The week commencing 24th September 2018, all of the Year 8 Computer Science students at the Hazeley academy were taught about the Copyright law.
The law was introduced to protect individuals who have created original pieces of work. This can be in the form of books, music and computer software etc.
Currently, it is estimated that 40% of all software is copied illegally. This is a real problem in society. Especially, in this digital age where technology is so advanced and the methods of refabricating are endless.
The students were shown a video about the stance of various organisations and YouTube on the copyright law, and how people could be infringing the law e.g. if a member of the public went to the cinema and started recording segments of the latest blockbuster movie and posted it onto YouTube.
There were some very interesting discussions going on. Another example that was discussed, if a student had spent 30 minutes on completing some coursework in class and needed to go to the toilet. Then the person next to them uses that as an opportunity to copy their work that is also a form of copyright infringement.
A few Magenta principles were embedded into the lesson, students were given 5 useful and reliable sources for the copyright law and were instructed to REDUCE all of that information into a concise 5 slide informative presentation to raise awareness of the copyright law.
At the end of the lesson the students learnt being creative is good, but don’t copy as that is morally and ethically wrong. Also, if your work has been copied or stolen. The law will protect you. There are also consequences of copyright infringement. This can be fines and in some cases prison sentences. The severity of the punishment is based on each individual case.
Hazeley Sixth Form Debate Club
The Sixth Form Debate Club were delighted to welcome Festus Akinbusoye, Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Mark Lancaster MP and Iain Stewart MP. Festus shared lots of insights about how MPs debate in parliament and ways in which language is used to persuade others to your point of view. Festus also gave details of this year’s MK Debate details for which our students are now assiduously researching and preparing.
The motion in the first round which is a three way debate is:
The Commonwealth and other emerging markets, not the EU, should be Britain’s focus on trade after Brexit.
Hazeley Academy – Argues against the motion but instead for a EU-UK focused trade partnership.
St Paul’s Catholic School – Argues against the motion but instead for a UK-Asia focused trade partnership.
Sir Herbert Leon Academy – Argues in support of the motion.
The first round is on Thursday 18 October 6 – 9pm at Shenley Brook End School. Best of luck to our candidates!
Few people will ever say: “it’s a great time to sit your end of KS4 exams” but to sit them in the year when whole scale change is taking place across the country; with teachers unpicking what they need to teach in the new specifications, trying to work out what a level 7, 8 or 9 might look like; parents finding themselves in an equally difficult position, desperately wanting to support their child but sometimes finding themselves painfully out of date and frustrated. This year has not been easy for 16-year-olds across the country.
Despite this our Y11 students will today be celebrating some simply amazing results. If our initial analysis is correct (and our data team usually are) then these are our best results ever, placing us amongst the top 10-15% of schools across the country, in terms of the most important measure which is progress.
Almost 10% of students met the enviable standard of achieving 8 or more A’s-7s or equivalents.
Of course there will be a few students who will be disappointed with their results, but staff will be available over the next few days to support them, they need to come into school or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment.
Our partnership with Shenley has had a positive impact. The Brownlee Brothers analogy best sums it up for me: we both want to win, but not at the detriment of the other, in so doing we push each other on and both improve. Friendly, collaborative, caring and competition is magical and will benefit us all. If we are lucky, then Shenley will top the city at KS5 and we will top it at KS4, with a narrow gap between us; but it’s too early to be sure of this. We can be confident that regardless of medal positions we have both done very well- but you have to forgive me for my competitive edge, I cannot pretend it will ever change and a consistent Hazeley – Shenley Gold and Silver is what we will aim for.
It’s a great time to be part of the Hazeley community, excellent A and GCSE level results, oversubscribed, enthusiastic staff, clarity of vision, shared values and the confident that the best is yet to come.
Thank you for supporting the school, it makes a big difference and is very much appreciated.
Students have achieved an excellent pass rate with an exceptionally high number of students gaining top grades, especially in Psychology, Mathematics, Philosophy, Politics, Art and the Sciences.
