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  1. 1. July 2008 – Issue 06 Message of the Month Rex Hall News Thank you to all those (100 plus) centre managers who have returned clubcards and the proformas outlining Club and LA contact details. If you have not already done so then please forward these to your Critical Friends asap. Tracey Jones our office administrator is on leave from the 1 - 5 July. Emails to her will be read and dealt with but replies might not be as fast as usual. might Tracey will deal with all queries when she returns - if it is urgent please contact your Critical Friend as a first step. Apple Mac Computers I have been having discussions with a major Apple Mac supplier about what might be our needs including training. r To help these discussions If you have Apple Macs could you tell me what they are. I am aware that a number of centres are Apple rich. Can you email Tracey at tracey@rexhallassoci She will help me to collate your replies. If you intend to purchase Apples say in this financial year can you tell me not the details but your intention and how much you might be spending as it might help me to get a good and I mean good discount. Rex Hall Associates has started having a presence at events to highlight PfS. Jo Robson with Scott and Frances from Arsenal had a stand at a Specialist schools conference at Arsenal and Steve Smith and the Leeds team will be covering a similar event at Elland Road. I will be talking at a Campaign for Learning event in Stratford about PfS. This is part of a new awareness strategy led by Jo Robson. Rex
  2. 2. Centre News Aintree More centres opening with a WOW factor. RHA have uploaded on the RHA website a number of pictures of the new centre at Aintree racecourse. For details you should contact John Casson, Playing for Success, Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Road, Aintree, Liverpool L9 5AS 07971336452 RHA has taken the domain name Exeter FC is piloting this term and will be fully operational from September 2008. For further details contact Richard Clark at the centre. Wakefield Wildcats has given the centre an additional 200 adult tickets and 100 junior tickets worth £4200 for their next home game against Catalan Dragons. This is just more evidence of the club supporting the centre. This is over and above their contribution and is testimony to their commitment to the PfS centre and programme. Details from Mark at the Wildcats. Change at Nuneaton Nuneaton Football Club went into liquidation a few weeks ago and is now under new ownership. There has been some delay with the FA determining what the punishment will be but that does look to be sorted now. The club will be relegated and will have to sever all links with the previous Board. One stipulation the FA has imposed is that the Club cannot be known as Nuneaton Borough so it is now to be known as Nuneaton Town FC. The centre manager has developed a really good relationship with the folk at Nuneaton and things are looking extremely promising for PfS. Volunteer at the Saints Study Centre Volunteer wins award A volunteer at the Saints Study centre in Northampton - Pragna - is a lady from Barclaycard who has won a national title for her work in the community and now goes onto the world finals for Barclaycard staff. We are very proud of our work with all Barclaycard staff and the opportunities the relationship has given to schools and their pupils in Northamptonshire. Last year alone we had over 20 schools into the study sentre involving over 600 pupils who had been rewarded for a variety of reasons by their schools,(e.g. good behaviour; good attendance; most house points; top form in the school, are just some of the reasons these children have been given
  3. 3. a reward day at the Saints Study Centre). Pragna’s work has been done with Avondale Junior School, Wellingborough and we have another day planned next week where she and her deaf colleagues are going to be working with children who have no hearing disabilities in order to give them an appreciation of how a hearing impairment can be overcome in the workplace. Please go to website to view my two videos and other winners’ videos and look at the work Pragna has done. For further details contact Pete Austin at the Study centre. Partner required for Gifted and Talented Programme West Bromwich Albion is looking for other clubs to partner with on a Gifted and Talented programme. We are working with a local primary school on a pilot ‘away day’ project. We would like to offer the young people a chance to experience a visit to another study support centre and associated match (any sport will do!). They will then have the opportunity to evaluate and come to some conclusions about what makes a good study support experience taking into account everything they will have experienced. It’ll be a great little study - we’re hoping the outcomes will be a bit like a recipe The décor of Northampton, mixed with the stadium of the Baggies, the enthusiasm of ......You get the picture?! If you think you could offer us a home - then please get in touch with Jennie at WBA Study Support Centre. A big thanks to Jean at Northampton Town for housing us on the last match of last season! All the kids had a great time! Dave Kelly, Senior Learning Mentor West Bromwich Albion FC Study Support Centre Tel. 871 271 9840 Staff Changes Vacancy Playing for Success @ Preston North End FC Study Centre teacher - Part-time fixed term contract for 12 months or secondment could be considered for current LCC employees Salary – Main scale teacher £20,133 - £34,281 bar at £29,427 pay award pending September 2008 Required from 1 January 2009 or sooner if possible Are you passionate about teaching and enthusing and inspiring children and young people? An exciting opportunity has arisen for a well qualified, enthusiastic and innovative Key Stage 2/3 teacher to join our Playing for Success team. Our study support
