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October 2013 Edition number 5

Improving outcomes for vulnerable pupils

Essential resources, links and news for Autumn

This edition, Kick Start spoil readers with an Autumn newsletter packed full of useful info for teaching professionals.

Exciting news on Kick Start's 'Heroes Programme Part 2', plus our regular 'Ask The Expert' feature explains why white British boys may not be achieving as highly as other groups.

Read about OFSTED's 'Unseen Children' Report, and 'Too Young To Fail', a new report from Save The Children, while one of our own consultants asks the question, "When is a poor
child not a poor child?"

Scroll down for news on the new Childrens' Laureate and links for Black History Month.

Too Young to Fail

Save The Children have published a new report ' Too Young to Fail'. It provides evidence to show that poor children's life chances are decided in primary school. The charity said there must be more focus and investment on five to seven year olds and urges the government to increase the PP from £900 to £4,000 by 2020.

When is a poor child not a poor child???

Judith Longstreth – Kick Start consultant. The answer (in relation to receiving the Pupil Premium) seems to be... when their parents are not entitled to certain benefits, for reasons that are not to do with their actual level of poverty. These reasons include:
  • Being in receipt of Working Tax Credit
  • Being from another country in Europe and finding difficulties in proving habitual residence/right to reside
  • Being from a non-European country and having no recourse to public funding
  • Families with irregular paperwork – including:
    • People who have been in the country on short term visas to study, or for work purposes whose visas have run out
    • People who have entered the country illegally
    • People who have been trafficked or smuggled into the country
Children of any of the above, some of whom have been born in the UK. It is estimated that there are 120,000 children who are undocumented at present, half of whom have been born in the UK. Click here to read the full article...

Upcoming Kick Start programmes

Kick Start are very excited to be launching their new Heroes Programme Part 2 for years 9 to 12, in November 2013, in collaboration with Bristol University and UWE. The programme is funded by Learning Partnership West.
Click here to find out more…
Kick Start are also excited to be working with UWE on their new primary summer transition programme 2013/14.
Further details to follow
Kick Start offers bespoke training for your school – whether it is spiritual,  moral,  social and cultural aspects of school life, EAL pedagogy, or the achievements of FSM meals pupils. Kick Start staff are happy to put together training to your requests.  Consultants have delivered all of these and more in the last year. Phone for a free appointment with one of our consultants.
Contact: 0844 8708 132

People say the nicest things...

"It was really helpful to understand how EAL children feel. The activity where you spoke to us in a different language was a real eye opener"
Early years practitioner on training delivered by Bharti Joshi

"It is invaluable having Judith Longstreth working with us. Her guidance and support have moved us forward."
EMA leader, St Gregory's Catholic College
"I really enjoyed the EAL training and understand a lot more now, it will really improve my practice" Alice Parker, Hopscotch Nursery, Bath

Kick Start Updates

Kick Start consultant Judith Longstreth invited to meet MP Nic Harvey!
Judith LongstrethFollowing the publication of Judith Longstreth’s article on the Pupil Premium she has written an update When is a poor child not a poor child’? and had a request to meet Nic Harvey MP who is trying to change the ruling on the Working Tax Credit.  He was very interested in her detailed work. Do read Judith's update. She is very interested to hear about the experiences in your school so please send feedback to her –

What we have been up to

Kick Start are to launch their new Heroes Programme Part 2, for years 9 to 12 in November 2013.  The programme is specifically aimed at the same children mentioned in the OFSTED report on Unseen Children (see our article below).
This programme, which is being delivered in collaboration with Bristol University and UWE, focuses on raising confidence, self-esteem and aspirations. The students will be given the opportunity to spend a day touring the campuses and taking part in mock interviews at each of the universities.
Further details to follow in our next newsletter.
Click here to contact us for further info on the Heroes programme.

In The News

Unseen Children – Ofsted Evidence report July 2013

Disadvantaged / FSM / Unseen and Invisible children are all terms used to describe pupils that Ofsted will now be focussing on during their inspections of schools. These broad terms include a range of pupils' ethnicity, social and educational needs. This report focusses on economic disadvantage. 

