Headlines 135

With lockdown in full force, we continued with limited on-site operations this week, open only for students of key workers and those who are considered vulnerable. The teaching team are largely working from home, with one day in school a week for most of them. In the meantime, the testing team…

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Happy New Year 2021

Well -  that was an interesting start to the year! Let me take you back to Sunday evening.

'Schools will be on phased opening and mass testing must start'.  OK. The guidance had been published on December 15th and we had already established a team of volunteers and a Team Leader (Mrs Edwards)…

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Headlines 133 - The New House Figureheads

For the final blog of the year, we wanted to share the profiles our new house figureheads, democratically voted for by our students last week. Some will be more familiar than others but as a group they not only represent what it means to be INSPIRED but also celebrate the diversity of the world…

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Headlines 132

With assessments over, this week has given us time to reflect on the systems we have in place at LECA and the improvements we can make in January. It is not straightforward but we do think the time has come to start making the steady transition back to normality. It will be cautious, though, and…

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Headlines 131

Assessment weeks are tough. And all the more tough after such a long break in education. That being said, our Year 10s have been brilliant this week. They have been focused and determined and in the conversations I have had with a lot of them they realise that these assessments are are a necessary…

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Headlines 130

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What do you see?

Welcome to one of my favourite lessons. I present a piece of paper with a black dot on it and ask students to describe what they see. Most of them start by saying 'there is black dot in the middle…

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Headlines 129 - Being INSPIRED

When students first join us in September we talk to them about a number elements at LECA which are part of our USP. The first one is the the word 'yet'. 'Yet' is our favourite word. It gives hope; it gives a sense of us being on a journey (are we there yet?); it sets up the next moment of…

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Headlines 128

As the term restarts and we look towards assessments in a couple of weeks, the focus at LECA is firmly on reading. Reading is the absolute cornerstone of education so being proficient and confident at reading is absolutely vital. Exam papers require careful reading and interpretation and students'…

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Headlines 127

No amount of leadership 'training' really prepares you for happened this week. Don't get me wrong - we had planned for closures of all types: lack of staff, positive COVID case, full closure, bubble closure and so on. But leadership isn't just about scenario planning, it's also about setting the…

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Headlines 126

Normally after an Open Evening I would be writing about how exciting it was to see so many prospective parents and students at the Academy and praising my staff and the student guides for their ethusiasm and commitment. This year was a little different to say the least! 

The virtual opening…

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Headlines 125 - Open Evening

I wouldn't normally talk about what is said in a full staff briefing. Most of it is operational and pretty dull to those not inside the Academy (some staff might argue that it's pretty dull if you're inside the Academy but that's another story); lots of reminders and 'heads ups' about the…

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Headlines 124

This week at LECA was all about embedding our routines while also introducing new ones. Following the government announcement of new social restrictions after an increase in the R-rate, we took the decision to introduce face coverings throughout the school in communal areas. Again, we thank our…

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