Speakers for Schools – Live Broadcast with Gareth Southgate!

Speakers for Schools are very excited to announce an upcoming live broadcast for football fans everywhere! Please join them for England football Manager and author of Anything is Possible, Gareth Southgate, and Youtube gamer and entertainer, Sharky, to talk about Gareth’s England football career and insight – all in partnership with Penguin Talks! 

Date: Tuesday 1st December

Time: 16:00 – 17:00

Speakers: Gareth Southgate, England Football Manager and Sharky, Youtube Gamer & Entertainer

Year Group: KS4 & 5 / S4 – 6


In this event, England football Manager and author of Anything is Possible, Gareth Southgate, is joined by Youtube gamer and entertainer, Sharky, to reflect on the experiences and lessons of Gareth’s career. He will share how young people can thrive and make the most of their lives, by being brave, being kind and following their dreams.

The talk will be webinar style and so attendees will not have their cameras or microphones on. There will be a Q+A chat function where students can ask their questions, which will be moderated by Penguin staff.

Gareth Southgate has had a playing career spanning 500 senior appearances. He has represented England 57 times, captained both Aston Villa and Middlesbrough to League Cup final success, and is currently England manager of the senior men’s team. His new book ‘Anything is Possible’, is about how to achieve your dreams and ambitions.

Would you like to submit a question for Gareth?!

Speakers for Schools are working with their schools’ network to provide you with the chance to ask questions for Gareth on camera! If you would be interested in submitting a question for Gareth via video? Let your YCT/ATL know and we can try to make it happen!

November - World Kindness Day

Today, 13th November, Tabor students celebrated World Kindness Day!

Students were given a heart shape, and the freedom to write a message of kindness.

Some chose their favourite quote, some created quotes of their own.

Many students wanted to recognise their kind and wonderful friends – some giving thanks, and others choosing to remind their friends how great they are.

Lots of teachers go a special mention, and it was also lovely to see so many of our students writing a message to their parents and relatives, thanking them for all they do for them every day.

Our messages have all been displayed on the Kindness and Acceptance Wall for all to read and reflect on over the coming weeks.

It has certainly put a smile on everyone’s face who has stopped to read the messages!

Happy Kindness Day everyone!

October – National Poetry Day

Our students have enjoyed listening to a range of poems linked to this years theme of ‘Vision’

We have also displayed this years poetry around the school for everyone to enjoy.

Follow this link to enjoy #nationalpoetryday at home too


October - BNF Healthy Eating Week

The aim of the week is to bring the UK together for a dedicated week, focusing on key health messages and promoting healthy habits. This year’s health challenges are:

  • Eat more wholegrains (Monday)
  • Vary your veg (Tuesday)
  • Drink plenty (Wednesday)
  • Move more (Thursday)
  • Be mind kind (Friday)
  • Get active together (Saturday)
  • Eat together (Sunday)

This week is all about raising awareness for the charity, and how to eat more healthily, & thanks to this, live a better life! Specifically, the BNF want to encourage and promote, healthy eating and drinking habits, being physically active, food provenance and cooking from scratch as opposed to eating out and ready-made, processed food.

October – Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a great opportunity to promote the positive impact that an active lifestyle can have on pupils' wellbeing and health.

It's free, there's no need to register, and it's a fantastic way to get warmed up ready for Sustrans Big Pedal which will take place between 19 and 30 April 2021.

Organised by Sustrans and supported by the Bikeability Trust, Bike to School Week celebrates cycling to school and the benefits of travelling actively for children.

Why Take Part?

As pupils return to school following lockdown, active travel is more important than ever to help pupils get to school safely and healthily. The start of term is a great time to establish positive travel habits early.

Cycling to school has many benefits including:

  1. pupils who are more relaxed, alert and ready to start the day
  2. fewer cars at the school gate
  3. children who are more aware of road safety and who feel more independent
  4. a boost to physical and mental health and wellbeing

Get the Whole Family Involved:

It is well known that physical activity is key to people’s health and wellbeing, with numerous studies showing that people who walk and cycle enjoy longer and healthier lives.

Increasingly, however, research on the long-term benefits of walking and cycling is uncovering benefits that are even greater than previously thought. Regular physical activity can help to prevent numerous serious health conditions and save the NHS millions of pounds each year.

Some of the key findings include:

Regular cyclists reduce their risk of developing cardiovascular disease by 46%.

People who are physically active reduce chances of late-onset diabetes by between a third and a half.

Cycling to work reduces the risk of cancer by 45%


October – The Big Draw

Founded in 2000, The Big Draw is a visual literacy charity that promotes the universal language of drawing as a tool for learning, expression and invention. The charity leads a diverse programme of advocacy, empowerment and engagement, and is the founder and driving force behind The Big Draw Festival – the world’s biggest celebration of drawing.

