PiXL

PiXL – Partners in Excellence


Our schools are part of a national network of schools called PiXL (Partners in Excellence). PiXL is a growing partnership of over 3,000 educational institutions.

Among the many resources that PiXL provide, there are some excellent learning and revision tools for students to use outside of the classroom.  These tools enable students to track their progress and help them know exactly what they need to do to achieve their goals.  PiXL offer a range of applications available across Apple and Android as well as via a web browser on desktop/laptops for English, Maths, History, Geography and Times Tables.  Click on the icons below to access links to these resources. 

Mathematics

Times Tables

English Literature

History

Geography

PiXL Independence

For other subjects, try using PiXL Independence to support revision and independent learning.

  • Login to https://students.pixl.org.uk
  • Click on a subject
  • There are a range of subject areas which students can log in to and can use as revision – these can also be completed at home. They are also exam board specific.
  • Students can then download the booklets into their own areas on student global.

The sheets at the top of the page are designed to allow students to understand their strengths and weaknesses and can download the sheets into their folders on student global too.

DTT is Diagnosis – what the issues are; Therapy – give interventions and; Testing – test to see if the new knowledge is secured.

Students can keep a record of what they need to do and how they do it and when they have success.

Login details are available from your teachers or the Librarian.

Year 11 Careers Information Event

Year 11 Careers Information Event


Dear Parent/Carers & Students

Welcome to our very first pre-recorded virtual Careers event. It is such a shame that we have not been able to invite you into school to speak to exhibitors and actually meet with us personally. This is such a poignant time in a young person’s life and their journey. We pride ourselves as a Federation in investing in our students and we know how key this time is. So, we have invested ourselves to ‘be there’ for the forthcoming academic year and allow students to feel directed and supported at what can be one of the most important decisions of their lives so far.

Under the circumstances, we felt that it was still important to offer guidance, support and advice around the options available after Year 11, so we hope that the format of accessing videos, presentations and links to relevant websites will help you all.

The booklet that was sent in the post and is available (below) breaks down in more detail the main 6 options for students after Year 11:

  • Academic routes (Sixth Form)
  • Vocational routes (Further Education Colleges)
  • Apprenticeships (Learn, Earn and gain qualifications)
  • T-Levels (A brand new option, mixing vocational and academic learning)
  • Traineeships (like an extended work experience programme)
  • Employment (must have training attached to it)

Remember, you need to consider simple things like how you feel about school; what do you like and what don’t you like; are you confident; do you like working with large groups of people? The answers to these questions can often direct you into a pathway naturally as when you take away the parts you don’t like, it tends to narrow down the post 16 routes to consider.

Take your time to explore all options and look at all of the videos/presentations so that you feel you gave yourself the chance to view everything, this is about making an informed choice and the you’ll end up making the right ones by allowing yourself to consider them all.

Many open events and taster days etc. are going to be virtual this year. If you can, I strongly advice that you access these events as they truly give you a feel for a place and the environment that you may go into. If  open events become accessible for you to actually visit after Christmas, then again you really should think about attending.

I am always here to help, so after accessing the videos and presentations, if you would like to direct any specific questions or queries, please feel free to call me on: 01983 301384 or email: naomi.smy@iwef.org.uk and I will, of course, help where I can.

Good Luck and I hope you gain the information you require.

Mrs Smy

Federation Career Leader

Isle of Wight Education Federation Resources

The Island VI Form

External provider resources

Colleges/Sixth Forms/Apprenticeship Providers

Higher Education

Apprenticeships and Other Job Opportunities

Forces/Public Services

Music Tuition

Music Tuition




Would you like to learn a musical instrument? We are visited by staff from Wight Music Tuition and our own independent peripatetic teachers who are able to offer lessons on:

  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Ukulele 
  • Drum Kit
  • Brass
  • Woodwind 
  • Strings
  • Voice
  • Piano 

Lessons take place during school hours. If you/your child would like to sign up for any lessons or have any questions regarding instrumental music tuition, then please email:

musiclessons@iwef.org.uk

with the following:

  • School (Medina or Carisbrooke)
  • Name
  • Year group
  • Tutor group
  • Details of what instrument you would like to learn. 

Please note that due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, there may be a delay with the commencement of some instrument lessons. In these cases, we will be forming a waiting list and will notify you of when these will be starting ASAP. 

Financial Information

Financial Information


Schools must publish online the number of employees (if any) who have a gross annual salary of £100,000 or more in increments of £10,000. 

Please see the table below for this information for The Isle of Wight Education Federation schools. 

