Message from CEO – 2 September 2018
Welcome to the start of our autumn term 2018. I hope you have had some wonderful moments over the summer.
Welcome to those who are joining our Trust: NQTs, teachers, Head teachers, teaching assistants, school support and central team staff, governors and trustees. As with every person within the BWMAT, you and the things you bring – your skills and experience, your professional and personal qualities and strengths – make you vital members of our team.
Welcome to Julian Thompson who will be taking on the role of Director of Learning and Achievement and to Ian Rumbelow who will support the South Somerset Hub across the autumn term.
Many of you are taking up new roles or further developing established roles in our schools, hubs and across our Trust. I am very grateful we have so many talented teachers, leaders and staff who are willing to give their time and share their expertise with others to ensure our Trust continues to grow and develop through shared collaboration and leadership.
Thank you all for the time and care you are giving to plan the start of the new school year that will inspire, motivate and engage our pupils. The thought and skill you are giving to creating learning environments to support the exciting units of work you’ve planned will spark pupils’ interest in and enthusiasm for new learning.
There will be many unique, special moments unfolding across our Trust over the next few weeks. In each school and across our hubs, friendships and highly valued working relationships will be re-established for adults and children alike. The seeds of new relationships will be sown. The daily routines and interactions that nurture and feed school life – a moment of shared awe and wonder in a classroom, a quick catch-up or smile in a corridor, the opportunity for quiet reflection during collective worship – will begin. There will be many firsts from our youngest children taking initial steps in their school learning journeys to pupils in Year 6 realising they are role models for others as they approach the threshold of becoming young people.
To support your on-going learning, professional development and that of your peers’, there will be many exciting events, collaborative meetings, new research projects and innovative learning opportunities across our Trust. Over the coming term and beyond these will include: Joint Professional Development (JPD) project, ongoing subject development work, Head teacher peer-to-peer work, our October Trust wide collaboration day for all teachers across the Trust and training for Trustees.
One of the many strengths of our Trust is our shared vision: that every child has access to an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit. It is what happens in every classroom, every school, across each hub every day that has the capacity to turn this vision into reality. The many incredible things you all do are crucial to every child in our Trust, to how children see themselves as learners, as human beings and to what they achieve now and in the future.
We will work together to bring the plans you have made – our BWMAT Strategic Plan, your Hub and School Development Plans – to life. Together, we can build further on the ground-breaking successes and innovative best practice you and your teams worked so hard to develop across the last academic year. I cannot wait to see how the plans you have all contributed to – with the highest aspirations for our pupils, classes, schools, hubs and all within the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust family – will ensure we will achieve our vision as we grow further, thrive and learn together in 2018-19.