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  • Introducing new Mental Health Support Worker

    Published 09/09/20

    This week we welcome Jennie Ellis who has joined TCAT as a Mental Health Support Worker, as part of our commitment to Better Together@TCAT. Jennie says 'I am here as part of your team to fulfil the Health and Wellbeing Commitment set by TCAT. What does that mean? Confidential one to one weekly sessions or single sessions with staff, as well as Self-care and Wellbeing strategies, with the goal of collaboratively working together to cut through the pressures of life. Self-care is not selfish, you can't pour from an empty cup.' 

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  • Health and Well-being Commitment

    Published 09/09/20

    This first week of the new term has seen the launch of our Health and Well-being Commitment. All colleagues have received copies of both our Health and Well-being Commitment and Benefits of Working @TCAT booklets, following a welcome back message from CEO Dave McCready. As Dave explained in his message, this launch is just the start and we welcome feedback from all staff over the coming weeks and months. #BetterTogether@TCAT

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  • Delighted to share GCSE results with our young people today

    Published 20/08/20

    We are delighted that our academies will be able to share GCSE results with young people today. These are a testament to their hard work and perseverance over many years, with the support of the great staff who work tirelessly to ensure they have a positive learning experience and be their best selves.

    As a Trust we wanted to take the opportunity to explain how results were determined this year in our academies. As you know, this year’s GCSE results had to be awarded differently from usual, after exams were unable to go ahead due to Covid-19. Schools and colleges were asked to use their professional experience to make a fair and objective judgement of the grades they believed a student would have achieved had they sat their exams this year, and to submit these Centre-Assessed Grades (CAGs) to the relevant exam board.

    Groups of teachers and leaders in each subject in all of our academies worked together to discuss and agree the Centre-Assessed Grade for each student on an individual basis. They took into account a wide range of available evidence, including class work, mock exams, homework, internal assessments and other records of student performance.

    The intention was that the exam boards would then moderate the CAGs, to check that schools and colleges had approached this task consistently, before providing students with their final calculated grades. Unfortunately, as you will no doubt be aware, the method they used to do this proved problematic, and was likely to lead to many grades being unfairly downgraded and therefore placing the life chances of our young people at risk.

    The government therefore made the decision that GCSE and A level students would be awarded whichever was higher for each subject – their CAG or their centrally calculated grade. The grades that each young person receives today will therefore be whichever is the higher of these two grades.

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  • Continued commitment to, and advice for, our learners

    Published 12/08/20

    The recent months have been a real challenge for all aspects of our lives and no more so than for the many hundreds of learners within our TCAT academies who were due to sit external examinations this summer. Our staff, learners and parents, who work so hard together as a team during the academic year and in the build up to the exams, were left shell shocked by the news that the examination series for Summer 2020 would be cancelled when the announcement was made in March.

    However, since then our learners have shown remarkable resilience with the vast majority recognising that, to make their next education or career move as successful as possible, they needed to continue their commitment to learning. At the same time our school leaders and teachers have been working hard to ensure that no learner is disadvantaged for their future pathway choices and that accurate Centre Awarded Grades, based on a range of evidence and internal scrutiny, have been submitted for all students in all subjects to all exam boards. We are confident that our process was fair and robust at individual learner level and we are looking forward to celebrating the successes of our learners over the coming weeks with A Level and GCSE outcomes being available on Thursday 13 August and Thursday 20 August respectively.

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  • News@TCAT July edition

    Published 16/07/20

    The latest edition of News@TCAT is available to download below. 

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  • Academy Return Infographics

    Published 16/07/20

    Please find below copies of the updated guidance issued to parents and students regarding the Trust's plans for the return in September.

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  • Advice and guidance for our colleagues

    Published 11/06/20

    'In these unprecedented times, most of us will be feeling some form of worry. Our lives suddenly feel uncertain, the world feels different; we feel concerned for ourselves, our loved ones, our friends and our colleagues.' It is within this landscape that the Trust has produced a guide for colleagues, highlighting some of the common issues which we are all facing, as well as signposting staff to where they can access different types of support. The guide is available below.

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  • Wider Return Pledge Infographics

    Published 11/06/20

    As part of the continued effort to keep parents and learners up to date with changing expectations following the planned Wider Return to School, infographics were sent out which detail what the Trust's academies are doing and the shared commitment we are asking for in return from our learners and their families. 

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    Published 26/03/20

    Coronavirus (COVID-19): What you need to do

    Stay at home

    • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
    • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
    • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

    You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms.

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  • Stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives

    Published 24/03/20

    A massive thank you to our communities who have followed the government guidance and kept their children away from school wherever possible. In light of the new ‘lockdown’ measures, we urge you to continue to consider whether the safest place for your child to be is in school. We will be here for those parents with absolutely no safe alternative.

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  • Updated guidance for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19)

    Published 16/03/20

    Today, the Department for Education and Public Health England have issued updated guidance for education settings on COVID-19. This guidance will assist staff in addressing COVID-19 in educational settings. This includes childcare, schools, further and higher educational institutions.

    What you need to know:

    • staff, young people and children should stay at home if they are unwell with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature to avoid spreading infection to others. Otherwise they should attend education or work as normal
    • if staff, young people or children become unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature they should be sent home
    • clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces more often than usual using your standard cleaning products
    • supervise young children to ensure they wash their hands for 20 seconds more often than usual with soap and water or hand sanitiser and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues

    The updated guidance can be found here:

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