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How MATs can drive consistency across schools with ICT

According to the Discover Society article, ‘Multi-Academy Trusts in England – are they really accountable?’: “managing and governing collaborative organisations [such as Multi-Academy Trusts (MATs)] is no mean feat… Even when all of the collaborating organisations are keen for it to work, the challenges of factors such as: the creation of a coherent organisational identity; ensuring […]

mental health and wellbeing in schools

Prioritising Mental Health

In advance of her session at The Schools & Academies Show, we sat down with Natasha Devon MBE, to get the inside track on mental health and wellbeing in schools.   You are a consummate advocate for positive mental health. What motivates you in your work? I was ten when I had what I now […]

Safeguarding and Online Safety in Education

A Whole School Approach: Safeguarding and Online Safety in Education

Kat Howard – Senior Education Consultant for Online Safety at RM Education   Schools have a duty of care to protect their students from harm and a vital part of this safeguarding provision in schools is now attributed to online safety.  The recent changes to legislation in the UK reflect this increasing focus on the […]

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Greenwood Academies Trust – Case Study

Background The Greenwood Academies Trust (GAT) currently has 31 open academies educating approximately 16,000 pupils across eight local authority areas including Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire, Derby City, Leicester City, Northamptonshire, Peterborough, Lincolnshire and Central Bedfordshire. The Trust’s mission is to enable every child within its academies to be the best they can be. The Trust is a […]

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Transforming essential skills together

How should we best prepare students for the world’s multifarious opportunities? Tom Ravenscroft, of the Skills Builder Partnership, has suggestions If we think about our own lives and careers, we can pinpoint skills that support success across industries: the ability to communicate, to solve problems creatively, to manage our own goals and motivations, and to […]

National Funding Formula

Collaboration is King!

Greenshaw Learning Trust and Folio Education Trust are reaping significant financial and operational benefits from procurement collaboration Schools are facing increasing budgetary pressures and, with the continuing uncertainty surrounding the roll out of the National Funding Formula over the next three years, this burden is unlikely to ease. The need to identify new solutions to […]

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Embedding edtech in your teaching practice

Nigel Smith, MD of Courses and Learning at FutureLearn, explains how teachers can bring online learning into the classroom Educators put great stock in learning, so the idea of continuous learning and professional development shouldn’t be a hard sell. ‘Live your brand’ as marketeers say. Yet while we’ve come a long way since chalk and […]

wellbeing of pupils

Making your classroom a picture of happiness

Brilliant Schools is a new subscription service helping staff, pupils and parents take charge of their own wellbeing A new wellbeing subscription service has been launched with the aim of tackling one of the biggest issues facing education today – mental ill health. Dubbed ‘Netflix for wellbeing’, Brilliant Schools is a wellbeing club that enables schools to ‘subscribe to […]

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Ofsted Moves the Goalposts

Today, we hear the news that Amanda Spielman has announced a “major shift” in how Ofsted assesses schools. If we are to believe the headlines, this is a big step for the education watchdog, moving away from a rigorous and restrictive focus on results to try and take in the curriculum and “the whole experience” […]


Why effective, accountable and ethical governance is essential

If there is a single part of our emerging education system that needs our urgent attention, it is governance. There is still much that is misunderstood about the differences between governing a local authority maintained school, governing a single academy trust and governing a multi-academy trust. The governing bodies of local authority maintained schools do […]

AI: Stop with the fear and embrace the opportunity of AI for Operations!

AI: Stop with the fear and embrace the opportunity of AI for Operations!

Aaron Richard Earl Boasman-Patel, Vice President AI & Customer Experience, TM Forum AI is undoubtedly going to have a profound affect not only on society but also on the way we do business. There has been a lot of scaremongering about how many jobs will be lost due to AI as well as how robots […]

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