Birmingham Widening Access to Medical Sciences society (BWAMS) is hosting its annual DR.EAM Dentistry Conference this year. The DR.EAM Dentistry Conference is a free outreach event aimed at Year 10-13 students who are considering a career in Dentistry.
Their aim is to inspire and inform students about a career in Dentistry. They will provide students with an insight into life as both a dental student and dentist, as well as advising on next steps to prepare for an application. The day will consist of inspiring talks, workshops and panels made up of dentists and dental students from around the country. Workshops will include an introduction to clinical skills, Q&A with dental students from different universities and work experience advice.
This free virtual conference gives students the chance to learn more about a healthcare career and all it has to offer!
- Date: Saturday 20thFebruary 2021
- Time: 9am to 5pm
Please encourage your son/daughter to apply before Wednesday 17th February 2021 12pm using the following link:
The Nottingham Summer Schools will support Year 12 students to:
- experience life at a leading university
- try out a range of course options related to their interests
- develop focus and motivation for the remainder of their post-16 studies
- access support through the UCAS process
- earn a contextual offer (up to 2 grades lower) and a bursary (£1000 per year) for study at Nottingham!
In the current circumstances, this experience is more important than ever to help students reach their potential and progress to a top university. An explanation of how the summer school works, the benefits and how to apply is included in this helpful recorded presentation.
Applications are now open until 2nd March. Parents and students can find further details and apply at www.nottingham.ac.uk/suttontrust.
Y7 Parents' Evening will take place on Tuesday 2nd March via video call. Further instructions on how to book and attend these appointments will be sent to you towards the end of next week.
Winter Wellness Project 2020 – Free 1-2-1 Mental Health Support
Free online 1-2-1 mental health support is now available to pupils in ALL schools across Staffordshire until March 31st 2021.
The sessions are:
- Offered by Speak Up Space, a commissioned service that’s part of North Staffs Mind & the Stay Well CYP Service.
- Delivered by qualified Mental Health Practitioners.
- FREE & Confidential
- Available to pre-book
- Offered to pupils 5 days per week during school hours.
- Each appointment lasts 45 minutes.
- Is accessed remotely from a smart phone, tablet or computer.
- Can be used to support young people in school or even those having to isolate.
This support is being funded until 31.03.21 as part of the Winter Wellness Project 2020.
For more information or to make a booking please visit our website: https://www.speakupspace.org.uk/instant-messaging-service-during-school-hours/
Attached are PDFs with further information explaining how the service works.
We aim to support young people across Staffordshire with their mental health and emotional well-being and are here to focus on ANYTHING that is important to them.
MIND North Staffs Contact details:
Office: 01782 262100 Ext:213
83 Marsh Street
Whilst we all spend more time using devices as part of our daily lives, it is important that we protect and support children with staying safe online. We actively encourage parents to check devices and monitor social media platforms. When used appropriately, social media provides a wealth of benefits, unfortunately when misused it can have significant impacts on our young people. This is why we are asking you to check what your child has access to and how they are using it.
Our Safeguarding page on our school website has a number of identfied support materials for parents and young people. Some are highlighted below:
NSPCC Online Safety Help
From setting up parental controls to getting advice, parents can call the helpline on 0808 800 5002.
CEOP- Parent Information
Parent Info is a collaboration between Parent Zone and NCA-CEOP, providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations.
For-me Childline App
The first App to provide counselling to your smartphone.
Helping Teenagers deal with sexting.
We also have an Online Safety Procedure, Safeguarding Policy and Safeguarding Addendum, all of which are available on the Policies and Procedures page on the school website. We actively encourage parents and families to ensure they are familiar with the links to additional support for both Safeguarding and Online Safety.
If you have Safeguarding concerns relating to Online Safety, please contact school:
Miss N Dean- Designated Safeguarding Lead email@example.com
Mrs K Harrison- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr J Twynham- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead email@example.com
Mrs A Spencer- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms C Crutchley- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead email@example.com
Mrs C Toy- Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead firstname.lastname@example.org
As previously communicated, the Department for Education (DfE) have indicated that it will not be possible for summer exams to take place as planned. Ofqual have now launched a consultation seeking views on how to award grades in a way that reflects students’ performance fairly and accurately, recognising the disruption they have faced this year.
