BEP Blog – Issue 39

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It takes a village to raise a child

Good Morning All,

I hope you all had a good half term and managed to “switch off” from work. I had a great time and that was in no small part due to the success of the SSIF 2 Reading Bid launch which took place just before we broke up. In all 61 schools have approached us to find partners for them to support reading (51 primaries and 10 secondaries). As you know, we had to resubmit our bid for funding to support this work and this went in by the deadline date, so now we are just waiting to hear if we managed to do enough to ‘get it over the line’. We should hear by April.

Anyway back to the launch! It was amazing! Over 170 people attended in total, with a mix of headteachers, senior leaders and reading leads. We started the day with details of why we were doing this project and what expectations were written into the bid and then had a teaching comprehension skills master class for the rest of the day. The room was full and buzzing and we have had lots of great feedback. What was so fantastic was the amount of people who have signed up to work with these 61 schools and commit to a long term partnership to support reading. I was reminded throughout of the phrase ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. In our circumstances, ‘it takes a city to raise attainment in reading’. The city did not let the children down, you turned out in droves and I was humbled and proud of your commitment. If the ‘launch’ was anything to go by this could turn out to be the most successful piece of system leadership we have ever been part of. I wish all of you every success in this work and will watch the progress over the next 4 terms. It truly was a case of ‘the answer always lies in the room’.

Have a good week and you know where we are if you need anything.


Director of Continuous School Improvement, Birmingham Education Partnership

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