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  • Hyde Primary Reconfirmed as 'Centre of Excellence for Inclusion'

    The Hyde recently had an annual review following designation as a Centre of Excellence for Inclusion last year. The assessor noted that The Hyde’s inclusive ethos remains evident in all aspects of school life. In particular she commented on the excellent relationships with parents, a strong pupil voice and the extensive school to school support The Hyde provides. A special mention went to the key stage 2 pupils who represented the school at the Barnet Dance Festival, performing a piece about inclusion with the slogan “Inside we’re all the same”

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  • Ramsey Junior and Ramsey Spinning Infants join Elliot

    We are a little bit late in announcing our joy that Ramsey Junior and Ramsey Spinning Infants Schools joined the Elliot Foundation on April 1st but we imagined that you probably wouldn’t be reading our website during the Easter holidays. Federated under the Executive Principalship of Patsy Peres and Head of School Carol Birch these two schools serve 380 pupils and their families in the market town of Ramsey in Cambridgeshire.

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  • Shirestone Primary achieves Basic Skills Quality Mark

    Well done to all at Shirestone who have just renewed their Basic Skills Quality Mark, the assessor commented,

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  • George Betts and Shireland Hall win NQT Quality Mark

    Congratulations to all at George Betts and Shireland Hall who have recently achieved Quality Mark for their induction of NQTs, the assessors said,

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  • Cavalry Primary joins Elliot

    Today we welcome to Cavalry Primary into The Elliot Foundation family. The school is in the Fenland town of March, in Cambridgeshire and caters for children from Nursery to Year 6. The staff at Cavalry believe in working very closely with parents and families in order to provide the best possible education together for their children. Cavalry will join the Elliot academies in the region of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and we look forward to learning from them as part of the trust.

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  • Chandos Primary joins the Elliot Foundation

    We are delighted to welcome Chandos Primary School into The Elliot Foundation. Chandos is a vibrant, diverse, exciting place to learn in the heart of Birmingham and becomes the 23rd school to join the trust, which together with the existing 8 schools form the West Midlands region. We look forward to working with James Allan, Head Teacher alongside the staff at the school in order to provide the best possible experiences for all children.

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  • Further OFSTED success at Rough Hay takes Elliot to 93% good or better

    We are delighted to announce that Rough Hay Primary in Walsall has been judged, “Good’ across the board up from “Requires improvement” at its last inspection. The report praises the leadership team of Executive Principal Paul Edgerton and Principal Gemma Down for their, “Strong and purposeful leadership… [which] has brought about rapid improvement in pupil outcomes.”

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  • Latest graduates from Elliot MA programme with Warwick University

    Over the last three years our academies have supported a partnership with the University of Warwick to complete an MA in ‘Educational Innovation’.

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  • Elliot Foundation Announces Expert Teacher Programme

    To mark International Teachers’ Day the Elliot Foundation is announcing its plan to launch Expert Teacher. This is a new role which will support schools to improve outcomes for all pupils. Expert Teachers will be outstanding leaders of the curriculum.

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  • Academy Sponsor Performance Tables

    This week, at the same time as releasing the raw SATs scores for primary schools, the government and a number of other organisations released performance data on academy sponsors.

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  • Outstanding becomes a habit in Smethwick

    Shireland Hall Primary Academy is an ‘exceptional’ school with ‘fabulous’ and ‘inventive’ teachers according to the OFSTED report released today that judged the school to be ‘outstanding’ overall. This is the second outstanding judgement for Allan Shephard and his team coming little more than a year after the other school in the Smethwick federation, George Betts Primary Academy, was judged to have outstanding leadership and behaviour.

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  • Unspun data

    Now that SATs are being marked and moderated, we thought it would be a good time to give you an update on how Elliot Academies are faring with OFSTED. A number of ‘league tables’ have been published in the last couple of weeks, which rated the Elliot Foundation as one of the best primary sponsors in the country. And whilst we are very grateful to The Times and the LGA, we think that their approaches might have been flawed or at least left out additional contextual information, which we thought we’d share to allow you to make your own decision.

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  • George Betts and the Elliot Foundation in the news

    Last week Sanchia Berg from Radio 4’s Today programme visited George Betts Primary in Sandwell to find out more about what it actually means for a primary school to become an academy. She met pupils and teachers and interviewed Executive Principal, Allan Shephard. The interview may be on the radio later this week but in the meantime here is a link to the story on the BBC website.

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  • Claremont Primary joins Elliot

    Yesterday Claremont Primary School in Barnet joined the Elliot Foundation. We are delighted to welcome Alison Anscomb and all the children and staff into our burgeoning family. Claremont is the 22nd school to join the Elliot Foundation and the third in Barnet. We look forward to working with them.

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  • Best ever KS2 results for children in Elliot primary schools

    We are immensely proud of all the children and teachers in our schools as the latest data release from the DfE shows that 79% achieved the benchmark of level 4 or higher in reading, writing and mathematics. This is up 4 percentage points on last year and 14 points up from 2013. It is only one percentage point behind the national average, which is particularly impressive as two thirds of the 21 schools in the Elliot Foundation joined the trust below floor standards or judged inadequate by OFSTED.

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  • Eyrescroft and Millfield Primary Schools join Elliot

    We are delighted to welcome all the of children and staff at Eyrescroft Primary school in Peterborough and Millfield Primary in Ely which became an Elliot Foundation academies on December 1st. They are the fifth and sixth schools to join our thriving East Anglian Cluster. We look forward to working with all of the teachers and children in both schools over the coming months.

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  • Elm Road Primary in Wisbech joins Elliot

    We are delighted to welcome all the of children and staff at Elm Road Primary school in Wisbech which became an Elliot Foundation academy on November 1st. It is the fourth school to join our thriving East Anglian Cluster. We look forward to working with Principal Graham Lockwood and all of his colleagues over the coming months and to getting to know the children better.

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  • An 'Outstanding' start to the new year at Parkfield Primary

    Pupils and staff at Parkfield Primary in London start their new academic year basking in the glow of an OFSTED report which has judged their school to be, ‘Good with outstanding features’ little more than two years after it was placed in ‘Special measures’. Click here for the full report

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  • Greenside Primary student wins national film award

    We are delighted to announce that Ella Palmer from Year 4 at Greenside Primary in London has been appointed one of Into Film’s Young National Reporters for 2015-16. She is one of the very youngest winners out of 100s of applicants nationally and as part of her prize will get access and training to report from ‘red carpet’ events throughout the year.

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  • SATs results suggest 80% of TEFAT children reach level 4 or above in 2015, compared with 65% in 2013

    This week all primary schools got their raw SAT results back from the Standards and Testing Agency. Over the next couple of months schools will check and challenge these results with the DfE to ensure that the appropriate children are included or excluded from the figures so that schools are not unfairly criticised or unfairly praised. For example children who arrive in a primary school from abroad without English as a first language after the beginning of year five are not included in the overall KS2 measures of attainment. Once this process is complete the DfE finalises the school performance tables which are then published in October.

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  • What could be better than sunshine? A third outstanding judgement for Wisbech!

    Less than two years ago OfSTED inspectors visited Ramnoth Junior School in Wisbech for the second time since the school had been placed in Special Measures and found that the school ‘was not making progress’. At about the same time the school learned that fewer than 1 in 5 of the children who left in the summer of 2013 had achieved level four or above in reading writing and mathematics.

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  • Paralympic Double Gold Medal Winner, Natasha Baker MBE opens Hillingdon Primary's new buildings

    Today children, staff and governors of Hillingdon Primary School welcomed Natasha Baker MBE to formally open the schools new buildings by unveiling two plaques outside the school. Along with other special guests she was treated to a wonderful celebration performance by children of all years which included ‘When I Grow Up’ from Mathilda by Tim Minchin and a roof lifting cover of Oasis’s ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ accompanied by the school staff band.

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  • Outstanding becomes a habit for Wisbech Federation

    We have exhausted the thesaurus and are going to have to ask year six to come up with new words for outstanding and exceptional. Karen Crawley and her leadership team at the Federation of Nene and Ramnoth Schools in Wisbech got their second outstanding judgement in six months this week. Ofsted has judged the school as ‘Good’ overall with Outstanding leadership, behaviour and safety and early years provision. This transformational success has been achieved in less than two years since the school was judged to be requiring improvement and less than six months after Little Owls Daycare was also judged outstanding. Click here for the full report

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  • Transformational success at Highlees Primary recognised by OFSTED

    Today we add Emma Ward and all her staff and children to the roll of honour at the Elliot Foundation as OFSTED has judged the school to be good in all categories and commended them for their outstanding work with vulnerable children. Barely two years ago Highlees was in special measures so the improvement has been rapid.

