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April 2013 Edition number 3
We Kick Start loves Bristol Bristol!
A big spring "Hi!!" from the Kick Start team. After too much chocolate, calories have been burnt planning for a whole series of events to take us through to autumn, and the start of a new school year.
In this issue, we have news on the Early Years conference we hosted in March and we welcome the return of an Equality and Diversity MBE winner.
First off, feedback and news on what's been happening since we last wrote (November through to end of March). Also in this edition…
  • Joe Constant explains how St Mary's is making a difference and how Kick Start helps teachers
  • In The News 'Ruth Pickersgill MBE' - special interview
  • KS4 results – how does your school compare?
  • EAL – ask the expert
  • People say the nicest things…
Even better, we're here to help. Read on for just how, and some useful links including the Refugee Council's stories from child refugees and Newbury Park School's 'Language of the Month'.
Upcoming Kick Start course dates

14 May 2013 1.30–4.00pm

Meeting the new OFSTED requirements for vulnerable groups.

18 June 2013 1.30–4.00pm

Meeting the single equalities duties for schools.

Conference Oct 2013

Kick Start will be running an event in October tackling educational disadvantage in the South West.

Click here for more info on our courses

ELDP early years training event "a huge success"

Kick Start wish to extend their thanks to I Can and NET for their support in a well attended and informative 2 day event.

This is what some of our delegates had to say…

"I really appreciated the training hosted by Kick Start and I Can. Bharti's enthusiasm motivated us all. A very informative 2 day event".

Early years practitioner, Weston.

"Many thanks for the ELDP training. It was very informative and delivered in a helpful way with time to look at tools, discuss with others and make plans for the future delivery of the ELDP in our locality".

Amanda Bachrach, Early Years Advisory Teacher
Bath and North East Somerset Council

Trained ELDP Kick Start consultant Bharti Joshi will be delivering this excellent programme in the South West.

Next conference: Oct 2013
Kick Start will be running an event in October tackling educational disadvantage in the South West. Watch this space!
People say the nicest things
Just right! Thank you – plenty of food for thought and awareness raising.”
Teacher, Paulton Infant
I've been really impressed with the workshops Joe has carried out with some of my pupils. As a result there's been a noticeable improvement in the behaviour and attitude towards school in all of the students who've attended.”
St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
Wow! What a great deal of fun. The children really loved the opportunity to talk about their dreams and goals.”
Teacher, Wansdyke Primary School
Local events and groups

Bharat Natyam classes
Indian classical dance classes are taught every Sunday in Bristol from 10am - 2pm. by India Dance Wales. Please contact Kiran Ratna on 02920 465404. Website

Gujarati classes

Gujarati Classes are held every Saturday 10am - 11am in Bristol. Reading, writing and speaking for ages 7 years & upwards. For more information please contact Aruna Mistry on 01454 850567.

Urdu classes
Bristol Pakistani Community Wlefare Organisation provide Urdu and Arabic classes for women and children.

454 Stapleton Road

Chinese classes
Avon Chinese School (爱文中文学校) is a community group based in Bristol. The school teaches school age children Chinese language (Mandarin), Chinese culture and history. Find out more.

Do you have a group or event you'd like to share?

Please get in touch.

Ask the Expert

Q We have a newly arrived pupil in the nursery who speaks very little English. How can we best support her?
Find out more >


Language of the Month

is a celebration of languages and scripts used by many schools across the country. Newbury Park Primary School has a website with interactive videos clips of children teaching their home language.

Learn more >

See how one of our KickStart schools has adapted this idea and promotes bilingualism in their village community….

Learn more >

Looking for some diverse resources for the school library? Check out Primary Colours -
While you are on their website have a look at the Going and Coming project to see a bank of Migration stories written by children.

We welcome any contributions to this column in future bulletins.

