Biggleswade schools look to further improve

Stratton Upper School recently hosted a conference
Stratton Upper School recently hosted a conference

Stratton Upper School recently hosted 400 teaching and learning support colleagues from the Biggleswade Community Union of Schools (BCUS) at a conference.

The theme for the cross-phase town-wide day on Monday, April 11, was based on the schools’ Improvement Plans and focused on issues that appealed to the needs of Lower, Middle and Upper School staff.

It was great to see the teaching community of Biggleswade come together, for a unique day of training and networking.

Mark Steer, Vice Principal of Biggleswade Academy

Key topics included developing approaches to teaching and learning across all phases.

Staff attended workshops on a number of different themes ranging from Literacy, Numeracy, the new Primary Curriculum to British Values and how to assess without levels to prepare for changes that are sweeping through education at the current time.

Rob Watson, Executive Headteacher of Stratton Upper School, said: “A key element of this partnership is that schools are well placed to develop themselves as they understand our geography and demographic.

“Through BCUS all of our schools aspire to support our children and families more effectively so our children achieve more.”

BCUS has been in existence since 2010/11.

The headteachers and governing bodies in the 13 schools that make up the Stratton pyramid in the area have been working together to develop a vision for education in our area.

This vision includes all children (0-19) in all settings.

BCUS aims to support the needs of our children throughout their school lives, developing good links for smooth transition.

It also gave students the opportunity to see what the teachers get up to on teacher training days. Year 12 commented on how pleased they were to be able to help out.

Mark Steer, Vice Principal of Biggleswade Academy, said: “The training conference was a fantastically well organised event.

“It was great to see the teaching community of Biggleswade come together, for a unique day of training and networking.

Many of the speakers were an inspiration to teachers and Learning Support Assistants, passing on ways to improve the quality of learning within all our schools still further.”