"Creating Long-Lasting Bonds In Our Local Community."
At Beeches Infant School, we pride ourselves on our connections with other schools and organisations. For further information, please click on the tabs below.
The Acorn Partnership
Beeches Infant School is a proud member of the Acorn Partnership of Schools. We work closely with our partner schools to share good practice, learn from each other and make financial savings through shared resources and joint procurement. The partnership provides opportunities for colleagues in different roles to collaborate, and while it is still in its early stages of development, it is already proving to be of benefit to the children of all eight schools.
AquAid & The Africa Trust
Here, at Beeches Infant School, we are aware that keeping our children and staff hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the day.
As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid.
Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our School the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to The Africa Trust.
These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ – a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.
Our School’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding a photo, a certificate and a letter of thanks from the villagers to our website in the near future.
To date, AquAid have built over 8,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe and have donated in excess of £16 million to charity.
Greet Teaching School Alliance
Beeches Infant School is a proud member of the Greet Teaching School Alliance (GTSA).
The Greet Teaching School Alliance was Birmingham’s first primary teaching school, designated in September 2011 as part of the first national cohort. Its designation has a clear focus on the support and development of schools in inner city Birmingham; its strong moral purpose drives this.
The GTSA are currently an alliance of 46 schools and 3 university partners. The fundamental purpose of the Alliance is to work together for the benefit of all, because our schools are addressing similar needs and challenges. GTSA are dedicated to reducing inequalities and giving children every opportunity to succeed at school and beyond.
The GTSA work collaboratively with all Birmingham teaching schools, are an active member of the Association of Central Teaching Schools (ACTS) and work closely with Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) to support continuing improved outcomes for all Birmingham children
As a Teaching School Alliance the GTSA are firmly committed to supporting other schools as part of a self-improving, school-led system. School to School support (S2S), which may be commissioned by individual schools, Academy Trusts, the Birmingham Education Partnership (BEP) or a Local Authority, is a significant and fundamental part of its work as a teaching school, and it is pleased to have a great many System Leaders (those with a formal designation and those without) working with us to support other schools.
The GTSA support leaders, teachers and support staff in all types of schools, those which are vulnerable, perhaps in an Ofsted category of concern or requiring improvement as well as good and outstanding schools seeking external validation of their excellent practice or looking to improve further in a particular aspect of provision.
The Teaching School Alliance includes a number of National Leaders of Education (NLEs) and Local Leaders of Education (LLEs). These are headteachers who have been designated by the National College to work with other schools as part of system leadership.
We are proud to say that our head teacher (HT) Mrs Colley is a Local Leader of Education (LLE). She offers support to other schools around Birmingham and finds the role extremely rewarding and beneficial, with much to learn from visiting other educational settings.
As well as our HT supporting other schools, through our alliance with GTSA, other members of Beeches staff also have opportunities to share their practice and expertise.
These learning opportunities for leadership and staff enable sound professional development which ensures that Beeches Infant School continues to grow, thrive and develop in line with current, local and national trends. Of course by keeping staff up to date, Beeches own practice continues to evolve. The children, who are at the heart of everything that happens at Beeches Infant School ultimately benefit from the partnership.
UNICEF - Rights Respecting
At Beeches Infants School, we are delighted to be classed as a Rights Respecting Gold School. Gold: Rights Respecting is the third stage of the Rights Respecting Schools Award, It is granted by UNICEF UK to schools that have fully embedded children’s rights throughout the school in its policies, practice and ethos, as outlined in the RRSA Strands and Outcomes.
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At Beeches, we are delighted to partnered with Quality Mark. Quality Mark is an internationally acknowledged accreditation supporting and recognising improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of English and mathematics, and providing evidence of high-quality education.
The Quality Mark aims to focus educational organisations to undertake effective self-evaluation and continuous improvement for English and mathematics, which drives better outcomes for pupils, their families and society.
The Quality Mark Framework has been developed in consultation with Local authorities, Multi Academy Trusts, practitioners and educational experts to provide a framework to promote, support and celebrate the improvement of English and mathematics from early years, through to Further Education Providers. It offers a pathways for each phase based on the unique offer of each stage of development of our young people.
As well as driving continuous improvement and celebrating excellence through its Award, the Quality Mark also acts as a guide for the improvement journey for settings identified as needing improvement, offering settings bespoke support, advice and guidance from credible and highly skilled Improvement Specialists.
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