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03/12/21

Retweeted From Canterbury FoodBank

We are nearly out of large size nappies! These are a huge regular cost for people with young children and we hate to see anyone go without! If you can spare £3-4 this weekend could you get us a pack of size 4, 5, or 6? (We are fine for newborn sizes thank you) https://t.co/yZwwqCWCTD

03/12/21

We're delighted to tell you that we have students in all year groups 9-12 who have either gained a Merit or Distinction in their Flute or Clarinet exams. https://t.co/uBjgKkixJn

02/12/21

We're taking bookings for our Sixth Form Open Evening on Wednesday 26 January - click here to book a place https://t.co/FWE8qrcKke https://t.co/eU0V6tQAeP

02/12/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

This Wellbeing Wednesday, we are looking at how music can improve our wellbeing - Research suggests that music can stimulate the body's natural feel good chemicals. It can energise our mood and help us to take control of our feelings. https://t.co/yMvHrIfqEw

26/11/21

Looking forward to Rag Week next week, raising lots of money for our chosen charities https://t.co/32HGluWj1Z

25/11/21

The last one of our students' artwork shortlisted for the John Downton Awards 2021. Our students are incredibily talented! https://t.co/oqNU11hr7R

25/11/21

And even more shortlisted artwork for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/Tjo76d8OOZ

25/11/21

More shortlisted artwork for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/9nGLWBvVMP

25/11/21

Artwork shortlisted for the John Downton Awards 2021 https://t.co/PcXlSETzLg

25/11/21

Barton Manor School - exciting times! https://t.co/9Em8VSpI76

25/11/21

Barton Manor School is coming along nicely! https://t.co/jBsOTj6F2n

12/11/21

In June students were given the chance to audition for the Canterbury Festival’s ‘Beautiful Noise’ event held all over the city. Melina, a singer-songwriter & pianist, has written 38 songs & performed in the Whitefriars Centre on Saturday 23 October - the start of a great career! https://t.co/Xido7NNYSx

08/11/21

Microbiology Club investigating the bacterial content of different milk. Learning aseptic technique, making our own agar plates and streak & pour plates - safely! https://t.co/qEsvdMbZRc

05/11/21

The Kent & Medway Immunisation Team is coming to school next week, don’t forget to do the online consent form if you haven’t already. Visit https://t.co/tv9a9ccUFI for info or phone the team 0300 123 5205, text 07401320923 or use their web chat if you have any questions/concerns https://t.co/cAEWhYXxa3

04/11/21

Stunning Y11 Artwork. https://t.co/wOmJC5XPRz

04/11/21

The new free school build, Barton Manor, is progressing well and may even be completed 3 weeks early! https://t.co/Pt5tuJLXwZ

02/11/21

Thank you Joe Brown & Arthur O’Hara (Deal Music & Arts) who ran a 3rd Jazz Journey Workshop for our students. This project initially ran in 2020 so we are delighted it's up & running again. It all ended with a performance of ‘Caravan’, a challenging piece! https://t.co/LZGjdbtH7V

02/11/21

Y12 A Level music students attended a Welcome Concert for the new Music intake at CCCU gaining fab insight into the initial stages of a music degree course. 3 of our students were invited to play with a university & alumni band. Thank you Chris Price & Steve Waterman https://t.co/MUVms5bG9K

22/10/21

We're happy to be starting our Y5 Enrichment Programme again, kicking off with DT who taught primary students how to create a balloon powered car. Much cheering and delight along the corridors when the race started! https://t.co/5aLavA08yJ

20/10/21

Y12 & Y13 Sport students have had a great time at the new Christchurch University Sports Labs. Sessions focused on fitness testing where students participated in a range of field & lab based tests, including the VO2 max test, wingate test & the bod pod! Thank you https://t.co/hQwQySwtkI

19/10/21

It's been fantastic to see the return of extra-curricular netball in term 1, with excellent attendance at training and games. The end of season tournaments saw great performances, with Y9 finishing 2nd, Y10 3rd and Y7/8 4th. A huge thank you to our Sixth Form Coaches too. https://t.co/d2usNQg22u

