Schools awarded anti-bullying charter status

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Nine schools in Wolverhampton have been awarded anti-bullying charter status by Headstart Wolverhampton’s B-Safe team.

The charter, which is given to schools who demonstrate their commitment to preventing and dealing with bullying among young people, was presented to schools at a prestigious event in the Mayoral Suite at the Civic Centre yesterday (Wednesday 12 June, 2019).

Schools were asked to submit evidence and policies to support an application for a charter award based on statements in the charter, which was then examined by the B-Safe team who selected the schools which deserved to be awarded charter status.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “I believe it is absolutely key that schools in the city who show their commitment towards the prevention of bullying are recognised for the hard work that they put in daily.

“Bullying affects many people, especially in schools, so it is important pupils are educated on how to prevent it and deal with it should it possibly occur.”

The schools who were awarded charter status at this ceremony were:

Moreton School, Bushbury Hill Primary School, St Martin’s Primary School, Grove Primary School, Field View Primary School, Oak Meadow Primary School, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy and SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy.

The B-Safe Team is supported by HeadStart Wolverhampton and reports directly to Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board. It aims to make sure that the views and experiences of children and young people are heard, to challenge the work of the Board and its partners and influence the Board’s priorities. It also works to improve the way that the wellbeing of children and young people is promoted, and that they are protected from abuse and neglect.

Linda Sanders, Chair of Wolverhampton’s Safeguarding Board, said: “I’d like to thank the B-Safe team for developing this charter.

“Their hard work is helping to raise awareness of the terrible impact that bullying can have on children and young people, and the steps that people and schools can take to help end bullying for good.”

The schools which were awarded charter status at this ceremony were included Moreton School, Bushbury Hill Primary School, St Martin’s Primary School, Grove Primary School, Field View Primary School, Oak Meadow Primary School, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Primary Academy and SS Mary and John’s Catholic Primary Academy. Representatives from each, including teachers and pupils, were invited to yesterday’s presentation ceremony.

HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56 million National Lottery funded programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

HeadStart Wolverhampton runs a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas: Low Hill, The Scotlands and Bushbury South; Heath Town, Park Village, Eastfield, Springfield and Old Heath; Bilston East; All Saints, Blakenhall, Parkfields and Ettingshall.

Citywide help is available through the HeadStart Wolverhampton Support and Guidance Directory at http://support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

To find out more about HeadStart, please visit www.headstartonline.co.uk, follow @headstartfm on Twitter or Instagram, or find HeadStart on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstartfm.

Year 8 and 9 get ‘Work Ready’ at Moreton School with Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie

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HeadStart is encouraging local school students to get Work Ready in a new employability programme aiming to enthuse, engage and inspire young people.

The HeadStart team have delivered an excellent range of motivating and confidence building programmes and have really engaged with the students. I was also grilled by mini Jeremy Paxmans for their podcast on policing and community safety. The students really rose to the occasion!
— Ashley Bertie, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands

Work Ready targets young people who may need additional support to ensure they develop self-confidence and high aspirations. The 6-part programme is delivered over two years in HeadStart secondary schools.

Sharlie Morais, HeadStart Placement Officer based in the Connexions Team, is leading the Work Ready programme. Sharlie helps young people identify the key skills and qualities required for success in any career. Sharlie delivers aspirational workshops, designed to inspire passion and support young people to visualise and plan their pathway to success.

In addition to a range of fun career-focused activities, local employers are invited to speak to students about their career journey. 

On 6th February, Moreton School students met the Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. Ashley Bertie works alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, to set the priorities for policing in our area, decide on the budgets for West Midlands Police and challenge the Chief Constable and police leadership to continually improve local policing.

Ashley asked the students to identify and discuss the core skills, qualities and behaviours required in his challenging role in public service. He listened carefully as they shared their experiences of police work in the city and their ideas for improving the lives and safety of young people. The students then challenged Ashley with some tough questions of their own. You can listen to Ashley’s interview in the podcast available below:

Thanks to Ashley for visiting Moreton to share both his experiences and inspirational words.

Look out for more about the Work Ready programme on the HeadStart website soon!

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Video and press release: City’s young people urge MPs to support emotional wellbeing

Video: join Keisha, Anoopjit, David and Cristina from HeadStart Wolverhampton on their House of Commons adventure.

Press release below modified from City Of Wolverhampton Council: original link here

HeadStart Ambassador Cristina discussing young people’s mental health support at the Parliamentary event.

HeadStart Ambassador Cristina discussing young people’s mental health support at the Parliamentary event.

