Opportunity Notts is a new awards scheme run by SOLAR and one of the core recording tools for the Character Curriculum work we deliver.
Its aim is to challenge children and young people to get active and creative, stay safe and broaden their horizons here in the city of Nottingham where SOLAR is based – however the website is able to be made bespoke for academy chains and other authorities. The scheme encourages primary and secondary school pupils to take part in a range of activities – working towards awards at different levels over the course of their school careers. Opportunity Notts was been successfully piloted in 9 schools in Nottingham and to demonstrated its effectiveness in developing healthy lifestyles and life skills in students, needed in later life, and preparing them for the world of work, beyond school, by engaging in learning through broad, balanced and varied experiences.
Opportunity Notts also joins up learning between school, home and after-school clubs by rewarding all of the activities young people participate in. Activities completed in school and those done with extra-curricular groups, such as uniformed organisations, sports or arts clubs and faith groups, can all be signed off on the scheme’s website. This all comes together to form a record of achievement for each young person with every level seeking to boost attainment, teach useful life skills, and give those taking part a fantastic experience of a wide range of different activities.
As Opportunity Notts, the site allows SOLAR to support schools in the brilliant work they’re already doing with their pupils and ensure that children and young people are getting the full range of educational experiences both in and out of school that makes well-rounded young adults and builds character. Plus, with Opportunity Notts’ bespoke award certificates, we can reward excellence and encourage all those participating to make their mark in their city. Could this be something your area or academy needs?
Nottingham City Council is committed to ensuring that all children and young people in the City receive their entitlement to regular and effective Sex and Relationships Education in schools and other settings. Effective SRE helps to safeguard children and young people.
Today, we have launched the Nottingham City SRE Charter to support schools in providing SRE that meets the needs of their pupils. We want all schools in the City to sign up to this charter.
The SRE charter has three levels:Commitment; Working towards effective SRE; Providing effective SRE
DataVibe is the new improved online toolkit for gathering data to plan and evidence work in developing character and lifeskills, manage risk and develop personal learning.
Accurate evidence-base is the surest way to ensure the effectiveness of the programmes you deliver.
Ofsted have made direct reference to inspection on how schools will meet standards for social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning as well as specific safety concerns such as online safety, drugs and alcohol, sexual risk behaviour, social/emotional resilience and life skills. DataVibe gives you the tools to capture a wealth of useful data with young people to contribute in these areas.
We know that building social and emotional resilience and skills is a key part of risk education so this tool also helps you to identify the learning needs of young people and to gain a clearer picture of their personal skills in a range of contexts so that you can help them be healthy and stay safer.
D-vibe can be used to create a wide range of surveys, individually in small chunks, or combined, depending on time and need.
It has built in ‘flags’ in reports to show you exactly where weaknesses or worries lie within pupil’s behaviour, knowledge, skills or attitudes and, if responses suggest and overall issue, it will flag them. This enables you to effectively plan the learning for the group and then to retest after the lessons to check they have moved forward in these areas. It works on the overall group and will compliment any individual assessment evidence you have from lessons, backing it up with trend data to evaluate teaching and learning.