The Evolve Alliance Edition 1 - Pursuing Progress for all Pupils
Welcome to the very first edition of the Evolve Alliance Journal. Iʼm delighted that this marks the beginning of a new commitment by so many schools, leaders and teachers to sharing best practice and thinking across Mansfield and its surrounding areas. It has been exciting and deeply encouraging to see so many colleagues come forward with their ideas and their stories of school improvement – and I know that we have so many more features lined up for future editions.
This first edition has a focus on special educational needs and I am delighted that Natalie Packer, (national SENCO consultant), Fountaindale School and The Beech Academy are all featured.
Natalie is a nationally recognised expert in the field of SEN having written a number of books, including ʻThe Perfect SENCOʼ in addition to having formerly been on the DfEʼs commission for Assessment without levels. Natalie has kindly contributed her thinking on assessment, whilst Fountaindale School and The Beech Academy have shared two very different stories of the changes and improvements theyʼve experienced in recent years.
Iʼm also pleased that Laura OʼLeary Assistant Headteacher at All Saints Academy are also featured. Laura shares her work on developing a new lesson planning cycle and the impact it is already having on student engagement and progress. I know she is very keen to share her experiences and learning with other colleagues across the local area.
Finally and very excitedly, weʼve also included some information on our upcoming ʻVisioning and Leadership Conferenceʼ where colleagues from across the local area will consider the opportunities and challenges we face and how we work together collaboratively in the best interests of all schools and children and young people.
Claire Marie Cuthbert
CEO of The Evolve Trust
Sector : Mainstream, Special
Age Range (select all that apply) : 0-5, 5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16+
Approximate number on roll : Under 100
Region : East Midlands
School Website : www.evolvetrust.org
Name of person submitting information : Michael Lucas
If other please state job role : Director for School Improvement