Manor Primary School

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Manor Primary School's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Manor Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett, MP
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles, MP

Manor Primary School is at the heart of Manor Multi-
Academy Trust, a newly established organisation that
originated from their highly successful improvement
and partnership work at the school, which is based in
Wolverhampton. Manor Multi-Academy Trust includes two
other schools, Hill Avenue Academy and East Park Academy.
The trust is headed by CEO Anita Cliff, who works closely with
Manor’s head of school, Julie Mills, to ensure the best possible
progress and outcomes for all pupils through a well-developed
and well-supported staff team.
It is our intention that every child who attends a school within our MAT attends a
great school. We want to ensure that all pupils are nurtured, inspired and receive
the very best education possible.
Achieving outcomes
At Manor, our children enter our school with skills that are below that expected for
their age. By the time they leave, Early Years foundation stage outcomes are above
national; by the time they leave Key Stage 1 they are significantly above national
and by the time they leave year 6 they are among the best outcomes in the
country. This is a trend that has been displayed across a period of over ten years.
We are consistently one of the best-performing primary schools in the country. All
of our children achieve results at, or above, the national average in reading, writing
and mathematics; and significantly high percentages are judged to be working at
greater depth in all areas.
»Head teacher: CEO Anita Cliff
»Head of school, Julie Mills
»Founded in 2015
»Based in Wolverhampton
»Type of school: Academy
primary school
»No. of pupils: 575
»Mission statement: “At Manor
Primary we enable each child
to find their wings and fly”
»Designated teaching school
and a part of the centre of
Manor Primary School
Highlighting best practice
A pedigree of teaching
Our goal is to ensure that every
member of staff receives the highest
quality professional development and
tailored support, so they can be the best
they can. As a national teaching school,
we have developed programmes which
support groups of staff or individuals
that enable them promptly to deliver
consistently outstanding teaching and
learning over time.
Teaching and learning programmes,
alongside cutting-edge leadership,
programmes allow us to fast-track
both teachers and leaders through to
a position where they can constantly
deliver excellence across the school. As a
result, we have developed highly skilled
and reflective teachers, TLAs and other
support staff who are dedicated and
committed to ensuring pupils receive
the highest quality and standards
during their educational experience.
Our staff provision helps to grow
inspirational people that create positive
energy and generate enthusiasm
within the school. They help to develop
individuality and creative thinking.
Inturn, our children are thus inspired
to believe that no mountain is too high
to climb and that nothing is impossible.
We want to ensure that everyone is
highly motivated and engaged by their
experience with us, be they a pupil,
staff member, parent or a community
volunteer, and to enrich their lives
through their association with us.
Innovate, create and expect
Our entire curriculum for nursery
all the way through to year 6 has
been written by Manor leaders. It is
innovative, creative and, in all subjects,
provides the highest of expectations
for each individual learner. It is
based on first-hand experience,
and has been cultivated through a
broad range of educational visitors.
Every child has
a tailor-made
education that
fits perfectly.
teaching and
their school
teaching across a specialised
curriculum in every class they enter;
our pupils are nurtured and inspired to
be the best they can be, both now and
in their future lives.
We want to provide every pupil with
the opportunities and environment
to flourish in a hands-on manner; it
provides the foundation for them to be
productive global citizens in the future.
In keeping with this, we have developed
an extensive provision for extracurricular
activities to best hone pupils’ talents,
interests and self-esteem.
We never adopt a “one-size-fits-all”
approach to teaching. Every child is
valued as an individual, and nurtured
to achieve their true potential through
inspirational teaching and outstanding
pastoral care in a safe, calm environment.
Crucially, we measure success in
terms of personal improvement and
development alongside the attainment
of goals tailored to the individuals,
rather than weighing outcomes against
the results of their peers.
We are constantly moving forward by
researching, developing and adopting
the latest teaching techniques and
resources to continually improve both
what we teach and how we teach it.
Distinct learning methodologies
We teach through a number
of separate, distinct learning
methodologies; they are central to our
process. One of these is a system that
is based around developing a mindset
geared towards growth in all pupils.
This affects their beliefs about learning
and intelligence: they believe they can
get smarter, and they understand that
effort makes them stronger. This, in all
Manor pupils, facilitates a real love of
learning intertwined with a resilience
that enables them to succeed.
Another is the provision of effective
learning made relative to the individual;
we encourage the expression of distinct
behaviours and interests as they allow a
personalised experience. In Early Years
foundation stages, we, for instance, use
the example of dinosaurs to talk about
concepts of learning – for instance, a
“pretendasaurus” and “thinkasaurus”
to discuss processes while keeping the
dialogue relevant to the child. Utilising
metacognition to form a bridge from
previous learning to current and future
learning helps to secure an accurate
and continuous pathway throughout
their time at Manor Primary.
A vibrant learning atmosphere
We are immensely proud of what
has been achieved at Manor Primary,
and we know this attitude and our
achievements can be felt in the
school’satmosphere. As soon as you
walk through the door you know you
are in no ordinary school; instantly the
warmth, vibrancy and energy sets it
aside from any other. Then, from just
a look at both teachers’ enthusiasm
and engaged, articulate children
enjoying every minute of the lesson,
you can really start to understand
why this environment provokes such
extraordinary learning anddevelopment.
Our children excel and during their
time here, grow emotionally, physically,
intellectually, spiritually and socially so
that they are able to fulfil their true
potential and are prepared for the next
stage in their education. Life is very active
here and we have a lot to be proud of.
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The Parliamentary Review Publication, in which this article originally appeared, contained the following foreword from the prime minister.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister