Monday, 28 May 2012

Brook Community Primary School

Ed and I were treated to a very warm welcome for our day at Brook Community School.  I must admit that I was bit concerned about reaching the school down the narrow lanes and overhanging trees, but in the end the only real concern during the day was staying cool in the extremely hot weather.  The best place to be by far was the Air Raid Shelter where the air conditioning was working overtime.

We were so busy that I forgot to take a photo until all the children had gone home and we were getting ready to leave.  Thanks to all at the school and the fabulous PTA for hosting us.  Thanks also for the following comments left in our visitor book by the Head Teacher:

"The children aged 5-11 all had a wonderful time.  The two people on the bus managed to make the day hugely successful for the whole age range and were thoroughly professional.  They kept even the youngest engaged for the best part of an hour.  Excellent value for money - service with a smile".

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Learning Plus Expo

The much heralded Learning Plus Expo has been and gone.  Many thanks to Emma and her team for putting on a very polished show.  We enjoyed showing many teachers, head teachers, governors, civil servants and many others around the bus.  Several schools booked a visit and many more are pondering matters so time will tell how much fruit we will yield.

Inside the exhibition we shared a display stand with Dover Transport Museum with whom we can now offer a joint programme to schools. 

Lastly, the bus has often been compared to the TARDIS as it appears to be bigger on the inside than the outside.  This aspect took a new twist when we discovered Angela from Tudor times knitting in our living room!!!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Faversham Transport Weekend

Another great few days at the Faversham Transport Weekend. The first annual event we have visited twice. Thanks to all at South East Coackworks for being such excellent and kind hosts.

The bus has remained in Faversham to have a few minor battle scars patched up.  Next stop Learning Expo at Detling on Thursday.

Friday, 18 May 2012

2012 Learning Plus EXPO

Home Front Bus will be returning to Detling for the 2012 Learning Plus EXPO
Dateils pinched from the organisers publicity is as follows:

Subject Area: Cross Curricular Development, Evaluation &...*

Target Audiences: All School Staff

Key Stage: Foundation, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5, 14-19/24

Course Code: SCH 12/915

Date: Thursday 24 May 2012

Time: 10:00 - 17:00

Venue and Location: The Clive Emson Conference Centre

Course Director: Sean Carter
Event Summary:
The 2012 Learning Plus EXPO comes to Kent in a new era for education and childrens services. For the last three years, Learning Plus has been working with External Providers, who offer high quality learning opportunities outside the normal curriculum time and with the recent announcement of Department for Education funding for transition activities as well as the introduction of the Pupil Premium, schools are looking for innovative ways to narrow attainment and achievement gaps. 2012...*

Training Objectives:
Schools will take away from the EXPO:

- New contacts from External Providers who could run activities and summer schools

- Bespoke school improvement materials

- Impact measure tools to support the monitoring of services provided outside normal curriculum time

- Innovative and creative ideas for supporting learning within the classroom

- Up to date information regarding safeguarding young people in out of school hours' activities, the Pupil Premium and Ofsted...*

We look forward to meeting you there.

Monday, 14 May 2012

A Very Sunny 1940's Weekend

At last some good weather and what better place to be then in the idylic surroundings of Sheffield Park Station on the Bluebell Railway.  The team were kept busy all weekend entertaining enthusiastic visitors, many in period costume.  Thanks to all at the Bluebell for being such great hosts.