Speeches were also given by Charlie Clapham (Head Boy), William Shipp (Deputy Head Boy), Jessica Ward (Junior Head Girl) and Yanis Osmali (Junior Head Boy), who spoke eloquently and with great pride about their new facilities and their experiences of the journey to develop the school. Founding proposers: Julia Rangasamy (trustee); Rafil Khatib (trustee); Howard Morris (Chair of Governors) and Michaela Khatib (Executive Head) also spoke, alongside Ian Edwards (Director) from Willmott Dixon.
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School mission and pedagogy
The school’s Executive Lead, Trystan Williams, spoke to us about the school’s personalised curriculum, tailored approach and use of student and parent/carer feedback to adapt practices. When the school opened in 2016, a Five Year Plan was developed to meet the mission statement of the school: ‘Where Everything’s Possible’. The purpose of this plan has been to provide an ambitious and achievable framework which ensures that all pupils achieved more than they ever thought possible.
School is more than just a place to learn. It’s a community of peers and potential role models, a microcosmic society within which children spend an extraordinary amount of their childhood. What happens here affects not just their academic performance, but also the development of their social skills and self-esteem. For good or bad, the environment the school provides can also have a significant impact on their stress levels, especially for those whose stress response is already on high alert.
Believe it or not, Harmonize Academy, Bedford Free School and Callywith College were inspected on the same day in January 2020, despite their different locations across the country. Whilst their experiences weren’t identical, all agreed that the process had been positive and fair. When they spoke with us a several key themes from the inspection process emerged:
You can’t prepare for Ofsted in a day…
The Trustees are grateful for Unity’s work over the past seven years at NSN and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.
Unity Howard, outgoing Director at NSN, said:
“When I joined NSN as an Intern seven years ago, I never imagined I would one day be leading the team. NSN is such a fantastic organisation and I feel incredibly proud of the work we have done together. I want to thank all the amazing school and trust staff NSN has worked with, and of course the brilliant team I have had the honour of leading.
The report, Lost Learning: Why we need to level up education, found families in some areas have little chance of securing access to a Good or Outstanding school – such as in South Derbyshire, where every secondary school is underperforming, and Knowsley and Boston, where 80% of secondary pupils attend schools rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement. This compares to other parts of the country, particularly in London, where a
This week, Ofsted released SEND: old issues, new issues, next steps – an analysis which mapped the experiences of children with special education needs and disabilities (SEND) over the course of the pandemic. The findings outlined what the sector was already aware of: en masse children have not only missed vital education during COVID-19, but have failed to receive language and physical support which is critical to their needs.
As they do every year, this September schools will welcome new and existing pupils back into the classroom after the Summer holidays.
Many schools will also be welcoming new teachers with an induction programme that has been designed to give them the best possible start to their teaching careers.
From September 2021 every early career teacher undergoing statutory induction will be entitled to a two-year programme of high-quality professional development support, based on the very best evidence as set out in the Early Career Framework (ECF).