Evolve Health Mentors

We are funding Evolve Education to provide a 12 month programme of training and support to help teachers become even more effective in their role. Learning new skills, tools and strategies that can be applied immediately to improve practice and acceleration of your career.

This training programme includes:

  • Locally delivered monthly workshops
  • Regular progress and coaching calls
  • Experiential learning tasks to check progress and application
  • Workplace visits, support and observations
  • Tools and strategies to affect change, improve performance and promote potential
  • The essential skills needed to become an effective mentor

Who is this training programme for?

Anyone who has a formal or informal mentoring role will benefit from the Health Mentor Training Programme. Roles can include teaching assistants, learning mentors, pastoral managers, behaviour support workers, team leaders etc

Health mentors is an invaluable opportunity to transform the well being performance and achievement of students.

For more information and to register your interest in this fully funded professional development opportunity email mentor@evolveeducation.co.uk

Developing a Parent Council

Parentkind are delighted to announce that they will be running two half-day workshops for senior leaders on Developing a Parent Council. This workshop will be suitable for both primary and secondary leaders.

Why attend?

Would you like to build a genuine partnership with your parents in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for children and young people?

This practical workshop explores how schools can develop a parent council or forum as an effective mechanism for listening and responding to parents’ views.  They’ll look at how you can build an ongoing, positive partnership with parents in your context. Participants are supported to develop an effective strategy for their own schools.

 Join this half day workshop to discuss innovative and practical advice on:

  • Improving communication
  • Removing barriers to parental participation
  • Finding the right structure for your school
  • Maintaining momentum
  • Evaluating progress and assessing impact
  • Creating a mechanism to listen to parents, and to demonstrate to Ofsted that you have done so.

The date: Tuesday 24th March

Timing: The workshop is half a day. We are running two sessions so please pick from the following times

  1. Morning workshop: 08.45 – 12.00
  2. Afternoon workshop: 13.00 – 16.15

Venue: Central Family Hub, Welcome Way, Doncaster, DN1 3LE

Cost: £150 per person (inc. VAT)

The Lead Facilitator

The trainer, Kim Balmer is from Sheffield.  Kim was a teacher before focusing her attention on overcoming engagement barriers within vulnerable groups. She regularly delivers training and workshops covering conflict resolution and community cohesion and is a highly effective facilitator.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Headteachers and principals
  • Deputy and assistant heads
  • Governors
  • Local authority advisers
  • Multi academy trust

Feedback from previous attendees

“This training has helped me to successfully and confidently set up a parent council.  Parents know they have a voice, and would agree that it is a brilliant thing.”
“Excellent insight and step by step guidance on setting up a parent council.”
“This course has empowered me to move things forward.”

Book now!

Morning workshop booking link (08.45 – 12.00)

Afternoon workshop booking link (13.00 – 16.15)

If you want to discuss the course in more detail please contact Sharon Budhi at sharon.budhi@parentkind.org.uk

Primary Network Conference

Doncaster Council’s Partnership and Engagement team and Junior Civic Mayor are excited to invite Doncaster primary school children to attend their first Primary Network Conference on the 6th of March.

5000 local children voted in their recent ‘Junior Make Your Mark’ campaign, where they were able to vote for an issues that was most important to them. The most voted for issue was to ‘improve the environment’ – so now it’s time to act!

They would like 2 pupil representatives from local primary schools to attend the event with a teacher, in order to work to ‘Improve the Environment’ together so that they can work to make a real difference in Doncaster.

The conference will be headlined by Doncaster’s Junior Civic Mayor, Alfie Turton and will act as a platform to showcase great practice that already exists in schools and children will have the opportunity to decide on a collaborative environment project. Workshops will also take place for children to get involved in!

Schools are still invited even if they didn’t take part in the Junior Make you Mark Campaign!


  • Friday 6th March 2020
  • 9:30-11:30am
  • Bentley MyPlace (Youth Hub)
  • Sign up here.

Book your place by the 27th of February!

Doncaster Steam School Competition

To celebrate the achievements of the Doncaster primary and secondary schools participating in the Steam School programme they would like to announce a special competition available only to Doncaster Schools. Submit a case study example of how you have deployed Steam School to inspire a generation of scientists, engineers and tech entrepreneurs to win a VIP trip in March 2020 to Google HQ in London.

