Nottingham Local Education Partnership Newsletter issue five - autumn 2010
Inside Achievements and challenges ............................................... Pg 2 Academies completed
The Government has “stopped” projects with a total value of £87 million that were part of Nottingham’s successful Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. This means that four new school projects - Trinity, Top Valley, Fernwood and Westbury - along with four new Learning Centres for vulnerable pupils are frozen until further notice. The Nottingham Academy for Girls (currently Manning School) is currently ‘under discussion’.
Pg 6 Happy second anniversary
Nottingham’s BSF programme has seen five major school projects completed - Oak Field, Big Wood, Hadden Park High, The Bulwell Academy and Nottingham University Samworth Academy - representing an investment of approximately £87 million. Two other schools are currently under construction - Rosehill and Nottingham Academy - representing an investment of approximately £63 million.
Pg 3 Construction updates
Five schools are unaffected by the announcement and will still go ahead as planned:
Newsflash The Nottingham LEP website has been completely overhauled
Ellis Guilford Nethergate Woodlands Farnborough Bluecoat (part)
Pg 5 Change is a journey
Did you know?
A short film has been made which features pupils and Nottingham City Council and Nottingham’s Local Education Partnership Headteachers talking about what they love about their are working hard on all fronts and exploring all options to secure funding to new schools. To view the film, click here. carry out the planned re-modelling of Trinity and Top Valley schools.
The Bulwell Academy
Academies completed In August, construction of state-of-the-art facilities for The Bulwell Academy and Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) along with a new Year 7 and 8 Base at Nottingham Academy, were completed ready for the start of term. The Bulwell Academy, sponsored by independent education foundation Edge, caters for 1000 pupils aged 11-16 and specialises in business and enterprise. An internal courtyard is the exciting heart of the new academy and leads to the five 'learning villages' that have been designed to ensure a safe and secure environment for pupils. A large glass Enterprise Hub provides links with local and national businesses and is a focus for enterprise and regeneration in Bulwell.
Did you know? Green-Works cleared and packed up three 17-tonne lorries worth of surplus furniture from the old NUSA buildings which is being stored for reuse, for example 200 chairs have been sent to a church mission in the Caribbean.
NUSA, sponsored by University of Nottingham and Sir David Samworth, caters for 950 pupils aged 11 to 18 and specialises in health and science. The building is designed around a 'heartspace' area consisting of main reception and restaurant leading through to a stunning glass-covered central atrium called The Street. Facilities include industry-standard science and engineering labs, professional food technology and catering kitchens, an internet cafe and university-style lecture theatre. Nottingham Academy, sponsored by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, caters for 3,600 children aged three to 19 and specialises in mathematics, literacy and digital media. The academy is split across three sites in Nottingham Academy - Ransom Road site the east of the City; the Ransom Road site (the former Elliott Durham School) in Mapperley, the Greenwood Road 1 site (the former Jesse Boot Primary School) in Sneinton and the Greenwood Road 2 site (the former Greenwood Dale School) also in Sneinton. Phase 1 of the Ransom Road site is now complete and will provide a new base for Year 7 and 8 pupils in September. The three academy projects represent approximately ÂŁ66 million of investment from the Government. Dame Kelly Holmes helped hundreds of children celebrate the official opening of the NUSA building on Friday, 17th September 2010 2
Construction Updates Secondary and special schools The remodelling of Rosehill School (pictured left) is well underway. The steelwork has been erected for the upper and lower blocks whilst the middle block is now ready for steelwork. Brickwork and roofing works are ongoing at the lower block together with various ground works and retaining walls to the whole of the site. Further work on Ellis Guilford School has taken place and Nottingham City Council’s Executive Board has given approval to proceed to the next stage of design development. At the same time, the Council’s Executive Board also approved early designs for Nethergate School.
Academies Now that the new buildings for The Bulwell Academy and Nottingham University Samworth Academy (NUSA) have been completed, the former school buildings will be demolished to make way for all-weather sports pitches, car parking and landscaping. Phase 2 of the Nottingham Academy Ransom Road site has commenced which involves transforming the former Elliot Durham School building through extensive remodelling and refurbishment. Construction work is also underway at the Greenwood Road 1 site (pictured left) which will cater for pupils aged 3 to 16 and be completed in September 2011. Work will start at the Greenwood Road 2 site, which will cater for post -16 students, in 2011.
