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General Information 18 04 2012
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General Information

 FAO Headteachers and Chair of Governors
Please see the attached safeguarding updates (View Document) and (View Document)

Best you can Be! Programme.  
I am sorry that we were unable to address the meeting of Headteachers on this occasion, and I would be very pleased to rearrange on a convenient date as 21st Century Legacy is an Educational Legacy that goes beyond sport and beyond 2012. (View Document)

Primary ICT Network Meeting on Thursday 3rd May 2012 at BwD CLC, Witton Park Site, Buncer Lane, Blackburn, BB2 6TD from 4.00 until 5.30 pm.
If you would like to attend any of our Primary ICT Network Meetings please follow the link to book a place and complete the form.

Booking form: (View Link)

Please see the link for information on places to park when attending the training at BwD CLC, Witton Park Site.
Parking details: (View Link)

EAL Network Meetings - Thursday 19th April (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) 


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)

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


Art Network (View Document)


NWCPEA PE Innovation Award 2-3 (View Document)


EAL Network 4 (View Document)


Year 6 Teacher Changes to Assessment – New date: 01/05; 26/04 fully booked 5 (View Document)


GT Voice April 2012 6-18 (View Document)


Childnet Film Competition 19 (View Document)


Witton Park Resource Information 20 (View Document)


Education Department CPD Training Courses 21 (View Document)


Fischer Family Trust Wave 3 22 (View Document)


Educational Visits Coordinator Training 23 (View Document)


SLCN in Your Classroom – Raising Awareness for SSAs 24 (View Document)


Transformational Learning Twilight – Revision Techniques 25 (View Document)


Motor Skill Development 26 (View Document)


Outdoor First Aid 27 (View Document)


2 Day SSA Training – Dyslexia: How to Support This Learning Difference 28 (View Document)


Working Memory & Learning 29 (View Document)


Working Together to Promote Positive Behaviour 30 (View Document)


Transformational Learning Twilight – Thinking Skills 31 (View Document)


2 Day SSA Training – Working with pupils with physical Difficulties 32 (View Document)


Application Form for CPD Courses 33 (View Document)


Terms and Conditions for Education Department CPD Courses 34 (View Document)
Full Bulletin (View Document)



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