Giving back to support teaching and learning
Giving back to support teaching and learning has been at the core of our mission from the outset along with our international giving for those in desperate need.
We do this without making a great noise because it just seems right to us. However we are often asked to expand on what we do for schools and teachers.
To this end we have outlined some of our giving back and comments below:
Donations made to schools and teachers
Sponsoring visiting speakers to local schools covering topics including; pupils commitment to their studies, conveying their learning, emotional and social needs to school staff, along with the implications of poverty.
“Just wanted to thank 4myschools for your very generous contribution to The Deanes by subsidising The Real David Cameron and Chris Kilkenny’s visit to Essex. Your offer is exceptionally kind and I very much appreciate what you are doing.” Desi McKeown – Head Teacher The Deanes School
“I just wanted to thank you for the very generous 50% subsidy for the Chris Kilkenny and David Cameron session. I heard Chris present with David at the ASHE residential; it was a very powerful and thought provoking session. Your support has enabled me to offer the same experience to my staff. Thank you! Much appreciated.” Jason Carey – Headteacher The James Hornsby School
During 2013 we made significant donations to the associations of Essex secondary and primary schools who used the donations to contribute to many teaching and learning activities. Since then we have continued to make donations to support events such as those detailed below across the counties of the East of England:
Annual New Headteachers Induction Programme (12 sessions)
Colin Logan SSAT (the schools students and teachers network) “At SSAT we have always believed that teachers make students’ lives. Our mission now is to help them to carry out this vital job even better, more confidently and more professionally than before.”
Dylan Wiliams (Assessment for Learning speaker) Improving teacher practice to improve student learning
Alistair Smith (Alistair Smith Learning) Delivering motivational presentations, guidance on professional development and training.
Rob Long (Behaviour Management Consultant)
Mike Treadaway (Fischer Family Trust)- FFT Aspire is the reporting and data tool for schools, Local Authorities and Academy Chains. FFT Aspire provides key target setting and school performance evaluation information using the latest curriculum and accountability measures to support future planning.
Professor Peter Mortimore – Peter Mortimore has been a teacher, researcher and administrator in education for nearly 50 years. Most recently he was Professor of Education at the University of Southern Denmark having previously been Director of the Institute of Education, University of London. He has carried out numerous studies of school effectiveness and undertaken reviews of Nordic education systems. He was an education columnist for the Guardian for four years
PREVENT Anti Terrorism Awareness Courses (Cross Phase)
Primary headteachers conference Estelle Morris and Matthew Syed Author Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success gaining an edge in a complex rapidly changing world, boosting creativity learning from mistakes and the pursuit of marginal gains.
Cluster conference with a focus on maths for all teachers and TAs
Supporting primary and secondary transition for more able students by setting up a Year 6 Saturday Reading Group for students who have achieved L5 in reading by the end of the Autumn Term
Class watch: Using mobile equipment to record lessons allowing staff to look back at how personal performance might be improved, generating an impact on quality of teaching and learning and thus pupil progress
Donations to schools for supply teachers to release small primary school headteachers to enable attendance at their headteachers conference
Better to Best head teachers meeting
James Nottingham headteacher’s conference
Primary headteacher’s conference sponsored Adam Wright to attend conference and provided The Chimp Paradox book by Professor Steve Peters to all attendees
Primary headteacher’s conference sponsored Andy Buck and provided each attendee a copy of his book to Inspire Leadership
Association of secondary head teachers sponsoring the real David Cameron
Sponsored Mark Prentice to deliver history workshops at Ipswich festival of education
Major sponsor of the Ipswich Festival of Education to inspire excellent teaching practice and attract teachers
Primary CPD at Kesgrave Hall
Sponsored Matthew Syed at Essex secondary headteachers conference on mind-set and helping children succeed
Sponsored The Real David Cameron at two day conference – “For over twenty years, Independent Thinking has been helping schools help young people be even better, both in the classroom and beyond.”
“This is just a quick email to thank you for the outstanding contributions that David Cameron and Sir Tim Brighouse made to the Association of Secondary Headteachers (ASHE) Conference last week. The conference was probably the best residential conference I have organised in 7 seven years of doing this role, but the reason for its success was solely down to David who chaired the whole two days and gave a wonderful presentation. He called his presentation the ‘The Big Finish’ and it certainly lived up to its name. It was like going to a firework party where you leave the best display for last and David lit up the room. David’s passion for education is infectious and he inspires delegates just by being in the room.”
The Sandon School CPD pilot, bespoke CPD to support supply teachers including lesson observations
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the course yesterday. I really did find it useful and interesting and it was clear that much thought and consideration had gone into making it relevant to us as supply teachers. I wish all my CPD training had been as helpful! So thank you for organising it and making it happen :)”
Heading for headship and challenging the more able learner courses
Online safeguarding training available free to all 4myschools supply teachers
Supported Brentwood Collaborative Partnership by sponsoring Nick Saunders’ motivational speech to encourage pupil engagement with all teachers and support staff in Essex.
In addition to our international giving, 4myschools continue to support teaching and learning across the East of England through donations for guest speakers, sponsoring conferences and putting on CPD training events for teachers.
We continue to give back as a direct result of working with the many excellent supply teachers who are registered with us and the many schools using our supply teacher services. With more schools and supply teachers using the 4myschools supply teacher service the more we will be able to give back.