The Educate Together Academy Trust
This oversees the functions of the school and is responsible for the direction of the schools, the implementation of the ethos and core principles, finance and standards. There are accountable for the school.
Details of the Trust and its membership can be found on the main ETAT website here
There are elections for the two parent Council Members soon. If you are interested please attend one of the meetings about the role.
Informal info sessions: 26 Feb (5.30pm) and 5 March (9am)
If you can't attend either please speak to Ros or Amy about the role.
Academy Development Council – Further Information
The overall objective of the Academy Development Council (ADC) is the development of the most positive relationship between the parents, staff and wider community to enhance the learning of the children in the school.
In particular, its purpose is to implement the democratic principle of the ethos - that the academy will be “Democratically run - with active participation of the parents in the life of the school, whilst positively affirming the professional role of the teachers.” This principle is based on the almost universal evidence that a school that embraces parental, family and community input most effectively addresses the learning needs of its children.
The current (2017/18) Redfield ADC focus includes:
- Parent engagement / democracy (including organising annual Parent Forums)
- Being a ‘sounding board’ for Headteacher and Senior Management Team
- Development of School Plan (non-curriculum areas)
- Monitoring and championing the Learn Together Curriculum
- Supporting school communications and networking (being outward facing advocates)
- Any other areas delegated by the Educate Together Academy Trust (eg. monitoring policies which have school specific variations).
Who is on the ADC?
Amy Harrison, Trust Nominee and Chair Lindsay Monk, Staff Nominee
Kirsty Damsell, Teacher Nominee Ros Farrell, Headteacher
Frances Taylor, Parent Nominee Dr Shelley McKeown Jones, Trust Nominee
John Rossiter, Parent Nominee Vacancy for a Community Member
Jenny Grinsted Academy Trust Board link Joanna Poole Community Member
The ADC is made up of:
· One male and one female parent
· One teacher and one support staff
· Two council members appointed by the Educate Together Academy Trust
· Two wider community representatives chosen by the seven members detailed above.
How long is the term of the parent representatives?
2 Years (from April 2018)
What is the time commitment of being a ADC representative?
Minimum 6 hours per term. You will be expected to attend 6 x meetings per year (1.5 hours long) and to read papers beforehand. You will also be invited to be involved in specific tasks/working groups in between meetings. The ADC currently meets early evening on the third Monday of each term.
Is the ADC like a traditional board of school Governors?
No, things are organised differently with Academies. The statutory governance responsibilities sit with the Educate Together Academy Trust board (ETAT). The ADC’s in each Educate Together school support the ETAT board and may undertake some delegated responsibilities.
Will I get an induction?
Yes. Prior to your first meeting you will receive an informal induction from the current ADC Chair. The existing parent representatives will also be present at the first meeting you attend, so there is a chance for handover/questions.
Do I need to have DBS check (criminal records check) do be on the ADC?
Yes, as with all voluntary roles which may bring you into contact with children you will need a DBS check. This will be processed and paid for by the school. You will need to provide ID/documents for this to be processed.
Will there be any opportunities for training/development?
There may be opportunities to attend school/ETAT training sessions throughout your term (eg. Child safe guarding, Learn Together curriculum). This is a voluntary role but any modest costs associated by attending training may be reimbursed.
What sort of things might I expect to be doing as an ADC parent representative?
· Attending termly meetings (6 x yearly, 5.15pm, third Monday of each term)
· Reviewing policies, liaising with ETAT board members
· Organising annual parent forum sessions
· Helping to promote the school through local networks/meetings
· Monitoring the delivery of the Learn Together curriculum in school
What type of skills made a good council member?
Likes working with others even if they disagree
Happy to make decisions
A good communicator
Open-minded and easy to get along with
Able to deal with conflict
Able to not take things personally and not let things be taken personally.
Builds consensus and agreement
Commitment to the Educate Together ethos
Other skills that would be useful are:
Knowledge of the community in which the school is located
A good understanding of the Educate Together ethos (or willingness to learn)
Understanding of the English primary school system, rules and regulations (or willingness to learn)
Experience of Human Resource/General Business Management/Community Development/Charity governance
Personal and professional integrity
Any other questions?
Come along to one of the informal information sessions.
