The Skylark Cluster
The 10 schools are:
Breadsall CE (VC) Primary
Denby Free CE (A) Primary
Horsley CE Primary
Kilburn Infant and Nursery
Mapperley CE Primary
Stanley Common CE Primary
Stanley St Andrews CE Primary
Networking and mutual support
Our staff meet at least termly to work together on a central focus. We have discussed writing moderation, maths resources for mixed age classes, enrichment activities for science, progression in foundation subjects, the Derbyshire PSHCE curriculum, ArtsMark.
We meet as a whole group, including our governors, every year for safeguarding training with the Local Authority's safeguarding lead. We also meet at least twice a year for moderation in core subject areas.
Our Office staff meet each term to support each other with administration issues, finance and GDPR.
Our Heads meet each half term to plan strategic activities for our schools, plan the year's work, and plan the annual cluster INSET day, which we hold at Morley Hayes each February.
The main collaboration activity for 2019-21 is the development of the ArtsMark programme (see link below to see this work). Each school has selected an ArtsMark lead, and 4 Arts Ambassadors from Y5 and Y6, who are leading the work in school. The Ambassadors plan and deliver activities within their own school, and meet together each term to discuss and promote the arts curriculum.
Recent activities include the Christmas card displays using recycled materials, and presentations of each other.