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School Projects

News on various other projects and initiatives that Baskerville have undertaken or are involved with.

Global Summit at Baskerville School

Update: February 2018

As a hub school for a network of globally minded schools, Ann, our Faculty Leader for The Rural Dimension organised a joint activity day on 14 February so that students could work together to focus on a theme of 'Us, Our City, Our World and Change'.

Apart from our own students, students and staff from Longwill School for the Deaf, Selly Oak School, Fox Hollies School and Kings Norton Boys School also came to participate in the activities with us.

The day started off with an investigative challenge in the grounds where students from different schools learned to work together and hone their observational skills (braving the sleet and freezing temperature!) Students from each school brought with them images of their local environment which were displayed and shared with the other students. There was lots of enthusiasm and some fantastic discussions about how aspects of our lives and environment could and should be changed. It was really great to see students working so positively together, with new friendships formed.

There will be follow up global work in the respective schools and an evaluation and planning meeting for the teachers in March to ensure this brilliant initiative continues.

Big thanks to Ann for organising the event, to Ben Ballin from the Global Learning Programme for hosting the day and Debbie Poole for the great preparation work she had done with the students of 4B.

Soaking wet but not deterred.
A brief respite in the poly tunnel.

The team from Longwill looking at the displays.
Students from Fox Hollies making some unique insights.

Global Learning Hub

Update: September 2016

Baskerville School is very pleased to have become a hub school for Global Learning.

We will be hosting Continuing Professional Development sessions for staff from other special schools around the city, focusing on how Global Learning can improve students' mental health.

During the staff training days in September, staff had a fantastic experience with inspirational learning from Nigel Rayment. We are now working to incorporate more global learning to enrich curriculum opportunities and prepare our students to live in a multi-cultural and ever changing world.

SEND Sports Competitions

Update: January 2015

Baskerville School actively encourage students who have attained a good level in sports activities to participate in Birmingham School Games Level 2 and Level 3 Competitions organised by the Birmingham Schools Sports Partnership of the Birmingham City Council.

Students take part in Level 1 in-school competitions, then progress to Level 2 local area inter-school competitions, and if qualified, move on to Level 3 city-wide sports festivals.

Ten Key Stage 3 students have participated in Key Stage 3-5 Boccia and Kurling Competition (Level 2) in November 2014 and qualified to enter the Level 3 Boccia final competition which will be held in February 2015.

Eight Key Stage 3/4 students have also competed in the Level 2 Football Competition in January 2015 and qualified for the Level 3 city-wide final to take place in February 2015.

We also came second place in the Panathlon Challenge South Birmingham Semi-final in December 2014 which was participated by 8 Key Stage 3 and 4 Key Stage 4 students. We are looking forward to participating in the Birmingham Multi-Sport Panathlon Level 3 final in March 2015.

Ten of our Key Stages 3 and 4 students have also done well winning first prize in the Birmingham Secondary Sportshall Athletics competition in January 2015.

Through these competitive sports opportunities, our students are encouraged to work hard to improve not only their sports skills but also their inter-personal skills and self-discipline to achieve good results.


Sports Challenges

Ongoing: Started 2013

Starting from 2013/14, a series of sports challenges are organised to encourage Key Stages 3 and 4 students to become more active and take part in recorded competitive sports activities, irrespective of their ability. Last year, we have successfully completed the following two challenges:

  • Indoor Rowing 1-minute Challenge – students row non-stop for 1 minute and the distance is recorded.
  • Trampolining Superstars – students are encouraged to attempt a range of trampolining skills.

This year, we have already completed two challenges:

  • Multistage Fitness Test – Students go through an endurance test that take place in the Autumn and Summer terms to measure their fitness level and record progress.
  • Rope Jumping Challenge – Students jump over a rope turned by members of staff.

We are looking forward to repeat the Indoor Rowing 1-minute Challenge and the Trampolining Superstars as well as launching the following in the near future:

  • Basketball Free Throw Challenge – Students do 15 consecutive free throws and the score is recorded.
  • Badminton Longest Rally Challenge – Students paired up to do continuous rallies.

Through these challenges, students of all abilities are encouraged to take part where their performance is recorded so they are motivated to work towards improving their own performance in a pace that suits them.


Birmingham Jamaica Special Schools Link Project

Ongoing: Started 2011

The idea for the Birmingham Jamaica Special Schools Link Project came during visits in 2011 and 2012 of Jamaican Education Officers, Principals and teachers to Birmingham to explore school link opportunities.

This is part of the 'Connecting Classrooms' project organised by the British Council. Through this project, schools share good practices and make links for staff and students and open up the world for both sets of students.

Through this project, Baskerville School is now linked with two special schools in Jamaica: Greater Portmore Learning Centre in St Catherine and Windsor School of Special Education in Spanish Town.

Bev Ffrench, our Assistant Head Teacher (Curriculum) and Ann McGuire, our Faculty Leader for Rural Dimension visited one of these schools in Jamaica in February 2015. Some members of staff from these two schools are expected to come to visit Baskerville School sometime in 2015.

Baskerville School has also invited Spicy Fingers, a Birmingham based Jamaican poet to spend some time with our students on 18 November 2014 to talk about the weather, landscape and lifestyle in Jamaica and perform spoken poetry inspired by black history.

For more information visit the Birmingham Jamaica Special Schools Link website (external link).

Students enjoying music, poetry and storytelling performed by Spicy Fingers.
Ann and Bev visiting a classroom in Jamaica.

Students enjoying a craft lesson.
Jamaican school lunch.

Global Learning Programme

Baskerville School has registered with the Global Learning Programme which is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues.

Some members of staff have been meeting with colleagues from other Birmingham member schools to exchange ideas on best practices and a curriculum that offers our students a global prospective over all subjects. Examples of topics taught so far include water shortage in Geography, low technology tool making in Forest Schools, solar power cooking in Science and world poetry in English.

The school will be launching a Global Clay Oven Day when the clay oven built on our school grounds will be used in a day of activities that highlight issues such as global deforestation, sustainable international cooking with zero food mile.

For more information visit the Global Learning Programme website (external link).