Transition Week 2018

After spending the week heading into schools to see all the introductory lessons, and activities to prepare year 6 pupils for their start at high school come September, it was easy to see first hand how much work and effort goes into this and how useful it is for all involved.

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From STEM activities to mindfulness circus skills, writing tasks to live dissections – the year 6 pupils were given a plethora of taster activities at their soon to be high schools. A total of 42 schools engaged with the project to ease transition between Primary and Secondary School.

Read our junior reporter interview here

High quality maths & physics teachers

The Department for Education have introduced a funded package to help schools recruit high quality maths and physics teachers from Canada, America, Australia and New Zealand.


Led by New World Scholars (Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance) and supported by Randstad Education, you will be able to access great maths and physics teachers that have been fully vetted and are motivated to work in England. There is no recruitment fee for schools and candidates benefit from a fully funded acclimatisation programme run by experts.
Working together, New World Scholars and Randstad Education have developed an in-depth selection process to identify high quality applicants that will then be presented to your school.

Read further details

TES Awards 2018

Boundary Primary School – Primary School of the Year 2018 award nominee

Since joining the school in 2016, headteacher Suzanne Ashton has watched the school go from strength to strength. Through hard work and sheer determination, implementing a new vision resulted in being nominated for a prestigious award.

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Shortlisted in the UK for Primary School of the Year by the TES Educational Supplement, they reached a group of just 8 schools nominated for the award. Unfortunately Boundary were not successful in winning, however reaching that point was such an achievement alone! Well done to all for the hard work and effort.

Essential Life Skills

Blackpool, as part of the Opportunity Area initiative has received a £1 million share of £22 million Department for Education funding to support activities that help to develop Essential Life Skills (ELS) amongst children and young people aged 5 -18 years old.


The ELS programme will support range of extra-curricular activities that develop non-cognitive abilities, including but not limited to:

• Resilience, perseverance and persistence
• Hard work, self-control, discipline, good time keeping
• Self-confidence, leadership and team working
• Honesty, integrity and engaged citizenship
• Attitude, respect and empathy
• Curiosity and problem solving

All Schools and Colleges in the area have been allocated funding, split over this and the next financial year for activities to take place up to August 2019. Schools and Colleges are required to set out their proposals for their ELS activity. All funded activities must be designed to work within, or in partnership with, schools/colleges in the Blackpool Opportunity Area.