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I have decided to do my portfolio on Beaufort Park School, for several reasons. Firstly, my brother and sister both go to the school, which means that most of the staff are familiar with me

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Page number E1: Describe the functions and structure of your chosen organisation, explaining its purpose and justifying your choice. E2: Outline how clients gain access to the service and identify any barriers they may face in accessing the chosen service E3: Describe how the service is organised and funded at national and local level. E4: Describe how the organisation relates to formal and informal carers E5: Describe in detail the effects of any recent government reforms, legislation and policies on your chosen organisation C1: Assess and discuss the impact of government policies on the way the organisation functions and is funded, explaining any changes. C2: Analyse how your chosen organisation co-ordinates or interacts with at least one other service, drawing on the range of information gathered. C3: Discuss why some services are charged to the user and others are free. C4: Make realistic suggestions based on research about how access to the service can be improved. C5: Present a thorough and clear account of how one aspect of the service you investigated has developed over time, explaining how this organisation differs from other types of services. A1: Analyse how the public or clients have influenced the practices of the organisation. A2: Evaluate the ways in which the organisation monitors changes in government policy and may alter the services it provides. A3: Analyse how the work of the organisation relates to the work of other organisations at either local or national level, and how inter-agency co-ordination is managed. A4: Provide a comprehensive analysis of how the organisation's practises are influenced by external factors including: * Clients and the public * The work of other national or local agencies. Bibliography I have decided to do my portfolio on Beaufort Park School, for several reasons. Firstly, my brother and sister both go to the school, which means that most of the staff are familiar with me. ...read more.

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* The national standards have a set curriculum for nusery and reception classes. This is known as the foundation stage. The main aim of the curriculum is to help the children to develop a knowledge of the world, and physical, intellectual and social and emotional skills. * English: there are three main areas of attainment: o Speaking and listening o Reading o Writing, spelling and handwriting The children have reading books which they take home to read, and they practise different types of writing and their purposes e.g. fiction, non-fiction etc. the main aim of the lessons is to provide an interest in an environment where children can sit, read and write and improve their communication skills. * Maths: children need to learn a basic understanding of numeracy for everyday life. Teachers use different types of activities to help promote maths. Children will learn how to do basic calculations at first, and then go on to more complicated ones. Children are also assessed in mental arithmetic. * Science: the main aim of science lessons is to help to stimulate children's curiosity and interest in the world. They are taught basic skills in observation, hypothesis and prediction. They learn basic science about the world around them. * RE: the RE lessons are broadly Christian, but other religions are taught as well, such as, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. * Music: these lessons allow the children to let off steam. The children are taught the basic skills of rhythm, and they learn about all the different types of instruments. * Art: the children experience a range of materials, and express their creativity. * ICT: the children are encouraged to use ICT skill across the curriculum, and these lessons they are taught how to use the different types of software, and how to handle the equipment. * PE: children gain a knowledge of different rhythmic patterns, as they exercise their bodies. ...read more.

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Another example is the literacy and numeracy hour. Teachers have had to make their lessons a lot more structured, and spend a lot less time teaching other areas of the curriculum. Also the school has had to improve its standards due to OFSTED reports. The school has had to make big improvements in their relationship with the parents, so they have been holding lots of activities to improve their relationship with parents. The school has received a new head teacher a few years ago due to the OFSTED report saying that the leadership wasn't very good. The school now assesses the children a lot more to the last OFSTED report. The school is influenced by the DFEE and National standards a great deal, as the school must do as they say. For example, the school must follow the strict timetable set for lessons by the education authorities. The school has also been influenced by other schools in the area, because of exam results the school has had to compete with the other schools. Also the school wants to have the best reputation, so that more pupils attend the school. The school has also been influenced by the other agencies it interacts with. For example it is influenced a great deal by the medical service. Nurses, opticians and dentists etc will come and do check-ups on the children every so often, and the school has to arrange appropriate times. Also if a teacher notices that a child has some sort of difficulty, they will need to contact the medical service e.g. speech therapist. The school also interacts with inter-agencies. Speakers from the NHS will also come and speak to the children about different matters. Therefore the school is affected by the medical services, as they influence the school to give out leaflets on healthy eating and healthy lifestyles etc. Overall, the school has had to change, and add things to the school, due to external factors, such as national policies, OFSTED reports and the parents and pupils. ...read more.

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