Wellbeing Day 2018 – Friday 15 June

This year, wellbeing day is running in conjunction with The Hathershaw College. Activities on the day will take place at OSFC, Hathershaw or at external venues.

Here is the timetable of events scheduled for this year:
Wellbeing Day Timetable 2018

Further details including an online booking link will be sent out this week via all staff email.

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Leavers Table 14.05.18 to 18.05.18 from Gillian Oakley

Leavers Table 14.05.18 to 18.05.18

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Top Teaching Tip of the Week – DIFFERENTIATION from Julie Maher

Its that time of year when we update our teaching resources in preparation for the next academic year. Differentiation should always be a key part of our planning. “Begin with what you want the most able to achieve and then differentiate down from there, ensuring those who need the most support have access to this”. Here are some quick wins that we can prepare over the summer:

Our classrooms displays – building up a bank of resources to model what success looks like

Scaffolding – via writing frames and other supportive materials

Choice of task – offer at least two choices of varying difficulty


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Disposal of confidential waste (GDPR) from Corinne Walker

There are now 5 large red confidential waste disposal bins in each building

Main building – The Hub, Staff Room

DLB – The Know

Sports Hall

Science Centre

Please use these to dispose of any confidential waste (as per the recent GDPR training)

These bins are locked and we have no access to open them.



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Staff Reviews 2017/18 from Pam Mcllroy

The paperwork for the staff reviews is now available on N:\Policies and Management\Staff Development Reviews\2017-18.  The deadline for completing reviews and uploading the overview statements and objectives on Bluesky is Friday 14 July.  It is hoped that there will be some time during INSET week to prepare and conduct some reviews, with the remainder taking place in the last half term when timetables are lighter for many staff.

The following preparation forms are available:

Support Staff



Progress Tutors



Please take the time to read the guidance notes for reviewees and reviewers as appropriate.  These will take you through the process step by step. If you still have any queries after reading the notes, please contact HR.

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Briefing notes 2018.05.16 from Dee Campbell

Briefing 2018.05.16

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Support Staff Advanced Practitioners

Support Staff Advanced Practitioners

We would like to offer a development opportunity for support staff to become Advanced Practitioners to support new staff or coach existing staff to improve their performance. Ideally we will have a small bank of Advanced Practitioners who could work with support staff as required. This would be a formal arrangement working to agreed targets over a set period of time. A payment of up to £200 will be made when allocated to support a member of staff. Coaching Training will be provided on Wednesday 6 June. This opportunity is available to support staff at all levels. Effective communication skills are essential.

If you are interested in becoming an Advanced Practitioner, further details are available from the HR Department. Please submit a brief letter of application (no more than one side of A4) to the HR department by noon on Thursday 24 May.

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Manchester 10K Maggies Run – last chance please help us reach our target

Laura from Maggie’s has just dropped off the t-shirts and vests for us, so if you placed an order, please collect your top(s) from Dee’s office asap.  There is a tick-list for you to sign as you collect, so please be sure to complete this too, in order that we know all tops have been collected by the right people and we can get any remaining ones out to their owners.

Thanks again to everyone for your amazing fund-raising efforts.  The grand total across all the individual pages and the generic one is now over £4200!  I’ve included the team link below so anyone who wants to donate and has yet to do so can either select the relevant individual page or choose the general ‘Pinnacle Fundraising’ one towards the end of the list.  I’m sure we’ll easily smash the £5000 mark by Sunday!


Having liaised with Dave at Hathershaw, we’d like everyone taking part in the 10K to meet at 2pm in front of the Town Hall in Albert Square on Sunday (and half-marathoners too, if you’re ok to hang on until then?).  Although it may be busy there, we should be ok to meet there and should easily spot each other in our orange tops.

Maggie’s Oldham will have a cheering squad out on the route (precise details tbc but somewhere around the 4-5K mark, which I’m told is near Old Trafford – I’m hoping to get past that area very quickly!).  Maggie’s have then reserved a space for us to meet up after the event in The Refinery, Spinningfields, so anyone who can make it for a post-run/walk meet-up would be very welcome there and whilst there won’t be free drinks laid on (sadly!), we can buy food and drink there.  Again, I’ll put out precise details later in the week but just thought I’d mention this now while emailing.

Thanks again,


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External Advert

The following has been advertised on greater jobs and our website.

Language Assistant for A-Level French
15 hrs per week, term time, to commence September 2018, permanent.
Salary: Pro-rata of points 1 – 6 of the Language Assistant pay spine, currently £16,316 – £19,955 per annum.

We require a fluent French speaking Language Assistant to prepare students on an individual or group basis for AS and A2 oral examinations. There is also the possibility of some A-Level French teaching, depending on suitability of applicant.

Advert Closing Date: 12 noon Wednesday 25th May 2018.
Interview Date: w/c 4 June 2018

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Leavers Table 01.05.18 to 11.05.18 from Gillian Oakley

Leavers Table 01.05.18 to 11.05.18

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