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06/02/23

This week is Children’s Mental Health Week with a focus on “Let’s Connect”. Pupils can come along to our stall in the Heart to see what organisations offer. For more information: About - Children's Mental Health Week (https://t.co/huHqfmYu72) https://t.co/dl0oY18wnz

06/02/23

We welcomed Chef Kenny Marsh to our KS4 Hospitality club to run a masterclass in making fresh gnocchi and homemade pesto. It was a brilliant skills session learning the art of rolling gnocchi, boiling and pan frying it and then drizzling with homemade pesto! https://t.co/L6GsOvcnfC

02/02/23

Y8 and 10 sports pupils went to the Thanet Schools Handball Competition. The Year 10 team lost 3 games - but all only by one goal! The Year 8 team came 2nd, only losing on a goal difference of 1! Well done to all, a great start with this new sport. https://t.co/kDVMO2ujCO

01/02/23

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message. This week we are looking at how stress can affect the teenage brain. https://t.co/uarXeEM9gy

30/01/23

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30/01/23

If your child missed their cancer prevention HPV vaccination when the NHS Team visited you can book an appointment at a community clinic via the link below: https://t.co/XwHMG6sDKd Kchftimmsteam

27/01/23

H&C Club - Boning a chicken leg, stuffing it and rolling it! Poaching the ballotine and making a mushroom cream reduced sauce. Plating up with duchess potatoes, roasted peppers and chargrilled courgettes. Thank you Victoria and Eve for running this session. https://t.co/U8XjsJEzZG

25/01/23

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday - A well balanced diet can improve your mood, energy levels and overall mental health and wellbeing. We all need a mixture of fibre, proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals to achieve this. https://t.co/KUVYlB0bDo https://t.co/ftmDEpmMSx

25/01/23

CDS Sports Leaders represented the school in a leadership capacity at a local primary school sports festival at Ramsgate Leisure Centre. The group worked with children showing their enthusiasm for the leisure industry and coaching. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/UvVeyXC75p

20/01/23

Year 10 textile students have been working on a project based on their identity. For inspiration they looked into the work of Edo Morales, Darren Ball and Oliver Bliss to gather ideas for techniques and processes to use within their own work. https://t.co/4vZsG4QlHM

18/01/23

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18/01/23

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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18/01/23

Love is in the air! Hospitality pupils have been creating valentine themed cheesecakes – We think you will agree that they look amazing! Well done! https://t.co/JYRpN8KHeQ

18/01/23

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at ways we can relax to improve wellbeing/mental health. You may enjoy these links for help in relaxing. https://t.co/4pMORDrazX https://t.co/SQ5t1krOss https://t.co/DLIoUx05uB

18/01/23

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11/01/23

It's Wellbeing Wednesday and this week we are looking at sensehacking - Sensehacking is set to be a big wellbeing trend for 2023 and highlights the crucial role that senses play in our everyday lives. https://t.co/21qIx2ClGx

11/01/23

What fun at Y10 Hospitality Club! Thea Barrett from came into school and led a “Mocktails Masterclass”. They muddled, layered, blended and shook! What a great session! results of the mocktail making can be seen in our photographs. https://t.co/DRAYvd1Z3U

11/01/23

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11/01/23

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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10/01/23

During Disability History Month 16 November to 16 December students took part in a project creating posters or presentations showcasing the history of the disability rights campaign, and contributions those with disabilities have made to our world. https://t.co/LjOocwiPD8

04/01/23

At CDS we celebrate the amazing work our VI pupils do in school, and it’s World Braille Day today! Watch this video to see why today is so important to celebrate. What is Braille? | World Braille Day 2020 | Newsround - YouTube https://t.co/Q2rQ4dIHfz https://t.co/O3BEfiXjtt

04/01/23

To celebrate World Braille Day, Mrs Pluckrose is running a competition: Pupils should create their name in Braille in the most creative way (from apples to lego bricks) and hand in by Mon 23 Jan (or photos). There will be prizes for the winners! https://t.co/Rkav7IBfMH

04/01/23

New Year can signal a time for change, and a sense of ‘starting afresh’. While this can bring a sense of inspiration and motivation, there can be pressure from the media, society, or others, to come up with a range of goal-setting resolutions. https://t.co/dNWDXrgC4o

04/01/23

Retweeted From Karen (she/her)

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03/01/23

Every term pupils are set an optional “Take it Further” challenge in history. They are encouraged to select a topic to research and produce a poster, report, model or timeline. We are impressed by the standard of work which we would like to share with you. https://t.co/M3eVNZ7Xo4

16/12/22

This year’s Christmas charity is The Gap Project - A one-stop shop that provides food, support and advice over the festive period for those in need. Everyone has been generous with their donations to support the work of this local charity. We are extremely proud. https://t.co/Z9oIqMSSeN

15/12/22

Working in the style of local artist Clare Youngs, Year 8 pupils created a number of beautiful patterned papers before collaging these into endangered animals. They then considered how these collaged animals could be used on a poster – great work Year 8! https://t.co/mKC6ZHgBJ5

