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June 2013 Edition number 4

Youth of Bristol leads the way

Warm beer and cricket might be the start of a traditional English summer, but here in the south-west we get ready with a little rain, some mud, a little more rain and a rather large festival.
There’s lots to watch in this edition of our newsletter. See two exciting interviews conducted by Joe Constant by two young people who we hope will become ambassadors of Kick Start.

You’ll find the latest on the Pupil Premium, "Issues of uptake and entitlement to Free School Meals" written by Kick Start consultant Judith Longstreth.  Also a fascinating new report from the Children’s Commissioner and advice and ideas for working with EAL pupils.
There’s lots to click on with some very interesting online resources including:

• things to do for 13 to 19 year olds
• a free performing arts course
• the Diana Award ‘Inspire Day’
• a new Romans exhibition with free online resources for teachers

Keep smiling, keep dry and enjoy the summer. It’ll be Autumn before we know it.

Future ambassadors of Kick Start

Travis Alabanza-Berhard (17) talks about himself, his interests and his preparation for his application for Harvard University.

Ramal Royal (16) the Youth Mayor for Bristol speaks about overcoming the challenges he has faced through life which has led to his being elected Youth Mayor and speaking at House of Commons at the age of 14. Ramal the Youth Mayor

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Upcoming Events

Watch this space for further news of our inaugural South West conference taking place March 2014.

Further details to follow.

People say the nicest things...

Testimony on the Heroes Programme from Sue Horsley, Inclusion Manager, Swindon Academy..
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" The impact of the support for the EMA team has been very good and through Dot's guidance both expertise and confidence has increased."  Teacher, Moorlands Fedaration. "Lots of brilliant ideas and very motivational" Teacher, Charborough Road school, South Glos on the SMSC training.

Kick Start Updates

Kick Start consultant Judith Longstreth shares with us her findings in her new paper ‘The Pupil Premium. Issues of uptake and entitlement to Free School Meals.’
Judith Longstreth The Pupil Premium is a response by the government to address educational disadvantage of pupils with free school meals in schools. However, not all children in low income families are eligible for free school meals, and others do not apply. This paper unpicks some of the factors behind this and suggests ways forward for schools.
Click here to read, download and view as pdf.

What we have been up to

Hopscotch Nursery Bath receives 'Good' Ofsted

We are delighted to have been one of the agencies working with Hopscotch Nursery, Bath in obtaining their ‘Good’ report from Ofsted.
During a recent Ofsted visit ( February 2013), the Nursery received the following comments for their provision :
‘Support for children with English as an additional language is good’.
‘Staff work very well alongside other external agencies. For example, systems to help children and families with English as an additional language are effective in meeting their needs’.

Specialists in Equalities Issues
Alison Cameron, a Kick Start consultant, attended a South West Equalities conference run by Babcock Education in conjunction with Devon County Council in January 2013. Over 90 delegates from Devon schools and other south west authorities debated a range of equalities issues and the impact of the Equalities Act 2010 in schools.
“It was interesting to see that equalities issues are still part of so many schools’ agendas in the South West”.

Equalities Courses by Kick Start
Kick Start have a successful record of running bespoke courses in schools on any issues relating to equalities.
Click here to contact us (link to enquiry form).

In The News

The Office for National Statistics published figures that show that Teenage pregnancy rates in BANES are considerably lower than both the national and regional rate.

The initiatives put in place by the local authority through the Teenage Pregnancy Strategy have contributed towards these encouraging statistics.

The full set of statistics is available on the ONS website:

Further information for young people and professionals is available at or email Marcia Burgham, Teenage Pregnancy Training & Development Officer

Our consultant Dot commented, “The BANES initiative has been running for almost 13 years and it is this commitment from the local authority that has lead to such outstanding results. As a further example of tackling teenage pregnancy head on we need only look at the good work taking place at the Meriton school Bristol who received outstanding from Ofsted”.

“They Go The Extra Mile – Reducing Inequalities In School Exclusions” a report by the Children’s Commissioner

‘In the statistics available for 2010–11, Black Caribbean boys were 11 times more likely to be permanently excluded than White girls of the same age in similar schools. The same boys were 37 times more likely to be permanently excluded than Indian girls, who had the lowest rate of exclusion.’

