Welcome back and a Happy New Year to you all.
I wanted to share with you some excellent news to start off our New Year.
The Government have launched a new web site, that some of you may be aware of, which enables parents and interested parties to compare schools and the progress that the children make.
Each school is compared to any within a 75 mile radius which had similar KS1 results and then tracks the progress of these pupils through KS2. I am delighted to say that there is no school within this criteria that outperforms Denton.
Just before Christmas data was also released which placed Denton as the 11th highest attaining for progress in Northamptonshire out of 325 schools.
These results could not be attained without the sheer hard work of the staff and the support of you parents- so thank you to all!
As you may be aware in September 2014, a new school curriculum was introduced. An addition within the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural part of the curriculum, was to teach the children about British Values.
We have spent considerable time in staff meetings, and over coffee, discussing what this means and how best to portray this to the children. We did indeed feel that many aspects we already taught but we felt that one of the wonderful things about living in this country is our right to free speech.
We felt however that it was very necessary to teach our children to articulate their point of view, to listen carefully to the views of others and to carefully consider their views in light of what they have heard.
We have therefore set up ‘Pupil Parliaments’ and each month every class is set a topic to debate.
To help them to understand the importance of debating we invited Councillor Joan McBride to speak to the whole school and lead a debate. This morning as I write I am delighted to say the MP for South Northants, Ms Andrea Leadsom is leading a debate with Class 5 on ‘Should there be homework?’ after speaking to the whole school about her job in the Houses of Parliament.
We just now have to remind the children that the example set by some of our MP’s in Prime Ministers Question time is not to be copied!
Many of you will have heard of CEOP who work tirelessly to help keep our children safe and give advice to parents on use of the internet and I have just received this information from them , which I have pasted below, that I thought you may find helpful.
Many thanks as ever for all your work to keep young people safe from harm. We hope you enjoy a well-deserved festive break... but before you do, here's one last update for you from the CEOP Education Team.
New parents and carers website
We're proud to announce that a Beta version of our new website for parents and carers is now live at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents. The new site offers a completely refreshed suite of articles and guidance on all aspects of child internet safety.
Please take a moment to give us some feedback by taking a look around the new site and then completing the user survey (this appears as a pop up when you visit). Your comments and ideas will help us shape the final content and improve our resources and support to families.
Families can visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents to access advice and support on how to keep children safe from sexual abuse, both online and off. Articles provide guidance on topics as diverse as: challenging harmful sexual attitudes and promoting positive behaviours; helping a child with autism negotiate life online; supporting a child who has been sexually abused; and dealing with a range of online issues such as sending nude selfies and viewing pornography. Users will find films, downloadable guides and useful links to support organisations.
Families can also use the website to access the CEOP Safety Centre (www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre) where they can report abuse and exploitation direct to CEOP.