Aim High Primary 2020
At the beginning of February, the Lambeth Schools Partnership once again ran Aim High Primary at Stockwell Primary School, marking the fourth Aim High week of events since September 2018. Aim High, which is a strand of the LSP’s Raising the Game initiative, aims to raise aspirations through introducing pupils to inspirational and highly successful Black individuals from a range of professional and academic backgrounds.
Since the beginning of the Raising the Game initiative, Aim High has welcomed more than 2000 Black Caribbean pupil attendees who have been inspired by around just under 200 volunteer Black speakers from a range of academic and professional backgrounds.
This month, the 15 Aim High sessions over the course of the week saw more than 650 pupils from years 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 from 23 Lambeth primary schools hear from and interact with the inspirational speakers who shared their own path to success in their chosen profession. These motivational speakers included tech experts from the Black Googlers Network, representatives from the African Caribbean Medical Mentors Association (ACMM), educators, lawyers, economists, storytellers, a vet, a member of Mensa, a police officer, an actress, a child psychologist, a fashion designer, a journalist, political members Cllr Winifred and Cllr Brathwaite, and Lambeth’s Director of Children’s Social Care Alex Kubeyinje (amongst many others).
In each session, pupils had the opportunity to hear from four or five speakers, where they were able to find out about these individuals’ personal, academic and professional journeys and were encouraged to be curious and inquisitive. Abigail Morakinyo, a Senior Nurse and one of the speakers, reflected that ‘the pupils were eager to learn as demonstrated by the quantity and quality of the questions asked.’ Highlights from the week included Samantha Williams’ ‘multicultural book carnival’ which featured stories with all-BAME protagonists, a performance from storyteller Alim Kamara and the ACMM’s ‘locate the vital organs’ activity.
Feedback from pupils, teaching staff and speakers alike was extremely positive. Ashley Knowles, Deputy Head of Dunraven Primary School called the events ‘a brilliant starting point for pupils to explore and discuss future careers.’
Pupils praised the events as ‘inspiring’, ‘interesting’ and ‘exciting’ and many said they felt they had ‘learned a lot’ and ‘made new friends’. One of the year 3 pupils commented: ‘I liked that we focused on Black speakers’, with another year 5 pupil saying ‘today’s session boosted my confidence and made me think about what I’d like to do when I’m older.’ One of the younger pupils from year 2 wrote in their feedback: ‘I learned I can do anything I dream’, adding that they would like to be an astronomer when they’re older. Other desired careers named by the pupils included: barrister, palaeontologist, doctor, actor and artist (amongst many others).
Some speakers had already partaken in previous Aim High events, and the vast majority expressed how keen they were on repeating the experience, with Helen Hosein, an Enterprise Engineer for Google commenting: ‘I was really impressed, and it was a privilege to be involved.’ Alex Kubeyinje, Director of Children’s Social Care, praised the Aim High initiative saying: ‘I wish I had something like this when I was in school as it is a fantastic opportunity’.
Overall, the week was a huge success and we look forward to the next set of Aim High events later this year. We will soon be uploading a pupil feedback video from Aim High Primary to the LSP website, so watch this space!
*Raising the Game: Achievement of Black Caribbean Pupils in Lambeth is a two-year initiative which focuses on closing the attainment gap between Black Caribbean pupils and their peers, as well as reducing disproportionate exclusion levels for this group. Raising the Game encompasses a range of initiatives including diversifying our curriculum to better reflect the borough’s (and indeed London’s) community, head teacher coaching, unconscious bias training for heads and chairs of governors, early years parental engagement activities as well as other Aim High events in future.
Free Teacher Training for GCSE/A-Level Spanish & Portuguese
The Lambeth Teaching School Alliance, in collaboration with the Department for Education and King’s College London, will be running five free teacher training sessions for GCSE and A-Level Spanish and Portuguese. Please see the attached flyer for full information, applicant eligibility and course schedule.
Below is a list of the objectives for the Teacher Subject Specialism Training course:
To familiarise oneself with the new GCSE/A-Level; structure, content and assessment pattern;
To familiarise oneself with cutting-edge theories;
Practice in Second Language Acquisition with a focus on the Task-Based Approach;
Course Content & Structure
To refresh and consolidate language competence and skills in Portuguese & Spanish;
To reflect on the target language grammatical and lexical structures to be taught as part of the GCSE/A level programme;
To be taught by experienced tutors in Secondary and HE education;
To share ideas and practice with colleagues in a friendly and supportive environment;
To experience some innovative teaching methodologies and reflect on one’s own learning and teaching experience;
To develop strategies to support students through their language learning experience and formative assessment
To obtain a CPD as part of the training course
Below is a list of the objectives for the Teacher Subject Specialism Training course.
Delivered in English and will comprise a theoretical reflection, with practical examples, on some key aspects of the new GCSE and A-Level programme, with a focus on the four language skills, on using translation as a teaching tool and on the use and design of authentic teaching material based on the Task-Based Approach to language teaching and learning (15hrs).
Will expand the content presented in the morning with practical Portuguese & Spanish GCSE and A-Level examples based on the Task-Based Approach, with the possibility to share ideas and teaching material and to do some microteaching sessions (15hrs).
Course Dates and Times
All sessions take place on a Saturday, 09.00 - 16.00
Sessions will take place on seven consecutive Saturdays from Saturday 7th March – Saturday 23rd March
Each session includes 6 hours of teaching time
There will be tea/coffee and lunch breaks (food not provided)
Total Number of Hours
5 sessions x 6 hours per session = 30 hours
The course is free for Secondary MFL qualified teachers in place or planning to return to work. The Department of Education is funding the course with the support of the LTSA and delivered by the MLC.
If you are interested in signing up, please fill in the blank application form and return to: email@example.com