The Expedition – Educational Resource

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The Expedition role play activity – the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

The Expedition follows the story of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916 led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. However, the resource does not reference names, specific locations or the year. Hence, The Expedition is in the hands of the participants and their imaginations and only once they complete the journey will they discover that they have re-enacted a true story.

The Expedition is a role play activity. Eight actors are required to play eight characters. The actors are given a short biography, followed by a numerical sequence of action cards to read in turn with the full cast until the story is complete.

More information here and the materials can be downloaded here.

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training Course

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The next Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training course is being held on Wednesday 17 June 2015  at BBIC Wilthorpe, Barnsley. Places still available for those who wish to attend.

All schools and children’s services settings should have an Educational Visits Co-ordinator who has undertaken this one-day training course.

Wednesday 17 June 2014 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Book a place on this course and find more information about a range of other training events here.

Should you require further information about this course, please do not hesitate to contact me on t: 01226 773586 m: 07824 351133 e: davidarmstrong@barnsley.gov.uk.

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First aid training to be made compulsory for new nursery recruits

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Information from the DfE:

New nursery and pre-school staff will be required to undertake paediatric first aid for the first time, according to new government proposals.

The plans have received the support of parents Joanne and Dan Thompson, who have been campaigning for the change following the tragic death of their daughter, Millie, at nursery in October 2012. Their important campaign culminated in an e-petition signed by over 103,000 people.

The new proposals will mean newly qualified staff with a childcare level 2 and 3 qualification must have an emergency paediatric first aid or full paediatric first aid certificate – a life-saving change that will add approximately 15,000 additional trained early years professionals to our nurseries and pre-schools each and every year.

More information and DfE press release here.

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YHA Familiarisation Visits – YHA Castleton/Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA Sherwood Forest, YHA Whitby, YHA Eyam – Free of Charge

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Forthcoming familiarisation visits from the Youth Hostels Association at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA Sherwood Forest, YHA Whitby and YHA Eyam as follows.

These events are free of charge and an overnight stay may be available if required to get a good feel for the venue and accommodation, subject to availability:

To help group leaders to make the very best of your stay with YHA School Trips, YHA runs a series of familiarisation events at centres throughout England and Wales. During your vist you will see a wide range of activities, sample the food and refreshments, tour the hostel and explore the local attractions.

The familiarisation events enable teachers and other group leaders to:

  • Get hands-on experience of a variety of National Curriculum-linked challenges and activities
  • Gain advice on planning a residential visit with YHA and the support that we can provide
  • Explore a selection of YHA centres
  • Meet the staff and ask questions
  • Discover the benefits our trips provide for their pupils

The next events will be taking place at the following venues:

For further details and to book your place contact the YHA Groups Advisor on 01629 592 705 or email michaelsabin@yha.org.uk. Or you can book online here.

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training Courses 2015

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Three dates are now available for this training for 2015. It is particularly suitable for Educational Visits Co-ordinators (EVCs) new to the role and others involved in the management of educational visits.

This course, developed by the Outdoor Education Advisers’ Panel, provides training for EVCs based on a recognised national framework.

Thursday 26 March 2015 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Wednesday 17 June 2015 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Thursday 1 October 2015 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Book a place on one of these courses and find more information here.

Should you require further information about these courses, please do not hesitate to contact e: davidarmstrong@barnsley.gov.uk or t: 01226 773586 m: 07824 351133.

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YHA Familiarisation Visits – YHA Castleton/Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA York, YHA Whitby – Free of Charge

Forthcoming familiarisation visits to the Youth Hostels Association at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA York and YHA Whitby as follows.

These events are free of charge and an overnight stay may be available if required to get a good feel for the venue and accommodation, subject to availability:

To help group leaders to make the very best of your stay with YHA School Trips, YHA runs a series of familiarisation events at centres throughout England and Wales. During your vist you will see a wide range of activities, sample the food and refreshments, tour the hostel and explore the local attractions.

