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02/07/20

Welcome 😊 https://t.co/DvN9Ddoair

02/07/20

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Our sincere thanks to Tesco Rainham for their lovely gift of goodies which certainly brightened our day. A kind and thoughtful gift from one set of key workers to another within our Rainham community. https://t.co/JsROsHkX3U

02/07/20

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School food really matters. 280 students will receive two weeks’ worth of breakfasts. Many thanks to the Safer School Officers who came to help us get the breakfast packages together. https://t.co/pHTKEXoTXc

02/07/20

Retweeted From HPA Kent House

Alexie in year 1 has written a wonderful piece of work about the impact teachers have on children. It has certainly put a smile on all of our faces 😊 https://t.co/WK6hiUNE4c

02/07/20

Thank you to all our academies who shared their strategies for supporting the most vulnerable pupils during lockdown by getting them into school https://t.co/PbhI870oSH

01/07/20

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Harris Academy South Norwood is currently looking to appoint a to support premises and maintenance provisions for the academy. https://t.co/sbIBHzyAhS https://t.co/yxxEd0ef3V

30/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Primary Academy Purley Way

Lovely gesture of personal letters to each of the staff thanking them for all they have done and continue to do, written by our supportive governing body. https://t.co/6pgKNLSS02

30/06/20

Retweeted From Ali Mirza

Thank you for all your support and guidance ! Zayan is loving all his rewards and is feeling even more motivated! https://t.co/AnIcFQgdXF

26/06/20

Retweeted From Miriam L-U

(It says Bexley because I said Harris Academy Falconwood, Bexley .. but I am from borough of Greenwich if anyone wanted to know😉) Check out my blog post here😁😁👇👇👇 https://t.co/ZDWoK2eI4O

26/06/20

Retweeted From Olly Blagden

Latest episode of ‘Harris in Conversation’ is now live! I interview the fantastic Ronke Ayoola from Debate Mate about Speaking & Listening and how to empower young people to speak out. Check us out! https://t.co/3eZKanNJEL

25/06/20

Retweeted From HACH PE DEPT

Final event instructions. Video yourself doing a fitness exercise ie press up, squat, star jump etc grab a remote and pass it out of your screen. The more videos the more points and the team with the most participants wins the relay https://t.co/jiAvDDqjjo

25/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Careers

Harris Academy Falconwood is currently looking to appoint a dynamic, qualified of Technology, either experienced or NQT, with the possibility of Lead designate for the right candidate https://t.co/oLXpW3jUcN

25/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Junior Academy Carshalton

Here’s the solution from today’s maths problem of the day. Did you manage to find all of the solutions? https://t.co/dBV2cSkNHJ

25/06/20

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Look out for our assembly links being emailed home. Here is Miss Reynolds’ assembly on Community. https://t.co/aZr8XURqQK Tomorrow is our achievement assembly. https://t.co/0uzxyLgfKy

25/06/20

Retweeted From HPABeckenham

What a scorcher ☀️ the allotment was a lot of hard work today but we kept cool with the sprinkler and using the shade whilst we worked. We also were overjoyed and proud of our first little bounty 🥒 🥔 https://t.co/4sz9LHS6Pa

25/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Rainham

Year 10. Complete this survey from University of Essex for a chance to win an iPad Your Life Your Future - The value of Higher Education survey https://t.co/pirXR6mNmo Regards Miss Grant (Career Lead )

25/06/20

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Look out for our achievement assembly being emailed home tomorrow! https://t.co/fHa2vbRO2k

25/06/20

Retweeted From Harris Federation Chinese

Hello everyone!! What are your best resources for teaching phonics in Chinese?

25/06/20

Retweeted From Harris South Norwood

Brilliant careers event organised for the sixth form by the Federation of Small Businesses. Inspirational workshops and talks, inspired young people.

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Posted on: June 15th 2020

#BlackLivesMatter

#BlackLivesMatter

Harris pupils, staff and parents of all backgrounds have been moved by the horrifying, brutal killing of George Floyd in the US. This has led to a global outcry, with protests around the world. 

Previously hidden and untalked of issues around racism in the UK have been brought into the mainstream.  Because of this, just as we have been saddened, we are also hopeful that the outcry will lead to change.

Harris academies are each marking the current situation in the way they think is best, partly by talking to pupils and staff so that they are aware of racism and can play a part in helping to combat it.  As a Federation, we wish to acknowledge what is happening and express our solidarity with our black families and staff who are currently feeling pain and distress.

We are organisation that exists to challenge the status quo, to ensure that the type of children who usually get a raw deal have a fair chance. This has never been more of a challenge than now, with the global pandemic hitting the poorest the hardest. The country is braced for a recession and, with many job losses inevitable, we are in no doubt that BAME communities will suffer again.

Our staff are angered by injustice and inequality, and we are using our anger, in the best way we know how, to help our pupils disrupt the odds that are stacked against them. This is, of course, through the provision of a brilliant education. Pupils of all backgrounds make better academic progress at Harris than their peers do nationally, with our black pupils doing substantially better.

In secondary school, the national statistics show that black boys make negative progress between Years 7 and 11, ending up, on average, with worse outcomes than they should have done given their starting points.   At Harris, not only do black boys make positive progress (with a Progress 8 score of +0.25), they also make better progress than all pupils nationally.  In Harris primaries too, our black pupils not only outperform other black pupils nationally on every key measure, they also comfortably outperform national averages.  This academic success is echoed across pupils of every race, gender and background in the Harris Federation. But this is not enough and we need to do so much more. Even with good qualifications so many of our pupils continue to face unnecessary difficulties in their lives because of direct and indirect discrimination and we must do more to combat this.

With the Harris Federation about to reach its 30th birthday, we are exceptionally proud of the mark our black alumni have made on the world in a wide variety of fields. In 2017 we were pleased to support Stormzy in the launch of his scholarship scheme for black undergraduates at Cambridge university, which took place at Harris Crystal Palace. Our alumni are slowly changing the face of the most elite universities in the world, with 26 BAME pupils from our current Year 13 holding offers for Oxbridge and Cambridge this year.

But, just as there is much to celebrate, we will never be complacent. We want to deliver a meaningful and lasting set of activities that will help to create the change that is needed, and which involves all of our academies.  More will follow on this in the coming weeks and months but our response will involve the following key initiatives:

  • Continuing to improve the performance of our schools and the outcomes they enable pupils to achieve. The closure of schools as a result of coronavirus has made this more important than ever. 
  • Doing more to equip pupils to identify and combat prejudice in all of its forms, which will involve a new working group to ensure our curriculum is in the right place to support this.  
  • Making sure that, just as our teachers, support staff and middle leaders reflect the diversity of London, our senior leadership teams do too. Our Diverse Leaders Programme, now in its fourth year, is the only course of its kind in London.  It nurtures talented BAME teachers from the Harris Federation and beyond to progress to leadership positions and has palpably increased the number of black role models and leaders whom pupils can aspire to.  We will continue to deliver this programme, and others like it. In common with many other schools in England, we are seeking to improve the representation of BAME staff in senior posts in our schools. We are aware of unconscious bias in the workplace and recognise there is more to do to ensure our leadership teams reflect our diverse pupils and staff bodies.

At what has been a truly challenging and testing moment in history for pupils and staff, we hope that some good may emerge. We thank our schools, pupils and families for everything they have done to share and listen, and want to continue to play our part in addressing injustice and inequality through education.  

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