Message From CEO – 23 September 2018
So many people across our Trust – teaching assistants, teachers and Head teachers – have been setting the highest expectations of what we can do to support pupils’ learning.
At the first Academy Leaders’ Day of the new academic year, Head teachers and members of the central team explored how our classrooms and school environments support and enable pupils’ learning. Deborah Eveleigh led the session and reminded us:
‘Children are a miracle. We must remember it is our job to create a learning space that is worthy of a miracle’ Anita Rui Olds
We discussed children’s four basic environmental needs: to encourage movement, support comfort, develop competence and encourage a sense of control. Everyone agreed we aim to create learning spaces that provoke learning and self-esteem.
Deborah Eveleigh and Sue Lucas shared some fantastic examples of learning environments from across our Trust to illustrate this.
We can all celebrate and continue to develop this work, sharing our knowledge and practice, learning from each other so learning environments in our classrooms, schools, hubs and across our Trust.
- reflect and promote our values
- encourage reflection
- organise and make resources accessible
- demonstrate breadth of learning
- celebrate community
- support well being
- encourage independence
During the afternoon, Year 6 teachers, Hannah Dyer and Laura Walsh, shared inspirational and uplifting examples of how teachers at St John & St Francis and Wembdon St George Church schools have worked together and learnt from each other to develop their classroom practice. We are all excited by the quality and future potential of this collaborative work and how it can be developed further across our Trust.
At Staplegrove Church School this week, Sariqa Wagley, a research biologist at the University of Exeter, worked with pupils on a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workshop. During her visit she led a microbes’ workshop with Key Stage 2 children.
At St Mark’s, this has been a ‘Gold week’ as the school has been awarded the Gold Sports Mark and Gold Young Carers’ Mark. Staff and children are thrilled to have achieved these. Many thanks to Andrea Davis and all the staff at St Mark’s for your outstanding work.
We all want the best possible outcomes for our pupils. What this week has shown is what it takes to bring this about. Our pupils grow in mind, body and spirit when we set the highest expectations and learning happens in high quality learning spaces. Whatever our aim: accelerating our pupils’ progress in reading, writing or mathematics or supporting pupils to think about others, it is your hard work, skill, creativity, optimism, determination and commitment that enables our pupils to achieve the most amazing things.