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  Edition number 2
Free early years training event!
Welcome back to our e-newsletter. We’ve got lots to share with you.
We’re kicking off this edition with an invitation to a FREE early years training event. The Early Language Development Programme is taking place in Bristol on 20 and 21 March.
We’ll also be sharing our early success with the Heroes Programme in a Swindon school; we’ll be telling you about the B&NES council’s decision to commission our work for another year – and we’ll be discussing the importance of including Mary Seacole and other black achievers in the history curriculum.
Plus there’s all the regular updates including our upcoming courses, local events, Ask The Expert and the key issues hitting the headlines.
We hope you enjoy it.
Upcoming Kick Start course dates

6 Feb 2013 1.30–4.00pm

Addressing the needs of pupils on free school meals.

7 Feb 2013 1.30–4.00pm

Planning to raise the attainment of pupils on free school meals.

5 Mar 2013 1.30–4.00pm

Supporting the achievement of black heritage pupils.

14 Mar 2013 1.30–4.00pm
EMA leaders network meeting
Ensuring successful academic outcomes for advanced bilingual learners.

Our courses >


20 & 21 Mar 2013

Early Language Development Programme – register your interest today.
Free Early Language Development Programme

Together with I Can we’re running a FREE two-day Early Language Development Programme for early years’ practitioners. The course will take place at Engineers House, Bristol on 20th and 21st March 2013.
If you work in a children’s centre, nursery or other PVI setting we would love to see you. The training will consist of a range of workshops and will allow you to create toolboxes and gather free resources.

Kick Start consultant Bharti Joshi recently attended an ELDP. This is what she had to say about it: “The training was very good, informative, and well planned. It was an excellent facilitator, and provided lots of useful ideas and resources.”

This is the only opportunity to attend the course in the South West, and we only have 30 places available, so please register your interest early to avoid disappointment.

We look forward to seeing you.
What people say about us
My curiosity about Kick Start’s programme grew from the positive experiences I’d heard from head teachers. I followed it up and asked to see the programme and the materials used. I can see why it is so inspirational.”

Professor Tim Bond, Bristol University
Our students really engaged with Joe on his Dare to Dream workshop. The workshop was interesting, stimulating and informative. Joe came across with a great deal of energy. I would certainly recommend the Dare to Dream programme.”

Teacher, Henbury school
Very Informative. Kick Start provided a range of things to consider and apply when new children arrive at school.”

Bath Spa Teacher
Local events and groups

Chinese New Year Celebrations
Welcome in the Year of the Snake. From 9-10 February 2013 the M Shed and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery will host family events and activities linked to Chinese New Year. Find out more.

Local Chinese organisations

If you’re looking for local Chinese organisations, you can get in touch with the South Glos Chinese Association, and the Bristol Chinese Overseas Association.

Free classes for EAL parents in Bath
English language teaching and support that enables parents to help their children in schools and in a range of different settings. Find out more.

SARI (Support against Racist Incidents)
SARI works across the South West providing support for pupils, parents and staff suffering racial harassment. They offer a range of services from workshops and one-to-one sessions to tackle and prevent racism. Find out more.

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

Please get in touch.

Ask the Expert

Q My Year 3 Polish pupil is reluctant to share her Polish in the classroom. What can I do to encourage her?
Find out more >


In this edition, we’re providing you with links to a range of resources:

Family histories

Discover a collection of family histories and migration stories made by young people.

Learn more >

Pass it on – a short film

A film from the Equality and Human Rights Commission designed to inspire and excite children about the world of work and their futures.

Learn more >

Letterbox Library

A leading education supplier, bringing teachers, librarians and parents the best in multicultural and inclusive children's books.

Learn more >

We welcome any contributions to this column in future bulletins.

What we've been up to

Who we’re working with

Our consultants have been busy working with Bath, Bristol and Swindon authorities, offering support and advice in early years settings as well as primary, secondary and special schools. Here are some of the highlights.

Heroes Programme takes off in Swindon

We’re only four weeks into the pilot of the Heroes Programme in a Swindon school and we’re pleased to report that the feedback we’re receiving is very positive. Teachers, parents and pupils say the programme is already showing signs of making a difference and being a huge success.

B&NES commissions Kick Start for another year

We’re pleased to announce that Bath and North East Somerset have commissioned Kick Start to help schools in raising the attainment levels of BME pupils for another year.

The attainment results for BME groups in B&NES has been very pleasing. At Key Stage 1 BME pupils are performing in line with White UK peers and at Key Stage 2 are slightly out performing White UK peers. We are delighted that attainment has improved.

Thank you to all the schools we’ve worked with – and to B&NES for their support.

Support for Bilingual students at St Andrews Primary, Bath

St Andrews recently ran a meeting for the parents of their EAL pupils in conjunction with their Kick Start consultant, who gave a presentation about bilingualism.

Pupils and parents were also given joint tasks, and children wrote invitations inviting their Mums and Dads to the event. The meeting was a big success and another date is already in the diary!
In the news

The importance of Mary Seacole

The current debate about the inclusion of Mary Seacole and other black achievers in the History curriculum is relevant for all schools, teachers and pupils.

According to the 2011 census, the dual-heritage population has doubled to 1.2 million in the UK. This number is likely to rise and provision for these pupils to develop a positive self-identity is crucial.

The benefits of covering the Mary Seacole story in schools include:

  • An opportunity to address racism in society and how personal qualities of perseverance and determination can overcome this.

  • A chance to provide staff with opportunities to discuss the school’s policy for dealing with incidents of discrimination.

  • Mary Seacole is a role model for Black and dual-heritage pupils in our schools, which can develop positive self-identity.

  • She provides an example of how Black and dual-heritage people have contributed to our history and society, which counteracts stereotyping and discrimination.

Kick Start consultants are available to help schools adapt the curriculum to include skills, resources and activities that help BME pupils and confirm their identities.
The latest KS2 attainment data

Latest figures show an enduring difference in attainment between bilingual pupils and their English-speaking peers. Whilst analysis shows that differences in attainment have narrowed over time, the statistics also show very wide regional variations. Differences are largest in the Early Years Foundation Stage and narrow significantly by the end of Key Stage 4.
2012 Early Years Foundation Stage assessment data

The publication of the 2012 results of the Early Years Foundation Stage assessments shows that the gap between EAL students and English Speaking students has widened for the first time in five years. NALDIC notes that this increasing disparity coincides with massive cuts to EAL services nationwide.

See the full report >
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