CEO’s Blog – 25th November 2022 In exactly one month’s time, it will be Christmas Day, the second Christmas since COVID-19 restrictions ended. It is amazing to think how quickly that time has passed, and how well our children, young people and staff teams have...
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CEO's Blog - 18th November 2022 Remembering Joan Readyhough Joan Readyhough13th May 1932 - 22nd October 2022 In recent months, I have been using my blog to celebrate the achievements, learning and experiences of our children and young people throughout the MAT and...
CEO's Blog - 11th November After a couple of weeks when celebration has been on everyone's minds, where we have seen religious celebrations like Diwali take place, as well as other traditional events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween, it has...
Young Enterprise Business Group We are a Young Enterprise Business Group who make personalised products and sell them at a reasonable price. This year, we are Tintastic. We upcycle used tins, customise them, and sell them at a low price. We can make readily made...
CEO’s Blog – 4th November 2022 Have fun, but be careful! Autumn 2 is well underway and with Bonfire Night happening this weekend, the message this week has to be ‘have fun, but be careful…’ Fireworks aren’t for everyone, but for those of you who will...
You can always tell that Spring is on its way when we all get to drive home in daylight. From a school perspective this usually means busy, busy, busy!
This week has been dominated by our trustee and governor boards and I have attended the safeguarding and standards boards for each school. It is fascinating to see how the safeguarding agenda has changed over time within schools. As you can imagine, there is now a huge emphasis on e-safety. As we move into a broader technological society, it is incredibly important that we show all our children the huge benefits that can be gained from using all their electronic devices appropriately. The safeguarding board heard some excellent examples of how we teach the children and young people about the amazing opportunities afforded by mobile phones, tablets and the internet. The Group is keen to support all our families and we will roll out training in due course.
Our standards board monitors the progress that the young people make across both our curriculum and our extra curricular offer. We ensure that every subject area is scrutinised alongside evaluating the impact of our breakfast clubs, our after school clubs and all our holiday club provisions. We were delighted to see the work that has developed on our New Bridge Group Dashboard. Again, we will be rolling out some training and development sessions for families to fully explain how the Dashboard works. We are also looking to use a virtual training package via the website and as I have more news I will let you know.
We held a very well attended open evening about our new free school, the Springboard Project. The consultation process is now underway and if anyone would like to share their views on our latest development, please contact any of our school offices and they will forward you the appropriate document.
On Wednesday I attended a North West Teaching Schools event. We were able to discuss a number of key issues that appear on our sector’s radar including recruitment, academy status and budgets. Last weekend I was delighted to hear the welcome news that the government has released extra money for local authorities to invest in capital projects that increase school places for children with additional needs. I, along with other colleagues, have been working alongside the Department for Education to try to convince them of the overall rise in numbers. Last week I blogged about the increasing demand for places we are seeing in our schools and I think this is pretty much the experience of schools across the North West. Wednesday’s budget announcement extending the Free Schools Programme also offers an opportunity for the best schools to expand and provide more places. We need to tackle the issue of school places for our children in lots of different ways.
Well, it’s the big football derby this weekend, Oldham v. Bury. Hmmm, I’d better not write ‘Come on, you Shakers!’ in case I upset all the Latics fans among both our staff team and our young people!!
Have a great weekend – I predict a 1-1 draw!
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