ESW News 7 May 2021
Well that was meant to be a 4 day week after the Bank Holiday; I am not sure it felt that way!
Announcements about children and staff no longer needing to wear face masks are expected next week. We will share through Heads any news we receive. Risk assessments will also be amended. Let’s hope that things can return to normal in schools soon.
Last week Gavin Williamson chose to make his latest policy announcement at the Confederation of School Trusts conference. I thought a summary here might be useful.
- ‘He articulated a vision for every school to be part of a family of schools in a strong trust. This shifts the narrative from encouraging every school that wants to, to convert to academy status – towards every school being part of a family of schools in a trust.
- He sees strong trusts as a powerful vehicle for improving schools. By working in partnership with each other, the schools within a trust can share staff, curriculum expertise and effective teaching practices, and collaborate to deliver the best outcomes for pupils.
- He believes that the benefits of trusts have become even more apparent in the last 12 months – having scale and greater capacity offer important advantages. The resilience of trusts during the pandemic has highlighted that schools are ‘stronger together’ in formal partnerships.
- He believes that to help the system effectively recover in the near term, we need to have strong institutions and the right infrastructure in place to deliver recovery reforms.
- Moving towards a single model is not about structural change for the sake of it, but because strong trusts are the best way to advance education for the public benefit and can deliver clear benefits for teaching and pupil outcomes.’
We already work across a number of schools outside ESW, not only as part of our status as a lead teaching school hub and through Research School but also informally and formally with schools across the south west. We will always look to support the progress and development of all children, not just those who attend our schools, and it is good to see that the Secretary of State seems to be moving government policy towards this area and away from what could be seen as unsupportive competition amongst schools.
Anyway, enough of the politics. Thank you for all you are continuing to do with relation to maintaining the smooth running of ESW schools, TAGs, site development and upkeep, analysis of data on a daily basis and looking after the children in our care.
Have a good weekend, when it comes.