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Rapid improvement: Transforming schools in just seven weeks

Rob Tarn is to appear at Bett Academies on March 16th to discuss academisation and MATs

Posted by Charley Rogers | March 15, 2017 | Events

Bett Academies, a new event for leaders of academies and multi academy trusts (MATs), and schools exploring academisation, will be taking place on 16 March at the NEC Birmingham, and Rob Tarn, Regional Chief Executive and National Leader of Education at the high-performing Outwood Grange Academies Trust, will be sharing the Trust’s model for rapid transformation.  He will share his experience of working across a number of schools in difficult circumstances where the trust have managed to shift the culture in as little as seven weeks.

Outwood Grange Academies Trust is a high performing MAT based in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.  The Trust operates a family of primary and secondary academies between Derbyshire and the Tees Valley.

Rob has worked as a Principal and an Executive Principal in 12 special measures schools over the last decade and his experience of moving them rapidly to good or outstanding has been the highlight of his career.

The MAT’s seven-strand model for transformation comprises: leadership with vision; quality in the classroom; curriculum design; systematic monitoring and intervention; systems, policies and procedures; continuing professional development (CPD); and a rewards culture for staff and students. In his session, Rob will give a brief flavour of the Trust’s approach to working with a school in difficulty, including the process of due diligence, and will share exactly what is done in the first seven weeks of intervention.

As many of the schools that the MAT helps suffer from deprivation, with approximately 60 per cent of students receiving free school meals, it is vital that experiences and successes are shared so that social and financial affluence or a lack thereof does not become a barrier to academic success and ambition. By applying a model that functions in high-performing schools, and supporting schools in special measures to implement it in their own settings, all staff and students are able to access a good education within a culture of hard work, effective leadership, and unimpeded expectations when it comes to performance and behaviour.

Learn more about the seven-strand model of transformation for underperforming schools in Rob’s session at Bett Academies, which will take place at 3.30pm on Thursday 16 March. Discover more and reserve your place here.

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