The Big Draw Festival has encouraged over four million people back to the drawing board since 2000. It has notched up two world records – for the longest drawing in the world (one kilometre) and the greatest number of people drawing simultaneously (over 7,000). The first Big Draw Festival in 2000 attracted 180 partner organisations. Since then, the number has risen to more than 1,000, with over 500,000 people participating each year!

The Festival is made up of thousands of creative events, activities and workshops across the globe hosted by organisations big and small; from individuals to entire cities!

To find out more about the Big Draw Festival, follow this link:

October – ADHD Awareness Month

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a very common disorder which affects children and adults. It has for many years been recognised as a childhood issue that affects focus, self-control and many other important skills. However, it has only recently been recognised as an adult problem too.

How did ADHD Awareness Month Get Started?

An ADHD Awareness Day was how it all started. A resolution was passed by the United States Senate that declared September 7th as National Attention Deficit Disorder Day in 2006. From there it grew into a full month by 2004. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of ADHD, by providing information that is reliable. The information is based on research and scientific evidence.

The Organisers

A coalition of organisations are responsible for organising many different events around the world: the ADHD Organisation (ACO); the Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) and the Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity

What You Can do to Take Part

A number of different resources are available, and the idea is to spread the word, far and wide. If you want to help educate people then there are various resources available online.

There are some great resources and activities to help educate and raise awareness at


October – Black History Month

During October the UK Celebrates Black History Month. Although Black History Month has been celebrated every February in the USA since 1970, it was not officially celebrated in the UK until 1987 when it was organised by the activist Akyaaba Addai-Sebo who, at the time was the coordinator for special projects for the Greater London Council. The first Black History Month was celebrated only in London, but in the years since, the celebration has spread across the whole UK.

The main aims of Black History Month are to celebrate the achievements and contributions of black people not just in the UK, but throughout the world and also to educate all on black history.

During October there are many events to celebrate Black History Month, across the country special classes and celebrations are arranged within schools and African and Carribean societies at universities put on special events and lectures. Museums and art galleries have special themed exhibits, and there are also many special themed shows about Black History Month on the TV and Radio.

If you would like to get involved and discover more about black history, you will find a full listing of events and exhibitions taking place across the UK on the official Black History Month website.

Also take a look at out Literacy and Numeracy page for recommended reading lists on Black Lives Matter from the Literacy Trust


October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer it’s a scary thought and all too many women assume that it won’t happen to them. Unfortunately though, every ten minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK so it is something that effects so many of us.  During Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2020 all women are encouraged to check their breasts (or learn how to if they don’t know how), learn the signs and seek medical attention for anything that they are unsure about.

October – International Walk to School Month

Living Streets have created the greatest national Walk to School celebration, where pupils and grown-ups around the UK unite for one week of walking to school.

Their five-day walking challenge is a fun and engaging week-long activity, raising awareness and celebrating walking for all. Pupils will be well on their way to reaching their recommended 60 minutes minimum of physical activity per day before even reaching the school gates! Not only will it set them up for a positive day in the classroom, it will also help create healthy habits for life.

Walk to School Week is scheduled to take place on w/c 5 October 2020, during International Walk to School Month.

Another fun resource to use is the Walking Randomiser to help you mix up your walking routes and experience new types of walk!  Print it and make it here…


October – International School Library Month

October is International School Library Month (ISLM), an annual celebration of school libraries worldwide.

The 2020 theme for ISLM is “Finding Your Way to Good Health and Well Being”.  It is based on one of the UNSDG goals i.e. UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 “Good Health and Well Being”. This year they are inviting participants to think about and celebrate the link between books, reading, school libraries, good health and well being. They have chosen a theme wording that they believe will be accessible to all participants (aged 3 to 20 years). They are inviting us to celebrate ISLM 2020 by engaging in projects and activities to explore and express this year’s theme.  We hope that ISLM 2020 will be a wonderfully creative, imaginative worldwide celebration of the school library. Keep and eye out for posters about the events going on here at Tabor!


Last week (w.c. 16/11/20) was Anti-Bullying Week, organised and coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance who are a coalition of organisations and individuals that are united against bullying.

The ABA has three main areas of work:

  1. Supporting learning and sharing best practice through membership;
  2. Raising awareness of bullying through Anti-Bullying Week and other coordinated, shared campaigns;
  3. Delivering programme work at a national and local level to help stop bullying and bring lasting change to children's lives;

They provide expertise in relation to all forms of bullying between children and young people. The Anti-Bullying Alliance was established by the NSPCC and the National Children's Bureau in 2002 and is hosted by the National Children's Bureau.

Each year, they have an Anti-Bullying Week to raise awareness of bullying and the work that they do and Tabor did lots to get involved.

This year, we kicked off Anti-Bullying Week at Tabor with Odd Socks Day on Monday 16th November.

Students donated £1 to charity and in exchange wore the brightest, silliest and oddest socks they could find! Odd Socks Day is designed to be fun! It’s an opportunity to encourage people to express themselves and celebrate their individuality and what makes us all unique!

