SSLP Links Meeting

Date of past event:

17th January 2019


Welcome and introductions were led by Joe Spence with thanks to St Michael’s Catholic College for hosting us in their new building.

First on the agenda was Josh Pugh from The Advocacy Academy.
The Advocacy Academy asks young people “What makes you Angry?” and then takes successful applicants on a journey through Anger – Organisation – Power – Advocacy.
Recruiting for its 5th year, the fellowship programme consists of 350 hours including three residentials. Anybody currently in year 12 and living or studying in an SE or SW postcode is eligible to apply. Application is by a 250 word statement or a 2 minute video. The Advocacy Academy has just opened the UK’s first Advocacy Campus in Brixton and is also recruiting support for campaigns that have got underway from previous programmes.

Membership for 2018/19
It was confirmed that Queen’s College London have joined the SSLP and thanks was noted for the opportunities that they have already presented.

Autumn SSLP Events
Twenty-one different activities were made available to and by SSLP schools during the Autumn term. The Mental Health Teaching Day was mentioned as being particularly worthwhile and there was satisfaction that the Art History Lecture on the eve of half term had been attended by over 100 students. It was noted that more hubs could be created, do please make suggestions.

Spring SSLP Events
Free after school Shakespeare Acting Workshops will be held at Montview for students from Year 10 and above. They will be filmed to produce a series of short films that will, in turn, form part of a digital resource – Play On. SSLP have paid £156.60 for Public Liability insurance to allow workshops to take place at Montview for Multiple schools.
Contact Ben May

SSLP Student Voice
We hope to create a publication with contributions from a core of students from years 8, 10 and 12. This will focus on one topic and contain a mix of reports, interviews, and opinion pieces created by all participating schools. The final piece will feedback in to our schools during the summer term.

SSLP Music Event
An event is pencilled for 6th March but signup has been limited. London South Bank University have offered a venue free of charge and an initial panel of mentors has been identified. Schools would put forward their best musicians within broad categories and also rehearse a collaborative finale. It was agreed to test promote one more time before cancelling the event if interest remains insufficient.

SSLP Professional Learning Trio
The first session with David Didau attracted 45 attendees. The second session has been confirmed at Westminster City School on Wednesday 30th January. Schools should stress the importance of continued attendance to those who attended the first session.

Thanks was noted to Dr Ali Galloni for keeping SSLP as part of the CERN trip. 16 of the 43 essay entrants were from SSLP schools. Selection will be known by the end of the month. The trip will take place in August 2019. A budget is available to assist SSLP students from state schools to fund the trip if selected.

Other Potential SSLP Events
Year 7 Overload Football Tournament
A proposal to run an event in the summer term for Year 7 footballers and Year 10 future coaches would include team building of inter-school teams and leadership training, followed by a 6-a-side tournament.

Subject Specific CPD
It was agreed that there is a need for CPD in Geography, and also a need for Maths and English. Some smaller groups would also benefit from working together and having collective training organised, such as Economics and PE.

The Worshipful Company of International Bankers have expressed an interest in supporting the development of debating in our schools. It is not clear what this support might look like but there is a need for Key Stage 4 training. There would need to be a training session and then workshops before a meaningful competition could be help.

Any Other Business
a) Compass are looking for a History teacher to cover maternity leave starting as soon as possible.
b) City Heights would appreciate any Geography available support.