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Remote Working with Microsoft Teams

Did you know Microsoft Teams is a great app for remote work? The Microsoft Teams desktop app is available for you to download onto your home computer. For many schools Microsoft Teams can play an important role in educating pupils, especially those in higher years (KS2 onwards). With Microsoft Teams, you are able to do the following: Share resources with staff and pupils Co-author documents/files such as homework etc. Stay connected with channel conversations Online meetings Video conferences Create assignments/homework for pupils and give feedback By making Teams available to your school community you can make remote working easier. If you would like any information on creating a Team for y

Pupils highlight Fairtrade issues with winning poster designs

The young winners of a Fairtrade arts competition received their prizes from the Mayor of Wolverhampton at a special ceremony recently. All Wolverhampton schools which put a focus on Fairtrade in their curriculum were invited to enter the annual competition, organised by Ann Bickley and the Wolverhampton City Fairtrade Partnership and sponsored by The Rotary Club of Wolverhampton. Pupils were asked to design posters highlighting the theme for this year's Fairtrade Fortnight, 'She Deserves Fairtrade’, which calls for women cocoa farmers in Africa to earn a living income. Children from primary schools from across the city submitted entries with a total of 12 winners and runners-up selected by

Primary schools go global for unique education programme

Four schools from Wolverhampton are joining forces with schools in Africa as part of a unique global education programme. Warstones, Woodfield, Wodensfield and St Michael’s C of E primaries have forged partnerships with Kiine, Kananga and Kakaindu primary schools in Zambia via the Connecting Classrooms through Global Learning project. Issues like climate change, gender equality and how to live sustainably affect everyone, wherever they are in the world. Teaching pupils about these issues is known as global learning. As part of the project, teachers from the four Wolverhampton schools will visit Africa during the May half-term to share their experiences and insights about how they can improve

Children log on to learn as latest technology proves class act

Children are using the latest technology to take control of their learning at a city primary school. Lanesfield Primary is on a journey to become a 1:1 Apple iPad school and pupils are already beginning to use the devices to assist their learning. Three classes currently have a device per child and five members of staff have become Apple Accredited Teachers. The iPads are used across the curriculum as a tool for learning, with the children using them to access and create pieces of work, submit it to their teacher and receive feedback. Pupils can also mirror their tablets onto big screens in the classroom to share work with their friends. Deputy headteacher Samantha Davidson said: "Here at La

Pupils’ art takes pride of place in final of global art contest

Pupils from Wolverhampton are among the finalists in a global art competition designed to raise awareness about climate change. The annual Global Canvas competition, organised by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, encourages children to creatively showcase their concern for the environment. Work by the shortlisted finalists will go on display at the Natural History Museum in London on Thursday (12 March) – including art by pupils from St Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School in Penn. They created a powerful three-dimensional canvas made from recycled materials in response to this year's theme, Endangered. It looks at the impact that climate change is having on the habitat of or

Help shape educational provision for young people with SEND

Parents, carers and other stakeholders are being encouraged to have their say and help shape educational provision for children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND). They are invited to take part in a consultation into a draft High Needs Provision Framework which will guide the City of Wolverhampton Council and its partners in the long-term development of education provision for children and young people with SEND. The consultation began yesterday (Monday 2 March) and continues until Monday 13 April 2020. People can see the draft policy framework and have their say the on-line survey at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/consultations. Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre,

Pupils tune up for Big Month of Music

Thousands of pupils in Wolverhampton are tuning up for a Big Month of Music. The City of Wolverhampton Council's Music School is joining forces with the 13 other music services in the West Midlands for the largest celebration of young people's music making ever to be held across the region. In all, the ambitious, month-long celebration - taking place throughout March - will involve more than 140,000 children and young people. It is the first major project of West Midlands Music, the UK’s largest collective of Music Services, and includes over 130 concerts, gigs, workshops and taster sessions. Ciaran O'Donnell, Head of Wolverhampton Music Service, said: "The Big Month of Music will not only s

Secondary school place allocations announced

Some 93% of young people in Wolverhampton have secured a place at one of their preferred secondary schools, figures show – up 1% year-on-year. The allocation of places for pupils who will be starting secondary education for the first time this September was announced today (Monday 2 March). Councillor Dr Michael Hardacre, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: "We understand how important getting into the right school is to pupils and their parents, and we want as many of our young people as possible to secure a place at one of their preferred schools. "Demand for places in Wolverhampton schools is increasing all the time. Some 13,000 more pupils a

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