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  • Kensington Primary... Primary School of the Year!

    Published 30/11/20

    Kensington Primary School has been awarded the Pearson Gold Award for Primary School of the Year: Award for Making a Difference!

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  • "We're working really hard to make sure that we're doing everything we can to keep everyone as safe as possible" - A message from our CEO, Paul Harris

    Published 24/02/21
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  • 'Write Your Own Future' - An open letter of support

    Published 22/02/21

    Our children and young people need hope. They need to know we understand what is important to them and will be there to support them. As Headteachers, teachers, parents, CEOs and stakeholders we have written this open letter to all young people.

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  • Curwen Primary: A Gold Shakespeare School!

    Published 12/02/21

    Curwen Primary School has been awarded Gold Shakespeare School status! The Shakespeare Gold award recognises schools who have pledged to keep creativity high on their agenda, whilst providing their students with opportunities to create and learn through the unique power of Shakespeare!

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  • 'I'm so proud to be part of such an amazing community of schools' - A Message from our CEO, Paul Harris

    Published 11/02/21
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  • Express Yourself: Children's Mental Health Week at Ranelagh

    Published 05/02/21

     

    This week Ranelagh Primary and Nursery School was awash with different shades of yellow to celebrate Children’s Mental Health Week. 

    The theme this year was 'Express Yourself', and learning to do so in a range of ways! This could be through art, music, drama and a few cool dance moves. The pupils took this challenge up with extreme enthusiasm using Lockdown Learning  and Google Classrooms to share how they could prioritise their mental health.

    From singing songs in the Early Years to passionate debates in Year 6, the children practiced the many ways they could achieve a positive state of mind. They enjoyed sketching, playing marbles and one student even practised beating their own record of solving a rubik cube puzzle as a way of calming down and relaxing.

     


    Parents even got involved and told staff during the coffee mornings how they were keeping good mental health.

    ‘A daily walk in the park helps get rid of mine and the children’s worries’. One parent was brave enough to ‘switch off the television and just talk to each other’. 

    The week was rounded off by Ranelagh's Friday celebration assembly - a time when the school comes together, become connected and enjoy each others company. 

    Due to this pandemic, children are spending long periods indoors and  are unable to see friends and family. Now, more than ever, it is important to raise awareness of good mental health and  to encourage our children to talk about their feelings. 

    For more ideas and support on Mental Health for you and your family see www.mind.org or speak to a member of staff for more information.

     

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  • Kensington Primary: Flagship School Status!

    Published 04/02/21

    It has just been announced that Kensington Primary School is now a Flagship Status school under the IQM Inclusion Mark! This is an exceptional accomplishment, and this prestigious recognition is testament to the hard work of everyone at the school. The assessor said:

    "This is an emotionally intelligent school led by a Headteacher who is open, thoughtful and honest. I am confident that Kensington Primary School fully meets the standard required by the Inclusion Quality Mark’s Inclusive School Award.

    This is a very understanding and supportive school. This openness has come from the Headteacher who has shared his anxieties and vulnerabilities with his team. Staff are able to weather the storms because the senior leaders have created a strong and supportive safety net."

    Such high praise couldn't be more deserved, we're so proud of everyone at Kensington for this incredible achievement! This comes just two short months after the school won the Pearson Gold Award for Primary School of the Year, Helen Harris, SENCo at Kensington, won the Pearson Silver Award for Excellence in Special Needs Education, and Kensington won the Tes Award for Wellbeing & Mental Health. We can't wait to see what they do next!

     

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  • 'It is a real privilege to be able to be part of our fantastic communities' - A message from our CEO, Paul Harris

    Published 04/02/21
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  • Leah: Year 2 at Curwen

    Published 03/02/21

     

    Over the past couple of weeks one of Curwen's Year 2 pupils, Leah, took time out of her busy remote schooling schedule to draw some beautiful pictures. It was great to see that even though she could not be with us at school right now, she is still continuing to be creative and share her talents. 

     

    We particularly enjoyed her use of colour to bring the people alive on the page and her drawings of unicorns. It was lovely to see them dancing amongst the rainbow!  Leah is clearly a very talented drawer!

