Activism takes action; How to map talent; What hundreds of leaders are doing

Chantelle Clarke (Frederick Bremer School); David Ellison (United Learning); Greenshaw Learning Trust

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This week:

🎧 Podcast: Activism takes action

🎥 Webinar: Diamonds in the rough: mapping talent

🌐 Community News: time’s running out to join hundreds of other school leaders

🎧 Podcast: Activism takes action

As an organisation, We Are In Beta did not say anything publicly to show our solidarity with Black Lives Matter in the immediate aftermath of George Floyd’s murder. We should have.

Chantelle Clarke, Head of Department (Frederick Bremer School) and host of Black Women Working Podcast shares her thoughts with our producer, Jay, and challenges us to take action.

She tells us what we should all do now to tackle racism and what we can all do, consistently and constantly, to ensure activism takes action.

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🎥 Webinar: Diamonds in the rough: mapping talent

As the new academic year approaches, you’ll be thinking about how you get the best from your team. You might be asking questions like:

  • How do you identify your high potential and high performing colleagues?

  • How to do you know which staff are performing less well?

  • How do you find out why?

  • How do you guarantee they get the right CPD to thrive?

  • How do you define ‘performance’ and ‘potential’?

  • How do you avoid this process being used as a stick of accountability?

David Ellison is a Primary Executive Principal at United Learning Trust, across three primary schools in East London.

As an Assistant, and later Deputy Head, he was part of the team that transformed Foxfield Primary School from Special Measures to Outstanding.  He and his team also led Goresbrook School from Requires Improvement to a borderline Outstanding in just two years.

When asked about his proudest achievements, it's the people he’s developed he recalls. He has mentored no fewer than six of his colleagues to become headteachers. 

Join us to find out how and access the resources he uses to do it.

📅 Tuesday 30th June

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🌐 We Are In Beta Community News

On 17th June, we ran a webinar in partnership with Greenshaw Learning Trust where they shared how they keep the complex simple. Over 840 of you have tuned into watch. Thank you.

If you haven’t watched, catch up here.

Together we 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.

Applications closing and programme starting soon.

Learn more + apply

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

Speak soon,


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