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Term Dates

School Term Dates 2017/18

Autumn Term

Non Pupil Day – Monday, 4th September 2017

Tuesday, 5th September 2017 – Pupils return to school

Half term: 23rd to 27th October 2017

Non Pupil Day: Monday, 30th October 2017

Tuesday, 31st October 2017 – Pupils return to school

End of term: Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Non Pupil Day: Wednesday, 20th December 2017

Spring Term

Non Pupil Day – Tuesday, 2nd January 2018 

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018 – Pupils return to school

Half term: 12th to 16th February 2018

Monday, 19th February 2018 – Pupils return to school

End of Term: Thursday, 29th March 2018

Summer Term

Non Pupil Day: Monday, 16th April 2018

Tuesday, 17th April – Pupils return to shool

(Bank Holiday: Monday, 7th May 2018)

Half term: 28th May to 1st June 2018

Non Pupil Day – Monday, 4th June 2018

Tuesday, 5th June 2018 – Pupils return to school

End of Term: Friday, 20th July 2018

Children’s University

Welcome to the Children’s University Page. Here you will find any useful links or information that may be relevant to your children.

For more information, please contact

Sue Edwards (Notley Green Primary School Co-ordinator) at


look on the university website

If you are interested in your child becoming a member of the Children’s University, please see the information below.

What is the Children’s University?

Getting the most from being involved

If your child wishes to participate, they can start by using a provisional passport. These can be found on the Children’s University noticeboard at school or a copy can be found below.

Provisional Passport

Once your child has completed 10 hours of learning and wishes to continue, then they can apply for a full passport.


Half Term Challenge – October 2017

Please click on the link below to find the half term challenge sheet. Don’t forget to bring in evidence and your passport if you have completed any challenges and would like to collect the learning hours.

Half Term Challenge – October 2017

Don’t forget to make sure that you have completed at least 10 hours of new learning for each award. The challenges can go towards this.

October 2017

Following the assembly led by Debbie Bird – manager of Essex Children’s University, we have had a number of new members, which is great. I am still waiting for a delivery of passports so will pass these on when I get them. For those students who have not yet got a physical passport, please collect hours on the provisional passport sent out and hours can also be added to the e-passport for which a login was given.

Thank you for your continued support with Children’s University, supporting your children to collect hours towards their graduations.

I attended a Children’s University conference yesterday and would like to bring to your attention the following:

  • There is a writing competition open to all children, but if your child is a member of the Children’s University, then they can be awarded 3 hours – they will need to send the stories in and then the confirmation will be sent home with a slip that can be stuck in the passports. Attached is the bookmark from Essex Book Festival for the story writing competition.  This competition closes in February 2018 and will be judged in March 2108. The link for this competition is
  • If you have music lessons in school time, then you may collect one hour per half term for your passport.
  • A child can log on hours of learning time for attending an afterschool club – please remind your children that they will need to take their passport to each session to get it signed.
  • Home learning – from half term, children can gain hours of learning by completing the optional homework tasks. If your child wishes to add any hours, then they will need to being their completed home learning, along with their passport to Mrs. Edwards for validation and a stamp.
  • If you have not already done so, then please sign up to receive the newsletter from Essex Children’s University which provides regular updates on latest Learning Destination and other Children’s University news. Please email
  • Essex Children’s University also have a facebook page and a twitter account where you can share your child’s learning:
  • Don’t forget to keep an eye out on the Essex Children’s University website and the Notley Green website for new and exciting opportunities your child can be involved with – including holiday challenges, activity packs and the like.
  • New partnerships with the Children’s University include ‘The Wonder Why Society’ and The Cambridge Science Centre
  • Date for dairies: on the 24th March 2018 there will be a science day at Anglia Ruskin University
  • Graduation dates are being organised for the year – as soon as I have details, I will pass these on
  • Please can your child bring in their passport by WEDNESAY 1st NOVEMBER 2017 so that I can confirm the hours gained – I have noticed that some e-passports need updating to include all hours gained. Please can you also confirm below what the last certificate was that your child achieved.

Many thanks to Debbie and Sally from Essex Children’s University who came to lead an assembly in September.

Don’t forget to hand your forms back to the office if you wish to become a member of the Children’s University. More passports are on their way, but you can start collecting hours straight away using a provisional passport along with your e-passport.

Graduation – June 2017

Many congratulations to Holly for graduating in June.

Well done also to Alex and Matthew for their presentation which you can see below.

