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21/01/22

Retweeted From Karen Dawber (she/her)

This mini activity on https://t.co/YXSq4kdYL3 really helps to alleviate stress. It’s free, safe and anonymous support for young people. It’s available for 10-25 yr olds in https://t.co/ofN8Y8X7O5

19/01/22

Retweeted From Kent County Council

The Food Scanner App is a handy health hack for families that helps them to swap unhealthy foods that are higher in sugar, saturated fat and salt, to healthier choices. You can find out more by visiting https://t.co/KwuJgO1LC0 https://t.co/XoGulT1cnN

19/01/22

Wellbeing Wednesday: Stress! Stress can have a negative effect on the basic dimensions of mental health and may affect your health if you use unhealthy behaviours to cope. https://t.co/0ONykPSMbA https://t.co/7GeJW1j6CJ https://t.co/CBWtwJ7ZFx

18/01/22

Retweeted From Barton Manor School

We're looking for a Non Executive Director/Trustee for the Barton Court Academy Trust. If this is something that interests you we would love to talk to you. Click the link for further details: https://t.co/QlRKT2idN0

18/01/22

Retweeted From Barton Manor School

Are you interested in being one of our School Governors, if so come and talk to us or click the link below for further details: https://t.co/Pi6LhW4i3O

13/01/22

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

Just 4 weeks to go until our amazing new free school is finished https://t.co/MOc4s4FoMj

12/01/22

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Are you OK with AI? 🤖💻 Artificial intelligence is a long-standing risk. This week’s guide introduces you to Replika: an advanced chatbot that gradually learns to be more like its user 👬 Download >> https://t.co/0dtTDJqYWl https://t.co/hzGXZVvdHN

12/01/22

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

The Diana Award's National Anti-Bullying Youth Board gives young people the opportunity to further develop their antibullying work in school and become a role model for other students. Are you passionate about tackling bullying behaviour? 👉👉 https://t.co/ZhasoQiD9j https://t.co/FU5ltweEb9

12/01/22

Welcome to your Weekly Wellbeing Message - This week students are looking at how diet can improve mental health and mood. 7 Foods to Boost Serotonin for Improving Mental Health and Mood. https://t.co/C26Zqv4RNc

10/01/22

Retweeted From Kooth plc

Kooth’s confidential and anonymous digital mental health service is available to young people aged 11-18 years old. 🧠🫂 If you or someone you know needs support, our service is safe and free for dependents of current and former bank employees. https://t.co/oqm41saT7w

10/01/22

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

Our Youth Board members often represent The Diana Award at external events, so keep an eye out and you may get to meet them soon! Are you passionate about tackling bullying behaviour? Visit the link below to find out more. 👉👉 https://t.co/ZhasoQ12hL https://t.co/eUYOxTXll2

10/01/22

Here is an opportunity for all you football fans with children that come to school in the Thanet area! Free entry to next Saturday's match at Ramsgate FC. Please follow the link to reserve your tickets. https://t.co/nSkS08tgTj https://t.co/fUIiPDO8EB

07/01/22

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

We're looking for a Chair of Governors for Barton Court Grammar School Local Governing Body starting in the Spring. Click here to see if this is something you might be interested in. https://t.co/y99ER7Ik03

07/01/22

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

Don't forget our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 26 January - click here to book a place at the Headteacher Presentations, 7pm or 8pm https://t.co/AMeTlyU3F0 https://t.co/fBn2Ebg8pZ

05/01/22

Happy New Year Everyone! Welcome you the first Wellbeing Wednesday message of the year. This week students are looking at how we can start the New Year with a positive attitude. https://t.co/2Tfdhgh1Nr

17/12/21

Hospitality & Catering Winter Wonderland WOW! Just look at the amazing festive creations from our super H&C students. These are the winners of the Winter Wonderland! https://t.co/42IugiC1fw

16/12/21

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

Barton Manor School is really getting there now. The interiors are going in and it's looking incredible. https://t.co/6MCbjsMdo7

16/12/21

Welcome to the final Wellbeing message of 2021! This week we are looking how giving to others at this time of year can improve our Wellbeing. Research suggests that acts of giving, and kindness, can help improve our mental wellbeing. https://t.co/6Oz4SCfUvG

15/12/21

Christmas Charity – This year, students and staff have collected items for a local foodbank at the Six Bells Children’s Centre in Margate. Well done to all involved, and a particular shout out to Miss Lebby and Mrs Darvell for organising. https://t.co/kJZx5pVW3L