Nottingham Academy - Greenwood Road 1 site
The Government is determined to press ahead with the academies programme and wants all the schools already identified as future academies to enjoy the freedoms and benefits academy status brings. This means that the development of Nottingham Academy for Girls is still planned to go ahead however the announcement about how much funding is available for this project is “under discussion” and won’t be made until after the Comprehensive Spending Review concludes in October.
Primary schools Construction work is progressing at all four schools in phase 1a of the Primary Capital Programme (PCP). Greenfields was completed last month, Henry Whipple is due for completion in October and Robin Hood is due to be complete in December. The remodelling of Blue Bell Hill (pictured left), which is running in tandem with the remodelling of Rosehill School next door, is scheduled for completion in Spring 2011. Details of further funding for the PCP is expected after the Comprehensive Spending Review in October. In the meantime, the Council has identified those schools which will be priorities for investment in phase 2.
Blue Bell Hill
Other projects Construction work began before the summer holidays on the transformation of Victoria Leisure Centre (pictured left) and is progressing well. The new centre will feature a number of design features which aim to make it environmentally friendly. The main pool hall has roof lights and glazed facades to maximise the amount of daylight entering the space. This will reduce the need to light the building using artificial light sources saving energy. Low water usage showers and taps will also reduce the water use of the building. In addition, some water from the pools, which would normally go down the drain, will be recycled and used to flush the toilets. The new centre is linking up to the District Heating which is a zero carbon energy source and will reduce the centre’s carbon footprint. This heat source contributes significantly towards achieving an “excellent” environmental assessment rating for the building.
Victoria Leisure Centre
The £5.3 million project to restore the Forest Recreation Ground to its former glory is underway. Heritage Lottery Funding of £3.1 million is supporting the restoration of the existing buildings and monuments as well as installation of new security features, a Sports Zone and work to the entrances. 3
A day in the life of Rob Woon - ICT Manager I have been in post for over three months now but have been contributing to the role for three years. Prior to joining Nottingham’s LEP I was the ICT Lead for Nottingham City Council from the early days of Nottingham’s BSF programme. It is important at the pre-procurement stage of the LEP and Financial Close of the programmes that we work extensively with the schools to help them understand what is possible and get an idea of what they want. The outcome of this process is that the schools feel ownership of the ICT service they are getting and it is tremendously satisfying to see this being used. The role of ICT Manager was arguably not envisaged at the outset of Nottingham’s BSF programme - but the importance of the role has grown as the complexity of the integration of ICT into the programme has become better understood. The ICT Manager role is split across three phases, incorporating new project developments (NPD), implementation and service delivery. Each phase is distinctly different requiring a different focus, but each directly impacts on the following phase. At present we have schools split across all three phases with the majority in the NPD and service delivery phases. Currently there are over 5,000 users across two secondary schools, two academies, a special school and a primary school and our monthly service reports indicate that all the schools have an extremely efficient ICT service. I am working with the Council to establish a review framework for the service to ensure the figures reported are supported by user experience. Working closely alongside school staff gives me an opportunity to measure the impact of the ICT service on teaching and learning and this really excites me. Over the years, leading research bodies have struggled to identify a
solid link between successful use of technologies to increase educational attainment. In Nottingham we feel we are on the way to measuring success of delivering the wider strategic requirements for ICT in our schools. This role also gives me the opportunity to review the impact of school specific innovations including: The pilot ‘wireless strategy’ at Southwark Primary School. This school is almost totally wireless and is really beginning to utilise the freedom this gives them. The presentation hall at Big Wood School is an other success story. The school has two projectors and three digital screens within a hall which can be split into two areas and has allowed staff to engage students in a whole range of experiences. The immersive room at Oak Field School has been interesting from an ICT point of view. Oak Field was designed with the focus of being a sensory school, catering for a range of special needs. Software applications have been written to deliver a range of experiences and by utilising the developing technologies around sensory stimulation and working closely with the local universities, this school has become a leading institution. We are delivering ICT entitlement to pupils and teaching staff irrespective of year group, subject and classroom. I was always certain that the ICT innovation rabbit would not be plucked from the BSF programme hat overnight there is no quick fix to the varied ICT solutions and practice we find in schools across the UK. Instead it will be based upon a new found confidence in the systems; the ability to access high quality and relevant training; and the opportunity to access the right technology for the right job. Once these key components are in place then just sit back and watch the staff and pupils fly. I think they are already in place in Nottingham so I am looking forward to the next 12 months! 4
Impact of ICT managed service on the client teachers For most of us who have been involved with the delivery of ICT services into schools the BSF programme and its associated ICT Managed Service was excellent news. The programme would ensure that schools had a reasonable amount of funding ring-fenced for spend on ICT supported by industry standard service delivery. It would also provide the Council with a technology partner that is experienced in supporting technical innovation. So a year into the service delivery what sort of impact is the ICT Managed Service having on the practices we see in schools which have benefited from the BSF programme?