Our presentation for Children’s University

Graduation – March 2017
Many congratulations for those children who graduated last night. It was a superb evening. Many thanks to all the children’s friends and family to come and support them.
Don’t forget that if you would like direct emails then please email sally at and ask to be put on the chimp mailing list.

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Thank you for all your continued support for Children’s University.
Half Term Activities
Please see below for suggested activities that you may like to be involved with over half term.

half term challenge

keep calm here comes half term

Graduation Time

It’s that time of year!  We are approaching our first award evening of the year on 8th March at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford.  Instead of the normal sending out letters, getting slips and passing details back etc Braintree Campus have decided to trial the Colchester Campus method of using Eventbrite.  

 A copy of the letter and information about how to book a place can be found below:

Copy of the letter to parents

Using Eventbrite to register child to graduate

I will be confirming  the amount of  hours gained from the children’s epassports, so please make sure these are up to date. If your child needs help in updating the information, please ask them to come and see me with their passport.

I look forward to hearing about the activities the children have been completing, gaining hours towards their next awards.

Please note that the next Graduation is on 8th March 2017. Please can you make sure that all your e-passports are up to date as I will soon be asking for the hours gained so your child can be put forward for graduation.

This years Winter Challenge has just arrived and can be found below:

Children’s University Winter Challenge 2016

Physics Fest 2016

Please see flyer below about the Physics Fest happening at King Edward VI Grammar School on 4th December 2016


Please see below a letter from ARU inviting children to a family event on Saturday 3rd December 2016:

Dear Parent / Carer

It is with great pleasure that I write to invite you and your family to our FREE family Christmas event on Saturday 3rd December 2016, 10am-2pm

We are running a whole host of festive activities from arts and crafts, a party with FROZENs Anna, Elsa and Olaf, face painting, a Christmas puppet show and much more. To get you in the festive spirit free hot roasted chestnuts and popcorn will be available throughout the day. 

For a full guide of activities, please see the information attached.


We are also delighted that two of Santa’s reindeer will be joining us throughout the event to meet the children before Christmas!

For further information please visit or contact Rachel Moss, Public Engagement Officer t. 01245 68 4715, e.

We look forward to welcoming you onto campus soon.

Best regards

Members of Children’s University may gain 30 mins of learning time for attending – remember your passport!

Some parents are finding some learning destinations seem to have ‘disappeared’ from the site. Please see the message below from Sally Welsh –

Changes to Learning Destinations
Sally Welsh, Essex Children’s University, 24 October 2016
We are having a bit of a tidy up of the ePassport system to make things easier in the long run. We’ve put all of our activities that require your child to join or you can’t just drop in to such as dance schools, football clubs, karate clubs, etc under one big Learning Destination called ‘Essex Children’s University Learning Partners’.

So… when you select ‘My Area’ in the ‘Where did the activity Take place?’ drop down box you’ll find Essex Children’s University Learning partners. Select this and then in the ‘What activity was it?’ drop down box you’ll find your activity listed.

All the Essex Guide Units (which will include Guides, brownies and Rainbows) are listed under ‘Guide Units in Essex’ and then under each division. There are fewer Scout Groups so these can be found under ‘Scout Groups in Essex’ and are just listed.

Please let us know if you experience any problems.

Another Half Term Activity 

Please see below for the October Half Term Activity sheet

Essex CU October Half Term Challenge 2016

Would you like to receive information about Children’s University activities hot off the press?
If so, please send your email to the manager of Essex Children’s University, Debbie Bird – and you can receive information via Chimp Mail

Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations at Anglia Ruskin University – gain more stamps in Passports for Learning.  Click on the link below:

Queens 90th Birthday Celebrations Anglia Ruskin University

Want to do something outdoors during half term?  Den building, kite making plus other activities.  Click on the link below:

Half-term Outdoor Activities May/June 2016


Please find attached the letter for Parents detailing information about the next Graduation Ceremony.

Letter to parents carers re next award evening hours

Please could children bring in their passports along with the ‘hours form’ so they can be checked. Thank you.


The next graduation ceremony will be on 28th June 2016 so please keep collecting hours. Details to follow nearer the time.

Easter Challenge has just hopped in.  Please see below for details.

Easter Challenge 2016

Congratulations to all those children who graduated on 8th March 2016. It was great to see so many of you gaining your hours.

Next graduation should be in the summer term, so please keep collecting your hours. 

5th February 2016

The Spring half term challenge has arrived. Please see below for details.