Our Anti-Bullying Ambassadors for each year group also got involved by leading PSCHE and explaining their roles and how people can seek help and support if they or someone else need it.  There were some very thoughtful and mature discussions taking place in form rooms across the school.

And then later in the week, after we had all had a chance to reflect on the key messages of the week, we all came together to create our Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge Wall.

Every student in the school read, thought about and discussed the Tabor Academy Anti-Bullying Pledge which states that:

I believe that everybody has the right to live in a community where they feel safe, included valued and accepted, regardless of differences.

I pledge to be respectful of others and stand up against bullying whenever and wherever I see it

To show their support, students opted to sign their name alongside those in their form group, to be displayed on the pledge wall.  The jigsaw pattern was chosen to show that although we might all be different, or belong to different form groups, friendship circles, religions, cultures or communities, we are all part of the same Tabor community and are stronger when we are all united together.

This year Tabor Academy gained recognition of our Anti-Bullying Week events from the ABA and received a certificate to acknowledge our support of the work that they do.

Road crashes are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury among children and young people. Dangerous roads also affect their ability to walk, cycle and live healthy active lifestyles. That's why it's important to raise awareness of the risks on roads, as well as reaching out to parents and the wider community so we can all stop and reflect on our driving and road awareness.

Road Safety Week, coordinated by Brake, is the UK’s biggest road safety event. This Road Safety Week they are focusing on speed, because whether you’re walking to school, riding on a country road or driving for work, the speed of traffic matters to your safety. With someone injured on a UK road every four minutes, and vehicle speed playing a part in every crash, it’s time to come together to say that there is NO NEED TO SPEED.

Click here to read the ‘Road Safety Week’ fact sheet aimed at 11-18 year olds or find out more info at

The theme for Anti-Bullying Week 2020 is: United Against Bullying.

Anti-Bullying Week will happen from Monday 16th - Friday 20th November and will start with Odd Socks Day to mark the first day of Anti-Bullying Week.

During the week, Tabor students from all year groups will be creating an ‘Anti-Bullying Pledge Wall’ where we will all sign to pledge to be respectful to everyone, regardless of differences, and to stand up to bullying wherever, and whenever we see it.  Photos to follow in the next Newsletter.

Suggested Reading List

Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day Suggested Reading List - KS3 and KS4

From Monday 16th – Friday 20th November we will be taking part in awareness activities for Anti-Bullying Week 2020.

On Monday, we are asking all Tabor students to get involved in Odd Socks Day by wearing the brightest, silliest, oddest socks they have!

We are asking students to make a donation of £1 which will go to the Anti-Bullying Alliance to help fund all of the supportive work they do.

You can find out more information here:

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.

World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world.

There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.

We will be taking part in World Kindness Day by making each other smile with messages of kindness, displayed on our fantastic new ‘Acceptance and Kindness’ wall.

I look forward to sharing the pictures with you in the next Newsletter.

Suggested Reading List

Anti Bullying Week & World Kindness Day Suggested Reading List - KS3 and KS4

Talk Money Week is an annual campaign to get the nation talking about money. Talk Money Week 2020 will take place on 9-13 November.

Each November, the Money and Pensions Service encourage the UK to talk about managing money – from pocket money right through to pensions.

The week provides a platform to have a conversation about money between families and friends, at work or at school or any other walk of life. The goal is to turn talking about money from one of the UK’s least favourite topics into something commonplace.

Why talk money?

Talking openly about money is vitally important for our health, wealth and relationships. The effect of Covid-19 has made it more important than ever to start conversations about money.

Research shows that people who talk about money:

  • make better and less risky financial decisions
  • have stronger personal relationships
  • help their children form good lifetime money habits
  • feel less stressed or anxious and more in control

Building money conversations into our everyday lives also helps us build financial confidence and resilience to face whatever the future throws at us.

If we’re not prepared, we can struggle to cope when an income shock happens or a life event changes everything.

Guides to help start the conversation

There is great advice about how to talk to teenagers specifically about money.  Its never to early (or late) to start the conversation.

Check out this link for great tips and advice:

Each day this week, we are continuing to celebrate National Poetry Day by enjoying a poem a day together, linking to the theme of Vision.  Staff and students will enjoy taking a few minutes to read and listen to the poem of the day together.

Monday Blackberries

by Margaret Atwood
Tuesday Ode: Intimations of Immortality

by William Wordsworth
Wednesday See through my eyes

by Karl Nova
Thursday Returning, We Hear the Larks

by Isaac Rosenberg
Friday Vision Rap

by James Carter


On Friday 16th October, we will be raising awareness of resuscitation and, through the Red Cross, learning how to help someone who is non-responsive and not breathing.

Visit to explore up to 17 different first aid skills with films, activities and quizzes.  You can learn first aid in simple steps, with a key action to take so you can easily remember what to do when someone needs help. There are also links to First Aid courses – a fantastic qualification for our older students to obtain!