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Oliver Caviglioli - Dual Coding with Teachers10Dec2019

@ Westbridge TSA

This session will explore the MYTHS that prevail in Further Education, before progressing onto the SCIENCE we should be considering to inform teaching practice. This session will begin with a series of statements relevant to education. Audience members will decide which are myths and facts. Dan will then discuss a range of myths that are still prevalent in the sector and provide the current body of research to dispel each in turn. There will be a brief exploration of the different sources one can use to find out about how individuals learn, before Oliver provides a step-by-step approach to a series of strategies that are supported by a secure body of research. The audience will leave with wealth of effective learning strategies informed by the SCIENCE, not MYTHS. To secure your place visit:

Samantha Twistleton09Jan2020

9:00 am - 12:30 pm @ The Edge Conference Centre, Riveredge, Wigan WN3 5AB

Session title: The Development of Teacher and Curriculum Expertise Session outline: - Research on the development of teacher expertise - The impact of both internal and external factors on this. - The relationship between teacher expertise and the OFSTED curriculum project - Defining the priorities for a curriculum and the importance of school context and culture To secure your place visit:

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A Very Warm Welcome

Community First Academy Trust (CFAT) consists of like-minded individuals, educational establishments and partners who all want the best for young people.

Our charitable trust has one single legal and moral purpose: to advance education in the public interest.

Our Statutory Governance Information can be found by clicking here

By working together our family of academies, schools and partners/institutes we will together strategically deliver long term sustainability through school to school improvement and efficiency savings that  improve the rate of progress for all our pupils across the North West of England. 

Our mission is to ensure that every child develops as a confident and competent person with the highest aspirations to be the best they possibly can be.

We hope that you will be inspired to join us on the next stages of our journey that include sharing expertise to create a group of schools that provide the very best in educational services.

CFAT is committed to the professional and personal development of the school workforce and to making a significant contribution to a self-improving school system. At CFAT, we want to play a part in promoting partnership working.

The future is ours! Together we can provide a better future.

We welcome discussions with any school who might be interested in working with us in this early but exciting stage, as we shape and develop our charitable trust. 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any further questions your may have. 

Best wishes 

Sue Darbyshire
Chief Executive Officer | National Leader of Education | Executive  Headteacher  


Trust Prospectus

 Our Prospectus and offer to improve education for young people across the North West of England is also available to download by clicking here

What Community First Academy Trust believe – the importance of trust

The legal basis of all academies and multi-academy trusts in the country are education charities. We are accustomed to using the word ‘trust’ to describe this legal vehicle. But trust means so much more. As the new shape of our education system emerges, we believe that it is important to give priority to three other meanings of trust.

- Trust as a relational principle

Our education system must retain trust as a relational principle. All school trusts should have as a core focus the behaviours and actions everyone will take to build trust – with children and young people, parents and the community and wider society. Trust as a relational principle should also be at the contractual heart of employer-employee relationship. The principle of trust should represent an objective reality in our education system that transcends cultures and organisations. It is at the heart of education as a public good.

- Trust as a core value

Trust is an essential human value that quantifies and defines our interdependence in relationships with others. As a value, trust should help us determine the rightfulness or wrongfulness of our actions.

- Trust as a promise

Holding trust on behalf of children: when we establish an academy or multi-academy trust, we are effectively making a promise to hold trust with and on behalf of children. Kofi Annan said in The State of the World’s Children (2000): “There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they grow up in peace.”

Our school trust has a single legal and moral purpose: to advance education in the public benefit.