Kick Start Updates

Making A Difference

“At St Mary Redcliffe and Temple school we really believe in the power of positive black role models from Bristol to help give all young people a strong belief that they can go on and achieve the best. It is great to see people like themselves and their friends from the same kind of backgrounds who have gone on to contribute a lot to society... ”

Elisabeth Gilpin, Headteacher, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple CE secondary school.

Joe Constant (Kick Start Director) is a local business man who grew up as a young black man in Bristol in a loving working class family and achieved a lot despite some significant early life challenges.

Joe Constant He is able to bring his own relevant experience together with an excellent programme of mentoring and structured sessions to help young people reflect on how they can be the heroes of their own life story rather than the victims.

We want every young person to understand that everyone is going to face challenges and injustice at some point in their life and that having a strong set of values and the creativity, resilience and skills to set goals and move forward is life transforming.

Joe Constant has been an important part of helping us make this vision a reality in the lives of some of our students who have faced challenges or "lost their way" in education.

His Heroes programme and his one-to-one mentoring has helped some students focus on their talents and their goals for the future, overcome their barriers and seize what education offers to make these goals a reality.

we want to work with youWe want to work with you...

Kick Start works with vulnerable groups. We help raise attainment.

We have been working successfully with schools in Bath, North East Somerset, Bristol and Swindon for several years on how to raise attainment, providing expert advice and support so that you get the best results for your vulnerable children.

We specialise in the needs of pupils who qualify for free school meals (FSM), and those from minority ethnic groups, and speakers of English as an Additional Language (EAL).

We provide customised packages based on your needs. Recent clients received:

  • An audit of school practice based on OFSTED criteria

  • Assessment and review of individual pupils causing concern

  • Training and INSET for your staff or groups of staff

  • Consultancy to support you in curriculum planning, pupil monitoring, pupil voice, links with parents and communities, Equalities and Diversity planning and much, much more...

  • If you would like us to give you a free consultation to discuss your options just click here to arrange a visit from one of our consultants at no cost to yourself.
    In the news

    ruth pRuth Pickersgill returns to Bristol

    “You have recently returned to Bristol in your new role as Assistant Principal at St Brendan's. Can you remind us about your previous work in Bristol?”
    Click here to read the interview.

    Bristol has become the first city in the UK to sign the European Charter for the Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.

    Flanked by representatives from women's groups in the city, George Ferguson signed the charter in City Hall on what he said was "a star day, a top day in the life of the mayor".
    Poverty in Bristol

    The Campaign to End Child Poverty claim that 25% of all children in Bristol live in poverty. The same report states that in BANES the number is 12%, South Gloucestershire 11% and North Somerset 14%.

    Bristol City Council has produced a Bristol Child Poverty Strategy which has identified that child poverty is not evenly distributed across the city, with Lawrence Hill having almost 2,300 children (60 per cent) in poverty, putting it in the bottom percentile of all wards nationally.

    Early Years

    The Early Years Foundation Stage Profile Handbook 2013 includes Chapter 3 on Inclusion issues.

    Kick Start staff regularly work in Early Years settings to help staff deliver effectively to children and families in vulnerable groups. Click here to contact us.

    Pupil Premium

    A new document from Ofsted -The Pupil Premium: how schools are spending the funding successfully to maximise achievement (Feb 13).

    Many case studies are of effective practice drawn from schools with high numbers of ethnic minority learners, and high proportions of bilingual learners.

    A number show work with relatively newly arrived bilingual learners.

    This document details how some schools are using PP to employ staff to provide EAL language teaching and EAL related literacy support. Schools can read this to see what other schools are doing to support EAL pupils who qualify for PP.

    Of course this begs the question 'What about those children who are learning English but do not qualify for PP? '

    2011/12 KS4 results from the DfE – How does your school compare?

    For FSM, the attainment gap for the main indicators has narrowed year on year over the last five years.

    Pupils known to be eligible for FSM performed less well as a group at all the main indicators at Key Stage 4, than all other pupils.

    Refugee council have just launched a new website.

    The Children's section includes stories from child refugees and advise for those working with refugee children.
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