10 persistent problems & how Greenshaw tackle them; rebranding attendance; what AP can teach us about building belonging

Greenshaw Learning Trust; Anita Woodward-Benn (University of Brighton Academies Trust); Caron Johnson (The Rowans AP)

Hello everyone!

At the end of a week when schools were given a lot of money to fund catch up tuition, which is turning out to be not so free after all, We Are In Beta is in your inbox announcing something very cool which absolutely is.

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This week:

🌐 Community News: a first of its kind school improvement programme

🎧 Podcast: Rebranding Attendance

🎥 Webinar: Building Belonging: what can we all learn from AP?

🌐 We Are In Beta Community News

As many of you know, this week we hosted a webinar for 650+ colleagues in partnership with The Greenshaw Learning Trust.

Will Smith (CEO), Ben Parnell (Director of Education) and Izzy Ambrose (Headteacher, Yate Academy) shared how they keep the complex simple to achieve their impressive outcomes. If you missed it, catch up via the button below.

Together we also announced a brand new, online programme, which will show you how they’ve tackled 10 persistent problems to achieve their remarkable school turnarounds.

Each module has:

📚 Pre-reading
🎥 Webinar
📎 School improvement resources
⭐ Challenges to trial back in your school
🎤 ‘Ask Us Anything’ panel discussions with Greenshaw leaders
💬 Direct live chats with fellow learners and Greenshaw leaders

Open to all academies and local authority schools but spaces limited. Group applications with at least 2 colleagues from the same school/MAT favoured.

Starting soon. Apply early to avoid missing out.

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🎧 Rebranding Attendance

You could say attendance officers have a reputation for being the rule keepers, the punishment issuers.

But Anita Woodward-Benn - Attendance Manager, University of Brighton Academies Trust - thinks differently. She thinks attendance practitioners could and should be the front line of support for families.

Why? How? Tune in to find out.

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⏲️ 17 minute listen

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🎥 Webinar: Caron Johnson, The Rowans AP Academy. Building Belonging: what can we all learn from AP?

If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that togetherness is vital.

If many children continue to learn remotely, especially those who are shielding, we will all need work with parents more closely than ever.

When Caron Johnson arrived at what was then called Silverbank in 2009, there was no curriculum, no enrichment and incredibly low expectations.

Now The Rowans AP Academy is graded outstanding by Ofsted and achieves outcomes significantly higher than national average despite the local challenges of high deprivation, low aspirations and high exclusion rates.

The school is also leading the national conversation about how we serve the most vulnerable learners as part of The Difference programme.

Join us to find out how they’ve done it by building belonging using an ‘assets-based’ approach.

📆 Tuesday 23rd June 2020

🕕 6.00pm

Don’t miss the resources Caron will share with attendees.

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Thanks for reading and playing your part in making education the place we all know it can be.

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