Annual Salary Number of Staff
£100,000 – £110,000 0
£110,000 – £120,000 0
£120,000 – £130,000 1

Schools must also publish links to the their page on the Schools Financial Benchmarking website. Please see the buttons below for our links. 

The Governing Body is committed to publishing its gender pay gap data together with a genuine commitment that we will work to narrow any gaps. Please see our gender pay gap report below. 

Gender Pay Gap Report

Safeguarding

Safeguarding


“Schools and colleges and their staff are an important part of the wider safeguarding system for children.  Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play. In order to fulfil this responsibility effectively, all practitioners should make sure their approach is child-centred. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.” – Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019

 

Across the Isle of Wight Education Federation, we pride ourselves on our secure and efficient safeguarding procedures. We are committed to safeguarding, and promoting the welfare of children, and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We are dedicated to ensuring that consistent, effective safeguarding procedures are in place, across our colleges, to support families, young people and staff.

All eligible staff and volunteers are required to undertake relevant safeguarding training and this is regularly reviewed by our Designated Safeguarding Leads, to ensure it is up to date. A training database for all staff and volunteers is also maintained. 

Our Governing Body Safeguarding Representative is Mike Hayward. Our on-site Designated Safeguarding Leads are:

Carisbrooke College

Mike Peake

Medina College

Michelle Barnes 

The Island VI Form

Dave Mumford 

 

Please see our Child Protection and Safeguarding Policies on the IWEF Policies page for full details of our safeguarding procedures. 

COVID-19

COVID-19


Report a COVID-19 Rapid Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Test Result

Following three tests in school, students will then be provided with at-home test kits. Students must report the results of these tests to both the Gov.uk website and to their school. Please use the links below to report your result. 

If you are reporting a positive test result, please also email our COVID Co-ordinator: Anna.Mursell@iwef.org.uk

We would like students to take their tests on Monday and Thursday mornings before school, if possible. If not, they can be taken on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. Other members of the household can now also obtain LFD tests. Follow the link below to find out more. 

Households and bubbles of pupils: get rapid LFD tests

Return to School – March 2021

As of Monday, 8th March all three sites are now open for face to face learning. 

Lateral Flow Device testing is being offered on-site and we are now in the process of transitioning to at-home testing. Please see the letters below for more details. 

Remote Education

During periods of National Restrictions, Carisbrooke College, Medina College and the Island VI Form are able to offer remote education. Remote education is delivered via Google Classroom. 

All students received lessons in how to access this online provision in the Autumn Term 2020. Please see the links below for full details. 

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) Testing

On-site Lateral Flow Device Testing has begun for staff and students who access our sites. Full details can be found in the letters and attachments below. 

Tackling COVID-19

As well as additional and more frequent cleaning across all sites, some of the measures we have implemented include: 

  • Wash hands with soap and warm water/use hand sanitiser regularly.
  • Wear face coverings when not in a classroom inside the buildings.
  • Maintain social distancing wherever possible, including two metres from staff.
  • Keep rooms well ventilated.

Plus…

  • Year groups remain in bubbles and are based in a particular area of the school. Staff move to the students for lessons. 
  • Year group bubbles have designated entry and exit points. 
  • Year group bubbles have staggered break and lunch times to ensure that there is no mixing.
  • There is no breakfast club and students are asked not to arrive before 8.45 am. 
  • After school clubs are temporarily suspended. 
  • Students must be prepared with appropriate stationery and equipment as the use of shared resources is being limited. 

Symptoms

If your child has: 

  • a high temperature
  • a continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if the child usually has a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • loss of taste and smell

Please arrange for your child to self-isolate and contact Coronavirus NHS for further advice and to book a test. If your child tests positive for COVID-19 then please do let their school know. 

Please follow the Government Guidance: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible Coronavirus infection

If your child is unwell with other symptoms such as sore throat, earache, stomach ache, runny nose, skin rashes, or a winter related illness such as norovirus with vomiting and diarrhoea, then please check NHS 111 online health condition advice, and contact your local pharmacy or GP if you need further help. 

Useful Documents

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Careers – Information for Employers

Careers – Information for Employers


The Careers Team

Mrs Naomi Smy – Named Careers Leader 

naomi.smy@iwef.org.uk

Miss Tanya Norris – Assistant Careers Leader

tanya.norris@iwef.org.uk


The Careers Team at IWEF deliver the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme. We aim to enable all students to implement well informed and realistic decisions as well as successfully manage change and transition for their futures.

