SSLP Link Teachers’ St Thomas the Apostle School & Sixth Form College and Zoom Hybrid Meeting 9th November 2021 16:30 – 18:00
We welcome new SSLP Link teachers from Ark Evelyn Grace Academy, The Charter School East Dulwich, Harris Boys Academy East Dulwich, and Kingsdale Foundation School.
We began with an update on current activities.
The first session for this year’s professional development programme for Aspiring Senior Leaders took place on the same evening with John Tomsett leading a virtual session on Curriculum Conversations. Sixty one aspiring senior leaders from 12 schools have registered for the programme. There will be two more virtual sessions before the series finishes with an in-person panel event in May.
SSLP schools have requested support offering mock interviews to 105 Oxbridge applicants and 33 medical applicants. We thanked all the schools who have offered mock interviews, or involvement with the medicine MMIs. More support is required, interested teachers are welcome to shadow an interview with the intention of delivering future mock interviews.
There are four Thinking About webinars scheduled for this half term. We encouraged those present to promote attendance in their schools, linking to the curriculum and notifying parents as ways to improve engagement.
· Dr Clive Young 16th November, MFL
· Alex Renton 23rd November, Anti-Racism, English
· Dr Omar Kholeif 30th November, Anti-Racism, Mental Health, Art
· Rt Rev’d Rose Hudson-Wilkin 7th December, Anti-Racism, Identity, RE
The first in the So you want to be… series …a game designer was a success with the key stage three students that attended. A second webinar has been arranged for 9th December …an architect.
This year the SSLP is focusing on Mental Health. Schools were previously invited to nominate 2-3 students to join the Student Voice council. The first meeting was on 7th October and was attended by three schools. Eight schools have now nominated pupils for the Council.
An outcome from the first meeting was a conference for students to be held on 25th November. A venue is still to be secured. All schools present confirmed they would like to be involved and envisaged finding 4-5 pupils accompanied by one teacher to attend in person.
We then took a look at future activities planned for this academic year.
DebateMate have presented a proposal to the Worshipful Company of International Bankers who are keen to support more SSLP schools to develop Debating clubs. We are relatively confident that we will be offered funding for five schools to receive workshops for students and some training for teachers to continue the clubs. We hope to also arrange a competition for all schools.
Elmgreen have offered to host a table tennis competition. This will take place one Wednesday before the end of this term. It was decided that the competition would be for Key Stage 3 students. Dulwich College offered to lend more tables if required.
JAGS have offered to host a chess competition. This will take place in the late spring term or early summer term. They may need to borrow some competition clocks from other schools. This competition could be for Key stage 4 and 5 students.
Other business items were then discussed.
A question was raised regarding how schools in the partnership facilitate their students making suggestions to or about the school, particularly making anonymous suggestions.
· Lots of committees & councils
· Letterbox outside Heads Office
In previous years SSLP schools have used Talent-Ed for tutoring, however this year none are. We wondered whether schools were using other providers.
If schools are unable to offer a full range of languages at A-Level then STAC might be a possible alternative for students keen to further their education in this area.
It isn’t always easy for SSLP Link teachers to know what activities their school engages with. It was agreed that a spreadsheet would be shared to record attendance at SSLP exclusive activities.