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Global to open the Global Academy in 2016

Global, the media & entertainment group, has announced that construction has started on the Global Academy, its university technical college (UTC), which will open in September 2016. The Global Academy will provide academic and vocational training for 800 students who want to work in the broadcast and digital media industry. The curriculum will get a practical makeover ensuring the 14-18 year olds are not only prepared for their GCSEs and A-Levels but also for a career in the fast-growing broadcast and digital media industries. At the same time, students at the Global Academy will learn the technical skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industry preparing them for jobs in radio and TV production, broadcast engineering, app and web development, script writing, event management, radio production, broadcast journalism and many more.

Ashley Tabor, Global’s founder & executive president, came up with the idea of the Global Academy. He said: “There is a real shortage of young people coming out of school with the skills needed to work in the broadcast and digital media industries. The Global Academy will give our students the practical skills they need to hit the ground running as well as teaching them core subjects in a practical way. We want to give young people from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to get a foot on the ladder in the media industry and connect the dots between their core GCSEs and A-Levels, and practical life skills needed in the real world.”

Opening in September 2016, the Global Academy will be on the site of the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes in the London borough of Hillingdon. It will house extensive recording and filming studio space, a theatre and a four-storey atrium. Students will be taught a mainstream key stage 4 and key stage 5 curriculum together with diplomas in broadcast and digital media. These will be awarded by the Global Academy’s university partner, University of the Arts London (UAL), through its OFQUAL-approved awarding organisation, UAL Awarding Body. With funding from the Department for Education, 50 per cent of places will be open to students who live in the local catchment area (a five mile radius) with the remaining 50 per cent open to students from across the UK.

Primary school leaps from special measures to ‘outstanding’ in record time

Parents, teachers and pupils at Foxfield primary school in Woolwich are celebrating after an astonishing turnaround in its results. Less than 18 months ago Foxfield Primary in Sandbach Place was failing badly. Inspectors from Ofsted said it needed ‘special measures’ to put it back on track. But following a big drive by staff and governors to make improvements, and with extra support from the local authority, the school has now been re-inspected. And this time, Ofsted has graded Foxfield as ‘outstanding’ in every way. It scored top marks for the quality of teaching and the impact this had on the children, and also their personal development, behaviour and welfare. Also judged outstanding were the effectiveness of the school’s leadership and management, and the provision for early years.

The school launched an action plan following Ofsted’s visit in May 2014. An executive headteacher and new headteacher were brought in, and key staff and governors from Woodhill Primary in Woolwich – graded an ‘outstanding’ school – working with the Council also offered their support.

Having re-inspected last month, Ofsted concluded in glowing terms: “The headteacher and executive headteacher have turned the school around very quickly. It is now a highly-successful school where pupils make and sustain rapid progress. They have achieved this through setting ambitious targets and insisting that the pupils achieve very well, regardless of their circumstances. Teaching is highly effective, and teachers know that only the best is good enough.

Pupils get political for 2015 student elections

Pupils from the Together Trust’s Inscape House School recently took part in student elections to appoint their new class representatives.

With support from Stockport Council and local councillors, students standing for election have written manifestos and canvassed fellow students to vote for them. Inscape House School provides specialist education to young people aged 4-19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

The school is run by the Together Trust who, along with providing specialist education, offer care and support to young people with behavioural problems, learning difficulties, physical disabilities and autism spectrum conditions.

Anne Price, Headteacher at Inscape House School, said, “The student election is a great way to introduce our pupils to politics and the voting system and helps to prepare them for the future and gain a greater understanding of what it means to be an effective citizen. “Those running for election get the chance to develop valuable skills through their campaign and all students will help shape the values of the school by casting their vote.” Pupils used polling stations kindly supplied by Stockport Council and the school was visited by Councillors Iain Roberts, Graham Greenhalgh and Keith Holloway. Councillor Keith Holloway attended an assembly to announce the results of the election. Councillor Holloway said, “It was great to see the involvement of all the students, those standing for election and everyone who had to decide who to vote for. And congratulations to the staff for all their support and encouragement.” November 2015 11

“The governing body is formidable. They know the strengths and relative weaknesses of the school, and do not allow it to slide.”

Executive Headteacher Rob Carpenter said: “The new Ofsted report reflects the commitment and dedication of the staff and the governors, together with the strong support received from the council. Above all, it reflects the confidence of our pupils, and their ambitions for both themselves and their local community.”

Cllr John Fahy, Deputy Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I congratulate the teachers and the children for these wonderful improvements. Thanks are also due to Woodhill for supporting this impressive turnaround.

“It shows the difference that can be made when a local council gives its full support to its schools.” Foxfield’s achievement means that more than 94 per cent of the borough’s primaries are now rated as ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, its highest-ever figure. This puts Royal Greenwich’s primary schools in the top 25 per cent of all primary schools in the country.

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