15/12/22

Hospitality students in Years 9 & 10 have been busy with their festive projects. Traditional Christmas cakes baked, covered with marzipan and iced and decorated by Y9. Gingerbread houses made from scratch and decorated to within an inch of their lives by Y10! An amazing display. https://t.co/Hcv52wxXsi

14/12/22

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14/12/22

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14/12/22

We are delighted to confirm that two excellent Year 9 pupils, have both won the recent Kent Youth County Council elections. Both students have worked extremely hard on their campaigns. Huge congratulations from everyone at The Charles Dickens School! https://t.co/jlsCZXHe8y

14/12/22

This Wellbeing Wednesday we are looking at why Christmas is good for mental health? Festivities highlight things we are grateful for, and this gratitude can increase our sense of wellbeing. Mental health support services: https://t.co/OhcG8vhsn6 NHS (https://t.co/o7vmFIVu8l) https://t.co/YY2RKgjqf2

12/12/22

School is open as normal today! https://t.co/qZWbchDWeb

07/12/22

It’s Wellbeing Wednesday and we are looking at the Pomodoro technique for effective time management. That is...thinking in tomatoes rather than hours! People swear by the life-changing power of the Pomodoro technique and here are some tips! https://t.co/ldoiSzuIFq

Careers Advice

As part of improving the quality and effectiveness of The Charles Dickens Careers Education and Guidance for our students, Mrs Read (Lead teacher for Careers Education, Information and Guidance) and Mr Weller (Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students) are working with governors, heads of year, teaching staff, students, parents, external agencies, further education institutions and businesses so that The Charles Dickens School continues to ensure that our students receive excellent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

Contact details for key staff:

Mrs Read, Lead teacher for Careers Education
Email: eread@cds.kent.sch.uk Phone: 01843 862988 EXT: 1869

Mr Weller, Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students
Email: aweller@cds.kent.sch.uk

The Charles Dickens School is working to achieve the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, which reflect international best practice, to improve careers provision. As a school, we will be ensuring that all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are implemented by September 2020.

The school has used Compass, an online self-evaluation tool, to assess how careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. We have baselined ourselves using this tool to improve our careers programme based on these results, and track the school’s progress against the Benchmarks over time. A tracker planning tool will be used to help record activities clearly and easily, and will identify how the school is meeting the Benchmark scores. This is the key tool that we use to measure the impact of our Careers work across the school and is reviewed every six months to ensure that progress is being made and impacting the development of all of our students.

The Charles Dickens School is working with The Education Business Partnership (EBP) which will provide external support to the school. The aim will be for every student from Year 7 -11 to have at least one meaningful encounter each year with employers and that these encounters will inspire pupils and allow them to learn about what work is like, or what it takes to be successful in the workforce. In addition to this, the schools aim is for all or the majority of pupils to have encounters with further or higher education establishment. Students will have encounters with these organisations whilst in school (in addition to the access we provide to apprenticeships and universities).

From Year 7 through to Year 11 students are encouraged to actively develop knowledge and skills that contribute to their preparations for the world of employment across a range of subjects, tutor time and dedicated focus days.  Activities, including business and enterprise projects as well as workshops and specialist speakers, support our provision for our students.

In February the school hosts a Careers Fayre for all students.  This event involves 50 local and national business, who working with school staff and our partner EBP, meet with students from all year groups.  All students will have an opportunity to explore a wide range of career opportunities and discuss these with the employers.  This event ties in with the year 11 making their post 16 plans and also the year 8 students choosing their options.

In order to ensure all students have 24/7 access to resources that support CEIAG, there are dedicated areas in the Learner Portal for Careers as well as links to the online software packages and other useful sites to support decision making.

We are also able to ensure that all students have access to independent Careers advice through our Careers Advisor Mr Handley. He is available in school and offers confidential guidance and support to students about careers, education, training and job options, as well as other issues such as health, money, relationships, and housing. All students will have a range of opportunities to work with Mr Handley. Any student who would like a Careers interview should speak with their HOY who will arrange this for them.  The Charles Dickens School offers a general programme of group sessions for year 8 students on choosing GCSE options, individual interviews with actions plans for year 11 students, and attendance at parents’ evenings and options evenings to give advice for parents.

A Personal Advisor can work with you to help prepare your son or daughter for the future. There might be particular times when you need our help, for example when your son or daughter:

  • is starting to think about their GCSE subject choices at Key Stage 3
  • is considering their options after Year 11. Personal advisors can give them advice and guidance on staying on in full-time education, starting work, training, work-based learning or apprenticeships
  • may be experiencing difficulties and they need extra support to get back on track
  • needs advice on the benefits available to them to support their progression through education and training
  • has a learning difficulty or disability and needs help with their next steps

Every pupil, and their parents/carers, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents/carers can access support via a website, helpline and web chat. For more information see the websites listed below:

https://www.kent.ac.uk/careers

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

https://www.bestcourse4me.com

 

The next review of the careers information provided will take place on 1st September 2022

The Charles Dickens School Policy Statement On Provider Access

Documents

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Careers Programme 2022 - 2023 Download