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  • Rethinking School Accountability: Beyond Grades and Exams

    Rethinking School Accountability: Beyond Grades and Exams

    December 11, 2023 By: Susanna Kempe and Sally Newton There is an idea – persistent in the debate about public sector reform – that voters really want strict accountability regimes. We hear this time after time. Whenever the teaching profession points out how Ofsted has terrible unintended consequences for both teacher retention and curriculum narrowing…

  • Report | Building Tomorrow’s Healthy, Confident and Productive Citizens: an Education for Our Children

    Report | Building Tomorrow’s Healthy, Confident and Productive Citizens: an Education for Our Children

    December 11, 2023 We believe passionately that education can transform lives. It is why we are proud to sponsor the Laidlaw Schools Trust in the North East, not just in name but with our time, resources and funding. 88% of all schools are judged to be good or outstanding by Ofsted. Yet education is simply…

  • Parents and teachers want a more transparent, well rounded and less high stakes accountability system in schools

    Parents and teachers want a more transparent, well rounded and less high stakes accountability system in schools

    December 11, 2023 Parents and teachers want Ofsted inspections and the school accountability system to be more transparent, well-rounded, and less high-stakes, a major new report into public support for education reform has found.  The research, commissioned by the Laidlaw Foundation, found that mums, dads and carers are overwhelmingly in favour of a report card-style…

  • Atkinson Road Primary and Nursery Maintains Ofsted Good Grade

    Atkinson Road Primary and Nursery Maintains Ofsted Good Grade

    Atkinson Road Primary Academy, part of the Laidlaw Schools Trust, received a Good Ofsted grade, with ‘Outstanding’ Personal Development following a two-day visit. This was the school’s first inspection since being judged to be ‘Good’ in January 2018, with the new report, released on the 27th June, confirming that it remains “Good” with an “Outstanding” grade…

  • Sedgefield Hardwick Primary Academy Named One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the World

    Sedgefield Hardwick Primary Academy Named One of the Top 10 Most Innovative Schools in the World

    June 15th, 2023 A County Durham primary school has been shortlisted as one of the ten most innovative in the world. Sedgefield Hardwick Primary Academy has been recognised by T4 Education’s World’s Best School Prizes as one of the top ten most innovative schools globally – the only school in the UK to be shortlisted…

  • Laidlaw Schools Trust Strengthens Board of Trustees with Appointment of AI Expert, Nicola Palmarini

    Laidlaw Schools Trust Strengthens Board of Trustees with Appointment of AI Expert, Nicola Palmarini

    Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST), a multi-academy trust in the North East of England, is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Palmarini as its newest trustee, effective February 2023.  As the current Director of UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), Palmarini brings with him a wealth of expertise that aligns closely with LST’s mission…

  • Academy 360 receives “Good” rating from Ofsted

    Academy 360 receives “Good” rating from Ofsted

    A Sunderland school and local community are celebrating A360’s best ever Ofsted report – completing a remarkable turnaround for the academy.  [SUNDERLAND, UK, 15 July 2022] – Academy 360 was officially deemed ‘Good’ by Ofsted inspectors who praised its “aspirational” students “committed to their studies”, overseen by Principal Rachel Donohue and her dedicated teaching team…

  • Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School set to join Laidlaw Schools Trust

    Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School set to join Laidlaw Schools Trust

    [SEDGEFIELD, UK, 16 May 2022] – Laidlaw Schools Trust, committed to transforming the lives of children and communities through inspirational education, announced today that the ‘Outstanding’ Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School will become a Laidlaw Schools Trust academy. Laidlaw Schools Trust and Sedgefield Hardwick Primary School share a mission to augment education provision in the North…

  • Westgate Hill Primary Academy receives “Outstanding” judgment from Ofsted

    Westgate Hill Primary Academy receives “Outstanding” judgment from Ofsted

    Westgate Hill Primary Academy, a member of Laidlaw Schools Trust, has received an “Outstanding” judgment from Ofsted on every category of assessment. In only four years, the leaders, teachers and support staff at Westgate Hill have transformed the school through their commitment to inspirational education.  Westgate Hill has benefited from the “LST difference”, additional funding…

  • £3.2m Laidlaw Teaching and Leadership Centre Opened at Sedgefield Community College

    £3.2m Laidlaw Teaching and Leadership Centre Opened at Sedgefield Community College

    The Laidlaw Teaching and Leadership Centre officially opened at Sedgefield Community College, a Laidlaw Schools Trust academy. The £3.2m two-storey building, designed by ADP Architecture, will serve as a learning hub for PGCE teacher trainees, and provide additional classroom space for Sedgefield pupils.  Susanna V. Kempe, Chair of Laidlaw Schools Trust and CEO of the…

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