Try a Little Mindfulness

With apologies to Otis Redding for the title, I want to introduce an idea that has helped me over the past few months as a leader. Mindfulness is clearly ‘on trend’ these days; I’m sure you will have heard of it and I have occasionally encountered it being discussed...

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What’s the real story behind this year’s Sats?

Since the launch of the 2014 curriculum, I have always felt uncomfortable with the binary divide among 11-year-olds that the language of ‘reached/not-reached expected standard’ creates. No matter how caringly and skilfully Year 6 teachers frame things for the...

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Whither education after the Election shambles?

What now for education policy following the election? The phrase, ‘well, I didn’t see that coming!’ was uttered up and down the land earlier this month, when the snap General Election, called by the Conservative government, spectacularly backfired on the party. The...

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School Improvement

This (slightly longer than usual) blog introduces some Schoolsworks thinking on a key topic – school improvement. In my experience there has been a rather ‘deficit model think’ about the concept and language around school improvement over the twenty-five years I have...

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Emotional Intelligence

I have always hoped that becoming a MAT would enable us to grow even better leaders of schools and school systems. Globally, these are worrying days of alt-right and populist politics that appear to be making some of the lovely things in our culture well, less lovely....

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What’s your motivation?

I stumbled into education. Never trained as a teacher or in public sector administration. My path into this job followed a circuitous route of law, church ministry, writing, training, social movements and latterly mediation. But education is a wonderful sector to be...

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Teacher Retention – sleep-walking to disaster

I have said before that the Government’s flip-flopping on education policy means that the real issues facing the sector are not being addressed. The Green Paper published in the Autumn focused on ideologically driven emphases like grammar schools and the role of...

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Free Schools – an update

Back in the early Autumn I wrote a piece framed as an ‘idiot’s guide’ to opening a free school. It was designed to paint the picture of what the government’s free school programme was aiming to achieve and how to access it. At the time, Schoolsworks was a couple of...

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Key Stage 2 Assessment Data Review

If you catch them off guard, civil servants in the DfE might refer to the end of year assessments in 2016 as a total ‘drama’.  From its initial trailing in 2014, the whole concept of ‘assessment without levels’ always sounded like a car-crash waiting to happen.  And...

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Correcting the Grammar – A Personal Story

On 7th August the Sunday Telegraph reported that the government planned to lift a ban on new grammar schools, which are allowed to select pupils at age 11 on the basis of ability.  At their height in the 1960s, grammar schools educated nearly 25% of pupils in England....

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2017 SATs Results and Analysis

We are very pleased to report significant improvements in our pupils’ performance data in the national assessment tests, or SATs results, published this week. The national average for children attaining the Expected Standard in reading, writing and maths at Year 6 has...

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Michael Tidd Appointed Operational Headteacher

We’re delighted to announce Michael Tidd as the newly appointed Operational Headteacher at Medmerry Primary School. Currently the Deputy Headteacher at Edgewood Primary School in Nottinghamshire, Mr Tidd will be relocating to West Sussex ahead of joining the...

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East Preston Junior School Joins Schoolsworks

Following its successful application for academy conversion, East Preston Junior School will officially join Schoolsworks Academy Trust later this year. We worked closely with Headteacher, Kathy Lockyear, and members of the trust to make this happen, and look forward...

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Annual Schoolsworks Governance Day

In November we held our annual governance day which was attended by more than 50 members of our School Community Councils (SCC). All schools in the Trust were well represented, and we were pleased to welcome some new associate members to join in the activities. The...

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Proposed free school applications

Following our recent success of gaining approval for the new free school in Littlehampton, we’re delighted to be submitting three more applications for free schools in Flansham, Angmering and Billinghurst.  These areas all have planned housing developments, which...

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Medmerry School News

A new academic year and Medmerry has welcomed a new Headteacher, Michael Tidd. Michael joins us from a Primary School in Hucknall, Nottinghamshire and has now relocated to the sunny south! He said “It has been a real pleasure to join the Schoolsworks Trust, and...

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Rose Green Junior School News

The children have particularly enjoyed the performing arts this term – with our Year 5 children presenting an extraordinary production of The Jungle Book and the Year 3 class putting on their fabulous production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – in 4D no less!...

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EAST PRESTON JUNIOR SCHOOL

East Preston Junior School This year has been a busy and exciting one for East Preston Junior School (EPJS). When it comes to the end of the summer term it always feels useful to reflect on some of the key moments. Two activities that stand out are our Circus topic...

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Rustington Community Primary School

The building work at Rustington continues at a good pace and the new six classroom block will be ready to hand over by the end of May. WSCC have been working with Schoolsworks to extend the high quality provision at Rustington to accommodate up to 630 pupils by 2021,...

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River Beach Primary School March 2017

In the heart of Littlehampton, sits River Beach Primary School. The school combines both Victorian and contemporary design as an amalgamation resulting in an environment for Nursery children to Year 6. With a wide range of outdoor resources, such as an outdoor gym,...

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Medmerry Primary School February 2017

It’s been a busy tme at Medmerry Primary School, here is an update on all our news Ideas2ActionProject Since September the year 5 class have been working closely with Chichester District Council to complete the Ideas2Action Project. We had visitors who came in...

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Edward Bryant School January 2017

Here at Edward Bryant we have just held our annual Staff and School Community Council (SCC) Pantomime.  This year the children and their parents were treated to a slightly different version of Peter Pan, where Paul and Mary judged a baking competition and Biff, Chip...

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Headteacher Vacancy – Medmerry Primary School

Medmerry Primary School – Headteacher Vacancy September 2017 Medmerry Primary School is a friendly, happy and caring school in Selsey, West Sussex, which is well respected within the local community. Medmerry is part of Schoolsworks, a multi-academy trust formed...

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Rose Green Junior News

Today, children in Year 6 took part in a World War 2 day in which they played traditional games, inside and outdoors. Whilst watching ‘Goodnight Mr.Tom’, which give children an insight into how life during this troubled period may have been, they also ate...

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River Beach News

Here at River Beach we strive to keep children eager to engage with the curriculum, as well as equipping them to make the most of the world around them.  We have a range of technology for the children to learn and engage from. These range from Touch Screens at the...

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