  4. 4. centre at Preston North End Football Club uses the power of sport to raise levels of attainment in ICT, literacy and numeracy in addition to promoting motivation, independent working and self-esteem among KS2 and KS3 students. Based in a purpose-built classroom, much of the curriculum is delivered through ICT and it is therefore essential that candidates feel confident in this area. The curriculum is also delivered in and around the stadium and in the National Football Museum. The post will involve teaching at least one evening at the centre, between 3-8pm, in addition to delivering some of the centre’s daytime courses, and developing the curriculum and learning resources as appropriate. You will have · Experience of effectively using ICT to aid learning · The ability to use the medium of sport to its fullest learning potential · Energy, creativity and enthusiasm · A commitment to helping young people maximise their learning potential through study support. · Excellent interpersonal skills We can offer An enthusiastic and committed staff team Excellent learning resources Excellent opportunities for professional development This centre is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure by the Criminal Records Bureau. Closing date 10 July 2009 Interviews and Assessments Week commencing 21 July 2008 Application forms and further details are available at or telephone 0845 053 0008 quoting reference E00766SF Barrow AFC The new centre manager at Barrow AFC is Gill Jepson. She is probably the first CM to come from a Key Stage 1 teaching background. Her contact details: Work Mobile is 07966111860
  5. 5. Centre Manager, Bluebird Study Centre, Supporting Children and Families, Barrow AFC, Wilkie Road, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria LA14 5UW 01229 825759 Fax 01229 825522 Norwich City FC Kevin House has resigned his position as joint centre manager at NCFC Study Centre. Ros Watson, also joint manager, will continue as sole centre manager until Norfolk LA appoint a new manager probably to start Jan 09. Because of the fast approaching summer holidays Norfolk LA will advertise for a full time centre manager early in the new academic year. Anyone who may be interested in the position and would like some further details is very welcome to contact Keith Grainger on 01603 224313. Grand Slam Adam Edwards the centre manager at the Grand Slam Learning Centre has a new email address which is . Buckmore Park Leanne Stacey, Playing for Success - Centre Manager, Buckmore Park Learning Zone, Buckmore Park Kart Circuit, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 9QG Her email address is QiSS Colchester United achieved Emerged status at a local meeting in Essex. Congratulations to Jeanette and her team. Reporting Process 2007/2008 PfS BUSINESS PLANS, EVAUATION REPORTS and ANNUAL REPORTS A number of 2007 business plans/evaluation reports and annual reports are still outstanding at the RHA admin base. If you have not already done so then please forward outstanding and require documents through to Tracey. 2008 CLUBCARDS FOR YEARBOOK Thank you to all those (100 plus) centre managers who have returned clubcards and the proformas outlining Club and LA contact details. If you have not already done so then please forward these to your Critical Friends asap. The 10th Playing for Success Annual Conference
  6. 6. This year’s Playing for Success (PfS) conference marked a new era in line with other government departments, the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) is committed to focusing on policy/strategic issues is moving away from traditional direct operational tasks. As part of this process the DCSF has appointed Rex Hall Associates (RHA) to deliver PfS nationally; the DCSF continues to maintain its strategic lead role. The conference was an opportunity to thank partners, many of whom were present, it was a celebration of achievements from the last year, and set out the visions and aims for the future of Playing for Success. Over 350 delegates attended, made up of centre managers, local authority and sports club representatives. 55 inspirational and informative workshops were offered, including Evaluating your PfS programme, Developing an Olympic Learning Legacy within PfS, and looking at partnership working, delivered by this year’s Community Football Club of the Year. Motivational speeches by Ian Gilbert, Ade Adepitan, MBE, and Steve Backley, OBE, inspired delegates to overcome obstacles and strive for success, messages that could be taken away and shared with the young people attending PfS sessions nationally. Key themes to come from the conference included: • Spreading the Word • Demonstrating impact • Sustaining the quality, and • Expanding the offer (particularly to those Local Authorities who do not yet have PfS)
  7. 7. Resource Update Grid Club I received an email from Matthew Williams at AFC Telford who uses Grid Club. When he renewed his subscription he discovered only a small number of centres are subscribers so he asked me to bring it to your attention. Telford uses it for a variety of tasks and find it very useful at KS2 and for some KS3 pupils. It has excellent mathematics, English and other NC subjects as well as advice on how to use the internet safely. It costs £27 per centre for a year and long term subscriptions receive further discounts. Anybody interested can contact: Grid Learning Limited, 24 Greville Street, London EC1N 8SS Tel:08702328 Fax:08700492329 The web site to look at the scheme is For further details contact Matthew Williams, AFC Telford Study Centre Manager, The Learning Centre, New Bucks Head Stadium, Off Haybridge Road, Wellington, Telford, Shropshire, TF1 2TU Tel: 01952 567542, Mob: 07794 032908, Fax: 01952 567547 email: Book series In August there will be a range of books launched by Ransom Publishing called “Goal”. This was sent to me by Clare at Portsmouth who has been involved in the preparation of this series. From the press release Goal is a fantastic high interest, low reading age football reading series for reluctant and struggling readers. The football-themed decodable texts follow the six phases of ‘Letters and Sounds’, the government guidance for teaching synthetic phonics. Inspiring, credible and ‘cool’, Goal will motivate those hard to reach reluctant readers
