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The official blog of The Midland Academies Trust. Follow us for weekly updates on culture, curriculum, assessment, teaching and much more.

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  • 2020 and the power of collaboration

    Published 14/12/20, by Robin Shakespeare
    We plant seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way.

    Prayer used by Archbishop Oscar Romero 

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  • Lessons from lockdown - closing the digital divide

    Published 07/12/20, by Robin Shakespeare

    Our Trust approach to edtech reflects our preoccupation with teacher expertise and our commitment to simplicity in lessons. But a global pandemic has shown us that there always remains more to do.

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  • Developing a culture of gratitude

    Published 29/11/20, by Robin Shakespeare

    Cultivating a culture of gratitude is one of our approaches to building the characters of our pupils and helping them to be a better version of themselves. 

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  • The fool's gold of assessment

    Published 23/11/20, by Robin Shakespeare

    The last decade has seen an explosion in ‘data-mining’ in education. Arguably driven in part by external factors, school leaders have increasingly been in search of the elixir of the ‘right kind’ of data – the combination of assessment information which will unlock the holy grail of school improvement.

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  • Simplify, then add lightness

    Published 16/11/20, by Robin Shakespeare
    The title of this week’s blog is taken from Colin Chapman, legendary founder of Lotus Cars. He famously articulated a design philosophy at odds with the prevailing wisdom of the time - rather than adding more power to make his cars faster on the track, he concentrated on what he could take away.
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  • We are family

    Published 09/11/20, by Robin Shakespeare

    At the Midland Academies Trust, in the words of Sister Sledge, we are family!  We really are that close, and together we are stronger. 

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