Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

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National Conference Autumn 2017

I want to extend a really warm welcome to every single one of you in this room. Today we have leaders from across Oasis. We are all one team. 

Lets remember over these two days: your leadership, our responsibility, your service. Because we are building a better society.

It is going to be a great year

Oasis isn't about me and it isn't about you. we have the privilege of wearing the jersey, of wearing the badge, and we've given some badges out. 

And our task is to add value to that. 

It is the jersey that is sacred. Its that reputation that's sacred, that story, that legend that ethos.

I always enjoy coming to the Oasis conference because it is an opportunity for us to get together and share good practice, and work together and see what is working within Oasis as a multi academy trust.

It is that ability to be able to step back and share problems and ideas before then maybe sharing them with your own leadership team or academy council and measuring whether there are solutions to be found here and go back to your academy with some answers from other Principals who have experienced some of the difficulties or have ideas of what can work in your academy. 

It is being part of a family, where you can draw upon expertise, guidance and best practice from things ranging from leadership and management, teaching and learning to HR and finance.

We have got to be really intentional about what we want to build, we can't just let it happen. Today we are talking about an outstanding curriculum that has to be intentional because we are building citizens of the future. Disadvantaged students should stand as tall. So we have got to be really clear and intentional about what we are doing for those groups of students. We have got to be here for the long hall in terms of our efficiency and sustainability. And we have got to learn about how we share resources so we can put as much resources into our classroom and make a difference for those students we serve. 

Working for Oasis Community Learning as a Principal is a fantastic thing. We have a brilliant network of supportive principals who all share the same goals. We have a phenomenal organisation based around family and at the heat of it have exceptional education for all the communities we serve.

i myself started as a coordinator and have been able to go up to the position of a Principal and that's the opportunity the organisation has given me. It truly is an absolute family and there is nothing they wouldn't do for each other or for the children. It is an wonderful organisation to work for. 

Ladies and Gentlemen, all of you, whatever your role, you matter. On behalf of my board members, thank you very much indeed. We are really grateful. All power to you as you start the new year. May you hang on to your dreams and your visions. May you hang on to that desire that burns in. To enable those who have not had a fair chance. You want to give to every child in your care, the ability to express themselves in a meaningful way and to find joy and satisfaction in life. Have a really good year. Bless you. 

Our Journey

Let us take you on this journey of exceptional
Where we bring out the best in you and
Ignite that potent potential
A journey where we accept you for you
There's no illusion
Everyone is included in our circle of inclusion

We're enthusiasts
Infusing each individual with pride
Whether you're a student in a classroom
Parent in the community
Teacher in the staff room
Or support staff on duty

We're all one big family
Striving for transformation tied
In the art of providing exceptional education

We're stars within the cosmos
Shining bright with a rooted ethos to
Inspire everyone to aspire to be above average
Olympic high jumpers raising the bar
But we're not just raising the bar
We're closing the gap to exceptional education
Handing the advantage to the disadvantaged

Passionately persevering with every step on our pursuit to greatness

You can choose to travel fast alone
Or you can travel with us, further together

In our science of togetherness
The journey never ends
It's a marathon and we're in it for the long haul
Come and be part of our journey to exceptional

Exceptional education at the heart of the community.

Oasis Community Learning

At Oasis, we are totally dedicated to working with communities that have often been let down for many years, and it’s our vision to provide exceptional education at the heart of the community. This overarching aim runs through the centre of every single thing we do.

Oasis Community Learning is one of the largest multi-Academy trusts with Academies in four distinct regions across the country. We’re really proud that over the last two years, we have moved from 30% ‘Good’ or better to over 70% ‘Good’ or better schools, and that we continue to make great progress across the board.

Our Academies are developing the character and competence of every one of our young people, ensuring they are the best that they can be. We have an absolute belief that our students can achieve anything they want to.

We can make sure that every single one of our young people gets the same deal, whichever classroom they walk in to, and that is potentially the biggest thing that we can achieve as a family of Academies together.

The Academies’ ethos is really focused on support, it’s about everybody being equal and inclusive and making everybody the best that they can be.

Being part of the Oasis family, it’s one of the great opportunities of my life. But it also gives me the belief that I can be who I want to be – nothing is impossible!

Our mission is a huge one. It’s not just about transforming opportunities for young people, but it’s also about transforming whole communities.

It’s simple. We have a relentless commitment to every one of our students and their communities and here at Oasis Community Learning, we want to raise the bar for all students and close the gap.

Hear from Our Staff

Oasis Community Learning is a family of 47 Academies. We are based in four distinct regions across the country and we serve a very high proportion of disadvantaged communities. We’re really proud that over the last two years, we have moved from 30% ‘Good’ or better to over 70% ‘Good’ or better schools. We want to provide exceptional education at the heart of the community.

Undoubtedly without Oasis’ support I would not be where I am today. Oasis supported me through the Future Leaders programme and enabled me to go on the Headship Now programme, which ultimately resulted in me becoming Principal of this Academy.

When I first started teaching, I never thought I’d be wanting to lead a core subject, but three years down the line, I’m head of a year group, I’m taking on more responsibility. Without the support and the drive from other staff, and even the children around me, I wouldn’t have thought to have even imagined to do that.

When I started at Oasis Academy Henderson Avenue, I came in as an Early Years practitioner and through training – in-house and out-of-house – and support from senior management, I have worked my way up to Nurture Leader.

Every single person in this room registers that you’re now part of our family. We’re with you and we’re 100% behind you as you start your journey in Oasis, so let’s give them a big round of applause.

Already, the opportunities that I have had to work with other schools, to collaborate across for ideas and to look at ways to be more efficient as a leader has been really interesting.

The support that I have received through weekly observations and meetings with the subject mentor and a professional mentor have really helped me through that first couple of months which were really difficult in the classroom. And then, there’s this tailored CPD programme which is meant for new people to the classroom that has also really helped me to have a smooth start to my teaching career.

In terms of professional development, the opportunities keep coming. So for me I’m really happy to be part of the Oasis family.

When I started here, I came as the second in department – the learning coordinator. I’ve since become the head of department and have been wholly supported throughout that process.

For every teaching assistant, for every teacher, for every senior leader here, we’ve got to own the ethos, own that growth mind-set that anything is possible for our young people.

It’s very much a can-do attitude in terms of ethos. We’re inclusive, we’re welcoming and everybody feels a part of everything that we do.

We need to live out our ethos. It’s not just something that’s written on the walls, that we carry around in our files to Academies when we visit them. It’s something that, I think, each employee needs to be an owner for.

We need people who will come alongside us in our mission and serve young people of today, and help those who have relatively few chances to aspire to the heights.

[All statistics were true at time of recording]

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