Last week was an exciting one for us all at Atrium, as many of our students started their work experience placements with a variety of our industry partners. My colleagues and I greatly enjoyed visiting them “on site”, as it gave us an opportunity to see them flourish in a different setting.
Feedback thus far has been excellent, and we will be reporting more on this in our next Newsletter. In addition, it has been wonderful to see the maturity shown by our students as they learn more about the world of work.
Back at base, others enjoyed a range of different activities. Ms Walpole took her Mandarin students out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Plymouth (see page 5), and professional photographer Darren Cain delivered a very useful and interesting photography workshop. Members of staff who attended were impressed by the amount of learning engagement. Thanks also to Christine Skaar from KVIST Architecture and Design who, alongside Mr.Westaway, led the Year 9 students in a barn conversion project.
While the majority of our students were involved with work placements and workshops, staff were able to take the opportunity to broaden their ‘Continuing Professional Development’ (CPD). As a result, we spent a very worthwhile day focusing on students’ learning, progress, outcomes and safeguarding.
During the training, teachers discussed the most effective ways to target learning for different ability groups; the importance of using relevant data to monitor student progress; reviewing student targets; evaluating the impact of teaching and support sessions; and how excellent teaching of literacy and numeracy can enable students to make rapid, sustained progress across the entire curriculum.
As we approach the Christmas holidays, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of our staff and governors to wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable festive period.
Matt Messias, Principal