The familiarisation events enable teachers and other group leaders to:

  • Get hands-on experience of a variety of National Curriculum-linked challenges and activities
  • Gain advice on planning a residential visit with YHA and the support that we can provide
  • Explore a selection of YHA centres
  • Meet the staff and ask questions
  • Discover the benefits our trips provide for their pupils

The next events will be taking place at the following venues:

For further details and to book your place contact the YHA Groups Advisor on 01629 592 705 or email michaelsabin@yha.org.uk. Or you can book online here.

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training Course

The next Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training course is being held on Thursday 2 October 2014 at BBIC Wilthorpe, Barnsley. Places still available for those who wish to attend.

All schools and children’s services settings should have an Educational Visits Co-ordinator who has undertaken this one-day training course.

Thursday 2 October 2014 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Book a place on this course and find more information about a range of other training events here.

Should you require further information about this course, please do not hesitate to contact me on t: 01226 773586 m: 07824 351133 e: davidarmstrong@barnsley.gov.uk.

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Barnsley Museums Primary Schools Programme

worsbroughmill-slide-bgBarnsley Museums primary schools programme is offering 10 workshops across five sites -Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall Museum, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley:

Learning with Barnsley Museums gives children the chance to discover the world by uncovering unique objects in an immersive environment. We work for all children and young people in Barnsley and beyond, giving them opportunities to discover new things in different places.

 Primary schools programme and booking details available here.

Barnsley Museums are also holding special themed weeks run by professional artists and historians:

This year we are holding special, themed weeks where you and your pupils can fully immerse yourselves in our special spaces, collections and stories. These sessions will be led by experts including professional artists, scientists, and historians. Visit us just once or every day during the week for a new and exciting learning experience.

Themed weeks leaflet and booking details available here.

 

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Go Wild in the Peak District – Family Adventure Festival

gowildin2Saturday 13 September 2014, Go Wild in the Peak District , Family Adventure Festival, Including Music and Outdoor Games.

Go Wild in the Peak District is organised by Team Activ. Venue: Thornbridge Outdoors near Bakewell. Information from Team Activ:

Finding fun, physical challenges that everyone in the family can enjoy is tough. That’s why we created Go Wild In.

Go Wild In the Peak District is a day packed with physical feats and healthy family-to-family competition.

And afterwards, there’s time to kick back and relax with music and mouth-watering food and refreshments from local suppliers.

You’ll pit your wits, speed and strength against families just like yours with a series of challenges in a breath-taking location.

It’s organised by Team Activ+, the region’s experts in the design, delivery and management of sport-based events, and has something for all ages and abilities.

More detailed information here.

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Young Geographer of the Year competition 2014

YGOTYFrom the Royal Geographical Society with the Insititue of British Geographers (RGS-IBG):

Young Geographer of the Year (YGOTY) competition, run in partnership with the Geographical, is for geography pupils aged nine to 18.  It is awarded every year alongside the Rex Walford award which recognises the work of a trainee or new geography teacher. 

The question for 2014 ‘How can geography help you?’

Pupils are asked to relate the value of geography to a number of different settings. The significance of both human and physical geography could be considered at a variety of different levels.  Pupils should demonstrate how geography can support their everyday lives, improve their understanding of the world’s people, places and environments and help to prepare them for life beyond school.

We want to hear how geography, be it the knowledge young people learn, the understanding they gain, or skills they develop, helps them in different aspects of their lives.

The competition has four categories: 9-11(Key Stage Two), 11-14 (Key Stage Three), 14-16 (GCSE) and 16-18 (A Level students).

2014 guidelines(PDF)

2014 entry form PDF | MSWORD

This entry certificate (PDF) can be used for students who enter the competition.

Closing date
The deadline for entries is 17.00 Friday 24 October 2014.

The winners will receive their prizes at a special ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in Kensington, London on Friday 28th November 2014.

More detailed information here.

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