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Assistant Head of Maths at Goodwin Academy, Kirsty Gaythwaite, was selected from thousands of nominations, and is one of just 76 Silver Award winners across the country. Kirsty was honoured with a Silver Award in The Award for Outstanding New Teacher of the Year for their outstanding commitment to changing the lives of the children they work with every day. Initially joining the school as a learning support assistant to help vulnerable pupils, Kirsty was quickly identified as having a talent for teaching mathematics. She continued…

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New Horizons Primary School is here! Over the summer the fantastic teams at Meredith Infants and Isambard Junior Schools, along with the Thinking Facilities, worked hard to see the merge of the two schools come to fruition. Merging Meredith Infant together with Isambard Brunel Junior created New Horizons Primary School. Our main aim with this merge was to make life a little easier for the parents of Portsmouth and now, as NHP is a single school spanning ages 4 to 11, parents only need apply to one…

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In such unprecedented times our students have remained dedicated to their future endeavours Emotions ran high at Goodwin Academy, Holcombe Grammar School, The Rochester Grammar School and The Victory Academy as students, following new Covid guidelines, collected their A Level results safely amid ongoing measures. But, it didn’t dampen spirits! The excitement and anxiety were palpable in equal measure as envelopes were torn open, and dreams were realised. Our Trust is overjoyed for the students’ successes and their futures. Our students have yet again risen to the…

The Appeals Process If you would like to appeal on the basis of an administrative error please download and complete the form ‘Appendix 1’.   Accessing your Centre Assessed Grades and rank position If you would like to access your Centre Assessed Grades and rank position then please download and complete ‘Appendix 2’.   Autumn Examination Series If you would like to take an examination in Autumn please download and complete ‘Appendix 3’.

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Welcome to our Summer 2020 edition of Our Trust. These last two terms we will always remember deeply. We took ourselves out of our comfort zones to follow our values – Child First, Aspire, Challenge, Achieve as we ran head first into the journey of our digital transformation. Please click here to read the full article Stuart Gardner, MSc, NPQH, NLE Chief Executive Officer

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Have you ever used De Bono’s Thinking Hats in a meeting? Well here are plenty of reasons why you should start using them from today! Trust wide, our students know and use Thinking Hats every day in their lessons. The Thinking Hats help our pupils think clearly and thoroughly in one direction at a time – white hat for facts, green hat for creativity, yellow hat for the benefits, black hat for the cautions/challenges, red hat for feelings, and the blue hat for process. It’s a simple mental metaphor. DISCOVER MORE: How metacognition helps at work

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All staff across our Trust know about Thinking Tools, and not everyone understands or uses them… here are few reasons that should change. Learning doesn’t stop after school. The term ‘every day is a school day’ exists for a reason and no matter our age it’s important to understand our own learning style, and how we retain information for future use. Whether that’s with critical thinking or metacognitive skills; both are vital areas of the Thinking Tools used across our Trust. Click on the below to discover the how and why these two…

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Metacognitive skills help individuals process and retain information through self-recognition and reflection. By researching the types of metacognitive skills and how to improve your own, you can start trying to learn and retain information in a more effective way. What are metacognitive skills? Metacognitive skills allow you to organize and evaluate your thought process related to learning and problem-solving. Another way to define metacognitive skills is your self-awareness regarding the information you do and don’t know and how you work to recall or retain knowledge regarding a particular subject. Metacognitive skills typically…

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Critical thinking is about analysing the information you have to get the best answer to a question or problem. Drawing on your own experience, reasoning, observation and communication with others, you can make informed decisions that give positive solutions. Critical thinking at work helps you: Improve decision-making, evaluate an argument’s validity and its potential impact Form your own opinions on a topic, develop your personal ethics and confidence Engage on a deeper level with your team to form stronger working relationships Evaluate your own work to determine ways to improve quality Develop better comprehension skills, both in conversation and reading These skills…