Young people from HeadStart Wolverhampton travelled to Westminster to highlight the need for support around children and young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Young people and representatives from HeadStart Wolverhampton met with MPs and government officials in a learning event, organised by The National Lottery Community Fund on Tuesday 5 February, which was designed to celebrate the ground-breaking work of the HeadStart programme across the country.

Mini Ambassadors Keisha (12), Anoopjit (13), and David (13), talked to MPs about some of the support available in Wolverhampton, and their own experiences with HeadStart.

Also in attendance was HeadStart Ambassador Cristina Wilde, who has worked with HeadStart Wolverhampton since the start of the programme and is now training to become a mental health nurse.

Cristina said: “HeadStart is a really important part of our community. It’s all about the young people, with activities designed specifically for them. I feel really privileged to be a part of the HeadStart programme and, as an Ambassador, I have been able to influence the support offered across the city.”

About the parliamentary event, Cristina added: “Mental health support for young people is so important. It was great to speak with MPs and other officials about the amazing work we do in Wolverhampton and how we can build on this in the future.

“Mental health affects everyone and it’s important that support for young people is readily available. I’m excited to see what happens next, and how we can continue to support young people and remove the stigma attached to mental health.”

HeadStart is a really important part of our community. It’s all about the young people, with activities designed specifically for them. I feel really privileged to be a part of the HeadStart programme and, as an Ambassador, I have been able to influence the support offered across the city.
— Cristina Wilde, HeadStart Ambassador
David, Anoopjit and Keisha speak to professionals at the event

David, Anoopjit and Keisha speak to professionals at the event

Councillor Paul Sweet, City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, added “The HeadStart programme, working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council, voluntary groups and other services across the city, has made great strides in embedding emotional wellbeing support in all aspects of a young person’s life.

“The National Lottery Community Fund’s learning event was a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of all the good work going on in Wolverhampton to a wider audience. It’s wonderful to see our young people engaging with MPs to discuss the importance of mental health support.”

The HeadStart programme, working in partnership with City of Wolverhampton Council, voluntary groups and other services across the city, has made great strides in embedding emotional wellbeing support in all aspects of a young person’s life.
— Councillor Paul Sweet
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HeadStart Wolverhampton, part of a £56m programme set-up by the National Lottery Community Fund, is designed to improve the emotional mental health and wellbeing of children and young people aged 10 to 16 by giving them the skills they need to cope with the challenges of modern life.

As well as running a series of specific programmes in its four key target areas, HeadStart Wolverhampton offers city-wide help through a Support and Guidance Directory at support.headstartonline.co.uk which provides emotional mental health and wellbeing resources from different organisations, including information targeted at young people, parents and carers, and professionals.

A screen from a digital presentation used by Mini Ambassadors to share the HeadStart Wolverhampton programme with MPs

A screen from a digital presentation used by Mini Ambassadors to share the HeadStart Wolverhampton programme with MPs


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Getting Ahead Primary Skills Day, Bob Jones Community Hub

Getting Ahead Skills Day at Bob Jones Community Hub, January 14th 2019

Today is the first of two Skills Days for groups of Year 6 students participating in HeadStart’s targeted Getting Ahead programme.

This day, taking place at Bob Jones Community Hub, is designed to build the practical, teamworking and problem-solving skills of the young people. The students move around the challenges on a rotational basis, offering each of them the chance to learn new skills and have fun while also learning that failure is a necessary part of developing resilience and making progress!

The skills are:

  • DIY skills: building a set of flat-pack shelves

  • A bead sequencing problem-solving challenge

  • A First Aid workshop

  • A sewing workshop

  • A Virtual Reality challenge

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Here’s a glimpse of what the young people have been up to!

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The Getting Ahead programme includes a range of residential and other activities spread through the academic year, and brings together selected groups of young people from different HeadStart Wolverhampton schools.

The programme is facilitated and led by HeadStart partner EngagEDU (@EngageduOnline).

Last chance! Visit Gazebo's 'Winter Wonderland' at Bilston Town Hall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week are your last chance to visit Gazebo Theatre’s fantastic ‘A Winter Wonderland’ at Bilston Town Hall.

This free festive experience for all of the family is open on the following days and times:

  • Thursday 20th December from 12pm until 3pm

  • Friday 21st December from 12pm until 3pm

  • Saturday 22nd December from 11am until 4pm

The Winter Wonderland was imagined, planned and created by HeadStart’s fantastic Mini Ambassadors, aged 10-14, in Bilston East, in collaboration with the team at Gazebo Theatre.

Here’s a glimpse of the sparkly delights that lie in wait for lucky visitors. Don’t miss out!