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posted 14 May 2015, 01:07 by James Dorey   [ updated 14 May 2015, 01:08 ]

Standards and Opportunities

As we near the end of the academic year, we continue to plan and explore new choices and opportunities for our young people with the aim of continually raising standards of learning and social experience as well as care and safety practices.

We are currently planning our INSET (In Service Training Days) for June and September. These days will include training for all staff in the safe physical intervention practices for our young people as well as opportunities for us to refresh our moving and positioning training, communication and care practices. We are also planning some additional teaching and learning training for our Learning Support Assistants so that we may support them to be stronger and more confident practitioners into the new academic year.

I am visiting colleagues at Essex County Council this week to finalise the arrangements for us to open our own “shop” in the Chelmsford Market. I am hoping that this facility will offer authentic and flexible work-related learning opportunities for our young people and enable them to have choice and involvement in the design of their mini “Columbus store”. We will update you soon as to the progress made in this area and what we hope to be selling to the general public in due course!

I am thrilled to announce that Columbus will be taking part in the Shakespeare Music Festival on 16th November 2015. The performance will take place at the Civic Theatre in Chelmsford and we will join with students from Great Notley High School, Braintree and King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford to perform excerpts from one of the Bard’s plays.

Auditions will be taking place for students across the academy in the next few weeks and we will announce to you all, the successful budding actors in our midst very soon. Further details of ticket sales will also follow soon.

I am very proud that once again, Columbus is to be included in a high quality, prestigious and inclusive learning event. I wish all those hoping to audition and the staff who will be supporting them, all the very best of luck – break a leg!!

Ginny Bellard