Message from CEO 14 May 2017
Congratulations to Y6 pupils and staff for what you have achieved over the last week. It has been good to hear from teachers, leaders and Heads about the experience of KS2 SATs in schools across our Trust. Heads have commented on the fantastic culture of learning staff have created and its positive impact on pupils. One Head teacher emailed me during the week:
‘Pupils have shown such resilience, positivity and real care for each other. For example, one pupil wasn’t in first thing because he was ill but ended up doing the SATs paper because he didn’t want to miss it. When he arrived, the rest cheered and were so lovely to him. I really believe the ethos and culture we create in our MAT schools is underpinning the way we help our children to develop.
The results I know are vital and I hope we have done well but I feel as if we have achieved so much already this week.’
It has also been great to hear some of your next step plans for BWMAT pupils across the rest of the term: creative challenges to reach to achieve greater depth; exciting outdoor experiences; innovative cross curricular projects to further develop independent learning; giving pupils opportunities to reflect on their values, beliefs, personal qualities and prepare for their transition to the next phase of their learning in September.
Over the last two terms, there have been a number of Head teachers and leaders across our Trust who have shared their time, skills and expertise with other schools. This evidences selfless valuing of the next step needs of our organisation and support for the needs of individual schools. These leaders are demonstrating their commitment to our shared values of collaboration, support for each other and the best possible outcomes for our pupils. Releasing staff in this way also signposts the confidence of governors and Head teachers in the skills of their own staff to sustain continued improvement. Thank you to all governors and leaders who have stepped forward with confidence and commitment to support the progress of other schools and pupils across our Trust.
I am very much looking forward to welcoming all of our Head teachers to our Academy Leaders’ Day at Dillington House on Friday. Head teachers will be reflecting on our aims, our values, the development of our hubs and generating next steps. I know there will be reflective debate; supportive, collaborative team work; thoughtful, creative, and ambitious plans made. The quality of our leaders, their personal and professional skills, their shared commitment to our aim of providing an outstanding education for every BWMAT pupil will shine throughout the day. The plans our Head teachers generate together will further shape the future development of collaboration, leadership and learning across our Trust.