Derby Moor Partnerships
Partnerships with outside organisations are an important part of the development of our students and staff.
We are supported by a number of local businesses which help our young people develop skills and knowledge that makes them more employable. It also helps to make learning more fun and engaging.
Martin Care from Bombardier is now the school’s Enterprise Advisor and will be working in partnership with Mr Kilgour in several areas, including;
a) to influence the development of the school’s curriculum to improve alignment with what employers in Derby are looking for.
- b) taking part in a number of career based activities within the school to enhance students’ employability skills, such as our Mock Interview evening, and career based talks.
- c) to help the leadership team at the school develop the overall strategy for building aspiration and career options visibility for students across the age ranges at Derby Moor using the broader Enterprise Advisor’s Network.
- d) working alongside the technology department supporting our budding engineers. Providing support through mentoring and coaching along with technical assistance with course delivery.
Martin has worked for Bombardier in Derby for 11 years and has over 30 year’s career experience in both the broader Engineering service sector, and working with young people in development of apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
The school has developed a positive relationship with Buildbase through Business in the Community. Buildbase is a builder’s merchants with over 165 branches in the UK and is part of the Grafton Group plc. The Maths department has developed a link for key stage 3 students to visit a local site and to apply maths skills in some real life scenarios as well as having a tour of the site and taking part in a Q+A session. In addition, an assessment centre experience has been run with Year 12 students giving them a first-hand experience of selection processes. Buildbase also support the work experience programme for Year 12 students.
The collaboration between Derby Moor and DuPont came about through Business in the Community who partnered us both together as both parties wished to build strong links between school and business.
DuPont Burton Upon Trent manufacture natural food colours for the global market.
Business in the Community has set up a package of careers lessons to deliver in school called Careers Lab.
Careers Lab in partnership with DuPont have delivered training to all our year 10 careers lessons this year. Below is some of the feedback from students involved.
This academic year, further lessons will be delivered to years 8 and 9 within the school.
“It was great to be able to explain how careers can evolve over time and that a good education not only helps start a job when school / college ends but also allows you to move more easily as new opportunities arise.” Andrew Kendrick – Cellulosics and Natural Colours R&D Manager - DuPont
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time with Careers Lab and Derby Moor School. The course structure was certainly enlightening for the students and it encouraged them to think outside of the box and that not all choices made now have to be permanent. I think the students were encouraged by all the different experiences myself and other colleagues were able to share. I believe it made the topic of ‘careers’ a less daunting one and has helped students to recognise their own skills and qualities, that they would normally take for granted.” Zoe Hammond – Buyer - DuPont
“Careers Lab really gets the children thinking about who they are and what they have to offer. Being part of Derby Moor’s student development has been an honour. I feel privileged to think that I may have made a difference to the students’ outlook or opportunities. The students have been keen, engaged and willing to listen.” Nicola Landsborough – Site and Assistant Global Product Manager – Colours - DuPont
“When I was at school, our careers planning consisted of a single interview with a teacher, who told me, “You’re good at science, you should do science. Next!” with no consideration of my personal preference or any idea of what I was going to do with “science” when I grew up. Being part of the careers lab sessions lets me give the kids at the school the advice that I never got - If you know what you want to do, that’s great. But if you don’t, that’s OK too. Do what you love, learn everything you can, but the person you are is more important than the information you know.” Gemma Hallifield – EHS Manager - DuPont
We have collaborated with Derby Museums to plan and deliver a programme of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths) making workshops for students until Summer 2019. This is part of the development of the new Derby Silk Mill Museum of Making. The project uses academy facilities, but also a retrofitted heritage bus (funded through the Great Places Scheme), as a mobile making workshop and museum (christened the Makory), enabling students to become involved in a variety of STEAM making activities, to start to understand more about heritage and the creative industries, and to inform thinking about future jobs and careers. The project aims to help raise aspiration by providing learning that supports and complements the academy curriculum, and helps engender confidence a sense of achievement and ambition.
We are working with Dr Katy Vigurs, supporting the CPD behaviour training packages, helping staff to have a better understanding of their decision making and pupils' behaviour.
