Ormiston Academies Trust focus on health and wellbeing at this year’s Annual Conference

Senior leaders, teachers and staff from across Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) joined together this month for its prestigious annual conference – ‘Health is the Greatest Wealth’ – which marked another hugely successful year for the growing family Trust.

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Taking place at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham, the two-day conference celebrated the successes of the last year and provided a unique opportunity for senior leaders across OAT’s 37 academies to come together to debate, discuss and share best practice, all with a view to further drive forward school improvement and personal wellbeing across the network. The event also provided a platform for delegates to focus on this year’s theme ‘Health is the Greatest Wealth.’

The wellbeing of staff and students is extremely important to the Trust as it enables its academies to help achieve the very best outcomes for its 28,000 young people and nearly 4,000 staff – through outstanding teaching and support practices, great training, superb relationships and sheer determination. It is a mission that can only be achieved if staff and students healthy and happy.

OAT was delighted to be joined by a number of high profile guest speakers and panellists, including educationalist Professor Mel Ainscow, inspirational Ben Smith, The 401 Challenge, as well as Joan Costello, Executive Principal at Ormiston Rivers Academy, who shared her work and thinking on ‘student voice’ with a special performance from award winning student, Oli Vallance.

As part of the high-level panel event, OAT was also delighted to host Leora Cruddas, Confederation of School Trusts, Emma Ing, Regional Director at Ofsted and one of the Trust’s own, Adrian Price, Principal at George Salter Academy. The Trust was delighted to welcome National Director for Strategy and Quality Improvement, Amelia Walker, as the panel host.

There were special performances from the regional choirs as well as a student-led marketplace showcasing some of the brilliant work from two of the regions. Academies also picked up 'Academy Awards' for outstanding achievements.

Our family friendly theme went from start to finish as the entire conference was hosted by two exceptional students; Lauren Egginton (Year 11) from Ormiston Horizon Academy and Tyler May (Year 9) from Ormiston Rivers Academy.