As we head towards February Half Term 2019, we want to make sure you have a summarised view of what is coming up from VNET in the next packed half term, as well as sharing some other news items, events and opportunities you may have missed.

All of the events listed below can now be booked by clicking on the appropriate link, or the other contact information provided.

VNET Events in the next Half Term – All Open for Booking

We are also pleased to be able to offer some more dates for our free VNET Early Years 1:1 sessions with VNET Early Years associate Clare Searle. Members can book a 30 minute or 1 hour slot to discuss elements of good practice, share action plans or explore an area of the EYFS they are looking to develop on Monday 11th March, OR Monday 13th May, between 8:30am and 4:30pm @ South Green Park.

If you would like to take advantage of this offer, then please reserve a space by emailing support@viscountnelson.net and including the name, school and email address of the person attending, the preferred date (11th March or 13th May), a preferred time (between 8:30am and 4pm), whether the person requires an hour or 30 minutes, and the nature of your enquiry, or the topic you would like to cover. All time slots will be reserved on a first come first served basis until all slots are completely booked.

VNET Partner and Member School Events in the Next Half Term

In case you haven’t seen them, the following are a selection of the events being hosted by some of our partners or at Member Schools which we think are worth looking into if they meet your priorities:

More courses and events are available on our partners websites. To see what our partners are offering, please check out their section on our website – VNET Partners

Other Opportunities and Projects

Norwich School have a series of Outreach Projects and Opportunities for VNET Schools to engage with every term. Some of the current projects and opportunities include a Creative Writing Project in Partnership with Dying Matters for all pupils and all schools across the region, Year 5 Children and Adults Mathematics Taster Sessions in April 2019, a Community Writing Project for local primary schools in partnership with the National Centre for Writing, a Careers and Networking Event on Thursday 28th March 2019 open to Year 10 and 11 pupils from local schools, a Primary Debating Project and some Sensational Science Workshops. To get involved or find out more, please visit the Norwich School Outreach website

Lionwood Teaching School has set up The Inclusion Practitioners Support Network (ISPN) to connect practitioners that have some of the hardest jobs in our schools and educational settings, within a safe and non-judgemental forum. The new Network meets once a half term from 1.30pm – 3.30pm at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School and attendance at the IPSN is free, and open to support staff working with vulnerable children in all schools in Norfolk. Although some training or sharing of expertise may be offered, it is first and foremost an opportunity for practitioners to share experience, strategies and support with colleagues facing similar challenges to help build resilience and improve wellbeing. The dates for 2018-19 are: 27th February 2019 – 1.30-3.30pm, 30th April 2019 – 1.30-3.30pm & 6th June 2019 – 1.30-3.30pm at Lionwood Infant and Nursery School. If you would like to join the network or find out more – please contact Maria Cornish at Lionwood Teaching School on teachingschool@istnorfolk.co.uk

The Food and Farming Discovery Trust are offering a limited number of free school group tickets for the Royal Norfolk Show which runs this year on the 26th and 27th June. The theme for the 2019 educational offering is Explore the UK, and school groups will be able to get involved in a host of specially crafted activities. To book tickets please go to www.discoverytrust.org.uk/rns/

At the show will also be the culmination of two great competitions which are free for schools to engage with and have cash prizes available. The first is the Food, Farming and Countryside Challenge, an exciting opportunity for schools to showcase their learning linked to food, farming and the countryside, and more information about the groups able to take part and the prizes can be found at www.discoverytrust.org.uk/competitions/jifc/ The second, is the Norfolk Schools Art Competition open to all pupils in Norfolk schools, with more information available at www.discoverytrust.org.uk/activities/norfolk-schools-art-competition/

NTLEC are running a programme of five afternoon courses for those schools looking to Rethink the Primary Curriculum, starting in March and running through to June. This follows on from Clare Fletcher’s presentation at the VNET Conference in January, and costs £100pp for all five sessions. You can find out more information and get booking instructions from the NTLEC website.

Norfolk PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) are currently recruiting schools to join them in September 2019. They are holding a series of events in March to provide more details. If you would like to find out more or book a place at one of the events, you can find out more here.

Final Thought

We hope you have a fantastic February Half Term and look forward to seeing you all after the break.