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The third Trust INSET day will take place on Monday February 26th at Arnold Hill Academy. In the first year we focussed upon employability. It made sense given that one of the trust's strategic objectives is to develop the most employable young people in the country. The event was held at Farnborough. At the centre of the 2017 event was the challenge of preparing children for the new type of GCSEs. Remembering information had surged to the forefront of educational practice. Bit of a contradiction to the idea of preparing for the world of work in the age of Google- thanks Mr. Gove- but we need to do everything possible to enable pupils to get the best grades.

Feedback from last year's event suggested that people with similar roles across the trust wanted more time together. That's what the 2018 INSET day will focus upon. After a brief input from me there will be whole range of opportunities to see what others have been up to and a chance share the best practice. You'll also be able to share problems and perhaps find solutions together.

We also plan to ensure the queues for lunch are shorter!

Phil Crompton