Following last year’s ‘They Never Give Up On You’ report of the inquiry into school exclusions, the Children’s Commissioner has published this report on ‘Reducing Inequalities In School Exclusions’ with recommendations and example of good practice.

“We share Ministers’ conviction that a child’s background should not limit our shared expectations of their achievement. We believe that this holds as true for behaviour as for academic attainment. We therefore recommend that all parts of the education system that disproportionately and adversely affect the most vulnerable children remain priorities for action.”
To read the full report , see the recommendations and examples of good practise follow this link

Careers advice improvements
A recent report from the National Careers Council which highlights the importance of ‘face-to-face career advice and suggests improvements  in careers advise for young people to ensure Equality.

‘The report warns of a disconnect between young people and the world of work, with high levels of youth unemployment reported at a time when employers say they have difficulty recruiting suitably qualified staff.

"It is clear that there is a mismatch between the career aspirations of young people and the reality of the jobs market," says Dr Hughes.

Skills Minister Matthew Hancock says the report sets out an "ambitious new path for how careers guidance needs to progress".

There are also concerns that a lack of accessible careers information is a significant barrier to social mobility, with advice much more widely available to wealthy, well-connected youngsters.

Kick Start Launch New Heroes Programme
Kick Start are launching their new Heroes Programme part 2 for Yr10 & Yr11 specifically directed at tackling the above.

Kick Start will be working in collaboration with Bristol University and UWE. Launch date is Sept 2013.

Local Events and Groups

The Diana Award ‘Inspire Day’
Diana Award As part of their outreach Training Programme, the Diana Award is working in partnership with Barclays to provide FREE training sessions at their regional ‘Inspire Day’ in Bristol on 3rd July 2013 from 11am to 4pm. Young people in attendance will have the opportunity to complete workshops facilitated by Barclays’ professionals. If you work with Young people aged 9 – 18 this is your opportunity for them to take part and learn some great skills in their fun and interactive workshops.
Wednesday 3rd July 2013, Barclays, 40-42 Queen Square, Bristol, BS1 4QP 11am – 4.00pm

Go Places Do Things
A website for 13 to 19 year olds in Bristol – “what to do and where to go”.
Go Places

Young Bristol
Young Bristol is a youth-driven charity that works to offer a choice of opportunities and experiences for all young people. By working in partnership with a range of community-based youth clubs, and directly with young people.

Young Bristol


Ask the expert
Q I am working in a secondary school that has a growing bilingual intake. Numbers have increased from 7% to 23% over the last few years. I have been asked to develop good practice in relation to their needs but don’t really know what it looks like. We are due an OFSTED...
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The Meriton is a specialist school based in Bristol which provides education and support for young parents.
The Meriton

‘The Meriton is a vibrant school providing 'excellent' education, support, mentoring and advice to pregnant girls and young mothers, pre and post 16.  Our main aim is to build up confidence, self-belief and self-esteem in order that all young parents enjoy their education, achieve their potential, feel able to contribute to society and achieve economic wellbeing.

This is achieved by providing the opportunity to access a broad curriculum and a variety of enrichment activities.’

“The Meriton very successfully achieves its aim of providing young women and their babies with outstanding care, education and support.”

Who were the real Romans?
At the end of April, Runnymede Trust launched its latest website This project looks at the Roman world and just how diverse it was.Romans Revealed The website and associated teaching resources are aimed at those teaching or studying at Key Stage 2 level. Runnymede hope to enhance teachers' and pupils' experience of the Roman world to get a fuller understanding of diversity in Roman times.

Performing arts course
The course is completely free and open to those between the ages of 16 and 25, who are out of education and employment. All travel costs for the course will be covered.
  • Work with the Bristol Old Vic to plan and create a performance
  • Explore a range of dance and music from different cultures and dance forms
  • Work with professional theatre directors and choreographers
  • Boost your confidence and your CV
  • Get 3 months follow up support

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