News Christ Church Academy – A New Approach in Behaviour and Learning Support for


Christ Church Primary Academy in Shipley has taken extensive steps over the last two terms to introduce an innovative new cycle of support for all children in the school, regardless of age or ability, helping the school secure an Ofsted Good for Behaviour and Safety.

“This is an exceptionally caring school where pupils are helped to believe in themselves. Pupils behave well. They have good attitudes to learning and are keen to succeed” (Ofsted, March 2015).

The new provision map developed with the support of Pivot Educational Consultancy, provides systematic and needs-led support to children in their social, emotional and academic development.

Most recently the school has introduced “the Ark”, a new service set up to meet the needs of children displaying extreme social, emotional and behavioural difficulties designed to step in quickly as children need support. The Ark is designed to complement the traditional interventions in the school and ensure children have access to in-school acute support services and rapid external assessment if required.

“Pupils feel safe in school. The school makes every effort to look after them well and to support them emotionally as well as in their learning”. (Ofsted, March 2015).

Other interventions provided across the school include a learning hub to drive progress in areas such as literacy and numeracy; a nurture hub for children who need more bespoke support for short periods of time outside the main classroom and a parent and family support service bridging the gap between children’s needs inside and outside school.

Philippa Foster, Head Teacher at Christ Church Academy said: “Ensuring the wellbeing and safety of our children is the top priority for staff and governors at the Academy. Children need to be in a safe place to learn if they are going to do well during their time at school and we want to do everything we can to support them in their academic development and personal growth”.

This is not the first time an Academy, within the Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust (BDAT) has teamed up with Pivot Education to provide cutting-edge support for the personal and academic development of children in Bradford schools.

Earlier this year, St Oswald’s Primary Academy in Great Horton, opened “Eden”, an additional need assessment and support centre. Designed for children requiring support in areas such as language development, emotional support, dyslexia and special needs, the unit provides 12 week tailored packages at individual child level.

Although Eden has only been open since January, Andrew Chadwick the Head Teacher at St Oswald’s Academy comments on the school-wide benefits of investing in additional needs support: “Eden has enabled us to provide intensive support to those children who need it most. For our most vulnerable children we can step in and provide support immediately and we can reintegrate them in to the classroom quicker minimising disruption to their learning. Behaviour across the whole school has improved as a direct result”.

Carol Dewhurst, CEO of BDAT comments, “As a Church of England Academy Trust, we believe that every child only has one chance at a good education and we want to make sure children have the very best environment in which to learn. Investing time and resource in developing additional services to support our children can only have a positive impact on their academic achievement, personal development and emotional wellbeing”.

Andrew Kitterick, Director of Education at Pivot said, “BDAT and the individual schools have shown a great commitment to all children, staff and the local communities they serve. They have worked closely with us to ensure that we are jointly providing innovative ways of supporting and guiding both the staff and pupils within their schools over the last 12 months. I am delighted to see how much professional, academic, social and emotional progress has been made. It is a pleasure to work alongside a forward thinking academy trust like BDAT and very rewarding for myself and the Pivot team to have made such a positive impact. At Pivot our innovative approach puts children and young people at the centre of everything we do to ensure the best outcomes for them”.

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