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27/12/18

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DfE

We all want to do our bit to protect the environment 🌍 So we want schools to stop using plastic bags, straws, bottles and food packaging and go single-use plastic free by 2022 🍃 https://t.co/zszyQttb9O https://t.co/QFjxBaTc0v

18/12/18

Students struggling with school academically or emotionally are being given tailored support to ensure they achieve their best. Royal Docks Academy has launched a nurture programme for Year 7 and 8 students who would otherwise find school difficult. https://t.co/F1rtb9SPxq https://t.co/Bv5AxkGQej

13/12/18

Tax, budgeting, wages and pensions were the hot topics when a company closed its offices to work with teenagers for a day. Year 10 students at RDA stepped away from the traditional timetable to work with apprentices up to executive managers from PSR. https://t.co/o3ptavjs98 https://t.co/4sWjiq1Twz

13/12/18

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James Beckles

It was great to hear , MD of , give an inspirational talk to pupils at about his journey from working class roots in Birmingham to one of the top jobs in tech. He passed on some good advice. Certainly a morning to remember! https://t.co/o9E94ocvYP

13/12/18

“The job I do now didn’t exist when I was at school.” Inspiration from the MD of to our year 10 pupils. Thanks for inviting him https://t.co/xk1sn7gAyF

12/12/18

Royal Docks Academy, in Newham, started the new school year with a huge boost to staffing – with an extra 25 new teachers joining the team, each judged to be at least “good” or “outstanding”. https://t.co/yYVDnRmGLb https://t.co/R25BG0nEXx

12/12/18

A Christmas market excursion gave students an opportunity to practise their foreign language skills. A group of 43 Year 7, 8 and 9 students from Royal Docks Academy took a two-day trip to northern France. Full story - https://t.co/mSFiwrkUdp https://t.co/ustOsGSkUm

09/12/18

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Marc Rowland

Alongside Friday's publication of the guidance on parental engagement, just a reminder of this well hidden, high quality report on best practice in parental engagement from (2011) https://t.co/gX3SEdTv7g

09/12/18

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James Beckles

BBC Sport - Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward says newspapers 'fuel racism' in football https://t.co/H5asZZ7QR4 glad Raheem has spoken out about the role newspapers play in stoking racial tensions and the vilification of the black and minority football players.

09/12/18

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Terry Bobie

This picture tells a thousand stories! Well done https://t.co/eqKFs1GL7v

07/12/18

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Royal Docks Academy

What better way to understand democracy than to watch a live discussion on Brexit in Parliament? That’s the lesson Year 9 and 10 citizenship students from Royal Docks Academy enjoyed when they visited London for a tour of the Palace of Westminster. https://t.co/P0kc4Ff1XO https://t.co/hm5i1DR6AF

07/12/18

What better way to understand democracy than to watch a live discussion on Brexit in Parliament? That’s the lesson Year 9 and 10 citizenship students from Royal Docks Academy enjoyed when they visited London for a tour of the Palace of Westminster. https://t.co/P0kc4Ff1XO https://t.co/hm5i1DR6AF

03/12/18

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MissG

So proud of our yr 9 girls today! This beautiful workshop helped them with their self esteem, mental health and gave them an insight into social media awareness. They gave 100% of their effort and focus and this was the amazing result. 😍 https://t.co/LPAP9ZRjWv

03/12/18

Thank you to Lord Ousley for such inspirational word to our citizenship pupils https://t.co/bAm3JkItMt

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Ready for action. MFL Trip arrived in Calais for chocolate workshop. https://t.co/u8OJawCdQC

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Fantastic chocolate decorating at P & J Chocolates. https://t.co/GxW2HDuw4O

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Lille looking festive for our visit to the Christmas market and fair... https://t.co/lLoAUibAVh

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Le Marché de Noel in Lille...off to sample the goodies. https://t.co/e1k0RXHNzt

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

La Roue Royale. Big wheel very popular here in Lille with Royal Docks Academy pupils! https://t.co/VXjTSd6YoK

03/12/18

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MFL Royal Docks

Festive fun for the MF L trip. https://t.co/bl0UWJHyqY

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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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