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General Information 22 02 2012
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General Information


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
ICT and Inclusion network meeting Wednesday 29th February 2012
Please attend the ICT and Inclusion Network Meeting being held on Wednesday 29th February 2012 at BwD CLC, Witton Park Site, Buncer Lane, Blackburn at 4 - 5.30pm.  To confirm your attendance please complete the booking form on the Learning Platform below. (View Link) 


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


First Class at Number Training Flyer (View Document)


First Class at Number Application Form (View Document)


Spring NQT Mentor Meeting (View Document)


Every Child a Reader Network Meeting (View Document)


NUT Annual General Meeting Information (View Document)


NUT Annual General Meeting Flyer (View Document)


Revised Teacher Appraisal Arrangements Update (View Document)


Year 6 Teacher changes to assessments (View Document)


Education Department CPD Training Courses (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)


Physical Education Subject Leaders’ Network (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)


Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 (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)


Motor Skill Development (View Document)


Outdoor First Aid (View Document)


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


SLI in Your Classroom (View Document)


Working Memory & Learning (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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