Kick Start: A warm welcome and a great offer
Providing support to educational providers working with vulnerable groups
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Kickstart Enterprise. Encouraging, inspiring, supporting.
November 2012 Edition number 1
Welcome to the first Kick Start Newsletter
Dear Friend,
We’re proud to introduce our first newsletter, a termly update of our news, work and offers.
If you’re not already familiar with Kick Start’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 programmes, including interactive workshops and our award winning Heroes programme, which has received a great deal of praise. This month we’re offering 25% off the course, so it’s even better than ever.
We hope you enjoy the newsletter.
Upcoming Kick Start course dates

20 Nov 2012 1.30–4pm

Supporting the achievement of black heritage pupils (Level 1)

21 Nov 2012 1.30–4pm

Supporting the achievement of black heritage pupils (Level 2)

Find out more about our courses >
25% off our award-winning Heroes Programme

At Kick Start we understand how the stresses of school, family and peer pressure can put young people at risk of making poor choices. That’s why our six-week Heroes programme encourages personal, social and emotional development - and offers useful tools that empower young people to become the heroes of their own life stories.

To ensure we reach out to even more people, this term we’re offering 25% off the programme fees to the first ten schools who book before 21st December. This makes the cost just £97.50 per child, rather than the normal £130. So why not book your place now?

Book today >
What people say about us
I fully support the work that Kick Start Enterprise are achieving by helping young people realise their value and creative talents. This will benefit the young person, their families, community and wider society.”

Jim Knight, Minister of State for Schools (2009)
The pupils really engaged with Joe and found the whole experience of goal setting fun and stimulating. They’ve created a great foundation from which to work in raising the expectations of every child.”

Teacher, Bridge Farm Primary School
Beautifully facilitated, the malay exercise is particularly good.”

Graeme Barry, St Andrews
Local events

Diwali – 13 November

This year’s Diwali celebrations will take place at 'The Hindu Temple, Bristol' on Tuesday 12th November at 8pm and New Year Celebrations on 14th November. The Bristol Hindu Temple also offers educational visits.

Black Families Education Support Group

The Black Families Education Support Group is a voluntary organisation that promotes racial equality and challenges racism in the education system. Find out more about meeting dates.

Bath Polish group

The John Paul II Polish Saturday School in Bath teaches the language, history and geography of Poland. Find out more.

North Somerset

Calling all Saturdads! This group in Weston is aimed at giving fathers the opportunity to have quality playtime with their children. Find out more.

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

Please get in touch.
Plus, don't miss...

Ask the Expert

In each edition of the newsletter we’ll ask the experts about a hot topic. This term’s topic is: How to demonstrate SMSC in an Ofsted lesson observation.

Find out more >

New Ofsted guidelines

OFSTED has just published guidance for inspectors on Equalities and English as an Additional Language. You may wish to download the information for your school (see the downloads section at the bottom of the page).

Take a look >

Turn your students into Heroes

With our 25% offer on the Heroes Programme, here’s your opportunity to find out how the programme works for schools, teachers, students and parents.

Learn more >
What we've been up to

Helping you meet SMSC aspects of Ofsted framework

Kick Start consultants have developed an audit document to help school leaders identify ways to promote equality of opportunity for vulnerable groups. It also looks at the SMSC aspects of the Ofsted framework.

For more information about this tool, or to request a free visit from one of our consultants, please get in touch.

Get in touch >
Kick Start articles

We are pleased to announce that Judith Longstreth, a Kick Start consultant, has had an article published in Race Equality Teaching magazine (Feb 2012, issue 30.2). The focus of this special issue is on the Equality Act 2010. She has also written Assessing Bilingual Learners: A Beginners’ Guide, which is soon to be published by NALDIC.
In the news

Support and advice on Pupil Premium students

Schools currently receive £600 for each pupil eligible to receive free school meals (FSM), rising to £900 per head next year. However, an Ofsted survey into schools’ use of the Pupil Premium has found that it is having little impact on FSM students. With information on the achievement of those covered by Pupil Premium becoming a mandatory inclusion in the performance tables, this is an area that schools are keen to address.

We can advise on Pupil Premium students and how to make the most of the funding available. Book a free visit from one of our consultants today.

Book a visit >

There are now changes in the new assessment and reporting document from the DFE. Students who are at the early stages of learning English and are working below Level 1 were previously classified as ‘EAL’, but a new ‘NOTSEN’ category will come into force for the 2013 SATs.

Download Ofsted’s guidance for inspectors of EAL >
Become a City of Sanctuary School

On 27th September this year, Bristol City of Sanctuary supported by City Academy Bristol launched the Schools & Colleges of Sanctuary initiative across Bristol. There are three principles establishments must demonstrate in order to become a School or College of Sanctuary:

• Learn about what it means to be seeking sanctuary.

• Take positive action to embed concepts of welcome, safety and inclusion within a school or college, as well as in the wider community.

• Share your vision and your achievements - and be proud.

City of Sanctuary is happy to help you develop activities and evidence to meet these principles.

Get involved >

The successful website has been renamed and moved to a new site: This site is invaluable for guidance materials, resources and links to other sites to support the achievement of BME and GRT pupils.

Visit the EMTAS site >
What do you think?
As this is our first newsletter, we’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you like and how can we improve it next term? You can give us your feedback here.
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