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31/03/21

Welcome to our final Wellbeing Wednesday of Term 4! What a year it has been! This week we are looking at adopting a flexible mindset. See the attached info for more detail and have a great Easter break everyone! https://t.co/dEEMlSQse5

31/03/21

Two Year 10 students have volunteered their free time to HeadStart, recruiting and evaluating the programme. Both girls are now leading on aspects of the project. For more information visit https://t.co/idHQuTNFr4 https://t.co/lgpli7jQds https://t.co/oif1MDuSHM

24/03/21

Welcome to another Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at the benefits of “journaling” to improve their mental health and wellbeing. What is journaling? See the attached tips to see how it might work for you! https://t.co/XbuN0v9EuW

17/03/21

Another Wellbeing Wednesday is upon us! This week students are looking at morning routines. https://t.co/DyDzvnJ9js

16/03/21

Comic Relief 2021! We are supporting “Red Nose Day” with a non-uniform day on Friday 19 March. Students can donate £1 on that morning if they wear non-uniform. Let’s support this fantastic cause and raise as much as we can! https://t.co/8Le7TcXAEc https://t.co/MxhXQRnhjV

10/03/21

Welcome to Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at how diving into a book can nurture their wellbeing and sustain their resilience. https://t.co/GW7Qg3ChAJ

10/03/21

Calling all chefs! There is a cooking competition being run across the whole of Kent called Young Cooks. https://t.co/EbZRv5k29w Let Mrs Naylor at school know if you have entered! https://t.co/ciFaVb5xJK

24/02/21

Welcome back to Wellbeing Wednesday – This week students are looking at self-esteem. See our attached wellbeing guidance for more info. Take a look at this YouTube video https://t.co/Xknm4Pre83 https://t.co/rikQwZJWiZ

23/02/21

H&C – Year 10 & 11 winners of their half term baking competition: excellent tray bakes and a home-made Buenos cheesecake. Well done! https://t.co/btm32xb7fA

23/02/21

H&C - Although there was no pancake tossing competition in the Hospitality & Catering classroom this year, Mrs Naylor challenged Y9 students to come up with the best looking, creative pancake. Here are the winning entries. Well done everyone! https://t.co/Xtn5eLtqEZ

23/02/21

H&C - Y8 students were challenged with a homemade soup making competition during half term. There were 3 winners: Vegetable soup with spicy notes &croutons, homemade cream of tomato soup, and vegetable and tomato winter soup. Well done to all who took part! https://t.co/8i8jmkaAPa

23/02/21

H&C – Y7 students were challenged with a bread making competition during half term. Entries came in interesting shapes/unusual ingredients. 3 winners stood out: A rustic loaf, fantastic pretzels, and a plaited loaf. Well done to all who took part and keep baking! https://t.co/NraD7EjyUk

12/02/21

We would like to extend our thanks to all parents and carers for your support this term in enabling us to continue with our remote learning. Students are now able to limit the gaps in their knowledge that lockdown could bring. Thank you all. https://t.co/d69EFaZ8oR

12/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

11/02/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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11/02/21

Ensure you visit our learner portal for great tips on keeping your child safe online and visit National Online Safety for their free online safety resources. https://t.co/AkDrdidSdB

11/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

10/02/21

Wellbeing Wednesday (2of2) - Resilience & Wellbeing We can find creativity in many different ways. These re inspirational start points: Art & drawing: https://t.co/FwEeZ4lyzX Photography: https://t.co/zTI77bYGcI Music: https://t.co/82qUp5iyRn

10/02/21

It’s the final Wellbeing Wednesday message of Term 3, and this week we are reflecting on wellbeing and resilience. Last week was Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 with the theme - Express Yourself! https://t.co/unuCYRLEZ8 https://t.co/EqxpETvszH

10/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

09/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

08/02/21

We are delighted to update you with the news that the School has been recognised for its commitment to providing safe remote education and has achieved National Online Safety Safe Remote Education Accreditation. https://t.co/KyQwG4L9lg

08/02/21

The school Key Worker provision is OPEN today.

03/02/21

It's our Wellbeing Wednesday message: We may be multi-tasking towards overload at the moment with our minds spinning through worries & anxieties. Have a look at the attached tips on using nature to refresh your wellbeing. https://t.co/rvwKp0tlo4 https://t.co/IzlUICgOXb

03/02/21

A talented Y7 art student responded to the work of artist Friedrich Hundertwasser, to transform some of Thanet's local buildings and landmarks into Hundertwasser inspired buildings and landscapes. His teacher says that she is thrilled with what he has created! https://t.co/tKgHclkhkn

28/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

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28/01/21

The School is delighted to announce that it has gained accreditation for supporting online safety. Stakeholders are accessing and using the National Online Safety resources to keep the school community safe whilst online. https://t.co/lLCtU5tnfr

28/01/21

Year 9 Photography students were given a brief to respond to the work of photographer, Matt Ball, creating a series of symmetrical images using their own photographs as starting points. This capable student has gone above and beyond – excellent work! https://t.co/VJfCWEZVGX

27/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – We are looking at establishing a good daily routine to enrich wellbeing & build resilience. While some are going through self-isolation, a “normal routine” is not something we are able to maintain. See the attached tips. https://t.co/98qW13StXt

27/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

On this there are some great mini-activities on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 which help with managing feelings, expressing yourself, healthy habits & connecting with others. Sign up for free & give them a try. https://t.co/kD84ihU1Vs

27/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

We recently spoke to about tackling digital dangers and the importance of both educators and parents in harnessing tools to keep children safe online. You can read the full feature here >> https://t.co/jKWfh9KSbQ https://t.co/1svdOQDA4w

27/01/21

Well done to Carly (Y8) for volunteering at the COVID vaccination centre for Margate and Mocketts Wood PCN. She’s doing a wonderful job! https://t.co/7Lho8WzwfF

25/01/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

It may come as no surprise to parents that children spent more time gaming online in 2020. With tweets related to the subject increasing by 75% over the last year, we’ve taken a look at the connotations in our blog feature >> https://t.co/VFvKec4eYo https://t.co/LgHxZx6Utk

25/01/21

The school is proud to announce that it is working towards its National Online Safety remote learning accreditation, to show the fantastic work taking place with online learning. https://t.co/YtM8pnG2E9

21/01/21

Year 8 & 9 HPV Immunisation Programme to go ahead at CDS on 1st/2nd February using a drive-thru clinic in the school car park. Keep an eye on emails for more info over the next week for time slots when children should attend. https://t.co/K1BDw3K9k0

20/01/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Week 2 of the Mental Cleanse Challenge - We hope that you took up some of the tips last week to get your mental health cleanse started! https://t.co/oNEFfl2DNX https://t.co/gmCnPB0zvc Wishing everyone a safe & restful week. https://t.co/grlaaPzS0H

14/01/21

Welcome to your weekly wellbeing message: The Mental Cleanse Challenge! It’s time for a mental health cleanse! See the attached for tips on cleansing your mind. https://t.co/POwpE2E6YQ

12/01/21

Barton Court Academy Trust wants to recruit a new School Governor for the Local Governing Body of The Charles Dickens School. If this is something that may interest you, please read the attached flyer. https://t.co/dWwn9gvJSA

08/01/21

Retweeted From Karen Dawber

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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 – eread@cds.kent.sch.uk

Mr Weller, Lead teacher for Gifted and Talented students – 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 Charles Dickens School Policy Statement On Provider Access

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