Established in 2013, the TBAP Multi-Academy Trust supports learners who are experiencing difficulty with or have been excluded from mainstream education. The Trust works across London and Cambridgeshire.
We provide outstanding education and intervention through our Alternative Provision (AP) Academies, Special Academies and outreach teams who work hard to ensure that every learner reaches their full potential. Our core values of Resilience, Compassion and Innovation are central to our work. The TBAP Trust has sponsored PRUs and Special Schools to become Academies. We also have the capacity to provide school-to-school support from our National and Specialist Leaders of Education via the TBAP Teaching School Alliance (TSA). TBAP has proven to be highly successful at supporting the most vulnerable learners in many ways.
TBAP TSA's 5th Annual Conference. Theme: Developing Mental Health, Wellbeing & Self-Confidence in our schools As an Alternative Provision provider, we support learners with significant additional health needs on a daily basis. From talking with many of our commisioners and partners, it is clear that education professionals are dealing with mental health concerns on an increasingly regular basis.
With around 1 in 10 of our learners experiencing mental health difficulties and as many as 1 in 6 young people experiencing an anxiety condition during the course of their lives this is something which has an impact on every school. With a potential 5 learners in any one classroom living with anxiety or depression, education professionals are identifying that they would like to build their confidence in supporting the learners in their care.
For this year's conference, we have therefore decided to assemble some of the UK's most inspirational and expert practitioners in mental health and wellbeing. The focus will be on mental health, supporting behaviour, trauma informed practice, regulation and neurophsiology, as well as developing oracy skills in our learners to foster self-confidence.
The 4th Annual TSA conference proved to be a successful day with over 90 delegates from as far as Middlesbrough in attendance as well as representatives from the DfE the Ministry of Justice and the press. Kiran Gill gave an inspirational opening keynote explaining how ‘The Difference’ will support mainstream schools to be more inclusive whilst bringing capacity and skilled practitioners to AP. Sean Harford, OfSTED’s National Director for Education, outlined OfSTED’s new, more collaborative approach to inspections. Delegates were relieved to see that OfSTED do not expect predicted grades or P8 from AP and are looking for evidence of high expectations and useful assessment data instead. Robert Halfon MP, chair of the Education Select Committee’s enquiry into AP, outlined his findings so far and was particularly interested in learning more about our post-16 provision which he described as ‘rare’ and wanted to see more of the same. Finally, we had a range of excellent and practical workshops which all received excellent feedback from delegates. Thank you to Karen Thomson, Sam Rigby-White, Steff Bond, Krishna Purbhoo, Angela Tempany, Patricia Day, Peter Fellows, Rebecca Mead and Brenda McHugh (Anna Freud Centre) - please feel free to review their slides and contact us here at TBAP TSA if you would like further information.
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