How REAch2 Academies Are Supporting Vulnerable Families Through COVID-19

The Trust is incredibly proud of the lengths that our Academies are going to in order to support children and families and we are pleased to be able to share an insight into their incredible work via this short video.

Whilst the video represents just a small sample of what REAch2 Academies are doing, we have many other fantastic stories of how our schools are continuing to support our most vulnerable children and their families.

Life is an Adventure, School should be too!

Of course, it's essential that our children can read, write and add up to the level that you would expect for their age, however at REAch2, the school has always been about so much more.

Think back – what do you remember about your primary school days?

Was it phonics lessons or learning how to do long division? Was it a brilliant school trip where you camped under the stars, built a raft, or crossed a lake?.

These types of great opportunities – the memorable experiences that cement themselves into your psyche – happen in every school. What’s different for us is that we consciously codify it into a set of promises so that it becomes something that EVERY child is entitled to and “11 before 11” is the way we do this.

11 before 11 is a set of promises that help our children to be in the driving seat in their own lives, a series of seminal experiences that we want every child in the REAch2 family to have experienced before they leave us to go to secondary school-aged 11.

Across each of our 60 schools, we are ambitious for our children to have broad horizons in life and high aspirations for themselves. We want our children to be inspired and challenged so that each one can develop their unique potential to the full. 11 before 11 takes our children beyond the usual, to open opportunities in life and inspire them to move forward in their own life’s adventure.

We are incredibly proud of “11 before 11”. We know the impact that it has had so far, and strongly believe that its importance has only grown because of Covid-19 and the impact that the pandemic has had on society, on our communities, and on our families. We will continue to invest in delivering it so that every child’s experience of school with us is exceptional and memorable for all the right reasons.

Click here to find out more about our 11 Before 11 programme.

REAch2 Academies Appear in Steve McQueens Year 3 Exhibition

Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen has unveiled his epic portrait of London’s Year 3 pupils at the Tate Britain.

Using the traditional school class photograph, the artwork spans the length of the Sculpture Gallery and is one of the most ambitious portraits of children ever undertaken in the UK. Over 76,000 children across 1,500 schools took part in this unique piece of artwork which offers a glimpse of London’s future generations.

REAch2 Academies who took part include Aerodrome Academy, Chapel End Junior Academy, Dorothy Barley Junior Academy, Langtons Junior Academy, Robert Fitzroy Academy, St Marks CofE Academy and Tidemill Academy.

The exhibition is free and runs until 3 May 2020. Every afternoon from 14.15–17.45 during holidays and at weekends there will be large magnifiers operating in the Steve McQueen Year 3 exhibition, allowing photos at any height to be seen in greater detail.

For more information, please visit the Tate Britain’s website www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/steve-mcqueen-year-3

Images © Tate