In celebration of International Girls in ICT Day 2021, which took place on Thursday 22nd April, Mulberry school for Girls organised a range of exciting, IT related events that included competitions on ‘Innovation for the Future’, a debate club covering the topic of girls in IT, a robotics clubs and our very own innovative online conference organised by Women in Telecoms & Technology.
The online conference, entitled ‘Women in IT’, took place on Thursday 29th April. At its core, the conference wanted to continue recognising women who are in IT fields and to mark the importance of having more women in this sector. Over 70 students from all key stages heard from a great line up of pioneering women, who are all studying and working in IT. The panel consisted of KPMG employees, who held various IT positions across the business and a Computer Science and Maths undergraduate, studying at Loughborough University.
The conference was a great ending to our fun celebrations and a way for Mulberry School for Girls to recognise the significance of International Girls in ICT Day and to show our continued support for this important day.
Our students now have further knowledge to make informed choices about their future in IT and more awareness about the varied jobs that exist within the sector, the academic routes they can take to reach their goals and the key skills that are needed to have a successful career.
The feedback from students was extremely positive and we were so pleased that they appreciated the importance of seeing women in positions of power within the IT industry. We hope these events will help our students to see themselves in this space in the future, where we fully expect them to be breaking down barriers and carving out fantastic careers!
Issue #8 of the Mulberry Schools Trust newsletter is out now!
The feature story covers Mulberry’s conversation with Mrs Michelle Obama. The coverage featured on BBC One’s The One Show no less! We also have plenty of news and updates related to our brilliant Mulberry STEM Academy on page 3. This issue also provides many examples of the exceptional support and lessons provided by our schools, as well as opportunities for fun, enjoyment and excitement.
We feel privileged to be able to share with you all that our students are doing.
We are delighted that one of our Year 10 students has won a local short story competition in conjunction with Canary Wharf Group. This was themed around the famous ‘Old Flo’ Statue, located in the area. A huge congratulations from all of the school community. The student will have her story available to the public in different ‘story stations’ around Canary Wharf. How exciting!
Mulberry School for Girls, founding school of the Mulberry Schools Trust, is excited to announce that it has been selected by the Department for Education to become one of 87 Teaching School Hubs in the country.
Launching in September 2021, the Teaching School Hub will be collaboratively responsible for ensuring that teachers from all 173 schools in Hackney and Tower Hamlets have access to world-class teacher development programmes.
The Teaching School Hub will offer training programmes for trainee teachers, newly qualified teachers, early career teachers and leaders. At all levels, teachers will be able to access high quality, cutting edge professional development that is so vital to delivering exceptional outcomes for pupils across Tower Hamlets and Hackney.
Collegiality, transparency and inclusion will be at the heart of the collaboration and innovative programmes on offer. Content will be suitable for every stage, phase and age within the education system. Our colleagues in Early Years, Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Alternative Provision and SEND will all benefit from pioneering, evidence based professional development that will positively impact outcomes in the classroom.
Over the coming months, Mulberry School for Girls will work with school leaders and key strategic partners to build a comprehensive network of teacher development excellence. We will bring together new and existing local expertise, so that we can collectively determine key priorities and implement evidence based outcomes that lead to system-wide improvement.
Dr Vanessa Ogden, CEO of the Mulberry Schools Trust and Headteacher of Mulberry School for Girls said: “The announcement today is fantastic news. Central to the Teaching School Hub’s ethos is professional collaboration to deliver high quality programmes and training. We know pupils achieve better when the staff around them are motivated and highly qualified. We will work together with our strategic partners and colleagues in local schools to ensure that this new provision delivers outstanding programmes that increase teacher motivation, confidence and commitment. We want to attract the best educators to our region and support them to stay. We want them to enjoy their careers and these aims will underpin our offer.”
Ruth Smith, Director of Education at Mulberry Schools Trust, said: “Today’s announcement is a tribute to all of the local schools and strategic partners who supported our application to become a Teaching School Hub. Together, we have the passion, expertise and capacity to deliver outstanding teacher development to teachers and leaders at every stage of their career. Hackney and Tower Hamlets is a fantastic place to teach and we are committed to recruiting, retaining and developing the very best teachers. Our collective ambition is to deliver outstanding educational outcomes for our young people as they deserve the best.”
For further information, please contact:
Ruth Smith, Director of Education
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