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Student Awarded Young Physicist of the Year by Durham University

Congratulations to our wonderful student who was awarded Endeavour Academy’s Young Physicist of the Year by Durham University.  The event was a celebration of achievement with schools from across the County and Durham University Physicists in attendance.  Science at Endeavour helps nurture a curiosity for the subject, links all learning with employment opportunities in careers such as doctor, vet, physiotherapist, chemist, beautician, plumber, nurse, architect, surveyor, engineer, farmer, sports trainer, lawyer, journalist, computer games developer, marine biologist and electrician, to name but a few and helps students recognise the importance of science in everyday life developing skills such as problem solving, practical skills and scientific writing. 

GCSE Citizenship Programme

As part of the GCSE Citizenship Programme, students at Endeavour Academy carried out extensive research into children’s mental health and identified there is a dearth of mental health training on Initial Teacher Training Programmes.  Students campaigned for all trainee teachers to complete the Level 2 Children and Young People Mental Health Award as part of their Initial Teacher Training programme.  Students received a really positive response to their campaign from Sunderland University who were very receptive to the idea and congratulated the students on their initiative. 

ENDEAVOUR ACADEMY SHORTLISTED FOR THE TES SCHOOL AWARDS 2023 – SPECIALIST PROVISION OF THE YEAR

We are proud to announce that Endeavour Academy has been shortlisted for the Specialist Provision of the Year award in the Tes Schools Awards 2023! The Tes Schools Awards recognises the very best teachers and schools from UK state and independents, including early years settings, primary and secondary.

The Endeavour Academy is a Free School, providing personalised education in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. The provision is specifically aimed at students who suffer from anxiety, or those experiencing social and emotional issues, which may be present in traditional schools or in non-attendance.

Head Teacher at Endeavour Academy, Kerrie Whelan, said “We are extremely proud to be shortlisted for the Specialist Provision of the Year award! The Endeavour Team go above and beyond to provide the very best school experience for our learners and it’s great to be recognised.”

The panel of awards judges include school leaders, experts and education researchers. The objectivity, professionalism and high standards of the Tes Schools Awards judges and the judging process has helped establish them as a well-respected achievement for any school chosen as a finalist or winner.

Tes editor and chief judge of the Tes Schools Awards Jon Severs said: “With these awards we honour the education community, whom we have served for over 112 years. This year has seen some incredibly high-quality entries. So, every teacher and school who has been named in this shortlist should be very proud – it’s a fantastic achievement.”

“We are looking forward to showcasing, as we do every year, just how vital our education professionals are to every facet of this country. Teachers, leaders and support staff all play such an important role in schools: this is our chance to say thank you for all that they do.”

Good luck to the team who will be heading to the gala ceremony at London’s Grosvenor Park Hotel on 23rd June 2023!

Support for Families from North East Autism Society

The North East Autism Society recently sent Endeavour a useful email with information on the support they offer young people with autism.

You can find more information on the following links:

Zoom Webinars

Introduction To Supporting Autistic Children: 12th January & 9th March 1pm – 3pm
Supporting The Emotional Wellbeing Of Autistic Children: 9th February & 13th April 1pm – 3pm. Click here for dates and booking information.

Autism Workshop: South Tyneside 

Workshops are available for South Tyneside families with children / young people under 18. Click here for dates and booking information.

Autism Workshop: North Tyneside 

In these sessions, we will cover: worries and action planning, common misconceptions, differences in autistic children and practical strategies to use in everyday life. Click here for dates and booking information.

Autism Support Hubs: Newcastle 

In these sessions, we will cover: worries and action planning, common misconceptions, differences in autistic children and practical strategies to use in everyday life. Click here for dates and booking information.

 Find out more about our support for families

Well done to past student Katie who called into school to let us know she had passed her driving test.  We are so proud of you.  

The Government has recently announced details of a new UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which aims to support people and communities across the country. Some of this funding could be used to help support more unemployed young people into work. In County Durham, we have a number of young people who struggle to get a job when they leave school or college, which can have a harmful impact on their longer-term futures. However, there are other young people who progress into good employment opportunities.

As Durham County Council will soon receive a share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, Durham Youth Council (DYC) have teamed up to find out the views of children and young people to help us to shape their plans for how some of this funding could be used to help more young people progress into good employment opportunities. We would, therefore, be grateful if you could take a few minutes to share your views by clicking on the below link and contributing to the review. 

https://forms.gle/T2p8LbMqTNwULP7P6