ALP Leicester has been named NCFE school of the month for May 2017.
Our first ever ALP Leicester Healthy Relationships Week took place between 22nd and 26th May 2017.
Our students engaged in a range of planned activities to encourage thinking around positive relationships and friendship and the headteacher, Julie Sharma kicked the week off with an assembly introducing the topic.
On Tuesday, students were given a ‘friend for the day’, an egg to look after without cracking it. Some students looked after their friend better than others but all enjoyed the experience.
Students were also given a friendship scenario to act out. One example, as seen in this video was ‘What would you do if your friend fell over and dropped all their sweets?’ The videos were then shared with the other students at the end of the week.
Other activities included mindfulness and wellbeing group sessions provided by our school counsellor and a blindfolded obstacle course, as pictured.
We are really proud of all of our students, demonstrating their knowledge of how to be a good friend and taking part in all the activities throughout the week.
ALP Schools – Our joined-up approach to the Communication Commitment
We recognise that communication drives learning and attainment and strong language and communication skills are linked to better outcomes for the young people within our schools. Therefore, all three schools in the ALP Schools chain are actively participating in the Communication Commitment.
Of all the skills learners develop within our schools, the ability to communicate effectively is the one that has the most profound and potential impact on the lives of the young people we work with. Communication is at the core of everything they do; in their homes, at work, at school and socially. Strong language skills and good communication are key to whole-school improvement, progression and attainment and beyond school into employment, education and training.
All three schools are currently working towards action plans, that gives us the small steps we need to move forward in making communication a real part of our school’s policy and practice, in a way that works best for our school and our pupils.
Each school now has a dedicated Communication Champion, who takes on the responsibility of making sure that our action plans are implemented and the communication commitment is a shared approach between our staff and our students.
Our Communication Commitment Champions:
Pierview Academy – Tracey Mills
Parkview Academy – Emma Chatzispyridou
ALP Leicester – Joanne Weatherstone
Each of our schools are making good progress in our communication journey. More detail of this can be found on the links to each individual school.
Details about the Communication Commitment can be found at www.thecommunicationtrust.org.uk/comitment
The Communication Commitment – ALP Leicester
ALP Leicester began by assessing their current provision around Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) using the Communication Commitment’s review checklist in August 2016. This not only highlighted areas for development, but also areas in which ALP Leicester were currently working well in terms of SLCN. In addition, it identified areas already being addressed both in the School Development Plan and as part of the whole school PHSE review.
In terms of workforce development and to launch our focus on communication, all staff were introduced to The Communication Commitment during INSET briefing at the start of the Autumn term 2016. Staff have been invited to complete the online short course provided on The Communication Trust website; been advised on and given information around communication-friendly classrooms and kept abreast of initiatives to assist them in focusing on SLCN when delivering lessons. More recently, the focus for our learning walks and observations this term has been around communication.
The end of this term will see the third edition of our Newsletter being published and we will be holding our second parents/open evening. This gives ALP Leicester to showcase the achievements of our pupils and staff to the wider community and to share initiatives/best practice.
As a soft introduction to The Communication Commitment, on 9th November 2016 ALP Leicester held it’s first ‘No Pens Wednesday’. During the day, pupils and staff enjoyed a ‘wake and shake’ session with a focus on communication, introductory Makaton sessions and a host of other ‘no pens’ activities. This gave tutors the opportunity to address learning from a different angle and to think about the impact of communication within learning.
Moving forward, our focus will remain on staff upskilling and understanding around SLCN. Our Primary Specialist will be undergoing formal training which will be disseminated across the whole school and staff will be asked to use the Speech and Language Communication Framework to highlight further areas for development.
ALP Leicester Local School Outing
On the 9th of March we took a trip around Leicester. We visited Mary De Castro church, Newarke houses Museum, Guild hall and Leicester Cathedral and looked for different architecture on our route.
We also recently visited Abbey Park and despite the terrible weather the students all completed an I-Spy activity and enjoyed themselves greatly.
Our students have been learning about what an apprenticeship is and we have investigated the different types of apprenticeships and qualifications available up to degree level.
We have discussed the pros and cons of college and apprenticeships including differences in possible salary.
Primary students have this week been learning about what a doctor does and different places they can work. Students tried their hand at CPR, listened to their heart beat through the stethoscope and had their temperatures taken.
As part of the Careers programme for primary, our students have been learning about the police force.
We have looked at different job roles within the police force and when and how we call for the police.
We also had a visit from the police which the pupils really enjoyed. We would like to send a huge thanks out to our local officers who came to see us.
Before half term, a group of secondary students and their tutors from ALP Leicester went on a day visit to London.
The trip was designed to give students a taste of London whilst allowing them to explore both contemporary and classic art work at two galleries.
Firstly we visited The Tate Modern on Southbank. We looked at a wide range of art works from surrealist paintings by René Magritte to conceptual work by Mark Rothko.
After lunch, we walked along Southbank and across the Thames to Trafalgar Square where we looked at the collections in the National Gallery. These include work by Monet and Van Gough.
The students and staff all had a fabulous day and some have been truly inspired by art work they have seen.
Please take a moment to read about many more recent events at ALP Leicester in our December 2016 newsletter
Christmas has begun at ALP Leicester! ALP Leicester Primary learners are providing a Christmas card postal service for all learners and staff at ALP. ALP Learners also joined together to make our very own tree, made out of recycled toilet rolls!
ALP Leicester are excited to be partnering with the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), the national governing body for swimming. We are delighted to have this opportunity to join in partnership with the ASA and look forward to increasing the impact of our schools swimming lessons with the ASA’s support!