February 2015

The know zone

  • Sixth-form scrutiny
    How are inspectors awarding the new numerical grade for sixth forms? Suzanne O’Farrell digs into the detail. More
  • Timetable for change
    Cherry Ridgway highlights the key dates for implementing the latest set of reforms and their implications for schools and colleges. More
  • Lifting the barriers
    Twilight, half-day and regional events are bringing continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities to more people. More
  • Red Nose Day 2015
    Red Nose Day is back – a chance for schools and colleges to have fun and raise money to help change lives forever. More
  • Top tips when using iPads in the classroom
    The pace of adoption of iPads and other tablets into the classroom has rapidly accelerated in recent years. With this in mind, and with help from some tech-savvy teachers, we’ve put together some top tips for using iPads in the classroom. More
  • Perfect partners?
    Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt recently said that independent schools should do more to partner with state schools – how do you feel about this? Would they work for all schools? Where could they add most value? Here, ASCL members share their views and highlight the many successful partnerships between the two sectors that already exist. More
  • Leaders' surgery
    ASCL members concerned about leadership issues should call the Hotline on 0116 299 1122 or email hotline@ascl.org.uk More
  • Pastures new…
    Changing schools is a chance to start afresh, leaving behind your misdemeanours and presenting yourself to colleagues in a new light. If only it were that easy. More
  • Efficiency drive
    Richard Newton Chance summarises the changes looming in the new financial year. More
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Red Nose Day is back – a chance for schools and colleges to have fun and raise money to help change lives forever.

Red Nose Day 2015

When is Red Nose Day?

Red Nose Day is taking place on Friday 13 March 2015.

Why get involved?

This year join thousands of UK schools and colleges on a mission to raise as much money as possible to get a target of 300,000 children across Africa into education and learning. And this year’s campaign is set to be bigger than ever before because the money raised will be doubled by the UK government.

Red Nose Day is also a great opportunity to explore global issues. The free Schools Fundraising Resource Pack and website provide a range of curriculum-linked teaching ideas to help ensure that Red Nose Day is a time for both laughing and learning.

What sort of projects does Comic Relief support?

Comic Relief uses the money raised through Red Nose Day to transform lives in the UK and across Africa. Your money could help to transform the lives of thousands of children who struggle to get to school by providing books, uniforms, and improvements to teacher training, so that Africa’s children can get access to the education they deserve.

Even relatively small amounts make a huge difference. Just £15 could provide a whole year of school lunches for a disadvantaged child in Uganda.

How can schools and colleges get involved?

A good starting point is Comic Relief’s free secondary Schools Fundraising Resource Pack. Created by teachers for teachers, this is full of activity ideas, fundraising tips, balloons, stickers and posters.

Any top fundraising tips?

Sell stuff – cakes, biscuits or the good old Red Noses all go down well. Pay to participate – hold a talent show, a dress-up (or down) day, or a quiz. Organise a sponsored something – a ping-pong-a-thon, a dance-a-thon or challenge your students to give up texting for the day. You can find many more ideas in the resource pack. 

Let us know your plans!

Comic Relief would love to hear your plans for Red Nose Day 2015. Please email us at schools@rednoseday.com

Find out more

Visit www.rednoseday.com/ schools to order your free Fundraising Resource Pack, buy Red Noses and download a wide range of materials.