Oxford’s Rye St Antony has announced two sixth form open evenings for 2018 on both Thursday 18 January and Thursday 8 November from 7pm – 8.30pm.


Prospective students are invited to take a tour around the Sixth Form facilities based on the school’s beautiful 12-acre site in central Oxford, offering the chance to get a feel for the unique environment the school offers.


There will also be the chance to speak with teachers and current students on a one-to-one basis about subject offerings and choices as well as day-to-day life at Rye St Antony.


Subject leads will be on hand to talk through specific areas of study and offer an insight into their specialist subject.


Prospective students and their families are asked to arrive on the evening with no need of advance booking.


Fiona Mullaney, Head of Sixth Form said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for those moving on to Sixth Form education to join us here at Rye St Antony and find out more about the unique facilities and learning environment we offer. The evening also provides the ideal way of finding out more about our Sixth Form from those who know it best, our current staff and students. We look forward to welcoming prospective students and their families on these two dates in 2018”


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Educater is very excited to announce the launch of its new module SEFonline – an online self-evaluation tool that supports senior school leaders in preparing for Ofsted inspection visits and shaping their school improvement plans.

The purpose of the new module is to take school leaders through a primary school self-evaluation process based around key performance indicators, designed to interpret the Ofsted grade descriptors for good and outstanding in order to provide an indicative grade.

SEFonline has been created in partnership with a combination of school leaders and Ofsted inspectors to ensure that the system is an efficient Ofsted evaluation tool. SEFonline provides an accurate indication of where a school is, as well as identifying the area where the school can make future improvement.

Educater director Gareth Heggie says, “SEFonline is the perfect addition to Educater’s current portfolio of school management tools. We have designed the software to make the lives of school leaders that little bit easier, with the software freeing up valuable hours for school leaders’.

“Schools are given little notice before an Ofsted inspection visit, so the completion of self-evaluation forms shouldn’t be laborious, it needs to be quick, easy and accurate. SEFonline drives school improvement meaning that school leaders can use their SEF to advance learning, leadership and inclusion throughout their school.”

SEFonline’s primary school self-evaluation form has been trialled successfully in a number of recent inspections and Ofsted inspectors have agreed with the grades generated by the system.

Previous versions of the SEF are archived for future reference. School data is presented clearly and accurately against national averages to illustrate the school’s performance.

For more information on SEFonline or any of Educater’s modules can be found by visiting To contact Educater and book a free demonstration on SEFonline, please email or, alternatively, call 0300 012 0001.


Birmingham conference to explore strategies to tackle school bullying

Academics, researchers and teachers are to gather at Birmingham City University this month to explore new tactics and share evidence of what works to tackle bullying in schools.


The day-long ‘Contemporary Research and Practice in Anti-bullying event takes place during Anti-Bullying Week on Wednesday 15 November and features a series of high-profile speakers, including world-leading expert on school bullying Professor Peter Smith and Baroness Sal Brinton, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Bullying and Liberal Democrat Party President.


Debates and workshops will focus on different types of anti-bullying interventions, sexting, pupil-led anti-bullying strategies, bullying cultures in schools and the impact that bullying can have on young people, as well as ways of ensuring that schools are inclusive of LGBT communities.


“The day will provide a great opportunity to share good practice and ensure practitioners feel confident and equipped with effective strategies to deal successfully with bullying,” said researcher Dr Elizabeth Nassem, from Birmingham City University’s Centre for the Study of Practice and Culture in Education.


Former England rugby player Ben Cohen MBE and founder of the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation has shown his support for the University event.


“The anti-bullying conference at Birmingham City University brings communities of researchers and practitioners together to learn about the most effective ways to help eradicate bullying and homophobia” said Ben, who campaigns against bullying and homophobia through the work of his StandUp Foundation.


“Through standing up to bullying together we can make a positive difference to people’s lives.”


Other speakers at the event include PC Simon Bolwell from West Midlands Police, Anna Gregory from Birmingham-based charity Peacemakers and Andrew Moffat MBE.


Andrew has worked on challenging homophobia in primary schools and was recently named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to equality and diversity in education.


The event takes place during Anti-Bullying Week which runs from 13 – 17 November, with the theme of ‘All Different, All Equal’.  The conference is in partnership with the Bullying Reduction Action Group and is supported by Birmingham City Council.


Colin Diamond, Corporate Director of Children and Young People at Birmingham City Council, said: “I am delighted that Birmingham City University is hosting this important conference in Anti-Bullying Week. We are proud of the excellent work that goes on in the city to help to prevent bullying in all its forms.”



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National Theatre’s MACBETH to tour to secondary schools and colleges in Doncaster, London, Sunderland and Wakefield

Following a successful tour to schools and performances in the Dorfman theatre earlier this year, in which nearly 5000 students saw Macbeth, the production now begins a tour this week to a further 31 schools and colleges across Doncaster, London, Sunderland and Wakefield.

Macbeth is adapted and directed for teenage audiences by Justin Audibert and the production is a bold contemporary retelling of one of Shakespeare’s darkest plays. Amid bloody rebellion and the deafening drums of war, Macbeth and his wife will stop at nothing to fulfil their ambition. Witchcraft, murder, treason and treachery are all at play in this murky world. The cast includes Nana Amoo-Gottfried, Shazia Nicholls, Gabby Wong, Stephanie Levi John, Adrian Richards, Tamara Camacho, Johndeep More and Kenton Thomas.

Speaking about the production director, Justin Audibert said ‘Macbeth is a tale of ambition, dark magic, violence and love; the perfect combination for an audience of young adults. We have made our version as exciting and visceral as possible, a truly sensory experience.’