Following publication on Friday 15th January, the consultation will be open for two weeks and end on Friday 29 January at 23:45.
We have already studied the consultation in detail and suitable responses will be given both to this consultation and other organisations who are garnering the views of schools. However, the following information is provided to ensure that all students and parents are fully aware of this process. Whatever system is decided upon will affect the summer results that our students receive and therefore we felt it was important to make sure you were fully informed of this consultation and indeed made aware of how all parents and students are able to respond if they so wish. The link to respond online is included on the full consultation pages on the links below.
GCSE, AS & A level Qualifications.
In summary, Ofqual and the Department for Education propose that:
- Grades should be based on teacher assessment.
- Grades awarded should reflect the standard at which pupils are performing.
- Final teacher assessment will be made towards the end of the year, similar to when exams would have been sat.
- A breadth of evidence should inform teacher’s judgements.
- Exam boards should provide a set of assessment papers to support assessment.
- Exam boards should support internal quality assurance that takes place within schools.
- Boards will undertake checks to make sure schools’ approaches are appropriate.
- Pupils should be able to appeal if they think their grade does not reflect the evidence of their performance. In the first instance this would be to the school.
- Private candidates should be able to be issued with a grade.
Their proposed timeline is as follows:
- Students would continue with their education during this academic year
- Students would be assessed by their teachers in a period beginning in May into early June
- Teachers would submit grades to the exam boards by mid-June
- External quality assurance by the exam boards would be ongoing throughout June
- Results would be issued to students once the QA process is complete, most likely in early July
- Student appeals could be submitted immediately following the issue of results and would first be considered by schools and colleges
The full consultation document can be found on this link
We have also created a document which lists the 68 questions that are included within this consultation. This can be viewed here.
Vocational and Technical Qualifications
Similar alternative arrangements are proposed for students taking vocational and technical qualifications, such as BTECs and Cambridge Technicals, to ensure students are treated fairly and are equally able to progress.
In summary, Ofqual and the Department for Education proposals that:
Written exams for Vocational and Technical qualifications that are taken instead of, or alongside, GCSEs, AS and A levels should not take place. Alternative arrangements will be put in place to award these results.
Internal assessment should continue to go ahead remotely, where relevant, for all learners where possible.
The full consultation document can be found on this link
We are pleased to tell you that the BMW / Mini Apprenticeship process is now open.
It is the time of year where BMW open their applications to their apprenticeship’s starting in August/September 2021.
We have included below the key information students will need and also some links where they can find any additional help
Application open date – Monday January 18th.
The application process ends- Sunday March 14th.
Site to apply to – www.bmwgroup.jobs/uk
Look for the tab that says Apprenticeship then select the apprenticeship you wish to apply for from the list:
Support page – www.facebook.com/bmwcareersuk
Hints and tips - https://www.facebook.com/BmwCareersUK/videos/226229588265499/
First stage consists of:
Upload of C.V
Upload of Personal statement
Upload of School Report
Once you have uploaded these documents then provided you have suitable criteria you will be sent some online SHL tests to complete.
Complete online SHL tests
Please practise the online SHL test before completing the one sent to you via your BMW / Mini Account – these can be accessed from the internet and are a standard test. The more you practise the more comfortable and confident you will become.
Due to moving to remote learning, we have been unable to meet with Year 11 students face to face this half term. Therefore, we will be sending an electronic form to all students to collate their Post 16 decisions and to identify students who require further guidance. This form will be sent to the students’ school e-mail account following Year 11 Parents' Evening on the 26th January.
Current John Taylor students do not need to complete an application form; however, they do need to consider the entry requirements for their chosen courses and students will need to select 3 or 4 subjects as a maximum. Therefore, please use the Prospectus, that was provided in October, alongside the resources on the Post 16 Open Evening website (click here) to view the Post 16 courses that we offer and compare the entry requirements with your son/daughter's latest report to help ensure suitable courses are selected.
The following students have received a virtual Hot Chocolate with the Head this week - congratulations!
