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 Winton Primary School is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.
Winton Primary School
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Based in Islington, Winton is a one-form entry primary
school that is consistently ranked in the top one per cent
of schools in England. Upon the departure of the previous
headteacher in 2017, the school decided to enter into a soft
partnership with Hugh Myddelton Primary School and became
a formal federation, “The Learning Quarter Partnership”, in
September 2019. Headteacher Claire Brown explains how the
school continues to succeed.
On the face of it, Winton is a normal one-form entry primary school serving a diverse
and challenging community in inner London. There are hundreds of schools like it.
What makes Winton different is that pupil achievement here defies expectations –
we are consistently ranked in the top one per cent of schools inEngland.
Upon the departure of the previous headteacher in 2017, we decided to enter
into a soft partnership with Hugh Myddelton Primary School and became a formal
federation, “The Learning Quarter Partnership”, in September 2019.
One of the greatest potential benefits from a partnership is the ability to
share ideas. Organisations evolve because you strive to achieve better ways of
accomplishing your aims as opposed to accepting the way they have always
been done. Sometimes a system has been in place for such a period of time that
its stakeholders no longer remember the original logic or reasoning behind the
decision and merely accept it as the “done thing”.
WINTON PRIMARY SCHOOL
»Founded in 1874
»Location:London Borough of
»Type of school:One-form entry
»No. of students: 271
»We have been in the top 100
schools in the Sunday Times
Schools guide for the last two
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Our partnership with Hugh Myddelton
introduced us to a system of tracking
pupil progress far more frequently and
dynamically, the results of which have
been extremely positive.
Like most new initiatives about to be
launched, the devil is in the detail.
At its heart is the lesson that long-
term consistency trumps short-term
initiatives. For the last two years, every
morning at eight o’clock the leadership
team have met with individual teachers
on a fortnightly rota, where we discuss
the progress, attainment, behaviour
and overall provision of every child in
that class. This is a significant amount
of work for the leadership team
alongside individual teachers but it
accomplishes a number of things:
»It provides a framework for progress
– How is the child progressing?What
issues are they facing? What can be
done to help?
»It urges the class teacher to think
about the individual progress of every
child in their class and what they
require in order to succeed. Do they
need additional support? Do they
need to be stretched?
»Constant, consistent accountability –
If the only time a teacher reflects on
the outcomes of a child is during the
writing of reports or in the marking
of a test, then they have missed the
opportunity to dynamically reflect on
what they can do to raise attainment.
»It creates a team around the child
– The class teacher, the senior
leadership team, the parents
and carers. All of them have a
responsibility, and by constantly
monitoring progress, they can
each act at the earliest opportunity
Sticking to this approach creates a
system where no child falls through
the cracks, where teachers get to
know their pupils better through
reflective discussion and the senior
leadership team moves from looking at
macro, overarching pupil progress to
that of the individual. Everyone gains
additional insight into what needs to
be done and it creates an ongoing
framework to measure progress. It
challenges the teacher to challenge
the child and it challenges senior
leadership to challenge theteacher.
The second initiative that has had a
significant impact on pupil wellbeing
as well as outcomes is the Philosophy
for Children programme. Developing
a scheme of lessons using this
approach has been instrumental
in helping our children articulate
their opinions, reason critically and
Inspire a quest for
– we are
ranked in the
top one per
cent of schools
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It has provided a thinking framework
that they can apply to anything and
everything. These are skills that are
often developed later in education, yet
we have seen wide-ranging positive
results from introducing them earlier,
both inside and outside the classroom.
An open future
Parents comment that this style of
teaching has changed the way in
which their children engage with the
world, developing their awareness
of others and the structure of their
discussion. It gives the children an
educational maturity that simply did
not exist before the implementation
of this programme. Winton is now in
its fourth year of this programme and
has successfully attained a gold award
in the subject. Philosophy for Children
is an initiative that Hugh Myddelton
has also now implemented, and it
is currently at the bronze stage of
Our partnership shows that when
already well-performing schools come
together, they can quickly benefit from
a partnership model where there is a
flow of ideas between schools. Not
every initiative is successful, but you
need to be open-minded enough to
challenge how things are currently
done to try to find the initiatives and
systems that can move things forward
for your pupils. The economies of scale
when applied to ideas help you distil
faster what has worked for others,
what can work for you and what can
work for them. The spirit of change
that is forged by entering a partnership
can bring quick results if you begin to
critically consider the best practices
from both partners and are brave
enough to test them in eachschool.
The Learning Quarter Partnership is a
unique and diverse learning
community in the heart of London,
committed to providing education of a
world class standard where all pupils
can thrive and achieve their potential
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.