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20/05/22

Retweeted From Northmead Junior School

Outdoor Classroom Day 2022 has been wonderful. Thank you sunshine ♡ Ask your child what they learnt whilst enjoying the sun and our beautiful grounds today. https://t.co/wU3oTMRfbc

20/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot Languages

Sniff sniff! Goodbye and good luck to our lovely Year 13 linguists! https://t.co/dAfSslJDul

19/05/22

Retweeted From Kings College

This week, Y8 had their second day with learning about student life and support at uni. They’re also now experts at Rock Paper Scissors after learning how to win using probability and psychology! Students also had a go at bandaging in the First Aid Society Taster. https://t.co/D4IuCN7Ud3

19/05/22

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Making friends at GA https://t.co/MS3mT4xFoe

19/05/22

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Don't forget to sign up to as your Appropriate Body & provider for September 2022. is one of our fantastic regional delivery partners and we are excited to be working with so many schools across Hampshire and Surrey. https://t.co/V6FLnY4fdK https://t.co/cHH7tw9Q1Y

19/05/22

Retweeted From Schools Alliance for Excellence

SAfE is delighted to be working as part of the to pilot new models of locality-based professional accountability; for the benefit of all children and the whole school community. Take a look at the programme website for further information https://t.co/eMjnV7zljs https://t.co/KjnjD1LJTn

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot School

Fascinating hearing about the Y12 Gov+Politics trip to parliament yesterday. Students getting to experience the from the public gallery and tour of the

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Lovely day for a bit of cricket in PE today! ☀️🏏 https://t.co/PpIfNsFj1k

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Well done to the yr9 cricket team who got their first win of the season against this afternoon. 🏏👏☀️ https://t.co/c2KlFDThBM

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot Languages

Rounding off the 'Home and Town' topic with Year 7 French with a research project on French-speaking towns and cities! https://t.co/ojBhjmv1QA

19/05/22

Well done to all at Fullbrook. https://t.co/hru0IvROkr

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot School

Starting off the day with House Cricket! 🔴🟠🟢🔵🟣🏏🏏🏏🏏🏏 https://t.co/2oUf7Ewapw

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Good win for the yr7 boys cricket team as they travelled to this afternoon for a friendly before next week's Surrey plate game with 👍🏏 mom Brandon and Josh G

19/05/22

Retweeted From George Abbot PE Dept

Well done to yr9 Gryphon who were house cricket winners this afternoon 👏 https://t.co/CzUFTmbaGL

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The real safeguard of democracy is education

3rd March 2022

On 18 October 1976 the UK’s then prime minister, James Callaghan, gave a controversial speech at Ruskin College, Oxford. It was a speech that started what was to become known as the Great Education Debate. A debate which gave birth to the school improvement movement.

Driven by central government and initiatives such as the national curriculum, national strategies and the national college and by democratically accountable local authorities increasingly focused on the quality of education in their schools, the following decades witnessed radical improvements in school leadership and the quality of teaching. However, it was the improvements driven by school leaders themselves that were to have the greatest impact. And when those leaders worked collaboratively in what David Hargreaves labelled in 2010 a “self-improving school system” then that change became all the more significant. When a certain section of the press argued – as they still do – that examination results are improving because tests are getting easier, I believe that they are fundamentally wrong. Examination results are improving because the teaching is getting better.

In the twilight of my career (in the words of the wonderful Barry Cryer, I no longer invest in green bananas) it is a privilege to be engaging yet again in these self-improving school systems. In the last few weeks, I have been working with a team on supported school review – the purpose of which is to empower our school leaders with key information so that they have a sharpened awareness of what their school is doing well and what steps they should consider taking to further improve. The team has brought in the expertise other school leaders from the Trust together with an experienced ex-HMI. At the same time our Trust Lead Practitioners are once again providing additional support, often informed by outcomes from our school reviews.

Working with Anna Wallis, our Trust’s Secondary Lead for Pedagogy, we’ve begun to define some key principles of what great teaching looks like. It’s a piece of work that follows on from our recent curriculum statement (click here to view) and which will develop further with input from colleagues including those from the primary phase. For the time being, the diagram on the following page provides a flavour of where this work is taking us (see diagram1).

Finally, words from Franklin D Roosevelt seem appropriate to explain why we are all working in education and doing what we are doing, especially during these challenging times.

"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education"

 

Graham Tuck, Director of Education, Learning Partners

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