The tour will begin by visiting 15 schools in London, followed by a further 16 schools across Doncaster, Sunderland and Wakefield, as part of the NT’s strategic touring programme.

Speaking about the schools tours the National Theatre’s Director of Learning, Alice King-Farlow said ‘At the NT we believe that all young people should have the opportunity to take part in theatre and drama while at school and so I am delighted that we’re touring Justin’s contemporary 90 minute adaptation of Macbeth to schools across London and in the North of England this year as part of our new national partnership programme.’

The Mohn Westlake Foundation supports nationwide Learning programmes for young people. Shakespeare for younger audiences is supported by The Ingram Trust, Archie Sherman Charitable Trust, Behrens Foundation, and Jill and David Leuw. The National Theatre’s Partner for Learning is Bank of America Merrill Lynch.


Centrepoint reveals issues at school can be an early sign of future homelessness


  • Long absences from school and not completing exams are two of the most common identifiers of youth homelessness
  • Findings come from research with UK’s largest ever group of young people who have experienced homelessness
  • The UK’s leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint asks the nation’s 450k + educators to look out for signs of homelessness in students this winter
  • Concerned teachers can direct vulnerable young people to Centrepoint Helpline: 0808 800 0661


The UK’s leading youth homelessness charity Centrepoint, has completed research with the largest1 ever group of young people who have experienced homelessness, to get a true account of the challenges faced.

Results show that issues in school and education were common in the lead up to a young person becoming homeless.

  • Almost half of vulnerable young people (49%), were absent from school for long periods due to problems at home
  • 51% were unable to finish exams/coursework due to a problematic personal life
  • Nearly a third (28%) never felt settled as they had moved from school to school


Centrepoint is calling on educators to be particularly vigilant to these signs of potential homelessness among their at-risk students and direct them to the newly launched Centrepoint Helpline – a first-of-its-kind free service designed to provide help and guidance for vulnerable young people.

Centrepoint wants to raise awareness that the inability to complete education or take the necessary exams to gain qualifications can be due to a set of personal circumstances beyond their control, not a lack of commitment, as is sometimes assumed. Further Centrepoint research2 showed that 58% of young people who had experienced homelessness had encountered violence at home, so the lack of stability in education can be a catalyst that forces young people out on their own.

John became homeless aged 17, when his mum kicked him out. “It was partly my fault and partly hers. She told me to get out of the house, over the phone. I got my stuff and left. I stayed at my boyfriend’s, sofa surfed.  I was in college when I got kicked out and unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to graduate; I was in my third year doing Fitness Instruction. That had a big impact on my life. Because I didn’t have my qualification and I didn’t have experience, my work options were limited.”

Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union says, “Teachers are on the front line when it comes to supporting their students through education and are in a unique position to notice changes in behaviour. Exam periods in particular can be immensely stressful, and this is all too easily exacerbated by the difficult home lives of many young people. It is essential that students can access the advice and help they need at a critical time, and the NEU welcomes the efforts of Centrepoint to provide this.”

Centrepoint CEO Seyi Obakin comments, “Sadly, homelessness forces independence on young people regardless of whether they’re ready. Centrepoint provides tailored support in a range of areas to give young people the skills to live and work independently. This group have bags of potential, but a disrupted education leads to jobs with no security and the ramifications if they lose that job can be devastating. It’s a brutal cycle that keeps young people perpetually at risk of homelessness which is unacceptable, especially as we approach a cold and dark winter.”


Learn how to bring dissection to life in you classroom

Operating Theatre Live part of the company that bought you Anatomy Lab Live, are back in Manchester and with The Thomas-Lowde Group and Castles Education, are offering teachers, in all phases of education, the chance to get hands on practical experience of dissection for the classroom and up skill their dissection techniques.
This curriculum aligned, practical course will take place on 19th March 2018 at City Labs in the city’s Oxford Road Science Corridor and is tipped to offer not only a first-rate continued professional development for Science Teachers but also an enjoyable day with excellent peer networking opportunities.

Teachers are promised a jam packed day covering the central nervous system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system and the muscular-skeletal system as well as tips and information on sourcing, transporting, use and disposal and the law surrounding this. And of course they will get the chance to take part in practical sessions and ask questions throughout. Samuel Piri and his team have extensive experience in cadaveric dissection and delegates will be taught how to professionally dissect specimens such that they can follow exactly the techniques in pathology and post mortem in such a way they can collect quantitative and qualitative data for use in science lessons that feeds back into the BIOLOGY (KS2/GCSE/A LEVEL) specs.
Dean Thomas-Lowde, Director of The Thomas-Lowde Group and Partner of Castles Education LLP said “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Operating Theatre Live to bring this exciting and unique event to Manchester. If you’ve never experienced one of their sessions before, you’re in for a real treat! This is the world’s only portable operating theatre and it’s an incredibly valuable resource for science teachers. The hope is to build on the success in Manchester and develop nationally”.
Delegates will leave armed with tips and techniques to improve biology learning in the classroom, confidence will be improved in both teachers and technical staff, it will give them the knowledge to ensure their departments are compliant with both UK and EU law and also offer free curriculum linked classroom resources.
Commenting on the forthcoming event Sam Piri, Anatomist, Teacher and Programme Director at Operating Theatre Live, said “People always leave our events filled with enthusiasm and with the knowledge that they can make it count back in the classroom. I’m really looking forward to seeing some new faces and showing them how to get the most out of their lessons back at school.”

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Early bird tickets are on sale until 24th November and you can find out more information by going to the Castles Education website.