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19/07/19

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BMAT STEM Academy

How science features in the world around us was demonstrated to young scientists. on Tour brought the subject to students at BMAT STEM Academy. Fellow students from schools also got to experience the Careering Into Science show. https://t.co/z8nwuIM6AL https://t.co/pwsucb0EYE

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16/07/19

Our first summer fete has been organised and hosted by students. Year 9 and 10 event operations students at Royal Docks Academy have spent three months planning for the practical part of their GCSE course. Full story - https://t.co/EBXFaWhTX1 https://t.co/Rb4WHJqGOQ

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15/07/19

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HeadStart Newham

👉Don't forget!👈 Over the summer, 10-16 year olds in can access support when & where they need it - and in a way that works for them. As the academic year winds down, be sure to share https://t.co/F3D13eaTUa with young people you know! https://t.co/AOOnUFjjpB

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14/07/19

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HeadStart Newham

Future city planners! The HeadStart social action team from has reimagined how Cundy Park in could be...we’re impressed with their recommendations 👏 Stop by at the to see for yourself! https://t.co/OPtVY4lmvX

08/07/19

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Goals4Girls

The captured the hearts of the nation, but how did it capture the hearts of 15 East End London girls ? In a special Film project' we captured the journey of the WWC "Through her eyes" ♥️🙌🏼📺⚽ https://t.co/4uTOHubxuu

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05/07/19

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ELBA

Great employability workshop with year 8 and 9 students from https://t.co/KMe40qqMrJ

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30/06/19

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Felsted School

‘It was a joy to watch our Yr 7s bond with pupils from our partner school, in Newham, on a 3-day Science & Media experience . It truly encapsulated our belief in making a difference’ writes https://t.co/GmTMRUeIkW https://t.co/7y6nZI6jyc

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25/06/19

How fantastic does the new screen look in the Theatre?! A huge well done to the Year 10 SSLT for their assembly today. You can see more of their work, as well as the Year and School Councils’ work here: https://t.co/WPyx80Sfz3

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25/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

Here’s a sneak preview of the beginning of our assembly today SSLT spoke to our Year 10 peers about ways to be more self-reliant and helping ourselves. https://t.co/c4yyVNp8A0

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25/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

We continued our assembly by looking at how to deal with stress, helping others, and where to find help for ourselves. Here, we have Usman (Deputy Head Boy), Billy (Head Boy) and Gemma (Deputy Head Girl), and Lara (Head Girl). https://t.co/2shDR1qxfg

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25/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

Here we are! Our delivering our assembly to Year 10 We have Milena and Aisha (Senior Prefects) and Younes and Guste (Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl) here, talking about how to effectively revise. https://t.co/hBqRjR7nYL

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24/06/19

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Olly Brown

Brilliant year nine writers from channelling the spirit of Binyavanga Wainaina R.I.P. https://t.co/KUgydmWQJU

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22/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

Next week, the SSLT will be leading their first full assembly for each Year Group . Here they are rehearsing their presentation on a much smaller screen in the Library 👍 https://t.co/GCPvaqem11

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22/06/19

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MissG

The Royal Navy HMS enterprise ship has docked on the Thames South Quay and our students were lucky enough to get a tour and learn what life is like in the navy and the opportunities it offers. Wow, Thank you to the Royal Navy and Marines for having us! https://t.co/4PIBZtuRM5

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21/06/19

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21/06/19

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NewVIcArts

Loved performing Jungle Book today at Well done cast and crew 👏👏Thankyou to the brilliant staff and pupils for being such a great audience 💙🙌 https://t.co/eNRrnKUHq2

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19/06/19

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Matt Jarvis

An eye-opening couple of days with kids from and learning about ecology, filmmaking and photography. Guided by and myself for , these kids from different walks of life made friends and memories for life, and 6 cracking videos! https://t.co/FMtQbJZA6n

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07/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

School Council meeting number two - done! ✅ Now all the tasks have been delegated and we’ve got our research and student surveys to do. We’ll be feeding back to SLT in the next few weeks. https://t.co/iLxoAmVdTn

05/06/19

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RDA Student Voice

It’s our second School Council meeting tomorrow at lunch time We’ve got two more agenda items (charity support and feedback from the Year Councils) to discuss and delegate before we prepare to feedback our ideas to SLT.

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01/06/19

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HeadStart Newham

This week the Team Social Action Project Managers from and met to share learning about their projects and brainstorm ideas to get more young people involved in improving their communities! https://t.co/uqo3jmDTB3

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Tailored support through nurture lessons

Tailored support through nurture lessons

Posted: 18th December 2018

Students struggling with school academically or emotionally are being given tailored support to ensure they achieve their best.

Royal Docks Academy has launched a nurture programme for Year 7 and 8 students who would otherwise find school difficult.

Working in small groups, students with a variety of challenges are taught using step by step instructions and the “follow me” technique – where the teacher performs a small task and then they repeat it - to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed.

The aim is for students to move into mainstream lessons as soon as they are able to, whether that be after weeks or months or whether they remain in the nurture sessions until they select their options in Year 9.

Ellie McGoldrick, head of nurture, launched the groups in September. She said: “Children attending the nurture groups have been selected due to their SATs data, because they have special educational needs or because teachers here have established they would benefit from an alternative style of teaching.

“Some are with us for emotional support as much as academic support. It’s about giving them the confidence to move back into mainstream lessons.

“They are given heavy intervention and support which enables them to access a full curriculum. These children can achieve. We are not a school that would decide to not put them forward for their exams. For some children, achieving a grade 1 at GCSE is still an achievement. We want them to get their GCSEs.”

Students attend lessons in the full range of subjects, including English, maths, science, performing arts and Spanish.

In art, great strides are being made in terms of progress already.

Art, design and technology teacher Nadia Kitouni started her sessions by asking students to draw a self-portrait.

She said: “I was met with students saying they simply could not draw; they did not have the confidence or the knowledge to know how to go about the task. It overwhelmed them.

“Some cannot concentrate for more than two minutes, they need constant reassurance and lots of appraisal; their self-confidence and self-esteem is very low. So, we break the task down and do one step at a time and we do them together.

“What they were then able to produce was outstanding. They could not believe they could learn how to draw portraits. They achieved something and they could see that for themselves; they didn’t have to wait for me to mark it, they could see straight away they had learned and improved. I keep going back to their

original work to remind them each lesson of their progress and where they have come from. I have rarely taught a group where I have seen such rapid progress.”

Without the nurture groups, students may fall behind and lessons be disrupted.

Mrs Kitouni said: “When students cannot access basic things that we teach in any curriculum, it is really hard for them. There have been a lack of resources to set up this kind of intervention in the past.

“Because of these small groups, we can use the techniques they need. I play classical music during our art lessons which creates a calm environment and gives them peace in their heads. We open up their senses and then they become like sponges ready to learn.

“As a teacher, this is a great opportunity to shine within the profession. It is a real challenge, but it’s a challenge that we love as experienced teachers. We want to be challenged and to use our experience and new techniques.

“Our students are getting high quality teaching. This initiative is fantastic and I am very proud of what we are doing and the outstanding progress students are making.”

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