Message from CEO – 29 October 2017
On Friday before half term, teachers and leaders from across our family of schools and central team took part in a ‘Mathmagical’ day at Taunton Racecourse. Thank you for making it a wonderful time of sharing ideas, exploring inspiring ways to engage pupils, developing ‘mathmagical’ skills and of learning together. I cannot wait to see the many, creative ways you will take what you learned, planned and developed during the day to support and enhance pupils’ learning in mathematics and across the curriculum.
Just before half term, Teresa, Deborah and I visited Trinity Church School as staff, teachers, TAs and governors, Anglican and Methodist ministers celebrated Karen Sancto’s time at the school. Karen was appointed as Head teacher at Trinity at its inception and has created a wonderful, Christian ethos that nurtures, inspires and encourages both staff and pupils. We all wish Karen well as she takes up her new post as Primary Advisor for the Bath and Wells Diocese from November. We look forward to working with her in her new role.
On Tuesday this week, Jason, Amy, Teresa and I will be meeting our Trust’s Directors. We will be sharing our Trust, hub and schools’ priorities for the coming year. We will also be showing Directors some of the many ways you have already worked together this academic year to promote and develop teaching and learning evidenced by films of the Taunton Hub’s October inset day and Mathmagical.
Thank you to Jenny Venning and the staff at Staplegrove Church School for sharing the following about Year 3 and 4’s Science Showcase on Light and Shadow that took place the week before half term. Each child had prepared their presentation at home. At school, under dimmed lighting, pupils showed the shadow puppet theatres and light boxes they had created and gave shadow demonstrations. They talked confidently and enthusiastically about the science of light and shadow they had learnt. Darren Ling, Estates and Facilities Manager who was guest of honour, was extremely impressed by the children’s knowledge and creativity.
As I mentioned in the blog before half term, during November please do email me examples of new or developing best practice in ‘Mathmagical’ teaching and learning and/or pupil outcomes from your classroom, school or hub for this blog. This might be a photo of an environment celebrating or stimulating learning, an outstanding example of a pupil’s work, a comment from a parent or pupil or something you have done with a class, group of learners or individual pupil that has worked well. There is so much good practice – ways you are working together to provide an outstanding education for every child – from each of our schools, our South Somerset, Taunton and North Somerset Hubs to share across our Trust.