Building Academies

Collaborating, Visioning, Responding

The educational landscape continues to change – schools constantly have to find ways to adapt to the conditions of their surroundings and try and avoid the tyranny of the urgent, lest other important issues get lost in the process! The opportunities for schools to use current freedoms to innovate and improve have never been so prevalent. How do we best use them to develop academies with a difference?

Broadstone First School in Poole had already received an outstanding Ofsted report, but the Headteacher wanted to develop her school further. She had worked with Nick Hind and had seen her school go from strength to strength. She didn’t want to join ‘just another Multi Academic Trust’; she wanted to create a MAT with common shared values and goals.

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In joining with the Middle School, there was an opportunity to move forward two schools that shared the same philosophies and values – schools that could pioneer a change in education practices. The schools commissioned Nick Hind to work with them to build a common framework for teaching and learning. In the first instance, this involved a yearlong program of leadership coaching for the SLT. During this time, there were opportunities to explore how they might be more effective in their roles and how they could help teachers grow in confidence in the classroom.

In the second year, Nick had the opportunity to work with subject leaders. Again, individual coaching helped them to be clearer about how to make further improvements. Nick was able to work with them to monitor, plan and coach others. He also conducted a number of demonstration lessons to illustrate how to provide opportunities for pupils to be involved in “deeper thinking”.

This year, the program of support has continued. Two new heads of school have been appointed and Nick has worked with both of them individually. Not only have they benefited from his coaching skills, Nick’s connections within school communities have proven valuable in organising visits to other schools in different parts of the country with the same ethos as the academy.

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“Another amazing day. Thank you so much. Can we continue to work together next year?”
Michelle Stone