Chatsworth Schools Leadership Training Programme graduate becomes Headteacher

Chatsworth Schools has announced the appointment of Sarah Hobby as the new Headteacher of Crown House Preparatory School in Buckinghamshire. Mrs Hobby recently completed the Chatsworth Schools Leadership Training Programme and is the first graduate of the course to become a Headteacher. The Chatsworth Schools Leadership

Training Programme is a research- based training course that introduces participants to all the different aspects of Headship with keynote speeches from internal and external speakers as well as school leadership workshops. Chatsworth ran the course for the first time in 2020 and all Heads from the Chatsworth family of schools nominated a member of their team to take part. The training sessions were initially held at Chatsworth Schools’ training hub at the group’s headquarters in Oxfordshire and then, due to Covid-19, the final

sessions were completed online. Prior to her appointment at Crown House, Mrs Hobby was Deputy Head

of Highfield Preparatory School in Maidenhead. At Highfield, she had both academic and pastoral care responsibilities and as an Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) inspector was involved in making sure the school was always inspection ready. Before joining Highfield, Mrs Hobby was Deputy Head of Pre-Prep and Housemistress of the Junior Girls Boarding House at Marlborough College Malaysia, a sister school to Marlborough College UK, where she developed the Pre-Prep’s curriculum and established a strong community spirit. She said “The Chatsworth Leadership Training Programme provided me

with invaluable support and advice as well as networking opportunities with the wider Chatsworth team and staff from other Chatsworth schools. Crown House is an exceptional school with a unique family atmosphere where pupils thrive and are allowed to fulfil their full potential and I am thrilled to join the school as Headteacher”.


Children’s Mental Health Week 2021: resources available now

Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 takes place 1st-7th February this year, and to mark the occasion children’s mental health charity Place2Be has released a number of free resources for schools. For this year’s theme Express Yourself, Place2Be is encouraging children

(and adults) to explore the different ways we can express ourselves, and the creative ways that we can share our feelings, our thoughts and our ideas. Around five children in every classroom have a mental health problem, and

many more struggle with challenges from bullying to bereavement. Whether you’re someone who works with children, a parent or carer, passionate about spreading the word, or keen to raise vital funds for Place2Be, you can get involved and help us reach as many people as possible. Free primary and secondary resources are now available, including

assembly guides, slides, group activities, fundraising ideas and more to help schools and youth groups explore what it means to Express Yourself. As the week approaches, the charity will also share its top tips for parents, and Welsh language resources for schools and families in Wales. Sevenoaks School highlights how 2020 taught teachers to learn

The Institute of Teaching and Learning at Sevenoaks School releases its annual academic journal. Innovate details research- focused projects that explore best practice and policy in schools. The second edition of Innovate features 17 articles

contributed from teaching staff, educational professionals and academics. Created for teachers, the resource supports professional development and gives teachers research-informed ideas to implement into their own practice. The journal is divided into five topic sections, including: Learning to Learn, Wellbeing, Character Education, Digital Learning and Service and Social Impact. Reflecting on the impact that the past 12 months has had on

teaching and learning, Innovate 2020 covers a range of topics such as: inclusion, diversity and gender subject gaps, adapting lessons to digital delivery, and supporting student wellbeing when educational rites of passage are missed. The journal also includes a breadth of articles on delivering whole class feedback, supporting study skills and the benefits of “slow-looking”, with highlight projects exploring the impact of leadership on students. Jesse Elzinga, Headmaster at Sevenoaks School says: “We are committed to sharing best practice in teaching and learning, giving teachers an opportunity


to reflect on their own work and build on the ideas of others. Our Institute of Teaching and Learning plays a vital role in coordinating this collaboration, helping professionals in our school and the wider teaching community to connect with great ideas. “The publication of Innovate has become a highlight in our

academic calendar. It is an invaluable resource, particularly this year, which, without conferences and events, has offered fewer opportunities for educational professionals to share learnings and observations.” Mark Beverley, Director of the Institute of Teaching and Learning

comments: “Uncertainty has been a prevailing motif for this year and in educational terms this presents both opportunities and challenges. On the one hand uncertainty encourages us to remain

ever considerate of the many and varied ways in which learning outcomes can be improved; on the other, consideration of what is “right” and what “works” can lead easily to lazy assumptions and confirmation bias. For effective practice to be identified and developed, it is imperative to draw on evidence- based studies.” Innovate is now available online from:

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