The Europa Centre will be exhibiting at Britain's no 1 language event - The Language Show at Olympia London ( 9th - 11th November)
Come and see us to discover our language enrichment activities at Stand D06.
As a language professional, you can also benefit from the following:
Free CPD talks for language teachers
free seminars for language professionals aimed at teachers in primary, secondary, HE, FE, adults and EFL/ESOL
free taster classes in over 20 languages
100 free talks, performances and classes
The full teacher speaker programme is published at: https://languageshowlive.co.uk/talks/#teachers
seminar rooms are large and seat available on first come, first served basis. Arrive Early!
Book your free admission tickets now by clicking the link below
False widow spider advice for schools
Advice for schools
PHE has been made aware of school closures in Newham due to reported infestations of false widow spiders.
It is normal to see more spiders at this time of year as they come indoors for warmth.
False widow spiders are native to the UK, and are common in Southern England. They are most active at night; during the day they tend to remain within or near their webs.
Spider bites are rare in the UK. The false widow spider can bite, but does this only if provoked or disturbed. Although they are mildly venomous, venom is rarely used in a bite. The bites leave small puncture marks on the skin, and cause localised pain and swelling. Pain from a false widow spider bite is similar to that of a bee or wasp sting, and usually resolves one to 12 hours after the bite. More significant problems are associated with secondary infections than with the bite itself.
If you come across a false widow spider, avoid handling it or disturbing its web. If you are bitten, clean the bite with soap and water to prevent it from becoming infected.
It may seem unpleasant to have more spiders than usual inside the school, but they do not pose a significant public health risk. As with all spider species, eradication treatment cannot ensure that the spiders will not return to the building.
Dr Deborah Turbitt, Deputy Director for PHE London, said:
"If you have been bitten, gently wash the affected area with soap and water. Cold packs and simple oral painkillers may be useful if bites are painful. If symptoms don't respond to these measures, there is severe swelling, or the bite is around the eyes, do seek medical attention."
For further advice on insect bites and stings, click here.
Sign up now! Ofsted curriculum workshop - 30 October - London
Ofsted will be holding a curriculum workshop in our area aimed at headteachers and key curriculum leads.
Spaces are limited, but they are keen for as many of the people that sit under our authority in the London region to be offered the chance to attend this event.
This invitation is being offered to all the school authorities / trusts within the London region.
For more details please see attachments
Junior Memory Championship 2018-19
“The science of memory is key to helping students learn”
Catharine Young, Neuroscientist and Senior Advisor for Science and Innovation at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Guardian Dec 2015
“Memory is the first stage of learning. Good luck with the championship this year”.
Professor Sue Gathercole OBE, Cognitive Psychologist specialising in Memory, Learning and Language.
Director of MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge
This year, we celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Junior Memory Championship and launched the Asian Junior Memory Championship in Singapore (see www.juniormemorychampionship.com for details).
Registration for the 11th UK Junior Memory Championship 2018/19 is now open.
Click here for quick and easy registration.
The purpose of the Junior Memory Championship is to equip children with valuable and effective memory skills helping them achieve their very best results in SATs and other end-of-year tests. The memory skills show your children how much they can improve their learning – when they know how. Through the JMC we've seen the impact of memory training for a decade now. Each year between 20,000 and 25,000 children participate becoming more confident and successful learners. The real value in the JMC is in the training materials for you to teach your children. As an added incentive, we also run an online competition which is not compulsory but there for those children who enjoy a bit of competition!
“All the children made at least four average point score (APS) progress, while 80% of them made more than four APS progress and that is across reading, writing and maths”
Ashley Winters, Headteacher Brownmead Academy
New this year: Ten teacher training videos. Also new this year, the competition is now open to Year 5 and Year 6 children.
The JMC Training Plan has been specifically designed to fit into your normal timetable. The JMC has already proved itself as an effective project that’s easy to run, with a rapid impact, but we’ve made several additional innovations this year, including:
a set of instructional video clips for teachers, explaining each of the memory training sessions
new resources for children, with video clips to help them do lots of the training independently
a slimmed-down set of online competition tests, helping the children to show off the results of their training and compete for a place in the national final
prizes for the best-performing schools, and public recognition in our new online 'Hall of Fame'
prizes for the teachers who have the most impact on their children's learning skills
The registration fee (£50 + VAT) gives you access to all the training materials, videos, lesson plans and other resources, plus full guidance to take part in the online competition. Then, for a nominal contribution of £2 per participating child, you can enter as many of your Year 6 pupils as you want into the online contest itself, letting them pit their wits against children from all over the UK. As well as certificates for everyone taking part, a wonderful day in London awaits for the top performers, with the chance to win some great prizes at the Final – and, of course, that title of Junior Memory Champion 2019.
We hope that your school will join us for the 2018/19 competition and that your children will benefit from these essential learning skills.
Three reasons to sign up to JMC:
1. Children enjoy the course
2. The skills taught help the children with their SATS and other exams
3. Once learnt, the memory enhancement methods are a 'for life' skill.
Eye Care Scheme
Eye Care Scheme - Schools
The eye care scheme is changing, and vouchers for eye tests and contributions to glasses will no longer be issued.
Staff will need to pay for their eye test and full costs of their glasses and reclaim the costs via payroll. The eye test maximum reclaim value will be £19.95. The maximum amount paid towards glasses, if they are required for VDU use at work, will be £55. If the eye test or glasses are less than the maximum amount quoted, only the expenditure incurred will be reimbursed.
The member of staff will need to download the eye test reimbursement application form, attached. They will need to complete and get it authorised by their line manager. They will need to take the authorised form to the opticians. After the test the optician will complete section 2 which will determine whether or not you will be entitled to a contribution towards the purchase of their glasses, if required.
Once all the paperwork and receipts are completed the employee will need to hand in the claim to the office and the officer completing monthly payroll timesheets will need to advise payroll of the claim and the amount to be paid to the claimant. The school must retain the original paperwork for audit purposes.
The monies will be paid on the next available payroll run.