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24/05/19

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Finally, we were presented with our badges in Year 7 assembly. Our Head of Year, Ms Kioi was so proud to see us receive the Year Council badges. We're proud of ourselves too, and of our school https://t.co/2RZX8lwLcP

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23/05/19

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Our first School Council meeting took place at lunch time today, with two reps from each Year Group (7 to 10). The Head Boy and Head Girl chaired the meeting, and we think we’ve got some great ideas to present to SLT after Half Term! https://t.co/KZaACAJR6p

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23/05/19

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It was our turn to get our badges today! We're feeling so proud of ourselves. We had such a good Year 8 Council meeting last week, and our School Council reps are prepped for the meeting today https://t.co/DOebTaN2wp

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23/05/19

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Great opportunities, special connections and growing friendships. Privilege to welcome Yr 10 pupils from Royal Docks Academy Custom House today. Encouraging to see genuine pupil led plans for partnership forming. https://t.co/bStTBcxhNl

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23/05/19

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Privilege to welcome Yr 10 pupils from our partners at Royal Docks Academy Custom House today. Great to see friendships forming. Already planning a return visit. https://t.co/RSUgshpZiE

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22/05/19

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We had a quick Prefect meeting today (some of us were on a Sociology trip) to discuss our Break duties and our Faculty link roles https://t.co/aAJRYavRPl

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22/05/19

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We've got our Year Council badges! This morning, we were presented with our badges in our Year 9 assembly. We're excited about the opportunity and responsibility we've been given, and can't wait to help make improvements https://t.co/ucJYPYJs2O

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21/05/19

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This morning, we (the SSLT, Prefects, Year 10 Council, and School Council Reps for Year 10) received our badges in assembly. The whole Year Group was so proud of us! Don't forget - the Prefects have a meeting on Wednesday at 12:55pm in N50. https://t.co/GFwmwVS7Jz

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20/05/19

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This morning, our Tutor Reps fed back the minutes of the Year Council meetings to our peers, in preparation for the School Council meeting in Thursday. https://t.co/0OlSbrQhMi

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17/05/19

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Here they are! Introducing the Year Councils from Year 7 to Year 10, with the SSLT who chair their meetings. Next week, the School Council will meet to discuss the ideas and suggestions proposed by the Year Councils. https://t.co/MuC5gJuZFy

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17/05/19

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Our badges have arrived! Next week, we will be presented with them in our assemblies. https://t.co/ixugDs4MTh

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16/05/19

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Our Year 7 and 8 met today to discuss their ideas about how to improve recycling and rewards The discussion was really informative and we have many excellent points to take forward to the School Council meeting next week. https://t.co/h63hOJKpNW

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16/05/19

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Today, it’s the turn of our KS3 Year Councils 📝 Year 7 & 8 will enjoy an early lunch and then discuss the feedback from their Tutor surgeries. On the agenda: recycling and reducing litter, rewards, and raising money for local charities. https://t.co/gcgfScPHoy

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16/05/19

Democracy has returned to Royal Docks Academy as it nominates student councillors. The school has reintroduced the Year Council with Tutor Reps appointed in all year groups. https://t.co/MEHQIrPlz0 https://t.co/iXIWJyx1ZO

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15/05/19

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Today, we held our first Year Council meeting for the Year 9 and 10 pupils. Our peers conducted themselves very well, and the discussions were positive and productive. We have lots of ideas to feedback to the School Council next week. https://t.co/aYAFyCh7G9

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14/05/19

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The new Tutor Reps conversed with their peers to find out their opinions on the topics. They’ll be sharing these ideas at the Year Council meetings, which take place on Wednesday (for Year 9 and 10) and Thursday (for Year 7 and 8). https://t.co/wI0G9vGeej

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14/05/19

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We held our first Tutor Rep surgeries this morning On the agenda: recycling/litter, rewards and prizes, and raising money for local charities. The Reps led the discussions and noted the ideas of our peers in preparation for the Year Council meetings this week. https://t.co/1kOjJ3WoLN

14/05/19

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Welcome to twitter ! Looking forward to seeing all the great work from the new student leadership. https://t.co/7w3HdFiFwp

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13/05/19

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Today was Election Day The pupils in each Tutor Group, from Year 7 to Year 10, were involved in voting for their Tutor Reps, after the candidates had given their impassioned campaign speeches last week and canvassed for votes. https://t.co/xaW1qhEFeO

13/05/19

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We are so excited to see the return of our Year Councils and the School Council We're looking forward to hearing all the amazing ideas from our pupils!

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New year staffing boost for school

New year staffing boost for school

Posted: 12th December 2018

A school on a journey of transformation started the new year by strengthening its teaching team with extra high-quality teachers.

Royal Docks Academy converted to the BMAT group of schools in January in a mission to improve standards and outcomes for young people.

A wealth of improvements have been brought in since, including introducing an extra-curricular programme to 5pm each day and revision sessions on Saturdays for Year 11 students.

The new school year started with a huge boost to staffing – with an extra 25 new teachers joining the team, each judged to be at least “good” or “outstanding”.

Executive headteacher John Blaney said: “One of the issues here previously has been recruitment. We have brought in teachers from within the Trust, but have also recruited from outside via recruitment events and from visits abroad. We have held out to get the right quality people on board. Being part of a bigger Trust is attractive and means we have been able to offer opportunities to those joining us that were not possible previously.”

Among the recruits are new heads of English, year groups and history.

Mr Blaney said: “Now, the subjects which have been traditionally hard to recruit to, such as English, maths and modern foreign languages, are fully staffed with good, experienced teachers or good newly qualified teachers. That is brilliant.”

The school has also adopted the bespoke BMAT curriculum and students in Year 9, 10 and 11 study 100-minute lessons to enable deeper understanding of subjects.

The Trust gave staff an extra three days away from lessons to develop an understanding of the change in timetabling before starting the new regime in September.

Mr Blaney said: “We have seen this work first-hand at Burnt Mill Academy in Harlow and we cannot argue with the results they are getting from it there. That notion of giving children time to embed their knowledge in lesson is something that cannot be achieved in the traditional 60-minute lessons.”

A career strategy runs alongside the new curriculum, with six opportunities per year for students to focus on careers and gain additional skills in citizenship, philosophy and ethics to boost their knowledge and awareness of people around them and get them thinking about life beyond school.

Mr Blaney is confident these changes will help the school to achieve its mission of being Outstanding by 2020.

He said: “We have already turned a corner and are starting to see the shift. Next year and the year after, we will see results continue to rise. When Ofsted are due to visit in 2020, we will have had outstanding results year on year.

“We are very excited and can see so much potential here. The foundations are there; two more years and we will have this school in a really strong place.”

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