19/10/21

We're looking forward to welcoming parents and students to our second Open Evening tonight, 5pm-8pm and another Open Morning tomorrow, 9am-11am. https://t.co/Gji1Xvy2ka https://t.co/iBdfbDaUlP

12/10/21

Barton Manor School is looking for LGB Govs to join them in Jan 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Trust to help implement the vision, ethos & direction of this new free school click the link below or retweet to spread the word. https://t.co/P91UPFIycF https://t.co/QPUdXvQyhm

08/10/21

We're looking for a Temporary Teacher of PE to cover a maternity absence. If you're interested then please click the link below - we'd love to hear from you. https://t.co/rhE8aEOleh https://t.co/YDxSCMrRuc

30/09/21

Our new free school, Barton Manor, is progressing. Here are the latest images. https://t.co/UBLZw8ECEj

28/09/21

We've registered with "Good to Grow" scheme. Please register your More card with us when you next shop and we can start earning points for equipment & seeds for the School's Eco School Club. https://t.co/tR4BQFUKmj

27/09/21

When there's a good excuse for eating cake! We raised over £430! https://t.co/leihEE3HN3

22/09/21

We raised £1,067.97 for last Friday. Looking forward to cake this week for https://t.co/8VYDDaS0Y4

20/09/21

We're looking forward to enjoying lots of cake on Friday to support Remember though we are a nut free school! https://t.co/U8byo1DQdP

17/09/21

And we wore Jeans for Genes Day https://t.co/eesdF6PCWh

17/09/21

Some of our Y12 aspiring medical students took part in a virtual outreach event hosted by the BMA today. Presentations by a current medical student & 2 practicing doctors sharing insights & personal experience followed by a panel discussion. Thank you

15/09/21

We're supporting this Friday with a non school uniform day - hoping to raise lots of cash for this amazing charity. https://t.co/ccmYzuuwDh

14/09/21

We're looking for a Temporary Teaching Assistant to start as soon as possible. Click here to find out more if this interests you: https://t.co/S8uKA02T54

14/09/21

Open Morning Tours for the new free School Barton Manor can now be booked. Places are limited. Click here to access the booking form. https://t.co/B10eo1NpX2

08/09/21

Our rising star in tennis, Ben, has had an incredible summer of success in various matches, even playing & winning the Road to Wimbledon 14u Tournament on the practice courts - Singles & Doubles Winner - amazing. Congratulations Ben! https://t.co/w0J7eOcNPX

07/09/21

The new build at Barton Manor School has really progressed over the summer. On schedule for completion next February. https://t.co/tdLw6vBfKk

01/09/21

The applications process for the new free school, Barton Manor School, is open today, 1 Sept. Apply online for a Y7 place only using the link below. Closing date Friday 10 December 2021. https://t.co/Svaz5Vxc89

26/08/21

Congrats to ex-student Harvey Lintott now playing professionally at Gills FC for scoring the winning penalty in a recent match against AFC Wimbledon. Thanks Kent Pro for the images. https://t.co/lD5hzvZoDs

25/08/21

Students and staff raised an incredible total of £7,773.09 for the School's chosen charities last year. Thanks to everyone who contributed.

24/08/21

We're looking for an experienced and qualified BCAT Trust Estates Manager/Site Manager for The Charles Dickens School. Please follow the link below for more information. We'd love to hear from you if this is something you're interested in. https://t.co/9LQFVMuHy2

Why Thinking Schools?

Barton Court has chosen the Thinking School Approach because it is “transformational”.

Why?

  • “It is hard to achieve and therefore worth doing”
  • It has, at its heart, a complete focus on transforming learning rather than just teaching
  • It has sustainability
  • If successful it creates a common language of learning
  • Students use thinking tools independently
  • It has helped create an environment of “continuous improvement” and striving for the next challenge
  • “It breaks down geographical, political, cultural and financial disparities and barriers” (RGS)

In order to try to explain our decision to become a Thinking School, the information below has been organised using the De Bono’s 6 Hat Thinking Strategies. This Thinking Tool allows us to analyse and evaluate information from a variety of perspectives. The green and red hat thinking poses questions for you to consider.

