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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/read-write/ Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending @c2ken.net) Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to https://www.texthelp.com/en-gb/products/read-write/ There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Bp0to8a9Z0
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YMCA

 
 

The YMCA are long standing partners with Breda Academy and have built up significant relationships with both staff and pupils.  

Their overall aim is for young people to achieve an increased value of themselves and others. Some of the areas they explore are identity, stereotypes, sectarianism and discrimination.

In Breda Academy two interactive projects are delivered by the YMCA, Connect Good Relations and Connect Online. Connect Good Relations is where young people can recognise and appreciate the diversity of our society. The YMCA understand that young people need to make informed choices, especially in the areas of well-being, identity, decision making and have opportunities to share experiences. In short, their desire is to create safe places for young people to explore their own world, the community they live in and to have positive, challenging and affirming relationships with those around them.

Connect Online is a safety training programme to help young people make sense of the emerging opportunities and risks of an increasingly connected world.

The YMCA also support our new Year 8 pupils who are finding the transition to High School challenging through their Year 8 Mentoring Programme.  Weekly sessions provide our young people with the opportunity to assist their progress in school.

Pupils have commented that "the YMCA make learning fun", "I learned more about my country" and " we all got closer together, shared our ideas and had lots of fun."

 

DREAMSCHEME

Dreamscheme is a youth development organisation that is based in Newtownbreda and aims to transform the lives of hard-to-reach and at-risk young people. As well as providing diversionary and developmental youth programmes in local communities such as Milltown, Belvoir, Breda and Braniel, Dreamsheme is also providing a mentoring programme of youth support within Breda Academy.

 

WILLOWFIELD PRESBYTERIAN

Stuart Douglas, youth worker at Willowfield Parish Church, helps coordinate a number of local churches coming into Breda Academy through detached work on a Tuesday lunchtime and running the Scripture Union on a Thursday lunchtime. The Churches involved are ourselves Bloomfield Presbyterian, Beersbridge Elim, Millton Baptist, Newtownbreda Baptist, Knockbreda Methodist and Orangefield Presbyterian.

 

FAMILYWORKS

Familyworks is the school counselling service which offers our pupils additional support through weekly counselling sessions.  Pupils can self-refer or be referred by their teacher or parent for help to deal with any emotional and behavioural difficulties to make more informed choices or decisions.

 

Pivotal Education Ltd

Last April we became the first Northern Ireland school to work with an organisation called Pivotal to develop our policy and practice around classroom culture and behaviour for learning. A number of other local schools have followed us in signing up to the Pivotal approach. In class we adopt approaches which ensure good effort and appropriate behaviour are recognised and rewarded. Key elements of the Pivotal approach include consistent calm adult behaviourfollowing relentless routines, focussing attention on the best behaviour.

 

PIXL (Partners in Excellence)

In September we joined with PiXl Partners in Excellence, an organisation which is working with 14 schools in Northern Ireland and over a thousand across the United Kingdom as a whole. The PiXL approach enables us to share good practice with and from other schools. We can access resources and tried and tested approaches to target our support and intervention where students fall below target. Key elements within the PiXl approach are the use of "Personalised Learning Checklists" to identify individual barriers to student progress, and web-based apps which support a cycle of "Diagnosis, Therapy, Testing" to home in on specific weaknesses and check learning has occurred.