Go Raise free funds for us whenever you shop online

GoRaise-logoWe’ve partnered with Go Raise – a brilliant and effortless way to raise money for our school.

Simply shop as usual with all your favourite retailers and, as a thank you, they will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to us at no extra cost to you!

So whenever you buy anything online – from the weekly grocery shop to renewing insurance or booking a holiday – you could help us raise £1000s in additional free funding this year.

Simply sign up to support us before you shop.

How it works:

  • Sign up to support us at https://www.goraise.co.uk/the-king-edward-vi-school
  • Click through to shop with your favourite retailers – there are over 3,000 to choose from including M&S, John Lewis, Expedia, Boots, Sports Direct, Argos and more.
  • When you make a purchase, a donation is generated and Go Raise will pass this on to us.

WISDOM at Newcastle University

The School of Mathematics and Statistics at Newcastle University are hosting their annual “WISDOM: Women In Science Doing Outstanding Maths” on 20th June 2017 from 4:30-7:30pm. This event is aimed at engaging Year 9/10 girls in maths to see the doors that can be opened by studying maths at A-Level and beyond.

The event will include two talks:

Statistics and epidemiology: How numbers help control diseases” Prof Christl Donnelly FMEDSCI FRS (RSS Guy Lecturer)

Hunting Planets: Using Maths to find Other Worlds” Dr Tamara Rogers.

There also will be the opportunity for participants to meet a range of women from different jobs that all involve some maths. Refreshments will also be provided. Students who attended last year are encouraged to attend again as the talks will be different and there will be some different women scientists to talk to.

Further information and the online sign-up form can be found at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/maths/outreach/teachers/

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Temporary Teacher of Biology (MPS)

School: The King Edward VI

An enthusiastic and well qualified graduate is required from 1 September 2017 to cover a maternity leave. This would be a full time role, and would be suitable for an NQT. The successful applicant will be able to teach Biology across the full age and ability range up to Key Stage 5, and Science to Key Stage 4.

We are an outstanding school (OfSTED 2014) and a well established convertor academy. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment.  An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for the successful candidate.

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Closing date:  12 noon on 5 June 2017

ICT Technician

School: The King Edward VI School, Chantry Middle School and Newminster Middle School

Band 3, 37 hours per week
Full time
16,481 per annum)

An experienced an enthusiastic ICT technician is required to join a professional ICT team. Candidates should have a good general education along with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills. The ability to relate to young people is essential. We are an outstanding school (OfSTED 2014), a Learning Trust at an exciting stage in our development. Our school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for the successful candidate.  

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Closing date: 12 noon on 5 June 2017

Understand

Ms Jobling recommends a short story by Understand_by_Ted_Chiang

I recently watched the film ‘Arrival’ (which I highly recommend) and discovered that it was based on the short story ‘Story of Your Life’ by sci-fi author Ted Chiang. I bought his collection of short stories and decided to start from the beginning and read the stories in order, rather than skipping straight to ‘Story of Your Life’.

Surprisingly, my favourite story in the collection was called ‘Understand’. It centres on Leon who, after drowning and ending up in a coma, undergoes experimental ‘hormone K therapy’. After waking up from the coma, doctors find that Leon’s damaged neurons are regenerated and that his intellectual capacity is dramatically increased.

After a short time, the CIA become interested in Leon and a government psychologist called Clausen begins doing tests on him. However, Leon realises that the authorities see him as a danger; he leaves the city and before long tracks down another hyper-intelligent man named Reynolds, who has also undergone the same therapy.

The narrative builds up to the meeting of the two characters and the psychological battle they engage in…

I won’t give away the ending, but must say I found it totally mind-blowing and would recommend it to anyone who is looking for something different to read – you can even borrow it from me!

Free School Meals

Your child might be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit

Children who get paid these benefits directly, instead of through a parent or guardian, can also get free school meals.

To see if you qualify please complete an application either online or through a written application. Further details can be found on the bottom of this link.

A Lesson in Employer Engagement

School-21-500x500Representatives from three North East schools and colleges visited School 21 in London to find out about the school’s innovative approach to employer engagement. The visit built on the progress the schools and colleges have already achieved as part of the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks, which are being piloted in the North East and which aim to transform careers guidance in schools.

School 21 is known for having developed strong links with local employers, with each of its students completing practical work placements, during which they work on a solution to a real workplace project.

Leanne Johnston, Assistant Headteacher, was one of the attendees.

She said: “The team at School 21 really are inspirational and I had heard from them at various events, so as soon as the opportunity to visit came around, I wanted to go.

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