Our school works with a range of education services, providers and organisations as well as the schools within our Trust. We continuously strive to support and work with others in our commitment to improving the educational/curriculum provision for our children as well as those in other schools. We do this in a variety of ways, such as, supporting the development of the teachers of the future through our involvement in Initial Teacher Training.
Some of our partnerships include:
Our school, alongside our other Trust schools, is integrating Apple technology into every aspect of teaching and learning so that children can access their curriculum in a way that supports them individually. Our staff benefit from personalised training linked to our curriculum topics in order to ensure that the digital technology benefits and aids children’s learning within a given topic.
We are delighted to announce that the Woodland Academy Trust has been recognised as the Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) for Kent and Bexley! For more information, click here to visit our Trust website.
We work in close partnership with the University of Greenwich; particularly linked to their Initial Teacher Training programme whereby we offer university placements for student teachers as well as professional development days. Our staff provide student teachers with professional learning by offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities to reflect on pedagogical practice and spending time in the classrooms to see the lived experience in action.
The University of Greenwich has benefitted from the strong partnership established with The Woodlands Academy Trust over many years. The university organises professional development days each year that offer an opportunity for students to benefit from the expertise and deeper understanding of key pedagogical themes pertinent to their professional teaching development. The trust has a history of working in close partnership with the university by hosting groups of students across their schools, including Northumberland Heath, as well as generously offering to participate in live sessions online and sharing high quality resources. The impact of this has been substantial with students reporting how much their subject knowledge has developed by learning from the experience and expertise of members of the trust. It has been a genuine pleasure working together.
- Greenwich University
Our school is a member of Children’s University delivered through London South East Children’s University (LSECU). The Education Endowment Foundation has Children’s University listed as a promising project and we are delighted that a member of the central trust team sits on the LSECU strategic board which gives us an insight into the programme, new developments and progress being made.
Our school is a member of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. The programme is based on the original Letters and Sounds but has been revised to provide schools with a complete teaching programme (meeting expectations of the National Curriculum), the Ofsted deep dive into reading and preparing children to go beyond the expectations of the phonics screening check.
Time Capsule provide our school with a wide range of educational experiences all linked to our bespoke curriculum – all designed to provide children with a desire to discover learning in which to immerse themselves in. Time Capsule can often be found supporting the delivery of our Big Bang Days – feedback from the children and teachers is always overwhelmingly positive and provide a great start to new topic learning.
Our school is also proud to work alongside them on Trust based projects such as; involving parents, carers and teachers in reading for pleasure and our most recent video project focused on numbers in the early years.
The Wellbeing Award is a whole-school award which focuses on ensuring effective practice and provision is in place that promotes the emotional wellbeing and mental health of both children and staff.
We are proud that our school worked alongside the award programme facilitators to achieve this award.
Our school worked with Paul Dix and his team to evaluate, reflect and refine our school approach to relationships and behaviour.