As another year comes to a close, it feels like the perfect opportunity to reflect on some of the highlights of the year, and to celebrate the hard work of our pupils and staff, who have continued to make the Kyra alliance a privilege to be a part of.
This edition begins with a focus on the amazing work of both of our Kyra Kids Councils this year. From trips to London, to exciting workshops, and a whole host of school visits, the Kyra Kids Councils continue to use pupil voice to make a real impact on our schools and practise. We also reflect on the hard work of our teachers, who demonstrate their determination to keep learning, improving, and reflecting upon their practice during our CPD sessions. Several of these teachers have kindly shared their experiences of these CPD sessions for us, including the new skills they have taken back to their schools and classrooms as a result. Our thanks go out to them for their unceasing dedication to be the best teachers that they can possibly be for our pupils!
For the fourth year in a row we have also undertaken a needs and impact survey of the Kyra alliance, an analysis of which can be found in this edition of the Journal. The survey has highlighted the many ways in which Kyra is making a positive impact, and has also pinpointed areas for further development as we move forward. Many thanks to everyone who contributed.
Recent weeks have also seen the running of Ignite Games in both Kyra Central and Kyra East. The games continue to go from strength to strength, inspiring children throughout the county to get involved in sport through a fantastic day of sporting activities and fun. The article looks at how and why the games were originally established, their key purpose and desired outcomes, and more specifically at the games that took place this year.
Finally, we have included an interview with Alyson Bristow, Head Teacher of Newton-on-Trent CE Primary, who reflects on her years of headship at the school, including her impact and the legacy she leaves. There is certainly much to be learnt from her experiences, for aspiring and current head teachers alike, and we hope that you enjoy reading about her journey. We all send our most heartfelt thanks to Alyson for all of her hard work over the years, and wish her all the very best in her retirement!
The Journal concludes with our regular research and policy digest, containing an overview of some of the most important research and policy updates from the summer term.
A huge thank you to all for helping to make this year so successful. Have a wonderful summer break!
Head of Kyra Teaching School Alliance