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11/06/21

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BMAT recently appointed a director of to help children to reach their full potential. The former headteacher has started his work by bringing together experts from across the Trust to share best practise. https://t.co/dXL7gGTkgX https://t.co/btrvCXMwsv

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07/06/21

A young footballer’s dreams of becoming a coach came true on national television. Rebecca Hunt, Year 11 student at Royal Docks, featured in mini-series Watch Us Rise.⚽️ https://t.co/BQLcyhd9Rv https://t.co/Ft17np5kIb

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28/04/21

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Our SEND director is on twitter so please follow for SEND specific content. You can read more about the role here: https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/slQON8gLZw

28/04/21

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this week the girls were AMAZING! They turned up on time and were rearing to go. Incredible to see so many of your students learning new skills, making friends and developing confidence on and off the pitch. The future is very bright!

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25/03/21

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BMAT has appointed a director to ensure children with special educational needs and disabilities achieve their full potential. Marios Solomonides takes up post of Director of SEND with a mission to remove all barriers faced by children within BMAT schools. https://t.co/jWIcjKLtxl https://t.co/hsWxgX4m7z

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11/02/21

The majority of students at the Designated Resource Provision at RDA have been staying home through the pandemic due to their complex medical conditions. To enable all students to access the online lessons, has provided families with laptops. https://t.co/WPKD6vo7HG https://t.co/bse8G2HHex

04/02/21

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If teaching from home is leaving you with aches and pains, try Sarah Power's quick and easy chair yoga exercises https://t.co/jrEu74Dq0z

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29/01/21

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/Q0yot71LNk

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19/01/21

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BMAT are recruiting additional staff to support the mass testing for COVID19 across our secondary schools in Newham (London), Harlow & Epping (Essex) and Stansted (Essex). Full details and application info: https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/sp3KUgt9K3

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30/12/20

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BMAT are recruiting a new team to support the mass testing for COVID19 across our secondary schools in Newham (London), Harlow & Epping (Essex) and Stansted (Essex). Full details and application info: https://t.co/GJjumrMOBP https://t.co/l1QBVVnarb

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15/12/20

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We are more than ⚽! Mindful Me is our mentoring programme. We support girls & young women on a journey of self-confidence & self-esteem. Young people experience so many barriers & obstacles. Mindful Me is a way to handle and sometimes overcome these. ❤️ https://t.co/JvcjoBwS2f

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09/12/20

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Train to Teach with BMAT Education! A series of online events to help you get into teaching. For a full list of dates and links to join please visit https://t.co/wwbLPVwgYJ https://t.co/Or4B7zdpXv

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20/11/20

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Due to the current postholder taking up a wider role within the trust, Magna Carta Primary Academy in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex, have a vacancy for a Head of School/Headteacher. For more information visit - https://t.co/lkYgzc1sjg https://t.co/pIWASstmK6

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17/11/20

An international art project saw our young people connect with London’s history. Year 10 students from Royal Docks Academy took part in Rivers of the World, a project by the teaching through environmental, economic and cultural themes. https://t.co/Cmf2NTfcCt https://t.co/WoZZLLOOQJ

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11/11/20

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"Mark Hall Academy looks forward to the next phase of its development." in Harlow will be joining BMAT to oversee and steer the next phase of its development. https://t.co/5ZPUBnI3TY https://t.co/tA1ZeoPngc

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06/10/20

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Out Now! The new issue of Latitude - The magazine for BMAT Schools, Parents and Communities. Read it online here - https://t.co/aqc2Xy6VVz https://t.co/yyC20xOlAN

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02/10/20

Our Virtual Open Evening video is now available to watch again. View the video and find out more about Royal Docks Academy here - https://t.co/kdj456lAMX https://t.co/OQQ1X1FIi6

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01/10/20

OUR OPEN EVENT IS TODAY! Join us from 4pm by clicking this link - https://t.co/kdj4563Zon https://t.co/A6dyfydSLs

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30/09/20

OUR ONLINE OPEN EVENT IS TOMORROW! We'll be holding a virtual open evening for 2021 admissions on Thursday 1st October. For more information, to register your interest and to find out more about Royal Docks Academy please visit https://t.co/kdj456lAMX https://t.co/zqwPdWXJiw

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28/09/20

ONLINE OPEN EVENT - We'll be holding a virtual open evening for 2021 admissions on Thursday 1st October. For more information, to register your interest and to find out more about Royal Docks Academy please visit https://t.co/kdj456lAMX https://t.co/YLWfSpQsp4

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Tailored support through nurture lessons

Tailored support through nurture lessons

Posted: 18th December 2018

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.

Working in small groups, students with a variety of challenges are taught using step by step instructions and the “follow me” technique – where the teacher performs a small task and then they repeat it - to prevent them from feeling overwhelmed.

The aim is for students to move into mainstream lessons as soon as they are able to, whether that be after weeks or months or whether they remain in the nurture sessions until they select their options in Year 9.

Ellie McGoldrick, head of nurture, launched the groups in September. She said: “Children attending the nurture groups have been selected due to their SATs data, because they have special educational needs or because teachers here have established they would benefit from an alternative style of teaching.

“Some are with us for emotional support as much as academic support. It’s about giving them the confidence to move back into mainstream lessons.

“They are given heavy intervention and support which enables them to access a full curriculum. These children can achieve. We are not a school that would decide to not put them forward for their exams. For some children, achieving a grade 1 at GCSE is still an achievement. We want them to get their GCSEs.”

Students attend lessons in the full range of subjects, including English, maths, science, performing arts and Spanish.

In art, great strides are being made in terms of progress already.

Art, design and technology teacher Nadia Kitouni started her sessions by asking students to draw a self-portrait.

She said: “I was met with students saying they simply could not draw; they did not have the confidence or the knowledge to know how to go about the task. It overwhelmed them.

“Some cannot concentrate for more than two minutes, they need constant reassurance and lots of appraisal; their self-confidence and self-esteem is very low. So, we break the task down and do one step at a time and we do them together.

“What they were then able to produce was outstanding. They could not believe they could learn how to draw portraits. They achieved something and they could see that for themselves; they didn’t have to wait for me to mark it, they could see straight away they had learned and improved. I keep going back to their

original work to remind them each lesson of their progress and where they have come from. I have rarely taught a group where I have seen such rapid progress.”

Without the nurture groups, students may fall behind and lessons be disrupted.

Mrs Kitouni said: “When students cannot access basic things that we teach in any curriculum, it is really hard for them. There have been a lack of resources to set up this kind of intervention in the past.

“Because of these small groups, we can use the techniques they need. I play classical music during our art lessons which creates a calm environment and gives them peace in their heads. We open up their senses and then they become like sponges ready to learn.

“As a teacher, this is a great opportunity to shine within the profession. It is a real challenge, but it’s a challenge that we love as experienced teachers. We want to be challenged and to use our experience and new techniques.

“Our students are getting high quality teaching. This initiative is fantastic and I am very proud of what we are doing and the outstanding progress students are making.”

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