Dear Parents and Carers
As mentioned in our recent newsletter, the school had a Sustaining Improvement Inspection in early February.
The report has now been published and is available on the ETI (Education and Training Inspectorate) website DENI ETI. As you will read in the report, not all classrooms could be visited during this inspection.
However, the inspectors commented favourably on the quality of teaching in the classrooms which they did visit; they observed good practice and in particular made reference to the high quality of the teachers' planning, how well the teachers knew their children and how engaged pupils were. The inspectors spoke to a number of pupils and were impressed with how articulate the pupils were and how positively they spoke about their learning.
Whilst the inspectors could not draw an overall conclusion at present, it is clear that the school is moving in the right direction and that improvements have been made since the last inspection. We would wish to thank all staff involved.
If you have any queries about the report please feel free to contact us.
S Cranston and R Clarke.
ROUND TOWER INTEGRATED PRIMARY SCHOOL
HOLIDAYS 2018/19 YEAR
29TH AUGUST-21 DECEMBER
OFF HALLOWEEN HOLIDAY 29 OCTOBER-2 NOVEMBER (5 DAYS)
3 JANUARY-17 APRIL
OFF 18-20 FEBRUARY (3 DAYS)
OFF 18-19 MARCH (2 DAYS)
29 APRIL-28 JUNE
OFF 6 MAY (1 DAY)
OFF 24-27 MAY (2 DAYS)
There may be 5 days when the school will close for teacher training but we have not had official notification about these. As soon as we are notified, I will pass these dates to you.
Safer Internet Day 2018
Safer Internet Day is celebrated on Tuesday 6th February. It aims to not only create a safer internet but also a better internet, where everyone is empowered to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively.
By celebrating the positive power of the internet, the 2018 Safer Internet Day theme of “Create, Connect and Share Respect: a better internet starts with you” encourages everyone to join the global movement, to participate, to make the most of the internet’s potential to bring people together.
Safer Internet Day 2018 encourages everyone to join and play their part. There are many ways to do this:
· Children and young people can help to create a better internet by being kind and respectful to others online, by protecting their online reputations (and those of others), and by seeking out positive opportunities to create, engage and share online
· Parents and carers play a crucial role in empowering and supporting children to use technology responsibly, respectfully, critically and creatively, whether it is by ensuring an open dialogue with their children, educating them to use technology safely and positively, or by acting as digital role models. As a parent monitor the games and websites that your child is playing/accessing. Ensure that it is age appropriate content.
· Teachers can help to create a better internet by equipping their pupils and students with digital literacy skills and by developing their critical thinking skills, which will allow them to better navigate the online world. They can empower them to create their own content, make positive choices online and can set a personal example of online behaviour for their pupils and students.
· Everyone has a responsibility to make a positive difference online. We can all promote the positive by being kind and respectful to others and seeking out positive opportunities to create and connect. We can all respond to the negative by reporting any inappropriate or illegal content.
Round Tower IPS invites everyone to join us, and Safer Internet Day supporters across the globe, to help create a better internet on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 and, indeed, throughout the whole year. A better internet starts with you!
Find out more about the global campaign for Safer Internet Day at www.saferinternetday.org.
Other online safety resources can be found at www.childnet.com and thinkuknow.co.uk
I have attached our complaints policy that has been agreed with governors recently.