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 Trewirgie Junior School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Trewirgie Junior School
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Built in 1886, Trewirgie Junior School is located in a
Victorian building with an iconic bell tower and has been
a focal point for education for the last 135 years. Now, in
2021, the school is a carefully curated blend of traditional values
and innovative practice. As a high-performing junior school,
students at Trewirgie consistently achieve outcomes that surpass
the national average. Headteacher Jane Sargent explains more
about what sets the school apart and makes it, in her eyes, a
special place to be.
As soon as you enter Trewirgie Juniors you instantly feel the warmth, vibrancy
and energy that sets it aside from any other school. The classrooms take you to a
magical place where the children are completely immersed in their learning. Here,
you can tangibly feel the children’s exuberance and real commitment to their
learning. This, combined with the warmth and dynamism of our staff, helps us
create an extraordinary and deep learning environment.
Since my appointment in 2010, the curriculum has been completely transformed
and is now the driving force of the school. It is innovative, imaginative and
creative and pushes the boundaries of children’s experiences and thinking. The
school’s purposeful approach ensures that children’s learning has real relevance to
themselves and the wider world. It enables them to explore real-life issues, develop
a social conscience and through this contribute towards meaningful change.
TREWIRGIE JUNIOR SCHOOL
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»No. of students:405
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As educators we know the importance
of every child feeling safe, being happy
and being in an environment where
they can thrive. We also know that
children need a voice; not only to say
how they are feeling, to express a
view or opinion but also to play their
part in shaping and changing things
for the better. Through the school’s
rights-respecting culture and school
champions, we have developed an
ethos and culture where children can
speak out, be brave, question, ask and
explore. This results in children who
use their voice to make a difference,
have an impact and leave a legacy.
The school’s core values of
amazement, community, equality, self-
motivation, enquiry and reflection are
at the heart of the curriculum. Each of
these values is driven by a learning to
learn skill. These habits and attitudes
enable the children to become better
learners – discovering how to be
tenacious and resourceful, imaginative
and logical, self-disciplined and self-
aware, collaborative and inquisitive.
Asking the big questions
The school’s termly learning begins
with an essential question: Does a
winner always come first? What will be
the next dinosaur? What’s progress?
These questions are designed to be
thought provoking and shape the
learning that follows. This approach
enables children to be in the driving
seat of their learning. They begin to
question the world around them,
the actions people take and the
inequalities they see and consider how
they can play their part in addressing
these. The school has many examples
of these legacy projects that have
long-reaching impact. Such examples
include: designing and creating menus
for the children’s ward in Devon
and Cornwall hospitals, producing
permanent information signs for
local tourist attractions, and writing,
illustrating, publishing and selling their
own books to raise awareness of how
UNICEF tackles the inequalities that
exist in the world for children.
This approach to learning recognises
the importance of developing
children who are resilient, innovative
and intellectually curious – all key
characteristics of entrepreneurs. The
school’s enterprise champions drive
this aspect of the school’s curriculum.
Across each academic year, at least
one topic has an enterprising focus.
Through this, children develop an
enterprising spirit, where they learn the
value of contributing to and supporting
others on a local and global level.
The school’s arts curriculum is a vibrant
and strong aspect of the school’s
provision. Through dance and art,
children develop the confidence and
resilience to make mistakes. The arts
are powerful outlets for our children
too; we have noticed a significant
rise in mental health, particularly
during this pandemic. The arts offer
an emotional outlet for children, a
way to have a voice, without speaking
Our classrooms immerse
the children in their
learning. They change
each term to reflect the
speak out, be
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out; a way to deal with and process
traumas in their lives. As a Trauma
Informed School, we use the arts as a
vehicle to support good mental health.
The school employs two wellbeing
champions, one with a degree in
mental health and the other a trained
counsellor. Their extensive skills,
combined with the school’s ethos
and curriculum, enable our children
to develop resilience and good self-
esteem, essential for weathering the
ups and downs in their lives.
Innovation and positivity
Central to our success at Trewirgie
Juniors is our staff, who live out the
school’s values. Their passion for
children and their learning means
that they are continually striving to
develop and self-improve. They are
prepared to make mistakes, step out
of their comfort zones, take risks,
be challenged and ask questions.
This culture and ethos of the school,
combined with the headteacher’s
distributed leadership style, has
encouraged, supported and enabled
staff to both grow and inspire others.
This positive energy, combined with
the development of individuality and
creative thinking, has enabled the
school to continually thrive and grow.
I am immensely proud of what
we have achieved at Trewirgie
Junior School. With the world in
the grip of a global pandemic, our
staff and children have shown real
tenaciousness. Despite the many
challenges that the pandemic has
given us, we have remained true to
our ethos and values. Our innovative
and creative solutions to these
challenges have enabled us to ensure
that our children are still learning in
imaginative and creativespaces.
Through the purchasing of transparent
table-top Perspex screens, we have
enabled our immersive classrooms
to remain in place. Our children,
rather than sitting in rows, are facing
each other, engaging with one other
and ensure that their mental health
remains good. Our remote learning
is thriving. Through adaptability we
have ensured that our vibrant and
unique curriculum is still delivered.
Our bravery, innovation and creative
solutions, alongside our deep and
strong relationships with our children
and families, mean we are weathering
the storm collectively. We will
come out of this more resourceful,
determined and stronger, and rebuild
our world together.
We use the
arts as a
Examples of our legacy
projects where children
make a difference, have
an impact and leave
Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review
This year’s Parliamentary Review reflects on a tumultuous and extraordinary year, globally and nationally. As well as being an MP, I am a keen student of history, and I am conscious that 2020 would mark the end of an era. It will be remembered as the year in which we concluded Brexit negotiations and finally left the European Union. Above all, it will be remembered as the year of Covid-19.
In our fight against the pandemic, I am delighted that our vaccination programme is beginning to turn the tide – and I pay tribute to the British businesses, scientists and all those who have helped us to achieve this. But the virus has dealt enormous damage, and we now have a duty to rebuild our economy.
We must ensure that businesses are protected. We have made more than £350 billion available to that end, with grants, business rates relief and our furlough scheme supporting more than 11 million people and jobs in every corner of the country, maintaining livelihoods while easing the pressure on employers. The next step is to work with business to build back better and greener, putting the net zero carbon challenge at the heart of our recovery. This is a complex undertaking, but one which I hope will be recognised as a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Through the prime minister’s ten point plan for a green industrial revolution, we can level up every region of the UK, supporting 250,000 green jobs while we accelerate our progress towards net zero carbon emissions.
With our commitment to raise R&D spending to 2.4% of GDP and the creation of the Advanced Research & Invention Agency, we are empowering our fantastic researchers to take on groundbreaking research, delivering funding with flexibility and speed. With this approach, innovators will be able to work with our traditional industrial heartlands to explore new technologies, and design and manufacture the products on which the future will be built – ready for export around the globe.
And I believe trade will flourish. We are a leading nation in the fight against climate change. As the host of COP26 this year, we have an incredible opportunity to market our low-carbon products and expertise. Our departure from the EU gives us the chance to be a champion of truly global free trade; we have already signed trade deals with more than 60 countries around the world.
As we turn the page and leave 2020 behind, I am excited about the new chapter which Britain is now writing for itself, and for the opportunities which lie ahead of us.