Reflections on my NQT year

First day of school nerves kicking in; packed lunch at the ready, missing my mum, trying not to get lost, hoping I’m going to make lots of new friends… I take you back to 2017.  It’s my first official day at Edward Bryant School but no, I’m not four years old. I’m an...

A Question of Numbers

When you reach the holidays it becomes possible to listen to WH Davies’ advice and take time to stop and stare. So with two thirds of the year complete, there is a chance for me to stop and contemplate my role within Schoolsworks Academy Trust. I have been asked to...

Why are we a MAT?

We’ve recently completing some analysis of the results our first ever staff survey as a multi-academy trust (MAT).  Although our schools have been running their own surveys on and off since they joined Schoolsworks this is our first attempt to ask consistent questions...

The ramblings of a Head

The dream job? New to headship? A collection of thoughts… By Marie Smailes, Head of School, Rustington Primary School I’m actually a Head! I was appointed this time last year as the Head of Rustington Primary; a large school with supportive parents, an established...

Talented Teachers Project – An Update

As a Trust we are passionate about developing, nurturing and encouraging good teaching. It will come as no surprise that we fundamentally believe that good teaching leads to positive outcomes – both for children and the professional development of staff. In a bid to...

After Headship . . . what next?

After Headship… what next? It was a quiet morning in early August when I packed up my final box of bits – a whistle, some books and big ball of blu tack – and finally left my headship at Rustington after 11 happy years. Driving five minutes across town, I...