School specification Jason Charvill, Head of Business, Hadden Park High School The implementation of our ICT service as part of the BSF refurbishment at Hadden Park High was a quite a lengthy process.We spent time consulting departments in the school about what they wanted from technology, investigating new technologies and liaising with manufacturers to find out what was out there that would fulfil our vision of transforming education through technology. Very early in the process we decided that we wanted access to ICT to be as ubiquitous as possible within the school and our aspiration is to reach a stage within the next few years where we are able to provide a device for every pupil or integrate the pupil’s own device so that it can be used in school for learning. It was also important to us to get the right mix of technology, so that pupils could be exposed to, and become confident with, as broad a range of technologies as possible. To this end, in addition to buying desktop PCs and banks of laptops, we also encouraged departments to think of items they’d like with the ‘wow-factor’ that would really enthuse pupils. The schools that have benefited from Nottingham’s BSF programme are very close to the ICT solutions as they have been involved in the visioning and drawing up the specification for services right from the start.The schools made it clear that training and support was extremely important and so Nottingham has invested some of the funding in this.
Developing skills and expertise Jason Charvill, Head of Business, Hadden Park High School Training has been key to making our managed service solution work. The transition from our school system to managed service was massive – from the way users log on and checked emails to the breadth of specialist software and hardware we were able to provide. We worked closely with Ramesys throughout. We surveyed staff to gauge their expertise and training needs before drawing up an action plan to meet individual needs. We also developed the role of a non-teaching member of staff (an ex-ICT Technician in fact) to become an ‘E-Champion’ whose job is to support staff on a day-to-day basis in their skill development and to help with the use of technology in schemes of work and lesson plans. This allowed us to provide a number of levels of training support from whole-school induction right down to tutorials for individual staff. Our belief is that the ICT Managed Service is a slow burner in terms of realising innovative practice. Once staff are confident their service works, receive relevant training to develop their skills and have the correct level of resourcing then we have the building blocks in place in order to realise thousands of innovative opportunities - roughly one per member of staff!
Innovative practice Jan Davis, Food Technology teacher, Hadden Park High School Typically, Jan will use a Clipbank video as a starter for the lesson and start discussions. She helps pupils develop their techniques by demonstrating to the class with the aid of a HD Visualiser which projects her demonstration onto the interactive whiteboard. This also allows her to save the movie of the demonstration for later viewing or revision via the Learning Platform. When pupils develop their own recipes and menus they use the internet and database software to ensure their dishes are nutritionally balanced. Their entire coursework can now be completed to a high standard of presentation using Office tools and printed in full colour to form an A3 portfolio. In Nottingham we are confident that the core entitlement is being delivered to all members of our BSF community. We are beginning to develop the innovative partnership with our ICT Managed Service Provider that we envisaged back at pre-procurement. We are measuring not only service delivery but impact of service and it will be extremely exciting to see the many and varied ways our staff and students take the development of ICT in their schools into the next few years.
Happy second anniversary! In June 2010, Nottingham’s LEP celebrated its second anniversary. Over the last two years, a great deal has been achieved by the LEP and their work has made a significant contribution to the transformation of education in Nottingham. A celebration event held at Southwark Primary provided key stakeholders with the opportunity to see how the LEP is helping transform the city’s educational landscape. Brian Duckworth, LEP Chairman, and Councillor David Mellen, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, praised the LEP and outlined some of the LEP’s key achievements which include: Building three new schools and completed the major refurbishment of a fourth school. Creating two of the most modern and efficient Combined Heat and Power plants. Providing additional added value to Nottingham’s economy by creating jobs, modern apprenticeships and training opportunities. Pupils from Southwark Primary School also took part and entertained the audience with their accounts of the best things about their new school.
What’s on October 21st October
Official opening of the Southwark Primary School building
The Duchess of Gloucester to visit Oak Field School and Sports College
Newsflash Partnerships for Schools has published a case study about Southwark Primary School. To view the case study, click here.
November 1st November
Official opening of the re-modelled Hadden Park High School
Official opening of The Bulwell Academy building
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