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WEEK 4:

We finish the week with some late summer sunshine which is most welcome.

It has been a big week of staff training this week with all teachers involved in Iris training which is a video coaching device that will allow staff to develop their skills in questioning, promoting independent thinking and higher challenge in lessons.  On Thursday all staff spent two hours working on consistency in using the positive behaviour system. 

Lydia Cooper, who is the member of staff leading on Pixl Edge, sent the following piece to be included in the weekly bulletin:

There was a PiXL Edge assembly this morning to launch the programme with Year 7.  Six of our Year 9 PiXL Edge Apprentices spoke to the Year 7’s about their experiences.  Josh G, Georgia L-B, Denise H-S, Oscar D, Beth D and Connor S all spoke confidently to the Year 7 students about the activities they had completed and the skills they had gained from completing the programme.  The Year 9 Apprentices certainly showed how their confidence had grown from being part of PiXL Edge and shared how their accreditation will benefit their future studies and employment opportunities.

Year 7 parents keep an eye out for the letters coming home which will explain Pixl Edge in greater detail and the opportunities that it offers.

We are starting to see some clear results from the new behavior system, punctuality is a really good example.  The amount of students late to school has reduced by 75% in comparison to last year.  This time last year groups of students were still routinely 10 minutes late to the lesson not only missing 10 minutes out of every 60 of their learning but disrupting the learning of those who were on time.  This was despite numerous staff encouraging them to do the right thing.  Over a 25 lesson week this is the same as three hours extra learning that the students are accessing.

We do not think that we have got everything right and as already mentioned we are working on consistency.   I would encourage anybody with questions to e mail me directly on r.sims@yorkhighschool.co.uk.  All through this process we have encouraged collaboration so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

This was a great week to be Head of School at York High School. I am very proud of the students and staff at the school.  We are at a crucial turning point for the future of the school and everything at the moment is taking a positive upturn.  I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable weekend.