We offer a Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme which is delivered through a variety of Career related activities throughout the year and in different learning styles to suit individual needs.

Please see some of the opportunities we offer that you may wish to support us with throughout the year.

Work Experience

We offer all our year 10 students 1 week’s work experience where students have the opportunity to go to a work placement and experience work for a full week. This helps students to gain first-hand knowledge of the workplace.

Work experience offers insight into an industry/job. It inspires learning towards an end career goal/path or not! It gives students a more realistic experience over the full week.  

If this is something you would be happy to support, please contact the careers team. 

Federated Y11 Information Evening for Students, Parents and Carers

We host an evening for students, parents and carers that allow them to explore the opportunities available to them post-16 and post-18. The purpose of this evening is to gain an insight into the pathways available and to have all knowledge to equip students and their carers to make informed choice of their futures. If you offer apprenticeships or can give general guidance an support around options and future career opportunities from certain sectors, then please let us know!

Inspirational Speakers for Assemblies

Speakers are invited to an assembly from various employment sectors to give an overview of their industry/organisation. This helps to motivate and open up ideas about the diversity of careers and possible career path options. 

If this is something you would be happy to support please contact the careers team. 

Employable Me Event

An interactive workshop with a selection of employers focusing on different ‘soft skills’. From this, students gain an understanding of how the different ‘soft skills’ are important and how they transfer into the workplace. If this is something you would like to support, please contact the careers team. 

Mock Interviews

Students prepare a CV and application and have a one-to-one interview. This is with someone from an organisation, business or industry who is willing to support. This is an amazing opportunity to support students with a understanding of the job application process.

If this is something you would be happy to support, please contact the careers team. 

The events listed above are a small amount of the opportunities that you could work with us on. If you would like to discuss an opportunity further or how you may be able to help our young people, then please do get in touch. 

Careers – Information for Teachers/Staff

Careers – Information for Teachers/Staff


The careers team

Mrs Naomi Smy – Named Careers Leader 

Miss Tanya Norris – Assistant Careers Leader


Our aim is to inspire, raise aspiration and encourage success in all.

Investing in our students by offering a valuable and influential careers programme, supports individuals to develop the right tools and will enable students to become an effective member of the future workforce.

The tools we use to measure the impact of our careers programme is guided by the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

  1. A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information and future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed advisor to make the best use of available information. 
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces – Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal Guidance – Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

We will be delivering some careers guidance and advice as well as some career-based activities in PHSE lessons: All the relevant information to enable you do this will be provided to you from the careers department.

All of the careers activities/opportunities we offer throughout the year can be seen on our Careers Strategy below. 

We also have two great Enterprise Advisers who work very closely with the Carers Team and are happy to link with departments and curriculum areas in implementing links with the curriculum and achieving Gatsby Benchmark 4. If you would like to arrange a meeting or discuss this further please contact, Naomi or Tanya. 

Careers Strategy and Programme

Careers – Information for Parents/Carers

Careers – Information for Parents/Carers


THE CAREERS TEAM

Mrs Naomi Smy – Named Careers Leader 

Miss Tanya Norris – Assistant Careers Leader


The Careers Team at IWEF deliver the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme. We aim to enable all students to implement well informed and realistic decisions as well as successfully manage change and transition for their futures. The transition from school to further education can be a challenging time for both students and parents to understand all of the different opportunities. As a College, we are committed to supporting the students to make a smooth transition.

We offer Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme which is delivered through a variety of Career related activities throughout the year and in different learning styles to suit individual needs.

Here are some examples of the Careers events we host which you will be invited to:

Year 11 Careers Information Evening 

This evening is to offer more focused information on higher & further education courses, apprenticeships, traineeships and career opportunities available post 16. For this event, we will have a carousel of exhibitors where parents and students can find out more specific information about the university and any specialist areas/courses of interest.

UCAS Information Event

This evening is an introduction for parents/carers and students to the university college admission’s service. We will provide you with details on how to apply to university, what is involved for you and your child and have a look at university life.

Year 13 Student Finance

This is an evening for parents/carers and students. This event is designed for students who are specifically looking to go onto university. In-depth information is provided regarding the financial side of university life and any help that may be offered. There is a chance to ask questions and speak to members of staff.

Year 11, 12 and 13 Careers Guidance Interviews

We give all our year 11 students a one to one careers guidance interview. Parents/carers are invited so we discuss options and grades and offer guidance to further/higher education. We can also help with applications and give information on all different areas of interest. 

Please see the links below which may of interest to you as parents/carers: