Develop teaching and learning to better support less able students

10 May, 2016

Sue Warner, Principal of Melland High School, an ‘Outstanding’ SEND specialist academy, explains how schools can develop teaching and learning to better support less able students. In my role as principal of a specialist SEND cademy and through partnership working, I’m regularly asked by other professionals how our provision differs from mainstream settings. Whilst I understand the interest in specialist facilities such as a sensory studio or hydrotherapy pool, I feel that in focussing on resources, equipment […]

Tablets: a hindrance or a help?

16 September, 2015

Tom Bennett recently claimed that tablets should be taken out of the classroom. Is he right? In The Sunday Times, new school behavior tsar Bennett is quoted: “Schools are increasingly giving kids iPads, even primary schools. I am not a fan of that. There is absolutely no research evidence that giving kids technology helps them learn. […]

BFET Moving Forward Together Training Day

16 July, 2015

Our joint trust training day was a resounding success last week. This was our fourth joint trust training day and staff were split over three BFET sites: Altrincham Grammar School for Girls, Gorton Education Village and Manchester Creative and Media Academy. The purpose of the day was for staff to work in their subject, department, […]

Melland and Cedar Mount Students Provide Heels 4 Hearts

18 May, 2015

Students and staff at schools from Melland High School and Cedar Mount Academy have taken part in Good Morning Britain’s ‘Heels 4 Hearts’ campaign, as part of a national effort to improve awareness of cardiovascular health. ‘Heels 4 Hearts’, supported by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), aims to provide every secondary school in the UK […]