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cademy magazine Volume 7 Number 2 Spring 2018

THE SOCIAL MOBILITY ISSUE: SONIA BLANDFORD MARC ROWLAND BARNABY LENON

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AUTONOMY, STRUCTURES AND LEADERSHIP

8 Transforming a school community, Anna Balson

16 MATS: A wider perspective, Tim Cook 38 The ten biggest mistakes people

make with a difficult conversation, Sonia Gill

GOVERNANCE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE NATIONAL GOVERNANCE ASSOCIATION

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Shall we grow?

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FINANCES AND RESOURCES

32 Holding academy trust boards to account: the role of members

34 MAT research round-up: what can trustees learn?

Editor Alex Sharratt (JCEL) Published by John Catt Educational Ltd, 12 Deben Mill Business Centre, Old Maltings Approach, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1BL. Tel: (01394) 389850 Fax: (01394) 386893 John Catt Educational Ltd is a member of the Independent Publishers Guild.

LEARNING AND WELLBEING

13 A transformative pay structure,

5 Other People’s Children,

22 Don’t bury your head in the sand,

10 Raise literacy levels and tackle social

Stuart Gardner Paul Leigh

40 Estate strategies for building better academies for the future, David Smith

43 The next generation of school apps 45 Buying Doncaster: the creation of a traded services brand, Rebecca Rowbottom

46 Embracing GDPR and the Cloud,

30 Communication in MATS

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Barnaby Lenon

mobility, Sonia Blandford

20 “They muck you up, your mum and dad...” Marc Rowland

24 Soft skills taught and caught, Roy Blatchford

37 Real life maths, Craig Barton 55 The (much dreaded) student interview panel, Dan Roberts

Tim Verlander

49 Network security, the GDPR and how to privately connect multiple school sites, Jo Malone

52 Schools and the apprenticeship levy, John Deaville

Opinions expressed in Academy are not necessarily endorsed by JCEL; likewise advertisements are printed in good faith. Their inclusion does not imply endorsement by JCEL. Editorial contributions should be sent to [email protected] Submissions for the Summer edition should arrive no later than 12th March 2018. Academy is published three times a year, in Spring, Summer and Autumn. £25 for a two-year subscription, post paid; discounts for bulk orders are available.

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SOCAL MOBILITY

OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN In this extract from his new book, Barnaby Lenon writes about the state of vocational education in England and the implications of his findings for a post-Brexit economy

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n 2017 three members of my family enrolled with a Further Educ