QUAD Derby has provided the school funding to help raise our attainment in Art, Photography and Media at Key Stage 4 and 5. They put on workshops for Years 10-13 and teach students technical skills about taking and editing photos for their individual portfolios.
We are working with JD Gyms to run some sessions on Health and Wellbeing Opportunities. This is being run by two Derby Moor Alumni from the company.
The first sessions start in December 2018.
Yr12/13 are going to be given an opportunity of having a free taster session at the JD Gym in Allenton in the new year.
Teach First coordinates an employment-based teaching training programme across England and Wales whereby participants achieve Qualified Teacher Status through the participation in a two-year training programme that involves the completion of a PGCE along with wider leadership skills training and an optional master's degree.
As a partnership school we mentor and develop Teach First participants through their teacher training. Since joining Teach First programme we have successfully developed a number of teachers and our contributions have been recognised by the recent visit from the Minister for Education, Justine Greening.
Ambition School Leadership
Our Principal, Mr Smith, works with Ambition School Leadership, as part of the Talented Leaders Programme. This provides us with additional funding and support to continue to develop our provision and raise standards.
George Spencer Alliance
Derby Moor is part of the George Spencer Alliance. The vision of which is to develop the George Spencer Academy Teaching School Alliance as a true learning community focused on raising standards to improve the life chances of young people in all their schools. It aims to accelerate student learning & outcomes through exemplary governance, 'high performance' leadership development and high quality teaching and learning. The Alliance is committed to working collaboratively to share strengths and support development to ensure that they have the capacity and credibility to bring about successful school improvement.
George Spencer CPD and Training Programme
Derby Moor is part of the George Spencer CPD and Training Programme. George Spencer Teaching School has a strong and well established reputation for delivering quality CPD.
The school has access to:
o Pre-ITT programmes such as Future Teaching Scholars and Internships
o Initial Teacher Training through their SCITT programme
o NQT and RQT programmes and ongoing support for former trainees
o Coaching and mentoring programmes
o Subject specialist programmes
o Support staff programmes such as our Outstanding Teaching Assistant Programme (OTAP) and Science technician seminar
o Teaching and learning programmes such as our Improving Teacher Programme, Outstanding Teacher Programme and Teacher Communities of Practice (TCPs)
o Developing existing and emerging leaders through our Leadership Pathways programmes and subject and phase specific leadership networks, and delivery of NPQML, NPQSL and NPQH
School-Centred Initial Teacher Training
George Spencer Academy has been named by the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’ as one of the Top 10 teacher trainer providers in the country.
As part of the School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Derby Moor offers teaching training to a number of staff who are currently on the programme.
National Citizen Service
Derby Moor has strong links with the National Citizen Service (NCS). NCS is a two or four week programme for 16 & 17 year olds which takes place during school holidays. The programme, which UCAS recommends referencing on personal statements, helps teens develop skills for work and life including confidence, leadership and resilience, whilst also expanding social networks.
Derby Moor have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to NCS with the volume of sign ups and are among the top 20 schools nationally. The school has excelled at motivating students to take up extracurricular activities, specifically encouraging young people to attend the four week programme during their term breaks, leading to increased interest in volunteering. We have been a “Champion” school for NCS for the last three years, something few other schools have achieved.
Recently the school received a visit from David Cameron to showcase the work Derby Moor are doing with the NCS.
David Cameron who became chair of patrons at the National Citizen Service Trust in October last year was keen to see the work NCS were doing with a school first hand.
Mr Cameron spoke with Derby Moor NCS graduates about their time on the programme and visited a number of classes.
Derbyshire Sexual Health Partnership
As part of the Derbyshire Sexual Health Partnership, we provide basic sexual health advice and advice on long term contraception on request. We also offer the Chlamydia Screening Programme and C-Card Scheme.
Chlamydia Screening Programme: As part of our chlamydia screening programme we provide free self-sampling kits
C-Card Scheme: The C-Card scheme is a condom distribution scheme which ensures easy access to sexual health advice and free condoms It has proved a successful element of the wider Public Health strategy to reduce unprotected sex, rates of STIs and unplanned pregnancies.
We are always looking to partner with organisations, so please get in touch if you would like to work with us.