Biographies of current Redfield ADC representatives
Amy Harrison (Chair – ETAT representative)
I am a passionate and experienced educator in the cultural sector, currently working as Head of Learning and Participation at the Architecture Centre, delivering a diverse programme with and for children, young people, schools, families and communities. I am a qualified primary teacher, Vice Chair of Up Our Street (Easton and Lawrence Hill community development charity) and co-founder of Bristol Friendly City Initiative. I was part of the parent campaign group who helped establish a new primary school in Redfield, and was an interim Director for the Educate Together Academy Trust UK for two years prior to joining the Redfield ADC. I am passionate about equality and diversity and am a champion of the Educate Together ethos and Learn Together curriculum. I am delighted that my daughter, and our local community benefit from having such a positive and progressive school.
Frances Tolson (Parent Representative – female)
I’ve lived in Bristol for the last 20 years and moved to Redfield/St George 10 years ago. I really enjoy living in a diverse and friendly community.
I am the Co-Director of Evoke Pictures, a photography agency specialising in lifestyle photography, including wedding, events, interiors and food.
My older son is in Y2 at Redfield and my younger son will start in Reception in 2018. I joined the ADC to support the school in its development and to offer any skills I may have that could benefit it. I look forward to seeing the school grow over the course of my children’s education.
John Rossiter (Parent Representative – male)
My Name is John Rossiter and I have lived locally for five years, I have two daughters and I believe that it is important to remain active in our local communities to ensure that we get the best for our families. I grew up in Clevedon and went to Six Form College in Bedminster. I have a BA in Religion and Ethics in Society from Lampeter University and have worked for many years with adults with learning disabilities, resulting in me gaining my Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care. In my present role I am the Registered Manager of a residential care home for adults with Serious and Profound Learning Disabilities based in Somerset near Cheddar. I passionately believe that community engagement is important to ensure that we get the best for our families and friends and that one of the best ways to achieve this is through engaging with, and helping to shape the direction of, the institutions on which we rely.
I am always ready to talk to anyone who needs further help or support.
Joanna Poole (Community Representative)
I'm from Bristol originally and live just down the road from Redfield ET. I am passionate about education and giving all children the best possible start in life and wanted to use that to contribute to my local community. As my step daughter doesn’t go to school locally, I wanted to get involved with a school in the area and was really impressed with Redfield Educate Together’s ethos.
I have worked in the education sector for nearly 10 years. The organisation I work for trains education professionals, from HLTAs and Early Years Teachers through to Executive Head Teachers. I hope that the knowledge and skills I’ve gained from my roles may be of use to the ACD and therefore to improving the children’s education and attainment and of course supporting the school’s staff.
Shelley McKeown-Jones (ETAT Nominee)
I am a Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Bristol’s School of Education. My research focuses broadly on understanding how to improve intergroup relations in diverse and conflict settings. I have been a member of the Academy Development Council (ADC) at Redfield Educate Together Academy for the past 2 years. I am particularly interested in supporting the School in its embedding of the Learn Together curriculum as well as understanding how the curriculum and associated practice links with existing social psychological theory and research.
Lindsay Monk (Support Staff Representative)
I am an HLTA at Redfield Educate Together. I spend my time working with all year groups at the school both supporting in class and focusing on individual children, specifically for speech and language support. This has become a real passion of mine. I am continually developing my knowledge to help support these children, which I have been able to do through the support of the school and local authorities in Bristol. I chose to become involved with the ADC as I am excited to immerse myself further in Redfield Educate Together. I enjoy building relationships and working with the parents, staff and wider community to continue its development and enhance the importance of the ethos of the school.
Kirsty Damsell (Staff Representative) – see Staff Page
Ros Farrell (Headteacher)
I have been Headteacher at Redfield since April 2014. Before that I was a Headteacher at two other primary schools having worked as a South Glos LA consultant in primary teaching and learning focussing on Maths and primary languages. I started teaching as a second career in primary schools across all ages. Before that I worked for a major - multinational company.
I also carry out the role of Education Lead across all our schools helping them embed our unique ethos and the Learn Together curriculum.
Community Representative 2 – current vacancy
If you would like to see a copy of the minutes please ask Ros