Online Safety: “Screen Addiction”

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week,  the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding “Screen Addiction” – an issue which is affecting young people across the globe. The guide informs parents about the issues associated with smartphone and screen addiction amongst children and how they can help to control the associated risks and stop their children becoming ‘Screen Zombies’. Please access the free guide for parents here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/996772687132446721

Year 9 PSHE Programme: Tapestry

“Tapestry” is a theatre production designed to give pupils a safe space to discuss sensitive and controversial questions about how and why young people can get drawn into extremist ideologies. The play is interactive, with the action stopping at intervals so that pupils can talk to the characters in the play and ask them questions or give them advice. This production addresses the five fundamental British Values of democracy , rule of law, tolerance of different cultures and religions, mutual respect and individual liberty and is part of the school’s response to the “Prevent” strategy. For more information about Tapestry, follow the weblink below:

http://theplayhouse.org.uk/tapestry/

Work Experience: Year 10

If your Year 10 child has not yet confirmed their Work Experience, please support them by contacting employers as Work Experience starts 16th July and places must be confirmed by 29th March. For more information, contact Miss Homer or click on “pupils” and read the “Work Experience” section.

Parent View

We would like to remind parents that Ofsted’s “Parent View” facility is always open and allows you to give feedback across a range of areas. Please click here to access the site, where you will be prompted to login or create a new account. You can also access this page through our “School Performance” tab, in the Ofsted section.

CONGRATULATIONS

Year 11 Leavers

Congratulations to our Year 11 leavers who performed superbly in this summer’s GCSE exams. We are delighted that 67% of our pupils gained a good (9-4) pass in both English and Maths and that 45% gained a strong (9-5) pass in both English and Maths. 27 pupils also managed to gain an average of an A grade or better in their best 8 subjects. Our school P8 score is +0.03, above the national average of -0.03 for state-funded schools. Good luck to all of you in your next steps after Hall Green School.

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Careers Advice

We at Hall Green School are very proud of our well-established careers provision, and we continue to offer a range of trips, activities, support mechanisms, specialist advice sessions, and instances of exposure to employers and workplaces. Our personalised approach begins in Year 7 and continues throughout your child’s time here. We work with local and multinational businesses, sole-traders, independent advisors, further/higher education providers, prospective employers, local council, and guest speakers alongside attending numerous events and trips to help your child gain a well-rounded view of the potential pathways they may like to explore. For our pupils with special or specific needs, we ensure a bespoke programme of guidance and additional support when required.

In terms of further and higher education, we ensure all pupils have the highest aspirations when exploring the possibility of studying Further Education courses, such as:

  • A Levels
  • Level 2/3 courses
  • BTEC courses
  • Apprenticeships

and then moving to degree-level Higher Education. All pupils will experience some aspect of higher/further education before they leave in Year 11, and this is reflected in our excellent destination data which continues to outperform other schools nationally.

The following diagram illustrates how our provision develops throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4, and prepares your child for life after Hall Green School.

Our Careers Leader is Miss Homer (m.homer@hallgreen.bham.sch.uk)

NHS Careers Event at Birmingham City Football Club

The Birmingham Community Healthcare organised this fantastic event for a group of our pupils to inform young people about the wide range of careers there are available within the NHS. Pupils visited a host of departments with their interactive stands from dentistry, physiotherapy, phlebotomy, Clinical Illustration, forensics, psychology, prosthetics and many more. You can find out more about the different roles at www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles  

 

Birmingham Careers Service

Hall Green School works closely with Birmingham Careers Service in providing an independent, impartial adviser whom all of year 11 will have a 1 to 1 appointment within school, throughout the year. Here pupils will receive an individual Action Plan that they can share with parents and carers of what they discussed and what advice was given.

If you know of any young people who are aged between 16-19 or someone who has a learning difficulty and/or disability then up to 25, who are not in education or training and would benefit from some support please direct them to www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk here they can view the local outreach offices and make an appointment to speak to an advisor. They can also call on 0121 675 6105.

Kudos

Kudos gives you all the information you need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training you can do to reach your career destination.

If you are unsure of what you might be interested in, Kudos can give ideas based on what you like and dislike. You can also discover what careers your subjects can lead to.
Packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you’ll need, Kudos is your passport to exploring your future.

How can parents help their child with their post 16 options?

Success at School – Explore a range of career zones

 

UCAS Progress  for Searching and Applying for Course

Here pupils can search for further and higher education courses and there is lots of helpful information. How can parents help their child with their post 16 options? 

Thinking about an apprenticeship?

Find out the facts, search and apply for vacancieshttps://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

School Leaves Guideclick here to access a guide to career options for school and college leavers.

 

A Parent’s Guide to Apprenticeships

www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk

Work Experience

Once again, our pupils excelled on their work experience placements and impressed employers all over the city with their maturity, enthusiasm and skills. Every year Hall Green School runs its Work Experience programme for all students in year 10. In 2018, we aim to place all 180 students for one week from Monday 16th to Friday 20th July 2018. Pupils are expected to arrange their own placements and past experience tells us that those who sort their placements out early in Year 10 will tend to get the best placements. Miss Homer will be explaining the process for arranging placements in an assembly on Friday 22nd September 2017. Work Experience gives a wide variety of benefits to our pupils that include:

  • Improved motivation
  • Greater confidence and maturity
  • Increased employability skills
  • Better communication skills
  • Improved team working skills
  • Raised aspirations and greater insight into job opportunities and the qualifications needed Better appreciation of their own strengths and weaknesses
  • An enhanced CV and ROA folder

Finding work experience as a student

Work Experience Placement Details Form 2018

 

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Extra Curricular Clubs

At Hall Green School we offer a wide range of extra-curricular clubs. At times clubs may have to be cancelled at short notice. This may be due to weather conditions or staff absence. We intend to inform parents of any cancelled clubs via email. Please could parents ensure the school has an up to date email address.

Exam Information

At Hall Green School, we strive to get the best results for our pupils. This includes preparing you for your examinations so that you can successfully move onto bigger and better things! The awarding bodies set a strict criteria which must be followed by all pupils for the conduct of examinations and all coursework/controlled assessment. Pupils, should therefore pay particular attention to the Important Exam Notices and any notices in or around examination rooms.

The following links show the guidance and regulations for exams from all awarding bodies covering both GCSEs and all other externally assessed qualifications. Please take time to familiarise yourselves with the documents and make sure you adhere to all the exam regulations. You could risk being disqualified from one or all of your exams if you do not follow these regulations.

 
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Well done to @HallGreenSch who won the Softball competition today and who now progress onto the @YourSchoolGames @SportBirmingham School Games Finals! @KingsHeathSP

As part of the #WakeUpWednesday campaign and Mental Health Awareness Week, the National Online Safety Team (NOS) have created a FREE guide for schools to share regarding "Screen Addiction":

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