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  • Appointment of new CEO

    Published 25/02/21

    Following a long and intensive recruitment process, led externally through Gatenby Sanderson, we are delighted to confirm the appointment of Lizann Lowson to the post of Chief Executive Officer. We had an excellent field from around the country and Lizann was the outstanding candidate following the interview process and the unanimous choice of the interview panel.

    Lizann is currently working in the field of further education at the Hull College Group and will take up her position in August following the retirement of Dave McCready at the end of July. She is naturally delighted to be appointed and we are looking forward to working with her. 

    Ian Furlong

    Chair of the Trust

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  • January's News@TCAT

    Published 12/01/21

    January's edition of News@TCAT is available to view here.

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  • Install Microsoft Office ProPlus desktop applications

    Published 07/01/21

    A reminder for colleagues that Office 365 ProPlus is now available with your academy email account. As part of the Trust’s enterprise agreement with Microsoft, staff and learners are able to download and install Microsoft Office ProPlus desktop applications AT NO ADDITIONAL COST. For further information on how to install, please download the attached document.

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  • Support for children eligible for Free School Meals: East Riding Winter Grant Scheme

    Published 15/12/20

    In November the government announced it would support the provision of additional funding for families where children are eligible for Free School Meals over the Christmas school holiday. The government have asked councils to include this with its Winter Grant Scheme as it part of the wider financial support programme to help families during this very difficult time. This also means that help may be available for families facing financial struggles who do not currently claim free school meals.

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  • Festive edition of News@TCAT

    Published 01/12/20

    Our final News@TCAT of the year is the festive edition. Wishing all colleagues, learners and their families and everyone in our local communities a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • November News@TCAT

    Published 24/11/20

    We're delighted to share with you the latest November edition of News@TCAT.

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  • Partnerships@TCAT

    Published 02/11/20

    Our Partnerships@TCAT booklet outlines the services we provide to our academies and gives an insight as to what we can offer to those looking to join The Consortium Academy Trust.

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  • October News@TCAT

    Published 05/10/20

    We're delighted to share with you the latest edition of News@TCAT which focuses both on the benefits of being part of a Multi Academy Trust and what we can do to help support each other to maintain positive mental health.

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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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