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Andrew Moorcroft – Driving improvement for a healthy and happy school

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Saturday 1 July 2017

Workshop facilitator

Andrew Moorcroft

Name of Workshop

Driving improvement whilst maintaining a healthy and happy school

Who is it for

Teachers, middle leaders, senior leaders and heads

Brief synopsis of workshop:

The workshop will provide colleagues with a clear range of strategies which have led to school improvement across all strands of school life. Andrew will describe practical strategies relating to teaching & learning, curriculum, behaviour, attendance, raising aspiration, quality assurance, raising attainment, student well-being and personal development.

All of this will be demonstrated within a context of the ‘healthy & happy’ school. Andrew will discuss how the balance between driving up standards has been managed alongside the need to support, develop and nurture young people from difficult backgrounds.

Andrew will also discuss the way in which professional development and training opportunities have been used to keep staff motivated. He will also describe some ‘inexpensive’ strategies used to maintain staff morale and to release the pressure of working in a challenging environment.

What you will get out of it:

  • Practical ideas to facilitate school improvement
  • Whole school strategies which could be used to enhance school practice in a range of areas
  • An insight in to effective mental health & well-being programmes
  • Suggestions for specific roles & staffing structures used to support disadvantaged students

Profile of facilitator:

Andrew has worked in ‘challenging’ schools for 20 years; he has worked as a senior leader for 10 years and for the last 4 years he has been Principal at Beamont Collegiate Academy in a deprived area of Warrington in Cheshire.

As a deputy headteacher in charge of student progress in Halton, Andrew’s previous school went from 21% of pupils achieving 5 A*-C GCSEs to 68% with progress measures significantly above the national average. This was achieved with intakes significantly below average on entry and 50% pupil premium. The school was singled out for a visit by the Prime Minister who publically praised the achievements of the academy.

When Andrew took the reins at BCA, the school was facing significant challenges including high exclusions, low attendance, poor reputation and results and was struggling to attract staff and students. After 4 years, the academy is now the most over-subscribed school in Warrington with attendance above national average for all groups, exclusions amongst the lowest in the area and improved GCSE results across the board.

Andrew has recently been part of a team who have formed a unique multi-academy trust which includes primaries, secondaries (including a faith school) and a 6th form college.



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