Twenty years ago, Ofsted published Access and achievement in urban education. This report looked at seven urban areas with high levels of deprivation including Bristol. This new review, published in July 2013 is wider and includes areas of the country that might be considered affluent.  
The report sets out some of the main evidence that informed the review.
Click here to

October is Black History Month

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech or Mo Farah's amazing achievements over the summer make them ideal material for schools to study in Black History Month. or or

Follow this link to Black History Month in Bristol:
Many schools in the UK (both secondary and primary) have a focus on the achievements and contributions of black people during Black History month - October. These could be linked to a particular subject (e.g. science) or be linked to the curriculum of each year group. 
Click here to

Malorie Blackman: Waterstones Children's Laureate

Malorie Blackman Childrens Laureate

Best-selling author Malorie Blackman has been named the Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2013 - 2015. Blackman takes over from outgoing Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson and was presented with her medal at a ceremony at King's Place in central London on Tuesday 4th June 2013. Click here to read more...

Have you seen this new website?
The mission statement for this new website is:
‘Our mission is to help close the academic achievement gap of black pupils in the UK. We will achieve this by sharing vital information to parents, participating more and empowering our children’s educational development.’
We asked a black parent Niki Baidoo to review this new website and these are a few of her comments:
  • The website is easy on the eye and very easy to navigate.
  • There's no involvement from members; I've seen only one reply to requests for parent's comments and not one comment in all of the 16 forum topics on the forum page.
  • The website doesn't seem to be relevant for special needs children.
  • There are lots of helpful hints in the form of lists.
  • The young achievers page is an excellent idea.
"All of this is relevant regardless of race, so the mentoring page is the only one that is specific to being the parent of a black pupil and specific help/empowerment for black children. It would be helpful if the mentoring page had links or contact info to the mentoring organisations mentioned. So I feel it's a good site for any race parents needing general info about educational/parenting issues. Pass this website on to the parents of black pupils."

Local Events
and Groups

Invitation to panel
debate on racial equality
Wed 16 Oct, 6 -7.30pm
at the M Shed

“Bristol Bus Boycott –
50 Years On What’s Changed?”
To book a place
contact Scarlet Blackmore:
or 0117 352 6959
or M Shed reception
0117 352 6600.
Booking is recommended
to guarantee a place.
More info

Runnymede – End racism
this generation
Great Debate
Tour – Race and Politics

Tues 22 Oct, 7-8.30 pm
A “Question Time” style event,
with local politicians and
community figures,including
PPC Sue Mountstevens
and Mayor George Ferguson.
More info here.

November 3rd Diwali will be
celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs

Diwali info for schools with
classroom activities and

Something for your
parents' notice
boards / newsletters

Parent’s work club running
weekly in Hartcliffe

Hartcliffe Children's Centre,
Thu 6th June to
Thu 19th Dec 2013
FREE Work Club for
unemployed parents who are
looking to return to work.
Get help with CV, job
application forms, interview
skills and more.
Start any week.
Just call to book a space.
0117 312 2088

Strengthening Families,

for parents with children
aged 8-17 years.
A Strengthening Families,
Strengthening Communities
Parenting Programme will
be starting on the 8th
October 2013 at the
Time Out Youth Centre
in Keynsham. This is a
morning programme running
9:30am to 1:30pm and there
are still a few places
available for parents who are
interested in attending!!

For further details contact
Kate Skelton, SFSC
Project Worker at the
Youth Offending Team
on 01225 396966
or email:


Ask the expert
 Our data shows we have a
small number of white British boys
who are not achieving as highly as
other groups. Most are boys
from families that have a low
income, who seldom travel outside
the immediate area and often,
but not always, have members
of the family who are out of work.
The pupils tend to be low achievers
in all areas of the curriculum.
Click to find out more..


Kick Start staff/ consultants are
TED talk fans and this was one
of our favourites, Ken Robinson’s
talk - 'How schools kill creativity
in schools'.  Although filmed in
2006 it is so relevant, especially as
schools are getting to grips with the
new curriculum. Enjoy!

'What would it take to end racism
in a generation?' Runnymede
resources for schools and youth

Generation3.0 was a 3 year project
designed by Runnymede to explore
changing attitudes to race and racism.
The question was asked ‘What would
it take to end racism in a generation?’.
As part of this Runnymede has
published a learning resource
featuring exercises and activities
linked to a series of short films.
It is suitable for KS3 English and
RE lessons and Youth groups.

Amnesty International have
produced a range of resources
on Human Rights. This includes
free books, lesson plans linked
to the curriculum and posters
including Everyone Everywhere

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contributions to this column
in future bulletins.

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