him with his homework so has stopped asking them. I can see the parents want to help but are unsure how to, due to their English levels. They are also very proud of their home language. What steps can I take to improve this situation? It's really concerning to me that there seems to be a communication gap widening between parents and child - I want to help!"
Kick Start Enterprise is supported by Bath & North East Somerset Council
Peaches Golding"The award winning Kick Start Enterprise understands how to reach these vulnerable young people, build their self-esteem and unlock their ability to excel at learning."
Peaches Golding OBE