This is the final blog for the Summer Term, so I want to start by thanking you all for your commitment and dedication to Camden children and young people; it has been a busy and productive year, which seems to have flown by.

I attended the Youth Safety Taskforce steering group this week, which was chaired, by Kier Starmer MP and Cllr Abdul Hai where there were a number of updates including a review of under 25s most at risk and an update on the new arrangements around exploitation. I spoke to the steering group about Camden Learning leading on co-designing a Trauma Informed Practice model, in partnership with Camden’s Educational Psychology Service. Camden Learning and EPS are constructing a framework where a TIPs model (a strong focus on supporting those adults who support children who have experienced and/or are experiencing trauma) will go across our schools, youth settings, and to other professionals working with young people; such as safer schools police officers. The model that we are favouring is a hybrid model using the ARC (Attachment, Regulation and Competency) which rolls out training to schools, developing our own capacity to deliver training and then to disseminate that learning to partners and voluntary groups.

This week I was talking to another council about the Camden STEAM model and the incredible impacts and vigour it has brought to our schools over the last couple of years. Many of you attended the exceptional culmination and celebration of the hard work by Camden STEAM students, teachers, employers and ambassadors this year. Last week, at Central St Martins teachers, pupils and businesses came together to celebrate at the STEAM exhibition which was a huge success. Schools were able to share their dynamic, collaborative and creative work, which they have been producing with the help of local businesses and artists in residence. Our very own Christine Gilbert attended the exhibition and was one of the speakers at the event, celebrating and recognising the high calibre of collaboration and learning across Camden Learning schools and the incredible partnerships that have developed through the work of the STEAM Hub.

Please find attached details of the standards meetings for next term. I have spoken to most heads at the recent head teacher briefings and most schools will now have been contacted by CPPs and their dates for September and October agreed.

One final thing, please save the date for the Camden Learning Deputy and Assistant Headteachers’ Conference, 14/15 November 2019, Brighton Harbour Hotel. More details to follow in September.

It just remains for me to wish you all a wonderful summer break, take the time to rest and recharge those batteries. See you in September.

Jon Abbey

Managing Director, Camden Learning

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