SMSC Philosophy and Ethics
What does it mean to be Kosher?
This term year 7 have been exploring the religion of Judaism and what it means to be Jewish in the 21st Century, including both their culture and practise. Part of this has included a consideration of Jewish cuisine and how we could cater for this in Milton Keynes. As a result year 7 have been designing their own Kosher menus ready for the grand opening of a Jewish restaurant. Menus have had to be careful in design – not breaking any Kosher food laws and allowing our guests an option – typically between following a meat or dairy based menu and making sure they include lots of pareve foods and no treifah foods!
SMSC and Psychology
Prejudice and Discrimination
In Year 12, our students have recently been learning about the causes of prejudice and discrimination. They have examined the psychological theories as to why these behaviours exist and have also been discussing ways that they can be reduced.
One example of how discrimination can be reduced in schools is through the use of Superordinate Goals. These are shared goals where all members of the group have to work together in order to succeed.
This idea has been supported by Sherif’s (1954) study. Sherif studied two groups of boys at a summer camp to see how they interacted. When the boys were separated out into two groups, each group became hostile towards the other. When the groups were given superordinate goals (such as fixing the water tank that provided them both with water), the boys came together and their hostility towards each other reduced.
I hope that this has enabled our students to reflect on their own behaviour and consider/question any of their own prejudiced beliefs.
Subject Leader for Psychology
For this weeks blog, I will hand you over to Assistant Principal, Mr Whitney.
We live in an ever interconnected age where the effects of social media, both positive and negative, are still being discovered and understood. The positive impact of the #metoo campaign cannot be underestimated; it is difficult to see it having gathered the same momentum and having the needed impact that it did without social media. They are a far quicker way for sharing ideas and finding out new things than we have ever had before.
At the same time a 2017 study https://childmind.org/article/is-social-media-use-causing-depression/ showed that teenagers who were the biggest users of social media platforms had up to a 66% higher rate of reported depression than those who spent the least time using them. The suicide rate amongst American boys has increased by 20% and for girls by 75% since smart phones have become commonplace.
Gaming can be just as addictive as social media, just look at the success of Fortnite; able to make over a billion dollars in a year, despite being free to download and play. Worryingly a recent NSPCC survey found 20% of children who played the game had been approached by strangers to do something inappropriate. Game companies can now even attend seminars where they are given advice on how to make their games addictive and change the way people think.
As an Academy we are often dealing with incidents that happen outside of school time involving social media exchanges and misinterpretation of information, but fear of missing out can mean that it is difficult for people to put it to one side. With the occurrence of these issues greatly increasing after 7.30pm, we are looking to develop an integrated approach with parents, students and other stakeholders to reduce these incidents. This has begun with a survey to parents of students in Years 7 and 8.
In the meantime, you might find the following a useful source of information and advice about social media https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/mobile-apps/safety-beyond-facebook-12-social-media-apps-every-parent-should-know-about
The knee jerk reaction would be to ban everything, but then the good goes away with the bad. We use applications to support our students’ learning and revision and we would not want them shut away from all that this interconnectedness has to offer. Instead we need to look to teach our children how to use apps and games appropriately. To recognise their behaviours and to know how to deal with them, to still show the empathy and understanding that they would if they were face to face with someone, to be wary of echo chambers that gradually lead them further into the darkness.
Prince William gave a speech on Thursday to technology companies about some of these issues and challenged them to give us ways to “fight back”. But no matter what tools they may provide, the greatest opportunity to shape and control the future of social media is by providing the support and challenge to the future users, our students; your children.
Mr S Whitney
Key Stage 3, Transition and Standards
The Board of Directors of The Hazeley Academy is currently consulting on the proposed admission arrangements for September 2020.
The consultation documents can be viewed on the Admissions page, please follow the link below;
Deadline for comments is 4pm on Friday 30th November 2018.
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 email@example.com 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!