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  • Three Minute Learning (3ml)
  • Lifestyle Intervention
  • Training Opportunities
  • Schools Funding Bulletin – April 2019
  • High needs Strategic Planning review



Three Minute Learning

Applies to-All schools

I’m writing to invite a member of staff at your school to join a 1 hour 15 minute CPD session at Daresbury Laboratory (WA4 4AD) that will demonstrate the use of a free science and literacy resource called “Three Minute Learning.

3ml is a new way of tackling literacy across the curriculum that works for all subjects.  Pupils engage actively with short texts about different subjects including science, music and art. Aimed at Year 4 and above, the 3ml resource enables pupils to develop their comprehension skills by encouraging pupils to: connect the stories with themselves or something they know about think of questions that the story makes them want to ask summarise the essence of the stories clarify whether they know something about the stories or are able to connect the stories with themselves or the real world

3ml was set up, by scientists, writers and teachers, to adapt methods known to work well in language and literature to the purpose of STEM engagement. This resource has now been piloted in schools to considerable enthusiasm from teachers and pupils.  Funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council, has recently allowed the 3ml team to interview scientists and engineers here at Daresbury Laboratory and write their stories. The texts cleverly explore some of the exciting STEM work that Daresbury scientists and engineers are involved in whilst also allowing pupils to identify with the different personalities on show. This local link has the potential to familiarise your pupils with local opportunities and broaden their aspirations in STEM whilst improving their literacy.

Please email me to let me know if you would be interested in finding out more and I invite you to complete the following Doodle Poll stating your name and school and also dropping me a quick email so that I can contact you and we can find a date that works best for people,

Lifestyle Intervention

Applies to-All schools

Our new CYP Brief Lifestyle Intervention for Practitioners training, which is delivered by the Health Improvement Team. This training is free of charge, and is aimed at anyone working with children and young people to help facilitate lifestyle change. This includes teaching staff, assistants and pastoral staff. Attached is the course outline. Upon completing this course, attendees will have knowledge on guidelines for healthy eating, physical activity, screen time, sedentary time and sleep, plus access to our online resources and activities to use with young people. Staff can book on to one of the dates below, or if there are more than 6 people in a setting who would like to attend I can go out to them to deliver the training at a time and date that suits them.

  • Friday 3rd May 2019 – 9.30am – 12.30pm – Halton Lodge Children’s Centre
  • Wednesday 12th June 2019 – 9.30am – 12.30pm – Halton Stadium, Widnes

Bookings can be made by emailing or calling 0300 029 0029




Training Opportunities

Applies to-All schools

Please find below the details on the Basic Bid-Writing Training and Monitoring & Evaluation Courses run by Halton Borough Council’s External Funding Team. If you wish to attend please complete and return the attached booking form or complete it online.


Basic Bid Writing Training:

–  Tuesday 7th May 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Murdishaw Community Centre

–   Tuesday 3rd September 2018: 9.30am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

–    Tuesday 3rd December 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Castlefields Community Centre

Subjects covered in the course include: Essential requirements of a strong bid (‘Top-Tips’); Basic bid-writing skills to meet the funder’s essential requirements; Common reasons for bid failure.


Monitoring and Evaluation Training


Thursday 4 April 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Upton Community Centre

Tuesday 5 November 2019: 9.30am-1pm, Murdishaw Community Centre

Subjects covered in the course include: To understand what Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) involves; To learn why it is necessary; To understand where and how Monitoring &Evaluation should be used in grant-funded projects; To learn best practice (‘top tips’) for producing good quality and effective data and reports. If you require any more information, please get in touch.



Schools Funding Bulletin – April 2019

Applies to-All schools

Please find link below to the latest funding update. The funding opportunities with the more imminent deadline are at the top of the bulletin.

If you have a project or an idea that you require advice and funding assistance with, please fill out an Enquiry Form.


Schools Bulletin – April 2019

Funding Bulletins Home Page


High needs Strategic Planning review

Applies to-All schools

See attached the High needs Strategic planning review summery April 2019