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Primary Network Webinar – How relationships can help you drive school improvement

Online / Tuesday 18 January 2022

At Chapel Street we are proud of our relational approach to school improvement. Relationships are integral to our school’s culture and ethos and have helped drive the improvements we’ve made in recent years – leading to a grading of ‘good’ at our last Ofsted (June 2019). Our relational approach underpins everything from our behaviour management to leadership and school improvement.

In this webinar we will share:

  • What is a relational approach?
  • Why is a relational approach important?
  • How have we implemented a relational approach in our school?
  • What does a relational approach look like at Chapel Street?
  • What has the impact of our relational approach been?
  • How our relational approach helped us move from RI to Good.

It is our hope that, in sharing our journey with you, we can encourage and support more schools in embracing a relational approach for pupils and staff.

Featured speaker

Ella Hughes is Headteacher of Chapel Street Community Primary School in Levenshulme, Manchester. Chapel Street is a very large, vibrant, diverse and nurturing school on a continual journey of school improvement. We are a local authority maintained, three-form entry primary school with pupils from Nursery to year 6. Almost all of our pupils are from minority ethnic groups and a high proportion of our children speak English as an additional language (80%) with over 34 languages spoken across the school. Our proportion of pupils with SEND is broadly average but our numbers of pupils with high level SEMH and SEND is higher than average. We also have higher than average numbers of disadvantaged pupils and high levels of mobility throughout the year in all year groups.

Their most recent Ofsted report (June 2019) stated:

“A sense of calm and purpose flows through the school. The warm and nurturing atmosphere fosters strong relationships between staff and pupils. As a result, pupils feel safe and respected.”

Ella has 15 years’ experience as a teacher, 11 of which she has been a senior leader. She has been the substantive headteacher at Chapel Street since April 2020, having previously been Acting headteacher and Deputy headteacher since September 2017. Prior to Chapel Street she has worked in a number of very different schools across Greater Manchester and in New Zealand. She has taught all year groups in the Primary age range and held varied leadership positions. She completed her NPQH in 2014 and in 2019 was accredited as an ILM Level 5 coach. She is passionate about relationships, developing others and learning.

This webinar is free for SSAT members.

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Date and time:

Tuesday 18 January 2022 4:00pm - 5:00pm