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November 2018

  • Industry and Education to work together to improve opportunities for students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities ​​​​​​​

    Published 15/11/18

    Greenwood Academies Trust have partnered up with Talentino alongside other well-known employers such as Microsoft, The National Grid and The Co-Op Group to support a brand new initiative known as “Campaign 2”. “Campaign 2” aims to provide work experience opportunities for all young people including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). The campaign aims to amplify the role that employers take in Special Schools as part of students’ early career development resulting in more jobs and training opportunities for school leavers.

    Jenny Connick, Founder of Talentino, said:

    “We know that across the country 65 per cent of adults with learning difficulties want to work, but only 6 per cent have a paid job, meaning there is a gap between the motivation of young people with SEND and what is actually available for them to build a successful career.

    “I am delighted that Campaign 2 has been launched today to not only raise awareness of the lack of work and training opportunities for students with SEND, but also attempt to provide a solution to bridge this gap. I would like to thank those employers who are already working with us on this campaign, including The Co-op, The National Grid and of course one of our major partners, Greenwood Academies Trust.”

    Wayne Norrie, CEO of Greenwood Academies Trust, said:

    “I am thrilled that Greenwood Academies Trust is part of Campaign 2. The message behind the campaign is one that is close to our hearts. As a Trust with a Special School in the vast majority of areas in which we operate, we know how important it is to provide opportunities for our students to reach their full potential. People are a country’s greatest resource, and young people with SEND have some amazing talent to offer. This campaign aims to make sure that companies can play a much-needed role in helping Special Schools to give these young people the best possible start in life, irrespective of their needs.

    “We’re excited to see how this develops and we pledge our support to Talentino throughout the entire journey.”

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  • Consultation launched on school plan to raise standards further for almost 4,000 pupils at the Nottingham Academy

    Published 12/11/18

    A proposal to separate the Nottingham Academy into two new but connected schools will further raise standards, provide for a more bespoke education and give parents more information about the quality of their child’s schooling.

    We have today launched a consultation that the Nottingham Academy, rated Good by Ofsted, should be re-formed on the same sites into two new academies, Colwick Park Academy and Mapperley Park Academy, from September 2019. Both would continue to be led by Greenwood Academies Trust.

    • Colwick Park Academy would be on the Greenwood Campus (including Sneinton Boulevard) of the Nottingham Academy, including the primary academy, and would retain the same year groups (three to 19), with the same pupil roll of 150 in each year group for primary, 300 in each year group for secondary and 260 for post-16.
    • Mapperley Park Academy would be on the Ransom Road Campus, again for the same year groups (age 11 to 16) and with the same capacity of 180 in each year group.

    Both academies will have their own Principal, allowing for strong and specific leadership of each academy, while a bespoke, personalised curriculum that best meets the needs of pupils will be developed and delivered for each of the academies. There will be greater local accountability, with parents and carers able to see exam results from each of the two academies, while Ofsted judgements will reflect their different strengths.

    Staff working at each of the existing campuses will still work on the same sites so there will be no disruption to them, and the teachers, teaching assistants and wider staff whom pupils know and trust will continue to work with them. Senior leaders at the two new academies will be able to deploy resources appropriately to meet their academy’s specific needs.

    There will be no disruption to the education of pupils, with all pupils remaining with their current schools.

    The consultation runs from 12 November 2018 – 21 December 2018.

    There are two consultation events for parents/carers and stakeholders taking place at Nottingham Academy on 6 December 2018. One will be held at the Greenwood Road site and one will be held at the Ransom Road site, both starting at 5.30pm.

    If you are unable to attend one of the consultation events and wish to submit your views, please email by 5pm on 21 December 2018.

    For further details and a copy of the draft admissions arrangements, click on the links below

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