A case study example could include deployment in:

  • Raising aspirations programme
  • After school club
  • Careers programme
  • Form Time
  • Timetables lessons
  • Collapsed timetable activity
  • Flipped learning/ homework project
  • Family learning

Your case study must include one or more of the following:

  • Impact data generated from you Steam School Dashboard
  • Student Voice
  • Teacher Voice
  • Photographic or video materials

Competition Details:

  • Competition entries should be submitted to operations@steam-school.com by 13th February 2020.
  • Google visit to take place for 6 students and 1 teachers from each winning school on 12th March 2020.

Doncaster Careers Week

From the 10th-14th of February this year Opportunities Doncaster will be holding their first Doncaster Careers week, holding a variety of events throughout the week.

Doncaster Careers week aims to provide careers information, advice and guidance while demonstrating all the career pathways that are already existing within Doncaster and the surrounding areas.

By raising young people’s awareness about careers opportunities they aim to increase aspirations to pursue fulfilling careers. Doncaster Careers Week will be highlighting the different career pathways available across the borough by sharing case studies, providing meaningful employer encounters and celebrating success.

Doncaster has the 4th fastest growing economy in the UK and a population larger than Newcastle! The aim is to inspire this generation as they begin to enter the world of work.

Throughout the week Opportunities Doncaster will be providing resources to support careers and hosting a range of activities to get young people, parents and members of the wider community engaged.

You can expect:

  • Labour marketing information
  • Careers resource toolkit
  • Doncaster alumni videos
  • Live careers broadcasts
  • Business showcase evenings
  • Opportunities Doncaster LIVE

Find out more here.

Relaunch of the Doncaster Forest School

Doncaster College are inviting people to attend their relaunch of the Doncaster Forest School. A celebration and evaluation of a Forest School Intervention programme.

Doncaster College facilitated Forest School interventions to 26 primary schools across the borough. This Forest School relaunch provides an opportunity to share our finding and to showcase the impact of the Forest School ethos in supporting the social and emotional well being of children. The evening will include speakers and some case studies.

Date/ Time – Monday the 10th of February from 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location – Doncaster College, Chappell Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF

Book your place here.

Take a friend to school day

Teachers are encouraged to bring a friend interested in teaching, to work for a day. This can take place across Doncaster between:

  • 2nd-6th March or;
  • 22nd-26th June

Teachers are even given a £25 gift voucher as a thank you.

  1. Select a friend who you think would make a great teacher.
  2. Check that your Head Teacher is happy with the initiative.
  3. Take them to school to job shadow you for a day.
  4. They’ll experience what it’s like to teach and be in your school.
  5. Get your friend to complete a short evaluation form.
  6. Enjoy spending your £25 gift voucher!

Hallam Teaching School Alliance will provide a pack for each ‘visitor’ to advise them about appropriate behaviour and general school etiquette but they will be expected to follow local school policies and behaviour guidelines.

If you are interested please contact Alastair Gittner, the project co-ordinator, at agittner@hallamtsa.org.uk

Free trial of 'Maths with Parents' resources

Teachers can now trial ‘Maths with Parents’ resources for free! They have developed a free trial for class teachers so that pupils and their families can enjoy their activities for a couple of weeks free of charge.

Schools can try out the resources by clicking here.

4th Year Continuation for Opportunity Areas

£18 million has been announced to extend the Opportunity Area programme to support social mobility in some of the most disadvantaged areas.

The new funding extends the programme into a fourth year, which will run until August 2021, to help sustain long term improvements and outcomes.

Read the press release here.

CPD for Teacher

Create and Dance with the Royal Ballet

  • At Cast on the 5th of December the Royal Opera House’s Create and Dance programme is offering fully funded places for Doncaster Schools.
  • Create and Dance is a creative learning programme for KS1, KS2 and KS3 teachers, specially designed to develop children’s understanding of dance and the wider curriculum; unlocking their imagination and creativity.
  • Find out more here.

Create and Design with the Royal Opera House

  • At Cast on the 18th of November the Royal Opera House’s Create and Design programme is offering fully funded places for Doncaster Schools.
  • Design and Make is an entirely free Royal Opera House national learning programme and competition for KS2 and is aligned to the National Curriculum framework for Design & technology. Children are introduced to a ballet from the Royal Ballet repertory and inspired by this, develop their own design concept for their set, following a live brief from Royal Ballet Director Kevin O’Hare to realise a final design.
  • Teacher attend a free CPD session to inspire delivery of the programme. The project runs across the spring term, with a 10-lesson scheme of work presented in 10 lesson plans with a range of online resources.
  • Find out more here.