Kick Start Newsletter - September 2015
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Resources, links and
news for Autumn 2015

Improving outcomes


for vulnerable pupils

This edition of the Kick Start newsletter contains another selection of articles to inform, engage and inspire teaching professionals. If you’re not already familiar with Kick Start Enterprise’s work, we offer support to educational providers working with vulnerable groups. We collaborate closely with schools, offering training and consultancy, including capacity-building for leaders, with the aim of raising attainment levels and helping young people fulfil their potential.

We offer a range of training programmes to support school practice, including interactive workshops and our award winning Heroes programme, which is consistently evaluated highly. Details of forthcoming training and how to book a place are included here.

People say the nicest things about our training and we are pleased to share a few quotes from the evaluations of some recent Kick Start courses.

But first up is an article written by Kick Start consultant Dot Lee who shares some ideas for your setting or school to celebrate Black History Month.

Black History Month takes place every October and provides an opportunity for schools to focus on the achievements and positive contributions of black peoples to world history and UK society.
A Kick Start twilight training session (4pm – 5.30pm) on 15th September will also provide you with a wealth of support to develop Black History Month in your school or setting. Details of the course and how to book a place are included here.

As you will be aware, the DfE has recently advised on schools’ duty to promote British Values as part of SMSC provision. A brief summary by Kick Start manager Judith Longstreth together with some ideas for schools to develop practice to support this duty are also included in this issue.

Did you know that ‘European Day of Languages’ falls on 26th September 2015? What will your setting or school do to celebrate languages on that day? Here we suggest some possible activities for you to consider.
Finally, Kick Start Enterprise is very pleased to announce a new partnership with Bristol University with whom we will be working closely with the aim of developing innovative new approaches to teaching in the classroom. Details of this collaboration and how you can play a part are included in an article written by Kick Start founder Joe Constant.
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

Joe ConstantKick Start Enterprise working in partnership with Bristol University

As the director of Kick Start Enterprise, I am extremely pleased to share with you some exciting news.
Bristol University, one of the top universities in the country and world renowned for research in all areas including education, have just agreed to work in partnership with Kick Start Enterprise on developing a range of new programmes, firmly supported by the latest research.
Senior Lecturer in Education Mrs Helen Knowler was impressed with our ‘Heroes programme’ approach to learning with students and believes that working closely together with Kick Start Enterprise can lead to the creation of new programmes with the aim of developing innovative new approaches to teaching in the classroom.
What makes this project all the more exciting is our planned approach to the development of these future programmes. During each step of the process we would like to involve you as the practitioners who work tirelessly to make a difference to the lives of children and young people every day. We feel that it is vital that we have your input in order to create programmes that will be of benefit to you, add value to your practice and further value to students learning.
We will be holding a number of sessions at Bristol University - dates to follow – to which we will invite head-teachers, teachers and support teachers in order to share our current findings and research and to seek your feedback and suggestions.
Look out for further updates in future Kick Start Enterprise newsletters and in social media.
Joe Constant
Founder and Director
Kick Start Enterprise 

Black History MonthBlack History Month – October 2015

Black History month in October is an opportunity for schools to focus on the achievements and positive contributions of black peoples to world history and UK society.

The benefits are for all children.  Black heritage pupils can feel proud to hear of people whose contributions have made our world a better place, contributing to positive self-identity and ultimately better achievements. Pupils from all other backgrounds will also benefit through learning about the contributions to our history by people from all parts of the world and all ethnicities. This learning will challenge the often negative myths in parts of the media and in some homes and the emphasis on white British history in some schools.

For some Black History month may be new, for others October is the month they regularly celebrate Black history. In some schools staff and students will be very familiar with the aims and positive outcomes of including Black history, as they do it all year round, finding opportunities to include black and other BME role models, stories and achievements across the curriculum throughout the year.
Kick Start Enterprise is running a Black History Month training session at
St Martin’s Garden Primary School Lympsham Green, Odd Down Bath BA2 2UN
from 4.00pm to 5.30pm on 15th September

To book a place for your school please contact Gail Rennolds, or telephone 0844 8708 132.
Judith Longstreth

Promoting British ValuesPromoting British Values in a Diverse Society: Issues for schools

In June Kick Start Enterprise consultants Dot Lee and Judith Longstreth delivered the above training for B&NES schools which was well attended and well evaluated.

The course’s aims were:
  • To increase awareness of the background to the government’s decision to require schools to promote British Values.
  • To provide opportunities to share good practice and discuss issues arising.
  • To increase confidence in how to effectively promote British Values in schools.
The course covered:
  • The background to the introduction of the duty to promote British Values
  • The definition of British Values
  • How British Values can be included in the curriculum and school life in general

People say the nicest things..


Ref: ‘British Values’ training course

“This was a really good morning Judith and Dot. I really enjoyed it and learnt a few things!” Head teacher, St Keyna Primary School, Bath

Ref: ‘Ensuring the achievement of EAL and BME pupils in our classrooms’ training session

“Good training that clarifies some of the good practice already carried out in school. Supports SLT in ensuring good practice continues. Some good 'step by step' procedures, very useful. Thank you”. Inclusion Lead St Michael's C of E Primary School, Bath

Ref: ‘Achievement of black children in early years settings’ training

“Really useful. Made us think about our current situation, highlighted areas to work on and actions to follow up on.” Deputy Lead, Stepping Stones Nursery, Bath

Ref: ‘Supporting Equality: valuing ethnicity, culture and language in children’s learning’ half day INSET

“An excellent training course. Would like to attend future courses.” Childcare Services Manager, Westwood Nursery, Bath

Kick Start Enterprise Courses 2015-16


Planning for Black History month

Date: 15 September 2015
Time: 4.00 – 5.30pm


Initial EMA leader training

Date: 4 November 2015
9.30 – 12.30


Ensuring the attainment of pupils with English as an additional language 

Date: 4 November 2015
1.30 – 4.00pm

Ensuring the attainment of Black heritage children

Date: 24 February 2016
Time:  9.30 – 12.30


Developing a positive sense of self in a diverse society.  Issues for schools

Date: 15 June 2016
Time: 9.30 – 12.30

Venue for all training courses:
St Martin’s Garden Primary School
Lympsham Green
Odd Down
Bath BA2 2UN

0844 8708 132

Click here to download course details.

European Day of LanguagesEuropean Day of Languages – 26th September

The European Day of Languages (EDL) is celebrated across Europe on the 26th of September every year. It aims to promote the rich linguistic diversity of Europe and raise awareness of the importance of lifelong language learning for everyone.

It was set up by the Council of Europe and was first celebrated in 2001.

Why not celebrate with your class, and use this opportunity to raise the profile of languages in your school or setting?

SCILT - Scotland’s National Centre for Languages - has put together lots of ideas to support you in celebrating the European Day of Languages in your school which are grouped into primary and secondary ideas and provided a suggested time frame for each activity: (click on headings for links).
There is also an Early Years link. You may also like to access the European Centre for Modern Languages 'Fun and Facts' page featuring quizzes, games, tongue twisters and more.
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