Welcome to our 2020-21 cohort

We always love the start of a new school year, not least because we get to welcome a new cohort of Graduate Teachers to the Teaching School. This year, we have 12 fantastic students, all studying with us for their PGCE. They have spent the last two days in training with their mentors, and have…

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Oh, the drama!

Our Graduate Teachers have been working with Leanne, our Trust Lead for English, on different drama strategies to inspire writing. It looks like they have had a fantastic time exploring a variety of techniques!  

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September 2020 Teaching Vacancies

The Mead Academy Trust is now recruiting teachers for a September 2020 start. We have an opening for a creative and dedicated Resource Base teacher, based at Castle Mead School. Additionally, we are recruiting for class teachers to join the Trust (school placement to be decided). Now is an exciting time to join The Mead Academy Trust.  We…

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Term 3 Graduate Teacher Update

Our Graduate Teachers (students who are studying to gain their PGCE / QTS with us through our School Direct initial teacher training programme) changed placements at the beginning of Term 3. To qualify as a teacher, everybody has to teach in two different schools and in two different Key Stages, and in our programme we…

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Castle Mead teachers host Boolean Maths Hub TRG

Today (22nd January 2020), Mrs Fay Perdicchia, Maths Lead for The Mead Academy Trust, and Mrs Heather Elliot, Year 2 class teacher and Maths Lead at Castle Mead School, hosted 20 teachers from other local schools who are all members of their Boolean Maths Hub Teacher Research Group (TRG). The TRG Lead, Ty Newtown, said…

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Writing Focus for Teachers on TD Day

All teachers from across The Mead Academy Trust gathered today (Monday 6th January 2020) for a day focused on writing and the curriculum. The day began with a keynote speech from Mike Haines, a friend of the Trust and former HMI. Mike spoke to the room about the importance of writing, and encouraging children to…

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Whole School SEND Reviewer Training

We were delighted to host Erica Wolstenholme from nasen Whole School SEND today (Monday 25th November 2020) who provided a fascinating insight into the role of Whole School SEND Reviews for our Leading SENCOs and SLEs for SEN. We are hopeful that these specialist SEN practitioners will be able to carry out reviews for schools…

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Lesson Study returns!

We’re delighted to have kicked off a new academic year with a week of Lesson Study, this time in Year 3. As always, our teachers got a lot out of this fantastic professional growth opportunity, saying at the end: “The opportunities to observe the learning behaviours and reflect on my own teaching and think about…

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Learning, Leadership & The Curriculum with Mary Myatt

On Monday 2nd September 2019, we were honoured to host a day facilitated by Mary Myatt, focused on Learning, Leadership and The Curriculum. This Professional Growth Day for our teachers and leaders was an inspirational way to start the new academic year. Mary spends time in schools talking to pupils, teachers and leaders about learning, leadership and the curriculum. She maintains…

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