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School Attendance Campaign

On 12th June a workshop was held with schools to help prepare for a new school attendance campaign in the city. Participants looked at the key drivers for school absence in Portsmouth, the various audiences the campaign would have to target, the type of messages that should go out and the channels of communication that could be used.

Work is now in hand to develop some concepts which will be shared with schools later this term before the first phase of the campaign is launched in the Autumn term.

For further information please contact: [email protected]


School becomes first to achieve Artsmark Platinum Award for a second time

Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) has become the first school in England to receive an Artsmark Platinum Award for the second time, achieving the highest level of recognition for its arts and cultural provision.

Artsmark is Arts Council England’s award recognising excellence in cultural education. It celebrates schools’ commitments to embedding arts across the curriculum and bringing creative learning to life for children and young people.

Admiral Lord Nelson has been involved with Artsmark since 2003 and was one of the first schools to achieve the Platinum Award when the programme was refreshed in 2015.  The new award recognises the school’s commitment to cultural education, which sees the arts strongly embedded across their whole curriculum and playing a key role in their School Improvement Plan.

UNICEF Recognition for Admiral Lord Nelson School

Admiral Lord Nelson School (ALNS) has been asked to represent all UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools at Downing Street for the official launch of Soccer Aid with UNICEF, in recognition of ALNS being the most active school in the UK with their UNICEF work.

15 of our RRSA student ambassadors are designing a playground challenge (the event planned for schools across the country to do as fundraising) which they will teach members of the cabinet and the soccer aid teams (led by Robbie Williams and Usain Bolt) to do in the grounds of Downing Street at the launch event. Two of the ALNS ambassadors will attend a meeting with the Prime Minister in 10 Downing Street with a small group of the UNICEF leaders just prior to the event.

Professional Development Consortium in MFL with Philip Campagna

On 23rd May, a workshop with Philip Campagna will be taking place in Portsmouth, which will focus on the development of speaking and writing skills at KS3 in preparation for the new MFL GCSE.

Philip is the South West Regional and National Director for Network for Learning and is a Senior Lecturer and PGCE Course Leader for Secondary MFL at Bath Spa University, and is also the PGCE Primary MFL Coordinator. In the past he has presented to national and international language conferences.

The session will take place from 5.00pm – 7.00pm and will be held at the St. George’s Building on St. Thomas’ Street, Old Portsmouth.

Full details of the event can be found here. If you would be interested in attending this event, please get in touch with Tanya.

Chris Lubbe to speak at ALNS Event 25.05.2018

On 25th May 2018, Admiral Lord Nelson School will be hosting a Global Learning event. This session will not only act as a ‘catch up’ for teachers in the city, but there will also be a special guest; the very inspirational, Chris Lubbe, who was previously one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards, will be speaking to the group.

This event will be taking place from 9.30am – 12.30pm at ALNS. For further information, please see the event flyer here. If you would be interested in attending, please email Julia Firth.

University of Portsmouth Lecture Mini-Series a Success

On Wednesday 28th March, the University of Portsmouth welcomed 120 Year 11’s from seven secondary schools across the city to attend a lecture mini-series. The lecture focused on two popular texts studied for GCSE English Literature: Shakespeare’s Macbeth and A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

The lectures, delivered by Dr Dyson, Dr Finnerty and Dr Pittard, gave the pupils a glimpse into what university study would be like, as well as giving them an excellent revision experience.

The event was hugely popular, (despite the pouring rain!), and the pupils and teachers gave great reviews. One student said that they “really loved it, and I want to study English at University now,” and a teacher praised the event as the “pupils were so involved and really challenged.”

The event was organised by the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance and the University of Portsmouth and the hope is to be able to run similar events in the future, hopefully covering a wider range of GCSE topics.

For more information, please contact Sophie at the Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance.

Apprenticeship Awareness Twilight Event 23.04.18

Aspire Learning and development is supporting a small apprenticeship awareness project with the SUN.

This project is aimed at teachers (not careers teachers), with the objective to provide up to date information to schools in the Solent area on the realities and opportunities of apprenticeships. This will include things from progression opportunities and Level 4+ opportunities, to Higher and Degree apprenticeships. It will also provide a chance for those of you attending to speak to current apprentices and ambassadors.

If you attend you will receive a resource pack, which may enable you to then run cascade events in your own schools to fellow teachers and pupils.

The content of the resource pack will include items such as:

  • Powerpoint presentations covering the up to date facts about apprenticeships on a memory stick
  • Information on how to access local opportunities
  • Case studies – written and video
  • Information on progression routes for different curriculum areas (looking at diverse routes and highlighting unusual pathways)
  • A desk top apprenticeship banner stand
  • Posters
  • Factsheets for parents/Governors
  • Apprenticeship activities
  • How to… information sheets
  • Links to online resources such as Future Apprenticeships and Amazing Apprenticeships
  • An overview of Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

The event will be hosted by Fareham College on the 23rd April from 4.00pm – 6.30pm and refreshments will be provided. There are around 50 places on offer.

For more information please contact Alison Sumpter, [email protected]