Spring Challenge 2016

4th February 2016

Please see below for details of ‘Body Science’ – validated activities at the Braintree museum for half term

Body Science at the Braintree Museum

1st February 2016

Thank you to all those who have returned the form re the March graduation. The deadline has now passed.

I am please to say that we have 14 children who will be graduating in March.

We now have over 60 children who are members of the Children’s University. Please continue to support your children in collecting hours for taking part in a range activities and don’t forget to keep checking on here for details of new challenges and information.

25th January 2016

Please can the members of the university bring their passports in during this week so that I can verify their hours before the cut off date of Friday 29th January. The next graduation ceremony is due to be held on 8th / 9th March 2016.

Please see the letter via parentmail for more details.

11th December 2015

Please see the links below for details of the Christmas Activities:

Christmas Challenge

CU Christmas Challenge 2015

You can mix and match from both of the above challenges, but may do no more than 12 activities in total. Have fun. Don’t forget to bring in your completed challenges so that I can award hours.

Mini reading challenge: Please see for more details

reading challenge

2nd December 2015

Many congratulations to the class of December 2015

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Special thanks to Matthew and Alexander, our two ambassadors. You may view their presentation below.

Why we like being a member of Children’s University

9th November 2015

Please see below for details of the PhysicsFest 2015 which has been validated by Children’s university

PhysicsFest 2015

10th October 2015

If your child’s passport needs updating, please ask them to bring it to school on Monday 12th October as this is the final day before I have to send names in for graduation purposes. Thank you

4th October 2015

Essex Children’s University is in the process of upgrading their website and each campus has been asked to provide photos that represent the area they cover. Each campus will have their own page on the website so in the future we will be able to post lots of your photos there! We need a photo that you feel represents either Braintree, Witham, Kelvedon, Halstead, and Coggeshall as these are the areas Braintree District Campus currently covers.

Each child will receive one hour for entering and the winner will receive a Essex Children’s University goodie bag!

Please post photos on our Braintree District campus Facebook page or submit to your school coordinator so they can email to Jane.

Closing date 31st October 2015 – Good luck!

30th September 2015

News just in – there are some activities for Festival for the Senses – free family festival taking place on 3rd October at Anglia Ruskin University. Please see below for details:

ARU senses event

26th September 2015

News just in – The first graduation ceremony this year will take place on 1st December 2015 at ARU in Chelmsford. More details to follow.

21st September 2015

The children were asked in assembly today to bring in their children’s university passports at some stage this week, along with any work they have done as part of the summer challenge.

For the next graduation ceremony we have been asked to suggest a couple of ambassadors to do a presentation about the university – why they enjoy it and talk about the range of activities they have completed. If you think your child would like to be considered and have completed a whole range of activities, then please let me know.

8th August 2015

Great to see some challengers and activities completed over the summer holidays. Don’t forget to upload our activities onto the epassports. I look forward to hearing all about your activities in September.

Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

15th July 2015

Thank you very much to the 17 children who gave me their passports today. At the moment we have 6 children who will be graduated at the next ceremony.

If you would like your hours added and logged, please can I have your passports in by the end of this week please.

Thank you

9th July 2015

Please see below a copy of the latest newsletter. it includes the summer challenge.

Newsletter – July 2015

25th June 2015

Please can ALL passport be brought into school on Monday 13th July so I can collate the information ready for next year. Thank you

11th June 2015

We now have details of the CU summer Challenge – please see below

CU Summer Challenge

8th June 2015

Many congratulations to our first Children’s University Graduate

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6th June 2015

I have just had it confirmed that if you take part in music lessons in school time, you may claim for one hour per half term for your passport.

6th June 2015

Braintree Town Football Club is not validated so hours cannot be accumulated until they are
White Court Dance has now been added (although may take a couple of days to be approved by the national office)
4th Black Notley Brownies – these have been added to the list under Braintree – Brownies
5th Black Notley Brownies – these have been added to the list under Braintree – Brownies
Elm personal kids club is not validated so hours cannot be accumulated until they are
Football clubs can sign whenever is convenient BUT they MUST be validated first before any hours are accumulated
Braintree Tennis club has now been validated
Park run will NOT be validated as a learning destination, so no hours can be accumulated from this event

If you have any other queries, please let me know

22nd May 2015

Thank you to all the children who have brought in their passports – activities are now on their e-passports. Please now try and keep these up to date. If you need any help – please ask.

Some children were having their passports signed off from clubs or activities that have not yet been validated. If yours is one of these clubs, then don’t forget that you can nominate an activity and gain 2 hours for research.

Just in: please see below for the activities taking place at Braintree Museum this holiday:

half term activities

Have a great half term.

