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The Importance of Due Diligence when Merging with Academy Trusts

Academy trust due diligence is a key aspect of schools joining a trust. In this post, Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, discusses the importance of due diligence when merging schools into academy trusts.

Supporting Neurodiverse Pupils to reach their full Potential

15% of all people in the UK are neurodiverse, true figures are estimated to be higher though not everyone has a diagnosis. Donna Lee, Head Teacher at Nettlesworth Primary School shares some tips on better identifying and supporting neurodiverse pupils.

Opportunity for All: Strong Schools with Great Teachers for Your Child

Department for Education Whitepaper sharing the latest advice on how schools can help children reach their best potential.

Implementing a Whole School Approach to Mental Health

1 in 6 school-aged children has a mental health problem, and there are escalating concerns nationwide around issues such as anxiety, self-harm and panic attacks. In this video, Lauren Pinney, Head of PSHE and Student Wellbeing at Hove Park School discusses how a whole school approach to mental health has benefitted both staff and student wellbeing.

Promoting Social Mobility through Apprenticeships

The number of apprenticeship starts from the most disadvantaged quintile fell by 30% between 2015/16 and 2018/19. In this video Edward Donkor from the Social Mobility Commission explores how apprenticeships can improve social mobility and provides a toolkit for employers, and other stakeholders, to increase the accessibility of their apprenticeship programmes.

The Problem of Sustainability for Academy Funding

In line with the UK Government's aim of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, the Department for Education published the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy (2022). Phil Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer of PLR Advisory shares with us how the sustainability targets outlined in the strategy are difficult to achieve with academy trust finances and outlines changes that need to be made so that academies can become more sustainable.

The Importance of Developing Modern Foreign Languages in the Curriculum

In a 2020 survey, almost 40% of primary schools stated that pupils do not always receive language teaching according to the time allocated each week throughout the year. Donna Lee, Headteacher at Nettleworth Primary School shared with us the importance of including modern foreign languages in the curriculum and how a school-wide programme has been developed to include languages at the school.

Introducing the Midwifery T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T-levels are an alternative qualification students can study as an alternative to studying A levels. We heard from Ruth Coyle, Director of Learning at La Retraite Catholic Girls School about how the school is introducing a Midwifery T-Level to the curriculum.

Updating School Estates: the Impact of the Condition Improvement Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic has altered the landscape of academy and trust financial management. We heard from Tim Warneford, Director of Warneford Consulting, about the Condition Improvement Fund,, and what funds are needed to improve the condition of school estates.

Using Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds to Reduce the Attainment Gap

The Covid-19 Catch-Up Funds have been fundamental in helping schools decrease the attainment gap between students and helping disadvantaged students catch up with their peers. We heard from Lee Raftery, Deputy Headteacher of the Royal Liberty School about how interventions funded by the catch-up fund have helped improve student progress.

Introducing the Construction T-Level at La Retraite Sixth Form

T Levels provide students with an alternative qualification to A Levels and can help students get into skilled employment and higher education. We heard from the Director of Learning at La Retraite Sixth form about how they are working to introduce a Construction T Level to the curriculum.

Supporting Disadvantaged Families: Early Years Development: Strategies for Preventing and Closing Attainment Gaps

Many children start school, unequipped with the speech, language, and communication skills that would be expected at school-entry age. The Norwich Opportunity Partnership Area Board are working to strengthen early-childhood development statistics in the area. We heard from Tim Coulson, Chair of the Norwich Opportunity Area on how Communication hubs and champions can help to support these children in their development.

Providing Inclusive Sex and Relationships Education for Young LGBT+ People

LGBT+ young people face a multitude of challenges at school. This case study discusses those issues and how schools can better represent their LGBT+ students through more inclusive RSE.

Collaborative Partnerships: Generating Income in HE Institutions

In this case study we explore how Queen Mary University of London has developed a number of collaborative business partnerships to generate income.

Increasing Female Students’ Uptake of STEM

This article explores the aims and strategies of The Advanced Mathematics Support Programme in encouraging more girls to study maths in Post-16 education.

Delivering Excellence in STEM: Teacher Recruitment and Retention

Jack Worth, Lead Economist from the NFER spoke at our Delivering Excellence in Teaching STEM conference about effective STEM teacher recruitment and retention.

Further Education Leadership: Achieving an Outstanding Ofsted Rating Under the New Framework

Karen Dobson spoke at our Further Education Leadership Conference about how to achieve outstanding Ofsted status in uncertain times.

Helping SEND Pupils by Integrating Technology in Teaching

In this article we’ll discuss how to better integrate technology into teaching to support pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND).

Improving the Social, Emotional and Mental Wellbeing of SEND Students

SEMH needs are a type of special educational need in which children/young people have severe difficulties in managing their emotions and behaviour. This case study looks at the strategy of the Astrea Academy Trust. The Trust promotes a focus on the social, emotional, and mental health needs of pupils with SEND.

Improving Provisions for Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities

This article will cover the current issues that students with special educational needs and disabilities are facing, with a focus on the need to review policy in this area.