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Report
Building A Vision of Learning
for the Future
David Carter
Executive Principal John Cabot
Academy and Bristol Brunel Academy
What do we
want a building
to achieve?
• Outstanding Environment
for 21C Learning
• Outstanding Results at
KS3, GCSE and Post 16
• A safe, secure and
protective environment
• Scope for remodelling
space in the future
• Greater emphasis on
learning than teaching
• Be a vehicle for
Independent Learning
• Be as far away as
possible from the 1970s
school that I attended
(and mine opened as new
in 1971!)
So How does
this Happen?
• What Blocks this?
• Start with an
Educational Vision
– Personalised Learning
– Every Child Matters
and Inclusion
– E Learning
– Adult-Student
Relationships
– Managing the Space
– Out of Date Visions
– Compliance and
Control more
important than
Learning and Success
– Square boxes and
solid walls
– One Size Fits All
Why BBA is the most Intelligent
Building I have ever worked in
• It is the school we want to
be not the one we are
• Students, Staff and
Leaders expressed their
vision
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Safe
High Visibility
No Dark Corners
Bright Colours
Natural Sunlight
• We have integrated adult
and student space
• Flexible Learning Spaces
• Educational Shopping
Mall
• Communication could not
be easier
The Concept
• Wide Corridors
• Wide staircases in the heart of the
building not at the end of corridors
• Visibility throughout the whole
school
• Height and Depth
• Colour
• Natural Light
Student Engagement is Ignored at
Your Peril!!
• Student Voice-”Wall of Wishes”
• New Uniform
• Student Council and Student
Prefects
• Budget for Student Council
from Savings on low level
damage
• Student Ambassadors
conducting press conferences
and open mornings
• Student arrive earlier and
earlier…and stay later and
later
What is a “Break Out” Space?
What are they breaking out of?
Lets call it a “Break In” Space!
Why do students care so
much about lockers?
Personal Space and Identity
Why do you need
high Visibility?
• Informal and Passive supervision
• Low Level incidents do not get ignored so big
ones tend not to follow
• Mentoring and Coaching can be seen and must
therefore be important
• Why should “tellings off” be private-it’s good for
students to see there are consequences
• Why do teachers have offices but support staff
not? Who says?
A building is only as good as
the systems within it
High Quality Imaginative and
Effective Leadership
What Systems make BBA
work?
• Learning Mentors YACS and
YAMS
• Learning Families
• Personalised Inclusion Centre
• 3 Lunchtimes-no one leaves
the site-one floor at a time
• 3 x 100 Minute Lessons per
day
• Early finish Friday gets next
week set up
• Tannoy System
• Visible Leadership Team
Making a Difference Through
Partnership
How do 2 schools become 1?
• Shared School Trips
Benefits of the
Partnership
Students
– Prague in February
– Less cover
• Managed Student “fresh
starts” without the
Bureaucracy
• Year 11 Revision
Conferences
• Thursday is PL Option
Day for Year 10
Benefits of the
Partnership
Teachers
• Teacher Partnerships
and Skills Sharing
• Career Development
• Shared Training
Opportunities and
Delivery
• Joint marking and
moderation of
coursework
• Curriculum Development
Benefits of the
Partnership
– Importing of successful
courses
– Joint planning of new
programmes
– Workload reduction
• MLE and VLE
Teaching &
Learning
– Shared electronic
resources to create the
virtual school
• Securing of post 16
courses with traditional
small numbers
• Leadership Liaison is very
powerful
Benefits of the
Partnership
Leadership
– Joint targets makes
improvement everyone’s
responsibility
• Governor role across 2
Academies
• One set of policies &
procedures
• 3rd School in Federation has a
model to follow
• Economies of Scale
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Finance Director
HR and Legal Advice
Joint Appointments
Language Assistants
Where are we Heading between
now and September 2009?
• Results & Standards
– 2008-JCA 85% and BBA 50%
– 2009-JCA 90% and BBA 60%
• Curriculum, Teaching and
Learning
– A Federated Curriculum
– Time shifts to pedagogy and
planning with preparation
shared across 2 schools
– A shared VI Form
– Diplomas across the
partnership
• Staff Development
and Opportunities
– Contracts for some
staff with the
partnership rather
than a single school
• Parents
– Apply to the
federation and happy
for their child to go to
either (or both ?)
Academies
• The Federation
– Partner School 3 for
2009
So to
Conclude…
• My Learning so Far…
– Build School that look like….The Emirates Stadium,
The Lords Cricket Ground Media Centre, The Eden
Project, Gaudi’s Cathedral in Barcelona, The
Holocaust Memorial in Philadelphia, Hi-Tech High
in San Diego, The new Tate, The Millennium Centre
in Cardiff, or @ Bristol –PLEASE DON’T BUILD
THE SCHOOL WE WENT TO!!
– If you do, you will help us to produce inspired
learners, inspirational teachers in out of this world
environments

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