13th May 2015

Please can all passport holders bring their passports into school this Friday (15th May). You can either give them to Mrs. Edwards or Mrs. Breen in the morning or they can go in with the registers.

I will arrange a time when we can meet up to go through the e-passports and will let your teachers know.

Year 3 and 4

If you would like your child to be a member of the Children’s University, could you please bring in your request as soon as possible as it takes a little while for the passports to arrive.

If you wish, you can pay via parent pay, and email me the request form.

I look forward to enrolling our new members.

6th May 2015

Tonight sees the launch of Year 3 and 4 for Children’s University. If I have not received your slip requesting seats, please feel free just to come along. 6.00 pm start.

28th April 2015

Thank you to all children who have returned their ‘hours’ gained form. I have submitted these to the Head of the Braintree Campus. It looks like we will have 2 children graduating on 8th June 2015.

More details about the award evening to follow when available.


The next Children’s University Award Evening will be on Monday 8th June at Anglia Ruskin University. More details to follow.


New accreditation task: April 2015

Design a Garden 

The above gardening competition can be an accredited task for Children’s University provided that the entry is completed in the child’s own time. It will count for a one hour activity. There are two different age groups, 5-7 and 8-11 year olds.

The children have to apply to take part by 8th May but the designs will need to be completed and returned to school before 5th June. A Greenfield’s representative will then liaise with the school to come and judge the designs.

If you wish to have this accredited, please bring in your design and passport to be signed off.

Don’t forget to bring in your passport and evidence if you completed the Easter Holiday Challenge.


Update: March 2015

We now have 28 children enrolled with Essex Children’s University – Braintree Campus.

There will be a launch for children in Years 3 and 4 in the Summer Term.



Support for parents

Oxford Owl

Below is a link to a great resource to encourage your children to read for pleasure and to share stories with all of the family. There are over 260 eBooks, which are tablet friendly and for many reading ages.

All you need to do to access these eBbooks is simply sign up to Oxford Owl by clicking on the ‘Join Us’ link.


Parenting in the Digital Age (PitDA) Presentation for Primary Schools

Useful websites for parents March 15

Introduction to CHANGE


Our Organisation’s Vision:

To develop a sustainable, growing organisation that is based upon mutual partnership and shared values to ensure that all children within the Partnership get the best possible provision leading to the best possible educational and wider outcomes.

Our Organisation’s Values:

  • ASPIRATION – having a culture of high aspirations and expectations for children, staff and the learning environment.
  • POSITIVITY – having a growth, ‘can do’ mindset in all that we do.
  • COURAGE – being prepared to take calculated risks in order to be innovative and bring about the best outcomes for children.
  • COLLABORATION – working together to capitalise on our shared capacity whether this is resources or expertise in order to bring about best value for money and facilitate rapid school improvement and development.
  • FULFILMENT – having a commitment to excellence and enjoyment that enables our children to develop a life-long love of learning and equips them with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that prepares them extremely well for their next stage of education.
  • GROWTH – through our structures, systems and strategies to prepare and seize the opportunities to grow the Partnership so that more children benefit from excellent provision.

Key Organisation’s Principles:

  • We will keep our children safe, secure and cared for;
  • We will aim to provide first-rate teaching in all lessons and strive for excellence in everything that we do;
  • We will ensure that high standards in English and Mathematics are at the heart of a broad and exciting curriculum;
  • We will value children’s creativity and individuality, and listen attentively to their views, opinions and feelings;
  • We will support children’s holistic development and work hard to overcome barriers and build their self-belief and self-confidence;
  • We will ensure that children leave primary education ready, willing and able to successfully take the next step in their learning and the next step in their lives.




The CHANGE Schools Partnership recognises that to provide the best educational outcomes for children, we need the best staff to do it. We therefore look for staff who are passionate about children meeting their potential and committed to providing the very best customer service to parents and children. As an organisation we are committed to providing our staff with the structured training and development in order to do a first class job and work towards their own personal career aspirations.

Vacancies are generally advertised via the Essex schools’ jobs website:, where full details and an application form can be found.

Currently we have no vacancies at Notley Green Primary School.

The CHANGE Schools Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants will be expected to undertake enhanced DBS and other checks appropriate to the post in line with safer recruitment practice.

Please see below about some information re Returning Teachers:

CTSA Supporting returning teachers flier 

What do members of our team say?

“It’s like being part of a big family”
“There is plenty of support and opportunity”
“I can’t imagine working anywhere else!”