Thinking Hat   WhiteThe White Hat (Facts and Statistics)

We are committed to the development of cognitive education and we invest, time, energy and money into research, development and evaluation of a broad range of thinking tools and activities. We have a team of teachers who are committed to develop the Thinking School approach. We have a Thinking Map accredited trainer who has trained all staff on the use of the 8 Thinking Maps and we have Lead Practitioners working on the development of Thinking Hats, Habits of Mind and Thinkers Keys. Whole staff have been trained in the use of the 6 Hats. We are proud to say that we have embedded the 8 maps in our curriculum, pastoral and leadership programmes and are starting to do the same with the Hats. We have been attending the International Thinking School Conference for the last two years where we have been given the chance to work with TSI (Thinking Schools International) and Kestrel Education. This allows us to make connections with other schools and to work with external consultants providing excellent CPD.

Thinking Hat   BlueThe Blue Hat (Organisational Aspects)

The idea of a Thinking School must transcend the entire organisation from the Head teacher and Governors, Senior/Middle Leaders, teachers, support staff and students. The Thinking agenda is largely driven by the Assistant Head teacher (Mrs Benard-Grosso) together with the Senior Lead Practitioner (Nick Harvey) and the Lead Practitioner team and Staff Drive Team driven by the Head teacher. We also have a team of motivated and committed Thinking School Representatives who are part of our Student Drive Team.  All these individuals have a real passion for developing cognitive education within the School.

All members of staff are expected to help with the implementation, development and assessment of thinking strategies. This applies to Form Tutors, Curriculum Leaders, the Senior Leadership Team, teaching staff and administrative staff. The commitment to cognitive education and ways of thinking are part of performance management for ALL staff.

Thinking Hat   YellowThe Yellow Hat (All the great things!)

So what has happened as a result of introducing these strategies and ideas?

  • Work has become more visual, structured, concise and more personalised
  • There are more transferrable skills between curriculum areas
  • There is a clear school vision
  • Increased dialogue between curriculum areas and teaching staff
  • Clarity of CPD and performance management
  • Student understanding of different thought processes
  • Lessons are more varied and more interactive
  • Students and staff are becoming even more reflective
  • Higher level questioning has become natural
  • Students are beginning to take more ownership and responsibility for their work
  • Our message is spreading to other secondary schools, partnership schools and feeder schools
  • Students are moving from what they know to how they know
  • Students are becoming more fluent in how to explain their own thinking
  • A pastoral programme that is meaningful and reflective

Thinkin Hat   BlackThe Black Hat ( The Challenges and Barriers/ Problems)

  • Implementing new ideas to begin with seems forced, disingenuous and ironically leads to a lack of originality in lessons
  • How to train whole staff and students? Through enrichment day?
  • Maps can be used as a graphic support and not as a thinking process.
  • Once a new strategy is embedded along comes another!  When do we stop and how do we sustain what we have?
  • Training new staff ( incl. NQTs, PGCEs)
  • New students - how do we induct them without increasing work for ourselves?
  • How to ensure consistency?
  • How to engage everyone without creating confusion/ irritation and lack of independence
  • Performance management – encourage teachers even if they do not agree with the principle of cognitive education.  The issue of the tick box approach?
  • Sustainability – staff turnover?

Thinking Hat   RedThe Red Hat (Emotional Response)

  • As a potential teacher/ leader, how do you feel about our thinking skills approach?
  • Ask yourself how well you would fit in. Does the thought of this inspire you or the opposite?
  • How do you feel about delivering this in the classroom/ curriculum/ pastoral?
  • What is your immediate reaction? Your “gut feeling”?

Thinking Hat   GreenThe Green Hat (Creativity/Solutions)

  • Take a look at the Black Hat again. What ideas could you bring to knock down some of these brick walls?
  • What experience have you had with similar problems? How did you solve or approach these?
  • Have you used any thinking strategies in your previous jobs? Were they successful? What can we learn from your experience
  • What can you offer to BCGS as a thinking school?