Latest articles from November editions of SCENE!

1. Guidance on Supporting Refugees Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health - The guidance includes the following:

  • What schools and other universal services do to support refugee and young people's mental health.
  • When a CAMHS referral should be made.
  • DO's and DON'Ts when supporting Refugees Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

To view the guidance please click on Refugee Guidance


2. WIN tickets to see Forest and County stars - *COMPETITION TIME*

WIN up to four FREE tickets to see Nottingham Forest and Notts County stars this Thursday

LAST CHANCE TO GET TICKETS TO SEE FOOTBALL HEROES: We’ve managed to get an exclusive offer of free tickets to the induction of Forest and County into the National Football Hall of Fame at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham on Thursday (3 November).

All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning is send an email to with your name, the number of tickets you require (up to four) and the answer to the following question:

Which famous boxer will be presenting an award at the induction?

  1. a) Carl Froch
  2. b) Mike Tyson
  3. c) Nicola Adams

The competition closes at 3pm tomorrow (Wednesday 2 November). Winners will be informed by 5pm the same day.

This star-studded event will be Nottingham’s biggest football party. Legends including John Robertson, Archie Gemmill, John McGovern, Trevor Francis and Garry Birtles of Forest and Les Bradd, Tommy Johnson and Mark Draper of County will share their favourite goals and moments from Nottingham’s rich footballing history.

Nottingham boxing champion Carl Froch will present his footballing heroes with their award and the event will be hosted by TV presenter Gary Newbon.

Relive the greatest moments from Nottingham’s football history and spend an evening in the presence of past and current players, plus the Clough, Taylor and Sirrel families. There’ll also be footy fitness with Britain’s Got Talent dancer Joseph Hall, music from Nottingham singer/songwriter Rob Green, the Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band, the Director of the Hall of Fame will explain why our two clubs deserve this great honour and BBC Radio Nottingham’s Colin Fray will drop in.

The evening will mark the culmination of the Nottingham City of Football project set up in September 2014 to help more Nottingham people find their football in new and interesting ways, celebrating its achievements while looking forward to what’s next for football in Nottingham.

If you’re not one of our lucky winners, you can still buy tickets for £10 for adults and £5 for children at


3. Time Travelling Flyer and Booking form NmCC 2017 - RE for Key Stages 1 & 2 at Southwell Minster. For more information please click here


4. The ELSA Training Project – building school capacity to support the emotional needs of their pupils – Starting January 2017

The Community Educational Psychology Service is again offering an exciting training opportunity for staff in your school.  We have had a great deal of interest in the ELSA Training project and we have had very positive feedback from those who have already attended.  The Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) project is an initiative designed to build capacity of schools to support the emotional needs of their pupils from within their own resources.  It recognises that children will learn better and are happier in school if their emotional needs are also addressed.

Emotional Literacy Support Assistant Training

What have Nottingham City ELSAs said about the course?

“I’m now excited about the future”

“Gained a lot of information and ideas to use”

“Insight into ways of improving/supporting those children with behavioural issues”

“Really helpful”

“Lots of practical elements”


5. The Royal Shakespeare Company in Nottingham

The Theatre Royal and The Concert Hall - Arts Education Service, Nottingham City Council

Teacher Development Day

Wednesday 25th January 2017, 9am – 3.30pm

The Royal Shakespeare Company are coming to Nottingham to run a teacher development day on teaching The Tempest. In this practical CPD day teachers will explore how active approaches to the text can make Shakespeare's plays accessible and enjoyable at Key Stages 2-5.

Exploring the themes, characters and language of The Tempest, participants will gain practical experience of rehearsal room approaches which are directly transferable to the classrooms of primary schools and English and Drama lessons in secondary schools. It promises to be a highly active, enjoyable day.

IDEAL FOR Primary and secondary teachers

This day is hosted and funded by The Theatre Royal and The Concert Hall and is free to teachers in Nottingham City. Lunch and refreshments will be provided during the day. Places are limited, to book your place please contact David Longford, Creative Learning Manager on

The opportunities to work with the RSC and The Theatre Royal afford great benefits for a school and in particular the impact of the RSC’s work in secondary English classrooms has been referred to in a number of research programmes and case studies – for further information please follow this link

Associate Schools with the RSC

A Q&A twilight event for Head teachers, Wednesday 25th January 4 – 5pm

A special event for Head teachers of primary and secondary schools to learn more about the opportunities available as an Associate RSC School in a long-term partnership programme. Leigh Wolmarans, Head teacher of Lings Primary School in Northampton will talk about his experiences as an Associate school. He is a great advocate for the work and is very clear about the demands and benefits of the programme.  The Theatre Royal and The Concert Hall and Nottingham City Council’s Arts Education Service are working with the RSC in inviting applications from 10 schools in Nottingham to be part of this highly sought after programme of support and activities for schools.

Benefits of joining the Associate Schools programme include:

  • Being part of a local and national network of schools, teachers and theatre professionals committed to making Shakespeare’s work vivid, accessible and enjoyable for children and young people.
  • Professional Development opportunities with RSC Education practitioners exploring how rehearsal room approaches to Shakespeare can transform attitudes in the classroom.
  • Opportunities to participate in a national festival of work by young people.
  • Support for Ofsted expectations around Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.
  • Opportunities to experience high quality performances of Shakespeare's work in theatres and in school.

For further information about the Associate School programme please go to:

Please book your place at the Head teachers’ event with David Longford, Creative Learning Manager on


6. Food for Life – What happens next term? - As you may know, Phase One of the Food for Life programme in Nottingham City runs until 31st December 2016 and further commissioning from Public Health is not possible. We have had a fantastic 2 years in Nottingham with 40 schools joining in with all the activities, training, resources and support we have been able to offer you all at no cost thanks to the Public Health Team in Nottingham City Council.

Currently your FFL Award Package is fully funded until the end of December 2016 by the Nottingham City Public Health team.  This gives your school access to all FFL resources and features free of charge. After December 2016 we enter Phase 2 where individual schools who wish to continue with their Food for Life work will need to fund their own FFL awards pack.

We have managed to secure six month’s complimentary access to the FFL Membership Package allowing you to keep accessing a selection of online resources, as well as blogging and logging further submissions towards your award. If you wish to submit criteria for feedback, approval and to gain your award or move on to the next award level you would need to transfer to the Awards Package which costs £780 + VAT for a full 3 year programme. 

As a further incentive and in recognition of all your work so far we can discount this cost until the end of June 2017 to £700 + VAT. If you have already achieved your FFL award this is still valid for 3 years from the date of award regardless of whether you continue into Phase 2.


7. Understanding Christianity Training dates for cohort 2.

Understanding Christianity


8. Singing masterclass with Marcus Farnsworth for students aged 16-18 years

Nottingham Back Choir is delighted to be able to offer the opportunity of a singing masterclass with Marcus Farnsworth. For more information please click here


9. Flu Vaccination is now due! - Your child's annual flu vaccination is now due! To view the letter to parents please click here


10. Click here for the Briefing note for all headteachers and Principles