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100 WORDS FROM CEO CHRISTINE STANSFIELD

Friday 24th September 2021

It's been a tough week for some of our schools, (sadly related to Covid-19), but it has been great to hear that the routines for learning are becoming truly embedded — and it is clear that this is the case. We’ve been back for over four weeks now and at this point, some of the older students are checking that we mean what we say. Our commitment to parents/guardians was that we would be consistent and hold the line, and we certainly are.

Additionally, in the trust, some of our pupils have been exploring how to get the best out of conversations. This is helping them develop their confidence and self-esteem. Excitingly, its impact has been noted by members of the public on a school visit, where our pupils’ excellent manners has been commented on.

Friday 17th September 2021

It has been another great week: please don’t get me wrong, when I say great, what I mean is ‘productive’. Our students have got into new routines very quickly.  The Headteacher team is now focussed on continuing to improve our consistency as teachers and staff in our interactions with children.

Firstly, thank you so much to the many parents/guardians we have seen. It was so fun being able to do face- to-face meetings again, and to stand alongside our Headteachers, talking about our vision. It was also brilliant to get so much great feedback — not only was it very reassuringly positive about our direction, it has also given us a lot to think about in terms of tweaking things.

Friday 10th September 2021

This week has just been great at John Ferneley College. For the first time in ages, we have finally been able to invite the parents/guardians of all students into school to enable us to talk about our vision, our priorities for the year ahead and to introduce our new leadership team. It was just so good. Feedback has been really positive and to be able to talk face-to-face about the important things we have planned was so worthwhile. The behaviour launch still continues to land well and our next steps are to really make sure there is consistency.

So, we are into Week 3 of our 'Behaviour Culture focus' and for the vast majority of the students  in the trust, the routines that we needed to concentrate on, are starting to become just that: routine.

However, it is definitely the time to reassure parents/guardians and our young people that this is not something that we will start to relax on, or change our minds about. During some of the many conversations I have had with parents/guardians this week, this has been the biggest fear — that we will somehow just stop pushing and checking — or indeed change our minds!

Please be assured: we won’t. Our young people need consistency and courage and all our staff are committed to providing this — it is simply too important.

Overall, I am so proud of how our young people are responding — they are brilliant.

Across all our schools, there have been so many examples of why this is important, for instance, I had an amazing comment from a parent, who observed that their interactions with their son had been transformed at home in the last three weeks, as he had practised some of the routines he has been taught in school.

Have a lovely weekend.           

Christine Stansfield
CEO - Mowbray Education Trust       

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