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General Information 11 01 2012
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YOUR CALL - ‘World Café’ consultation event for young people


Monday 23rd January 2012 6pm – 8pm

Venue: The Windsor Suite, King Georges Hall, Blackburn  (View document)


Children's services funding opportunities (View Document)

Calling all young, aspiring Food Writers


Entries from aspiring young food writers are now being invited for WriteIt! the annual competition organised by the Guild of Food Writers.


Open to students aged 18 and under, the Guild of Food Writers’ WriteIt! competition invites entrants to write a non-fiction feature of around 750-words on any food-related subject. It could be as simple as a descriptive piece based on a person or place that inspired your interest in food; a restaurant review; a report on a visit to a food fair, farmers' market or food shop. Alternatively it could be a campaigning article on any aspect of food that interests, excites or frustrates you.
The judges, Bee Wilson, author and food writer on The Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine, Lucas Hollweg, food writer and author of Good Things to Eat, and Karen Barnes, Editor of delicious. magazine, are looking for impressive writing skills as well as a real passion, understanding and knowledge of the chosen subject.

The winning entry will be announced in early June and the lucky winner will receive a library of the books shortlisted for the 2012 Guild of Food Writers’ Awards, and enjoy a visit to the delicious. magazine’s test kitchen. The winning piece will be printed either in delicious. magazine or on its website.  Email your entries to by Friday 11 May 2012.


For more information please visit or contact: Jonathan Woods, The Guild of Food Writers: telephone: 020 8659 0422; email:


Notes about the Guild of Food Writers


The Guild of Food Writers, the professional association of food writers and broadcasters in the UK, has over 400 authors, columnists, freelance journalists and broadcasters amongst its members.  You can follow the Guild on Twitter at



NHS Patient Opinion

Have you recently used an NHS service in Blackburn with Darwen or elsewhere? NHS Blackburn with Darwen is working with Patient Opinion - so that you can let us know about your experiences of our services at

Edge Hill University courses

Edge Hill University has a variety of CPD opportunities which teachers and other professionals in schools, colleges and other settings may be interested in applying for including:


The National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination- a mandatory qualification for all new SENCos and is currently FREE for registrations received before 31st January 2012


Post Graduate Certificate Specialist Dyslexia Training for Teachers with AMBDA £2450


Specialist SEN Masters Level modules for teachers wishing to enhance their knowledge of SEN in preparation for a future SENCo role £690


Undergraduate opportunities for other professionals working with children with SEN:

A University Certificate in Supporting Practice in SEN £365

Approved Practitioner Status (APS), a specialist module for those working with dyslexic learners (or qualifications leading towards APS) £365


There may be opportunities for schools working in Partnership with Edge Hill University who offer placements to Initial Teacher Trainees to have part or all of the fees of courses offset.


If you would like more information or for a registration form please contact

The Global Sponsored Spelling Event with Stephen Fry

Spellathon is a groundbreaking, exciting and FREE, global, digital sponsored spelling competition like no other raising funds for learning disability charity Mencap and also your school. (View Flyer) (Letter to Primary Schools) (Letter to Secondary Schools)


Free courses for those working in BwD
Course dates (View Document)
Application form (View Document)

Health Courses for Men and Women

NFER  for schools - attitude surveys for pupils, parents and staff

NFER are currently in the process of writing to schools to inform about the 2011/2012 NFER attitude survey service.  The service offers schools an efficient way to gather the views of parents, pupils and staff in schools and provides a comprehensive analysis report with comparisons to national norms. The pupil survey is based on children’s well-being and satisfaction with the school and has been designed to be accessible to pupils from year 3 to pupils in year 13; the parent survey and staff surveys cover all sectors. 

They have made some changes to the service this year following feedback from participating schools in previous years, including the addition of a new staff survey. The pricing structure for the service has been revised for simplicity and is based on school size and the reporting package has been updated.

Information about the service for both schools and LAs can be found at with the terms and conditions. Alternatively contact the PPS team on 01753 637300 or for further information.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council's chance to learn about the Olympic Torch Relay


London 2012 unveiled more than 1,000 communities across the UK that will have their moment to shine on the route of the 70-day Olympic Torch Relay, and to mark this exciting moment, Get Set has created some amazing new resources to help you learn about the Torch Relay. (View Document)


Looking for a musical to fit in with the Olympics in 2012? (View Document)


Brakes Beep Beep Day (View Document)

Breakfast Training Club
Information about free training for breakfast clubs and 650.00 start up grants.  (View Document) 

Junior Memory Championships 2012 (View Document)

Education Welfare Service - Schools contact list (View Document)

Schools Bulletin

KS2 Anger Management Programme Flyer (View Document)


KS2 Anger Management Programme Booking Form  (View Document)


Anger Management KS2 Flyer (View Document)


Anger Management KS2 Booking Form  (View Document)


Anger Management KS3 Flyer  (View Document)


Anger Management KS3 Booking Form  (View Document)


Middle Leadership Development Programme Information (View Document)


Application for Middle Leadership Development Programme (View Document)


Data Protection Day (View Document)


Work it Out Information (View Document)


Work it Out Poster (View Document)


Education Department CPD Training Courses (View Document)


Up, Down & All around Parachute Games (View Document)


Educational Visits Coordinator Training (View Document)


Transformational Learning – Stage 2 (View Document)


Developing Number in KS1 and Lower KS2 (View Document)


2 Day SSA Training – Working with Pupils with a Hearing Impairment (View Document)


Watch me Move, Help me Learn (View Document)


Assessing Music at KS2 (View Document)

Better Reading Partners (Round 4) (View Document)


Transformational Learning Twilight – Increase Memory (View Document)


Conversations with Children (View Document)

Autism Awareness Level 1 – Theory and Practice, Classroom (View Document)


Managing Risk in Physical Education (View Document)

Transformational Learning Twilight – Positive Emotions (View Document)


2 Day SSA Training: Social, Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties (View Document)


Step into Music (View Document)


Learning Enquiries (View Document)


Assessment Workshop – Do You Know Which Assessments to Use? (View Document)

A Practical Approach to Teaching Maths (View Document)


Moving on to High School – Transition Training Package (View Document)


Educational Visits Coordinator Training (View Document)

SLCN in Your Classroom – Raising Awareness for SSAs (View Document)


Transformational Learning Twilight – Revision Techniques (View Document)


Application Form for CPD Courses (View Document)


Terms and Conditions for Education Department CPD Courses (View Document)

Full Bulletin (View Document)

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