Year 8 Cyber-Bullying Film

Dear Parents/Carers

CYBER-BULLYING

You may be aware that Channel 4 commissioned and broadcast a drama last year called ‘Cyber-Bullying’.  This drama is rather gritty and realistic but does focus on the realities and issues surrounding social media sites and young people that use these sites.  The drama follows a group of youngsters who use social media sites inappropriately and it then highlights the possible implications and consequences.

A synopsis of the drama can be found at: http://www.channel4.com/info/press/news/channel-4-commissions-new-drama-doc-cyber-bully-w-t.

PC Waterhouse has spoken with Channel 4 who have given him the film makers contact details.  PC Waterhouse has been able to get a copy of the film from the produces (RAW).  In conjunction with PC Waterhouse, we would like to show the film to each Year 8 class in school during a designated lesson over two weeks.  At the end of the second week’s lesson, school staff and PC Waterhouse will work with the children on e-safety issues and social media site issues, sanctions around inappropriate social media activity and expected social media behaviours.

The film, however, is very realistic and graphic as mentioned earlier.  There is a significant amount of poor language, swearing and teenage themes involved.  The film was originally broadcast at 9pm so past the 9.00 watershed.

If you would rather not allow your child to see this film, we would understand and put on alternative activities when we view the film.  The pupils who do not watch the film will have adult supervision and still do activities in lesson time, but just not watch the film or partake in the discussion afterwards.

I would be grateful if you could complete the slip below to acknowledge your consent or not for your child to watch this film.

If you wish to discuss this subject further with me, please contact Mrs Evans on 01527 892867 to make an appointment.

Yours sincerely

 

MIKE BENNETT

HEAD TEACHER

Please download the letter with the attached reply slip here.

Parent’s Evening – Year 5, 7 and SEN

Parent Evenings are being held on Monday 20th, Monday 27th and Thursday 30th June between 4-7pm. This is an opportunity for parents of all children in Year 5 & 7 to talk to subject teachers. This is also for parents of children in all year groups who are on the special needs register. Please book an appointment via your child’s planner.

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Ridgeway Academy Awarded Gold Primary Science Quality Mark

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Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 154 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 1700 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each of these schools is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”