Initial analysis suggests that results are amongst the top 10%-25% in the country in terms of progress, with high ability students performing particularly well compared to similar students in other schools.
Notable high flyers include:
Ewan Bowler A*AA – Durham- History
Abeda Dhanji A*AA – UCL- Law
Georgina Fewell A*AA – Manchester – Psychology
Dijay Morar A*A*A – TBC
Joanne Mutwarasibo A*AA – Manchester Biomedical Science
Kai Waggott A*AA- Warwick – Physics
Hatim Sachak A*ABB- TBC
Hugh Slaney AABB – Nottingham Maths
Nushmia Hopper AAB – Birmingham – Politics
Shreya Kapur AAB – Warwick – Global Sustainable Development
Daniel Richardson AAB- Sheffield – Business Management
Maiya Stanley- Chandler is going to use her grades in Business, English and Psychology to embark on a high-quality and competitive apprenticeship with Santander.
We are equally proud of a large number of students who faced some exceptional personal challenges during their studies and with their determination and the support from the Hazeley community have achieved the grades that will allow them to access the next stage of their journey. The sense of community is what makes the Hazeley Sixth Form so special.
It is great to see these wonderful young people interacting with their brilliant teachers and receiving such outstanding results as a reward for all their hard work.
Possibly the most exciting aspect of these results is that we know that through our partnership work with Shenley Brook End School in the 5 Dimensions Trust and own academy improvement plan we are destined to improve these further in the years ahead.
Well done to all students, staff, parents and governors; results like these come from a consistent team effort.
Principal’s Blog 13th July 2018, A Great Year for Hazeley and an Exciting Start for the 5 Dimensions Trust!July 13th, 2018
On Monday 2nd July we welcomed 240 amazing Year 6 students who will be joining us in September. They came from over 30 different primary schools to take part in our Transition Day.
The students were able to take part in an array of exciting activities throughout the day which included creating key rings in Design Technology and using Bunsen burners in Science. The day ended with a musical master class from our very talented year 9 students.
It was fabulous to see how quickly the students got to know each other and made new friends. Their new form tutors and all the teachers involved said what a pleasure it was to take them for the range of subjects experienced.
At the end of the day we asked the students to fill in their Hazeley Highlight of the day and below is a snapshot of the great feedback we had:
“My favourite thing at Hazeley has been being creative and making new friends. I am so excited to attend Hazeley in September.”
“I enjoyed being able to meet new people and the Science lesson because we got to use a Bunsen Burner with Mrs Kennedy”.
“My favourite thing today has been Art because I love painting and seeing all of the different colours and relaxing doing it!”
Following this exciting and fun packed day we then hosted our Transition Evening. Form tutors and staff members welcomed the parents and carers of our new intake and discussed the exciting opportunities that Hazeley offers and how we are looking forward to helping all our new students to be the best they can be. The feedback on the evening was overwhelmingly positive from all involved.
I would like to personally thank all of the staff and current Hazeley students involved in such a successful day and I look forward to the start of a great new academic year in September 2018.
Progress Leader for Year 7 – 2018
This week we welcomed almost 250 prospective Year 12 students to experience life as a Hazeley 6th former (80 more than this time last year).
Our philosophy is very much focussed on giving students open and honest advice so that they can make the right choice for them. We want to fill our wonderful 6th form with students who really want to be part of it and who want to grow through engagement and contribution. With this in mind most of our sessions are either “typical” lessons or sessions run by our current students.
The feedback was simply excellent; phrases such as high expectations, supportive, friendly, welcoming, great teachers, caring, were used in abundance.
The best moment for me was listening to our Y12’s talking about their Hazeley values and then making them come to life in the way in which they supported and interacted with the prospective students.
Friday evening will see many of the students get together again at the prom and then say a temporary farewell until they come back for results day on the 23rd August.
A nervous summer, but hopefully one that leads to success and a very exciting key stage 5.
