All the fun of the fair at science and engineering event
School children from across Wiltshire headed for County Hall, Trowbridge, to enjoy a peek into the future.
They were guests at Science and Engineering: What Wiltshire Council has to Offer - a day of presentations and exhibitions for pupils and teachers.
Baroness Jane Scott OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council, opened the event.
She said: “It’s an honour to host so many visitors from the worlds of business, academia, research, recruitment and schools and colleges.
“We have so many resources we are eager to share with schools and colleges – teachers, pupils and students. We’d love to talk to you about what we can offer.
“Not enough young people – especially girls – think it’s a career for them. That costs us so much potential talent, and it robs the youngsters of a chance to pursue a fascinating and satisfying profession.”
“It’s thrilling to think that today’s event could inspire one, or two, or perhaps even more Wiltshire students to follow such a noble calling.”
The council supports the profession by offering many engineering apprenticeships to young people from the county.
The opening session featured presentations by an array of experts in engineering.
In the second session the Atrium welcomed visitors, including schools, to a wide range of exhibitions from employers, universities and other organisations heavily linked with science and engineering.
Carol Sampey, an area mentor from the Primary Science Teaching Trust, said: “Children love science and engineering, and events like this are wonderful. They open young eyes to all the amazing opportunities these subjects offer.”
Andrea Liddiard, a class teacher from Churchfields Primary School, Atworth, said: “Our children have loved their visit, and I have made so many contacts and picked up so many resources which are going to be a huge help in our science lessons.
“I only wish we could have brought the whole school along.”
Jessica, aged eight, from the school, said: “I liked making a harmonica and looking at the dinosaur poo.”
Please see our resource page for a few pictures from the day http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/P9154
School Funding Bulletin - October 2018
Each month we publish the school funding bulletin; this bulletin lists all the new and currently open funding opportunities, as well as reminders for grants that are closing soon.
Please see the attached document for the funding bulletin. The next one will be released mid November.
Purchasing Head Teacher Perfomance Management (HTPM)
School allocations of Challenge and Support Partners have all now been completed and confirmed and once again thank you for your patience during what is always quite a logistical challenge. In your letter confirming allocation, you will have been reminded of the charge for the statutory provision of a partner to support and advise governors on HTPM including the headteacher's appraisal and consultation on setting of objectives which will be £340. Although you will arrange the date directly with your CASP, this still needs to be booked via Right Choice. http://rightchoice.wiltshire.gov.uk/Services/4002please . We also asked schools who do not wish to use their CASP to support HTPM to inform us via email to firstname.lastname@example.org Friday, 20 July 2018. To date we have had only 8 responses of No and around 60 confirmed bookings.
I would therefore like to remind you please to book HTPM via Right Choice or let us know if you have made other provision to appoint an alternative external adviser to fulfil this statutory requirement.
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From the drop down menu select Services
Go to Challenge and Support Programme
At the foot of the page you will see a menu under Ad-hoc Support
From this menu, select HT Performance Management
MOD Education Support Fund 2018/2019
MOD Education Support Fund 2018/2019
On 24 July 2018, the Secretary of State for Defence announced that there would be an extension of the Education Support Fund (ESF) on a limited basis for an additional two years.
The fund will consist of £3 million in 2018/2019 and £2 million in 2019/2020.
The ESF is open to Local Authority maintained schools, Academies and Free Schools in the UK which are attended by Service children whose parents are subject to exceptional mobility and/or deployment.
There are several criteria that you will need to meet should you wish to apply to the ESF and these can be found within the grant application pack, a link to which is below.
Bids open on Friday 14 September and close at 6pm on Friday 19 October 2018, the application form can also be found within the grant application pack.
If you require any further information about the background to the ESF, eligibility criteria for applying or guidance on completing the application form, please refer to the link below
Braeside and Oxenwood activities - book now for the autumn term
You may be aware there has been a great deal of publicity over the future of both Braeside and Oxenwood in recent weeks.
We want to assure you that these outdoor education centres will be open as usual for the rest of 2018.
Please see attached flyer for further information on popular activities and details of how to book for the autumn term.