  8. 8. who have never got to grips with conventional reading schemes. It can also accompany other reading schemes at reception and KS1. Developed in conjunction with Premier League team Portsmouth FC, the series includes fiction and non-fiction titles covering skills and training, great teams and players, England players’ autobiographies, ‘behind the scenes’ action as well as a range of fiction stories, one featuring a sinister alien football team! The series launches in August with a complete set of 48 books, accompanying workbooks and a teacher’s guide. Selling Points _ The first high interest, low reading age reading series of its kind. _ High profile authors including England and Premier League players. _ The series provides much-needed high interest phonics readers, as well as age appropriate material for boys who have failed to master reading at KS1. _ The series presents a broader multi-cultural perspective than other KS1 reading series. _ Includes books without words aimed at the most reluctant of readers. _ Superb full colour photography and illustrations. _ High profile series launch at Portsmouth. Ordering Information Ransom Publishing 51 Southgate Street Winchester, Hants SO23 9EH Tel: +44 (0) 1962 862307
  9. 9. Fax: +44 (0) 5601 148 881 Email: Orders fulfilled by Trade Counter Bibliographic Information Pub date: August 2008 August 2008 Local Publicity from the National Conference. We have uploaded on to the RHA website some photos from the National conference which you might want to use as part of your local publicity strategy. If you want a particular picture relating to your QiSS certificate presentation and it not there contact Tracey Jones or Jo Robson. The Cornish Pirates have written an article for the “West Briton” on the work of the centre and PfS. It is a good example of local publicity. Details from Kevin Jackson at the Pirates. Tackle Learning packs We have a large number of the Tackle Learning packs in storage. If you would like some additional copies to give schools as part of your or your club’s community programme wider work please contact Tracey Jones at our West Midlands office who will arrange dispatch to you. Events Diary 2008 3 July Quality in Study Support Werneth Cricket Club are going for Emerged status locally. 4 July - Quality in Study Support meeting at West Bromwich Albion (currently five centres presenting at Emerged level) 4 July - The opening of the Crown Green Zone Bolton 10.30 to 12.30. It will be opened by the Mayor of Bolton and the new Zone mascot Lofty the Lion. 11 July - Quality in Study Support meeting at Batley Bulldogs 17 October - Quality in Study Support meeting at Nottingham Forest 14 November - Quality in Study Support meeting at Bolton Wanderers
  10. 10. 2009 8/9 January - The biennial centre managers’ conference will be held at Durham CCC. Details from Tina Dransfield or Jeanette Wood 27 February - Quality in Study Support meeting at Norwich City 3 April - Quality in Study Support meeting at West Ham 1 May - Quality in Study Support meeting at WBA MBF mentoring Training Calender 30 September 2008 Exeter FC 6 January 2009 Wolverhampton 6 January 2009 Crystal Palace 6 March 2009 Preston North End 6 March 2009 Middlesborough The cost is £165 per head with a discount for a second person from the centre. Details from Bespoke PfS Training with the Mentoring and Befriending Network - programme Arrival and registration 9:30 – 9:55 Introductions 10:00 Housekeeping etc Morning The morning will be spent looking at the infrastructures necessary for the implementation or development of a mentoring programme including: · ASDAN accreditation · Resourcing
  11. 11. · Planning and Preparation · Recruitment of participants · Marketing your programme · Induction of mentors · Preparing mentees · Networking and support In order to do this, delegates will work in small discussion groups to look at perspectives, experiences, knowledge and understanding before feeding back to their colleagues. There will also be a number of thought provoking exercises that the groups will undertake. Lunch 12:30 Afternoon The afternoon is dedicated to the Training Resource packs from which exercises will be used to give delegates examples of how to deliver the training to young people and encompass different learning styles. The final part of the afternoon will be used to look at methods of evaluation. Finish 4:30 Please be aware that there will be no role play involved in the training; however the delegates will be expected to draw upon experiences and possible scenarios in order to look at perspectives and helping strategies. Ensure you contact Mandy Kelly for registration. Other Items Olympic Link with schools. This might be of interest if you want an overseas link relating to schools.
  12. 12. Web Update Website Development and Status Updates 1st July 2008 1. The MDA (Manager's Development Area) facing portal has been developed and a few chosen critical friends and centre managers will test this on the 25th July 2. Usernames and passwords are being created for all centre managers who will have access to this area in the near future. 3. Once a user completes the online training they will automatically be granted access to the main system. Our phased roll out seeks to build confidence whilst providing necessary contingency. Further detail will be in future bulletins. Please forward comments, suggestions or complaints to AbdulAhad Hamid - Entity Ltd. Imran Malik - ICT Consultant/Web Master Printable Format