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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

23/08/21

Congratulations to our A Level students for some amazing results. In particular to the 14 students out of a cohort of 105 who have been awarded three or more A*/Distinction* grades in their subjects. A tremendous achievement! https://t.co/H5TURqjUJ4

23/08/21

Please see the link below to view the full Barton Manor School consultation summary report and associated appendices. App 1 provides an executive summary of the responses received and App 2 provides a summary of the FAQs, and the Trust responses. https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK

05/08/21

Sports Day wasn't quite the same again this year, but at least we managed to get out and enjoy year group Sports Mornings and Afternoons and the weather was kind to us! https://t.co/nLlNW1UXmR

30/07/21

Our new school magazine, The Barton Press, has launched. Check it out at https://t.co/OB6unVuQnc https://t.co/THsnqlCzi2

14/07/21

Wow, what a lovely treat from a grateful parent for all our hard work this year! Very gratefully received by all the staff. https://t.co/O5eduTIniG

06/07/21

New Sixth Form students enjoyed their two Induction Days at BCGS last week sampling their chosen A Level subjects ready for September, followed by a BBQ - in the rain! https://t.co/JpsyoDfIH4

02/07/21

Here's the winner of our Pride Flag Competition as voted for by the whole community. Brilliant isn't it? https://t.co/JWrXPQUbEq

01/07/21

We're rather proud of our English Teacher, Mr Hodgson, who has published his first novel. Congratulations! https://t.co/hgkezQxAoG

29/06/21

Just a couple of the brilliant entries for our Pride Flag competition https://t.co/YzW3Wgdr63

21/06/21

Last chance to contribute to the BMS, free school, consultation which closes tomorrow at 9am. We'd love to hear your views. https://t.co/f77nVQMuLS

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/higUSGiI3R

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/XXvQ8e8LcI

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/Nbk6wNxmgi

15/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Despite everything that 2020 held our Y11 Art students still managed to impress us with their resilience. Have a look through our archive photos of some of last year’s work that Year 11 created. We truly hope that they are all continuing their creative journeys. https://t.co/t8mqltsUi1

15/06/21

Barton Manor School is really taking shape now! https://t.co/tFicNJicda

11/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

The School’s Anti-Bullying Team are working to create a reflection area for children who need somewhere to go when they want some quiet time. The garden coming into bloom now but there is still a lot of work to be done! https://t.co/ZbvTTCK9wk

11/06/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Hospitality & Catering: 20 of our talented Year 9 Hospitality students are currently involved in an extra-curricular programme with Luna Training, developing skills in Hospitality (Front of House) and Catering (Back of House). https://t.co/UFdMwE5o9G

11/06/21

Our consultation for the new free school, Barton Manor, ends on 22 June at 9am. We'd love to hear your feedback so click here https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK to let us have your views. https://t.co/rHBBjY61e2

08/06/21

To mark Pride month this year, we are running a "Pride flag" competition! We are calling on our students to get creative, and to make a visual representation of one of the Pride flags. The competition is open to all year groups, and closes on Friday 25th June. https://t.co/v2TTHUzJG1

27/05/21

Lady Colgrain, , & the Lord Mayor of Canterbury along with other dignitories visited Barton Manor School new build for the Topping Out Ceremony on Tuesday this week. Fabulous views from the roof and the rain held off ! https://t.co/gY98sHwAAW

27/05/21

Retweeted From Kent Police (UK)

Does your child know how to stay safe online? Talk to them about the capabilities of their devices, how to create a strong password and why they should not upload or share any private information or images. For more guidance, visit: https://t.co/wdqcYTSEqj https://t.co/rrorppgbqg

26/05/21

Retweeted From National Online Safety

Message received ✉ But from who? This week’s guide uncovers the risks around TextMe, the popular messaging app which encourages anonymity online 🕵 Desktop: https://t.co/QF3rLBwuRf Download app: https://t.co/mjqP2JW4SH https://t.co/thiyEcPDKq

26/05/21

Retweeted From The Charles Dickens School

Wellbeing Wednesday: This week students are looking at ‘readaxation’ To be able to relax shouldn’t be a luxury but an essential to mental health and wellbeing. Burying your nose in a book is the perfect way to relax! https://t.co/osbCGtvdal

26/05/21

Students and staff raised £1229.21 from our Non Uniform Day last Friday for our chosen charities this year.

25/05/21

We're celebrating the Topping Out Ceremony of the new free school, Barton Manor, today. Looking forward to posting pics of the fabulous views from the roof and welcoming the Lord-Lieutenant, the Lady Colgrain and the Lord Mayor of Canterbury, to the event. https://t.co/tLYpVVlwGf

25/05/21

Max & Sanju ran to school last Friday morning in very blustery conditions raising £578 for the Canterbury Food Bank. Click here to support them: https://t.co/3A4jW2iTLB https://t.co/otEtIP2IWs

19/05/21

Simmonds are offering 10% off BCGS uniform for online orders between 22 May-10 July + free delivery. Don't forget they now have a new shop, J7 M20, at Newnham Court Shopping Village. https://t.co/YojrKs1pDv

19/05/21

Retweeted From Kent County Council

Moodspark is packed full of activities, information, and resources to help young people understand what resilience is, and how to better take care of their emotional wellbeing. Moodspark is . https://t.co/B5WT8y12WY https://t.co/Vmv6zM8MNo

17/05/21

We've added a FAQ sheet to our Consultation page on the Barton Manor School website, click here to access this for further answers to any questions you may have regarding our new free school opening in September 2022. https://t.co/MraVOBzSNK

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?