Message From CEO – 8 April 2018
Welcome to the eve of our summer term. I hope you have had some wonderful moments over the Easter break.
Positivity, energy and commitment shone brightly at the Teaching Assistants’ Inset days at Dillington House during the last week of last half term. Throughout both days, Teaching Assistants from across our Trust worked together, creating an atmosphere of positivity, high level engagement and motivation for learning. During the workshops, delegates worked collaboratively with staff from their own and other schools and hubs. During breaks they reflected on what they had learnt from each workshop and shared this with each other.
The two days at Dillington House were very special as members of the BWMAT family laughed, thought and learnt together. Thank you to all who took part. The way in which you approached the days was uplifting and inspiring for all who shared this time with you. I know we can capture the ideas for learning these days ignited, nurture and develop them to further enrich the experiences for all of our pupils in all of our schools.
Many who took part have thoughtfully taken time to contact me and members of the central support team to pass on thanks for the day. Comments, below, are characteristic of those we received. They demonstrate each sender’s absolute commitment to their pupils, schools and their own on-going learning.
‘I wanted to say thank you for an excellent day today. The staff who attended from St James (on both days), and also the staff I spoke to from other schools today, really took a lot from everything laid on for us. Not only was it a chance for us to learn new skills, for ourselves and to use at home and at school, it was also a chance to relax in each other’s company. We all commented on how much we’d laughed today and how good it felt.
To top it off, we’re all really pleased with our acorns; an unexpected and surprisingly comforting token of appreciation.’
‘I work in St Marks School in Worle and was invited to attend the TA Training day at Dillington House along with other TAs within the academy. It was a very enjoyable day and I picked up various information from the different workshops, some of which I hope I will be able to put into practice in St Marks.
‘The staff from the Trust were very approachable, friendly and interested in what I had to say.’
‘Comments during the opening presentation really did make me feel valued and appreciated. I thought the acorn was a lovely gesture and would just like to pass on my thanks to all involved in organizing the day.’
Thank you all for the time and care you give to the pupils of our Trust, igniting their interest in and enthusiasm for learning. Thank you for the many ways you are sharing you skills, your knowledge, and your ideas. Thank you for everything you have done over this year so far and continue to do.
One of the many strengths of our Trust is, I believe, our shared vision: that every child deserves access to an outstanding education of mind, body and spirit. It is what happens in every classroom, every school, every day that has the capacity to turn this vision into reality. The many wonders our teachers, TAs, school staff and leaders perform by drawing on their skills, expertise and commitment – supported and complemented by our Central Support Team – are so crucial to every child in our Trust, to how children see themselves as learners and as human beings and to what they achieve tomorrow, this year and in the future.