Our school works with a range of education services, providers and organisations as well as the schools within our Trust. We continuously strive to support and work with others in our commitment to improving the educational/curriculum provision for our children as well as those in other schools. We do this in a variety of ways, such as, supporting the development of the teachers of the future through our involvement in Initial Teacher Training.
Some of our partnerships include:
Our school, alongside our other Trust schools, is integrating Apple technology into every aspect of teaching and learning so that children can access their curriculum in a way that supports them individually. Our staff benefit from personalised training linked to our curriculum topics in order to ensure that the digital technology benefits and aids children’s learning within a given topic.
We are delighted to announce that the Woodland Academy Trust has been recognised as the Apple Regional Training Centre (RTC) for Kent and Bexley! For more information, click here to visit our Trust website.
We work in close partnership with the University of Greenwich; particularly linked to their Initial Teacher Training programme whereby we offer university placements for student teachers as well as professional development days. Our staff provide student teachers with professional learning by offering a wide range of experiences and opportunities to reflect on pedagogical practice and spending time in the classrooms to see the lived experience in action.
The University of Greenwich has benefitted from the strong partnership established with The Woodlands Academy Trust over many years. The university organises professional development days each year that offer an opportunity for students to benefit from the expertise and deeper understanding of key pedagogical themes pertinent to their professional teaching development. The trust has a history of working in close partnership with the university by hosting groups of students across their schools, including Northumberland Heath, as well as generously offering to participate in live sessions online and sharing high quality resources. The impact of this has been substantial with students reporting how much their subject knowledge has developed by learning from the experience and expertise of members of the trust. It has been a genuine pleasure working together.
The Woodland Academy Trust will be working with Teach First, an award-winning teacher training programme, to provide placements for students across our schools. Our students earn a salary and pay no fees over their two-year placement and gain internationally recognised teacher training qualifications as well as making a difference in the classroom from day one. Students receive expert support from their school -based mentor and colleagues, as well as their Teach First tutors and experience life as a classroom teacher whilst training.
Our school is a member of Children’s University delivered through London South East Children’s University (LSECU). The Education Endowment Foundation has Children’s University listed as a promising project and we are delighted that a member of the central trust team sits on the LSECU strategic board which gives us an insight into the programme, new developments and progress being made.
Our school has worked with Paul Dix and his team to evaluate, reflect and refine our school approach to relationships and behaviour. This is a whole school community approach which involves all stakeholders within the process to further enhance relationships and best support our children through a restorative approach.
Our school works alongside Horizons Academy which provides our learners with refocus placements, outreach support and transition workshops to prepare them for secondary school. In addition, Horizons Academy, provides bespoke workshops for parents and carers linked to managing and improving relationships with their child/ren at home and empowering them with knowledge and skills centred around different challenges their child/ren may be experiencing.
Our school is a member of Little Wandle Letters and Sounds Revised which is a complete systematic synthetic phonics programme (SSP) developed for schools by schools. The programme is based on the original Letters and Sounds but has been revised to provide schools with a complete teaching programme (meeting expectations of the National Curriculum), the Ofsted deep dive into reading and preparing children to go beyond the expectations of the phonics screening check.