08/12/21

Welcome to your weekly Wellbeing Wednesday message – This week students are looking at the Mental Cleanse Challenge. Attached are some daily challenges to try! https://t.co/r05IMr3l9f

01/12/21

This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how music can improve our wellbeing - Research suggests that music can stimulate the body's natural feel good chemicals. It can energise our mood and help us to take control of our feelings. https://t.co/yMvHrIfqEw

26/11/21

Awards Evening gave rise to an experience never to be forgotten by 40 H&C students from years 9, 10 and 11! 20 chefs behind the scenes produced 3200 canapes, 20 others worked 'front of house'. Well done to all who worked so hard; we are very proud of you! https://t.co/6dMLsERfLi

24/11/21

It's Wellbeing Wednesday and there is definitely a chill in the air this week! Some of us can struggle with our mental health and wellbeing during the colder months We have put together some winter themed tips to protect your wellbeing (attached). https://t.co/T7oYznSSVq

24/11/21

Retweeted From Kooth plc

In our new report - Kooth in the Capital, we look at the rise of crisis amongst CYP in , how the pandemic has affected their and how parents & teachers can safely signpost and spot any signs of distress. ⬇️ https://t.co/rpqNj7f2wK

24/11/21

Retweeted From HeadStart Kent

This is a story about Lois, it shows the way HeadStart can support children and young people. It's an oldie but a goodie and we can still offer the support to young people that need it today. Check it out here 👉 https://t.co/GfwghVkr2R

24/11/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Are you crypto-savvy?💰💻 This week’s guide brings you the basics of cryptocurrency 💲. From Bitcoin to Tezos - what is it, who uses it and what are the potential risks? Download your free guide >> https://t.co/HkE0NiP57x https://t.co/Q3UHfXhTNX

22/11/21

Thanks to everyone who supported us in our fundraising on Friday 19th November, for Children in Need. We held a non-school uniform day, sold Children in Need accessories and raised a whopping £1,576.85 Well done to everyone involved!! https://t.co/iHb0SWqtVH

17/11/21

It's Wellbeing Wednesday! This week we are looking at how acts of kindness can have a positive effect on wellbeing. The expression “it is better to give than receive” is backed by research so have a look at the attached for useful tips. https://t.co/GO4l4DpJfv

15/11/21

CDS students can have their say on local issues by voting in the Kent Youth County Council Elections! Click on the following link to vote from 15th November - 28th November: https://t.co/MsY0gMnWOX... See Miss Butterfield in school if you need any help voting. https://t.co/qeRZhnkeSw

15/11/21

Monday 15th to Friday 15 November is Anti-Bullying Week. The School's student Anti-Bullying Team are carrying out activities with students, such as Random Acts of Kindness, and they are selling anti-bullying wrist bands at break and lunch time. https://t.co/Y7unAMO4vV

13/11/21

Retweeted From Anti-Bullying Pro (from charity The Diana Award)

The isolation caused by covid-19 has underlined how little acts of consideration can break down barriers & brighten the lives of the people around us. That’s why this year’s theme is , highlighting how one kind word can truly make a difference. https://t.co/ovT6wnbCYk

10/11/21

It's Wellbeing Wednesday! This week students are looking at the question of what is good physical wellbeing? Wishing you all a positive week ! https://t.co/auN1OX0jvR

08/11/21

Maths Week England (8-12 Nov) was set up with the goal of ensuring that no child misses out on the opportunities that being a confident and competent mathematician can give them. CDS are running enrichment activities to encourage students' further studying of maths. https://t.co/LYi7QEgMKz

04/11/21

CDS Prefect Instagram - A message to students from the Prefect Team: Welcome back everyone! We hope everybody had a great half term. Every term is a fresh start, every day is an opportunity to strive for more. Challenge yourselves this term! https://t.co/QVs88Es6vw

02/11/21

Thanet Schools Young Artists Festival 2021 is open at The Margate School, with prize giving on Saturday 6 November at 12 noon. Over 600 paintings are being exhibited from Thanet schools and colleges. Free parking is near the Winter Gardens and Trinity Square.

29/10/21

Textiles - In this Year 10 project, students explored the idea of cells linking in with their science studies. They were able to pull their knowledge together to create interesting and experimental observations and fabric pieces. https://t.co/pNjfd7xJjS

29/10/21

UK Parliament Week 1-7 November – Students will receive PSHE sessions based on UK Parliament and the democratic process. There will be a quiz to test knowledge and a school wide vote on a topic that the Debate Team will focus on. https://t.co/aaSsA2gx6T

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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