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NVT Newsletter Issue 2

NVT Newsletter Summer Edition




New Vision English Hub are delighted to announce that Shahed Ahmed, CEO of New Vision Academy Trust, has been invited to become a member of the English Hubs Council.

The English Hubs Council will have a vital role in providing strategic vision and direction for the English Hubs Programme, as well as support for its implementation. The Council will work alongside the Department for Education, the English Hubs Training Centre and the school-based English Hubs to maximise the impact of the programme.

Shahed Ahmed has been a strong advocate for the teaching of Systematic Synthetic Phonics (SSP) for over a decade and has supported schools and the government to implement SSP locally and nationally. He was a member of the Department for Education Phonics Advisory Committee which led to the introduction of the Year 1 Phonics Screening Check. In 2012, when the Mayor of Newham launched the Newham Reading Guarantee, Shahed supported Headteachers throughout the borough in improving the teaching of phonics by helping them to introduce a structured phonics programme.

Shahed has also promoted a love of reading and vocabulary development at Elmhurst Primary School. He has ensured that teachers give time to reading aloud to children, so that they can enjoy hearing stories that they might not yet be able to access independently. He has invested in our school library so that children have access to texts that will tempt them.

Shahed said, "I am very pleased to be invited onto the English Hubs Council. I look forward to using my experience to support and guide the English Hubs programme so that it successfully helps to improve the teaching and learning of reading throughout the country."



The school councils across The New Vision Trust have been working together collaboratively on ‘Tackling the litter’. The initial meeting was hosted at Vicarage Primary School where pupils were given the opportunity to meet and get to know one another. At this meeting, they agreed on an area that was relevant to all four schools- reducing litter.

A further meeting took place at Nelson Primary School, where pupils worked with the school councils from other schools to share best practice. They took away ideas from what each school was doing to reduce the litter. Some schools went a step further and introduced effective ways to ensure schools were recycling more.

In February, Gallions Primary School hosted a meeting for all the School Councillors from The New Vision Trust where pupils presented their projects.

The School Councils received a warm welcome from Mrs Shazia Hussain, the Head Teacher of Gallions Primary School. The meeting began with discussions in groups to share work that the school councils have accomplished so far, identifying challenges and successes. These were in mixed groups- pupils from the four schools. Pupils enjoyed their discussion whilst eating cookies and fruit juice!

Afterwards, pupils from each school gave a short presentation on ‘Tackling the Litter’ action, which they had been working on since last year. Pupils used PowerPoint and photographs to present their feedback. During the meeting they also had the chance think about future actions.

Mr Shahed Ahmed, CEO of The New Vision Trust congratulated the school councils at the four schools for working collaboratively and highlighted the benefits of working together as a Multi Academy Trust. The school council leads were thanked for their hard work. At the next school council meeting in the summer term at Elmhurst Primary School, pupils will decide on their next joint project.

Question Time with Guy Opperman

Elmhurst year sixes showed they are capable of conversing at the highest level this week when they interviewed a serving government minister for the national news.

Four students from 6S, Tasnuba, Abdul, Sianna and Shifa, did themselves and the school proud, questioning Pensions Minister Guy Opperman about his background, his job and even the gender pay gap in the pensions system!

They were given this brilliant opportunity through Elmhurst's work with the charity Debate Mate, which has joined up with organisation Now Pensions to raise the engagement of young people around their financial futures. This is particularly significant now, as this year's Pension Awareness Week begins today (Monday 14th September).

The students interviewed Mr Opperman for more than one hour, with the exchange filmed by a professional crew. Debate Mate and Now Pensions hope the film will be broadcast on mainstream news programmes over the coming week.