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Some useful resources for all pupils that are studying at home:   CHILDLINE: Childine is a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, they are there for you online, on the phone, anytime. www.childline.org.uk   THINKUKNOW: THINKUKNOW is an education programme to help protect children both online and offline. www.thinkuknow.co.uk   CEOP: CEOP is a law enforcement agency which helps to keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse and grooming online. They are…

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Pupils and staff at schools across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust have taken part in a variety of inspiring activities to mark World Book Day. World Book Day, a charity event held annually in the United Kingdom and Ireland on the first Thursday in March, was an opportunity for schools throughout the nationally recognised high-performing Trust, to celebrate and take part in creative activities and indulge in a world of imagination and reality through printed words leading them on a journey of discovery.…

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Here are a few exciting strategies and ideas that some of our schools are using to help students learn and remember. These work best in conjunction with the other 6 Principles – modelling, explanations, metacognition and strong subject knowledge help develop processes and understanding in the first place, while questioning and feedback to feedforward give students the information they need to develop and improve.   “As teachers, we must start with the assumption that our students will forget what they have learned unless we take deliberate steps to help them remember.” – Peps McCrea, Memorable Teaching 1. Metamemory and…

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Pupils and staff at schools across the Thinking Schools Academy Trust have taken part in a variety of activities to mark World Thinking Day. World Thinking Day, celebrated every year in February, was an opportunity for schools throughout the high-performing Trust, to celebrate its unique ethos based on “Thinking about Thinking”, which underpins Thinking Schools’ pioneering approach to education. Every school held special activities and themed lessons as part of the celebrations for World Thinking Day. These included competitions, quizzes, debates, their own…

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It is with great pleasure that I am able to reflect on the last few terms so positively, I am enthused about the amazing achievements of our Trust during this time.  It is always wonderful to be able to travel to all the schools, hearing and experiencing the great work of our students and staff.    

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Pupils and staff at New Horizons Children’s Academy are celebrating after being praised by Rt Hon Nick Gibb, Minister of State for School Standards, in a letter to the school’s headteacher Jody Murphy. The letter congratulated Jody, staff and pupils for the high levels of progress demonstrated by pupils in last year’s Key Stage 2 assessments. The Academy, which is part of the high-performing Thinking Schools Academy Trust, achieved progress scores of 7.6, 2.8 and 6.5 in reading, writing and mathematics respectively. The…

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Schools Minister Lord Agnew praises Trust for its results The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) has been ranked by the Government as the highest performing academy Trust in the South East for GCSE results. National league tables released by the Department for Education today have confirmed the success of the high-performing Trust. The Trust’s Progress 8 score – which measures improvement from Year 7 to Year 11 across eight GCSE subjects, including key academic subjects – was 0.32. This means that across its…

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Students and staff at Rochester Grammar School are delighted after the school has been reaccredited as an “Advanced Thinking School” by the University of Exeter. The report by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education, issued as part of the reaccreditation process, noted that RGS has “gone from strength to strength in its strive for excellence”. It also noted that the school is very successful in “developing independent and reflective thinkers”. RGS was first accredited as a Thinking School in 2009, subsequently achieving Advanced…

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Isambard Brunel Junior school has been rated as Good by Ofsted for the first time in over 20 years – with inspectors hailing the “significant” improvements achieved by the academy. Isambard Brunel Junior School was praised for the quality of education pupils receive, the strength of leadership, and the behaviour and attitude of the children. Every area assessed by Ofsted was graded as Good. There was particular praise for the Headteacher, Lucy Carroll, and her deputy, who inspectors said were “a very strong and…

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Welcome to Our Trust, the last edition for 2020. What is truly inspiring about the pages in this edition, is that they are full of our young people and our staff doing fantastic things, without any hint of the disruption or challenges of delivering education during a global pandemic. Read the full edition Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer