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23/09/17

18 - 22 September 2017 Harris Academies https://t.co/tcy4UrqOoV

22/09/17

Retweeted From HGABR Sixth Form

A reminder that students finish at 12.40pm on Monday, due to the Open Evening.

22/09/17

Retweeted From Harris South Norwood

A few Y10s had a chance to try BMX thanks to and https://t.co/jStWeDE3xY

21/09/17

Retweeted From Harris Greenwich

You'll love working here. Apply for an English position, Jan start: https://t.co/AgBZWITRxJ

21/09/17

Retweeted From Jonathan Limb

Sometimes teaching can be a bit of a handful but engagement & progress are key parts of ! Y6 Open Evening 2017 https://t.co/QqzQixGqbo

21/09/17

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. needs an After School Club Assistant. Apply now: https://t.co/fqoosVWEa9 https://t.co/hUQlnH3Ybi

21/09/17

Retweeted From HarrisMerton

First address from our Principal “we are an Academy that is outstanding and maintains that accolade every day” https://t.co/ZZEeWl4WZC

20/09/17

Retweeted From Mumsnet Merton

It's secondary schools' open season. Visit Ofsted - Open Evening Wed. 20 September https://t.co/MidSuP8Vi4 https://t.co/YtTP8g9i1i

20/09/17

Retweeted From David Carter

https://t.co/keX7tCOWP0 New Executive Leaders programme from Certainly worth a look if you are leading or aspiring to lead a MAT

19/09/17

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First ever inspection sees Merton school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted https://t.co/8l4i5m6kbK

19/09/17

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Merton School ‘outstanding,’ says Ofsted https://t.co/ZazJRuN2Ug via

18/09/17

First ever inspection sees Merton school rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted https://t.co/AtkyIWClAj

18/09/17

Retweeted From Siobhain McDonagh MP

My huge congratulations to wonderful for their OUTSTANDING Ofsted results across the board. Delighted for you all - so deserved! https://t.co/E4grlp7ktc

18/09/17

rated 'outstanding' by in all areas in first ever inspection https://t.co/5PFt2rfwnP https://t.co/X6wFWEtF9g

18/09/17

Retweeted From Mumsnet Merton

The reasons behind the need for new school, Harris Federation Academy Wimbledon (you can now apply for a place... https://t.co/NJmjw2SJFo

18/09/17

Seven in a row - rates seven newly inspected Harris Federation academies 'outstanding' https://t.co/2SzoIPp4ei https://t.co/frT5003QgV

16/09/17

Looking forward to hearing Harris in Harmony perform.

16/09/17

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Harris in Harmony rehearsals off to a flying start at HAB 🎶🙌🏼 https://t.co/6EpUHoDVkA

16/09/17

11 - 15 September 2017. Harris Academies https://t.co/LMlSIWW5b5

14/09/17

Retweeted From HPA Orpington

Beautiful playing and gold stars being awarded today in piano lessons. https://t.co/iapj1JL11Z

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16/07/2010

Harris goes to San Diego

We all felt so lucky to get the amazing opportunity to visit the High Tech High Schools in San Diego at half term. Our mission was to witness some of the outstanding teaching and learning and try to bring some of the best ideas back home to the Federation. High Tech High had been reported in the papers in the UK as being one of the best schools in the world and we wanted to find out what was so good. We kept in touch with everyone through the Harris Voice website and posted our updates every evening. Whilst visiting the schools we split into pairs and tried to focus our research in each of the four key areas of the twelve ideas. We thought that this would be a good way of keeping evidence. We also took lots of photographs and had smaller projects for our own Academies. Most of us spoke to our teachers beforehand to see if there was anything special we could find out for them. “Clearly the students are at the centre of everything that happens here. From the design of the projects they are working on, the appraisal of their work, peer feedback and support to changes that may happen within the school, students are consulted and actively involved in every stage of the process. This clearly has the effect of making the students very proud of their school and extremely focused and engaged with their learning. Students seem to feel their education is relevant and worthwhile and they value the efforts teachers make to ensure that the products they create are real and have worth to their lives.” Sara Goddard, Harris Academy Merton and Nadia Osumanu, Harris Girls’ Academy, East Dulwich  
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16/07/2010

Career aspirations of Harris Federation Post 16

In March 2010 almost 400 visitors attended the Federation Post 16 Next Steps evening held at Harris Academy South Norwood. The event was aimed at Year 11, 12 and 13 students and their parents/carers from our four Academies in Croydon and Merton, giving them the chance to link up with a wide range of Next Steps organisations. Exhibitors at the careers fair included employers such as Channel 4; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Mansell; Her Majesty’s armed forces and 25 Universities from around the country including Oxford and Cambridge; Queen Mary; Birmingham and St George’s. Careers advice and support was provided by the Connexions Service. Throughout the evening a programme of career development sessions and talks took place, providing visitors with the chance to explore career opportunities and the various elements of graduate study in more detail. Talks included ‘writing a personal statement’, ‘student finance’, ‘what to do on a gap year’, insights into ‘careers at EDF Energy’, ‘careers within the Ministry of Justice’, ‘a day in the life of a management consultant’, ‘apprentice and training opportunities’ and so on. A parent who expressed her satisfaction commented on the evening: “I just wanted to thank you for inviting us. My daughter came away with a great deal of information and said she was totally inspired by her one to one discussions with firms and Universities”. At Harris we are constantly encouraging students to be thoughtful and proactive about planning their future career and events like the Next Steps evening help them to start thinking carefully about their skills and interests and how they can build on these for a successful future. This is the first year we have done something quite so ambitious, but based on the success of the event; we look forward to next year being even bigger and better. Sandra Miles Principal Harris Federation Post 16  
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16/07/2010

Diary of a Student Commissioner in New York

Nine Student Commissioners and six teachers were chosen to travel to New York. The aim of the visit was to see how we can enhance teaching and learning across Harris Federation. We left early on Saturday 6th February. We were on a very long 7 hour Virgin Atlantic flight to JFK airport in New York. We got there in the afternoon and it was cold! But, we were all too excited to care about our numbing hands and red noses and we soon got in a familiar looking New York yellow cab to make our way to the Holiday Inn Hotel, Manhattan. After settling down, it was time for dinner and we made our way to Lombardi’s Pizza, which was America’s first pizzeria, and is still regarded as one of the best. Since it was the weekend, we had a lot of free time on our hands before we visited schools, so on Sunday we went sight-seeing. From visiting the Statue of Liberty, to Ground Zero and up to the top of The Empire State Building. Now that the weekend was over, it was time to learn more about learning as we went to the New York City – Department of Education office. We left early Monday morning to head to the Tweed Building where the Department of Education offices are based – there are even two schools there! We had a meeting with five members of the DOE, including the Deputy Chancellor who gave us an insight into what education is like in New York; which is different from every school! Everything they told us raised more questions than answers because it was so innovative! I bet you've never heard of a school called the 'Quest to Learn' where everything you need to know is taught through adventure games on the computer. Or the Cinema School, in which everything is taught through film making! On Tuesday, we visited the iSchool, which is based on using technology for everything. I shadowed two students during my time there and saw a range of lessons. I remember being in an ICT lesson, in which each student worked on their personalised virtual learning environment called ‘moodle’. The school day soon came to an end, but the work didn’t stop there, as back at the hotel we had to write a blog. Wednesday was a snow day, so all schools were closed. When it snows in New York, it really snows. This affected our timetable because we were not able to visit the Global Learning Collaborative School, which is a school that focuses on real life learning and tries to combat global issues. One thing that I really wanted to see was the solar panels the students built on their school’s roof to combat global warming. But it did give us extra time to prepare for our presentation on Friday. We also got to go to visit the Guggenheim Museum and Times Square. Thursday was a very long day for us as we had to visit the first two schools – the first, Harlem’s Children Zone, and the second, KIPP: Infinity (Knowledge Is Power Programme). What I liked and what was common about both schools is that they celebrated achievement a lot. For example, at KIPP: Infinity, you could not see a blank space on the wall because it was filled up with the work and pictures of so many different students. And at Harlem’s Children Zone, some students were rewarded with trips to Paris, the Galapagos Islands, and get this, the Bahamas. Back at the hotel it was a very rigorous session of rehearsing for our presentation for the Department of Education. Money was up for grabs for the team that did the best presentation. Friday morning came in a flash, and the nerves that started at the hotel followed us all the way to the Department of Education Building. But the nerves did not get the better of us as everybody resented very well on the ‘Learning About Learning – The 12 Ideas Of Learning’ publication by the Commission. The resentation was about what we saw in America that linked to the 12 ideas of learning. All of a sudden it was over. What we came over to America to achieve had been done. And we were back in boring old London on the morning of Saturday 13th February after a week in New York. But now it is our responsibility, both students and staff, to make sure what was successful in the schools that improved teaching and learning is carried here at Harris Academy Bermondsey, and of course, across the Harris Federation. Mayowa Sofekun Harris Academy Bermondsey  
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16/07/2010

The wonder of wireless and laptops!

Harris Academy Purley is extremely proud to announce that we have provided 160 new HP laptops to support student learning and have become a fully wireless Academy. The Federation ICT team installed a new infrastructure in October with cabling to ensure a ‘reliable, robust and sustainable network for a totally wireless environment.’ Principal Carol-Anne Alcock is delighted with the impact this will have on impact student achievement. “The laptops ensure that our visions of personal learning for all our students is being achieved.” There are now 22 laptop trolleys with 360 available laptops which can be booked around the Academy. Staff and students are really benefitting from the extra resources. Vice Principal Geoff Walls commented “Making sure that students have effortless access to digital content and learning resources is a key part of the Academy’s wider ICT strategy which sees staff working in partnership with students to deliver world class 21st century learning.” Being wireless has enabled flexibility in all teaching areas creating more advantages for teaching and learning. Year 11 student Taylor Ali has already noted the increased opportunities for learning “It’s made a real improvement. I can use my ICT skills in every lesson. I can touch type in science!” The Music Department has also received 20 iMacs with 21 inch screens which will support student learning and composition. The software includes Garage Band which is excellent for composition and Logic which is used throughout the Music Industry. Head of Music Nathalie Van der Weide is thrilled with the new equipment “This brings the Music Department up to industry standard and allows all students from Year 7 to BTEC to maximise their potential in Music.”   Dawn Steele Harris Academy Purley
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