Principal’s Blog 25th June 2018, Hazeley Academy’s Pastoral Team Win Milton Keynes Secondary School Team of the Year!June 25th, 2018
Well done to our Return2Learn (R2L) team who last week received the prestigious award of Milton Keynes Secondary School Team of the Year. The awards ceremony was kindly organised by Milton Keynes Council and involved schools from across the city.
Our dedicated R2L team help our students grow into amazing versions of themselves by:
- setting high expectations
- showing students that the differences between them make them stronger
- unpicking situations with students so they can learn from mistakes
- showing students how they can enjoy contributing to the community
The team go above and beyond on a daily basis, always putting the needs of our young people first, they are very worthy winners.
Our partner school, Shenley Brook End also enjoyed a successful evening, winning awards for closing the gap with disadvantaged pupils and students with special educational needs.
Principal’s Blog, 15th June 2018 – Thank you for helping to make the Hazeley Academy a great place to work!June 15th, 2018
Three years ago the staff and governors at Hazeley set themselves a challenge:
“At Hazeley the students would not only enjoy a great rounded education leading to impressive examination results, but that it would also be the very best place for staff to work and that this will be done through collaboration”
These are obviously interconnected – staff who work collaboratively tend to be happier and students who are taught by happy staff (focussed on developing young people as rounded individuals) generally achieve higher examination outcomes. This is a great example of a virtuous circle.
Last month almost 120 of our staff completed a detailed and anonymous externally organised staff survey. The results were truly outstanding; in every area staff reported very positively. The outcomes look even more impressive when compared to other schools nationally. The analyst from Kirkland and Rowell described the results as “amongst the best if not the very best he had ever seen”.
Some highlights included:
- Overall sense of common purpose
- School discipline
- Staff morale
- Developing moral values
Even our areas of relative weakness were 10% or more above the “average” for schools in England and placed firmly in the “Good” category. Reassuringly all of these are already priorities in our improvement plan.
Parents and carers play a large role in creating this great ethos. Positively engaging with the school, being open and solution focussed with your concerns, sharing some moments of praise all make a big difference to the staff.
Ensuring your child arrives on time, with homework complete, in a smart uniform with high expectations of themselves does not just give your child an advantage, it contributes to our overall ethos.
We will share the detailed responses at the Parent Voice session on 5th July – please look out for your school comms invitation.
Thank you for your role in making Hazeley a very special community to be part of. Our community will continue to grow and develop through our focus on collaboration; it truly is an exciting time to be part of Hazeley!
The Quest for the Magic Bullet – Part 3 – Asking Questions
Teachers who really make a difference (and parents/carers) are very skilful in asking questions that stimulate and empower the young people they interact with.
At the other end of the spectrum are teachers and parents/carers that believe children learn by being told what to do. Telling has its place, it’s quick and efficient, but it also has many weaknesses. If you consistently tell a young person what to do they will have a tendency to be become overly reliant on you. Teaching and parenting is in many ways about making yourself redundant as the youngsters develop into independent adults, who can care for themselves and others in their community.
A parent who tells their child each morning to get themselves dressed, brush their teeth, eat their breakfast and pack their bags will succeed in keeping themselves busy for a very long time and potentially condemn their own child to a lifetime of waiting for instructions. Conversely the parent who asks successively more subtle prompting, coaching questions such as, “what do you need to do tomorrow morning to get ready for school?” or “What do you need to do to ensure that your homework is really good this week?” can expect their child to be more reflective and independent. Of course this comes at a price, on occasions the young person will not come up with the right answer (or if they do may not act upon it) and this is where the teacher/ parent needs to make a choice, step in and hope they listen and learn or let them learn from their own mistakes.
The high stakes education system unfortunately pushed lots of schools to a place where children could not be seen to fail. Hazeley fell into this trap for a while, teachers going above and beyond to tell students exactly what to do to pass their exams, if they did not do it teachers put on additional sessions, called home and put on yet more session. The students passed their exams; Hazeley was towards the top of the school league tables, but at what price?
