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An exciting opportunity has been secured for one of our Local Authority Students to attend a 3 day workshop at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The workshop is designed to inspire LAC students who want to go on to study at university, therefore improving possible life outcomes by showing them what university can be like.  This year’s Easter School has a Creative Writing theme. During the Easter School attendees will take part in fun and educational sessions including a creative narrative workshop, a new and updated Dynamic Dialogue session and the completion of a Degree in a Day programme.  They will also take a tour of the various campus facilities.

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Students from Trinity School & College in Rochester, Kent, who were left emotionally moved after a visit to Auschwitz in December were devastated to see anti-Semitic graffiti appear at a play area opposite their school following the Holocaust Memorial Day in January.

The students, many of whom are Ambassadors of the Anne Frank Trust – an education programme to create a society safe from prejudice and discrimination – also regularly meet with Susan Pollack, 84, a School Patron and Second World War death camp survivor.

Executive Head Teacher Elizabeth Baines said, “Susan has shown the children a real passion about combating hatred, prejudice and discrimination and, as a result, when they saw what had happened across the road with the play equipment, they were disgusted.

“After a short discussion, they decided to take it upon themselves to clean it away so headed over to the park with sponges and cleaning materials. They were just doing what felt right to them but the reaction from the community has been overwhelming; we have had numerous people popping in to Reception to leave gifts and cards of thanks for the students as well as to say thank you in person.”

Local residents have been leaving their thoughts about the students’ act of kindness on local news pages and have even suggested that the School be put forward for a Pride of Medway award. Members of the public have even brought in gifts for the students to show their appreciation.

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Trinity School and College in Rochester has been invited to join a round table discussion with MPs, Ofsted and the Equality and Human Rights Commission to discuss good practice in strategies to create an anti-bullying culture in Education.

The School, which supports learners with speech, language and communication needs including dyslexia, dyspraxia and autism, already holds an nationally recognised BIG award (Bullying Intervention Group) in recognition for its ongoing work around anti-bullying, and will now work with the Commission on setting guidance for all UK Schools.

The news comes a day after the School & College received notification that they had also been invited to become a Department for Education ‘Champion’ for mental health provision, meaning they will help to encourage and inspire other schools and colleges and inform Government policy in this important area too.

Executive Head Teacher Mrs Elizabeth Baines said, “We are formally accredited by AcSEED; an initiative which recognises schools that adopt best practices to support the emotional wellbeing of its students, we hold a BIG award and now have the chance to help shape future Government policy in this important area. It’s fantastic to know that other schools and colleges will follow suit.

“Our students, many of whom suffer with anxiety linked to their specific learning needs, benefit from working with our Emotional Wellbeing team who support learners on a one to one basis, or in small groups.

“We offer mindfulness, counselling, coaching and mentoring, and our statistics show that the physical, social and emotional environment in which our staff and students work positively impacts on their mental health and emotional wellbeing and improves their engagement and attendance levels.”