Tame Valley

The new school year started in September with a Trust Development Day - a day where Heads came together to decide the direction of the TVCLTs focus for the coming year. Importantly, we established our vision- "A journey of limitless opportunities".

We fondly said Goodbye to Julie Bishop as Company Secretary and welcomed Chris Lewis in November. Chris has been a hugely valuable member of the team already and we thank her sincerely for all her hard work.

We have, through the past year, created opportunities for representatives from our individual school council to meet, resulting in a Trust Student Council. As you can imagine, they have had some excellent ideas about how they might work together to develop links between learners in all schools. One of these was for a Trust Talent Show. We are pleased to state that we hold the first place thanks to our amazing drummer. The Talent Show took place in November and was a true credit to individual schools and to the Trust as a whole. The diversity of acts and the professionalism with which they took part was incredible. Wilnecote High school staged the event, and it was simply superb - many thanks to the staff there who enabled the event to run smoothly and to all the learners who performed with such confidence.

On the first day of term January, our first Trust wide "Professional Learning Day" took place. Staff from all eight schools came together at the High School for a day of learning. The day was led and concluded by David Didau, an independent speaker. Throughout the day, staff attended workshops led by staff from Trust schools on a wide range of different subjects such as Precision Teaching. Leadership for Excellence and Autism. There were also curriculum workshops where staff came together in subject groups to discuss their subject in light of Curriculum 2014. Feedback from the day has been incredible positive.

At the start of this term, we also welcomed Lee Kilkenny as new Head of Wilnecote Junior and Heath fields Infants. We also said a fond farewell to the Head of Manor Tricia Bunn and welcomed Simon Robson who will join us in September.

An ongoing project for the Trust is School Direct, the new route into teacher training. Our schools have 12 places for September 2014 (8 Primary and 4 Secondary). The first round of interviews for Primary places took place on Friday at Dosthill and we are excited at the prospect of working with the trainees in the future. Head teachers continue to meet on a half-termly basis and the Trust meets once per term. We look forward to continuing our work into 2014 and beyond.

Longwood welcomed our first School Direct student in July where the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the school and pupils took place. We are pleased to be able to offer such a fabulous opportunity and share good practice with others.

The Heads of the TVCLT have also been busy working alongside Nexus to plan and organise a Peer to Peer review system to support the development of all our staff across all the schools. It is hoped that this program will evolve over the years and develop into the project we have all envisioned. A project to ensure the best education is delivered to all pupils across the TVCLT.