Many of our students left without fully learning some important lessons about self reliance. In the past few years we have encouraged our students to be more reflective, take more responsibility for their own learning, our exam results have remained strong and the young people leaving us have more than their fair share of Character, Confidence and Creativity.
- Instead of telling your child what do to try asking them questions which will help them find the answers for themselves.
- Ask the questions early enough so that they have time to reflect before they need to act.
- Don’t be scared to let them fail, this is where the best learning often happens. Encourage them to aim to do really well as opposed to avoiding failing. Help them aim high.
- Reward them with positive feedback (a smile/ praise /your attention) for asking intelligent questions, being reflective, proactive and independent.
- Try to create opportunities for these questions and reflections to take place. The dinner table can be an ideal starting point, turning off the internet at home often magically creates more family time.
- Be a brave parent, don’t push your child to be normal or perfect, (one of them is boring the other impossible) help them to grow into amazing versions of themselves.
Again sorry, no magic bullet, but hopefully some simple, useful guidance on helping your child to be successful at school and beyond.
The quest for the magic bullet – Part 2 – The power of routines
Students who make great progress at Hazeley can almost always describe how they have worked to create positive routines and good habits.
I hope the blog this week encourages a few parents/carers to reflect on the following with their children over half term.
- Which routines/habits do you need to pat yourself on the back for already doing?
- Are there any that you might develop?
- Have we missed any off the list? (a mystery prize for the best one emailed to email@example.com by Monday 4th June )
- Going to bed at a similar time each evening (preferably before 10pm)
- Enjoying reading a book for pleasure for 20-30mins before sleeping
- Turning off social media or computers for one hour prior to bed
- Enjoying regular involvement in clubs and activities after and outside of school
- 30mins or more of physical activity each day (from brisk walking to rugby)
- Booking in regular times to speak with friends and family face to face
- Eating at regular times each day (ideally with other people away from any distracting technology)
- Having defined slots each week where homework/ extra revision are built into the week (on average about 7 hours per week)
- Completing homework as soon as it is given; not the night before the deadline
- Packing your school bag and sorting your uniform the evening before
- Setting off to school/ events early so that if you have a delay you have enough time to avoid being late
- Using Sunday morning to double check that you are planned for the week ahead (this involves checking Go4Schools and in your planner)
- Reflecting when things go wrong and how to learn from this
Routines are no magic bullet, but they are a great way to help reduce stress and also enjoy greater success at school.
The Quest for the Magic Bullet – Part 1
Our super fast culture is always looking for quick wins, short cuts and hacks. From making money to losing weight, there is often a quest for the magic bullet. Education has also been plagued by this approach and the impact was explained very eloquently in an article by Chris Cook on the BBC.
In the next few blogs I am going to share some of the strategies that we have seen parents use which have had a long sustained impact on the academic progress and wellbeing of their children. Those readers hoping for off the wall short cuts and quick wins will be disappointed. All of the ideas require long term commitment, persistence and determination; however what is more important than the mental, social, physical and academic wellbeing of our children?
The first strategy involves developing a love of reading.
Over the past few weeks I have been working with some of the boys in Y10, unpicking why some are making excellent progress, with others only achieving modest progress. The single biggest difference appears to be reading. Those who regularly read for pleasure appear to consistently outperforming those who do not. When I asked the avid readers (and our Learning Zone staff) what advice they would give to parents of other students they were quick to share the following advice:
- Talk about books at home
- Have books on show around your home
- Buy book tokens as rewards/presents
- Start the habit early
- Turn the TV and internet off
- Read yourself and let your children see it
- Visit really good book shops and libraries and ask advice from the staff
- Talk about the benefits of reading with your son/daughter
- Make the book shop a destination – enjoy a coffee, a chat and looking at books
The blog this week simply highlights some great advice for students, staff and parents/carers about how to address stress.