The National Literacy Trust our providing students with the following opportunities over the next week. Please encourage your son/daughter to book a place on at least one of the workshops. Once they have done this, they will need to e-mail their form tutor and subject teacher to get excused from registration and part of a live remote lesson. Once the workshop has concluded, all students will be expected to join the lesson at that time. The workshops are suitable for students aged between 14-19 years old.
Employability and CV writing workshop:
Friday 22nd OR the 29th of January (1.45pm to 2.30pm) – Live 14-19 employability and literacy workshop on CV writing, with the opportunity to pre-submit career related questions for experts to answer.
To book on the 22nd January click here
To book on the 29th January click here
Monday 25th OR Wednesday 27th January (9.00am to 9.45am) - Live 14-19 business masterclass led by volunteers from leading businesses, exploring career paths and the value of good communication skills, with the opportunity to pre-submit questions.
To book on the 25th January click here
To book on the 27th January click here
As a result of losing face-to-face teacher contact time due to the pandemic, we have made the decision to cancel Year 12 Work Experience week in July and support students in completing virtual work experience instead. Therefore, normal lessons will take place during the 5th-9th of July and all students will be expected to attend school.
Year 12 students will be starting their Post 18 applications soon, therefore all students will benefit from engaging in the many virtual experiences being offered. We also recognise that some students who are applying for a medical related course may still want to source a face-to-face experience where available and in line with any Government guidelines at the time of applying.
Year 12 Tutors will be supporting students to secure virtual work experience and all students have been provided with a list of opportunities that they can apply for now (Please see a copy of the resources and support Year 12 have received already below). The Sixth Form team would welcome your support in checking that your son/daughter has applied for virtual work experience and if they are finding this difficult, please contact their tutor.
Student Guidance: Year 12 Work Experience Opportunities
Use the following links to organise virtual work experience. It is essential that all Year 12 complete work experience before the end of this academic year. Your form tutor will be starting to draft your reference for future employment and university applications; therefore, we advise all Year 12 students to try and complete work experience during February half term. At the end of this document, you will find instructions of how to record details of your placement on Unifrog so that your form tutor knows about it and you can refer back to it when you start to complete any applications or interviews.
Young Professional have a brand new 3-day virtual work experience program for 6th form students during the February Half Term.
We have teamed up with some of the biggest brands on the planet to deliver an amazing 3-day program for your students to get involved with.
We have; IBM, HSBC, PwC, Marks & Spencer’s, Vodafone, EY, CGI, Capgemini, bp, GSK and CIMA taking part across the 3 days to deliver workshops and insight sessions.
We know many work experience places recently have been cancelled due to Covid-19 and the new lockdown so we wanted to make sure your students are able to get an opportunity to engage with some huge bands, learn new things and begin to build their own professional network for when they enter into the work place.
- February Half Term 15th - 18th
- 9am - 4pm each day (times may vary)
- Online webinars and workshops with group exercises + prizes to stand out students
- All sessions will be taking place on Zoom (so a laptop, tablet or phone will be needed)
- Everyone that completes the 3 days will receive a certificate and reference for their CV’s
This work experience program is FREE and places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis (ONLY 200 PLACES).
To book on, students will need to register their interest following the below link.
- BT Insight day,
- Chartered Institute of Marketing
- Law Virtual Work Experience
- Journalism Virtual Work Experience
- Finance Virtual Work Experience
- Teaching Virtual Work Experience
- Nestle -Employability Skills Programme
- NHS Medicine Virtual Work Experience NHS Nursing Virtual Work Experience
- Allied Health Professional Virtual Work Experience
- Support Services Virtual Work Experience
Allied Healthcare Mentors NHS Healthcare Careers Virtual Work Experience – Allied Healthcare Mentor (alliedhealthmentor.org) This is a fantastic programme where you follow patients for 6 months.
Speakers for Schools: https://www.speakersforschools.org/experience-2/young-people/take-part/ This company has a range of experiences available. Please click on the link to explore more.
HSBC Work Experience:
Applications are now live for HSBC work experience.
Opportunities across the whole of the UK, in financial services, investment banking, marketing, digital, compliance and HR.
The Work Experience opportunities will be available through June to August 2021 and will be 1-week long.
Open to all secondary school or college students, applications close on 21st February!
Brighton and Sussex Medical School – Virtual Work Experience for potential Medics https://bsmsoutreach.thinkific.com/courses/VWE
An alternative to work experience for aspiring medics: https://www.rcgp.org.uk/training-exams/discover-general-practice/observe-gp.aspx
All students have an account with www.unifrog.org. To explore virtual work experience opportunities, you will need to:
- Scroll down to the Special Opportunities tile and select ‘Start’.
- Read the key terms – You will see that virtual work experience is classed as an activity.
- Select ‘next’
- Make sure England is listed and select ‘next’
- Select ‘Online / Worldwide’
- Select an area that you are interested in (You can select more than one area, or you can search for opportunities that are not linked to a subject, this is at the top of the list)
- Select next. This will list the different activities available in the first column.
- Select the ones that interest you and that you want to read more about. You can select more than one.
- Select next – This will provide you with full details of each experience, including how to apply. You can also save this shortlist to refer to it later.
Recording your work experience on Unifrog
Every time you complete something in addition to your normal lessons, you should be recording it on Unifrog so that you can review these details when it is time to write your personal statement or before you are about to attend an interview.
- Load unifrog.org (if you have forgotten your password just click on the Forgotten password link and it will e-mail you a link to change your password.)
- Scroll down to the ‘Recording what you've done’
- Go to the ‘Activities’ tile/tool
- Select ‘add an activity’
- Complete the details of your work experience.
E-mail your form tutor details of your work experience placement so that they can record when you will complete your virtual work experience and they will be able to include details of it in your reference.
All our students have access to a universal career platform called Unifrog. This platform enables students to explore a range of different careers as well as develop their skills in preparation for employment. Students can also search for different university courses and apprenticeships.
Next week, Unifrog will host several webinars to support Skills and Enterprise week. Please encourage your son or daughter to register and engage in these.
All these webinars are at 16:30 UK time:
Monday 25th: Leadership Skills
Tuesday 26th: Digital Skills
Wednesday 27th: Problem Solving Skills
Thursday 28th: Entrepreneurship skills
Students can register here, or via the webinars tile on their Unifrog Homepage.
Who can get help
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The following students have received a ‘virtual’ Hot Chocolate with the Head this week. Congratulations!
L Da Rosa
Year 8 will be doing an online maths test during their maths lessons on Thursday 21st January 2021. Students have been emailed a revision list and some guidance for revision. As this test is being done remotely, the purpose of this assessment is purely to allow pupils and their teachers to know what they have and have not understood during the past few topics so this can inform future revision and support.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Key Worker and Vulnerable Students attending school
Following the Prime Ministers Announcement on the 4th January, John Taylor High School will be providing supervised remote learning for Vulnerable children and the children of Key Workers.
Information regarding Key Workers can be found here:
All Key Workers and Parents of Vulnerable students need to complete a booking form for each week that their child is attending. Key Workers will also be asked to provide proof of employment, this can be a photo of your ID badge or a letter from your employer.
If your child is classed as vulnerable you will have already been contacted by a member of the SEN or Safeguarding teams.
If you believe you are a key worker or your child meets the criteria of Vulnerable please email Mrs Toy to discuss this email@example.com
We strongly encourage all parents to support the school in carrying out Lateral Flow Testing. Parents will need to complete a consent form stating whether their child can or cannot be tested. Children will be tested twice weekly, 3-5 days apart.
We appreciate that there may be last minute changes to your working arrangements. If you need to make changes please email Mrs Toy firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child is displaying any of the precautionary symptoms of Covid-19 or any of the three main symptoms, please arrange for them to be tested as soon as possible and isolate as per government guidance.
During this period of remote learning, we will continue to support our students who are eligible for free school meals through the weekly provision of food hampers. This has been ongoing for those students affected by periods of self-isolation and now will become a universal offer for all students who qualify for this provision. A weekly email is currently sent to all eligible families with a link to a questionnaire requesting a hamper. This includes details regarding collection of the hamper.
If your child is eligible for free school meals and you have any queries regarding the provision of these hampers, please contact Mr Murphy on this email address: