Message from CEO – 8 October 2017
It has been a busy week with learning at its heart.
Firstly, I would like to say a very big thank you to all schools that have provided such warm, welcoming and inspiring learning environments for teams and groups to meet – both this week and since the start of the academic year. For example, on Monday our ‘Learning and Achievement Group’ met at St Georges Church School in North Somerset. On the same day, Deputy and Assistant Heads were meeting in Hubs: North Somerset at St John the Evangelist; South Somerset at Holy Trinity and Taunton at St James’ Church Schools. I really appreciate the time, care and skill teachers, TAs, premises staff and leaders give to ensuring meeting and training settings in our schools showcase the very best of pupils’ learning and facilitate effective collaboration – the sparking of new ideas and the sharing of best practice.
On Thursday some of our leaders attended an ‘Ofsted Readiness’ training day in Wells. Governors met with our Governor Support Adviser, Caryl Plewes, Head teachers and Deputies with our Director of Learning and Achievement, Teresa Wheeler and the ADLA for each Hub. Many said how helpful and productive working together had been.
On Friday, RE Leads took part in a network meeting led by Jan Thomson. Fifteen RE Leads shared successes, challenges and explored policy and guidelines. Exciting ideas for next steps include visiting each other’s schools, seeing RE teaching and learning in action and getting children together to experience creative RE. Each RE Lead pledged to undertake Joint Professional Development in their Hubs before March.
Teresa Wheeler, Jason Brown – our Chief Operations Officer – and I have been invited to present the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust’s plans for 2017-18 to our region’s Head teacher Board in Bristol on Monday. We are looking forward to sharing the learning journey of our schools, governors, central team and directors with leaders from across the South West. We will be proud to share your strengths, your priorities and the future plans we have created together.
This week, SENCO Leads will be meeting on Wednesday 11th October at St John and St Francis Church School. The week after next, teachers and leaders from all of our schools will create, celebrate, learn and collaborate at our annual October development day – this year entitled, ‘Mathmagical’. Thank you for taking time to choose three workshops from the exciting range on offer. It will be an amazing day.
The way you all as hubs, schools, teams and individuals support and embrace new learning – training, development and the sharing of best practice – is fantastic. This valuing of on-going learning by and for everyone, pupils and adults alike, enables us to continue to grow, learn from each other and build together, to reach to achieve the vision we share.