£495,000 Awarded for 100 schools on our new Nurture UK project

Nearly half a million pounds was awarded to SAfE and the Innovation Inclusion Schools working group from the Mental Health and Investment fund. This successful bid allows us to help 100 schools develop a whole school nurture approach with Nurture UK. This organisation is dedicated to improving the social, emotional, mental health and wellbeing of children and young people (CYP) and means we can improve the lives of our most vulnerable children across these schools.

98% Pass rate for our NPQ courses in 2023

1100 school leaders have been on our NPQ courses this year, (run by our sister company STSN) with a pass rate overall of 98%. We have 20 amazing school facilitators supporting our participants – working together to improve leadership across the county and beyond.

Primary Headteachers met at Wisley – the first in person conference since the pandemic

In July 2023, 166 Primary Headteachers came together at Wisley for their first in person conference since the pandemic. Reconnecting, Collaborating and Belonging. An uplifting and positive day with Daniel Sobel and Chris Lube.

220 SENCOs at SEND Conference

We had 220 SENCOs and other education leaders attend the Surrey/SAfE SEND conference with fantastic keynote speeches. Highlights were Mark Finnis and Paul Dix passionately talking about the importance of relational practices. Outstanding professional learning for leaders across Surrey.

Forum on AI supporting inclusion & reducing workload for secondary subject leaders

We had a fantastic turnout of 199 secondary subject leaders at our subject forum focusing on AI hearing from the brilliant Chris Goodall about how AI can support inclusion and reduce workload.

92% Ofsted reports graded good or better

Over 2023 we had a total of 60 graded and 48 ungraded inspections. Currently 92% of all Surrey schools are graded good or better, in comparison with 90% nationally. A great validation of the huge work, commitment and passion of our leaders and teachers.

9 out of 10 schools* prefer Maths Hub!

More than nine out of ten schools in Surrey have engaged with the North-East Hants and Surrey Maths Hub – developing excellent maths teaching and ensuring ‘The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts’.

*not cats

Engaging with Education Equity

27 secondary schools continue to engage on our fantastic programme with Marc Rowland – focusing on Educational Equity at the same time as ensuring excellence for all.

Heads Up!

We produced six Heads-Up podcasts in 2023 to support and deepen thinking for school leaders. This year we talked to Sam Strickland about behaviour, Fiona Fearon about widening the lens of inclusivity, and Dave Damon about supporting CYP mental health.

30 Networking Sessions

We put on over 30 network sessions for diverse groups of teachers and education specialists from school leaders, middle leaders, assessment leads, specialist centre leads to EYFS practitioners. Working together to share best practice, develop pedagogy and keep us all at the forefront of education.

Recognition of our 4000 volunteer Governors & Trustees

This summer we celebrated 29 Governors with either long service or recognition awards at our fabulous governance conference. Overall, we have about 4000 governors or trustees working in Surrey – the biggest volunteer workforce in the county!

The SAfE family is growing

We now have 319 schools as part of the SAfE family – working in partnership to enable all children and young people to have the opportunities to enjoy learning and achieve the best possible outcomes through excellent education.

As Surrey’s local education partnership, we feel privileged to be part of your tremendous successes. We wish you a wonderful and well-deserved break and look forward to working with you all in 2024.

Happy holidays for 2023 and Happy New Year for 2024!

Maria & the SAfE & STSN Team

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