Responding to Covid-19: an update

16 March 2021

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, schools in our network rapidly adjusted and continued their commitment to collaborating and sharing excellent insights and practice – something that is now more important than ever. To support disadvantaged and vulnerable pupils, we have innovated and adapted our programmes and support around digital provision and have:

  • Created a virtual version of our flagship peer Quality Assurance Review to ensure schools continue to focus on excellence and school improvement through peer challenge and support;
  • Worked with schools to facilitate webinars on important issues including: mental health support; life after special school; improving reading; raising students’ aspirations; using personalised early years’ curricula to close gender gaps; supporting children after trauma; and best practice for children with autism
  • Held a series of virtual National Network Meetings with leading thinkers and practitioners for up to 400 school leaders at a time
  • Created a new network for trust leaders to share knowledge and peer support
  • Adapted our impactful programme to close the attainment gap, Excellence for Everyone, into an online CPD programme
  • Commissioned ImpactEd to research the impact of our webinars on school leaders, to ensure they remain at the forefront of sharing leading practice.

These have been well received by school and trust leaders:

“So impressed with how CP has so rapidly become a distance learning platform of such quality and slickness!” Kate Frood Headteacher, Eleanor Palmer School

“Being part of the Trust Leaders’ Network has been hugely developmental and rewarding. I’ve taken a lot of inspiration from other trusts, re-evaluated the ways that I do things and built lasting relationships with trust leaders across the country.” Jo Brinkley Spring Partnership CEO

“It’s so powerful for my staff to see how other schools operate, which is then extremely beneficial for our students.” Nicki Hyde-Boughey Headteacher, Claremont High School

“[Online meetings are] very informative and inspirational, excited to be a part of Challenge Partners, gave me a bit of renewed optimism in these difficult times.” Lisa Almunshi Headteacher, Rossington Tornedale Infant School

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