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DIANA AWARD 2016Published 04/07/16
An unprecedented number of three (3) Hampstead School students will receive the Diana Award for their part in the school’s anti-bullying work.
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PUTTING CHILDREN AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDAPublished 12/05/16
PUTTING CHILDREN AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDA
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Awarded the Secondary Geography Quality MarkPublished 19/11/15
The Geographical Association (GA) is delighted to announce so far 51 schools were awarded the Secondary Geography Quality Mark (SGQM) in September 2015.
The SGQM award process encourages and supports schools to reflect on their work and strive for the highest quality in their teaching. All the award winners undergo a rigorous moderation process, and the team of assessors were hugely impressed by the manner in which all are continuing to embrace new and innovative approaches to teaching geography. The SGQM, now into its 9th year, recognises student attainment, progress and achievement in areas such as geographical knowledge, understanding, values, skills and concepts, and sets expectations about the quality of teaching in geography. It aims to promote effective subject leadership and management, helping subject leaders raise the standards of geography in their schools.
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HAMPSTEAD SCHOOL WINS SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARDPublished 29/09/15
Hampstead School in the London Borough of Camden has been awarded the Secondary School / College of the Year award at a glittering awards ceremony in London, hosted by comedian David Baddiel, for its continuous commitment to developing student communication skills.
The 2015 Shine a Light Awards are a national awards scheme organised by Pearson, in partnership with The Communication Trust, to celebrate innovative work, inspirational individuals and excellent practice in supporting children and young people’s communication development.
Hampstead School focuses explicitly on developing communication, speaking and listening skills through consistently promoting active listening and effective speaking among staff and students.
Since 2009, the school has worked with the borough’s speech and language therapy (SLT) team, participating in their Listen-EAR (Enjoy, Achieve, Respect) approach, and appointing a teacher to ensure the approach is carried out across the whole school.
All year seven pupils receive an active listening lesson where teachers observe the children and feed back to the special educational needs (SEN) team, identifying any students who may need further support developing their communication skills. Outside of year seven, teachers are constantly observing their students, whatever year group students are in, referring to the SEN team when needed.
The schools leader for speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) works closely with the SENCO and the Camden SLT team to identify communication strengths and needs of students and which of their subject teachers require extra support and/or resources.
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UNICEF Rights Respecting School AwardPublished 14/09/15
Hampstead School in the London Borough of Camden is the first secondary school in London to be awarded a Level 2* Rights Respecting School Award by Unicef UK.
Unicef is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights. The Rights Respecting Schools Award is granted to schools that show commitment to promoting and realising children’s rights and encouraging adults, children and young people to respect the rights of others in school. The Level 2 Award is the highest accolade given by Unicef UK and shows a deep and thorough commitment to children’s rights at all levels of school life. There are over 250 schools across England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales that have received the Level 2 Award.
Headteacher of Hampstead School, Jacques Szemalikowski, said: “We are delighted to be the first secondary school in London to be awarded the RRSA at level 2, the highest possible recognition by Unicef UK. This accolade reflects the hard work of staff, our student leadership group elected to represent their peers, and students generally. At Hampstead School, we will always ensure that the impeccable behavior that we expect and witness is rooted in rights, underpinned by respect”.
The Award recognises achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child at the heart of a school’s planning, policies and practice. A Rights Respecting School is a community where children’s rights are learned, taught, practised, respected, protected and promoted. Unicef UK Rights Respecting Schools Programme Director, Frances Bestley, said: Children at Hampstead School understand and are strongly committed to children’s rights. They are listened to, participate fully in school life and have a strong understanding of the wider world. It is clear that the school’s rights-respecting work has created a positive and empowering learning environment for all and we are very pleased to be awarding them the UNICEF UK Level 2 Rights Respecting Schools Award.”