Message from CEO – 15 October 2017
This week, as every week, has evidenced the skill, creativity and commitment of teachers, TAs and leaders as you engage, motivate and inspire our pupils.
Congratulations to leaders, teachers, staff and governors at Norton Fitzwarren Church School on the fantastic outcome in your recent SIAMS inspection, moving from ‘Good’ to achieve a judgement of ‘Outstanding’. The report celebrates the outstanding leadership and management of the Head teacher, leaders and governors of Norton as a church school. It praises the hard work, dedication and embracing of new ideas and innovative approaches by teachers and staff. It includes a wide range of examples of the impact of these on pupils and their learning. The report also highlights the strength of the connections between the school, parish church, parents and carers. Thank you to leaders, RE Leads, teachers and staff at Norton and across the BWMAT for the many amazing ways you are working together to nurture and support the moral, social, cultural and spiritual development of every pupil in our Trust.
It is lovely to be able to share this heart-warming image of three ‘astronauts’ from St Georges Church School in North Somerset.
As the photograph shows, mixed classes worked together to land on and explore Mars during their ‘Space Day’ last Monday!
St John and St Francis Church School Ofsted report was published this week.
It acknowledges the strong progress the school has made since its last inspection. The report praises the way leaders have led change, guided staff and have a clear, accurate understanding of the school’s next steps. It also records how impressed inspectors were by the positive attitude of staff. Congratulations to all at St John and St Francis for the best practice this report identifies, for the quality of the offer you are providing for pupils and for your ambition to build further on the Good judgements you achieved for Early Years provision and Personal Development, Behaviour and Safety.
Hubs have now undertaken the first moderation meetings of the year. Discussions focused on using high quality assessment for learning to get the pitch and challenge right for learners in mathematics. Conversations were dynamic and centred on improving outcomes for our learners and learning from each other. In Taunton, Year R/1 colleagues continued their joint project on transition at St Andrew’s Church School. Thank you to all who have taken part in the sometimes challenging process of developing even greater joint understanding of assessment for learning in all of our hubs.
On Monday, Teresa, Jason and I presented the Bath and Wells Multi Academy Trust’s plans for 2017-18 to our region’s Head teacher Board in Bristol. Thank you to Teresa and Jason who spoke with such passion and pride about your strengths, your priorities and the future plans we have created together.
Thank you also to SENCO Leads who met on Wednesday to share how they capture and demonstrate the progress of our more vulnerable learners. Claire West, Fiona O’Connor and Diane Anderson shared updates from each hub. Information and resources from the meeting are now in the CPD area of ‘SharePoint’.
On Thursday evening, New Chairs of LGBs met in Wells for training led by Caryl Plewes and Claire Hudson. Thank you to all who took part. We are fortunate to have such dedicated Chairs of Local Governing Boards who work tirelessly to support each of our schools, our pupils and staff.
After half term, there will be an increased focus on sharing and celebrating best practice in teaching and learning in these weekly updates. Each month will have a theme. November’s theme will be ‘Mathmagical’. I would like to invite you – school staff, TAs, teachers, governors and leaders – to email examples of new or developing best practice and/or pupil outcomes from your classroom, school or hub on the month’s theme. This might be a photograph of an environment that is celebrating or stimulating learning, an outstanding example of pupils’ 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. I will also be asking our ADLAs and Teresa, with your permission, to email examples they see so we can share them across our Trust.
At the end of next week, as we move towards half term, teachers and leaders from across our family of schools and central team will be meeting for ‘Mathmagical’. It will be wonderful day of sharing ideas, of exploring creative, inspiring ways to further engage pupils and develop their skills, to learn and spend time together and for moments of personal reflection and future planning. I look forward to seeing and welcoming you all.