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General Information 21 03 2012
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General Information

Football Reading Game - (View Document)
Children's author, football correspondent and Leeds United fan Tom Palmer will be visiting Blackburn and Darwen Libraries on Saturday 31st March to play his popular Football Reading Game with local children. 
Tom is the author of bestselling children's books such as 'Foul Play' and the 'Football Academy' series.  The session promises to be especially suitable for Key Stage 2 boys (roughly 7 - 11 years old) who are reluctant readers.
Places are limited and tickets are available from the relevant library from Saturday 17th March, price 50p per child.  Early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.
Feel free to display the attached poster anywhere that you think interested children or young people might see it.

eLearning Service newsletter: The March edition (View Document)

Blackburn with Darwen School Library Service News - No: 84 (View Document)

Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs)
A sample EIA toolkit, powerpoint presentation and general information around the Equality Impact Assessments and the duties imposed by the Equality Act 2010 can now be accessed directly from the School Resources link, from the learning platform home page. (View Resources)

Come and meet the Youth MP Candidates

In the first event of it's kind across the North West, somewhereto_ North West is partnering with Blackburn with Darwen Youth Forum to offer young people the chance to come and meet the Youth MP Candidates and ask them questions about their campaigns

One of the concerns of young people living in Blackburn with Darwen has been that they haven't had the chance to get to meet the Youth MP Candidates in person and ask them how they will bring about a change during their term in office. Blackburn with Darwen Youth Forum has seen a need for that to change and working together closely with somewhereto_ North West, they have arranged a Get to know your Youth MP's Candidates session.

On Saturday 10th March 2012 between 1pm and 4pm, the 10 Youth MP Candidates, who live all over Blackburn with Darwen, will be available to meet with their electorate who will be given the chance to vote from the 12th March through to the 16th March. The event will take place in Blackburn Library in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2.

For further information please contact Jaffer Ali Hussain, somewhereto_ North West Regional Coordinator on 01254 674777 or via email

If you would like to attend any of our New Learning Platform Training Courses please follow the link for further information.

New Learning Platform Administrator Training on Thursday 15th March 2012

New Learning Platform Teaching Tools Training on Wednesday 21st March 2012

New Learning Platform Teaching Tools Training on Thursday 29th March 2012

All courses run from 9.15 am until 12.15 pm with the option of staying in the afternoon.
Please see the link for information on places to park when attending the training at BwD CLC, Witton Park Site.
To book a place on any of the courses please click on the link and complete the form.


Helping children with domestic abuse


Over 300 school children witness domestic abuse every month in Blackburn with Darwen – but if one child plucks up courage to confide in you, would you know what to do for the best?

Blackburn with Darwen Council, is offering the following free domestic abuse training packages for schools:


  • Free training for teachers, teaching assistants and other school staff to help better understand the issue, how to spot the danger signs and know what to do if a child confides in you or you suspect domestic abuse.


  • Free courses for children, tailored to all ages, which sensitively discuss relationships, managing conflict and how to stay safe.


The WISH Centre delivers the domestic abuse support service on behalf of Blackburn with Darwen Council and has extensive experience of supporting and protecting children and their families.


If you’d like to know more about how to help safeguard children, please give us a call on (01254) 260465 or email


Effective Bilingual Support for Children in Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (View Document)


Climate change week


If any schools are planning events or activities to take place during Climate Week, they can register at this link:


And if any schools want to take part in the challenge which is a fun and easy way to get involved in the campaign this is the link to register:


(View Flyer)


Children's Services funding opportunities (View Document) 

Science for global citizenship conferenceScience for global citizenship conference

I am pleased to invite you to attend our exciting Science for Global Citizenship conference being held at Catalyst Science Discovery Centre and Museum, Widnes on 25th February 2012. This is your last chance to get tickets so book quickly!

The conference will enable KS3/4 science teachers/trainee teachers to engage with topical debates about the potential of science in today’s world.  The workshops will explore innovative and participatory teaching methods for bringing these issues into the classroom/learning environment. Please see attached flyer for further details.The delegate fee is only £45 for the day (£15 for trainee teachers/students).

This includes lunch, resource pack and access to the museum.

To book tickets go to

For DEC's discount enter promotional code DECDISC when booking.

If you have any questions please contact me 0161 921 8011. Please circulate to your networks, apologies for cross-posting.

Sally Veitch

Free insulation for Blackburn with Darwen residents 
Please can all schools pass this very important information on to their families, happy to work with schools to raise awareness of the importance of energy efficiency in the home.

Free insulation for Blackburn with Darwen residents, contact this number 01254 588863 and act now.


Adopt a player with the Halle Orchestra (View Document)

PTA Gold Awards 2012

The PTA-UK Gold Star Awards 2012 are now open and we are looking for your help to promote the opportunity to apply to schools and PTAs throughout your authority.

We know that each year PTAs up and down the country undertake a fantastic and inspirational range of activities and we want to reward them with a cash prize of up to £1,500!  You could also help us find our new PTA Volunteer of the Year for 2012!

Attached is a media release and further information is available online. If you would like to discuss the Awards scheme or the work of the charity and our support for PTAs, then please contact Jane Galbraith, PTA-UK Membership Development Manager on 01732 375464 or your local PTA-UK Adviser.

Thank you for your support

With kind regards

Jane Galbraith
PTA-UK Membership Development Manager

First Aid Training for Schools 


The following First Aid training has been arranged for schools:- 


Emergency First Aid in Schools  


31st May 2012                              £65

15th June 2012                            £65     

15th January 2013                       £65    


Paediatric First Aid      

22nd & 23rd February                    £70

28th & 29th March                         £70

5th & 6th July 2012                        £70

5th & 6th September 2012             £70   

20th & 21 November 2012             £70

5th & 6th February 2013                £70



The courses will be run at Blackburn Enterprise Centre, Furthergate,  Blackburn.


Anyone interested should contact Marion Westell Health & Safety Officer / Trainer Tel 585616 email, or Jemima Hibbitt, Admin Assistant, Tel 585650 in the Corporate Health and Safety office.


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)


Education Welfare Service - Schools contact list (View Document)

Schools Bulletin


Every Child Counts: First Class at Number TA Training Flyer (View Documents)


Every Child Counts: First Class at Number Application Form (View Documents)


Every Child a Reader Network Meeting (View Documents)


Revised Teacher Appraisal Arrangements Update (View Documents)


Year 6 Teacher changes to assessments (View Documents)


Anger Management Flyer KS2 (View Documents)


Anger Management Booking Form KS2 (View Documents)


BRP Network Meeting (View Documents)


Olympic Poster (View Documents)


EAL Network Meeting (View Documents)


Summer Schools Programme for Disadvantaged Pupils Introduction (View Documents)


Summer Schools Programme for Disadvantaged Pupils Information (View Documents)


Deputy Head Network Meeting (View Documents)


Sports Club Open Day Information (View Documents)


Sports Club Open Day Poster (View Documents)


Sports Club Open Day Flyers (View Documents)


Education Department CPD Training Courses (View Documents)


Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 (View Documents)


Educational Visits Coordinator Training (View Documents)


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


Transformational Learning Twilight – Revision Techniques (View Documents)


Motor Skill Development (View Documents)


Outdoor First Aid (View Documents)


2 Day SSA Training – Dyslexia: How to Support This Learning Difference (View Documents)


SLI in Your Classroom (View Documents)


Working Memory & Learning (View Documents)


Application Form for CPD Courses (View Documents)


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


Full Bulletin (View Document)


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