     

    We were especially pleased to hear that in an attempt to cheer people up at this difficult time, Leah has been sending out her art work to others in the community such as The Together Café. This is a fantastic centre in Newham that supports adults with their mental health and they responded by saying how very grateful they were for her thoughtfulness.

     

    We are proud that as a member of Curwen, Leah is always thinking of others and her art work certainly brought a smile to all of us who are working at Curwen at the moment. Well done Leah!

     

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  • 2019: Pupil Parliament Visit to City Hall

    Published 28/01/21

    The heart and soul of the Tapscott Learning Trust are the children, they are why we come together, why we do what we do and why we continue to do it - our pupils are the cornerstone of this Trust. Our Children’s opinions and suggestions are extremely influential in how we make decisions about school life and the school within our amazing TTLT community.

    Each of our schools has a dynamic school council, yet overarching this is The Pupil Parliament for The Tapscott Learning Trust. This is a small group of children taken from each school within the Trust and they work together for the mutual improvement of outcomes for all pupils, which is a fundamental aim of TTLT. Children help making decisions in their own education.

    This leading group meet on  a regular basis to learn from each other through discussing their own school’s success and thinking through the areas that they feel can get even better. They also learn about how they fit into their local and wider communities and as global citizens and the part they have to play in this.


    Pupil Parliament Visit City Hall

    On Monday 18th November 2019, the sixteen members of our Tapscott Learning Trust Pupil Parliament visited City Hall. It was a chance to take in breath taking views of the city, to experience democracy in action and to learn about London's incredible history.

    The tour started with a fascinating talk from Richard, our knowledgeable and charismatic guide and storyteller for the day. “Do you think of yourselves as politicians? You are already politicians!” Richard told the children, who listened intently as he took them through the history of London democracy.

    The children took a “behind the scenes” route (“This is the route the queen took when she came here!” Richard told us) up to the balcony, taking in views across the city. There were so many stories to accompany the views - from the story of Jumbo the elephant, the Victorian resident of The Tower of London and inspiration for The Greatest Showman movie, to the theory that in 1968, the American tycoon Robert P. McCulloch accidentally bought London Bridge, instead of the much more striking Tower Bridge, for 2.5 million dollars, twice the expected value.

    Richard prompted the children to compare the open architecture of City Hall and its open style of democracy, to the foreboding architecture of the Tower of London and a very different sort of rule.

    The balcony tour was followed by a big question posed to the children: “Is London the Greatest City in the World”? A dramatic film sequence took us through London’s history as the children scribbled in their notepads, not wanting to miss a moment. The history lead us through the historic (60CE Boudicca invades) to the political (1265 - the first elected parliament) to the quirky (1780 - William Addis invents the toothbrush in Clerkenwell) to the heart-wrenching (1939 - London children are evacuated from the city) to the exhilarating (2012 - London Olympics). When the film ended, the children and teachers couldn’t help but burst into applause with a swelling pride for their home city.

    Richard was inundated with a range of varied and thoughtful questions from the Pupil Parliament, inspired by their learning from the day. Kajus from North Beckton wanted to know if Boris Johnson had wanted to be Prime Minister back when he was the Mayor of London. Sana from Kensington wanted to know when the Thames Barrier was built and why. Abdul from Ranelagh had been paying attention, as he had some follow up questions about housing which he had explored with Councillor Julianne Marriot when she had visited their school the week before. And Rayyan from Kensington was clearly inspired: he wanted to know how he could get a job at City Hall!

    Richard was so impressed with the questions, he offered the children a rather special treat - to sit at the round table in the conference room where the Mayor holds Mayor’s Question Time.

    Before the day drew to a close, the children thought it was time to take a bit of action of their own. Their Pupil Parliament meeting took place overlooking London Bridge in City Hall. They had some serious work to do, planning their forthcoming funding bid for a project centring on mental health. They will be returning to City Hall to bid for funding to realise their plans at the beginning of December. Watch this space!

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  • 'We will do our best together to get through this' - A message from our CEO, Paul Harris

    Published 28/01/21
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  • 'I know everyone is really pulling together to make the very best of a very difficult circumstance' - A message from our CEO, Paul Harris

    Published 21/01/21
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