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In this issue...
The Art of Public Speaking
~ tips for heads and staff
Academy Sponsorship?
~ better ways to support the state sector
Pupils with Emotional & Social Dif culties
~ new support framework developed
Pro le
~ in conversation with Mike Buchanan
Why Teach Philosophy?
~ vital to help young people survive
Is Your Sports Programme Successful? ~ how to  nd out
Hosting a Major Sporting Event
~ head outlines the challenges & rewards
Plus
Fenton to be HMC chair
‘Phone Fast’ to become regular event Changing Faces...Changing Places
Impact of Bexit on teaching
VAT on fees idea ‘doesn’t add up’
Tackling gender bias – Dads4Daughters Day School team on TV’s Robot Wars ‘Clari cation’ on new GCSE grades
Outdoor Adventure fosters ‘self-awareness’ Buildings & Modular Focus Feature
Music & Drama Focus Feature
Religious dress at school ~ legal perspective Catering & Food Focus Feature
Sports & Schoolwear Focus Feature
New Union gets go-ahead
Innovation in
engineering
Three talented engineers from the Royal Grammar School Newcastle (RGS) have won a national prize for innovation at the annual Big Bang Science and Engineering Fair held at the NEC, Birmingham.
Sixth Form students Chengyi (Simon) Zu, Eve Oakley and Gregor Pearce of Gosforth created a multi-stud insertion tool which impressed the judges who awarded them the  rst-ever JCB prize for innovation in engineering.
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The team has been working on the project for more than a year following a task set by Nissan for the Engineering in Education Scheme. They designed a multi-stud insertion tool which can be used to secure car-wheels on the production line at Nissan, saving the company six seconds per car. The students had a number of visits to Nissan working with their team to  nd out what was currently used, how they could improve the ef ciency in the production line and to  nally test their working model.
Following a win at the North East regional heats of the Big Bang Fair, the trio were invited to present their project at the national  nals in Birmingham and enlisted the help of some local companies to create a prototype made from aluminium.
Being the inaugural winners of the JCB award, the trio will get the opportunity to spend time at the JCB headquarters in Derbyshire learning all about their processes and production during the summer.
Pictured: Eve with the prototype at Nissan
Feast of work on show
Talented art and design students at King’s Ely showcased their work to the public last month (March), including the sculpture shown as this issue’s front cover background.
The annual Spring Art Exhibition is a celebration of the work produced by students in Year 9 through to Year 13. The young artists exhibited a huge variety of  ne art, fashion and textiles, sculpture and photography.
Director of Art at King’s Ely Senior, Alison Rhodes, commented: “This was a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase examples of their work and to celebrate their success as a department.”
The Digest; Heads Hunted; Editorial Advisory Board; Contact Us; A ~ Z of featured schools: 38 ~ 39
Art Day Illusions
Year 3 pupils at Laxton Junior School, Northamptonshire, have recently enjoyed focusing on the artistic technique of photography.
The day was split into three sessions. Firstly
the children learnt the key photography skills; ‘focusing’ and ‘ ll the frame’. To practice these skills the pupils used iPads to take photos of
their hands before converting the images to
black and white. The second session took the children outside to stimulate further creativity whilst putting their newly learnt skills to practice. The  nal challenge unleashed perhaps the most delight as pupils learnt about ‘Forced Perspective’ photography. The pupils were tasked with tricking the eye into believing something strange had happened.
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