Cumbria Education Trust (CET) are delighted to welcome back all students for the start of the new school year. During the two INSET days’ staff worked diligently putting the final touches together to ensure a safe, secure and enabling environment.

The current pandemic did unfortunately put a stop to the annual CET conference in Carlisle. In normal circumstances staff from all CET schools meet to network and take part in workshops and seminars from leaders in Education. This year all staff were welcomed back by a live broadcast, this was streamed to all CET schools, including our 2 new schools, Newtown Primary School in Carlisle, and Northside Primary School in Workington.

CEO Lorrayne Hughes and Chair of the Trust Board George Beveridge introduced proceedings.

Lorrayne welcomed all staff and in particular Newtown and Northside schools into the Trust family of schools. Lorrayne reviewed the successes and challenges of the previous school year, adding:

“So much was achieved in unprecedented times, CET rose to the challenge and quickly adapted; our remote learning arrangements and interaction with students received wide ranging parental praise in both the primary and secondary sector. We built up so many positive relationships with our families and local communities. Our theme for last year was ‘As One’ and we certainly helped and supported each other ‘As One’ and we were stronger for doing this. In the year ahead we will undoubtedly face more challenges. Never have our values of respect, responsibility and resilience been more important. We have worked so hard to get our schools ready to welcome students back and it is with great excitement that we do so this week. Our theme this year is Shaping the Future, at CET we are looking to shape the future and do what is the very best for all of our students and staff.”

George added “What a year it has been, a big thank you from me and the Trust Board, we are immensely proud of how the staff have responded and continued to put the children in our care first. There is a lot to reflect on and we will use every aspect of what we have learned to help us shape the future of the Trust and schools moving forward.”

The main session of the CET INSET was called “Shaping the Future” and focused on learning behaviour, this being a key strategic priority for the year ahead. Shaping the Future is being developed and rolled out across the Trust by the Behaviour Collaborative Working Group, which consists of specialists from each Trust School and is jointly lead by Sue Newstead and Kath Pigdon. After the presentation staff took part in workshops delivered in their own school.

Welcome back all!