This episode is rich in thinking and action from Senior Leadership representatives for the Cabot Learning Federation, a Multi Academy Trust comprising more than 20 schools serving children and young people aged 3-19 in the South West of England.
We hear from Sally Apps, Susie Weaver, Helen Angell, Carina Smith and Charlotte Black.
They share with us a rich, thorough and compelling presentation which outlines the trust’s deeply-considered response and approach to recovery. And they frame this within the broader context of the trust’s values, curriculum aims and some of the trust’s strategic approaches and systems. It’s a very thorough session full of practical advice.
Their starting point in considering a Recovery Curriculum for Trust schools is ‘through the eyes of child’. This child-centred focus informs their strategic and operational plans, and what unfurls is a rich resource of thoughtfully joined up approaches for students, families and colleagues.
With talk of subject-based therapeutic input and curriculum curation, this episode is full of practical advice, intellectual challenge, and fundamental humanity.
What they successfully design is a joyful curriculum, based on ‘heart values’, that binds together a community of practice with their eyes firmly focussed on the child.
The title and theme of the presentation is: “Cabot Learning Federation… Our Route to Recovery”
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In this episode the leadership and management of the Recovery Curriculum is discussed by the Senior Leadership Team of Whitfield Aspen School, a primary school in Dover.
This is a unique, inclusive primary school with over 300 pupils, and over 130 in the resourced provision for children with severe and profound learning difficulties. The discussion focuses on the leadership challenges the SLT are experiencing, between Jason Cook, the Executive Headteacher, and the two Heads of School, Ali Erskine and Anne Mason and some of the ideas and steps that the school has already been taken to commence the recovery process.
Forest Oak School in Solihull have developed SMILE, and ethos based approach to prompting positive Mental Health and emotional well being in children and young people. It is built on the NHS 5 ways to well being.
The approach is currently nearing the completion of a two year research evaluation with 10 other schools being led by Professor Barry Carpenter (Oxford Brookes University), Jo Egerton (Schools Research Consultant) in conjunction with Isabel Gerrard, (Well Being Lead, Forest Oak School), and Amanda Mordey, (Headteacher)
In the current climate we need to be mindful of the support our CYP will need as the gradually return to school . This approach is the perfect example of the Recovery Curriculum in action, and will be the subject of a future podcast with Amanda Mordey, OBE, Executive Headteacher , Forest Oak and Merstone School, Solihull, which will be posted on www.recoverycurriculum.org