September 3, 2019
Rob Tarn, CEO of Northern Education Trust (NET) said:
‘The recent media attention regarding exclusion data for North Shore Academy (sponsored by NET) relates to 2017-18 and is now historical. The Academy did indeed see a short term rise in short term suspensions that year as we addressed issues around behaviour and created a culture that supports learning. Last year, fixed term exclusions actually fell by 66%.
Ofsted recently judged leadership and management at North Shore as Good and stated: ‘Pupils say that teachers’ expectations of pupils’ behaviour are now much higher… Leaders’ actions and high expectations of pupils’ behaviour are now leading to substantial reductions in the number of exclusions… During the inspection, pupils were polite and welcoming, and behaved in a mature manner. They move from social areas to lessons quickly and sensibly.’
The Trust has a clear, unique and inclusive ethos against off-rolling and avoiding permanent exclusion wherever possible. Indeed, in the year in question there was only 1 permanent exclusion from 1400 Year 11 students in the Trust. Our aspirations, and increased emphasis on good behaviour ultimately improves the life chances of our students and this is evidenced in our results. At North Shore, in 2016, the pass rate for all students in English and Maths was 26%. This year, the pass rate for students in receipt of an exclusion was more than double that at 53% and the whole school figure rose to 63%, putting the academy alongside some of Stockton’s higher performing schools and in the top 10 most improved schools in England.
Our academies serve some of the most deprived communities and we are proud of our efforts to support the most vulnerable students. Martin Gray, Director of Stockton Children’s Services said: ‘The Council conducted a scrutiny review of inclusion in 2018 and continues to monitor the issue. There has been a considerable reduction in the use of fixed term exclusion at North Shore Academy, which we welcome, and the school retains a strong commitment to supporting vulnerable pupils including those with learning disability and autism which has received national recognition’.
We are committed to continue to support those communities that need it the most to ensure that all children, regardless of background, receive the best education possible. Our Trust is now delighted to be working in Redcar and Cleveland and from September 2019 we welcome Freebrough, Badger Hill and Whitecliffe academies to NET following their transfer from Teesside Learning Trust (TLT).
TLT Chair John Baker said:
‘From February this year NET provided us with leadership and classroom support at Freebrough Academy, prior to its transfer to NET as from the 1st September. In our experience they demonstrated a positive and inclusive approach to all of the students with a view to ensuring the best possible environment for learning. We experienced a rapid improvement in behaviour and importantly the feedback from parents/carers, students and staff was extremely positive’.