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Improve your writing by visiting Safeside

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A study backed by the Education Endowment Foundation has found that giving pupils "memorable experiences" to write about can improve their literacy skills by the equivalent of nine months.

A survey of more than 800 primary and secondary school pupils showed that learning outside the classroom experiences including educational visits to zoos, farms and county parks, exploring caves or talks with war veterans can be utilised to improve pupils’ writing standards by nine months on average – and 18 months for disadvantaged pupils on free school meals.

Education Endowment Fund chief executive Kevan Collins said “It’s rare to find schemes that demonstrate such a large impact when they are rigorously tested. That’s why we are excited about the potential this project could have in helping struggling students significantly improve their writing skills.”

Safeside Manager and teacher Rob Hattersley said: "A visit to Safeside provides a range of exciting and stimulating opportunities for meaningful writing, including reports, arguments, presentations and marketing materials to promote safer and healthier lifestyles."

News from Learning Outside the Classroom of which Safeside is a member.

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Safety Shed

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Many thanks to Phil from Beast Sheds in Birmingham for the kind provision and install, free of charge, of our new garden shed. This is part of a new garden safety scenario we are creating for use mainly on our Safestart programme for the parents and carers of the under fives. The scenario should be completed over the summer.

Safestart is curently free of charge due to generous funding from Nationwide Building Society. For more information and to book, please visit the Safestart page.

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KS3 Lifeskills now only £1pp

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Due to generous support from Network Rail, we are able to offer a reduced price per pupil in 2014/15 of only £1 on Lifeskills, our KS3 programme, down from £6.

Delivered in partnership with Birmingham School of Acting, visitors experience some powerful acted scenarios and workshop style discussions in the shop, alleyway, bus and court room, challenging them to think about some crucial issues around personal safety and responsibility and covering significant sections of the PSHE curriculum.

To find out more and to book, visit Lifeskills.

 

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