June 19, 2017

‘The troubling times we are living through’ | Steve Murrells

This morning’s terrible news from the Finsbury Park Mosque has added to the sense of unease and uncertainty that has already descended on the nation this summer.

We’re still coming to terms with the terror attacks at the Manchester Arena and London Bridge; the numbers of missing, presumed dead, from the Grenfell fire has just risen again.

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June 19, 2017

Queen's Birthday Honour for Trust Board Member

A Board Member of the Co-op Academies Trust, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Jane Cowell, who works for the Education Funding Agency (EFA) alongside her voluntary role with the Academies Trust, has been awarded an OBE.
 

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May 23, 2017

Incident in Manchester

Following last night's incident at Manchester Arena our thoughts are with those who lost their lives or have been injured.

If you have any concerns about friends or relatives, Manchester Police have issued an emergency contact number which is 0161 856 9400.

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May 22, 2017

Director's Letter | May 2017

Colleagues,

I’m sitting in a busy office in Manchester but my thoughts are with the students and pupils across the trust facing a series of assessments and examinations. I know, because I have seen it first hand, the significant effort staff have put in to support them and that each of you will probably be as anxious as I am feeling. 

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May 22, 2017

Academies Star at Co-op's AGM

Students from the Co-operative Academies were the stars of the Co-op Annual General Meeting at Manchester Central this weekend.

The Co-operative Academies Trust was invited to this year’s AGM, which is the where members have their say in how the Co-op is run.

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April 07, 2017

Oakwood nominated for TES School Award

Oakwood Primary Academy, one of the primary academies that is part of The Co-operative Academies Trust, has been nominated for the Early Years Award in The TES national education awards.

This is the second year running that Oakwood has been nominated for a TES School Award; in 2016 it was nominated for the International School Award.

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March 14, 2017

Director's Letter | March 2017

Last week included so many memorable events I have felt compelled to write to all staff earlier than planned so that I can share my excitement. 

Last week I was informed by the Regional Schools Commissioner that Priesthorpe School, in Pudsey (Leeds) had been given permission to join the trust. 

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March 13, 2017

Priesthorpe School to Join Trust

A Leeds secondary school is about to join one of the most successful Multi Academy Trusts based in the North of England.

Priesthorpe School in Pudsey, will join the Co-operative Academies Trust (CAT) in the next few months.

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March 06, 2017

Colleague Recognition Evening 2017

Colleagues at The Co-operative Academies Trust celebrated individual success on 2nd March at the third Colleague Recognition Evening. Held at the Co-op’s impressive Angel Sq head office, the awards celebrate co-operative values in action.

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January 19, 2017

Top of the Class

The Co-operative Academies Trust, which sponsors eight academies in Leeds, Manchester and Stoke-on-Trent, is one of the top performing Multi Academy Trusts (MATs) in the country.

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January 03, 2017

Director's Letter | December 2016

The main purpose of this letter is to thank staff for the fantastic professionalism and commitment they have shown during the past year. Inevitably, we all face ups and downs but having staff who are focused on making the learning environment interesting and relevant is what makes our trust and its academies great places to work and learn.

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December 13, 2016

Government Praises Co-operative Academies Approach to Workload

The Department for Education has praised the Co-operative Academies Trust for the way it is tackling issues around staff workload. The Trust published its first workload report in October with several key recommendations.

The report was produced by the Workload Group, made up of teaching and non-teaching staff across the academies.

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December 06, 2016

Next year for the first time, Britain’s biggest businesses will be ranked on how much talent they employ from all socio-economic backgrounds.

Thanks to the Social Mobility Foundation and the Social Mobility Commission we will be able to see which businesses are inclusive and which are more exclusive.

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September 28, 2016

Failsworth School To Join Trust

Failsworth School is planning to follow two of its North Manchester neighbours by joining the Co-operative Academies Trust.

Both the Co-operative Academy of Manchester (CAM) in Higher Blackley and Manchester Creative and Media Academy (MCMA) in Blackley have made rapid progress since joining the Trust, which also oversees six other secondary and primary academies in Leeds and Stoke-on-Trent.

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September 16, 2016

Director Rejects 'Centre of Excellence'

Director of Co-operative Academies Trust has snubbed government proposals allowing them to move their most able pupils into a “centre of excellence”.

The green paper outlines plans for trusts to select within their schools and set up a site to educate the “most able” pupils.

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September 14, 2016

Teacher Transfer Window: Why can’t we fill our vacancies 365 days a year?

The football transfer window has closed again for another four months. If you haven’t heard of the transfer window or ‘Deadline Day’ - it is an agreed period of time when players can transfer from one club to another. It condenses much discussion about which player is leaving where to a slot in July-September and then for the month of January the following year.

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September 08, 2016

MCMA Principal on BBC Radio

Manchester Creative and Media Academy Principal, Rebecca Smith, was invited to speak on BBC Radio Manchester about teacher recruitment.

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September 02, 2016

Co-operative Academies Enjoy GCSE Success

The Co-operative Academies Trust was today (Thursday 25 August) celebrating an outstanding set of GCSE results.

All four secondary schools that are part of the Trust, which is supported by the Co-op Group, have seen significant improvements in their exam successes against a backdrop of significant falls in pass rates nationally.

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