Evolve's contribution to the system.
"For senior leaders, leading, motivating, and supporting staff can be a challenge at the best of times,” she says. “However, we are now seeing the impact of Covid that has exasperated this challenge.
Educationalists are now coping with a wide range of issues and feelings, such as fear, anxiousness, and vulnerability. As leaders, we now need to be more empathetic than we ever have before and need to prioritize the emotional wellbeing of our staff, and specifically, the adoption of wellbeing-focused cultures.”
Testing and feedback on ESFA systems
On 1 December 2020, Barbara took part in an interview with the ESFA to provide feedback on the View My Financial Insights tool used by CFOs, Finance Directors and Business Managers in the sector. This interview will help shape how the tool can be further developed to suit the needs of academies moving forwards. She also had the opportunity to see and provide feedback on new system designs that the ESFA have developed.
Barbara also undertook user testing on the updated Land and Buildings Collection tool (LBCT), a return required to be completed annually by academy trusts. As part of the process, she also had the opportunity to discuss her experiences regarding the return with the ESFA. This is part of the ESFA’s process to ensure that the form works effectively prior to rolling out for completion.
Following Claire-Marie's input at the Education Select Committee, she was invited to answer some questions on the Drivetime Show of BBC Radio Nottingham.
Preparing Students, Staff and School Estates for Future Interruptions
Following the meeting Claire was approached by BBC to discuss this further for a news item.
Claire-Marie takes part in the 'blue collar conservative' conference, raising her thoughts on the future of education.
The prestigious East Midlands Women’s Awards (EMWA), which is now in its third year, was held at Nottingham’s stunning Colwick Hall and hosted by BBC Radio Leicester presenters Rupal Rajani and Dave Andrews, with special guest the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace in attendance who voiced his interest in increasing the number of women in senior roles.
The East Midlands Women’s Awards (EMWA) recognises and celebrates women from all sectors, backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities and age, making it the region’s most inclusive event. Furthermore, it acknowledges the impact of women in society – from grass-roots levels to the top of the academic or corporate world.
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which seeks to offer perspectives from those who have successfully led and developed groups, not only academy trusts but also commercial groups of colleges. It includes insights from headteachers who have become chief executives and from operations directors. Each essay will, I hope, serve as a useful guide to those currently considering or developing a group of schools and provide some advice on what to do and what to avoid
How The Evolve Trust broke down barriers - Two headteachers and a director of school improvement in Nottinghamshire have swapped roles for two years. It’s a move that has nudged them out of their comfort zones . . .
Don't miss Claire's Confessional and her baptism of fire as a CEO as one member of staff decides to appear on TV...........just not the sort of show you would expect!
Another great COVID schools discussion, with the amazing Claire-Marie Cuthbert, CEO of the Evolve Trust MAT in Mansfield. As you’d expect from the EMWAs Female CEO of the year, Claire is straight talking, full of infectious energy and positivity, with a firm grip on the future for her schools.
Running a MAT in a disadvantaged area brings with it many social difficulties and issues, all of which have been augmented during lockdown. Hear how Claire and her team have kept steadfast during lockdown, with schools open and staff going the extra-mile. Even delivering food parcels and Easter eggs to the families in need. As Claire says, maybe it’s time we all reflected on what it is to be a good human. Enjoy!