Graham Maher, the new Headmaster of St Edward’s SEMH School, Romsey has praised the results achieved by GCSE pupils.
To read the full press release, click here: St Edward’s press release 2020.
Congratulations to everyone that took part in the 2020 National Creative Awards.
In these unprecedented times, our connections have never been so important so the theme of the 2020 National Creative Awards – “Connections” – proved to be very topical and seemed to really resonate with everyone that took part. This led to some incredible creativity, thought and effort across all the categories. Our congratulations to everyone that took part.
Results for the 2020 National Creative Awards were announced in early June and all participants were contacted to let them know the outcome of their entry.
A report on the 2020 National Creative Awards is available by to read and download: engage in the future 2020 NCA report.
The second 2020 regional football tournament was hosted Shenstone Lodge School in early March with eleven schools taking part. The exceptional standards of fair play and team spirit evident at the first tournament continued, and there was plenty of football talent on show.
A report on the event is available to read here.
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The last few months have been unusual to say the least and there is no doubt that there are a few challenges still ahead. engage in their future will continue to collate and share relevant information and useful resources with colleagues to support best practice and provide guidance and advice. Every school and educational setting is unique but the information shared here will be helpful for everyone.
We are enormously grateful to NASS for collating, disseminating and sharing the essential and latest information throughout these challenging times. Their updates have proved to be an invaluable resource to so many and their support and hard work is hugely appreciated.
Latest Details (September 2020):
Please be advised that the resources below may have been updated, revised or replaced since their initial publication and we recommend checking the latest Government and DfE guidance.
Shared Resources from NASS:
Colleagues will no doubt find these well-balanced and comprehensive reflections from NASS useful, especially as they also contain a number of useful online links –
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The last few weeks have probably been the most challenging for all our colleagues across all sectors of education. We recognise that as Heads within our sector you have probably had to deal with more issues than most and understand that that will have placed an extraordinary strain on you and your staff. Our members, their students and the SEMH community are our priority and the last thing we want to do is add to that strain with extra calls and emails. Whatever the circumstances of your school though, engage in their future is here to support you however you need us so please reach out and contact us with your concerns, queries or just to share and connect: the Regional Representatives and other members of the National Committee are available.
2020 National Conference
We have decided to postpone our National Conference in July for a year.
We also decided to change the theme to encompass well being and resilience, but also thought it sensible to ask you what you felt about the focus and whether you would like any other areas to be covered. If you would like to suggest anything please get in touch with your Regional Representative.
If you have already paid for your place at the National Conference information will come out to you from Georgina shortly.
As a National Committee we are really aware that prior to this crisis everyone was working incredibly hard on developing their curriculum provision and that recent events have taken that focus away. We plan to try and consolidate the work around curriculum and the learning of the last few weeks by holding an online webinar in the autumn which we hope as many of you as can will join.
2020 National Awards
We have also decided to postpone our National Awards. This year would have been the 10th anniversary of the scheme and we will make sure that anyone due to be nominated this year doesn’t miss out so please continue to submit nominations as usual.
Plans for next year are already being worked on.
2020 National Creative Awards
Many schools have used the National Creative Awards as part of their home study packages (if you haven’t please feel free to include it). The deadline is Friday 1st May. A reminder that all the information around the National Creative Awards is on our new website – click here for details.
Peer to Peer Support
For many the last few weeks has seen Heads having to make decisions they never thought they would have to around school closures and supporting the most vulnerable. We know that our young people will struggle in this time of uncertainty and will also struggle to return to the routines of school when are eventually able to return. As such we would like to encourage all of you to use the peer to peer network support chat room on the website. On the assumption that we will all have come across things new to us “no question is off limits”. This will enable all of us to support each other whilst we are in lock down.
2020 Football Tournament
This event has been postponed until further notice and the schools involved will be contacted.
NASS have been providing excellent updates on the issues affecting special schools around the Covid-19 pandemic. We are extremely grateful for all their hard work and their willingness to share it.
In the meantime your health and well being is a priority so please get in touch if you need advice or support.
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engage in their future would like to extend a huge thank you to NASS for their work during these unusual times. Their focus on the key issues, ability to dissect the information available, and tireless efforts to represent special schools is massively appreciated by the engage in their future community.
One of the members of the engage in their future Advisory Committee – Richard Boyle – has been tasked, alongside Lucy Atherton of IPSEA and Carol Kelsey Parent Carers Forum, by NSENDF to derive a think piece on Zero Tolerance in schools. As part of this they have been asked to circulate the following series of questions –
Responses are required as soon as possible. Details will be shared with engage in their future, especially if information is presented on behalf of the organisation (though anonymity will of course be respected).
Please respond directly to Richard Boyle at – firstname.lastname@example.org
The first 2020 regional football tournament was held at The William Henry Smith School at the end of January with eight schools taking part. The event was a tremendous success with exceptional standards of fair play and team spirit.
A report on the event, written by one of the students that took part is available to read here.
engage in their future is excited to announce the launch of our refreshed brand identity and confirm that our new website is now officially live!
Visitors to www.engageintheirfuture.org can now enjoy more relevant content, clearer navigation and a fresh new feel that includes our new look logo. Plus, members will further benefit from a new limited access area – only available to them – that includes a dedicated resources section, a peer to peer support service, and the facility for submitting grant requests and event bookings online.
Sue Ackroyd and Richard Berry, Co-Chairs of engage in their future said –
“It is important to us that engage in their future have a user-friendly website that provides useful content about the organisation as well as resources relevant to those working in the SEMH education sector. The creative style of the new website ensures that all this is provided in an attractive visual format with intuitive navigation.
We’re also really pleased that the site has enabled us to deliver another membership benefit through the inclusion of a dedicated area – accessible only to member schools – that includes a unique facility that supports online peer to peer networking. This feature will nurture the provision of support and the sharing of best practice that is so important to all of member schools across the national network.
The new website going live also coincides with the launch of our refreshed brand identity. Our new logo represents two of the fundamental elements of the organisation – cohesion and support – through a fresh new design and colour scheme.
With a new website and revitalised brand identity in place, engage in their future is excited and ready to thrive in the new decade and beyond.”
Visitors to the new website are welcome so whilst you’re here, why not take a look around, sign up for our newsletter and find out more about engage in their future and how your school can benefit from membership!
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