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  • Relentlessly inspirational Jo Djora takes the Hyde from special measures to outstanding!

    At the Hyde School in Barnet, Jo Djora’s catchphrase is, ‘It’s all about the children!’ and today those children go to an outstanding school. Jo and her exceptional team have taken the Hyde from special measures straight to outstanding in all categories.

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  • Phenomenal Tiverton Takes Elliot Foundation to 50% Outstanding

    We are desperately proud of Lisa Matthews and all the children and staff at Tiverton Primary in Birmingham, as today OfSTED published their report which describes the school as Outstanding in all categories.

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  • Greenside Primary joins the Elliot Foundation

    Today we welcomed Greenside Primary School in Hammersmith and Fulham into the Elliot Foundation family. At a delightful assembly to celebrate I was treated to an excerpt from ‘Happy Feet’ this term’s school show and the whole school sang ‘I’m a Believer’ after a select group of children read to me their thoughts on joining the foundation.

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  • Steve Barclay MP visits Nene and Ramnoth

    Nene Infants and Ramnoth Junior School Federation Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, welcomed Steve Barclay MP, who visited the school on Friday 6th March on World Day. The MP for North East Cambridgeshire, was so impressed by the work the children were doing and the progress that had been made over the last two years, undertook a tour of both schools. He was so overwhelmed by the positive attitude of the children, and their standard of work, joined in the activities of World Book day by reading stories to the reception and Year 1 classes. Steve, a father of two children, aged two and four years old, took a keen interest in all lessons, and spoke to many children, as he was given a tour of the Federation . He expressed his whole hearted support to the federation’s proposals to rebuild their kitchen and dining facilities, and further develop their provision .

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  • The Elliot Foundation Story So Far

    To celebrate our founder, Caroline Whalley, being awarded a CBE for services to education, we’ve made a short film about the Elliot Foundation’s work with primary schools. We hope you enjoy it.

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  • George Betts is Fifth 'Outstanding Leadership & Management' Judgement from OfSTED in less than a year

    Allan Shephard and his team at George Betts Primary Academy in Sandwell have been rated as Outstanding by OfSTED and join the list of Elliot Foundation academies whose leadership has been given the highest rating in the last year.

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  • Bill Whalley, father of Elliot, dies

    Caroline’s husband, Bill died last Friday evening, surrounded by his family at the Hammersmith Hospital. A passionate, creative musician and committed family man, Bill had actively encouraged and supported Caroline to create the Elliot Foundation. Our flourishing family of primary schools was established in remembrance of Bill and Caroline’s son Elliot, who died in infancy in 1976. It was set up to give other children the brighter future that Elliot had not lived to see. Bill’s funeral will be private and no flowers or cards are needed. However, donations to the Lauren Currie Twilight Foundation are welcome.

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  • Prof. Caroline Whalley awarded CBE for services to education

    Caroline Whalley, founder of the Elliot Foundation, one of the most successful primary academy sponsors, has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

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  • Short film on Elliot Foundation 2014 results

    We’ve put together a short video on the overall results of Elliot Foundation schools in 2014. It is the first clip for our newly created YouTube Channel. We’d love feedback on the format and the content.

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  • Yet another outstanding judgement from OfSTED

    We are beside ourselves with joy that Little Owls Daycare at Nene Infant and Junior School in Wisbech has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ in all categories.

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  • Bloodhound Supersonic Car Visits Shireland Hall Primary

    This week the Bloodhound Education Project has taken up residence in Shireland Hall Primary in Sandwell. Led by former land speed record holder Richard Noble, the Bloodhound Project is using an attempt to drive a car across the Hakskeen Pan in South Africa at over 1,000 mph to inspire a generation of children to study STEM subjects.

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  • What is the collective noun for 'Outstanding' primary schools, could it be an Elliot?

    We are a little late in our congratulations to Paul, Gemma and all the staff and pupils at Kings Rise School in Birmingham who became the latest Elliot Foundation school to be recognised as Outstanding at the end of last term. But this doesn’t mean that we are any less proud of all them.

