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PAG Staff COVID-19, Interview, Schools

Brenda Mullen was appointed as CEO of LT2 in September 2017. Prior to this Brenda was CEO of MacIntyre Academies Trust, having formerly been Director of Children’s Services for the charity. Brenda has a background in teaching and has also been a successful independent consultant to schools and Local Authorities. Click the link to see her answers to questions on COVID-19.

Oak National Academy

Oak National Academy: A User Experience

Yashna Smart Schools

The Oak National Academy online service has now been running for over two weeks, and by last Friday, over 2 million lessons had been accessed by pupils all over the country. Each week, the platform offers 180 sequenced lessons recorded by more than 40 teachers, for pupils from Reception up to Year 10. The launch of the Academy has been …

Wellbeing During School Closures

PAG Staff Schools

As many of the population attempt to find their way through the new normal of working from home, teachers and pupils across the country are adapting to a new way of learning. Recently, I attended a webinar hosted by Mark Steed, Principal at Kellett British International School in Hong Kong, in which he spoke about his experience leading a school …

Scape Group’s summary on school place planning

PAG Staff Schools

Scape Group has written a summary here on school place planning and the challenges the UK faces to make sure there are enough school places to meet growing demand.    Whilst the document was produced in 2019, the challenges the sector faces still remain. The school age population was set to increase 5.5 per cent in 2020 and 2021, when …

Free School Interviews: 10 Things We’ve Learnt

PAG Staff Schools

PAG offers mock free school interviews to groups who have submitted applications to open new schools, either via the central route or any local authority presumption competitions. We have recently undertaken several mock interviews with clients who have submitted applications through Wave 2, Wave 14 and local authority competitions and have summarised some invaluable insights that have arisen from these …

Interview success free school

Preparing for your Free School Interview

PAG Staff Schools

Premier Advisory Group offers a mock interview service to any team with an application submitted to wave 14 or any other competition for a new school. We have significant experience on both sides of the interview table and bring all our knowledge and experience to every mock interview we give. Our team will put you through a process which mirrors …

Free Schools Planned for North of England

PAG Staff Schools

Earlier this week, The Sunday Times posted figures that indicated pupils in the north of England are being “let down” by schools. These figures suggest that 15% of northern children are making below-average progress between the end of primary school and their GCSEs, compared with 8% of their peers in the south. The Sunday Times also reported that new free …

Opening ceremony for Prince Albert Community Trust’s first secondary school

PAG Staff Schools

On Thursday 30th of January, PAG is delighted to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for Prince Albert Community Trust’s first high school, opening September 2021. In 2016, PAG assisted Prince Albert Community Trust in writing and submitting an application to the DfE for a brand new 11-18 free school, to help address the growing need for secondary school places in Birmingham …

Parental Engagement in Schools

Yashna Smart Schools

The Education Endowment Fund defines parental engagement as “the involvement of parents in supporting their children’s academic learning.” The association between parental engagement and a child’s academic success is well-established and there is a long history of research into parental engagement programmes. Parent/carer engagement is important because working together (with mothers, fathers and carers) has been shown to have a …

Are EHCPs the most effective way of meeting pupils’ needs?

PAG Staff Schools

The Heads’ Roundtable, a high-profile group of Headteachers from across the UK, has called for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) to be “scrapped” after a report was released by the House of Commons Education Select Committee in October, which looked at the impact and implementation of the 2014 SEND reforms. The report followed an 18-month inquiry into Government reforms, aimed …