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15/06/21

At the Kent Schools Athletics competition this weekend, two CDS students, representing the school, excelled in their discipline: Well done to Poppy (Gold in the 300m) and Nathan (PB in the 200m of 26.55s). Great achievements by both students – Well done! https://t.co/LyKA1lIn0W

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/sqJ8Yklg05

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/higUSGiI3R

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/Nbk6wNxmgi

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/DQ39HaUpdT

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/XXvQ8e8LcI

15/06/21

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/t8mqltsUi1

11/06/21

Retweeted From Barton Court Grammar

Our consultation for the new free school, Barton Manor, ends on 22 June at 9am. We'd love to hear your feedback so click here https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK to let us have your views. https://t.co/rHBBjY61e2

11/06/21

Hospitality & Catering: 20 of our talented Year 9 Hospitality students are currently involved in an extra-curricular programme with Luna Training, developing skills in Hospitality (Front of House) and Catering (Back of House). https://t.co/UFdMwE5o9G

10/06/21

Retweeted From Department for Education

Students from say testing helps give them peace of mind, and is so important for keeping themselves, their friends and families safe. https://t.co/pyUHVCP9zL

10/06/21

The School’s Anti-Bullying Team are working to create a reflection area for children who need somewhere to go when they want some quiet time. The garden coming into bloom now but there is still a lot of work to be done! https://t.co/ZbvTTCK9wk

09/06/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! Self-talk is something we all do - it’s our internal dialogue which is influenced by our subconscious mind, revealing thoughts, beliefs, questions, & ideas. Self-talk matters, it affects our emotions, mood and our actions. https://t.co/8TB14izLrG

09/06/21

Wellbeing Wednesday! This week we are asking everyone to think about how to boost their wellbeing and resilience through “positive self-talk” – showing yourself some compassion and understanding for who you are, and what you’ve been through. https://t.co/aDkyz9XeIV

26/05/21

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week students are looking at ‘readaxation’ To be able to relax shouldn’t be a luxury but an essential to mental health and wellbeing. Burying your nose in a book is the perfect way to relax! https://t.co/osbCGtvdal

19/05/21

Wellbeing Wednesday - This week we are looking at how gratitude can improve your wellbeing! https://t.co/3B7pSwyLFj

12/05/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – Ideas and tips on how to connect with nature! Check out the top tips attached! https://t.co/g8H9qaZs7M

12/05/21

Wellbeing Wednesday – It’s Mental Health Awareness week and this week we are focusing on how we can “connect with nature”! https://t.co/m8K1BwbXHb

11/05/21

Barton Manor School is featured in Kent online today. Please read about it here: https://t.co/FlIqszAj7P

11/05/21

Barton Manor School Virtual Consultation Meeting is scheduled for 6pm this evening (Tuesday 11 May). This is a live event with an opportunity to ask questions. To access the live event via the Barton Manor Website - https://t.co/K138U2dDAd or at https://t.co/aQNHkdKoou

10/05/21

Retweeted From NSPCC

Our new helpline is now here for both children and adults who are victims of recent or historic sexual harassment and abuse in schools or education. You can contact us on 0800 136 663 or help.org.uk for support and advice. In an emergency, call 999. https://t.co/LhS4bNlPeN

10/05/21

Year 9 Hospitality & Catering students have been making nourishing and healthy Buddha Bowls. These consist of a variety of fresh foods all beautifully prepared and lovingly displayed on artful plates. Lovely and colourful, and extremely healthy! https://t.co/6UOorgEjoK

10/05/21

Mental Health Awareness Week is the 10th to 16th May 2021. Throughout this week students will be have PSHE sessions based around the theme of maintaining positive mental health! https://t.co/XX1Iic36oR

07/05/21

Year 10 Anti-Bullying Ambassador Team! These Ambassadors have undergone online training with The Diana Award, acquiring skills to help them change the attitudes and behaviours of bullying in school. This is just the beginning of their journey. https://t.co/0lc92iaCf4

05/05/21

Wellbeing Wednesday - The benefits of World Laughter Day, which is a global celebration of laughter, smiling and of all things positive. Celebrated on the 1st Sunday in May, World Laughter Day was founded by Dr Madan Kataria in Mumbai, India in 1998 https://t.co/lMQO3xH0r7

04/05/21

Year 7 to 11 student Ambassadors have devised a plan to support anti-bullying across the school - We will keep you updated! https://t.co/9Buu12wiFk

04/05/21

The School has appointed its new Senior Prefect Team who are running assemblies this week on relationships/sexual harassment in schools. We are looking forward to working with them as representatives of the school community! https://t.co/A493jL1F1I

29/04/21

Check out this podcast from Dr Michael Mosley. Time is often tight - Can you think of one thing that you should be doing to improve your health and wellbeing? https://t.co/1mSEu52gAn

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

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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