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  • Leading Change in Maths through School to School Collaboration

    The impact of joint working was clearly seen when Allan Shephard, the Principal of George Betts Primary Academy, was asked to work alongside leaders and teachers at Pinkwell Primary School. Allan mentored one teacher in each year group and this group became known as “maths champions”. He also worked with one specific year group, the aim being to develop subject knowledge, raise standards in teaching, develop mental strategies, implement the new maths curriculum and improve learning environments.

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  • Well done to all

    What an incredible year! Although the validated SATs scores won’t be confirmed until next term we thought we’d celebrate before the year six children who achieved them have actually left the building.

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  • Billesley Primary School Good with Outstanding Leadership

    We are going to have to invest in a new thesaurus next term as we are running out of ways to say how proud we are of our schools. The latest is Billesley Primary in Yardley Wood, Birmingham which under the inspired leadership of Johanne Clifton, Karl Rogerson and Liz Keogh has come from special measures to Good with outstanding features in under two years.

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  • Hillingdon Primary joins the Elliot Foundation

    Hillingdon Primary is an ‘outstanding’ school on the Uxbridge Road in Hillingdon, which under the inspirational leadership of Ann Bowen Breslin and her team serves an engaged community with a broad and rich curriculum. We are delighted that they have decided to join the Elliot Foundation family and look forward to working with them.

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  • Elliot Foundation attends launch of Junior Prince's Award

    On Wednesday 4th June The Elliot Foundation’s Regional Director, Travis Latham, was invited to the launch of the Junior Prince’s Award with the patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge. Some of our academies will be running this new award during the summer holidays for year 5 children who will have a great opportunity to gain a national award whilst having great fun!

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  • Elliot Foundation recognised by the DfE as 'An example of success'

    The day after Ofsted published their ‘Outstanding’ report into Shirestone Academy, the Elliot Foundation as a whole has been recognised by the DfE as, “an example of success”.

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  • Shirestone academy recognised as 'Outstanding' by OfSTED

    OFSTED has confirmed what we have known for some time, that the children, staff and governors at Shirestone Academy are ‘Outstanding’.

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  • TEF announces bespoke MA programme with the IOE

    We are excited to announce an opportunity for our London academies and strategic partners to undertake a ‘TEF’ Masters course with the London Centre for Leadership for Learning – Institute of Education (IOE). The course will lead to a Master of Advanced Educational Practice. It is a portfolio programme which allows staff to select from the breadth of modules available and so construct a bespoke programme

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  • Excellent progress made at the Hyde School in Barnet

    In the week that primary children across the country are being tested, we thought we’d highlight some wonderful progress in learning at one of our schools in London. During a recent review of progress children spoke with enthusiasm about the improvements at the Hyde. Amongst the comments made were:

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  • Tiverton schools sees results from Kagan co-operative learning

    We are interested to note the progress being made using the Kagan Co-operative approach at Tiverton Primary in Birmingham. Tammy Round, Year 2 teacher writes:

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  • Ramnoth pupils' hard work over holiday recognised in local paper

    Executive Principal Karen Crawley has been leading nothing short of a learning revolution at Ramnoth School in Wisbech. It is delightful to see that her year 6 pupils’ hard work has been recognised by their local paper the Fenland Citizen.

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  • Kings Rise makes great strides with pastoral care group

    We’re very proud of the work Kings Rise Academy is doing to help children feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. The ‘Crew 8’ programme builds children’s confidence by getting them involved in their communities for example planting trees and doing other community work.

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  • Pinkwell Primary School joins the Elliot Foundation

    Pinkwell Primary School opened today as an Elliot Foundation Academy. Led by headteacher Kay Jones, the schools joins The Hyde, Parkfield Primary, Lena Gardens, and the brand-new John Locke Academy (opening September 2014) as part of a growing community of London-based Elliot Foundation Schools.

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  • Tiverton Academy featured in "English 4-11" by the UK Literacy Association

    We are thrilled to hear that Tiverton’s approach to literacy has been recognised by the UK Literacy Association in their quarterly publication “English 4-11”. They were particularly impressed with the use of authentic texts to situate the explicit teaching of grammar and highlighted the work of Year 2 teacher Tammy Round who has been working on Jan & Jerry Oke’s, “Naughty Bus”.

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